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Misha Davenport is a Chicago-based freelance writer, blogger, critic and singer. He studied playwriting at Michigan State University under the late Arthur Athanason. He has been covering theater in the Windy City for more than a decade at the Chicago Sun-Times and currently as a contributor to BroadwayWorld.com. He sits on the board of the not-for-profit arts group Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and resides in Rogers Park, just steps away from the emerging theater district located there. He is a fierce advocate and lover of live theater from shows in 50-seat storefronts to big Broadway blockbusters.
BWW Reviews: BIG FISH an Epic Whale of a Tale
April 23, 2013
'Big Fish' offers visual sights and sounds to capture the audience hook, line and sinker.
BWW Reviews: Cathy Rigby Still Soars as the Boy Who Won't Grow Up in PETER PAN
February 7, 2013
At 60, Rigby shows no signs of slowing down in a role she has been playing off and on for the last four decades
BWW Reviews: The BOOK OF MORMON: Chicago Cast Rings all the Right Bells
December 27, 2012
Chicago production of Tony-award winning show 'The Book of Mormon comes into its own, rightfully deserving all the buzz and praise.
BWW Reviews: No Kinks Here, KINKY BOOTS is a Crowd-Pleaser
October 18, 2012
Broadway World Chicago reviews the pre-Broadway tryout of 'Kinky Boots'
Bailiwick's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON a Mixed Bag
October 9, 2012
'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' envisions the seventh U.S. president as Emo rockstar.
BWW Reviews: Nightblue's AVENUE Q Finds Its Purpose
October 8, 2012
Relatively new to the Chicago theater scene, suburban-based Nightblue scores with their original take on the Tony-award winning 'Avenue Q.'
BWW Interviews: Q&A with BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Star Matt Holzfeind
October 5, 2012
We chat with Matt Holzfeind, star of the Chicago premiere of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'
BWW Reviews: A Glorious SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
October 5, 2012
Gary Griffin's production of the classic Sondheim musical is a fitting work of art and this season's first must-see.
BWW Interviews: XANADU's Chris Critelli and Gina Milo at Drury Lane
September 7, 2012
Xanadau's glitzy neon lights shine again with Drury Lane Theatre's production of the hit Broadway musical
Cyndi Lauper and More Set for 2012-2013 Broadway in Chicago Season Sneak Peek, 8/6
August 5, 2012
Cyndi Lauper joins various actors to preview the coming Broadway in Chicago season-in song.
BWW Reviews: The Dream Works at STREAMWERKZ: THE MUSICAL
July 9, 2012
The towel clad lads server up a late-night musical treat at 'Steamwerkz: The Musical'
BWW Reviews: RENT Comes Due at ATC
May 9, 2012
David Cromer's production of 'Rent' should face early eviction due to poor staging choices.
Theo Ubique Leads 2012 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations; Full List Announced!
April 25, 2012
Nominations for the Chicago-based Non-Equity Jeff Awards were announced today; Theo Ubique leads with 14 nominations
BWW Reviews: The Light Shines Bright on Theo Ubique's THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
March 14, 2012
Theo Ubique's 'The Light in the Piazza' is of the best and most glorious shows of this season.
BWW Reviews: BRING IT ON The Musical - Gimme an 'H', Gimme an 'I' and Gimme a 'T'!
March 14, 2012
Prepare to get the Broadway spirit in the cheerleading musical 'Bring It On.'
BWW Reviews: A Somewhat Enchanted Evening - SOUTH PACIFIC on Tour
February 20, 2012
Non-Equity tour of South Pacific' hits its share of 'Bali-lows' but young leads show promise
BWW Reviews: Green Day's Punk Music Rolls into Town with Energy Anger Intact in AMERICAN IDIOT Tour
February 8, 2012
'American Idiot' tour aims for the non-Broadway musical crowd and mostly succeeds.
BWW Reviews: Court Rules in favor of Marriott Theatre's LEGALLY BLONDE
February 3, 2012
Chelsea Packard (as Elle Woods) and the rest of the cast deliver a fast-paced, fresh and funny 'Legally Blonde' at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.
BWW Reviews: Snaps to a Newly Revised ADDAMS FAMILY
December 28, 2011
The newly-revised musical 'The Addams Family' finds new life and laughs on tour.
BWW Reviews: LA CAGE On Tour - One Bird Soars, Another Sours
December 28, 2011
Christopher Sieber shines in the ground breaking classic 'La Cage aux Folles'
BWW Reviews: Cue the Leg Lamp Kickline - A Christmas Story, The Musical! Hits Chicago
December 21, 2011
Misha Davenport sits down with the creative team behind this holiday's biggest hit, 'A Christmas Story, The Musical!'
BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS Loses Some Passion
November 23, 2011
The national tour of Tony award-winning 'Memphis' loses some heat, but still thrills vocally.
BWW Reviews: Practically Perfect POPPINS Delights
October 19, 2011
No spoonful of sugar needed: 'Mary Poppins' delights in every way.
BWW Reviews: Here's to the Ladies Upstairs! FOLLIES is First Rate at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
October 14, 2011
Chicago Shakespeare's production of 'Follies' is second to none
Q&A with Chicago Shakespeare's FOLLIES Director, Gary Griffin
October 13, 2011
Here's to the girls upstairs! Director Gary Griffin chats briefly on his vision for 'Follies.'
BWW Reviews: Hollywood Memories, Drugs and Droids - Carrie Fisher Dishes in WISHFUL DRINKING
October 10, 2011
We'll drink to that: Carrie Fisher looks back on her life in Hollywood in 'Wishful Drinking.'
BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Oriental - A Step Above Community Children's Theater, But Not By Much
July 1, 2011
Broadway World Chicago reviews 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast.'
BWW Reviews: THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON
June 16, 2011
Long-buried memories have the power to move and motivate in Lookingglass Theatre Company's 'The Last Act of Lilka Kadison'
BroadwayWorld Chicago salutes Lookingglass Theatre Company Part Five
June 10, 2011
Part five of Broadway World Chicago's salute to the Lookingglass Theatre Company, the winner of the 2011 Regional Theater Tony Award.
BWW Reviews: CHICAGO Still Paints the Town After All These Years
June 9, 2011
Touring production of the hit revival 'Chicago' is still heaven nowadays.
BroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Company Part Four
June 9, 2011
A brief chat with actress Nora Fiffer, currently appearing in Lookingglass Theatre Company's production of 'The Last Act of Lilka Kadison.'
BroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Part Three
June 8, 2011
In honor of Lookingglass Theatre's 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, BroadwayWorld Chicago jumps down the rabbit hole all week long to gather what makes the Chicago ensemble company tick. Today we look at five of the company's most notable works.
BroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Part Two
June 7, 2011
In honor of Lookingglass Theatre's 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, BroadwayWorld Chicago jumps down the rabbit hole all week long to gather what makes the Chicago ensemble company tick. Today we look at five notable people in the company's history.
BroadwayWorld Chicago Salutes Lookingglass Theatre Ensemble Part One
June 6, 2011
In honor of Lookingglass Theatre Company's 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Broadway World Chicago jumps down the rabbit hole all week long to gather what makes the Chicago-based ensemble tick. Today we look at the company's history.
Gimme Love from Kiss Of The Spider Woman - The Musical on 1993 Original London Cast.