Chicago's Golden Soul | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Chicago's Golden Soul The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Continues through March 30 2014

This revival of Jackie Taylor's jukebox musical offers a compendium of 1960s and '70s hits by artists and groups who put Chicago soul on the map, among them Gene Chandler, Curtis Mayfield, the Chi-Lites, Etta James, and the Five Stairsteps. As in all Taylor shows, the tight ensemble spiritedly re-creates the looks of the artists and the sound of the tunes, backed with power and grace by an amazing band led by music director Robert Redderick. In between songs the actors tell a few slim stories about the artists and Chicago's Record Row, but those wanting a more comprehensive view of this rich time in Chicago's musical history are advised to look elsewhere. This is for people who want wall-to-wall Chicago soul. —Jack Helbig

Price: $55-$65


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