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Life Arts    H4'ed 7/11/19

"The Music Man" Delivers!

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"Shipoopi" was a real crowd-pleaser, the choreography reminiscent of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Being a notorious book-lover, I especially enjoyed "Marian the Librarian." That scene takes place in the library; the furniture became creative props for the dancing. Well done!

The spontaneous standing ovation at the end was heartfelt and well-deserved but audience enthusiasm was enthusiastic throughout the show. For instance, the woman sitting next to me, also a member of the press, simply couldn't contain herself. Between note taking (how could she see what she was doing?), she was nodding her head and tapping her feet to the music, clapping enthusiastically after each number. No jaded theatre critic was she. I thanked her afterward, telling her how much her visible enjoyment enhanced my own. I never found out who she writes for. I would have loved to have read her review. It was sure to be a good one.

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Due to ticket demand, the run has been extended until August 18th. Various pre- and post-show discussions feature members of the Goodman Artistic Team, which should be fun and interesting. Check the theatre website for more information.

This revival of The Music Man, in the hands of the capable Mary Zimmerman, was an inspired choice. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to experience it. If you're in the Chicago area or can get here, I highly recommend that you catch this show before it leaves the station!

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