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Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY

The story of visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham and Chicago's great World's Fair comes to life in Lost and Found Productions' world premiere musical BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY, with book and lyrics by June Finfer, music and lyrics by Elizabeth Doyle, direction by Erik Wagner, music direction by Paul W. Thompson and choreography by Jessica Texidor. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the 1893 World's Fair, this lively new musical will play June 2 - July 1, 2018 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.theaterwit.org, by calling (773) 975-8150, or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY will feature Pavi Proczko as Daniel Burnham, Sam Massey as John Root, Laura Degrenia as Margaret Burnham, Genevieve Thiers as Bertha Palmer, Daniel Leahy as Louis Sullivan, Chase Wheaton-Werle as Michael O'Malley, Arielle Leverett as Ida B. Wells, Michael Kingston as Lyman Gage and Stein, Rob Brady as Richard Hunt and Harlow Higinbotham and Jacob Fjare as Bobbie and Patrick.

When Chicago wins its bid to host a great World's Fair to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World, ambitious architect Daniel Burnham fights to win the job of building it. But challenged by time, fate and Louis Sullivan, he's forced to confront immigrants, women, and African-Americans who fight to be included in the Fair. Business leaders, workers and architects face looming deadlines to welcome millions of visitors to the Columbian Exposition. This new musical traces Burnham's journey from an ambitious promoter to a visionary urban designer who would later direct the master plan for the future of Chicago's development.

About Daniel H. Burnham

Daniel Burnham was eight when his family moved to Chicago from a failed farm in New York. The city of Chicago was 16 years old. He and the city grew up together. In 1871, after the Great Fire destroyed most of the center of the city, young Burnham told his mother he wanted to help rebuild it and "be the greatest architect in the world." Failing college entrance exams, he tried other roads - unsuccessfully mining for silver in Nevada, and losing a bid for public office there. Returning to Chicago, he landed a job as a draftsman in an architect's office, where he met brilliant architect and engineer John Root. The two became partners, and after ten years became the busiest architectural firm in the city, building the tallest skyscrapers and largest mansions. Inspired by his work planning the Fair, Burnham went on to direct the 1909 Plan of Chicago.

BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY is endorsed by the State of Illinois Bi-Centennial Committee.

The production team for BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY includes: José Manuel Díaz-Soto (scenic designer), Alaina Moore (costume designer), Joseph A. Burke (lighting and projection designer), Tim McNulty (sound designer), Christina Casano (assistant director), Andy Lynn (production manager), Endia Brown-Bey (assistant costume designer), Erin Pleake (assistant lighting and projection designer), Nikki Marquardt (stage manager) and Molly Gloeckner (assistant stage manager).

Photo Credit: Evan Hanover

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Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Chase Wheaton-Werle, Sam Massey, Michael Kingston, Arielle Leverett, Rob Brady, Pavi Proczko, Laura Degrenia, Daniel Leahy, Genevieve Thiers and Jacob Fjare

Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Pavi Proczko with (back, l tor) Jacob Fjare, Chase Wheaton-Werle, Arielle Leverett, Daniel Leahy, Sam Massey, Laura Degrenia, Michael Kingston, Genevieve Thiers and Rob Brady

Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Arielle Leverett with (back, l to r) Chase Wheaton-Werle, Jacob Fjare, Genevieve Thiers and Laura Degrenia

Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Chase Wheaton-Werle with (back, l tor) Jacob Fjare, Pavi Proczko, Michael Kingston, Sam Massey, Rob Brady and Daniel Leahy

Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Genevieve Thiers, Daniel Leahy, Pavi Proczko, Laura Degrenia, Rob Brady and Michael Kingston

Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Pavi Proczko, Michael Kingston, Arielle Leverett and Sam Massey

Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Michael Kingston, Jacob Fjare, Genevieve Thiers, Pavi Proczko, Laura Degrenia, Rob Brady and Daniel Leahy

Photo Flash: First Look at Lost and Found Productions' BURNHAM'S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY
Laura Degrenia and Pavi Proczko



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