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If you've got 70 bucks burning a hole in your pocket and a yen for having your childhood memories travestied, then run to the Auditorium Theatre, where director-choreographer Robert Longbottom is offering an evening of Disney's best songs performed completely without context, heart, flavor, or even a set. The framing concept of this touring show is that four singers are performing medleys of Disney classics in a recording studio. (How a world-class performer as luscious as Emily Skinner got involved in this nonevent is anybody's guess.) To charge families so much for so little is unscrupulous, but to presume that audiences outside New York won't know the difference between this thin gruel and a real musical is outright insulting. Frankly, it made me want to rumble. Through 12/12: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM. Sun 12/5, 2 and 7:30 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 312-902-1400. $18-$82. Closing

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