Wednesday, August 2, 2017


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Goodman Theatre is proud to support Chicago’s off-Loop theater companies Teatro Vista, Definition Theatre Company and Collaboraction as a producing partner on several high-profile productions this summer—two of which open this week. The Chicago premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon, which recently opened at Victory Gardens, is directed by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith. 

Teatro Vista’s La Havana Madrid by Sandra Delgado opened at the Goodman in the Owen Theatre, following two sold-out previous engagements (at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Miracle Center in Logan Square). Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, La Havana Madrid was developed in 2015 during Delgado’s time as a member of the Goodman’s Playwrights Unit—a year-long program for Chicago-based writers, and a significant component of the Goodman’s new play development efforts. 

Collaboraction’s PEACEBOOK —24 social-issue driven short performance pieces rendered by more than 200 artists in a city-wide festival of theater, dance, music, visual art and spoken word—launches at the Goodman on August 26 in the Owen Theatre, followed by tours to south, west and north side neighborhoods in Chicago Park District’s Nights Out in the Parks program.

“Among the many ways that theater in Chicago is unique, one of the best is the collaboration among its companies— each of which contributes to our nationally-recognized cultural landscape,” said Executive Director Roche Schulfer, who is also a founding member of the League of Chicago Theaters. “As an artistic and community organization equally dedicated to furthering the art on stage and providing service to Chicago, the Goodman is proud to contribute to this excellence with resources to help these projects flourish.”

Over the past two decades, the Goodman has served as a production partner (providing financial support and/or physical space) for dozens of projects, including an unprecedented three-year residency with Teatro Vista that resulted in producing the new works El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho, Cándido Tirado’s Fish Men and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last. Other previous partner organizations include Aguijon Theatre Company, Albany Park Theater Project, Black Ensemble Theater, Collaboraction, Congo Square, Court Theatre, eta Creative Arts Foundation, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, MPAACT, Pegasus Theatre Company, Rivendell Theatre Company, The Second City, Silk Road Theatre Project, Teatro Luna, The Hypocrites, The Neo-Futurists and the Theatre School at DePaul University.

About the Plays
In La Havana Madrid, Chicago’s eponymous 1960s nightclub comes bursting back to life in “an immersive, wholly enjoyable experience” (Chicago Reader) complete with live music and “enough dancing and bonhomie to tempt you away from your little table down front” (Chicago Tribune). Inspired by true stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants who found refuge in the nightclub, Delgado leads the eight-member cast as a mystical woman who conjures stories and vibrant songs performed live onstage each night by Colombian-American musician Roberto "Carpacho" Marin and his band of 30 years, Carpacho y Su Super Combo. La Havana Madrid appears through August 20 in the Owen Theatre (Opening Night is Wednesday, July 26 at 7pm). Tickets ($30-$50; subject to change) are available at or (312) 443-3800. La Havana Madrid is recommended for ages 12 and up.

A modern riff on Dion Boucicault’s 1859 classic melodrama, The Octoroon,  Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Obie Award-winning historical satire An Octoroon directed by Chuck Smith follows a plantation in financial ruin, the tumultuous love story of its heir apparent, the evil overseer plotting to take it all for himself and the slaves trying to keep it all together. Hilarious, pointed and provocative, An Octoroon offers up a subversive take on race in America–both then and now. An Octoroon appears through August 20 in the Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln) as part of Definition’s tenure in the Victory Gardens Resident Theater Program. For tickets, call 773.328.2136 or visit

More than 200 artists unite for Collaboraction’s PEACEBOOK—a free, collaborative city-wide festival of short theater, dance, music, visual art and spoken word pieces in support of Chicago’s peace movement. The 24 “chapters” of PEACEBOOK are each seven minutes or less in length, and range from solo works to large collaborations. Arts/activists involved include David Dastmalchian (Twin Peaks), Sandra Delgado (La Havana Madrid), GQ (Q Brothers), Kevin Coval (Louder Than a Bomb), director Mignon McPherson Stewart, Sir Taylor (Example Setters) and Bril Barrett (Making a Difference Dance). PEACEBOOK launches on Saturday, August 26 in the Owen Theatre. Show times are 3pm (PEACEBOOK Englewood), 5:30pm (PEACEBOOK Hermosa) and 8pm (PEACEBOOK Austin). To reserve tickets and for more information, visit, email  or call 312.226.9633.

Following its launch at the Goodman, PEACEBOOK tours to the following Chicago neighborhoods:

PEACEBOOK Englewood |Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd
October 5 and 6 at 7pm
October 7 performance includes a Dome of Dance competition (3pm); meal and peace panel (4pm); show (5pm)

PEACEBOOK Hermosa |Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood
October 19 and 20 at 7pm
October 21 performance includes a Dome of Dance competition (3pm); meal and peace panel (4pm); show (5pm)

PEACEBOOK Austin |La Follette Park, 1333 N. Laramie
November 2 and 3 at 7pm
November 4 performance includes a Dome of Dance competition (3pm); meal and peace panel (4pm); show (5pm)

About the Companies
Definition Theatre Company  is an ensemble-based Chicago theater founded by six graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Featuring a multi-ethnic core companionship of actors, Definition strives to artistically reflect the myriad of modern America to inspire and engage the communities it represents through contemporary and classical theatrical works. Our mission is to tell language-driven, relationship-oriented, thought-provoking, socially relevant stories. Definition has been afforded the opportunity to create work that reflects its unique voice. It shared the words of Academy Award-Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney in The Brothers Size, it grooved with Amiri Baraka's whirlwind story of a chance meeting on a train in Dutchman, and staged its first world premiere production, Genesis, written by ensemble member Mercedes White and inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic masterwork A Raisin in the Sun. Most recently, Definition partnered with The New Colony to produce the world premiere of Byhalia, Mississippi. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “wise, funny, thoughtful and true”, Byhalia, Mississippi explored a family in turmoil and a small southern town haunted by its racially-charged past. Ensemble members include Owais Ahmed, Carley Cornelius, Martasia Jones, Kiki Layne, Kelson Michael McAuliffe, Julian Parker, Tyrone Phillips, Christopher Sheard and Mercedes White. Artistic Advisory Board members include director May Adrales, Steppenwolf Ensemble Member Alana Arenas, actress Shannon Cochran, Victory Gardens Theater Managing Director Erica Daniels, actor Brandon Dirden, actor Jason Dirden, Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, director Pam Mackinnon, professor JW Morrissette, director Ron OJ Parson, professor/lighting designer Kathy Perkins and Tony Award-winning actress and stage director Phylicia Rashad. Tyrone Phillips is the Artistic Director and Neel McNeill is the Managing Director. For additional information, visit and

Teatro Vista’s 2017/2018 season opens with La Havana Madrid at Goodman Theatre. Teatro Vista produces, develops and commissions plays that explore the wealth and variety of the human experience from a Latinx perspective. The company provides work and professional advancement opportunities for Latinx theater artists, with special emphasis on the company’s ensemble members, and seeks to enhance the curricular goals of Chicago students through theatre. Teatro Vista was recently celebrated as one of “Chicago’s Cultural Leaders” by the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and received the League of Chicago Theatre’s Artistic Leadership Award. For the development of La Havana Madrid, Teatro Vista and Delgado received from The Chicago Community Trust, and the 2015 Joyce Award. Delgado also received a 3Arts 3AP Project Grant and developed the script as a member of the 2015/2016 Playwright’s Unit at Goodman Theatre. Teatro Vista is supported by The Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, Alphawood Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events of the City of Chicago, The Shubert Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, Purple Group, Cumberland Irving and Vidal & Associates, Inc. and The Saints. For more information, visit, on Twitter (@TeatroVista), Facebook and Instagram.

Collaboraction ( ) collaborates with artists, community activists, and citizens from throughout the city to create original theatrical experiences that push artistic boundaries and explore critical social issues with a diverse community of Chicagoans. Collaboraction has worked with over 3,000 artists to bring more than 60 productions and events to upwards of 250,000 audience members. Production highlights include Collaboraction’s acclaimed series of Crime Scene productions responding to Chicago’s current crime epidemic, 15 years of the SKETCHBOOK Festival, Sarah Moeller’s Forgotten Future: The Education Project in 2014, 2010’s Chicago premiere of 1001 by Jason Grote, 2008’s world premiere of Jon by George Saunders and directed by Seth Bockley, and 2007’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow: an instant message with excitable music by Rolin Jones. Collaboraction, based on the third floor of Wicker Park’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building with three theatre spaces, is led by Artistic Director Anthony Moseley and a dedicated staff and board of directors. Collaboraction is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation via the MacArthur Foundation, and the Wicker Park & Bucktown SSA #33 Chamber of Commerce. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For tickets and information, visit or call 312.226.9633. 

America’s “Best Regional Theatre” (Time magazine) and “Chicago’s flagship resident stage” (Chicago Tribune), Goodman Theatre is a not-for-profit organization distinguished by the quality and scope of its artistic programming and civic engagement. Founded in 1925, the Goodman is led by Robert Falls—“Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune ), who marks 30 years as Artistic Director this season—and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, who is celebrated for his vision and leadership over nearly four decades. Dedicated to new plays, reimagined classics and large-scale musical theater works, Goodman Theatre artists and productions have earned hundreds of awards for artistic excellence, including: two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards, nearly 160 Jeff Awards and more. Over the past three decades, audiences have experienced more than 150 world or American premieres, 30 major musical productions, as well as nationally and internationally celebrated productions of classic works (including Falls’ productions of Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey into Night, King Lear and The Iceman Cometh, many in collaboration with actor Brian Dennehy). In addition, the Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle.” For nearly four decades, the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol has created a new generation of theatergoers. 

The 2016 opening of the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement (“the Alice”) launched the next phase in the Goodman’s decades-long commitment as an arts and community organization dedicated to educating Chicago youth and promoting lifelong learning. Programs are offered year-round and free of charge. Eighty-five percent of the Goodman’s youth program participants come from underserved communities.

Goodman Theatre was founded by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth, an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance in the early 1900s. The Goodman family’s legacy lives on through the continued work and dedication of Kenneth’s family, including Albert Ivar Goodman, who with his late mother, Edith-Marie Appleton, contributed the necessary funds for the creation of the new Goodman center in 2000.

Today, Goodman Theatre leadership includes the distinguished members of the Artistic Collective: Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor, Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman. Joan Clifford is Chair of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Cynthia K. Scholl is Women’s Board President and Justin A. Kulovsek is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals. 

Visit the Goodman virtually at —including OnStage+ for insider information—and on Twitter (@GoodmanTheatre), Facebook and Instagram.


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The 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival and Kids Fringe, August 30 - September 10, announce the slate of performances and venues and all tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 12 p.m. The eighth annual Chicago Fringe Festival takes place in five venues in Jefferson Park. Entrance to the Chicago Fringe Festival, called Chicago’s “Best Performing Arts Festival” by the Chicago Reader, is a one-time button purchase of $5, after that all individual performances are $10. 

Kids Fringe features free workshops along with ticketed shows that are appropriate for all ages. Tickets for Kids Fringe are $10 for adults, plus the one-time $5 button, and $5 for children ages 12 years and younger, no button required. Passes with a discounted ticket price are available when attending multiple performances: a four-show pass is $36, a ten-show pass is $80 and an unlimited pass is $175. Each venue will have a box office for day-of purchase and the box office for the entire festival is located at Fringe Central, located at Weston’s, 4872 N Milwaukee Ave.  

Schedule of performances, special events and venues are available at

The Chicago Fringe Festival 2017 returns to Jefferson Park after its seventh presenting year. The festival features 50 groups in about 200 performances selected by lottery. The shows include comedies, dramas, dance theater, musicals, performance art and the unclassifiable. This is an uncensored, unjuried, no-holds barred performance event that returns 100% of ticket sales to the artists. In their first seven years, they have returned over $200,000 to artists.

The 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival includes performance groups from around Chicago, the United States and the world, including the return of Mark Toland, Rally Theatre Company, Spartan Theatre Company, Iris Sowlat, Shut Up!, Kelly Haramis, Transcendent Ensemble Theatre,  Science Comedian Brian Malow, Howard Petrick, Wishbone Theatre Collective, Rebel Playhouse and Thom J. Cauley. Other performers hail from: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as Canada, Greece, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Some of the performance groups in Chicago Fringe Festival have participated in other prominent Fringe Festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival, Indy Fringe and the FringeNYC.

8th Annual Chicago Fringe Festival
August 30 – September 10
Fringe Central: Weston’s, 4872 N Milwaukee Ave. 
Performance venues:
The Playhouse at Jefferson Park, 4766 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Windy City Performs - Studio A, 5340 W. Lawrence Ave.
The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park Meeting Hall, 5320 W. Giddings St. and
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park Gym, 5320 W. Giddings St.
Performance schedule and performer’s information are available at starting August 1. 

Kids Fringe 
September 3 – 10 
The Chicago Fringe Festival Kids Fringe is for audience members 5 – 12 years old. It features five shows along with free crafts, workshops and more.
Artists scheduled to perform*:  Barrel of Monkeys, Tiffany Lawson Dance and Stephanie Chavara from Chicago and Hit the Lights! Theatre Co and Jackie Schiffer from New York City. 

The Chicago Fringe Festival, now in its eighth year, produces an annual performing arts festival devoted to celebrating an inclusive community of adventurous artists, volunteers and patrons. The Chicago Fringe Festival is a member of the Fringe Festival movement and is one of many festivals held throughout the world. The Chicago Fringe Festival unites daring theatergoers with emerging and boundary-pushing local, national and international performing artists while seeking to engage nontraditional audiences through a commitment to low ticket prices and outreach into artistically underserved communities. 

*Artists and programs subject to change. 

The Chicago Fringe Festival is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events sponsor the 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival. The 2017 partners include Weston’s, Filament Theatre, Windy City Music Theatre, and the Copernicus Center. 

SAVE THE DATES: New Production of LES MISÉRABLES To Play Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre 10/11-29

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OCT. 11-OCT. 29, 2017

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce that individual tickets for the return of LES MISÉRABLES go on sale to the general public Friday, August 4, 2017. LES MISÉRABLES plays Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement October 11-29, 2017.

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). 

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year. 

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Wednesday, Oct. 11 – 7:30PM
Thursday, Oct. 12 – 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Friday, Oct. 13 – 7:30PM
Saturday, Oct. 14 – 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sunday, Oct. 15 – 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Tuesday, Oct. 17 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, Oct. 18 – 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Thursday, Oct. 19 – 7:30PM
Friday, Oct. 20 – 7:30PM
Saturday, Oct. 21 – 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sunday, Oct. 22 – 2:00PM
Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Thursday, Oct. 26 – 7:30PM
Friday, Oct. 27 – 7:30PM
Saturday, Oct. 28 – 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sunday, Oct. 29 – 2:00PM

Individual tickets for LES MISÉRABLES at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $35-$140. 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  For more information, visit

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 17 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country.  A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres.  Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including The PrivateBank Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

For more information, visit

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

FREE Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Performs Romeo and Juliet In 18 Parks Through August 27th

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. 

This free summer series is a family favorite of ours! We've gone every year. It was also my great pleasure to catch this Chicago Shakespeare production in particular with my teens and we highly recommend it. For fans of doomed love, teen angst, timeless classics and rockin' sword fights, this one's for you. Pack a picnic, bring your lawn chairs, friends, family, and neighbors, and come bask in the genius of the bard's words for free!

Made possible by production sponsor BMO Harris Bank, 25 performances of Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by Marti Lyons, tour to 18 neighborhood parks across the Chicago, now through August 27, 2017. 

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Join us for one of our city’s favorite summer traditions! Now in its sixth year, the FREE FOR ALL Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out for another summer. This free 75-minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet is coming to neighborhood parks across the north, west and south sides of the city. At each tour location, a specially equipped truck rolls into the park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers with families and neighbors of all ages.

The feud between the Capulets and Montagues divides a city. From these two proud families, Romeo and Juliet fall in love. Can these star-crossed lovers bring peace to Verona?

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tours Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by Marti Lyons, FREE FOR ALL to 18 neighborhood parks across the city, July 26–August 27, 2017. Photo by Chuck Osgood.

The citywide tour is made possible by a renewed civic, cultural and corporate partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Boeing and BMO Harris Bank. Since the inception of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program six years ago, more than 100,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of free performances in their communities.

FOODIE FUN: SafeHouse Chicago Offers Spy Style Specials For National Family month

August is National Family month and SafeHouse Chicago, the Windy City’s top refuge for hungry spies, is celebrating with a delicious family-friendly offer. 

Happy National Family Month! Control is celebrating by feeding your family of spies for $50 every Tuesday in August!*


Choice of Appetizer: Fried C4 Cheese Curds, Stasi Twists or Nachos Camp Stanley
Choice of Entreé for each spy: Any Burger, Day Smart Turned Chicken, SR-71 Blackbird (CHI only), Any Kids Meal
Choice of Non-Alcoholic Beverage

*Does not include tax + gratuity, valid on 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 from 11am - 8pm*

SafeHouse understands that the best agents also need to be book smart in addition to street smart, so they are offering a free kids meal, with purchase of an adult meal, for any children (no age limit) who bring in a straight A’s report card (good 7 days a week) now through Labor Day! There is no age limit for either special.

*Digital report card is OK/print out is even better. The report card deal is good every day! The other deal is only on Tuesdays.

SafeHouse Chicago maintains the original Milwaukee establishment's treasured 50 year legacy while adding upgraded experiences to the new location, including new technology and a modern design by Chicago’s own award-winning firms, The Gettys Group and Epstein Global. SafeHouse Chicago is open Sunday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. For more information on The SafeHouse, visit or call (312) 3131-007.


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a cappella meets beatbox

FIVE DAYS ONLY! DEC. 5 – DEC. 10, 2017

Broadway In Chicago and Nic Doodson, producer and creator of GOBSMACKED!, are delighted to announce that the sensational, next-generation a cappella show, GOBSMACKED!, will play Broadway In Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited five-day engagement December 5 through 10, 2017. 

Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice. Featuring the reigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping. 

Critics in the UK call GOBSMACKED! "entertainment, not to be missed," (Broadway Baby) and “better than Glee…mesmerizing,” (EdFest Magazine).  Audiences will experience heart-stopping singing and jaw-dropping beatboxing in this latest break-out show that everyone is talking about –it’s funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages!

Though one of the oldest forms of music, a cappella singing has only recently broken through to mainstream popularity. Movies such as Pitch Perfect, TV shows such as Glee and groups like Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser and Naturally 7 have catapulted a cappella from street corners to stadiums. The producers of GOBSMACKED! have created a show for the whole family that takes the audience on a journey through music. GOBSMACKED! not only showcases modern a cappella at its best but also tells an urban tale of love, loss and redemption.

Executive Producer and Creator Nic Doodson, Director Alexandra Spencer-Jones and Musical Director and Co-Creator Jack Blume bring this unique musical experience to life after representing some of the most exciting a cappella and theatrical talent of the last few years. They have worked with artists such as Daft Punk, Britney Spears, Jose Carreras, Buena Vista Social Club and Soweto Gospel Choir and have produced and directed shows in venues such as the O2 Arena in London and The Sydney Opera House.

Casting will be announced at a later date.
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Instagram: @gobsmackedtheshow

Single tickets will go on sale at a later date with premium seats available. 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  For more information, visit

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 17 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country.  A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including The PrivateBank Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

For more information, visit

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Hamilton in Chicago Welcomes New Angelica Schuyler And Aaron Burr

join cast of HAMILTON in Chicago

Montego Glover, a Tony nominee for her performance in MEMPHIS, will join the Chicago company of HAMILTON in the role of Angelica Schuyler starting in early September, it is announced by Jeffrey Seller, producer of HAMILTON.  Ms. Glover makes her HAMILTON debut in Chicago, replacing Karen Olivo, who takes her final bow as Angelica on August 6. 

Daniel Breaker has been playing the role of Aaron Burr in Chicago since April 11, 2017; his final performance will be August 20.  Current Broadway company member Gregory Treco will replace Breaker in Chicago on September 8.

Montego Glover was nominated for the Tony Award for her role in the musical MEMPHIS, winning a Drama Desk and OCC Award for her performance. She has appeared on Broadway, as well, in LES MISERABLES, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, THE COLOR PURPLE, and won her second Drama Desk for THE ROYALE at Lincoln Center Theater.  Montego’s television credits include “The Following,” “Black Box,” “Hostages,” “Smash,” and “The Good Wife.”

Gregory Treco is an actor, singer and dancer from Nassau, Bahamas. He has appeared on Broadway in TABOO on Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include hit ZANNA DON’T, where he created the role of Zanna, MIRACLE BROTHERS at the Vineyard Theatre (directed by Tina Landau), and the World Premiere of Neil Berg and Robert Schenkkan's THE 12 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Gregory was a finalist on WB's television show “Popstars.” TV credits include a guest-starring role on the CBS sitcom “Whoopi.” He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, music direction/orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.  The musical won eleven 2016 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations.  Mr. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for HAMILTON.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

HAMILTON performs on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46th St.), and in Chicago at The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.)  The first national touring production of HAMILTON moves to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles next month.

For information on HAMILTON, visit,,, and

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 17 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including The PrivateBank Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

REVIEW: American in Paris Charms With Iconic Tunes And Romantic Entanglements To Spare

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at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre Through August 13th
**The running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes with an intermission**

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will play Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement 
now through Aug. 13, 2017.

Though merely two years old, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has retro charm, a compelling post WWII vibe, and staying power, with a score chock full of familiar romantic favorites. We're entranced with this winner of four Tony Awards® and multiple other accolades, inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Highly recommended.

The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "'’S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."

The set design itself is fairly simplistic, however the ever changing projections bring the 1940's Paris art scene and architecture to life in a breathtaking and fun montage of imagery.

SARA ESTY (Lise Dassin) bears a striking resemblance to Tatiana Maslany, of Orphan Black fame. She capably plays the ballerina with 3 beaus and a slew of secrets, with a delicate and delightful balance. McGEE MADDOX (Jerry Mulligan) is also a standout. This celebration of the arts, friendship, and the inescapable pull of true love, is a must see.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

The creative team is also comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director and associate choreographer); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer and resident director).

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York production closed in October, 2016 after playing more than 600 performances. A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opened in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

The producing team includes Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.

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McGEE MADDOX (Jerry Mulligan) trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, joining Houston Ballet as an Apprentice in 2005. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2009 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014. Maddox debuted as Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Albrecht in Giselle, and L’Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince. He has danced principal roles in numerous ballets including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Hamlet among many others. He has performed contemporary works by John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, James Kudelka, Wayne McGregor and Jorma Elo.

SARA ESTY (Lise Dassin): Broadway: An American in Paris (OBC ensemble, Lise alternate). Théâtre du Châtelet: An American in Paris (Lise standby). Former soloist with the Miami City Ballet. Training: Maine State Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Miami City Ballet School. Sara received a Princess Grace Fellowship Award for excellence in dance, and has performed various works by Balanchine, Robbins, Tharp, Taylor, Scarlett, Ratmansky, Wheeldon, and Peck. Special thanks to the ever growing AAIP team and family, and BRS/Gage. For M, D, L, my family, and the man I love. Vive la France! @estygrl

ETAI BENSON (Adam Hochberg): Thrilled to be bringing Paris to North America! Broadway/National Tour: Boq in Wicked. Regional: Fortress of Solitude (Premiere, Dallas Theatre Center), My Name is Asher Lev (GableStage), A Room With a View (Premiere, Old Globe). Workshops: The Band’s Visit, Little Miss Sunshine. Training: University of Michigan and Moscow Art Theatre. Thanks to The Talent House, Christopher and Rachel. For my family - Je t'aime. @etaibenson

EMILY FERRANTI (Milo Davenport): Thrilled to be a part of the original touring company of such a beautiful production! Broadway: Wicked. National Tour: Wicked (Nessarose), Dreamgirls (Sweetheart). Radio City Spring Spectacular. Regional: Annie (Grace) at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. TV: “Forever.” Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Thank you to Christopher and Rachel, CGF, and John for always supporting me even if it means leaving town again! Twitter-@emfernful

GAYTON SCOTT (Madame Baurel): Broadway: Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters directed by Sam Mendes, The Women starring Cynthia Nixon, Present Laughter starring Frank Langella. Other NY theater includes The New Group, The Culture Project, Here among others. TV/Film: “Law&Order: CI,” “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “Great Performances PBS,” Forbidden Love, PS I Love You. Gayton studied acting with William Esper.

NICK SPANGLER (Henri Baurel): Original Broadway casts of The Book of Mormon, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and It Shoulda Been You, in which he created the role of the best man, Greg Madison. His Off-Broadway performance as Matt in The Fantasticks garnered him the Theater Hall of Fame Elaine and Jerry Orbach Fellowship Award. In 2008 Nick was the winner of the reality series “The Amazing Race” on CBS.

LEIGH-ANN ESTY (Lise Alternate/ Ensemble): Leigh-Ann is thrilled to be joining the tour of AAIP! After 12 years dancing with Miami City Ballet, she is excited to take on a new adventure. Huge thanks to M, D, and S for their unconditional love and support. Let's do this!

RYAN STEELE (Jerry Alternate/Ensemble): Broadway: Newsies (Astaire Award nom), Matilda, West Side Story, Billy Elliot. Film/TV: Ted 2, Five Dances, NBC's Peter Pan Live, Smash. Big thanks to Laurie, Dustin and the AAIP team. All the love to family, DDPC and Char.

POLLY BAIRD (Ensemble) has appeared in the Broadway and Touring companies of Phantom of the Opera, and a Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer. Much love to her incredible parents for their unending support. Thanks to Renee and the team at About Artists, Denny, Seth, Stro, and especially Laird. @pollyebaird

KAROLINA BLONSKI (Ensemble): Broadway: West Side Story. National Tours: West Side Story, Movin' Out, and Joseph...Dreamcoat. NYC/Vegas: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The New York Spectacular, and Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers! Thanks to Dustin, the AAIP team, Rachel, Matthew Powell, Dr. Geiger, and love to my Drew, Glen and family :)

BRITTANY BOHN (Ensemble): National tour debut! Regional: Anything Goes, Mame (Goodspeed), Kiss Me Kate (Barrington), Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (PCLO). Point Park alumna & ATL native. Love to the creative team, Clear Talent Group, and my family! This is for Mom & Dad.

STEPHEN BROWER (Ensemble, u/s Adam, u/s Henri): Overjoyed to hit the road with this beautiful show! Tour: Pippin (Swing, u/s Pippin/Lewis). Regional: MUNY, Connecticut Rep, Lyric Theatre, Cortland Rep. Grosses bises to Mama, Papa, Berta, Telsey, BRS/Gage, and TSU. For pics of food and boys in tights: @stephenbrower

RANDY CASTILLO (Ensemble): Broadway tour debut! Born and raised in NYC. Former soloist with Company Nacional de Danza, Dresden Ballet, Opera Ballet de Lyon. Worked with mentors Duato, Forsythe, Lubovitch, Kilian and Millipied. Attended Juilliard. Love to family and teachers. Endless thanks to Lakey and Sofia.

KEVIN A. COSCULLUELA (Returning Soldier, Lise’s Ballet Partner, Ensemble). Born and raised in Miami. At 17 joined Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, followed by Tulsa Ballet Theatre. Performed with Pit Bull, Chris Brown. Also seen on “America’s Got Talent”, “Dance Moms” and as a principal dancer at Disney’s Festival of the Lion King.

JACE CORONADO (Swing, u/s Mr. Z, u/s M. Baurel, u/s Store Manager): Broadway: West Side Story Nat’l Tours: WSS, Guys and Dolls Professional; Metropolitan Opera (Aida, Stroman’s Merry Widow), Broadway-bound Can-Can, Sister Act (Pablo), Curtains! (Aaron Fox), Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim). Ballet Companies: Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Ballet Trockadero. Instagram: @bwayjace.

ALEXA DE BARR (Ensemble): First National Tour debut! Off-Bway: Trip of Love, BOMBSHELL in concert. Regional: Cabaret, Nice Work..., Singin’ in the Rain (Cyd Charisse), Anything Goes. WSS European Tour. DCL. Love to CTG and my many gems! A_DeBarr

ASHLEE DUPRÉ (Asst. Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Olga, u/s Returning Soldier’s Wife): Broadway: An American in Paris. Off-Broadway: On Your Toes, Where’s Charley? (Encores!): Silence! The Musical. National Tours: Movin’ Out (Brenda Judy). Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour. NYSAF: In Your Arms. The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas Spectacular). Colorado Ballet. Love to my family and friends.

ERIKA HEBRON (Swing, u/s Olga): St. Louis, MO Native! National Tour: West Side Story (Swing). Regional: Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed, The Producers. Proud OCU Grad. Many thanks to blocNYC, Telsey, the entire AAIP creative team, and love to my family and friends!

CHRISTOPHER M. HOWARD (Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Henri, u/s Mr. Z, u/s Returning Soldier, u/s Store Manager, u/s Lise’s Ballet Partner): This marks Christopher’s third US Tour following The Phantom of the Opera (Asst. DC, Swing), and Billy Elliot (Older Billy, Ensemble). Toured internationally with A Chorus Line (Larry), danced for Dayton Ballet, and trained at SUNY Buffalo and the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. Instagram: @Tut85

WESTON KRUKOW (Swing, u/s Mr. Z, u/s Returning Soldier, u/s Lise’s Ballet Partner): National touring debut! Ballet companies: Smuin Ballet, Amy Seiwert's Imagery. Regional: Lyric Opera of Chicago. Weston is an Emmy Award-winning choreographer of "BaseBallet", and proud University of Arizona graduate. Thanks to family, teachers, and Ted for inspiring this adventure!

MARINA LAZZARETTO (Swing, u/s Returning Soldier’s Wife): Marina is thrilled to be joining the AAIP tour! Broadway: An American in Paris, West Side Story. Off Broadway: The New Yorkers, Trip of Love, Doctor Faustus. Tours: Wicked, Come Fly Away. Television: “Best Time Ever”, “The Late Show.” Other: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. @marinalazz

NATHALIE MARRABLE (Swing, u/s Olga): Hailing from South Africa, graduate Boston Ballet School. Madonna (body double/tour), Le Crazy Horse, Natl. Tour The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), Vancouver Playhouse Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Asst. Choreo). NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Dedicated to "Mama."

TOM MATTINGLY (Swing, u/s Returning Soldier, u/s Lise’s Ballet Partner): After dancing with Richmond Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet, Tom became a principal dancer with Ballet West. In 2014, he joined Visceral Dance Chicago and began his freelance choreographic career. Graduate of Virginia School of the Arts. or on Instagram @TomMattinglyDance.

CAITLIN MEIGHAN (Returning Soldier’s Wife, Ensemble, u/s Lise): Thrilled to be making her National Tour debut after 10 seasons dancing with the Joffrey Ballet. Film: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. She is honored to be joining the An American in Paris family. Special thanks to her loving husband, incredible parents, family and friends for all their support.

DON NOBLE (Monsieur Baurel, Store Manager, Ensemble): Broadway: Once, End Of The Rainbow, National Tour of Mamma Mia! (Sam Carmichael). Regional: Jane Austen’s Emma, To Kill A Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), James Joyce’s The Dead, Funny Girl, An Ideal Husband, Blood Brothers, Henry IV, The Tempest. TV: “Zero Hour”, “The Blacklist”.

SAYIGA EUGENE PEABODY (Swing): Stevensville, MI native of Liberian decent. Dance: Giordano Dance Chicago, Danceworks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater. Theater: Cats, Anything Goes, Sister Act, Evita (Marriott). Artistic Director of Trilogy School of Performing Arts, Lake Zurich, IL. Thanks to Telsey casting and my loving friends and family.

ALEXANDRA PERNICE (Ensemble, u/s Milo): National Tour: Phantom of the Opera (Meg u/s, corps de ballet). Regional: West Side Story (Graziella), The Music Man. Dance: Orlando City Ballet (Soloist) and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Point Park University Graduate. Loving thanks to Telsey Casting, and the creative team, The Krasny Office, family and friends. @alexandrapernice

DAVID PROTTAS (Ensemble, u/s Jerry, u/s Adam): A graduate of Toronto’s National Ballet School, David spent the past 10 years with the New York City Ballet, dancing a large range of classical and contemporary repertoire. He is thrilled to be joining the cast of An American in Paris!

DANIELLE SANTOS (Swing, u/s Returning Soldier’s Wife): Previously enjoyed 9 years with San Francisco Ballet and is honored to join the cast of An American in Paris as her musical theatre debut!

LUCAS SEGOVIA (Ensemble): Principal Dancer with Ballet Argentino (Clarin Award - Outstanding Dancer). Also danced with The Joffrey Ballet and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. Regional: West Side Story (Bernardo) at Drury Lane (Chicago). He is blessed to be part of this production! Thanks to Chris Wheeldon, family and mama.

KYLE VAUGHN (Mr. Z, Ensemble, u/s M. Baurel): Tours: All Shook Up! (u/s Chad), FAME . World Premieres: Catch Me If You Can, The Nutty Professor. Regional: Arena Stage, Ford’s Theater (Helen Hayes Award), Paper Mill Playhouse, 5th Avenue, Santa Fe Opera, TUTS , Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Grand Ole Opry.

LAURIE WELLS (Olga, Ensemble, u/s Mme. Baurel): Broadway/ Tours: Mamma Mia! (Donna), and Swing! Off- Broadway/ Regional favorites: Trip of Love, Our Sinatra, City of Angels and 42nd Street at Goodspeed, The Full Monty, Ragtime. Thrilled to be sharing the stage again with hubby (Don Noble) and in PARIS no less!

DANA WINKLE (Ensemble, u/s Milo, u/s Mme. Baurel): Tours: Pippin, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago. Regional: A Chorus Line (Sheila, Cassie), Cabaret (Kost), Damn Yankees (Gloria), Anything Goes (Bonnie), Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty). AEA member/NYU grad. Wife of Brian Ogilvie/mom to Shane. Favorite city: Paris! Infinite gratitude to family.

ERICAWONG(Ensemble):Broadway:TheKingandI. Regional:InYourArms(OldGlobe). NYC:War Paint (workshop). Ballet: Milwaukee Ballet (Michael Pink's Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Bohème), Ballet Theatre of Maryland (Dianna Cuatto's Firebird). For my family, friends, and my teachers at Hawaii State Ballet.

BLAKE ZELESNIKAR (Ensemble): Thrilled to be a part of this amazing production! Recent credits include Radio City NY Spectacular, Mariah Carey, Flash Dance the Musical, and Bad Boys of Ballet.

GEORGE GERSHWIN (Composer) was born in Brooklyn in 1898 and began his musical training at 13. At 16 he quit high school to work for a music publisher and soon was writing songs himself. The Gershwins’ shows include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Of Thee I Sing and the folk opera Porgy and Bess. George’s classical masterpieces include “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Concerto in F” and “An American in Paris.” In 1937 George was at the height of his career. While working on the score of The Goldwyn Follies in Hollywood, he collapsed and died of a brain tumor. He was not quite 39 years old.

IRA GERSHWIN (Lyricist). In 1918 Ira began a remarkable collaboration with his younger brother George that lasted until George’s early death in 1937. Their show, Lady, Be Good!, in 1924, became the first of more than 20 scores for stage and screen. In 1935, with DuBose Heyward, they wrote the opera Porgy and Bess. Ira’s collaboration with George, as well as with Vincent Youmans, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke,
Kurt Weill, Jerry Kern, Aaron Copland, Harry Warren, Arthur Schwartz and Burton Lane, set new standards for American stage and film musicals. Ira was nominated for three Academy Awards and died in 1983.

CRAIG LUCAS (Book). Plays: Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss (Obie, Pulitzer finalist, Tony nom.), God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy (Obie), Prayer for My Enemy, The Singing Forest (Steinberg), Ode to Joy, I Was Alive With You. Movies: Longtime Companion (Sundance Audience Award), The Secret Lives of Dentists (NY Film Critics Award), The Dying Gaul. Operas: Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby), Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly). Musicals: An American in Paris (Tony nom), Three Postcards, The Light in the Piazza (Tony nom), Amélie, Sousatzka. Direction: The Dying Gaul (film), Birds of America (film), Saved or Destroyed (Obie), Play Yourself, world premieres of The Light in the Piazza, Ode to Joy, This Thing of Darkness, I Was Most Alive With You.

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON (Director and Choreographer) received a Tony Award nomination for Best Director and won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for this production. Born in England, Christopher danced for the Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet. He has choreographed for ballet companies worldwide and for television, film and Broadway. Awards: Astaire, Drama Desk, two Oliviers, two OCCs. Honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2016 Honours. Current Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet, where he most recently created the full-length story ballet The Winter’s Tale. In December 2016, Joffrey Ballet premiered Christopher’s reimagined production of The Nutcracker.

ROB FISHER (Musical Score Adapted, Arranged & Supervised). Internationally recognized conductor/pianist. Founding music director, Encores! series. Guest symphony conductor: Chicago, Philadelphia, L.A., Boston: Tanglewood opening with Renée Fleming. Conductor: NY Philharmonic’s My Fair Lady, Carousel (Emmy nomination); San Francisco Symphony’s Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd; Carnegie Hall’s The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls. Numerous recordings, including the cast albums of An American in Paris (Grammy nomination) and the Grammy-winning Chicago. Artistic advisor: Carnegie Hall Gershwin Centenary Celebration. Broadway: Anything Goes, Hair, The Apple Tree, Wonderful Town, The Threepenny Opera, others. Frequent guest: “A Prairie Home Companion.”

BOB CROWLEY (Set and Costume Design). Current Broadway: Aladdin. Previous: An American in Paris (Tony Award), The Audience, Skylight, The Glass Menagerie, Once, Mary Poppins, Tarzan, Aida, Carousel (Lincoln Center). Nominated numerous times; winner of an Olivier Award and seven Tony Awards. Current West End/London: The Hard Problem, The Audience. Opera/dance: The Winter’s Tale,
Alice in Wonderland, Don Carlos. Film: Tales of Hollywood, Suddenly Last Summer, The Crucible. Royal Designer to Industry Award and Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design.

NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design) has designed extensively for theatre, opera and dance, and other areas of the entertainment world. Broadway credits include An American in Paris (Tony Award) Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Motown, Once (Tony Award), Follies, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award) and Aida (Tony Award). She is honored to have designed the lighting for many ballets choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, including The Winter’s Tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Cinderella and Carnival of the Animals.

JON WESTON (Sound Design). Broadway design credits include She Loves Me; Amazing Grace; An American in Paris; On the Twentieth Century; You Can’t Take It With You; The Bridges of Madison County; Big Fish, How to Succeed...; 13 the Musical; The Color Purple; Caroline, or Change (AUDELCO Award); Nine; Thoroughly Modern Millie. Off-Broadway and regional: The Last Five Years; Death Takes a Holiday; Parade (Mark Taper Forum); A Little Night Music (L.A. Drama Critics Award); Family Guy, Live! (Carnegie Hall).

59 PRODUCTIONS (Projection Design) received a Tony Award for this production. 59 Productions specialize in design for performance, exhibitions and live events. Credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Broadway); Oslo (The Lincoln Centre); War Horse (NT/ World Tour); Les Misérables (World Tour); David Bowie Is (V&A); Little Dancer (The Kennedy Centre) The Enchanted Island, Satyagraha (Metropolitan Opera); Morgen Und Abend, Eugene Onegin, The Minotaur, Salome (ROH); The Harmonium Project, Deep Time (Edinburgh International Festival); and London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Present Laughter, Come from Away, Waitress, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Something Rotten!, The King and I, The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Atlantic, Classic Stage, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Film: Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “One Day at a Time,” “Time After Time,” “Hairspray Live!,” “Conviction,” “This Is Us,” commercials.

TODD ELLISON (Music Supervisor) Broadway: American in Paris, Annie, La Cage, Spamalot, Lestat, Amour, 42nd Street, Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress, How to Succeed..., She Loves Me, also Cats, Starlight Express, Annie 2. Composer –incidental music: A Class Act,
Taller...Dwarf. Encores!: Band Wagon; On the Town; No, No, Nanette. Vienna Konzerthaus; Carnegie Hall; San Diego, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Long Beach, New Haven symphonies,Philly Pops.

CHRISTOPHER AUSTIN (Orchestrations) is one of UK’s foremost conductors and winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for An American in Paris. Film orchestrations/arrangements: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow,Enduring Love, Max, Hyde Park on Hudson, Birth, A Streetcar Named Desire. Ballet orchestrations/arrangements: Chroma, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), Elysian Fields (Rambert). For opera: Eau (Opera de Lille). Bristol University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Professor: Royal Academy of Music, London.

BILL ELLIOTT (Orchestrations). Best Orchestrations Tony Award for An American in Paris. 2015
Encores! Lady Be Good; 2012 Tony and Grammy noms. for Nice Work If You Can Get It; additional orchestrations for the 2011 Broadway revival of Anything Goes. Prolific arranger for the Boston Pops; orchestra arrangements for Barbara Hannigan, Kelli O'Hara, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban’s Stages album. Arranged and produced Michael Feinstein’s Grammy-nominated album The Sinatra Project.

SAM DAVIS (Dance Arrangements). Broadway: Holiday Inn, Side Show, Gigi, Big Fish, Drood. As composer: Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte Theater), Red Eye of Love, Bunnicula, Love and Real Estate (Off-Broadway). Kennedy Center: Little Dancer, Trumpet of the Swan. Film: Hail, Caesar!, Beauty and the Beast (2017). TV: "Good Behavior." Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music.

SEYMOUR RED PRESS (Music Coordinator). Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. More than 100 Broadway shows. Screen credits include Hunchback of Notre Dame, Birdcage, In & Out. This season: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Chicago, City Center’s Encores!

DAVID ANDREWS ROGERS (Music Director/Conductor). Broadway tours: Les Misérables, Show Boat, The Phantom of the Opera (Associate Music Director). International: The Wizard of Oz (also Associate Music Supervisor), Le Magicien d’Oz (Palais des Congrès, Paris), Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Chicago. Off- Broadway: The Vocal Lords (Chekhov Theatre Ensemble), Happy Hunting (York Theatre). Guest Conductor: Carnegie Hall (New York Pops), Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre, Town Hall. Over 150 productions in regional theatre, readings, symphony pops concerts, recordings. Conducted for stars including Harvey Fierstein, Patti LuPone, Joel Grey, Sutton Foster, Kristin Chenoweth, Topol, Nell Carter, Debbie Gibson, and former star of the Moulin Rouge, Debbie de Coudreaux.

DONTEE KIEHN (Associate Director/Associate Choreographer). Previous credits include An American in Paris (Broadway: Associate Director/ Choreographer), The Addams Family (Broadway, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico City: Associate Director/ Choreographer); Next to Normal (Broadway, Japan, Korea: Associate Choreographer); The Winter’s Tale (Public Theater, Choreographer); Ten Cents a Dance (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Choreographer). Broadway performance credits: Gypsy, The Addams Family, and 42nd Street.

SEAN MAURICE KELLY (Associate Choreographer/Resident Director) is very happy to be joining
this company. Broadway: An American in Paris (Associate Choreographer), Movin’ Out (1st national, Dance Supervisor/Swing), Billy Elliot (Resident Choreographer). Principal dancer and Guest Ballet Master, Houston Ballet.

RICK STEIGER (Production Supervisor). Broadway: An American in Paris; Act One; War Horse; Come Fly Away; The Royal Family; 13; Frost/Nixon; Spring Awakening; The Woman in White; Caroline, or Change; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; The Wild Party; Epic Proportions; The Civil War; Titanic; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk.

KENNETH J. DAVIS (Production Stage Manager) marks his 20th year touring the world with Broadway musicals with this beautiful production. Previous national tours include The Lion King, Rock of Ages, Spamalot, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Chicago, Applause and Cats. In New York: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center. On the high seas: Norwegian, Oceania and Regent cruise lines.

DONAVAN DOLAN (Assistant Stage Manager): National Tours: 42nd Street, Annie, GHOST, Catch Me if You Can, Grease, Peter Pan 360, Jesus Christ Superstar, RENT, Mame, Barbie Live, Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, Copacabana. International Tours: 42nd Street, The Sound Of Music, and Thomas & Friends.

ANNA K. RAINS (Assistant Stage Manager). NYC: Love's Labour's Lost, Seven Guitars (Juilliard). National Tour/Las Vegas: Blue Man Group. Regional: Spamalot, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal, Jesus Christ Superstar (North Carolina Theatre); The End of War (Virginia Rep).

KATHY FABIAN/PROPSTAR (Props Supervisor). Recent Broadway Credits: Fiddler on the Roof, China Doll, On Your Feet, The King and I, An American In Paris, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, If/Then, Rocky, The Bridges of Madison County, I’ll Eat You Last, Kinky Boots, Lucky Guy, Chaplin.

UNKLEDAVE’S FIGHT-HOUSE (Fight Direction) is a team of fight directors founded by David Anzuelo. The core members are: Jesse Geguzis; Sean F. Griffin and Gerry Rodriguez. Broadway credits: An American in Paris (Palace); Tuck Everlasting (Broadhurst); Disgraced (Lyceum). Regional: Disgraced (Mark Taper Forum).

. Selected Chicago GM credits:
(General Manager). Most recently, Project Manager for Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker,
Old Jews Telling Jokes, Million Dollar Quartet, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Bleacher Bums, Driving Miss Daisy, Shirley Valentine, Steel Magnolias, and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Broadway management credits included Carrie, Quilters, Asinamali and Showboat. 

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