Monthly Archives: August 2022

Excellent! Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (August 15, 2022)

The Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is packed with Broadway fans tonight. It wasn’t as crowded as it was in past years, but there was still a long security line that took about 15 minutes to get through. The audience was excited for every single performance, but a few stood out. One was “The Best” from TINA. The singer was strutting across the stage the whole time and belting her heart out Another one was “Forgiven” from Jagged Little Pill. It’s such a raw rocking song that was performed fantastically. It’s going to be a great year of Broadway in Chicago performances!

Here is the list of all the shows that were featured:

Wicked – September 28 – December 4, 2022

The Lion King – November 17, 2022 – January 14, 2023

Dear Evan Hansen  – December 6 – December 31, 2022

Chicago – January 17 – 29, 2023

Les Misérables – February 15 – March 5, 2023

1776 – February 28 – March 12, 2023

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical – March 14 – April 2, 2023

Jagged Little Pill – April 11 – April 23, 2023

Disney’s Aladdin – May 17 – 28, 2023

MJ – August 1 – September 2, 2023

For special offers, visit this summer concert page.

Cost of a ticket: $0

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Quinn Delaney

Excellent! Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen at The Salt Shed (August 10, 2022)

It’s a perfect 78 degrees at the brand new Salt Shed for the Chicago stop of The Wild Hearts Tour. Marty Lennartz from WXRT takes the stage to introduce Sharon Van Etten. He recalls being blown away by her performance at Schubas and sticking around afterwards to meet her. He also mentions that Angel Olsen used to live in Chicago and that in his book, she’ll always be a Chicagoan.

Soon after the introduction, Van Etten takes the stage in a reflective shirt that looks like it is made of mirrors. Midway in the set, she plays “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”. Everyone sings along to the chorus “Every time the sun comes up, I’m in trouble.” It’s a beautifully simple song that sounds excellent live.

To close out the set, they play “Seventeen”. “I used to feel free / Was it just a dream? / Now you’re half shy / Think you’re so carefree / But you’re just seventeen.” It’s a fantastic song about remembering the freedom of being a teenager. It’s the perfect song to close out her performance.

Sharon returns in Angel Olsen’s encore set to play the song they released together, “Like I Used To”. They also play a cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Without You”. “I can’t live if living is without you!”  It’s a fantastic collaborative end to a great night of music.

See the full setlist of the previous night’s show here.

Cost of a ticket: $78

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Quinn Delaney

So Fun! Broadway in Chicago Presents The Devil Wears Prada at the James M. Nederlander Theatre (Through August 21, 2022)

The book version of The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was released in 2003 and became a New York Times Bestseller. The film version was released in 2006 starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. The first preview performance took place on July 19, 2022. After the Chicago run, it is planned to head to Broadway.

Andy is a new college graduate who has been looking for a job for six months. At the last minute, she gets an interview at Runway magazine with the Chief Editor, Miranda. She doesn’t know much about fashion, but she still surprisingly gets the job. She struggles with the work at first, but with the help of Nigel she gets a makeover and begins to fit in. While she is laser focused on her career, her friends and boyfriend feel neglected. Will she find a balance between her work and personal life?

A handful of the songs by Elton John are great. However, another handful could use some work. There is a good balance between the amount of dialog and the songs.

Taylor Iman Jones is excellent as Andy. She truly transforms from the beginning of the show to the end. Beth Leavel is fierce as Miranda. She is a strong and powerful boss. Javier Muñoz (Hamilton and In The Heights on Broadway) is great as Nigel, who has an excellent song in the second half.

Photos By Joan Marcus

The outfits in the show are stunning in appearance and in number. The set is also impressive as it spins around and as it tranforms from New York to Paris. It is definitely Broadway quality.

Cost of a ticket: $153 (Back Orchestra)

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Get tickets now for The Devil Wears Prada through August 21st!

Quinn Delaney

Top 7 Moments of Howie Day at City Winery Chicago (August 4, 2022)

1. Early on he introduces a song saying he barely remembers how to play it. The song is “Secret” from the Australia album. It turns out that intro was an early example of his sense of humor.

2. Later, he starts a song saying it is by a small Irish band. It is “One” by U2. His version sounds amazing. It’s very impressive.

3. Next up is a “deep cut”, according to Howie. It is his biggest hit, “Collide”, which has over 376 million streams if you count both the regular and acoustic version together. In the middle of the song, he jokes that he doesn’t get paid if he doesn’t play this one.

4. Another song is introduced as a once in a decade song. One that he feels is one of his best. It is “Treetops”. He says that a few couples used it as their wedding song. And rightly so, as it is a very romantic song.

5. At one point, he talks about his DIY merch. It is some art that he created during the pandemic shutdown. Some of it includes handwritten lyrics to “Collide” and other songs.

6. The next song is “Be There”, he says. The audience doesn’t react much. “I guess not”, he jokes. Afterwards, he says how the song could be transformed into a country tune called “Beer There”. With some encouragement from the crowd, he goes on to play a minute of this version. He sings in a spot on low country voice and alters the lyrics hilariously to be in the country style. He says he could do a whole set that way.

7. Throughout the whole night, he uses a loop pedal that allows him to layer up his sound and make it sound much bigger than just one person on stage.

See the full setlist here.

Quinn Delaney

Soaring Melodies! Fleet Foxes with Uwade at The Salt Shed (August 3, 2022)

It’s opening week at The Salt Shed located on the Chicago River directly west of Goose Island. While the indoor venue is still under construction, they have begun a two month season of outdoor concerts. It has a street festival vibe with many food options, bars, and other types of vendors. With a GA ticket, it is standing room only and there is nowhere to sit. There is an ADA section far back with seats. There is also a premium section on the river side with a limited amount of seating. It’s a great addition to the Chicago summer music scene.

Fleet Foxes take the stage at exactly 8pm. They open with “Wading in Waist‐high Water” from their latest album, Shore. They are joined by the opener, Uwade, who just played a great solo set.

Midway though the show, an audience member requests “Student Debt”. This was a song created by the lead singer in a 20-minute workshop. He does recall the song and goes on to play about a minute of it. Afterwards, he jokingly invites the audience member to play his 20-minute song. But then he says, “No, let’s not play any more bad songs.”

Soon afterwards, they play “Mykonos”, which is their biggest hit to date. It has almost 200 million streams on Spotify. It features a soaring melody along with some of their best vocal harmonies to which everyone sings along.

Later on, an audience member requests “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. The lead singer, Robin Pecknold, says he has never heard the song. But, he thinks he knows what it sounds like. He makes up a song on the spot in a country blues style. It is quite impressive and the audience eats it up.

To close out the night, they play “Helplessness Blues”.  “I was raised up believing I was somehow unique / Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see / And now after some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be / A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me.” It’s such a beautiful song and it sends everyone out with a big smile on their face.

See the full setlist here.

Also check out our review of their Pitchfork Music Festival appearance in 2018 here.

Cost of a ticket: $64

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Quinn Delaney