For the Boys | Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

For the Boys Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 16 2011

Song-and-dance man Eddie Sparks doesn't belong in a television studio. Despite the success of their variety show, he pleads with his partner, Dixie, to join him for one more USO tour, arguing that nothing can compare to the roar of thousands in uniform--"that sound," as he wistfully puts it. A similar appreciation for old-style entertainment runs deep in Aaron Thielen's new musical about Eddie and Dixie's relationship from World War II through Vietnam. Based on the 1991 movie starring James Caan and Bette Midler, For the Boys turns mawkish by the time we reach Korea. But Michele Ragusa and Timothy Gulan are wicked fun as the larger-than-life leads, director Marc Robin finds witty ways to enliven cornball jokes and standard tunes, and the ensemble is musically superb. --Dan Jakes

Price: $41-$49

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