Theater spotlight: Fast-talker makes big promises in Goodman's 'Music Man' revival

  • Monica West and Geoff Packard rehearse for Goodman Theatre's revival of "The Music Man," directed by artistic associate Mary Zimmerman.

    Monica West and Geoff Packard rehearse for Goodman Theatre's revival of "The Music Man," directed by artistic associate Mary Zimmerman. Courtesy of Liz Lauren

 
 
Posted6/26/2019 6:00 AM

'The Music Man'

Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman returns to the Goodman Theatre to helm Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey's feel-good musical comedy "The Music Man," about fast-talking con man Harold Hill (Geoff Packard) who promises the residents of a small Iowa town he'll transform their youngsters into a first-rate marching band. Everyone buys into his fantasy except savvy librarian Marian (Monica West). Music director Jermaine Hill conducts Goodman's 11-member orchestra for the revival, which has been extended through Aug. 11.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Previews at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30; and through July 7 at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Opens July 8. $45-$142. (312) 443-2800 or goodmantheatre.org.

'All Shook Up'

Williams Street Repertory presents "All Shook Up," a jukebox musical pairing William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" with Elvis Presley's music. Set in a small town in 1950s America, the tuner is about the impact a guitar-playing stranger has on the locals. Mark R. Mahallak directs.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 28-29; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30; and through July 21 at 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $39.50. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.

'The Recommendation'

Class, race and male friendship underscore Jonathan Caren's psychological thriller "The Recommendation" in its Chicago-area premiere at Windy City Playhouse. Jonathan Wilson directs the play about the friendship between the struggling son of Ethiopian immigrants and the privileged son of a successful attorney whose relationship becomes strained after one of them spends time in jail. Michael Aaron Pogue and Julian Hester star.

Previews at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 2-3, and through July 10 at 3014 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. The show opens July 11. $50-$100. (773) 891-8985 or windycityplayhouse.com.

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