LEO LIONNI'S FREDERICK Set for Chicago Children's Theatre, 10/15-11/16

A raucous, playful new production of Leo Lionni's Frederick, a world premiere musical based on beloved children's author Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse, is the big kick off to Chicago Children's Theatre's 10th birthday season.

Stuart Carden, the Chicago-based director and new play specialist responsible for Writers Theatre's wildly acclaimed The Old Man and The Old Moon, will make his CCT debut with this new family musical. The production is adapted for the stage by Suzanne Miller, and features original songs by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs, an Emmy-winning husband and wife duo who have teamed on music for Sesame Street and Between the Lionson PBS,National Lampoon and even rock legend Meat Loaf.

Leo Lionni's Frederick will debut October 15-November 16, 2014 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago.

Press and opening weekend activities are Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m.

This production is ideal for ages 3 and up.

Single tickets are on sale now, starting at $28. Or, cost-conscious, theater-loving families should entertain purchasing a Membership Pass to save up to 20 percent on single tickets to Chicago Children's Theatre's 2014-15, three-play season, which also boasts a remount of CCT's 2008 smash hit, The Selfish Giant by Blair Thomas and Michael Smith (January 23-February 22, 2015) and a second world premiere musical, Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, co-created by Michael Mahler and Rachel Rockwell (April 22-May 24, 2015).

Visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555 to purchase tickets or CCT membership passes. For information on deeply discounted group rates for schools, playgroups, birthday parties and scouting groups, email GroupSales@chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (773) 227-0180 x 13.

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