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“Big Fish”
Review of Oriental Theatre

Oriental Theatre
Ranked #50 of 657 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 17 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago's Loop including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, Oriental Theatre, and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We had the opportunity to see the Broadway Preview of "Big Fish".
Our tickets placed us in the dress circle and the sound was somewhat muffled. Aside from that - a great experience. This show is headed to New York. You will want to see it when it is up and running there!

Thank djteacher
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Have seen several plays at the Oriental theatre on Randolph. The show, most recently Big Fish, was great, but the theatre itself is a work of art. Take time to view the beautiful Asian inspired architecture.

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Went to see "Big Fish" last Weekend on Sunday matinee. There were 4 of us.
Nice that Chicago hosted a pre Broadway opening.
The production and cast were top notch.
The theater is elegant and a classic feel, while still handling a show with modern effects.
I do have one strong suggestion. We bought tickets well in advance for the front row of the loge at top ticket prices and the most of that row was filled.
However there were many empty seats in the remaining loge rows behind us.
Be aware that the area in front of the loge extends out very far including spot lights.
It obstructs the front of the stage and for this show the stage extended further to create a river.
It might have been helpful if the ushers pointed that out.
Instead the show began, we were all missing parts and the majority of the first row moved back and we did 2x to the 4th row back to see everthing, which we could do only if we sat straight and leaned forward for the river scenes.
The unfortunate part was the bearded usher who rudely told us and others to stay seated not to disrupt others. I just wanted to be able to see the show I paid over $400 for well in advance.
Big Fish is moving on and maybe they can take the Big Bad usher with them.
Otherwise I would look forward to returning sometime to the theater, especially for more pre Broadway productions. Enjoy!

1  Thank toltom
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The pre-Braokway production of the new musical "Big Fish" now showing at the Ford Oriental Theater in Chicago is a winner. It is a wonderful melding of old fashioned musicals with a story line that incorporates imagination and wonder. I am sure the production that opens in NY this fall will have tightened up some plot points and perhaps shaved some running time, but this is a musical that deserves to have its' story told. Highly recommended.

Thank Mike C
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Theatre today tends to be a techno extravaganza. This means the most recent advances have to be supported on stage through multimedia engagement. At the same time, the Oriental preserves the design opulence of an earlier age. This theatre treasures the past but embraces the future. It is a gem of a theatre. I particular enjoy the mosaics in the main entry area and fantastic scuptural details.

Thank Ralph w
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