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!