The Student Prince | Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28 2011

In the mid-1920s this melodramatic tale of a sheltered German prince falling for a lowly barmaid (to the apoplectic consternation of the Karlsberg court) was a monster Broadway hit. Now Dorothy Donnelly's creaky book and Sigmund Romberg's mind-numbing score--a relentless onslaught of nearly undifferentiated marches and waltzes--come across as examples of what killed operetta. Light Opera Works's nearly three-hour revival proves that handsome sets, a well-conducted orchestra, more than two dozen strong singers, and a pair of winning romantic leads aren't enough to bring this fossil fully to life. It would also take a clear point of view communicated through meaningful stage pictures--something Rudy Hogenmiller's dutiful, plodding direction doesn't provide. --Justin Hayford

Price: $32-92

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