Chicago's Broadway in the Park to Feature CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, KINKY BOOTS and More
Broadway In Chicago's Concert moves to Millennium Park this summer. The FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO CONCERT will take place on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Hosted by ABC-7's Janet Davies, star of 190 NORTH, the concert will feature performances by the iconic rock legend Cyndi Lauper with members of the cast from the pre-Broadway world premiere of her new musical KINKY BOOTS, Joey from War Horse and Cathy Rigby as PETER PAN.
Also performing are cast members from CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, LES MISÉRABLES, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, SISTER ACT, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the American Music Theatre Project's THE VERONA PROJECT and Emerald City Theatre's CINDERELLA.
This year's concert will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the largest and most influential theatrical companies, the Nederlander Organization, who founded Broadway In Chicago, as well as feature performances by the Illinois High School Musical Theater Award recipients: Nathan Salstone of Northbrook, Illinois, and Meadow Nguy of O' Fallon, Illinois. Recently, Salstone and Nguy participated in The Jimmy™ Awards, named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander, on June 25, 2012.
"Nowhere else in the world is this kind of entertainment available for free to an audience of over 10,000," said Eileen LaCario, vice president of Broadway In Chicago. "It's always a pleasure to watch the audiences enjoy this summer evening together."
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE
Sep. 12, 2012- Nov. 11, 2012 ? Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the brand new hit musical stage show adapted from the longest-running and most beloved television program in history, starring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel: America's favorite foursome, is coming to Chicago for the very first time! Imagine stepping back in time and into the Desilu Playhouse soundstage! It's 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh so familiar "I Love Lucy" episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950's hi-fidelity technology, and this brand new thing called 'television'. The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo's New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of "The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra" at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show's newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say 'Brylcreem'?!
KINKY BOOTS featuring a performance by Cyndi Lauper and members of the cast of KINKY BOOTS
PRE-BROADWAY WORLD PREMIERE!
Oct. 2, 2012- Nov. 4, 2012 ? Bank of America Theatre
Inspired by a true story and based on the film, KINKY BOOTS features a warm and witty book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies) and a richly diverse musical score from music icon Cyndi Lauper in her stunning theatrical debut. Director Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, La Cage, Broadway Bares) has crafted a production bound to move, inspire and set audience's feet dancing. In KINKY BOOTS, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while helping one another grow into the men their fathers always dreamed they would become and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance.
Nov. 13, 2012- Dec. 2, 2012 ? Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look-a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!
Nov. 14, 2012- Dec. 2, 2012 ? Cadillac Palace Theatre
In February 2012, over 66,000 people experienced a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES. Now, due to overwhelming demand, LES MISÉRABLES returns to Chicago for three-weeks only.
Cameron Mackintosh presents LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.
The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES "splendidly reworked, thrilling and unforgettable. An unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish." The London Times hails the new show "a five star hit, astonishingly powerful." The Chicago Tribune says this LES MISÉRABLES a "grand theatrical sweep for a new generation of fans."
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and many more.
War Horse special appearance by Joey
Dec. 18, 2012- Jan. 5, 2013 ? Cadillac Palace Theatre
War Horse is the powerful story of young Albert's beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls "spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate," Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man's land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.
PETER PAN featuring a performance by Cathy Rigby
Jan. 30, 2013- Feb. 10, 2013 ? Cadillac Palace Theatre
Tony® Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of PETER PAN! Discover the magic all over again of this two-time Emmy Award winning and two-time Tony® Award nominated production. PETER PAN is a unique, family friendly attraction of spectacle and fantasy. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. The legend you thought you know, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible…Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN!
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Mar. 19, 2013- Mar. 31, 2013 ? Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive."
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Apr. 2, 2013- Apr. 14, 2013 ? Cadillac Palace Theatre
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forgEd Checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected.
THE VERONA PROJECT
Oct. 19, 2012- Nov. 4, 2012 ? Josephine Louis Theater, Evanston
THE VERONA PROJECT is an electric hybrid of theatre and live concert infused with original indie-folk-rock music. A modern fable inspired by Shakespeare's first comedy, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, the show takes an honest look at surviving love and loss. Seen through the eyes of a group of young musicians, THE VERONA PROJECT explores the journeys we all take and the people we eventually become.
Nov. 17, 2012- Jan. 6, 2013 ? Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
The holidays have arrived, and with them the anticipaTEd Royal Ball! Cinderella's cruel Stepmother and Stepsisters are plotting to win the heart of The Prince, but a spunky and barefoot servant girl may just become the belle of the ball. This swashbuckling Cinderella just needs a little help from her Fairy Godmother and one ratty Footman to find her happy ending. Emerald City's adaption of CINDERELLA is a musical holiday wish come true.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Now playing ? Apollo Theater
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Chicago's smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.