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"BEACHES A New Musical"
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"Austin's score is easy on the ears, witty, emotionally resonant, and a darn good match for this mainstream material!"
The new musical "Beaches," which you can currently see at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, deserves a shot on Broadway. I say this not least because I sniffled and blubbered my way through a good portion of Act 2 at a matinee last week....
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune     Read the full review
"Polished and accomplished, with ideally cast sets of three different actresses!"
With echoes of such Broadway shows as “Gypsy,” “Annie,” “Mamma Mia!,” and “Wicked,” “Beaches” features fluid direction by Eric Schaeffer (“Million Dollar Quartet”). And its score is a zesty pastiche of the pop sounds of the era during which Cee Cee becomes a star, mixed with ballads that capture ele...
Hedy Weiss, Sun Times     Read the full review
"Bean propels the show... Bashor is truly moving and entirely genuine!"
If Drury Lane Theatre's pre-Broadway musical adaptation of "Beaches" leaves you breathless, singer/actress Shoshana Bean is to blame. With her powerhouse voice and ample charm, the Broadway veteran ("Wicked," "Hairspray") sucks all the oxygen out of the room -- in a good way....
Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald     Read the full review
"You now have your opportunity to see a 'pre-Broadway' show in the Chicago area... that you will enjoy from the opening number until the very strong ending!"
Ms Bean is a combination of the talents of Bernadette Peters, Barbra Streisand and Ms Middler all rolled up and a special talent that one should make sure to watch in any role on any stage- she is dynamite!...
Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago     Read the full review
"It won’t be at all surprising if Beaches first cleans up at this autumn’s Jeff Awards... before earning Tony acclaim next June."
Amidst all these terrific elements of high quality musical theatre, perhaps the greatest take-away from this production is Schaeffer’s and the actors’ work in the final scenes on the beach. The conscious melding of depth, despair, humor, sadness, friendship, music and hope is the essence of grace....
Barry Reszel, Chicagoland Musical Theatre     Read the full review
"Beaches could be a major hit like Mamma Mia! but with a more powerful story!"
Drury Lane’s Pre-Broadway production, Beaches, is a musical comedy abut two little girls who meet on a beach in 1952 and quickly become friends. It is essentially a female “buddy” friendship musical with hints of Annie, Gypsy, Funny Girl, Mamma Mia!, and Wicked. Yet Beaches has a familiar score tha...
Tom Williams, Chicago Critic     Read the full review
"It’s great to be reminded of what it means to be friends, real friends, forever!"
Known for her critically acclaimed roles on Broadway in “Hairspray” and “Wicked,” Shoshana Bean is the real star of this musical, as Cee Cee. With her infectious smile, her frizzy red hair and Broadway belt, Ms. Bean is, to quote a lyric, “the one with all the glory.” Her voice effortlessly flies to...
Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review     Read the full review
"Everyone wishes they had a friendship like this, and every woman should drag her sisters, cousins and besties to the theatre to bond. They will not be disappointed."
When I heard that a pre-Broadway run of “Beaches” was coming to town at the expansive Drury Lane Theatre, I was more than a little intrigued. And having heard Dart speak (charmingly) just last week, I was downright excited. ...
Julie Chernoff, Make it Better     Read the full review
"Love, Friendship, Comedy, Dancing, and Amazing Performances make this another home run!"
The unending power of friendship and love and now with song and dance. Powerful and poignant, enduring with quality and class. The show begins with the two starring heroines on the beach with personalities, talent, contrasting lives and their futures before them. The talent of Presley Ryan as the yo...
Ed Vincent, Oak Park Journal     Read the full review
"Shoshana Bean completely inhabits the character of Cee Cee... Bashor’s performance as Bertie is excellent!"
If we are lucky in life, we all have dear friends to share our moments of triumph and pain and everything in between. We have friends that we share certain experiences with – maybe one friend is an exercise buddy. Another might be the work friend that you can commiserate with when the boss is a do...
Robin Kuss, Splash Magazines     Read the full review