Emily McClanathan

Emily McClanathan

Emily McClanathan works in theater administration in Chicago and holds a Master of Arts in Modern History from King’s College London. When she's not at the theater, her hobbies include reading, traveling, binge-watching British TV series, and tracking down the perfect cup of tea.




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BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Drury Lane Theatre
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


BWW Review: Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at Marriott Theatre
Posted: Nov. 22, 2018


BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Royal George TheatreBWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Royal George Theatre
Posted: Nov. 23, 2018


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman Theatre
Posted: Dec. 1, 2018


BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Goodman Theatre
Posted: Dec. 9, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Drury Lane Theatre
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount TheatreBWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount Theatre
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018


BWW Interview: Jess LeProtto on the humor and heart of HELLO, DOLLY!BWW Interview: Jess LeProtto on the humor and heart of HELLO, DOLLY!
Posted: Oct. 20, 2018


BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Buffalo Theatre EnsembleBWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble
Posted: May. 7, 2018


BWW Review: SMART PEOPLE at Writers TheatreBWW Review: SMART PEOPLE at Writers Theatre
Posted: Mar. 30, 2018


BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera Of ChicagoBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera Of Chicago
Posted: Apr. 30, 2018


BWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane Theatre
Posted: Apr. 17, 2018


BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Goodman Theatre
December 9, 2018

To sum up the Goodman Theatre's pairing of holiday productions this season: it was the best of humanity; it was the worst of humanity. While Tiny Tim's blessings and Scrooge's transformation warm hearts nightly in the Goodman's Albert Theatre, across the lobby in the Owen Theatre is a much different scene: a sardonic sendup of Christmas commercialism as told by Crumpet, an elf in Macy's Santaland. Based on the essay by humorist David Sedaris, which propelled him to fame when he performed it on NPR in 1992, Joe Mantello's one-man stage adaptation of THE SANTALAND DIARIES stars Matt Crowle and is directed by Steve Scott.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman Theatre
December 1, 2018

The Goodman Theatre's annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, now in its 41st year, embraces Charles Dickens' world withall of its Victorian charm. And rightly so: after all, Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, are largely credited with popularizing Christmas traditions in Britain. Between these royals and the legacy of Dickens' beloved tale, nothing says 'Christmas' quite like carolers in top hats and gas lamps glowing in the London fog.

BWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Royal George TheatreBWW Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Royal George Theatre
November 23, 2018

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a prime example of the power of live theater: relying on evocative language, simple yet effective sound and lighting design, and skilled acting, this two-man gothic thriller easily surpasses any high-budget horror film in its ability to create a communal sense of fear among an audience.

BWW Review: Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at Marriott Theatre
November 22, 2018

With its abundance of classic tunes and tightly choreographed ensemble numbers, Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN is the perfect fit for the Marriott Theatre, a company that excels with dance-heavy shows in its intimate, in-the-round space. Denis Jones directs and choreographs a talented cast in this regional premiere of the 2016 Broadway musical (which Jones also choreographed). Based on the 1942 film featuring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, the stage adaptation makes some vital updates (most obviously, getting rid of a notorious blackface number), while capitalizing on the nostalgia of songs like 'White Christmas,' 'Happy Holiday,' 'Blue Skies,' and 'Cheek to Cheek.'

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Drury Lane Theatre
November 18, 2018

In an era when stage adaptations of animated films are seemingly a dime a dozen, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has stood the test of time, and for good reason. When the 1991 Disney film was adapted for Broadway in 1994, composer Alan Menken nearly doubled the number of songs, and the additions that he wrote with lyricist Tim Rice are every bit as stunning as the originals (with lyrics by the late Howard Ashman). Further, Linda Woolverton's book for the musical lends depth to characters previously left underdeveloped in her film screenplay, especially the Beast and his household. Drury Lane Theatre's new production honors both the film and Broadway versions, but director Alan Souza and his creative team deliver a refreshingly original vision, giving the talented cast space to breathe new life into familiar characters. The result is a beautifully designed, thoughtfully staged, and strongly acted fairy tale that should delight audiences of all ages.

BWW Interview: Chicago actor Christine Bunuan returns in MISS SAIGON national tourBWW Interview: Chicago actor Christine Bunuan returns in MISS SAIGON national tour
November 11, 2018

Chicago actor Christine Bunuan stars as Gigi in the national tour of MISS SAIGON, which plays at Broadway in Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre November 14 through December 8. Bunuan recently spoke to BroadwayWorld Chicago about bringing this epic love story on the road.

BWW Review: LADY IN DENMARK at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: LADY IN DENMARK at Goodman Theatre
November 4, 2018

Though often described as a 'universal language,'music, perhaps more than any other art form, is intricately linked to the memories and emotions of the individual. LADY IN DENMARK celebrates the power of music to weave together the strands of one life: in this case, the songs of Billie Holiday and the reminiscences of a fictional, elderly Danish immigrant living in Chicago.

BWW Review: PRIVATE PEACEFUL at Greenhouse Theater, starring Shane O'Regan, offers a profound meditation on war through the eyes of youthBWW Review: PRIVATE PEACEFUL at Greenhouse Theater, starring Shane O'Regan, offers a profound meditation on war through the eyes of youth
October 23, 2018

Author Michael Morpurgo (of WAR HORSE fame) once interviewed three World War One veterans from rural England and later wrote, 'There was no poetry in their stories, only horror and regret and great sadness for the loss of good friends.' In PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Morpurgo captures this horror, regret, and sadness, but there is also profound poetry in his ode to the futility and injustice of war.

BWW Interview: Jess LeProtto on the humor and heart of HELLO, DOLLY!BWW Interview: Jess LeProtto on the humor and heart of HELLO, DOLLY!
October 20, 2018

After performing in HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway, Jess LeProtto currently stars as Barnaby Tucker in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival. In advance of the tour's four-week engagement at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre, I spoke with Jess about taking this heart-warming, hilarious Broadway hit on the road.

BWW Interview: Shane O'Regan on a young soldier's experience of WWI in PRIVATE PEACEFULBWW Interview: Shane O'Regan on a young soldier's experience of WWI in PRIVATE PEACEFUL
October 19, 2018

The Irish Times Best Actor nominee Shane O'Regan stars in PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Simon Reade's stage adaptation of the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the celebrated author of WAR HORSE. This story of World War One charts the life of a young soldier, Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful, who faces the firing squad for cowardice. After critically acclaimed tours across Ireland in 2017 and 2018, the production recently embarked on a tour of the U.S. and is now playing at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater. I had the opportunity to interview Shane O'Regan and discuss the tragedy of WWI, the beauty of Michael Morpurgo's writing, and the challenge of playing 24 characters in a one-man show.

BWW Review: WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME at Goodman Theatre
September 26, 2018

It's not uncommon for artists to create beauty from the pain of their own pasts, but few do it as bravely and poignantly as David Cale in WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. Staged in the Goodman Theatre's largest venue and programmed as the subscription season opener, this 90-minute, one-man show packs an emotional punch in the most understated of ways.

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Drury Lane Theatre
September 23, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS brilliantly captures the dark comedy of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's popular musical, based on the low-budget 1960 horror film. Scott Calcagno directs a cast who masterfully balance the campy humor with genuinely moving performances as the hapless inhabitants of Skid Row.

BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at Marriott Theatre
September 23, 2018

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but in SWEET CHARITY, it's all in the leading lady's name. Charity Hope Valentine: the dance hall hostess who gives away her last dime to those in need, remains boundlessly optimistic no matter what life throws her way, and, above all, believes in finding love.

BWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at Shattered Globe TheatreBWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at Shattered Globe Theatre
September 19, 2018

In true Dostoyevsky fashion, Shattered Globe Theatre's CRIME AND PUNISHMENT examines human depravity and the desperation that can drive people to appalling extremes. And the view is as bleak as a Siberian winter: under the direction of Louis Contey, the ensemble cast fills the intimate space at Theater Wit with a tension that rarely relents over the course of nearly three hours.

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount TheatreBWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount Theatre
September 9, 2018

Paramount Theatre's production of LEGALLY BLONDE-THE MUSICAL lands the familiar tale of sorority-girl-turned-lawyer Elle Woods firmly in 2018, and it works well. Based on the 2001 movie, the musical premiered on Broadway in 2007, and, unlike some stage adaptations of beloved chick flicks, still resonates in today's post-Weinstein world. A strong female protagonist, working hard to achieve her goals, leaves behind toxic relationships and surrounds herself with people who believe in building each other up. While the narrative is empowering, LEGALLY BLONDE never lets the tone get too serious, with plenty of humor, larger-than-life characters, impressive dance numbers, and all the glitz, glam, and 'Omigod's that one would expect from the women of UCLA's Delta Nu.

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Music Theater WorksBWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Music Theater Works
August 20, 2018

In a charming take on Cole Porter's 1930s musical, Music Theater Works' ANYTHING GOES delivers lively big-band music, crowd-pleasing dance numbers, and a hearty dose of nostalgia. Directed by Rudy Hogenmiller and choreographed by Clayton Cross, a strong ensemble cast brings to life an eclectic assortment of characters-nightclub singers, undercover gangsters, hapless young lovers, a drunken businessman, a bumbling aristocrat, and more. Brought together in the confines of a transatlantic ocean liner, mischief and misunderstandings abound in true P.G. Wodehouse* fashion, until a series of farcical ruses brings about the inevitable happy ending, complete with a wedding (or three).

BWW Review: PAMPLONA at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: PAMPLONA at Goodman Theatre
July 23, 2018

It is no small feat to create a believable portrait of a great artist that pays equal homage to their creative genius and their ordinary hopes, struggles, and failures. Playwright Jim McGrath does exactly this for Ernest Hemingway in PAMPLONA. Under Robert Falls' direction, renowned actor Stacy Keach returns to the role he was meant to play in spring of 2017, before a mild heart attack prevented the Goodman's world premiere production from opening. It was worth the wait.

BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO at Marriott Theatre
July 19, 2018

It's difficult to remember the last show that made me laugh as much as the Marriott Theatre's MURDER FOR TWO. It was probably THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, which is currently reigning as the longest-running play on Broadway and soon to embark on a national tour. Murder mystery farces are clearly in fashion, but MURDER FOR TWO falls into a delightful subgenre of its own.

BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Drury Lane Theatre
July 17, 2018

As the curtain rises on Drury Lane Theatre's production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, we view a striking image: the interior of a derelict Mississippi mansion, complete with crumbling masonry, mossy growths on the ceiling, and a none-too-sturdy grand staircase. Amid these ruins, each member of the dysfunctional Pollitt family battles other forms of decay: failing health, eroding relationships, toxic jealousy, and thwarted ambitions.

BWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) at Goodman Theatre
June 9, 2018

In FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks draws on Homeric traditionto spin an epic of the American Civil War. Intended as the first three parts of nine, an episodic structure ties loosely together the narrative of Hero (Kamal Angelo Bolden), a Texas slave who must decide whether or not to join the Confederate army under his master's promise that fighting will earn his freedom.



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