Articles by Ellen Hager

Martina McBride's The Joy of Christmas Tour-Catch the Holiday Spirit!

Martina McBride's The Joy of Christmas Tour-Catch the Holiday Spirit! With Christmas only days away, holiday cheer was in no short supply at the Chicago Theatre as it welcomed country superstar Martina McBride for a special concert

Elate Restaurant Brunch Review- Delectable!

Elate Restaurant Brunch Review- Delectable! Perched right on the corner of Clark and Huron, adjacent to the Felix Hotel, sits Elate, a chic and comfortable restaurant

Bring it On: The Musical Rewiew- Catch the Spirit!

Bring it On: The Musical Rewiew- Catch the Spirit! 2,4,6, 8, who do we appreciate?! Bring it On: The Musical, playing at the Cadillac Palace until March 25th

Hesperia Review-A Riveting Performance

Hesperia Review-A Riveting Performance Glencoe’s Writers’ Theatre is proud to present Randall Colburn’s Hesperia, directed by Stuart Carden.

Mamma Mia! Review- My, My, How Can You Resist?!

Mamma Mia! Review- My, My, How Can You Resist?! If you’re ready to dance, jive and have the time of your life, look no further than "Mamma Mia", now playing at Chicago’s beautiful and historic Ford Oriental Theatre

A Christmas Story, The Musical! Review - Feel Like a Kid on Christmas!

A Christmas Story, The Musical! Review - Feel Like a Kid on Christmas! If you’re in search of holiday fun for the whole family, look no further than A Christmas Story, The Musical

Mary Poppins- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Mary Poppins- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! It was a magical evening at the opening weekend of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins

Love, Loss and What I Wore Review- The Perfect Girls Night Out!

Love, Loss and What I Wore Review- The Perfect Girls Night Out! The opening night of Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place was a unique and emotional experience

Sprinkles Cupcakes Review- The Perfect Petite Treat!

Sprinkles Cupcakes Review- The Perfect Petite Treat! It seems as if within the past couple of years cupcakes have been everywhere

Colin Quinn: Long Story Short Review- Laughs, Lessons and Logistics

Colin Quinn: Long Story Short Review- Laughs, Lessons and Logistics What could be funnier than listening to acclaimed comic Colin Quinn explain the inference behind the state of the world as we know it

Cirque Du Soliel Presents Ovo Review- Buzzworthy!

Cirque Du Soliel Presents Ovo Review- Buzzworthy! If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the sheer magic of Cirque du Soleil, already you know the magnitude of its brilliance

Love, Loss and What I Wore Preview Review- Sure to be a Summer Sensation!

Love, Loss and What I Wore Preview Review- Sure to be a Summer Sensation! I arrived at Water Tower Place on a glorious summer day. We walked up to the second floor to see a very exciting preview of “Love, Loss and What I Wore”, the smash hit Broadway production by Nora and Delia Ephron

CHICAGO THE MUSICAL- All That Jazz

CHICAGO THE MUSICAL- All That Jazz WOW! What a show! I had never been more excited to see a musical than I was to see CHICAGO!

BRIGADOON- Fun For Every Lad and Lass!

BRIGADOON- Fun For Every Lad and Lass! There’s no better way to kick off the season than to be transported to a magical, mystical village as the Chicago Light Opera Works presents Brigadoon!

Hair Review- Let the Sunshine In!

Hair Review- Let the Sunshine In! If you long for a trip back to a time of peace, love and of course, long flowing hair, you’re going to love Broadway in Chicago’s "Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical"

Burn the Floor Review - Dance the Night Away

Burn the Floor Review - Dance the Night Away Are you a fan of Dancing With the Stars? Looking for a night of fun for the whole family? You will LOVE Broadway in Chicago's "Burn the Floor"

Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles Review - Almost The Real Thing!

Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles Review - Almost The Real Thing! What band is more iconic than The Beatles? Many years after their heyday, their songs remain some of the most popular of all time and "Rain" brings them to you

9-5 The Musical Review- Fun!

9-5 The Musical Review- Fun! What better way to end your 8 hour work day than heading down to "9-5 The Musical"

White Chirstmas Review- Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright!

White Chirstmas Review- Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright! What better way to spread some old fashioned Christmas cheer than with Irving Berlin’s holiday classical musical “White Christmas"

A Christmas Carol Review- Spread Some Cheer!

A Christmas Carol Review- Spread Some Cheer! What better way to spread holiday cheer than with the all time Charles Dicken’s "A Christmas Carol". All ages will enjoy this forever-inspiring story of the true meaning of Christmas

Traces Review- Defying Gravity!

Traces Review- Defying Gravity! What exactly is Traces? Think the thrill of a circus meets the intensity of Olympic gymnastics meets the beauty of dance

Chicago Sinfonietta Review- A Tribute to the Common Man

Chicago Sinfonietta Review- A Tribute to the Common Man Last week the Chicago Sinfonietta performed a Symphony for the Common Man, featuring music by such greats as Aaron Copeland, Leonard Bernstein, Antonin Dvorak and Michael Daugherty

The Lion King Review- Audiences Roar!

The Lion King Review- Audiences Roar! Nothing can quite compare to an experience like that of The Lion King

Rock of Ages Review- Party Like It's 1987!

Rock of Ages Review- Party Like It's 1987! Are you ready to ROCK?! I mean REALLY ROCK?! If you answered ‘yes’, then you better head on down to Rock of Ages at the Bank of America Theatre!

Billy Elliot Blogger Bash Review-BRILLIANT!

Billy Elliot Blogger Bash Review-BRILLIANT! I was thrilled when I was invited to the Billy Elliot Blogger Bash! Since it’s debut, I’ve heard only that this smash hit musical is exceptional

SHREK the Musical Review- A Musical of Monstrous Proportions

SHREK the Musical  Review- A Musical of Monstrous Proportions What a show! It seemed like just about everyone, young and old came out to see everybody’s favorite big, green ogre at the opening night premiere of Shrek The Musical

Nothin' But The Blues Review- A Great Performance!

Nothin' But The Blues Review- A Great Performance! The Black Ensemble Theater (BE)performs it's premiere production of Nothin’ But The Blues, written by Joe Plummer and produced and directed by BE founder and executive director Jackie Taylor with co-director Daryl Brooks

Chalk of Evanston Review - High Fashion Comes to the North Shore

Chalk of Evanston Review - High Fashion Comes to the North Shore Nestled in Evanston on Prairie and Central you will find Chalk, a new upscale boutique catering to women who fancy basics with refined details

Mayne Stage Theatre Review- Sure To Be A Hit!

Mayne Stage Theatre Review- Sure To Be A Hit! This recently opened venue, The Mayne Stage Theatre is the perfect place to go on a night out with friends to see some of the best acts Chicago has to offer

FUERZA BRUTA: LOOK UP REVIEW- Like Nothing You've Ever Seen

FUERZA BRUTA: LOOK UP REVIEW- Like Nothing You've Ever Seen What a spectacular show! If you’re looking for a truly unique and out of this world performance, FUERZE BRUTA: LOOK UP fits the bill

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps Review- The Perfect Marriage of Humor and Suspense!

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps Review- The Perfect Marriage of Humor and Suspense! If you grew up watching Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic series of thrilling films, then you will be delighted by the suspense and utter hilarity of the Tony Award winner, The 39 Steps

Avenue Q Review- More than Muppets!

Avenue Q Review- More than Muppets! If you’re in search of an evening of hilariously raunchy fun, head on down to Avenue Q

American Ballet Theatre Review-Choreographic Genius

American Ballet Theatre Review-Choreographic Genius If you’re in search of an extraordinary ballet experience, look no further than the American Ballet Theatre.

Lang Lang Review-Classical Music Greatness Comes to Chicago

Lang Lang Review-Classical Music Greatness Comes to Chicago Acclaimed pianist and international sensation Lang Lang teamed with world-renowned conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra (SHFO) at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater for a mind blowing musical experience

Beauty and the Beast Review - Even More than Disney

Beauty and the Beast Review - Even More than Disney Broadway in Chicago presents Beauty and the Beast at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Troika Ranch Review - A Unique Dance Experience

Troika Ranch Review - A Unique Dance Experience Troika Ranch brings the influence of technology into their eccentric dance movements at the Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago in their Spring 2010 series “Science, Technology and Dance”

Cirque du Soleil's Alegria Review- Oui!

Cirque du Soleil's Alegria Review- Oui! Cirque du Soleil presents one of their most acclaimed shows,Alegria

Chicago Duo-Piano Winter Mini-Fest Review - The Mack Sisters Come To Chicago

Chicago Duo-Piano Winter Mini-Fest Review - The Mack Sisters Come To Chicago What a lovely way to spend an evening! Saturday, The Music Institute of Chicago presented The Chicago Duo Piano Mini Festival, a yearly event designed to expose viewers to a unique kind of musical gamut

August: Osage County Review - Simply Compelling!

August: Osage County Review - Simply Compelling! Tracy Letts' remarkable Tony Award Winning play August:Osage County, comes to Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre as part of the Broadway In Chicago Series

DREAMGIRLS Review- Beyond Your Wildest DREAMS!

DREAMGIRLS Review- Beyond Your Wildest DREAMS! DREAMGIRLS comes to the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited two week engagement. Don't miss this spectacular performance

Annie Review- Don't Wait For Tomorrow!

Annie Review- Don't Wait For Tomorrow! What an exciting way to start off a new year! A brand new Broadway in Chicago presentation of the classic musical, Annie, has come to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre for one week only

The Addams Family Review- A Night of Kooky Fun!

The Addams Family Review- A Night of Kooky Fun! Making its musical debut in Chicago, The Addams Family, the once comic strip turned 1960’s sitcom is now a brand new Broadway show

NOI Firenze and L.Vettori Review -The Best of Florence in Chicago

NOI Firenze and L.Vettori  Review -The Best of Florence in Chicago Find the perfect holiday gift at the NOI Firenze and L.Vittori trunk show, featuring Italy's finest fur, leather and jewelry

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Review - Touch, A Dance Tribute to African American Culture

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Review - Touch, A Dance Tribute to African American Culture Deeply Rooted Dance Theater presents "Touch", a rich depiction of African American culture though interpretive dance

Young Frankenstein Review - An Electrifying Theatrical Triumph!

Young Frankenstein Review - An Electrifying Theatrical Triumph! Mel Brooks' zany 1974 classic is brought to life, literally, in the first national tour of Young Frankenstein, starring Tony award winners Roger Bart and Schuler Hensley

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