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  Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical Reviews
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical
The Greenhouse Theater Center

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Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended

"...Filled with charm, humor and a heartfelt message, the musical has eight clever songs, with the favorite of all being a delightfully infectious "The Wrap It Rap" performed by Eleanor and the elves in the gift wrapping room at the North Pole."
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Philip Potempa



Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Directed and choreographed by Zachary L. Gray, with music direction by David Fiorello, the show moves swiftly, with only a few smarty-pants interpolations for the grown-ups. Bonzi is thoroughly endearing, but the supporting cast of elves (including Emily Rohm's glammed-out Clara, keeper of the list) provide comic relief and keep the young audience engaged. Special kudos to Cara Chumbley and Claire Latourette's Glimmer and Shimmer, who take us through a series of preshow exercises and games to get the holiday spirit and audience engagement revved up."
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Kerry Reid



Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended

"...This play brought a lot of memories back to my heart as I, Brenda, watched in amazement alongside the younger audience. I had a 'Raggedy Anne' doll that I cherished, who was my best friend when I was a little girl. Rick, who is an old softie, cried throughout the play."
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Rick and Brenda McCain



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...The production is truly geared for kids to enjoy with their families, and is just 65 minutes in length. NOTE: I think it is wonderful that kids get to experience theater younger than ever, but feel that parents should also be aware that there are others in the theater who find it a bother when a youngster gets fussy and whiney. If this be the case, either wait until they are ready for the true experiences or leave the theater during their problem period. Also, I feel that a mother doing a “feeding” during a performance is unfair to the others seated around them ( and don’t forget, the actors can see you, even in the bright lights). Enough about this. On to the play!"
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Alan Bresloff



Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

"...With a team of expert designers baking love and character into every aspect of this show behind the scenes, Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish plays to the innocence and purity of childhood, promoting audiences to seek connection in a world that continues to complicate. While the musical is not life-changing, it is certainly life-affirming. When deciding where to go for some seasonal warmth and child-friendly revelry, Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish is a no-brainer."
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Quinn Rigg



Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

"...But Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish is very much Tracy’s baby, self-produced and based on her book of the same name. Sometimes a writer producing her own work can be a red flag, but Tracy does everything right here, and her play ends up as sweet as Mrs. Claus’s cookies. She has even set up colorful mats right in front for small children to watch the play and interact with the elves. Eleanor, crafted with love and warmth, more than earns its place on the Greenhouse stage. I can easily imagine this lovable hour-long show becoming a children’s holiday staple."
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Karen Topham



City Pleasures- Highly Recommended

"...And you thought you knew all there is to know about Christmas. Even if you do, you'll still fall for Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - the Musical. Enjoying its hard-won debut at the Greenhouse Theatre on Lincoln Ave. near DePaul, Eleanor's more than anyone could ask from a Christmas story."
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Mitchell Oldham



Chicago Parent- Highly Recommended

"...Youngest fans will also enjoy the interactivity - some pre-performance fun and games from North Pole-sent elves is evidence that this cast knows its audience - and the chance for a post-show meet-and-greet with Santa, Eleanor and Mrs. (Cookie) Claus helps maintain high Christmas spirits."
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Hillary Bird