The days of summer are long, tedious, and draining but those are words that I could never use to describe anything about Marriott Lincolnshire blistering production of “Shout! The Mod Musical” that opened up earlier in July and would have been reviewed much sooner if I didn't have a birthday and computer hacker at the same time.
The last time “Shout!” was done it was more of a meek whimper then the Marriott's production which seems to be saying we're sorry for coming out with a whisper and to make up for it we're going to “Sell it Girls.” Which works as this show pays homage to the 60's a decade with some of the most irresistible girl singers and groups that ever existed in the first place. You give anyone today the music from this era and how can they not shine with these songs. From anything to Jessie Muller's perfectly modulated “How Can I Be Sure,” Tammy Mader's defiant “These Boots are Made for Walking,” to Raena Whites belted out take on the title tune these are fresh delivery’s on classic songs staged to perfection by Rachel Rockwell who is becoming the director of Chicago musical theater.
My only complaint about this entire production and it has nothing really to do with “Shout” I just wish Marriott would spend more time doing book musicals then revues but that is a small complaint especially on a show that fulfills in so many other ways. Their production of “Shout! The Mod Musical” is as loud and strong as any of their other revues and a great way to get over the Chicago heatwave.
Shout! continues through Aug 14 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets are $41 – $49. For more info, go to www.marriotttheatre.com or call 847-634-0200.