CHICAGO CHILDREN'S THEATRE'S
NEW R&B FAMILY MUSICAL
MR. CHICKEE'S FUNNY MONEY
JANUARY 18-MARCH 4, 2014
Here at ChiIL Mama we're huge fans of the excellent productions at Chicago Children's Theatre. We also thoroughly enjoy the works of author Christopher Paul Curtis, so we can't wait to see another collaboration between these two! Last year we were blown away by Bud Not Buddy, the highly acclaimed adaptation of another of Curtis' works.
It was our great pleasure to meet Christopher Paul Curtis at the press opening of Bud Not Buddy last year. At that time we bought all of his children's book we could get our hands on, from Chicago Children's Theatre, and he graciously signed them for us. Mr. Chickee's Funny Money was one of them. Check out our 7 prior Bud Not Buddy & Curtis related features here.
Award winning author, Christopher Paul Curtis at the opening of Bud, Not Buddy at Chicago Children's Theatre. This gifted author went from hanging Buick doors to winning multiple Newbery Awards and Coretta Scott King Awards!
We do a number of author interviews and frequently cover book signings. I'm always impressed when authors are genuine and personable, even after hours of autographs! Christopher Paul Curtis was was down to earth, friendly, and truly a joy to meet. Even at the tail end of a sizable book signing line, he took time to chat with each child.
Right after we saw Bud Not Buddy, Sage came home from school all excited and she exclaimed "Our class just started reading about the wacky Watsons out loud with the whole class (The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963). And I got to share that I just met the author and got that book signed and saw Bud, Not Buddy!" It's those moments that make me LOVE being a mom. Her enthusiasm was contagious.
CCT's newest family musical is adapted from the best-selling young adult book of the same name by Christopher Paul Curtis, who also penned Bud, Not Buddy, the Newbery Award-winning book which spawned Chicago Children's Theatre's 2013 smash hit play Bud, Not Buddy. Mr. Chickee's Funny Money features music and lyrics by Motown legend Lamont Dozier and his son, co-music writer/lyricist Paris Dozier. The book is by David Ingber, with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Brian Usifer. Kevin Iega Jeff (co-founder and artistic director of Deeply Rooted Dance Company) will choreograph. Derrick Sanders (director of CCT's recent smash hits Bud, Not Buddy and Jackie and Me) will direct.
Mr. Chickee's Funny Money follows the misadventures of 10-year-old Steven, a self-proclaimed spy and president of the "Flint Future Detectives Club." At the heart of this whimsical story is a highly intelligent, out-of-the-box thinker, and entrepreneurial boy, who discovers that family, friends, imagination and determination are the true keys to success and that sharing the spotlight with others can make one even richer.As Steven and his friends plot to save Flint from financial ruin, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money grooves to a diverse new set list of original songs all played by a live band and so high-energy and entertaining that kids won't even know they're being treated to a celebration of contemporary African American music through the decades, including Motown, disco, rap, rock, soul, jazz and hip hop. Mr. Chickee's Funny Money brings generations of music lovers together in an adventurous story of mystery.
Single tickets to Mr. Chickee's Funny Money are on sale now, and start at $25. To purchase, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555. For information on discounted group rates for schools, playgroups, birthday parties and scouting organizations, visit GroupTix.net or call (773) 327-3778. Mr. Chickee's Funny Money is recommended for ages 6 and up.
For more information about Chicago Children's Theatre visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org, call CCT's dedicated box office line, (872) 222-9555, or the administrative office, (773) 227-0180.