Highly Recommended**** For those of you, into “tribute” concert type shows, there is a new one in town. From the producers who have brought us “Rain”, a tribute to the Beatles, we are now able to keep the memories of the Gibbs Brothers “alive” in our hearts with “The Austrailian Bee Gees Show” a multi-media tribute concert celebrating the family that brought us the music of the “disco ” era and of course the memories of John Travolta walking down the streets of New York, pain cans in hand to the music of “Stayin Alive” and the score of “Saturday Night Fever”.
This is a special musical production with use of some wonderful videos and three performers who not only sound like the brothers,Robin, Maurice and Barry, but look very close to them. In fact, in some of the videos, one might be confused as to which is the real Bee Gee and which the Australian- No matter! What you will find at The Broadway Playhouse, that sparkling gem of an intimate theater on Michigan Avenue, is a two hours plus magical trip down memory lane. These men are not only strong singers and musicians ( along with the four musicians who back them up) but know how to play the audience. The audience was on their feet dancing and singing along.
not just because we were younger, but because we had more hope and had our future to look forward to- now that we are older, and look back at the years and what did take place since the 70’s, this show, with its memories makes for a nice evening of entertainment.
Matt Baldoni (an amazing Barry),Jack Leftley( Maurice) and Paul Lines (Robin) are three very solid performers who with their costume changes and hair changes remind us of the times we lived through and the way that music influenced our lives. The four musicians who back them up-Mario Basner, David Inamine, Damion Puluse and Pete Sprague fill in the spots to make this musical tribute very special. This, by the way, is the perfect venue for this type of show. I always found “Rain” to be lost at The Auditorium and while I know there are far more seats in the larger theater, Broadway Playhouse is where we all feel that we are truly at the concerts that are represented in the production.
“The Australian Bee Gees Show” will continue at The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place through August 4th with performances as follows:
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m.
Tickets range from $35- $80 and can be purchased at any of the Broadway In Chicago box offices, or Kiosks ( one is right in The Water Tower Place Mall), by phone at 800-775-2000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com
There is parking at Water Tower ( discounted by having your ticket validated at the Playhouse) and of course Michigan Avenue has plenty of dining spots- the Water Tower itself is home to many great dining spots including the fabulous Lettuce Entertain You food court on the second level.
To see what others are saying about this experience, visit www.theatreinchicago.com, go to Review Round-up and click at “The Austrailian Bee Gees Show”