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click to enlarge Kevin Webb, Tommy Thurston, Greg Zawada, Emily Goldberg, Missy Wise, Matt McNabb, Scott Gryder, and Brian Fimoff

Kevin Webb, Tommy Thurston, Greg Zawada, Emily Goldberg, Missy Wise, Matt McNabb, Scott Gryder, and Brian Fimoff

Cole Simon

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 8 2016
Price: $32, students $17
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There's something beguiling about this quirky 2002 musical, in which a nobody Parisian civil servant becomes a somebody when he suddenly gains the ability to pass through walls. Maybe it's the offbeat score, by French composer Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, among many others); maybe it’s the literate, playful, sung-through libretto, translated from the French by Jeremy Sams (who also wrote the English book). But in this production, a Chicago premiere from Black Button Eyes, the show's charm is muted by a rough, uneven cast—some overplay the show’s comic moments, while others lack the pipes to bring out the best in Legrand’s ear-pleasing tunes. Only Emily Goldberg, playing the object of the hero’s affection, sang with the power and confidence required to make the score soar. —Jack Helbig

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