We Three Lizas press


We Three Lizas in Concert at Joe’s Pub, July 2013:

Cool and refreshing new musical…delightfully zanyBut there were even some tender moments mixed in with all the camp, which made the show a sweet holiday-themed treat.” – Next Magazine     Full article here.

We Three Lizas at Steppenwolf Garage Dec 2012:

#1 Critics Pick – TimeOut Chicago, Theatre AND Gay & Lesbian editorial

Recommended – WBEZ, Dualing Critics      Recommended – Around the Town Chicago

Recommended – Chicago Reader, Culture Vulture         Recommended – Newcity

We loved this holiday tale that channels the spirit of the season via Liza Minnelli and a cast of misfits…The indefatigable Scott Bradley (Alien Queen, A Carpenters Halloween) channels legendary diva Liza Minnelli in a queer holiday musical that’s unexpected, uplifting and totally joyful. “ – TimeOut Chicago

“About Face Theatre’s WE 3 LIZA’S Is A Fantastic Holiday Survival Guide. Move over Christmas Carol; step aside It’s A Wonderful Life (radio version or other), a new original holiday classic is born and it is the most fun you will have at a show this season…The original score composed for We 3 Liza’s is very smart and melodic. Alan Schmuckler’s music (and additional lyrics) coupled with Mr. Bradley’s use of the narrative is a perfect collaboration using jazz, standards and gritty showtune ballads. It is by far one of the most creative scores written for any new work this season.” – Showbiz Chicago

 “This gender-bending show from About Face Theatre Company is the holiday musical comedy of my dreams. The script by Scott Bradley…is hilarious but also more sophisticated than you might expect. The music by Alan Schmuckler…is perfect for the edgy, sexy, fun story line, in which all hell breaks loose when a bitter design-house owner attempts to conjure up a Christmas wish and three versions of Liza Minnelli arrive instead.” – Chicago Reader “Culture Vulture”

“As we see more and more of Queer America morphing into something resembling everyone else, it is refreshing to catch a glimpse of that darling decadence that scares the ultraconservatives and dares to celebrate our own playfully twisted uniqueness. We Three Lizas is a fusion of faintly recognizable seasonal stories tossed into a martini shaker with queer pop culture references serving as the hard liquor. Playwright Scott Bradley mixes this signature cocktail up with a generous helping of wonderfully original songs, by composer Alan Schmuckler, and an infusion of FABULOUS to realize a phantasm of holiday escapism.” – Chicago Stage Review

“This colorful Christmas chestnut features catchy songs by Scott Bradley and Alan Schmuckler.” – Stage and Cinema

“For those who like their holidays with a little extra glitz and a whole lot of pizzazz…” – Sheridan Road

“There are many…times where I can just see the great Sondheim giving Schmuckler a broad smile and a ‘high five’.” – Around the Town Chicago

“Bradley creates a go-for-broke universe that…resonates with emotional power.” – Sheridan Road

“Alan Schmuckler’s score…, a buoyant gift wrapped in a melodic, dramatically well-conceived bow, is a real find.” – Newcity

 “Weirdly refreshing new Christmas musical from About Face Theatre…with music by the very talented young composer Alan Schmuckler.” – Chicago Tribune

“Scott Bradley and Alan Schmuckler’s Seuss-like, delightfully queer new holiday piece.” – TimeOut Chicago

“Schmuckler’s pleasant, poppy score provides plenty of hooks.” – TimeOut Chicago

undeniably original and joyously queer.” – TimeOut Chicago

Razzle-dazzle musical riff on A Christmas Carol.” – Chicago Reader

“Alan Schmuckler’s flashy score… sharp-witted lyrics by Bradley” – Chicago Reader

“ That’s my idea of a great holiday show…captivating melodies and hilarious lyrics…saturated with wit and charm.” – Splash Magazine

“This is like a New York show – in Chicago.”

– Best Gay Chicago


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