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  The Book Of Merman at Stage 773

The Book Of Merman

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

Two Mormon missionaries ring Ethel Merman's doorbell and hilarity ensues. It's a diva driven journey of self-discovery with an original score of comedy songs, power ballads and mash-up standards.

Presented by Flying Elephant Productions

Thru - Jan 6, 2019

Wed, Dec 19: 7:30pm
Thu, Dec 20: 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 21: 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 22: 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 23: 3:30pm
Wed, Dec 26: 7:30pm
Thu, Dec 27: 7:30pm
Fri, Dec 28: 7:30pm
Sat, Dec 29: 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 30: 3:30pm
Wed, Jan 2: 7:30pm
Thu, Jan 3: 7:30pm
Fri, Jan 4: 7:30pm
Sat, Jan 5: 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 6: 3:30pm



Price: $40

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-327-5252

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The Book of Merman is produced by Flying Elephant Productions, whose artistic director, DC Cathro, is also the author of the show's book and the director of this inoffensive little effort. The actors in the three-person cast-Nicole Frydman as Ethel, Michael Idalski as Braithwaite, and Samuel Aquilla Massey as Shumway-are talented and game. They would have benefited from working with a director who would challenge the material rather than indulge it"
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Albert Williams


NewCity Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Nicole Frydman makes a fine Ethel Merman and Michael Idalski and Sam Massey are more than up for their roles as Mormon missionaries. There is a lot to like in Leo Schwartz’s music and lyrics. The laughs, though, are too few and far between for this production to ever truly take off. Those expecting anything close to the comedic genius of the better-known Mormon-centered musical will almost certainly walk away disappointed. There seems to be only so much you can do with the premise of Ethel Merman meeting up with a couple of Mormons."
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Noel Schecter


Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Featuring a tuneful array of songs that parody both “Book of Mormon” and almost every Ethel Merman classic, such as “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Gypsy” and “Anything Goes,” Leo Schwartz’s exuberant new musical parody is lively and lighthearted. Throughout all the clever songs and dance moves, the message that theatergoers will take with them is how important it is to simply be yourself and to appreciate others for who they are. Directed and performed with pizzazz and polish by co-book writer, DC Cathro, this entertaining show will appeal especially to Broadway musical aficionados, as well as to audiences looking for a bright, breezy, feel-good show to warm up Chicago’s winter evenings."
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Colin Douglas


Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...The Book of Merman has to be one of those creative endeavors that started with its title. A parody of The Book of Mormon in which two missionaries knock on the door of Ethel Merman? We’re talking high-concept heaven. With the right cast and creative team, this thing is a guaranteed hit, right? Well, Flying Elephant productions has put together the right team and cast, and its current revival of The Book of Merman (which enjoyed a 2015 run from Pride Films and Plays and is currently running off-Broadway) is simply wonderful."
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Karen Topham


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