Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss talks Chicago's Tony Award nominees and reviews Anything Goes, The Pianist of Willesden Lane and several other shows around town. She joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. 

A number of plays with Chicago connections received exciting news today, as the 2013 Tony Award nominees were announced. Three members of Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre Company were recognized: both Amy Morton and Tracy Letts were honored for their performances in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which received five nominations, and actress Laurie Metcalf was nominated for her leading role in The Other Place. Another Chicagoan, actress Carrie Coon, received a nomination for her performance in Virginia Woolf. For a full list of Tony nominations, click here.

Watch a 2010 Chicago Tonight story featuring Amy Morton, who discusses her lead role in Virginia Woolf:
 
 
Kinky Boots, which made its debut in Chicago, received 13 nominations, the most of any show. Below, watch a 2012 Chicago Tonight interview with Harvey Fierstein, the four-time Tony Award winner who wrote the book that inspired Kinky Boots. 
 

 
To read an interview with Kinky Boots director Jerry Mitchell, click here
 
Learn more about the shows reviewed in this edition of Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews:
 
A winner of three Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, the stage classic Anything Goes takes Chicago audiences aboard the S.S. American, the set of a burgeoning love between two pairs of unlikely couples. Anything Goes is playing at the Cadillac Place Theatre through May 5, 2013. Tickets are priced between $27 and $95. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, click here.
 
Now playing at the Royal George Theatre, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Mona Golabek’s mother, a Jewish pianist who is forced to seek refuge in London from Nazi persecution. The story of one woman’s experiences in war-torn Europe is told through some of the world’s greatest piano classics. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is playing at the Royal George Theatre through May 12, 2013. Tickets are priced between $52.95 and $57.95. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, click here.
 
Set on Chicago’s Wabash Avenue in the late 1930s, Pal Joey tells the story of Joey Evans, a gregarious musician and performer whose attempt to juggle two competing love interests leads to a host of problems. Pal Joey is playing at Stage 773 through May 26, 2013. Tickets are priced between $32 and $41. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, click here.
 
A fast-paced, modern-day tale of young outlaws on the run, Yellow Moon tells the story of a couples’ epic adventure across the Scottish countryside in search of a missing father. Yellow Moon is on stage at the Writers’ Theatre through August 4, 2013. Tickets are priced between $35 and $60. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, click here.
 
Watch Hedy Weiss’ web exclusive review of Yellow Moon.