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  Seussical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Seussical

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue Chicago

Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this summer in the Broadway musical comedy Seussical for young audiences and their families. Playful, energetic and full of whimsy, Seussical engages the imagination with clever lyrics and melodies, unforgettable characters and the vibrant rainbow of Dr. Seuss’ colorful world. Seussical is written by the Tony Award® winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime and Once on This Island, and was co-conceived with Eric Idle of Monty Python and Spamalot fame. Directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Michael Mahler,

Thru - Aug 17, 2014



Price: $18-$28

Show Type: Childrens

Box Office: 312-595-5600

Running Time: 1hr, 15mins; no intermission

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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...When asked why he never had children of his own, Theodor Seuss Geisel reportedly responded, "You make 'em, I'll amuse 'em." But getting the chemistry right for a satisfying Seussian adventure depends on more than just amusing the tykes. You gotta give 'em hope and heart, as well as rev them up about "the thinks you can think." Director Scott Weinstein pulls a nifty combination of those qualities out of the red-and-white hat in "Seussical" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater."
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Kerry Reid


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...The score of more than two dozen songs is a delicious pop pastiche full of clever lyrics, and it is played with zest (often from an onstage contraption that is part of Scott Davis' whimsical set), with Alan Bukowiecki leading a rousing six-piece band. And finally, to the ideally named Theresa Ham, goes a steaming plate full of green eggs and ham in honor of her sensational costumes."
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Hedy Weiss


ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...The genius of Dr. Seuss will be one thing from the 20th century that will outlast all of us in 3000 years when the human race is sailing through the cosmos on interstellar voyages, there somewhere will be a mommy reading the words, "would you dare yank the tooth of a rink finker fink" or, " I would not could not with a fox, I will not, will not in a box," to her belly as she rocks in a hover rocking chair, awaiting the delivery of even then the next generation of our kind. Because Seuss is magical, Seuss is genius, and Seussical the Musical has brought his genius to the stage, they've caught the lighting and placed it in the bottle. As JoJo sings from her Bathtub, "It's possible, anything's possible." But don't take it from me. Go see it, what do you think?"
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Dave McGuire


Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Seussical rejoices in winning work from George Andrew Wolff’s plucky Horton, Emily Chang as a courageous little JoJo Who, a surrogate for all the kids in the crowd; Alex Goodrich as the impish Cat in the Hat (mocking everyone from Ira Glass to PeeWee Herman); Lisa Estridge as a sassy Sour Kangaroo; Lillian Goodrich, reinventing Hairspray’s Tracy Turnblad as Horton’s adoring Gertrude McFuzz, who learns that feathers don’t make the bird; and, inevitably, the irrepressible Cory Goodrich as both Yertle the Turtle and languorous Mayzie, a goodtime girl who injects surprising salaciousness into the show–when you hear this avian siren belt out “How Lucky You Are,” you are."
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Lawrence Bommer


ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...This year marks Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday. How pleased he would be with this production! The play, echoing his wonderful books, is a magical musical: a whimsical plot line filled with danger and suspense, winsome, highly appealing characters who pull at your heart strings, and culminating with a surprising and cathartic ending — all presented in delicious song and dance — a totally charming and uplifting experience, not to be missed. Chicago Shakespeare’s summer family musicals are the best theater buy in the city!"
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Beverly Friend


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Dr. Seuss is a name that every kid recognizes! From the books and the cartoons they have grown up on. In fact, what makes this very special is that moms and dads can share their own memories with their kids, so in many cases, three generations can recall the famed characters; The cat In The Hat, Horton, Sour Kangaroo,Mayzie La Bird, The Wickersham Brothers and of course the adorable Gertrude McFuzz. Now, for this summer’s Family production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, your family can enjoy, “Seussical,the Musical”. Directed by Scott Weinstein with solid Choreography by Tommy Rapley and musical direction by Michael Mahler, these stories come alive in the Courtyard Theatre that is where the Shakespeare productions take place as well."
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Alan Bresloff


Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Both local audiences and tourists visiting Chicago this summer can escape the heat and hubbub of Navy Pier by stopping by CST for this family show that will warm their hearts with its story of friendship, provide more than an hour of laughter and set their feet a-tapping with its infectious songs and dances. It’s not New York, but Scott Weinstein’s production is every bit as polished as anything on Broadway, and at a fraction of the cost. With the talent this production offers, audiences will discover firsthand “How Lucky You Are.”"
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