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"Bigger and more tricked-out than the Broadway original... Stocked with talent!"
The show also is stocked with talent, allowing for a very moving performance from Landree Fleming as a sweetly pickled Olive with a beautiful voice, a funny turn by the terrific Carolyn Braver as Logainne and, especially, a hilarious take on William by Eli Branson. I've seen enough Barfees to, oh ne...
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune     Read the full review
"Supremely talented actors... This production is a sure winner!"
The one crucial requirement for both shows is performers of immense charm, agility, smarts and deft improvisational instincts. This production is a sure winner on that front; Calcagno has chosen his actors ideally. The contestants, each more troubled and endearing than the next, and all played by su...
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times     Read the full review
"Drury Lane's grand production does the musical proud... A crowd-pleasing winner!"
Drury Lane director Scott Calcagno masterfully achieves the right balance between the silly and serious. He not only has a great cast at his disposal, but Calcagno's sleek design team also gives this "Spelling Bee" a grandeur not typically bestowed on this well-crafted comedy spiked with improvisati...
Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald     Read the full review
"This Drury Lane’s superb updated Bee uses staging surprises which can knock your socks off!"
The Bee also blends the element of improvisaton by using four randomly chosen audience members, whose varied competitive styles add richness and complexity. It is a delightful, entertaining show about adolescence, but “clearly not a children’s show”....
Margaret Eva, Chicago Critic     Read the full review
"The cast and crew of Drury Lane’s The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee are all winners!"
Director Scott Calcagno (at the helm in his first Drury Lane production) deserves major kudos for, what I believe, will be another smash hit for Drury Lane. Everything in Putnam Spelling Bee is strategically thought out with a high level of detail (including an extraordinary set that surprisingly t...
James Murray, Showbiz Chicago     Read the full review
"Young, old, makes no difference, this is one that will make you forget about anything that might be ailing you!"
The set (Jeff Kmiec), sound (Ray Nardelli), lights (Lee Fiskness), props (Nick Heggestad) and costumes (Erika Senases) all add to this being a wonderful two hours plus of solid entertainment. The old ads always used the expression “How Do You Spell “Spelling Bee”? I-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e!”. Guess w...
Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago     Read the full review
"Spellbinding and letter-perfect aptly describe Drury Lane Theatre’s current production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”!"
OAKBROOK TERRACE – Spellbinding and letter-perfect aptly describe Drury Lane Theatre’s current production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the Tony Award-winning musical comedy that first took Broadway by storm in 2005....
Tom Witom, Lake County Journal     Read the full review
"The show can be summed up in one word: F-U-N!"
Scott Calcagno’s direction rides a fine line between funny and audacious. While the majority of the show is humorous, moments remind the audience that, while the show centers around the trials and tribulations of young spellers, the production isn’t completely intended for children. This especially ...
Mary Kroeck, New City Stage     Read the full review