Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Broadway in Chicago Fall Into Fabulous Fun #BroadwayinChicago

Fall means crisp leaves under foot, chilly nights and great theatre.   Live plays and musicals are great family fun, adult nights out, and an excellent clutter busting gift that leaves lasting memories.



Check out this sizzle reel for hot, Broadway in Chicago shows, to warm your heart this fall and winter.   Then check back with ChiIL Mama/ChiIL Live Shows for reviews, photo filled features and the heads up on upcoming shows, ticket sale dates, specials and more.

Of course, we've been promoting these shows below for months, but they're finally HERE!   If you haven't booked your tickets yet, don't miss you chance.







Tonight:  We'll be catching opening night of Sister Act

Theatre : Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Chicago Illinois
Dates :
November 13, 2012 - December 02, 2012
Running time:
Two hours, 30 minutes with one intermission



SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "RIDICULOUSLY FUN," and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!

Ticket prices are $28 to $103.


Groups of 15+ now on sale! Call 312-977-1710. 

 
  
 
Potted Potter

We're also super stoked to see Potted Potter!   We're going Sunday the 18th and will have a full review for you.   




Theatre : Broadway Playhouse, Chicago Illinois
Dates :
November 13, 2012 - December 23, 2012
Running time:
70 minutes, no intermission


 
A Critic's Pick by the New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out London, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff, won the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment & Family Show; playing to sold-out houses worldwide. Written and performed by former BBC Television hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting", all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, aided only by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The show also invites audiences to engage with a real life game of Quidditch, but according to Clarkson and Turner's unique set of rules.

Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, is perfect for the entire family.


"A fabulously funny parody…will tickle the funny bone of every age group." - The Daily Telegraph,
"Breathless and…HILARIOUS! -The New York Times
"…a zany hoot!"-The New York Post
"...an AWESOME show!" - Time Magazine for Kids


Ticket prices are $39.95 to $84.95.


 
  
Les Mis

Theatre : Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago Illinois


Dates : November 14, 2012 - December 02, 2012

Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes, including intermission
 


We're also hoping to catch Les Mis at some point.   There is no official press night since the show is no stranger to Chi-Town.   I've seen it myself before, but the kids (9 & 11) are finally old enough to appreciate and understand it and Les Mis is one of my all time favorites.   We'll keep you posted if we have a chance to get there and review the remount.   I'm particularly interested in sharing the kids' take on the show.


DREAM THE DREAM 

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. 

The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES "an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish." The London Times hails the new show "a five star hit, astonishingly powerful." The Star-Ledger says "a dynamically re-imagined hit. This 'LES MISÉRABLES' has improved with age" and NY1-TV proclaims "this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Musical theatre fans can rejoice: 'Les Miz' is born again." 

Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and many more. 

Ticket prices are $23 to $120.

 
Coming Soon:
 


 


Emerald City Theatre
Presents
CINDERELLA


Theatre : Broadway Playhouse, Chicago Illinois
Dates : November 23, 2012 - January 06, 2013



The holidays have arrived, and with them the anticipated Royal Ball! Cinderella's cruel Stepmother and Stepsisters are plotting to win the heart of The Prince, but a spunky and barefoot servant girl may just become the belle of the ball. This swashbuckling Cinderella just needs a little help from her Fairy Godmother and one ratty Footman to find her happy ending. Emerald City's adaptation of this favorite fairy tale is a musical holiday wish come true. 




Cinderella is best suited for ages 3-10. 

Ticket prices are $16 to $22. 

Groups of 10+ On Sale Now! Call 312-977-1710
 


We're also HUGE Dr. Seuss fans and can't wait to see this holiday classic at gorgeous Cadillac Palace Theatre!!   The show opens Dec. 5th.   Got your tickets?

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Theatre : Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago Illinois
Dates : December 05, 2012 - December 16, 2012
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission


Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small", decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with this heart-warming holiday classic.

Ticket prices are $18 to $85.  



 I Love Lucy

We caught opening night of this interactive blast from the past and adored it!   Check out our show review here.   Want more of our past Lucy coverage...click here.   They've been extended by popular demand and tickets are now available through March 3rd.    This live version of the show is a hoot!   If you miss it, you've got some 'splainin to do!!
 

I Love Lucy® Live On Stage

Theatre : Broadway Playhouse, Chicago Illinois
Dates :
September 12, 2012 - March 03, 2013
Running time:
95 minutes, no intermission

EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND!
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR PERFORMANCES THROUGH MARCH 3, 2013.

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE
, the brand new hit musical stage show adapted from the longest-running and most beloved television program in history, starring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel: America's favorite foursome, is coming to Chicago for the very first time!

Imagine stepping back in time and into the Desilu Playhouse soundstage! It's 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh so familiar "I Love Lucy" episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the1950's hi-fidelity technology, and this brand new thing called 'television'. The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo's New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of "The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra" at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show's newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say 'Brylcreem'?!


Ticket prices are $35 to $85.


Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. 



Check out Broadway in Chicago's main site right here, to book your tickets and see their full season of upcoming shows.   We can't wait for The Book of Mormon!!!!   We're also stoked for War Horse, Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, and more.

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