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Tune and Dr. Dolittle Comes to Cadillac Palace July 18-30

Make an appointment to see Dr. Dolittle, staged by and starring Tommy Tune, in Chicagoat the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement July 18-30, 2006. The Internet, video games…These days, all this "interactive" entertainment can get in the way of actually interacting with your kids. Why not shut down the computer, turn off the TV, and introduce your family to the magic of live theatre…with Dr. Dolittle, the Musical!

Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune stars as Dr. Dolittle in a show so imaginative your family won't believe their eyes! Filled with enchanting singing and dancing, a charming story about a magical veterinarian who can talk to the animals, and a witty score including "When I Look in Your Eyes," "I've Never Seen Anything Like It" and the Academy Award-winning song "Talk to the Animals," it will show your kids what interactive entertainment was meant to be.

Tune is proud to usher in a new generation to experience the thrill of live theater. He explains, "This is an ideal show to introduce children to the world of musical theater. It's an enchanting production that sparks a child's imagination, a wonderful treat for the entire family to enjoy together."

Throughout his prolific career, Mr. Tune has garnered many prestigious awards, including The National Medal of Arts presented by the President in 2003, nine Tony Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards and two Fred Astaire Awards. The multi-talented performer, choreographer and director has many credits to his name including Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the original production of Nine.

Mr. Tune will be joined on stage by Dee Hoty, who will play Dr. Dolittle's love interest Emma Fairfax. Hoty has been honored with three Tony Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Will Rogers Follies and Footloose. Other Broadway appearances include City of Angels (Outer Critics nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O'Clock Girl and Shakespeare's Cabaret.

Twelve year old newcomer Aaron Burr was handpicked by Tommy Tune to play Chee-Chee the chimpanzee. This past summer, Burr won the Greatest Dancer competition on ABC's "Good Morning America," judged by Tune and a handful of other celebrity judges.

Filling out the cast are Joel Blum, Amanda Braddock, Jessica Leigh Brown, Kristin Dawn Calgaro, Matthew Crowle, Sandi DeGeorge, Jack Doyle, Mike Erickson, Joe Jackson, Lesley M. Klose, Scott Leiendecker, Allan Mangasser, Lisa Morris, Amanda Rose, Jonathan Sandler, Sally Ann Swarm, Elisa Van Duyne, David F.M. Vaughn, Erin Webley, Steven Wenslawski and Jessica Wu. Adam Cates and Denise Payne are the dance captains and swings.

This new production is based upon Leslie Bricusse's 1967 Oscar-winning movie of the same name, as well as "The Doctor Dolittle Stories" by Hugh Lofting, and features music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, a writer-composer-lyricist who has contributed to numerous musicals and movies during his career. The book is by Lee Tannen. The show's clever and witty score includes the Academy Award-winning song "Talk to the Animals" and a flock of other tuneful delights, including "When I Look in Your Eyes," "I've Never Seen Anything Like It" and "After Today."

Dr. Dolittle is staged by Tommy Tune, choreographed by Patti Colombo (Peter Pan), features costumes by Dona Granata, has set design by Kenneth Foy (Gypsy) and lights by Ken Billington (Chicago). Michael Biagi is the musical director, Larry Blank did the orchestrations and Gordon Harrell arranged the dance and incidental music.

This whimsical tale first wowed audiences in the critically acclaimed 1967 movie starring Rex Harrison. It earned an impressive eight Academy Award nominations, winning several Oscars.

Dr. Dolittle is produced by Pittsburgh CLO, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Independent Presenters Network and Columbia Artists Theatricals.

Dr. Dolittle will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph, July 18 through 30, 2006. The performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 18 – Sunday, July 23
Tuesday, July 25 – Sunday, July 30

Tuesday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 22 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 23 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Individual tickets for Dr. Dolittle range in price from $25 - $72 and are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including all Carson Pirie Scott stores, Tower Records, Hot Tix, select Coconuts and fye stores) or online at Groups of 20 or more may receive a discount by calling (312) 977-1710.

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