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Sweeney Todd a smash at Paramount

By Bill Beard  Contributor  Once again, there is a splendid new show at Aurora’s impressive Paramount Theatre. Let me sincerely urge you Stateline Theatre Goers to take the easy drive down I-39 and East on I-88 to enjoy some of the best…

Much Ado about Mamma Mia at the Paramount

By Bill Beard Contributor There is indeed much to be said about the new production of Mamma Mia, the musical, in Aurora’s current “Broadway at the Paramount” series! ABBAsolutely! Opening night was a celebration, with an audience…

LuPone and Ebersole put on War Paint at Goodman

By Bill Beard Contributor When the lights came up on The Goodman Theatre’s premiere of the new musical, War Paint, it became immediately obvious that we were in the presence of royalty! Not just because the show revolves around the two…

Starlight enters 50th season

By Richard S. Gubbe Contributor Starlight Theatre Director Mike Webb combines some of his favorite shows along with the theater’s best box office draw in 50 years when the season opens with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang today at Rock Valley…

You can still catch Sister Act at Fireside Dinner Theatre

By Bill Beard Contributor Don’t hesitate! The moment you read this, get on the phone or online and get your reservations for Fireside’s current hit musical, Sister Act, the Musical. Based on the hilarious 1992 Whoopie Goldberg hit,…

Stagecoach Players welcomes Mary Poppins

By Bill Beard Contributor Stagecoach Players has long been considered one of the better community theatres in the Illinois-Wisconsin stateline area. From a typical “little theatre” beginning in 1947 by a group of friends (in a…

West Side Story dances into The Fireside

By Bill Beard Contributor It’s been some time since I last saw a show at Fort Atkinson's The Fireside Dinner Theatre, and I was thrilled to find that they are still superb. I reviewed their last production of "West Side Story" several…