Author: Suzanne Cohen

  • CHICAGO the Musical quarterbacked by solid cast

    Welcome to a sensational tale of our fair city.   The national tour of CHICAGO, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, sizzles with razzle dazzle, amazing choreography and foul play. Bob Fosse’s distinctive Broadway choreography—curved shoulders, turned-in knees, finger snaps and jazz hands—captivates. The minimal set and sexy black costumes flaunt the ensemble’s sinewy bodies and physically-demanding…

  • “A Bronx Tale” brings 1960s New York to Chicago

    The cast of A Bronx Tale leaps across Belmont Avenue in the Bronx Chicago and NYC may go mano a mano in many areas, but they share a common asset: Belmont Avenue. A main artery in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, this street is also where A Bronx Tale’s heartbeat lies.   A Bronx Tale’s national tour,…

  • Gypsy & E. Faye Butler hit all the right notes in Porchlight Theatre revival

    Daryn Whitney Harrell as Louise, Aalon Smith as June and E. Faye Butler as Mama Rose star in Porchlight Theatre’s Gypsy (Photo: Michael Courier)   This Gypsy revival, the musical the New York Times calls “the greatest of all American musicals”, is much more than “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”. The rough-hewn, minimal set could barely contain Chicago’s…

  • Shooting stars: Finding Neverland at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Finding Neverland‘s national tour’s cast dazzles at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Photo: Carol Rosegg. Do you believe in magic? Broadway in Chicago’s latest production, Finding Neverland—about the creation of Peter Pan—recently landed at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Fresh from an August close on Broadway, this delightful musical is directed by Tony® Award winner Diane Paulus…

  • Cynthia Rowley: Cocktails, Conversation, Furniture Collaboration

    Talking design and furniture with Cynthia Rowley (left)   Iconic fashion designer. Worldwide surfer. Author, mother and wife. Known for pushing boundaries and taking risks, Cynthia Rowley’s namesake collections include: ready-to-wear, shoes, purses, legwear, wetsuits, beauty and eyewear.   A life by design Her latest designs propel her in a new direction. Fashion and furniture…

  • If/Then celebrates NYC life at the Oriental Theatre

    If/Then takes a bite out of the Big Apple at the Oriental Theatre If/Then is a valentine to NYC. Like the vibrant, raw city that pulses with energy 24/7, this Broadway in Chicago revival celebrates universal human experiences, connections and disconnects, in friendship, love, loss and career. As the lead, Elizabeth (Jackie Burns) ponders, “You…

  • Chef Graham Elliot grills for a Michigan Avenue crowd

    Food for thought with Graham Elliot Just in time for summer, acclaimed chef Graham Elliot and surprised Chicagoans on May 15 by hosting a happy hour in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue). Partygoers were treated to drinks from a new variety pack from the West Loop-based beverage company plus reinvented backyard food—delicious GrahamBurgers, corn…

  • First Wives Club: The Musical Opens at Chicago's Oriental Theatre

    First Wives Club: The Musical Opens at Chicago's Oriental Theatre

    Girl power: Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill, Carmen Cusack Sizzle. Check. Scandal. Check. Beauty, brains and brawn? Yes, ma’am. The Chicago premiere of the new Broadway-bound production of First Wives Club: The Musical opened last week at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Stars Carmen Cusack, Faith Prince and Christine Sherrill dazzle with dramatic, comedic, over-the-top portrayals…

  • Jonny Imerman: Guardian Angel

    Passionate. Team player. People lover. Jonny Imerman is the Chief Mission Officer of Imerman Angels, a Chicago-based organization that provides personalized matches between cancer fighters, caregivers and survivors and “Mentor Angels”, veterans of the same cancer experience trained to provide support during and after treatment. It’s fitting that I interviewed Jonny on Valentine’s Day. While…