Spamalot, Spelling Bee, Altar Boyz And Other Favorites Announced For 2006 Broadway In Chicago Series

Broadway In Chicago announces their 2006 Neumann Homes Broadway In Chicago Season Series.

The 2006 Season Series emphasizes Broadway In Chicago's long-standing commitment to bringing the best of Broadway to the stages of the LaSalle Bank Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre and The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.  Neumann Homes takes pride in supporting the arts by sponsoring the 2006 Season Series.


GOLDA'S BALCONY, Season Series 
February 14-26, 2006
LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 West Monroe Street
A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir, GOLDA'S BALCONY is the latest work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw), and an award-winning smash that's just completed 15 sold-out months on Broadway.  From the pogroms of Russia to the halls of the Knesset, the story of Golda Meir is the story of the state of Israel in the 20th century.  Starring four-time Emmy® Award-winner Valerie Harper, this one-woman tour de force promises to be a thrilling, deeply moving and unforgettable night of theatre.


MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE , Off Season Special
February 21-26, 2006
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph Street
Boldly shattering the traditional concept of swans in tutus, director/choreographer Bourne blends ballet, humor, spectacle and comedy to create a provocative and powerful SWAN LAKE for our times.  The production has been lauded for introducing the world of dance to a whole new generation.  It's the longest running ballet on the West End and Broadway and the winner of more than 30 international theatre awards including three Broadway Tony Awards® and London's Olivier Award.  The televised production of Matthew Bourne's SWAN LAKE has been seen on PBS' "Great Performances" (Emmy nomination), and is featured in Stephen Daldry's hit film "Billy Elliot." 


Dame Edna: BACK WITH A VENGEANCE! Off-Season Special
March 14-26, 2006
LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 West Monroe Street
Following the national success of her previous award-winning shows, "The Royal Tour" and and particularly, "A Night with Dame Edna," the international housewife, megastar and guru, Dame Edna Everage, is currently crafting her latest, exciting entertainment strategies on her private estate in her native Australia. Dame Edna: BACK WITH A VENGEANCE! will display her unique genius within an all-new theatrical infrastructure.


THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Season Series 
March 2006
Drury Lane Water Tower Place, 175 East Chestnut Street
In the Tony Award-winning new musical  THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. "Can you spell i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e? 'Spelling Bee' is riotously funny and remarkably ingenious.  Gold stars all around," says the New York Times.


STOMP, Off-Season Special
April 4-16, 2006
LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 West Monroe Street
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps - to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

RENT, Off-Season Special
April 5-15, 2006
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph Street
RENT, the most exuberant and original American musical to come along in a decade, has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and is taking the country by storm. Sweeping all major theatre awards, RENT captures the heart and spirit of a generation. Inspired by Puccini's La Boheme, RENT is a joyous, breathtaking and often heartbreaking musical that celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of today's world. The life-affirming message of RENT has been made all the more poignant by the sudden death of its creator, Jonathan Larson, just hours before RENT's first performance.


MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, Season Series 
April 19- June 4, 2006
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph Street
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT triumphantly returns to Chicago with the 2005 Tony for BEST MUSICAL in town! Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail, in song, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT features a chorus of legless knights, men in tights (with legs)  killer rabbits and sexy dancing divas creating some of the most unforgettable musical numbers you will ever see in the theatre on this evening!    


ANNIE, Season Series 
April 25-May 7, 2006
LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 West Monroe Street
Leapin' lizards!  ANNIE is coming to Chicago!  The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope.  Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "N.Y.C." and the ever optimistic "Tomorrow," ANNIE is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family.  Don't miss this all-new production, featuring a brand new song "Why Should I Change A Thing?" by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse!


ALTAR BOYZ, Season Series 
October 11-22, 2006
LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 West Monroe Street
ALTAR BOYZ is the award-winning musical-comedy spoof of a fictional Christian pop group (with one nice Jewish boy) questioning their faith -- in each other. When their hilarious secrets come tumbling out, the Boyz learn if it's fate holding them together. . . or just their extra-firm hair gel. With sweet harmonies, sinfully spectacular dancing and an unnerving sense of fashion, the ALTAR BOYZ are destined to delight the entire family.


2006 Neumann Homes Broadway In Chicago Season Series ticket holders will receive a multitude of special benefits, including savings up to 25%, priority seating at each venue, ticket exchange privileges, pre-paid and discounted parking, access to gift cards to give tickets as gifts, free issues of Show People Magazine, as well as the first opportunity to purchase additional tickets to future Broadway In Chicago productions, including those not currently listed in the Season Series.  Season ticket packages, which range in price from $125.00 to $381.50, go on sale October 21 at 10:00 a.m., and are available by calling Season Ticket Services toll free at (877) 890-0174 or by visiting
www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Group tickets are currently available for all of the season shows.  Groups of 20 or more may receive a discount on most shows by calling (312) 977-1710.  Single tickets to each individual production will go on sale at future dates to be announced.  Broadway In Chicago gift certificates, which can be redeemed for any production or for season ticket packages, can be obtained at Broadway In Chicago box offices, www.BroadwayInChicago.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 902-1400.




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