BEST MUSICAL! Continues at UP Comedy Club, Now thru 11/6

UP Comedy Club has announced its remount of Porchlight Music Theatre's smash hit, BEST MUSICAL! A Completely Improvised Musical Comedy. BEST MUSICAL! was developed in "Off the Porch" Porchlight Music Theatre's new works development program. BEST MUSICAL! will run October 2 - November 6, 2013 at the UP Comedy Club, located at 230 W. North Ave., 3rd Floor of Pipers Alley. The press opening for BEST MUSICAL! is Wednesday, October 9 at 8p.m.

Joining creator and returning music director, Matthew Loren Cohen and current cast members Joey Bland, Lauren Dowden and Matthew Van Colton are new cast members Brendan Dowling, Mitchell Fain, Sarah Hoffman, Andrew Knox and Sarah Reule.

The audience suggests the song titles, then watches the cast create hit after show-stopping, high-kicking musical hit in Act I based off of their suggestions. Votes are cast for "Best Song" and the cast returns for Act II with a fully improvised and hilarious musical comedy (complete with costumes & choreography) around the very song the audience selected.

BEST MUSICAL! is 2 hours with a brief intermission; suggested rating is PG-13. Showing every Wednesday at 8p.m., tickets are $20. Tickets for the UP Comedy Club can be purchased over the phone at (312) 662-4562 or online at

About Creator Matthew Loren Cohen: Matthew Loren Cohen is a classically trained pianist and a music director for the Second City, with credits including Charmed and Dangerous at Centerstage; It Takes a 'Ville at Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Second City Does Arizona, or Close but No Saguaro at Arizona Theatre Company (music direction, original music); and Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Miracle at 1280 Peachtree Street at the ALLIANCE THEATRE (music direction). Cohen music-directed two improvised musicals in New York City, The Nuclear Family and The Next Big Broadway Musical! and has written two musicals, Jason & Ben and Broads on Boards.

About UP Comedy Club: UP Comedy Club is a venue dedicated to producing and presenting a diverse array of comedic performers and formats which include stand-up, sketch, improvisation, podcasts, and other eclectic entertainment that is smart, funny and provocative. This club is located at 230 W. North Ave on the third floor of Piper's Alley in the heart of a rich comedy community, including the legendary Second Citytheatres and training center. The cabaret-style club boasts state of the art audiovisual capabilities in an intimate room with seating for 285 people with a full service kitchen and bar with a no drink minimum.

About Porchlight Music Theatre: Porchlight Music Theatre, currently celebrating its 19th season, is nationally recognized for developing innovative new works, reimagining classic productions and showcasing musical theatre's rising stars. Porchlight elevates the genre in Chicago within an intimate, close-up environment and provides a thoroughly modern and passionate experience, serving both audiences and artists alike. With the vision of Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber, a 2013-2014 season that includes the Chicago Premiere of Double Trouble, August 31 - October 6; Ain't Misbehavin', February 1, 2014 - March 9, 2014 and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 26, 2014 - June 1, 2014. Porchlight's rich history includes the staging of more than 50 productions with 12 Chicago premieres and five world premieres. The company has received a total of 73 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, resulting in 22 Jeff Awards.

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