Tinsel! The Musical | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

Tinsel! The Musical The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2011

A klutzy, bespectacled reindeer named Tinsel gets a makeover, wins an American Idol-esque talent competition, and becomes a pop sensation in this children's musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company. The "Tinsel-mania" that follows threatens to alienate the star from her true self—she actually prefers country music—and wreck Christmas because everyone's forgotten about Santa. Though the moral is muddled (be yourself because you're special—but it's Christmas, so get over yourself), the show benefits from a cheeky attitude, some delightfully kitschy costumes by Maggie Portman and Jenny Lamb, and a winning cast of kids and grown-ups. The standout is one of the small fry, Caroline Phillips, who plays a put-upon elf with the comic timing of a Borscht Belt pro. —Zac Thompson

Price: $12-$18

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