Little Women: The Musical | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Little Women: The Musical The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 19 2010

While not strictly a holiday show, this 2005 musical based on Louisa May Alcott's beloved tale of sisterly rivalry and bonding makes a handsome gift for the family. Allan Knee's book indulges in billboard dialogue (spoiled Amy: "I want fine things," headstrong Jo: "I want passion"), but the score by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein yields heart-stirring numbers, as when Kelli Harrington--playing matriarch Marmee, trying to cope without her husband during the Civil War--sings "Here Alone." There are some stiff supporting performances in Paul Packer's staging for NightBlue Performing Arts Company, but if you can keep a dry eye while dying Beth (Julia Macholl) reassures Jo (Erin O'Shea) that "Some Things Are Meant to Be," you're made of tougher stuff than I am. --Kerry Reid

Price: $25-$27