Why does everybody want the funny money with the James Brown face?! Come see for yourselves! Highly recommended!!
We love that a father/son team collaborated on the score! The original songs are by Motown legend, Lamont Dozier, and additional music and lyrics by his son, Paris. They're done justice on stage by a dynamic 4 piece LIVE band and include a rockin' mix of Motown, disco, rap, rock, jazz and hip hop!
My 12 year old son and the adults in our family thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the rest of the audience, if the rousing standing standing ovation is any indication. This production has hit written all over it, with multigenerational appeal, and catchy tunes you'll be humming for weeks!
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself with more money than you could comprehend or ever spend? Would it make you generous, greedy, or suspicious? Would it make your life easier and remove the stresses of car and house payments and working hard every day just to make ends meet, or would it make you a target and destroy the friendships you treasure most? Maybe all of the above.
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We had the great pleasure of catching opening night, complete with pre-party, post show dinner and champaign toast, and truly stellar company!
We enjoyed talking with CCT board members at length, chatted with infamous playwright Brett Neveu and his family, and saw Black Ensemble Theatre representing. We also ran into our friend Ada Grey (9 year old critic) and all around creative kid. It was a uniquely memorable evening.
The food from Q and Wish Upon a Starch was fantastic.
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Sage & Du's Reviews (a kids' eye view)
My kids have been immersed in the Chicago theatre scene their entire lives. Now at 10 & 12 they're still able to enjoy our city's stellar children's theatre offerings, but they've also become my go to +1's for big budget Broadway in Chicago spectacles, edgy storefront fare, and thought provoking dramas at Goodman, Steppenwolf and beyond.
My 12 year old, son, in particular has become quite the insightful critic, and we both love a good post show talk. I was almost in tears on opening night of The Whale at Victory Gardens, as my son and I waited for the show to begin. Instead of grousing about attending a play or burying his nose in a DS game as many boys would, he was busy perusing the program. Then he turned to me and said "I'd really like to meet Chelsea Warren." When I asked why he said, "Because the show hasn't even started yet, but the set design is so cool it really makes me curious to see who lives here. It's really well done." Joy!
Though they've been my silent partners for years, they've recently been inspired by Ada Grey to speak up and take an active role in our reviews for ChiIL Mama. I'll still be writing reviews, too, but they will have their own space for their own unique voices too. So check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often. Sage & Du's Reviews (a kids' eye view) will be up very soon!
ChiIL Mama's photo recap of the opening night after party with the cast and creative team (including Lamont Dozier and Christopher Paul Curtis) and the Chicago Children's Theatre family.