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  Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat at Broadway Playhouse

Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat

Broadway Playhouse
175 East Chestnut Street Chicago

Fairy tales ROCK, especially this story featuring the fearless sibling duo of Gretel and Hansel! Still reeling from the disappearance of their mother and classmates, Hansel believes with all of his heart that he's found a way to rescue them deep within The Forbidden Forest. Doubtful, the streetwise Gretel follows in pursuit of her dreamer brother. When they come across a candy house, their bond and beliefs are put to the test until love saves the day. This story is brought to musical life through the talents of The Grimm Brothers Band performing a live rock and roll score. Nationally produced playwright Ernie Nolan teams up with GRAMMY -nominated 'kindie' artist Justin Roberts to create a wickedly delicious musical treat for the entire family.

Thru - Jan 4, 2015



Price: $16-$30

Show Type: Childrens

Running Time: 1hr, 15mins

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  Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...Nonetheless, this is a great score: witty, melodic, varied and, most important of all, fresh and alive. Working with the writer-director Ernie Nolan (who is credited with the book), Roberts has written spunky, independent, attitudinal lyrics for Gretel, who is played with a truly delightful edge by Alissa Walker. I'm reluctant to make comparisons with "Frozen," but I can't help it, given the way Roberts catches a similar musical sensibility to that of Bobby and Kristen Lopez. Gretel and Hansel (let's stick 'em that way 'round) have the kind of eye-rolling, contentious-but-loving sibling relationship that really makes the early sections of this show pop."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...This world premiere bills itself as a "wickedly delicious musical treat," and indeed the tone, Euro-hip with some goth bravado mixed in, is a welcome return to the dark fairy tale co-opted by a saccharine Disney sensibility. With the brothers Grimm (Jay Mast and Jeff Kurysz) as narrators, we follow a version of the story where Angelika, the children's mother (Jennifer T. Grubb), has disappeared into the Black Forest; her kids' wanderlust stems simply from their deep desire to see her again. We journey too, realizing that, like Hansel (Jack Ball), we all want to believe in some kind of magic."
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Suzanne Scanlon


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...While this new version of the familiar folktale offers catchy music, played by the Grimm Brothers’ Band and sung by a talented company of excellent actors, it’s the play’s characters that outshine the story. Certainly songs like “I Am Always Near,” “There Will Be Magic For You To Find,” and “Crumb by Crumb” are tuneful and toe-tapping, they tend to bog down the story and dilute the magic that younger children have come to the theatre to enjoy. Older kids and their parents, however, will more likely enjoy the musicality of this upbeat production that sports a positive theme of love and family."
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Colin Douglas



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