Music

Your next big squeeze: ‘SpongeBob Musical,’ set for world premiere in Chicago

Your next big squeeze: ‘SpongeBob Musical,’ set for world premiere in Chicago

August 31, 2015 / Music, People, Stage

Yes, it’s true. SpongeBob, the high energy, high-spirited sea sponge who lives in a sea pineapple, loves his job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, and has a pet snail, Gary, who meows like a cat, and was the centerpiece of Nickolodeon’s hugely popular animated television series, is about to have a musical of his own. And it will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago.

Fervent new musical ‘October Sky’ rockets straight to the heart

Fervent new musical ‘October Sky’ rockets straight to the heart

August 27, 2015 / Music, Stage, Stage Reviews

“October Sky,” the world premiere musical that rocketed straight into the hearts of Wednesday’s opening night audience at the Marriott Theatre, tells a story that is familiar in many ways. Like Elton John’s “Billy Elliot” and Sting’s “The Last Ship,” it has a particularly powerful link to the tensions between fathers and sons in blue collar families – men and boys who crave each other’s love and approval, even as one sees his life’s work turn to rust, and the other is forced to break free if he is to have any life at all.