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  Now and Then at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway

Now and Then

Pride Arts Center - The Broadway
4139 N. Broadway Chicago

Some romances are so grand that it takes six actors and 18 original songs to tell the full story of two people. Now & Then is one of those romances. The musical follows the relationship between one couple, Daniel and Greg, over a span of 40 years, revealing an epic love story that ranges from heart-wrenching to heartwarming. It's a poignant and powerful tale that perfectly captures the universal nature of love. Featuring music and lyrics by Dennis Manning and book by Ronnie Larsen, Now & Then comes to Chicago's Pride Arts Center.

Thru - Aug 11, 2019

Price: $35-$50

Show Type: Drama

  Now and Then Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Director Larsen's staging for Now & Then Productions is earnest and candid but feels underprepared, and the multiple Gregs and Daniels lack discernible chemistry."
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Justin Hayford

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...As a new, gay musical, this love story by Dennis Manning and Ronnie Larsen shows a great deal of promise. Thereís nothing really earthshaking about the story itself, but itís sincere, sometimes funny and often heartbreaking. The two characters could be infused with more dimension. The musical could easily be tightened to become a one-act and, without an intermission to break up the momentum, would be more emotionally powerful. Although itís flavored with a lovely, folksy score, the show could stand to lose a couple songs or, certainly, most of its reprises. The initial relationship between Daniel and Greg needs a little more time to develop and the dialogue throughout could use some originality. But this musical fills an empty niche, especially for LGBTQ theatergoers, and most certainly deserves a look."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...But when anchored by great songs and performances, the journey is a touching delight, and sure enough, the actors shed real tears onstage for the musicalís pitch perfect ending. The story that should finally pluck Manning from obscurity is a beautiful one: of two men who meet by chance, and navigate the turmoil of tomorrows that come with a love that always stayed young."
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Ian Rigg

Chicago Theater and Arts - Recommended

"...ďNow and ThenĒ on stage at The Pride Arts Center is an uneventful love story that celebrates the ultimate fulfillment of a long term relationship."
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Reno Lovison

Chicago On Stage - Somewhat Recommended

"...Now & Then is an ambitious little musical about the lives of a gay couple across forty years of time. With a book by Ronnie Larsen based loosely on the songs and life of composer Dennis Manning, the show features three versions of its lead couple as they meet, settle into their lives, and face the travails of aging. It's an inherently interesting concept with likable performers and some fine folk and country-inspired music, and there are parts of it that I like a lot. In its current form, though (this is only its second-ever engagement), it feels very much like what it is: a potentially strong work-in-progress."
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Karen Topham

Rescripted - Somewhat Recommended

"...The music and lyrics, from Dennis Manning, are beautiful and entrancing, mostly pulled from the American folk genre, but given a more melodic twist. It is mostly played by the three Daniels as they each carry identical guitars through their lives, making the songs feel grounded and real. Unfortunately, the songs all sound pretty similar, which keeps the emotions static. The skill of the singers ranges from excellent to average, but the repetition of the quiet, soulful, and contemplative folk song structure doesnít serve the storytelling."
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Aaron Lockman

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