THE COLOR PURPLE, CINDERELLA and More Join Broadway In Chicago's 2018 Season

THE COLOR PURPLE, CINDERELLA and More Join Broadway In Chicago's 2018 Season

Broadway In Chicago has announced its 2018 season line-up set to feature two new Pre-Broadway musicals: PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, based on the beloved Garry Marshall film, and THE CHER SHOW based on the life of the legendary Cher.

The season also includes Tony Award-winning THE COLOR PURPLE, ON YOUR FEET!, WAITRESS: A NEW MUSICAL and A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME.

Off Season specials will include: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE and two Rodgers & Hammerstein classics, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and CINDERELLA.

The upcoming season will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. To renew or purchase a new subscription, visit BroadwayInChicago.com or call 312-977-1717.

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The Broadway In Chicago line-up, including performance dates and venues, is as follows:

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL
March 13-April 15, 2018
Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph

Based on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will have its World Premiere stage production in Chicago in the spring of 2018. With music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, book by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter J.F. Lawton, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. "We found two amazing, charismatic actors with incredible chemistry to play 'Vivian' and 'Edward,'" said producer Paula Wagner, "The gorgeous, triple-threat, Samantha Barks, and one of Broadway's most dashing and talented leading men, Tony and Grammy Award winner Steve Kazee."

A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME
March 20 - April 29, 2018
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut

It's the 1950's in Winnetka, IL. Every Wednesday best friends Joan, Connie, Dottie, & Agnes enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest, dreaming how the prizes might change their mundane lives. On this particular Wednesday, Joan replaces the cookbook with the Kinsey Report on female sexuality and life begins to get very interesting! In A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME, a slice-of-life original musical comedy, we watch as this cooking club becomes a turning point in their lives.

ON YOUR FEET!
March 21 - April 8, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph

This Broadway musical will dance its way back to Chicago where it originated its Pre-Broadway engagement the summer of 2015. It follows the Estefans' journey to superstardom, set to their chart-topping hits, "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga," "Get On Your Feet," and more. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), choreographed by Tony Award nominee & Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis), with book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman, The Bodyguard Musical).

THE CHER SHOW
June 12-July 15, 2018
Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph

THE CHER SHOW, the new musical based on the life and six-decade career of the iconic singer and actress, will have its Pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago before making its Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre in Fall 2018. Recognized for her influential contributions to music, film, television, fashion, and popular culture, the Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy award-winning entertainer's life story will be brought to stage in this new musical featuring her beloved chart-topping hits. THE CHER SHOW is produced by Flody Suarez (What's New Pussycat) and four-time Tony Award-winner Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton).

WAITRESS
July 3-22, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). "It's an empowering musical of the highest order!" raves the Chicago Tribune. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

THE COLOR PURPLE
July 17-29, 2018
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress

This revival of THE COLOR PURPLE won two Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Revival of a Musical and two Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical. THE COLOR PURPLE revival also won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times) directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

OFF SEASON SPECIALS WILL INCLUDE:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC
April 10-15, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Chicago! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp.

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA
April 27-May 6, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love-the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more-plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago."

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
May 29-June 3, 2018
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," London's Sunday Express says, "This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!"


Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 17 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago's Loop including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, Oriental Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.


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