recommended It seems a pity that with the holidays still almost three weeks ago, a wonderful little 90 minute entertainment such as “Handel’s Messiah Rocks” only plays for two days. They call this musical “A joyful noise”, but honestly, I found it to be uplifting and in my opinion a wonderful way to get our youth to learn a little bible story. This bright and energetic production has three dominating performers, Mike Eldred ( the Tenor), Ramona Keller and Marty Thomas ( the Baritone) and a solid orchestra. In addition, they use two local chorus groups, one of high school age, the other a little older. In fact, the older chorus starts the show by running through the audience, main floor and balconies to bring every one’s energy level up. It works!
The story is told in three sections- Part One: The Mystery of Faith- Part Two: The power of Love- Part three:The Hope for Peace. In total over 17 musical pieces and the audience participation “Hallelujah” which is inspiring no matter what your religious beliefs are. It is truly a shame that we only had two days to get into a whole new way of hearing “The Messiah” and perhaps next year, they will bring the show in for just a little longer. While the Bank of America Theatre is a decent size for this show, we need to fill it and do more often allowing more Chicago theater patrons to partake of this wonderful holiday experience.
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