Listen to "Talk Theatre In Chicago" for an interview with Fred Anzevino, the Artistic Director and one of the founders of Theo Ubique Cabaret


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  Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen at No Exit Cafe

Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen

No Exit Cafe
6970 N. Glenwood Chicago

"Sweet and Hot" is musical revue of Harold Arlen’s famous, toe-tapping songs, including Over the Rainbow from the film The Wizard of Oz and voted the #1 song of the 20th century. Arlen composed all songs from the movie as well other perennial favorites as It’s Only a Paper Moon, Stormy Weather, Get Happy and Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive.

Listen to "Talk Theatre In Chicago" for an interview with Fred Anzevino, the Artistic Director and one of the founders of Theo Ubique Cabaret

Presented by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Thru - Aug 15, 2010

Price: $25

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 800-595-4849

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  Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Anzevino understood here that the Arlen songbook needs different types of performers to do it justice. Aside from Thomas, in touch with Arlen's bluesy side, he cast Stephanie Herman, a crisp, removed and glamorous singer who suggests urban nighteries, and the giving Sarah Hayes, who evokes a warmer, softer, needier and yet equally retro persona. On the male side, Kristofer Simmons matches up nicely with Herman (most of the night, at least), Eric Lindahl drives the vocal energy of the show, and the terriffic, multivalent Eric Martin takes care of its heart."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...this revue is so superb on every level that you may find yourself standing in a line that extends down to the Gold Coast. And frankly, if the producers at the new Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (formerly the Drury Lane) were smart, they'd lift it from its current location and install it on their little jewel-box stage."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Director Fred Anzevino interjects a lot of unclear, unconvincing stage business--the singers hang out in a bar, sometimes, maybe, and sort of have fleeting crushes on one another--and David Heimann's choreography is perfunctory in conception and execution. Worse, the performers rarely have a moment to pause for breath, let alone capture a deep psychological moment, while cramming all those songs into two hours."
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Justin Hayford

Copley News Service - Recommended

"...While Arlen’s music is the heart of the show, equal credit does to an A List of lyricists, who included some of the best in the business, notably Ira Gershwin, E. Y. Harburg, Arlen himself, Ted Koehler, and best of all, Johnny Mercer. Mercer’s word for “Blues in the Night” create a great stand-alone prose poem."

Dan Zeff

Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"...But in the end, it's about the songs. And they are stunning. The show does right by them far more often than not, so it's more than worthwhile for Harold Arlen fans, current and soon to be."

Zev Valancy

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"... Standout solos include Bethany Thomas’s beautifully rueful “Man That Got Away” and the brassy Sarah Hayes on “I Had Myself a True Love.” But much as Boyd robs the songs of context, Anzevino’s significant reworking of her script scrubs it of even her barest suggestions of characters; we don’t sense the performers as anything but themselves. Though we’d be hard-pressed to call this theater, it’s a perfectly pleasant concert."
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Kris Vire

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Theo Ubique, under Fred Anzevino’s leadership, returns to their cabaret roots by paying homage to composer/songwriter Harold Arlen. This revue contains many of the finest songs from the 30’s- 40’s and 50’s including “Over the Rainbow,” “Stormy Weather,” “Get Happy,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “I’ve Got the World on a String” among the 37 songs with music by Arlen in collaboration with many of the finest lyricists of the era."
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Tom Wiliams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...Most of all it’s a welcome homecoming to return to so many Arlen gems, perfectly packaged by Steve Carson’s musical direction. When Sarah Hayes and Eric Martin ruefully admit that “It’s Only a Paper Moon” or Kristofer Simmons recreates Groucho’s “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,” you see how great Arlen’s range is from the sublime to the silly. Apart from a brief tribute to “The Wizard of Oz,” this revue is mainly a tribute to how well these love ballads stand on their own and stand the test of time. Because they set the Broadway bar, that’s WHY they’re called standards."

Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The talent that is assembled at Theo Ubique for its productions is one of high quality, and this show is no exception. The six performers are singers who can dance and act as they bring these wonderful songs to life. Director Anzevino has taken a new look at “Cabaret” as he takes us back in time, to those days of yesterday, where night spots were glorious bars with some food and entertainment. The music was romantic and soulful dealing with lost loves, new loves, old memories and a few comic songs just to make one smile. No Exit is the perfect venue for a show like this with a small stage (with a dance floor added) and an additional stage added to the north side of the building. A single piano provides the music played by musical director Steve Carson, who also takes on a solo number of his own. The choreography by David Heimann is solid, utilizing the small space to perfection."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theater Beat - Recommended

"...Anzevino’s staging occasionally comes off as having actors move just to have actors move, and “Over the Rainbow,” which receives a mention on the poster, could have received a lot more attention. Fortunately, David Heimann’s choreography always infuses energy into the songs. I’m not usually a fan of musical revues. Most of the time, they seem to me like live compilation albums meant to score a few more dollars from deceased songwriters. But with Theo Ubique’s focus on intimacy and simply presenting songs the whole team obviously loves, they come up with a show that has a tangible effect on the audience. This Sweet and Hot is a living experience."

Barry Eitel

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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