Monday, September 18, 2017

The Yard Towers Above With Dynamic Design at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we're beyond excited about The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. We've long been fans of the excellent productions CST puts on, from in house and around the world. Now with the addition of The Yard's dynamic design space, Chicago is home to one of the most flexible theaters in the world! We can't wait to take a tour and see the nine seating towers in a myriad of configurations for different productions over the coming season.



Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) opens its new, innovative third theater on Navy Pier, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, with the inaugural performance—James Thierrée’s The Toad Knew—on September 19. Introducing a new trend in theatrical architecture, The Yard combines adaptive reuse with innovation in flexible design.

“The Yard is forward-thinking and responsive—and a fitting expression of the theater that Chicago Shakespeare has become,” said Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare Executive Director. “The versatility of the space means that it is perfectly suited to the widest range of our work: from large-scale musicals and new commissioned works, to international imports and programs for young audiences, and, of course, bold imaginings of Shakespeare’s plays and the classics.”



Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens an innovative, third theater space: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, designed by Charcoalblue and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The Yard features a first in flexible design: nine audience seating towers which can be rearranged in a wide array of configurations, with audience capacities ranging from 150 to 850. Photos © James Steinkamp Photography.


Chicago Shakespeare opens innovative theater on Navy Pier
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Tuesday, September 12
Inaugural performance, James Thierrée's The Toad Knew: Tuesday, September 19




Adaptive Reuse and Sustainability
When planning the expansion, Chicago Shakespeare leadership took both an economically and environmentally sustainable approach by deciding to repurpose elements of the underutilized former Skyline Stage on Navy Pier, transforming it into a fully enclosed, indoor theater. The new, 33,000 square-foot expansion connects through a spectacular, two-level glass lobby to Chicago Shakespeare's existing building--home to the 500-seat Courtyard Theater and 200-seat theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare.

Collaborating with CST Executive Director Criss Henderson, the team behind the forward-thinking design includes: top Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), winner of the 2015 American Architecture award and designers of the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, soon-to-be the tallest building in the world--along with award-winning, UK-based theater consultancy firm Charcoalblue, whose projects include venues for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain and St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.



Construction on The Yard began in March 2016, and was completed in a whirlwind 18 months by Bulley & Andrews. More than 200 architects, engineers and designers, and 400 construction workers contributed to the complex build, which incorporated 2,500 tons of concrete, 375 tons of steel and 15 miles of electrical conduit. Eighteen 95-foot-long micropiles were driven into the lake's bedrock below Navy Pier to support the additional weight of the new structure. The fully enclosed, year-round theater chamber was constructed below the iconic white tent with exacting engineering specifications, resulting in less than 6 inches of clearance at the narrowest point between the steel beams and tent canopy. The existing stage house and backstage support areas of the former Skyline Stage were all refurbished for reuse.

The decision to employ adaptive reuse in the architectural design reduced building costs dramatically, bringing the total cost to $35 million-far less than half of the projected estimates for entirely new construction.

AS+GG Founding Partner Gordon Gill noted, "At the foundation of my philosophy is the idea that 'Form Follows Performance' -- and nowhere is that more clear than in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Its ability to adjust and adapt to the needs of the art is genuinely innovative...and we've accomplished it in a sustainable cost-conscious way, which I believe will make it a model for theaters to come."

Significantly reducing energy costs for the Theater, the two-story lobby curtain wall has been fabricated with 3,200 square feet of electrochromic SageGlass®, which adjusts the windows' level of opacity depending upon the level of sunlight (akin to transition lenses used in eyeglasses). When the glass is at its most opaque, the Theater's curved façade is virtually mirror-like -- reflecting the stunning views of the Chicago skyline and lakefront.





Innovation in Flexible Design
The Yard features a first in flexible design: nine audience seating towers -- each the size of a London double-decker bus, stood upright -- which can be rearranged in a wide array of configurations, with audience capacities ranging from 150 to 850. Between productions, compressed air skid technology (commonly utilized in industrial and aeronautical settings) lifts each of the 35,000-pound towers 3/8 of an inch off of the ground on a bed of air, allowing them to be moved by a three-person team.

"Nothing is more thrilling to theater-makers than flexibility," noted Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. "The adaptable platform of The Yard gives artists a theatrical 'blank slate' in which to shape their work without the physical constraints of a fixed footprint--and gives audiences an exciting, new perspective from their seats for each production."

The Yard's towers have been pioneered especially for this design under the direction of Chicago Shakespeare's Criss Henderson and Charcoalblue's Andy Hayles, and fabricated by Montreal-based ShowCanada (best known for its work with Cirque du Soleil and on large-scale theatrical events like the Olympic Opening Ceremonies). These complex structures (each measuring 12' deep x 18' wide x 37' tall) house extensive theatrical technology, and connect into a network of HVAC components and sprinkler systems to provide maximum audience comfort and safety. Additional modular main-floor seating risers and custom-built stage decking complete each configuration.

This dynamic design makes The Yard one of the most flexible theaters in the world.

"This theater is going to be unique in the world," said Andy Hayles, Managing Partner of Charcoalblue. "You can't really appreciate it unless you come again and again to experience how different this room can feel for each production. It's not just going to be what is on the stage, but where is the stage."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated, "The Yard, an innovative, immersive theater, will create electrifying performances and inspire all who walk through its doors," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "I am thrilled that Chicago Shakespeare now houses three world-renowned venues that will attract audiences from our city and cities around the world."

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Transforms for Each Production in 2017/18 Season 

Highlighting the versatility of the dynamic new venue, each production in The Yard in the 2017/18 Season will feature a unique configuration that is especially suited to the needs of the artists and audiences:



James Thierrée's The Toad Knew will debut The Yard's largest proscenium configuration. The nine tri-level seating towers are configured in a horseshoe shape and-together with main floor seating-accommodate nearly 850 audience members, offering ideal sightlines for the large-scale theatrical spectacle.
For Teatro Línea de Sombra's  Amarillo from Mexico City, The Yard will be configured as an intimate, small proscenium venue seating 350-with its large stage accommodating the epic theatrical gestures of this touring production, including an expansive upstage wall for projection.

This holiday season, The Yard will be the site of the highly anticipated return of Q Brothers Christmas Carol, transformed into a cabaret configuration to give 400 audience members the opportunity to sit with beverages at tables or to watch the performance from traditional, raked theater seating. The space behind the towers will be activated with additional bars and lounge seating-perfect for the party atmosphere of the production.

This year, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed for an extended run in The Yard, allowing thousands of additional students and families to engage with this education program. When configured as a thrust stage, the intimate seating arrangement surrounds the stage on three sides, with runway aisles for actor entrances and exits.

Rounding out the season in The Yard is a supernatural Macbeth, directed by Aaron Posner and Teller, with a large-scale end-stage configuration. With magic-infused theatrical effects, the placement of the audience in relation to the stage is a major consideration for the artists. With the flexibility of the Yard, the theater will be able to support the vision of the creative team for this project as never before.




Our City, Our Shakespeare Campaign Reaches 90% of Goal
The Our City, Our Shakespeare campaign is a $55 million capital and endowment initiative that provides: $20 million for the construction of The Yard; $15 million for theatrical equipment, including the seating towers; and $20 million for artistic and endowment funds-supporting the company's artistic, educational and international programming.

"The Theater's milestone capital and endowment campaign has reached 90% of its goal. As we now enter the public phase of this $55 million fundraising initiative, we look forward to expanding the generous community of donors who will safeguard the future of this leading Chicago cultural institution" shared Steve Solomon, Chicago Shakespeare Board of Directors Chair and Vice President of Corporate Relations of Exelon.

Funds raised to date include 15 gifts over $1 million, with the lead individual grant pledged by Carl and Marilynn Thoma. Other seven-figure gifts have been generously pledged by: Best Portion Foundation; Duane and Susan Burnham; in memory of Doris Conant; Dover Foundation; Virginia and Gary Gerst; Jentes Family Foundation; Anna and Robert Livingston; Malott Family Foundation; Ray and Judy McCaskey; The Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Pritzker Foundation; Burton X. and Sheli Z. Rosenberg; John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe; Donna Van Eekeren Foundation; one anonymous donor and a partnership gift from Navy Pier.

ABOUT CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER
A global theatrical force, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare's genius for storytelling, musicality of language, and empathy for the human condition. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be, putting forward a company that delights in the unexpected and defies theatrical category. A Regional Tony Award-winning theater, CST produces acclaimed plays at its home on Navy Pier, throughout Chicago's schools and neighborhoods, and on stages around the world. In 2017, the Theater unveils a radical new stage, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, The Yard positions CST as the city's most versatile performing arts venue.


Chicago Shakespeare's year-round season features as many as twenty productions and 650 performances-including plays, musicals, world premieres, and visiting international tours-to engage a broad, multigenerational audience of 225,000 community members. Recognized in 2014 in a White House ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, CST's education programs support literacy and creativity for 40,000 students each year. Each summer, 30,000 family audiences welcome the free Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour into their neighborhoods across the far north, west and south sides of the city. The Theater is the leading producer of international work in Chicago, and has toured its own plays across North America and abroad to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East, garnering multiple accolades, including the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, among others. Emblematic of its role as a global theater, during 2016 CST spearheaded the Shakespeare 400 Chicago international arts and culture festival, which engaged an estimated 1.1 million people through 863 events at 231 locations across the city-all in celebration of Shakespeare's rich, 400-year legacy.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chi IL Picks List: Fright Fest Is Back This Weekend at Six Flags Great America 9/16 - Halloween

Six Flags Great America Launches 
Longest Fright Fest Ever 
and a New Fall Festival




Disclosure: Thanks to Six Flags Great America for providing my family with press comps, so we could come out and shoot and review. We were not compensated in any other way. As always all opinions, photos and adventures are our own.

  
What: Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS®
When: Weekends and select days beginning September 16 through October 31,including Halloween
Where: Six Flags Great America ● 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL
Who: Nox, the demon overlord of Fright Fest, will raise his minions to wreak terror on all guests when all hell breaks loose at 6pm each night!


ChiIL Mama & the family will be ChiILin' at Fright Fest again this year, so check back soon for our photo filled 2017 feature.




Six Flags Great America is wrapping up the year with two incredible celebrations – Fright Fest and Last Call Fall Festival. The demon overlord, Nox, summons the dead for the longest Fright Fest in the history of this Halloween event. With seven sinful weekends, featuring six haunted houses and ten hair-raising shows, Fright Fest will show no mercy as hundreds of monsters descend on this scream park each night.


Last Call Fall Festival 
Beer, Food, Rides! Come enjoy the fall weather with a craft beer, unique food offerings and of course, coasters!
When: Saturdays and Sundays November 4 - 19
Where: Six Flags Great America ● 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL



While Fright Fest runs until Halloween we will have additional operating days following Fright Fest. To culminate the longest season in Six Flags Great America history we will be hosting Last Call Fall Festival. This event will include craft beer, unique food items, and coasters.



“We all know fall means Fright Fest, but now we have even more to offer!” says Six Flags Great America park president, Hank Salemi. “Our guests and season pass holders want more time at the park, so we are delivering by adding an extra weekend of Fright Fest and three weekends of our all-new Last Call Fall Festival.”



4 Things to Do Before the Sun Goes Down
The entire family can enjoy a beautiful fall day at the park before the monsters come out to play. Join us for not-so-scary daytime fun starting at 11 a.​m. each day. Let the kids (under age 12) dress in their costumes and embark on a trick-or-treat adventure, collecting candy around the park. 


Take a photo with our friendly monsters who happen to look a lot like your favorite Looney Tunes characters dressed in their seasonal outfits, next to a fall backdrop of tombstones, scarecrows, and pumpkins. We also have fun Halloween sing-a-longs and ghoulish dance parties. Visit before the sun sets and you'll also get to ride all your favorite coasters and family attractions – it's a whole different experience after dark!









Fright by Night
Fright Fest at SFGA has long been a family favorite of ours. It's mild fun during the day, so younger kids can come out to play, and full on fright by night, from 6pm on. 






Monstertainment (Free with park admission) 
The Ringmaster’s Cabaret
The Nightmare Rhythm Machine
Zombie Jamboree
 Love at First Fright
 Kids Club Monster Dance Party
 Susan Rosen hypnotist
 LightMosFEAR
 The Witching Hour
 The Uprising Parade
 The Cavalcade of the Odd



Haunted Attractions (Extra fee required)
 Big Top Terror
 Infestation!
 Gates of Hell
 Apocalypse
 Manslaughter Manor
 Massacre Medical
Center

Free Scares (Free with park admission) Underworld
Henchmen Alley
 Lost Souls
 Nightmare Hollow
 The Massacre Ball
 Forbidden Forest
 Slasher Circus
 Rotten Hill
 Dread Haven
 Aftermath
 Ride Cemetery

 
Special Events
 Coaster Challenge benefitting Special Olympics Illinois – Sunday, September 24

 Fright Fest on Columbus Day – Monday, October 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 Fright Fest on Halloween – Tuesday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 Last Call Fall Festival – Saturdays and Sundays November 4 – 19



Fright Fest runs weekends from September 16 through October 31 including Columbus Day and Halloween. The best way to visit Fright Fest and the all-new Last Call Fall Festival is to purchase a 2018 Season Pass which includes unlimited visits now through the 2018 season. 2018 Season Passes can be purchased online at sixflags.com and must be activated and processed by November 19, 2017.

About Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor
Two great parks, one destination! Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America offers endless adventures for the entire family with 15 heart-pounding roller coasters, a 20-acre water park, spectacular shows, four children’s themed areas with over 30 rides and a nighttime parade.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 20 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 56 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. 



For more information, visit www.sixflags.com
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Disclosure: Once again, thanks to Six Flags Great America for providing my family with press comps, so we could come out and shoot and review. We were not compensated in any other way. As always all opinions, photos and adventures are our own.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CLOSING: Final Chance to See Heartache and Hilarity In ‘STILL DANCE THE STARS’ at Chicago Dramatists Through 9/15

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar:

New Light Theater Project and Chicago Dramatists
Present the World Premiere of Jayme McGhan’s
‘STILL DANCE THE STARS’ 


Written by Jayme McGhan
Directed by Sarah Norris
Closing Friday, September 15th 


REVIEW: 
Here at ChiIL Live Shows and ChiIL Mama, It was our great pleasure to partner up with the theatre and give away 3 pairs of tickets to some of our lucky readers. We also caught the show ourselves last Tuesday and loved it. This poignant and heart-wrenching story redefines love and loss and coping. It's quite funny at times, and full of charm, with all those messy, magical, raw moments that make being human the wacky experience it is. Catch it while you can! Recommended for tweens and up. 

Still Dance the Stars at Chicago Dramatists is an emotional rollercoaster complete with a menagerie of stuffed animals, reverse anthropomorphism, and the joys and tribulations of family love. This world premiere features a cast from across the country including 3 Elmhurst natives who now live and work in New York



About the Show:
New Light Theater Project and Chicago Dramatists present the World Premiere of Still Dance the Stars, a highly theatrical story based on the struggles of love in the face of unthinkable loss. Directed by the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project, Sarah Norris, and written by highly acclaimed American playwright, Jayme McGhan, this work takes on the struggles of marriage in a unique and fictitious manner that has never been seen before on stage. 

This play is the recipient of the renowned Chicago Dramatists’ Grafting Project, a project designed to partner with theatre companies to produce Resident Playwright’s world-premiere plays. An energy packed performance filled with both romance and comedy that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, Still Dance the Stars is on stage for a limited time engagement at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W Chicago Ave.

Still Dance the Stars tells the story of James and Anne, the viral Internet proposal sensation couple that has hit a rut in their sixth year of marriage. The night before another nationally televised interview on the proposal story, these two get into a drunkenly infused battle with a box of stuffed animals over the fate of their marriage. One of these stuffed animals, Hope the Hippo, comes to life to make it her quest to save the marriage of James and Anne and rekindle the flame of love they once shared.  “This play takes the idea of heartache and infuses it with comedy and dance, creating a storyline for the whole audience to enjoy,” says McGhan. “This story brings to life a couple’s biggest struggles and triumphs in a unique yet relatable fashion. It is a performance you will most definitely not want to miss.”



The casting lineup for Still Dance the Stars stuns with actors and actresses nationwide including: Martel Manning (Chicago), Bethany Geraghty (New York City based actress and Chicago native), Ariana Sepúlveda (Philadelphia), Courtney Knysch (New York City based actress and Chicago native), Michael Aguirre (New York City based actor and Chicago native), Carl Jaynes (New York City based actor and Chicago native), Claudia Campbell (New York City), Dana Martin (Los Angeles), and Kaycee Jordan (Chicago). In addition to the Director Sarah Norris, the creative team also includes Ashlee Wasmund (Choreographer), Ashley Poteat (Set and Costume Designer), John Kelly (Lighting Designer), Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Designer), Becs Bartle (Stage Manager) and Alan Weusthoff (Technical Director). Jayme McGhan (Playwright) is the author of 20 full-length plays that have been produced across the country. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Associate Artist at Chicago’s Stage Left Theatre, and serves as the Director of the School of Stage and Screen at WCU. He lives in North Carolina with his wife & son. Sarah Norris (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project. Her work has been seen both around the country (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Maine & Alaska) and around the world (Australia, England, & Ireland). She has worked with: Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), LAByrinth Theater Company, Disney Theatrical Productions, BAMA Theatre Company, The Flea Theater, and The Gallery Players to name a few. She is a proud member of AEA and associate of SDC.

Performances for Still Dance the Stars are as follows:  Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. There will not be a performance on Sunday, Sept 3rd. Performances are at Chicago Dramatists (1105 W Chicago Avenue). Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit http://stilldance.brownpapertickets.com. About New Light Theater Project (NLTP)

New Light Theater Project (NLTP) is an ensemble-driven theater company that strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works) in the NYC indie theater community. To accomplish this, NLTP places the ensemble at the center of the process, where all members, regardless of artistic role, bear weight and voice to the stories selected to tell. NLTP devises and develops new work, brings classical texts and revivals to life, and creates a spirit of community for all theatrical collaborations. NLTP illuminates other artists and companies through a network of shared resources, such as The Darkroom Series, while cultivating theatrical partnerships around the world. For more information, visit newlighttheaterproject.com.

About Chicago Dramatists Since 1979, Chicago Dramatists has been dedicated to the development and advancement of playwrights. Chicago Dramatists nurtures extraordinary playwrights with the space, resources, and collaborators needed to realize new work and thrive as artists. Workshops, readings, classes, and special programs, provide opportunities for beginning and established dramatists to develop their work, expand their professional affiliations, showcase their plays and collaborate with actors, directors, and audiences during the creative process. For more information, visit chicagodramatists.org.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FREE With RSVP: Chicago’s Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism’s 9/25/17

Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company announce
Chicago’s Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism’s
"Highlighting Racism"
A one-night only event Sponsored by
The Alphawood Foundation and MacArthur Foundation



Featuring presentations from Teatro Vista, About Face Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, Her Story Theatre, Firebrand Theatre, and more

Monday, September 25, 2017
6:00pm event; 7:00pm reception and networking


On Monday, September 25, the Chicago theater community will come together to fight racism in a special event co-produced by Black Ensemble Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. This special one-night-event, Chicago’s Theater Community Coming Together to Fight the Ism’s "Highlighting Racism," will begin with a presentation at 6:00pm followed by a reception and networking at approximately 7:00 p.m. at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street. The event is free and open to the public.

This one-night-only event will focus on a positive experience to explore racism and and other oppressions, and includes performances and presentations from area companies including Teatro Vista, About Face Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, Her Story Theatre and Firebrand Theatre.  Featured speakers include Tyronne Stoudemire (‎Vice President Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Corporation) and Angelique Powers (President, The Field Foundation and Co-Founder of Enrich). There will be an opportunity for audience participation in this transformative evening. The evening was motivated by recent discussion within the Chicago theater community regarding racism and offers the entire community, including artists, administrators and critics the opportunity to come together and communicate positively and productively.

“This is a necessary evening of education, understanding and coming together,” comments Black Ensemble Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.  “We must understand the systemic process of racism and oppression — what is it and how can we remove it from our community?  This is a way to bring us together so that we can begin the healing process that is so necessary in a racist and oppressive society.

David Schmitz, Executive Director of Steppenwolf Theatre shares his thoughts concerning the evening.  “Jackie Taylor and Black Ensemble Theater have been leading this crucial work since the organization’s founding 41 years ago! We join Jackie’s call for an ongoing, community-wide dialogue about racism in our field and an experience-sharing process for artists, administrators and critics.  Steppenwolf leadership is eager to participate in this dialogue, and will offer whatever resources we can to aide and further the discussion.”

Tickets for this event are FREE and open to the public.  Tickets must be reserved.  To reserve tickets go to  blackensembletheater.org/fighttheisms.  Or visit the Black Ensemble Theater website at www.blackensemble.org.

The Black Ensemble Theater
Founded in 1976, by the phenomenal producer, playwright and actress Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater is the only African American theater located in the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse north side Uptown community. Through its Five Play Season of Excellence, The Black Ensemble Theater dazzles audiences locally, nationally and internationally with outstanding original musicals that are entertaining, educational and uplifting. The Black Ensemble Theater has produced more than 100 productions and employed over 5,000 artists.

On November 18, 2011, The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center opened and is able to accommodate larger-scale productions, bigger audiences and a wider range of educational programming. The new facility includes amenities such as a 299-seat main stage theater (double the capacity of the original venue); 14 offices, classroom space, rehearsal hall, dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, and wardrobe rooms; seven dressing rooms; rehearsal room for musicians; front lobby space with concession areas; and an indoor parking garage.  The completion of a 150-seat theater, which will serve as an experimental stage for the work of the Black Playwright Initiative (BPI), with construction by General Contractor Norcon Inc., is expected in 2018.

The mission of the Black Ensemble Theater Company is to eradicate racism and its devastating effects upon society through the theater arts.  For more information on the Black Ensemble Theater Company, please visit www.BlackEnsembleTheater.org or call 773-769-4451.

About Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation's premier ensemble theater. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble has grown to 49 members who represent a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County-and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards-have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programing includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multi-genre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago's diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs for arts administration training. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Executive Director. Eric Lefkofsky is Chair of Steppenwolf's Board of Trustees. For additional information, steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre, twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr and instagram.com/steppenwolfthtr.

The Key: Youth Critics Mentorship Program Accepting Applications Through September 22nd for Ages 16-20

Greenhouse Theater Center Announces
The Key: Youth Critics Mentorship Program

(left to right) Rescripted Editor-In-Chief Regina Victor, Chicago Inclusion Project Founder Emjoy Gavino, entertainment critic Oliver Sava.
     
Greenhouse Theater Center's Artistic Director Jacob Harvey is pleased to announce The Key: Young Critics Mentorship Program, a training program for Chicago youth in arts criticism created by national online arts platform Rescripted, The Chicago Inclusion Project and entertainment critic Oliver Sava and hosted by the Greenhouse. Launching this fall, the ten-week initiative for youth ages 16 – 20 will include arts criticism workshops and lectures with the program’s creators, as well as guest speakers from all facets of the Chicago theater community. Students will attend Chicago theater productions throughout the fall season, write original critiques, undergo one-on-one editing sessions and create personal blogs to host their writing portfolio and multimedia reviews. Select critiques will also be published on Rescripted. 

Applications for The Key: Young Critics Mentorship Program are currently being accepted at rescripted.org through Friday, September 22, 2017. For additional information and inquiries, please e-mail thekey.chicago@gmail.com. 

“Our industry depends on having actively engaged critics who can perceive and appreciate the efforts and viewpoint of the artist,” comments Rescripted Editor-In-Chief Regina Victor. “I’m thrilled to partner with a savvy writer like Oliver Sava to co-facilitate this course in partnership with Chicago Inclusion Project, and grateful to Greenhouse Theater Center for hosting us. We are looking forward to mentoring the next generation of theater artists and writers as they learn to navigate the field of arts criticism. We want to be a part of the movement to ensure there are a multitude of critical perspectives to accommodate the increasing diversity of the stories on our stages.” 

“We've put together a program that will give young critics the knowledge they need to start their careers, adds Oliver Sava. “This isn't just about learning how to write reviews – it’s about helping young critics engage with what they're watching on a deeper level, turn that engagement into pieces that will grab readers and learn how to sell that writing so they can ideally get paid for their work. This program is primarily focused on theater, but it will be multi-disciplinary because knowing how to write about a wide range of media is essential in the current arts journalism field. There are voices that could significantly enrich critical discourse in the city, and organizations like Chicago Inclusion Project and outlets like Rescripted are already working to make these voices heard." 

Chicago Inclusion Project Founder Emjoy Gavino comments, "The conversation around arts criticism, its practitioners and their ethical obligation to inclusion is truly exciting right now. As always our organization seeks to accompany talk with action we are thrilled to usher in the new wave of critics. Our community and industry deserve new voices."  

The Key: Young Critics Mentorship Program joins the Greenhouse Theater Center's increasing number of initiatives aimed at growing Chicago theater, including the The Trellis Residency Initiative, a new professional development program for Chicago-area playwrights under 30, and the MC-10 Playwrights Ensemble, a collection of ten of the country’s most sought-after established and mid-career Chicago playwrights and theater-makers now in residence at the Greenhouse.

About the Program Creators/Mentors

Regina Victor is a producer, dramaturg, director and performer from Oakland California. They attended Phillips Exeter and Santa Clara University, from which they hold a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Religious Studies. Regina has worked with theatres such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, The Hypocrites, Shattered Globe, Walkabout Theatre, and more. Victor’s writing has been published on Rescripted, Howlround and The Bold Italic. They are currently serving as the 17/18 Artistic Apprentice and Multicultural Fellow at Steppenwolf Theatre, as well as a member of the 17/18 Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Observership Class. 

Oliver Sava is a Chicago-based entertainment writer focusing on comic books, television, and theater. He was a staff Theater Writer at Time Out Chicago, where he had a Performer Of The Week interview column. His writing on comic books, film, podcasts, television, and theater has been published at The A.V. Club, Chicago Theater Beat, Chicago Tribune, The L.A. Times, NPR Books, New York Magazine's Vulture, VICE, and Vox. He is a 2017 fellow of The Eugene O'Neill Center's National Critics Institute and a recipient of the 2017 Eisner Award for "Best Comics-Related Journalism/Periodical" for his A.V. Club writing. He graduated from Loyola University with degrees in English and Political Science, and was the dramaturg for Jackalope Theatre's Prowess (2017 Jeff Award winner for Best New Play).

Rescripted is a collective of theatre professionals from all levels and disciplines in the field who are interested in engaging with their peers on a critical level. Founded by Regina Victor and Katherine O’Keefe, Rescripted is a national response to the need for a broader range of voices in the critical sphere. With writers in Los Angeles, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area, Rescripted is shaped by its contributors’ interests, and specializes in publishing reviews, artist interviews, and essays on topics pertinent to our field. With a supportive framework in mind, Rescripted aims to reprogram the way we critically engage with each other while cultivating critics and adding new voices to the field. www.rescripted.org. 

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SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL TO STAR CHICAGOAN ROB COLLETTI AS DEWEY

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SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL



STARRING CHICAGOAN ROB COLLETTI AS DEWEY

Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows we can't wait to catch this rockin' Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical in Chi, IL November 1-19. The movie was hilarious and we expect nothing less from the national tour. Save the dates!

Broadway In Chicago and Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber are delighted to announce that casting has been finalized for the national tour of the high-octane Broadway and West End hit, SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL. SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL will play Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement November 1-19, 2017.



Rocking the roofs off of theaters across America, the SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair Mitchell, Tim Shea and Hernando Umana. The kid’s ensemble features Rayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Alex Louis, Tommy Ragen, Gabriella Uhl and Aiden Niklas Villa.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly. And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, “School’s IN – forever!” SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Based on the hit film, SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL features scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.


CAST BIOGRAPHIES
ROB COLLETTI (Dewey). Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Selected Regional: 25th Annual Putnam… (New Theatre), The Original Grease (American Theater Company, 2011 Jeff Award - Best Musical), 100% Rocketships (Second City). Film: “Garlic and Gunpowder” opposite Vivica A. Fox, “WTF!: World Thumbwrestling Federation.” Training: Columbia College, The Second City. For Ms. Brady, my first music teacher.

LEXIE DORSETT SHARP (Rosalie). National/International Tours: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Addams Family (u/s Morticia, u/s Alice,u/s Grandma), Elf (Emily). Thanks to ATB Talent, AM Studio, and my family and friends. Proud CCM grad. All my heart to Jesse for always helping me see what's possible. @lexiedorsettsharp www.LexieDSharp.com 

MATT BITTNER (Ned). Select Credits: The Tony-nominated Broadway play Present Laughter, Up Here (La Jolla), Much Ado (The Public), All Is Calm (Hudson Valley Shakes), As You Like It (Two River), The Pillowman (Thingamajig), Moonlight & Magnolias (Playhouse Tulsa). MFA, Rutgers. All gratitude to my family. For Ruth -- I love you. www.mattbittner.com

EMILY BORROMEO (Patty). Broadway: School of Rock. Television: Emmy-nominated host/writer "Sunny Side Up" (Sprout/NBC); "The Sing Off" season 4 (NBC), Jim Gaffigan Show; Sneaky Pete. Bay Area native and Brown University graduate. Thanks to the SoR family, Tara Rubin Casting, Henderson Hogan. Love to Ellis, Dad, Bri. For Mom. @emilyborromeo

MERRITT DAVID JANES (Dewey Alternate). Colchester VT, UMaine and Circle In The Square Graduate. Broadway: School Of Rock (Original Cast). NEW ALBUM: Waiting in the Wings. National Tours: Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Beauty And The Beast (Lumiere), Wedding Singer (Robbie), Shrek (Farquaad), Catch Me If You Can (Hanratty), Phantom Of The Opera 25th. merrittdavidjanes.com. Instagram:mdjtanner. Twitter: @MDavidJanes.

AVA BRIGLIA (Summer). Thrilled to rock out across the USA with SOR! Broadway: Matilda the Musical (Matilda) Regional: Gypsy (Baby June). Gratitude & LOVE: Ellyn Marsh, Julia Mendelsohn, Jeff Pew, Jared Loss, Donna Ranalli, BBDA, Media Theatre, Nancy Carson, Merri Sugarman - Tara Rubin Casting, Friends, Family, Mama, Daddio, Daniel & Beada! Instagram @ava.briglia

OLIVIA BUCKNOR (Shonelle, u/s Tomika). Thrilled to debut the role of Shonelle in the SOR tour. Featured in the Oscar-nominated cartoon “My Life as a Zucchini” as Beatrice. She played young Ranita in the biopic “Roxanne, Roxanne.” Featured in Pharrell Williams’ book “Happy”. Thanks to her parents for their support, L'il Angels and Innovative Artists.​

JOHN CAMPIONE (Swing, u/s Ned). National Tour: The Bridges of Madison County (Michael). Les Misérables and Moonshine, Dallas Theater Center. Amateur OCR athlete. Thanks Dale, Hank, Merri, The Mine, Mandy, and whiskey. Johncampione.com | @campiowningit

PATRICK CLANTON (Gabe Brown, Mr. Hamilton, Jeff Sanderson, Ensemble). National Tour: Sister Act. Regional: NSMT, Flat Rock Playhouse, Casa Mañana, Walt Disney World. BFA in Music Theatre - Elon University. Dedicated to all the teachers in my life! Let's rock!

CHRISTOPHER DeANGELIS (Dance Captain, Swing). Proud AEA Member. Broadway/National Tours: Beauty and the Beast, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Ragtime. Thanks to Jay, Roxy, Dad, Family, Avalon Artists, Merri and the SOR Family.

KRISTIAN ESPIRITU (Ensemble, u/s Patty) is ready to rock! New York: Here Lies Love (The Public), NYMF, Lysistrata, Scorched. Head-banging frontwoman of Over The Pass. For Spencer and POC. Mabuhay! Instagram: @kriscendo.

MELANIE EVANS (Ensemble, u/s Rosalie). National tours: Motown and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Ragtime, Aida, High School Musical. TV: “NBC Diversity Showcase”, “Blue Bloods”. Thanks to Tara Rubin Casting and Andreadis Talent Agency! instagram: melevansny 

RAYNA FARR (Swing, u/s Summer, Marcy, Katie, Shonelle). Honored to join the SOR National Tour!  Tour: “Grinch”, “A Christmas Carol”. Thanks to Nancy Carson, Tara Rubin Casting, SOR Creative, Mom, Dad, Kaiya and family for their love and support! 

LIAM FENNECKEN (Bob, Mr. Sanford, Cop, Ensemble, u/s Dewey). Singer/songwriter and Proud Graduate: Penn State, BA Theatre.  National Tour: Once (Svec). American Idiot (Ensemble, u/s Will). Peter Pan 360 (Smee/Nana).  Thanks to family, friends, and the SOR Team! IG: @Lfennecken

BELLA FRAKER (Swing, u/s Summer, Marcy, Katie, Shonelle) is thrilled to rock out with the 1st School of Rock tour. From Atlanta, Ga. giving many thanks to God, family, Nancy, casting, Orbit Arts, Broadway Dreams, Bob and Debbie.

CHLOE ANNE GARCIA (Marcy) is thrilled to make her debut in the National Tour of School of Rock. This has always been a dream of hers. Many thanks to Parkside, SOR team and Tammy. Much love to Mommy, Daddy, Grammy, Pop-pop, Bella & James for their unconditional support to achieve my dream. Instagram- Chloe.Anne. Garcia.

KARA HALLER (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Patty, Ms. Sheinkopf). National Tours: Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Ahmanson Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse. Proud Belmont grad. HUGE thanks to JoAnn, Eddie, my family, friends and my husband, Michael.

GIANNA HARRIS (Tomika) is ecstatic to be joining the new class of rockers for the First National Tour! MEGA thanks to the creative team for this amazing opportunity and to Chris, Debra, Leslie, Natalie, Shana & Sheri. Much love to my family for the constant support! Rock on! Insta: @thegiannaharris

CARSON HODGES (Mason, u/s Lawrence) is 9 years old and thrilled to make his Broadway debut on the School of Rock Tour. Gratitude and thanks to his entire family, Malko Dance Studios, Skips Music, Bach to Rock Music Academy, and his agent Nancy Carson for their love, support and mentoring.

ELYSIA JORDAN (Mrs. Hathaway, Ensemble, u/s Rosalie, Ms. Sheinkopf). Regional: Billy Elliot (Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre). Concerts: 54 Below, Feinstein's At The Nikko, MGM Grand. BFA Ithaca College. You rock, Merri, Anne, Mom, Dad, Marcus!  www.elysiajordan.com, @lysiejordan

DEIDRE LANG (Ms. Sheinkopf). Let's Rock!!  Broadway: Ragtime, The Lion King, Tommy.  National tours: The Lion King, Hairspray, Tommy, Cats. International tours: Ragtime (Vancouver), Smokey Joe’s Café (Australia). Regional: The Lion King (Las Vegas), Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), Aida (Alliance Theatre). TV: Fly Girl on Fox's “In Living Color”. Thanks to God, friends and family!!

ALEX LOUIS (Swing, u/s Freddy, Mason, Billy). Multi-instrumentalist actor's Broadway tour debut! Regional: Winter's Tale (HVSF); drummer inspired by Grohl, Peart & Animal. Thanks mom, dad, GenerationTV, casting, Dave Tedeschi! IG/Twitter: @alexlouisrocks. IMDb/FB: Alex Louis.

SINCLAIR MITCHELL (Snake, Mr. Mooneyham, Ensemble). Broadway: The Lion King. Off-Broadway: The Emperor Jones (Irish Rep), Harlem Song. Tours: The Producers, Best Little Whorehouse. CCM Grad. Olympic Torch bearer, '96 Games. Thanks to About Artists Agency. Love to Joey. 

THEO MITCHELL-PENNER (Lawrence). Playing the piano since age 5, Theo is over the moon to be making his touring debut in SOR! Thanks to Nancy Carson, his teachers, and the Walnut. Love to his family and friends. Special thanks to Merri Sugarman, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the cast and creative team.

GILBERTO MORETTI-HAMILTON (Freddy) is humbled by the opportunity to tour with SOR. This Native New Yorker comes from a musical family with roots in the Caribbean and Italy. He was honored as “Musician of the Year 2017” by the Boys Club of NYC. This multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, bass, xylophone and percussion. Insta: gilbertomorettihamilton

JAMESON MOSS (Stanley, Mr. Williams, Ensemble, u/s Dewey) is excited to be a part of School of Rock! He would like to thank his parents, siblings, the SOR productions team, Jackie Reid, Barry Kolker and his righteousness Mikey Reid. 

JOHN MICHAEL PITERA (Billy, u/s Lawrence). Honored to play Billy in School or Rock. Recent credits include: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), Paper Mill Playhouse. National tour of Newsies (Les). Thanks to Lisa Calli, Barry Kolker, Merri, Claire, Tara Rubin Casting, Justin Reamy, Amelia DeMayo, and Regina Innocente. Love to Mom, Dad, Julianna, Mimi and Mikie. @john_m_pitera

TOMMY RAGEN (James, u/s Zack). A San Diego surfer at heart, Tommy recently released his first album of original songs "Tommy Ragen 9".  Tommy's been playing guitar and writing music since age 6. Thanks SOR!

PHOENIX SCHUMAN (Zack). A dream come true for Phoenix to debut in the School of Rock national tour.  He has had a passion for music, rock and theater his whole life and has been playing guitar since age 8.  He was previously in the music video for "Million Miles" by TV on the Radio.

THEODORA SILVERMAN (Katie). “Theo” is thrilled to be playing her dream role of Katie in the National Tour of School of Rock! Recent credits: Once National Tour, ABC’s “What Would You Do?” Thanks & love to Mom, Dad, Hazie, Lisa, Barry, Tara Rubin Casting, Ellyn, Jeff, Dan & Piper! @theosilverman

TIM SHEA (Doug, Mr. Spencer, Ensemble, u/s Ned). Tour: Rock of Ages. Regional: White Christmas, Best Little Whorehouse…, Evita. Phillips Exeter Academy and NYU. Thanks to TKO, Tara Rubin Casting and family for their love and support. www.timshea.me

GABRIELLA UHL (Sophie, Tomika). From Cornwall, NY, and is excited and thankful for this national tour debut “in the band!” Thanks to my family, my voice coach Ilene Reid, and everyone who’s supported this adventure. 

HERNANDO UMANA (Theo, u/s Ned). Pumped to join the band directly from the Broadway company of Kinky Boots as the "In This Corner" Angel. Love to family, chosen family, teachers and everyone at CTG. Follow @hernandoumana.

AIDEN NIKLAS VILLA (Swing, u/s Zack, Freddy, Billy, Mason). Jersey shore native and multi-instrumentalist, shredding the guitar since age 8.  Member of 3 rock bands and 2 acoustic duos. Thrilled to make his acting debut! Insta: aidenvillamusic.

ABOUT SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL 
SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly. And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, “School’s IN – forever!” SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Based on the hit film, SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL features scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

Follow SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL
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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tuesdays at 7:30PM
Wednesdays at 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Thursdays at 7:30PM
Fridays at 7:30PM
Saturdays at 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sundays at 2:00PM 

*No matinee on Wed., Nov. 1
*Additional matinee on Thurs., Nov. 2 & evening performance on Sun., Nov. 5

TICKET INFORMATION
Individual tickets for SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $27-$98 with a select number of premium seats available. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. 

ABOUT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO
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