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  The Garbo The Musical at Athenaeum Theatre

The Garbo The Musical

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

Considered by many to be the greatest film actress of all time, Greta Garbo had an image of androgynous glamour. A worldwide phenomenon in her glory days, she shunned the limelight. Dissatisfied with the scripts Hollywood offered to her as her natural beauty was beginning to fade, she retired from the screen at the age of 35 and eventually became a recluse in Manhattan. Set in the mid-1970s, THE GARBO THE MUSICAL finds her in the middle of a nightmare with two of her obsessed long-term lovers: the Spanish-American poet, playwright, screenwriter and adamant lesbian of her day, Mercedes de Acosta; and the acid-tongued, witty, bi-sexual British theatrical designer and photographer to the stars, Cecil Beaton. This Victor/Victoria-esque trio - all played by Gabrielle - unfolds Miss G's spicy and revealing story and answers all the burning questions the world wanted to know about "The Garbo." Thirteen scintillating songs and humorous monologues make this one-woman musical insightful, fun, and compelling.

Thru - Mar 17, 2018

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-935-6875

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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Add potent insights into Mercedes de Acosta and Cecil Beaton (two of Garboís obsessed lovers who show up repeatedly in the show), a gracious presence, a flexible voice, and thirteen crafty musical numbers, and she should have a hit. But apparently overtaxed (Gabrielle is book, music, and lyric writer as well as director, designer, and star), she hasnít shaped the material into a discernible arc, leaving Garbo in static anguish for 90 minutes. Playing in repertory with Hedda! A Musical Conversation."
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