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Makeda: Queen of Sheba 

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This gospel-infused family musical is part Disney's The Princess Diaries, part anachronistic comedy, and part religious service, following the young Queen of Sheba as she grows up, comes to terms with being queen, and is wooed (though not won) by King Solomon, who converts her to Judaism. As directed and written by Peter L. Chatman and performed by the Youth Theatre Division of Chicago Theatre Company, the show is uneven, too long, and dully acted. But it's a good showcase for some thrilling vocals by the ensemble and for Maya-Camille Broussard's choreography; her dancing with Viveca Valcy and Diana Runnels brings emotion and grace to a flat script. Shelia Laird is slyly funny as the messenger bird protecting the queen's interests. Through 3/26: Fri-Sat 7 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chicago Theatre Company, Parkway Community House, 500 E. 67th, 773-493-0901, $10-$15.

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