Thursday, May 31, 2007

Chicago: Theater District

Although in this picture I don't quite look it, I'm very excited to be in Chicago to see the musical "Wicked." Wicked is probably the only true powerhouse original musical to hit broadway since Miss Saigon. I've wanted to see it for some time now and have pondered visiting Manhattan on a couple occasions. I'm glad I waited to see it in Chicago, not only becasue Chicago was a great town, but because the theater it's self was stunning. It had so much charm and character and lacked none of the amenities. The seats were plush, oversized by most theaters, like an armchair you'd settle into and read Dickens by the fire. The show was outstanding. Great leading ladies an outstanding company and great stage craft made the experience everything I had hoped for.

I hope to return to Chicago to catch another show sometime. There are at least three large theaters like the Oriental (A.K.A. Ford Center for The Performing Ats) including Cadilliac's Palace Theater (currently showing Oprah's musical rendition of "The Color Purple") and the Chicago Theater (which recently hosted auditions for the popular Fox reality show "So You Think You Can Dance.") There are also several smaller theaters (such as the Goodman theater) featuring some popular off broadway and comedy selections. Some of the nicest restraunts in Chicago can be found in the theater district as well.

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