Sunday, December 10, 2017

OPENING: The Ruffians BURNING BLUEBEARD Is Back For 6 Shows Only 12/27-31

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Six Performances Only!
The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians 
Present the Return of the Holiday Hit
By Jay Torrence
Directed by Halena Kays
December 27 – 31, 2017 at The Neo-Futurarium


Special New Year’s Eve VIP Package also includes

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we've been fans of Burning Bluebeard from the start. We caught the inaugural year at the Neo-Futurarium, several seasons at Theater Wit, and are excited to see them return to their roots, back where it all began for 2017. 

Ruffians, PLEASE tell me you're adding back in the hilarious, site specific "rap" about how to escape the building, and would you film it and put it on YouTube already? It was a favorite of ours that got cut when the production moved to larger digs. 

The show is family friendly for the most part for tweens and older kids, though it does deal with intense subject matter if your youngsters are sensitive. Check out some of our past reviews here. Highly recommended.

The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians are thrilled to announce the return of the holiday hit BURNING BLUEBEARD for six performances only, December 27 – 31, 2017 at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. The fantastical tale inspired by Chicago’s 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire has been an annual Chicago holiday favorite for six years running. Tickets are currently available at

Written by Jay Torrence and directed by Halena Kays, BURNING BLUEBEARD reunites the full cast from the past three seasons: Pam Chermansky, Anthony Courser, Molly Plunk, Jay Torrence, Leah Urzendowski and Ryan Walters.

Inspired by the true story of Chicago’s 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each performance is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago’s rich history. 

The run of BURNING BLUEBEARD will include two performances on the 114th anniversary of the actual Iroquois Theatre fire, Saturday, December 30. An optional New Year’s Eve VIP Package is available which includes performances of BURNING BLUEBEARD (7:30 pm) and THE INFINITE WRENCH, The Neo-Futurists’ popular barrage of two minute plays (11 pm), along with food, drinks and a midnight toast. 

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 pm (preview)
Thursday, December 28 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 29 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 30 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm (114th Anniversary Performances)
Sunday, December 31 at 7:30 pm 

Preview: pay-what-you-can.
Regular run: $35 ($30 early bird discount through Wednesday, December 13). Students/seniors $25.

New Year’s Eve VIP Package: $75 – In addition to regularly priced tickets to BURNING BLUEBEARD, a limited number of special VIP New Year’s Eve packages will be available, which include tickets to both BURNING BLUEBEARD at 7:30 pm and The Neo-Futurists’ THE INFINITE WRENCH New Year’s Eve performance at 11:00 pm. In between shows, VIP ticket holders will be treated to dinner, live performance and music, brews from Metropolitan Brewery and type-written poetry on demand from Poems While You Wait. The Neo-Futurists' THE INFINITE WRENCH performance will finish just in time for an audience champagne/sparkling apple juice toast at midnight. Tickets are currently available at

The production team for BURNING BLUEBEARD includes: Lizzie Bracken (scenic, costume and props design), Jay Torrence and Mike Tutaj (sound design), Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (lighting design), Archer Curry (prop master) and Justine Palmisano (stage manager).

About the Creative Team
Jay Torrence (Playwright) is a founding member of the artistic collective The Ruffians. Playwriting credits include: Burning Bluebeard, Ivywild and Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck. Performance credits: 500 Clown (Frankenstein), The Hypocrites (Ivywild), Redmoon Theater (Hunchback), Akvavit Theatre (Hitler on the Roof), Theater Oobleck (SOS: Summer Clown Cruise) and The Neo-Futurists (Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind) where he was a proud ensemble member for twelve years and the former Artistic Director. Jay was named one of the “Top 50 Players in Chicago Theater” by Newcity and was also named Best Dark Clown in the Age of Trump in Newcity’s “Best of Chicago 2017.” He earned his MFA degree in playwriting and creative non-fiction from The University of British Columbia. He currently teaches clown, playwriting and performance studies in Chicago and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

Halena Kays (Director) is a Chicago and Nashville based theater director and performer. Most recently, she was the artistic director of The Hypocrites where she both performed and directed. She is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys, where she created and directed the majority of their public performances. She is a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad, former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit, past co-artistic curator for Theater on the Lake and professor of directing at MTSU. Halena is a proud founding member of The Ruffians and an Artistic Associate with The Neo-Futurists where she directed Pop/Waits, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Burning Bluebeard, co-created and directed Daredevils and Daredevils Hamlet and the sight specific extravaganza, Fake Lake. Other interesting Chicago directing credits include: Endgame, Ivywild, Six Characters in Search of an Author at The Hypocrites; The Magic Play at The Goodman, Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf TYA; Feast (part of a collaborative directing effort) with The Albany Park Theatre Project at The Goodman. Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction, named one of the “Top 50 Players in Chicago Theater” by Newcity and is a recipient of the prestigious 3Arts. Proud member, SDC.

About The Neo-Futurists
The Neo-Futurists are a collective of writer-director-performers creating theater that is fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper. Originating over 10,071 plays within the newly launched The Infinite Wrench, 28 years of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and over 65 full-length productions within their immediate, non-illusory aesthetic, The Neo-Futurists have grown to become one of the most highly regarded experimental theater companies in the United States. From humble beginnings as the first late-night theater production in Chicago, they launched what became Chicago’s longest running show and today sustain multifaceted programs such as Neo-Access, The Kitchen (a micro-festival on art and performance), Prime Time, exchanges with branches in New York and San Francisco, Neo-Lab, and The Infinite Wrench, their flagship ongoing late-night show running 50 weekends every year. For more information visit

About The Ruffians
The Ruffians are an artistic collective of theater makers (clowns, daredevils, acrobats, dancers, writers, performers, designers, directors). The Ruffians have all honed their craft working over a decade in Chicago’s various and thriving experimental, clown and storefront theater communities. A Ruffians objective is to make beautiful things with rough edges. A Ruffians motto: Breathe. Dare. Live. 

Friday, December 8, 2017


PADDINGTON 2 will be in theaters across the country on January 12, 2018! 

Here at ChiIL Mama, we've been lifelong fans of the Paddington books and first movie. It's so much fun to see his adventures come to the big screen once again. Bring your littles out for some family friendly film fun and check out Paddington 2! 

Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.  

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Reuniting many of the original film’s cast while welcoming those in new roles, “Paddington 2” stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard,” “Into the Storm,” “In Bruges”), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Billy Elliot,” “Educating Rita”), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi (short, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”), with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hugh Grant (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), and BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw (“The Hollow Crown”) as the voice of Paddington.  The starring ensemble also includes Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”) as the voice of Aunt Lucy. 

Paddington’s return to the big screen was again helmed by BAFTA-nominated director Paul King (“Paddington,” “Come Fly with Me,” “The Mighty Boosh”) from a script written by King and Simon Farnaby (Sky TV’s “Yonderland,” “Mindhorn”), based on the best-selling and internationally adored books by Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear.  

The film was produced by multiple award-winning producer David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Oscar nominee for “Gravity”).   Serving as executive producers were Rosie Alison, Jeffrey Clifford, Alexandra Ferguson Derbyshire, Ron Halpern, and Didier Lupiter.  

Creative talent returning behind the camera included director of photography Erik Alexander Wilson (“Tyrannosaur,” “Submarine”), production designer Gary Williamson (“Bunny and the Bull,” “Submarine”), Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Wonder Woman,” “The Dark Knight”), and editor Mark Everson (“Mindhorn,” “Alan Partridge”), joined by editor Jonathan Amos (“Baby Driver”).  Visual effects were provided by the highly acclaimed British VFX company, Framestore, led by animation director Pablo Grillo (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) and VFX supervisors Andy Kind (“Gravity”) and Glen Pratt (“Beauty and the Beast”).  The score is composed by Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli (“Atonement”).  

“Paddington 2” was shot on location in and around central London, as well as on the legendary soundstages of Warner Bros. Leavesden and Pinewood film studios.

Warner Bros. Pictures and STUDIOCANAL present, in association with Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A., a Heyday Films Production, “Paddington 2.”  The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
“Paddington 2” is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.

©2017 StudioCanal S.A.S. All rights reserved.
Paddington BearTM, PaddingtonTM and PBTM are trademarks of Paddington and Company Limited.

HELP OUT: “We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit” for Chicago House and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

“We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit”
National Tour Company Members
and HAMILTON Chicago Company Members

An evening benefitting Chicago House and 
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

Members of the National Touring companies of WICKED and BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, and HAMILTON Chicago company members, will host “We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit,” a cabaret concert benefitting Chicago House and Social Service Agency and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The benefit will take place at Thalia Hall (1807 South Allport Street) on December 11, 2017 at 7:30PM. Doors open at 6:00PM for VIP ticketed guests and 7:00PM for general admission.

General Admission tickets are available for $65 (main floor) and $85 (balcony seating). VIP tickets are available for $150 and include a pre-show reception with the performers at 6:00PM, reserved premier seating, catered light hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary drinks.  A limited number of premium opera boxes are available for $550 which includes seating for six at the foot of the stage.  Tickets are currently on sale now at

Net proceeds raised from the benefit will support adults and children living with HIV/AIDS as well as those at risk for HIV through wraparound services provided by Chicago House, including housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention, and prevention services. 

“We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit” is produced by the company members of WICKED, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL and HAMILTON themselves.  This performance event is an opportunity for the company to step out of their roles in the musicals and perform some of their personal favorites.

The evening will include a live auction featuring backstage tours – including costuming, makeup and “watching from the wings” opportunities, performance tickets, and an opportunity for walk on roles.

WICKED is at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) now through January 21, 2018. Returning to Chicago by popular demand, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL plays through January 28, 2018 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph).  HAMILTON is currently playing at the CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe) with tickets on sale for performances through September 2, 2018. 

Tickets for all three shows are available at 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 (800-775-2000) and online at

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. 

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at, at, at, at and at

Chicago House and Social Service Agency has been on the forefront of reducing barriers for those affected by HIV/AIDS since the early years of the epidemic. Founded in 1985, Chicago House was the first HIV housing provider in the Midwest. We now serve more than 2,000 clients annually through expanded programming to holistically support individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Chicago House provides integrated programs inclusive of housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, trans specific services, and supportive programming to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity.

For more information about our services, making a donation, or volunteering visit us online at; 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 Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, Oriental 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

OPENING: Peter and the Starcatcher at PIVEN THEATRE Via E.D.G.E THEATRE

Peter and the Starcatcher,    
A Play By Rick Elice; Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and    Ridley Pearson

E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce Peter and the Starcatcher, A Play By  Rick Elice; Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; Music By  Wayne Barker; Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by Melissa Crabtree, at PIVEN THEATRE 927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201. 

Opening night is January 12, 8:00pm. The performance schedule is January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 @ 8:00PM and January 14, 20, 21, 27 28 @ 2:00PM . Tickets are $ 22. Tickets may be purchased at

Peter and the Starcatcher provides a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. In this wickedly imaginative play, we meet a poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly. The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, our heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond.

The Peter and the Starcatcher production team includes Thomas Squires , Assistant Director; Linnea Carrera, Music Director;  Ellen Willett,  Stage Manager; Orion Couling, Fight Director; Patty Halajian, Costumer; Taylor Tolleson, Set Designer and David Trudeau, Lighting Designer.

E.D.G.E.’s anachronism stands for “Esteem Development through Greater Expectations”. Using the theatre arts, they educate and entertain to foster the tools of social change. E.D.G.E has a goal of finding every participant’s personal best and holding them accountable to it. E.D.G.E. main thrust is developing theatre for marginalized communities and to bring a message of non-violence, civic and social change through exploration of the theatre arts. E.D.G.E.’s four sectors are: E.D.G.E Core, company produced classes offered on a select curriculum in theatre, social skills, history and stage combat; E.D.G.E. Satellite, E.D.G.E programs produced, collaborated or sub contracted by an outside produced program; E.D.G.E Troupe, a professional actor program providing a training ground for interns from our marginalized community to observe the highest standards of professionalism and be part of the process and E.D.G.E Workshops, limited time commitment programs are meant to harness their educational and entertainment abilities in a workshop environment. These programs are targeted for school assemblies, conventions, and camps.



Chicagoland's Ultimate Winter Fishing Event Brings “The World of Sportfishing” Indoors with a 5000 Gallon Fish Tank, Non-Stop Seminars, A Casting Pond, and Fun for All Ages

*A free Plano Tackle Box will be given out to the first 100 children, that are 11 and under, who attend the show on Sunday, January 28.* 

It’s almost winter in Chicago and that means it is time for families to plan fun indoor activities for the colder months. The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo will be heading to the Schaumburg Convention Center from January 25-28, 2018, and their “Sunday Funday” on January 28 is sure to be fun for every member of the family. Might you be interested in covering? Children 11 and under will get in free, when accompanied by a paying adult, and there will be several unique and fun kid-friendly activities throughout the day, including:

· Kid Scavenger Hunt – Children can explore the different kid-friendly activities on the show floor and receive stamps on a checklist. Once they receive all of their stamps they can redeem their checklist for a free prize at the Grand Prize Giveaway Booth.

· BASSMaster CastingKids - The CastingKids program is easy, fun and makes fishing exciting for kids. Open to young people in two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14, the goals of these competitions are to get America’s youth involved in the sport of fishing and to foster an appreciation and concern for the outdoors. The challenge is to “cast, pitch and flip,” which are very important skills needed in order to catch a fish. Scoring is based on a points system and the young angler with the most points wins.

Put down the ice auger and join in on the fun of indoor fishing this January with the return of the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, January 25-28, at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler or anyone interested in the outdoors, the annual “Sportfishing Spectacular” offers the latest in fishing and outdoor gear, as well as an extensive lineup of seminars with top-notch local and national fishing professionals, and hands on family activities. This year, anglers will have the opportunity to purchase the latest gear and equipment from top manufacturers and retailers, book their next adventurous getaway and browse the newest state-of-the-art fishing boats on the market.

“Our team is extremely passionate about the outdoors and we are excited to bring the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo back to Schaumburg this year,” said Tod Alberto, show manager of the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo. “We aim to offer something for every skill level, and help get all outdoor enthusiasts prepared for the upcoming season! With the nation’s top manufacturers, retailers, and experts in the industry in attendance, we are proud to produce a top-notch expo year after year for the outdoor community in the Midwest.”

Featuring more than 100 travel-related exhibitors (including guides, lodges, resorts and regional promotion agencies), major fishing tackle manufacturers, local fishing retailers, and a diverse selection of fishing boats and kayaks, attendees will be able to see, learn, touch and buy everything they need for their next fishing or outdoor adventure. Expo attendees will also have the opportunity to learn something new or improve their current skill level with the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo’s impressive lineup of seminars led by expert instructors and nationally recognized fishing celebrities.

The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo also features an indoor fly fishing pond for attendees to try their hand at casting or watch trick casting demos. Other highlights of the event include a 5,000-gallon fish tank stocked with bass and pan fish, a virtual fishing experience activity, a birds of prey exhibit, and Chauncey’s Great Outdoors, a family friendly interactive exhibit featuring snakes and reptiles.

The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo will be open Thursday-Sunday, January 25-28, 2018.  Show hours are as follows: 12 - 8 p.m. Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26; 10 a.m. –8 p.m. Saturday, January 27; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, January 18.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online and are $12 for adults and $3 for children starting at age six; children 5 years old and younger are free.

Click HERE for more information on the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Give The Gift of Health With Naturopath Approved HealTop Products

Here at ChiIL Mama, we start with the healthiest, gentlest solution first, when faced with healing. So I was thrilled when healtop reached out via US Family Bloggers and asked us to do a review. We were sent a complimentary trio of samples for review purposes.

They have sets for all ages from infants to adults as well as individual products to boost immune systems, eliminate acne, detox, and more. 

Healtop products are great for gifting to friends or giving yourself and your family the gift of healing with 100% natural products that are naturopath approved. Go beyond candy for stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and advent count downs with a healthy gift that will last.

My kids are now 14 & 16, and acne is an ongoing struggle, so we opted to try the Teenagers Package. All 3 samples we were sent in the teenagers bundle smell fabulous and work wonders. The fewer chemicals and harsh medicines on my teens' skin, the better. If we can get great results with natural products, then I'm in. I'll admit, my husband and I still get acne sometimes, too, even though we're well past the teen years, so I tried these out as well and liked the results. The clear skin spray is simple to apply and smells terrific, as does the sweet feet oil blend, that's migrated to my gym bag. The skin repair oil is thicker and slicker, so we were only applying that one at night. It also has a more pungent scent my kids bulked at a bit, but they couldn't argue with the outcome. We all had noticeably clearer skin in just a few days. This terrific trio lives up to their labels. After incorporating these natural products into our skin care routines we did "feel great" indeed. 

Click here to check out the Teenagers Package 
This is a bundle of 3 natural amazing products for teenagers. 2 products for treating acne and oily irritated skin and one for athlete foot. Products under a major discount so buy now and save.

Price as configured: $48.75

clear skin - 100% herbal spray to calm and rejuvinate red skin   +$11.45

skin repair - special serum for irritated red skin   +$28.01

sweet feet - 100% natural serum for athlete foot   +$9.29

These are simple to order via Amazon and products I can feel confident letting my kids use. Don't get fooled by cheap, ineffective imitations full of impurities and additives. Healtop is the real deal.

Disclosure: It's our pleasure to partner up with healtop via US Family Guide. Once again, we were sent a complimentary trio of products for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Meet Santa at Skydeck Chicago 12/18-23 12-5pm

Come ChiIL out at one of Chi, IL's TOP locals, Skydeck Chicago, home of the infamous Ledge. The view rivals what Santa can see from his sleigh. Snap a selfie or unique holiday card with the family. 

Santa is making a stop at Skydeck Chicago this year! From December 18 – 23 (12pm – 5pm), Mr. Claus will be visiting the Ledge, inviting Chicagoans to take a selfie or capture the perfect Christmas card. At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor. On a clear day, visitors can view up to 50 miles and four states.

What: Selfies with Santa at Skydeck Chicago

When: December 18-23 (12pm – 5pm)

Where: Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr.

Ages: All ages

·         Adult (ages 12 and up): $23
·         Youth (ages 3 to 11): $15              
·         Children (under 3): Free

Celebrate The Season With More Blue Man Group Including 4 New Years Eve Shows

Chi IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar


Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows we adore Blue Man Group so much we're even quoted on their entryway! 

We have seen them numerous times over the past 20 years, most recently for their 20th birthday party in October! My friend D'Arcy had never seen them so I brought her and she loved the show too.

Blue Man Group, celebrating 20 years in Chicago, will make the holiday season extra bright with an expanded holiday performance schedule at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted). The added performances will include some fun holiday-themed surprises and provide Chicago residents and visitors with more opportunities to experience some not so silent nights throughout the season.

Blue Man Group will celebrate the New Year with four performances Saturday, December 31. Families can kick off their New Year’s Eve celebrations early with Blue Man Group’s kid-friendly performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Children will be transformed into members of the Blue Man Group band with pre-show face painting. Other festivities include a “midnight” countdown after the show, complete with party hats and noisemakers, and a special performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men.

Blue Man Group will continue ringing in 2018 with additional New Year’s Eve shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., which include festive party hats and a celebratory champagne toast for attendees. Guests of the 10 p.m. show will also experience a spectacular New Year’s Eve countdown party. Complete with noisemakers, a midnight champagne toast, confetti drop and performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men, it is guaranteed to be a celebration unlike any other. 

You'll be entertained before you even enter the show, in the interactive lobby. Chat with a stranger or friend across the room via tube and check out the art contest winners' works.

Even their bathrooms have creative signage and songs!

Blue Man Group Ticket Information
Tickets are available from $39-$99. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or via the Internet at For a full show schedule and ticket pricing, please visit

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more, varying from $46- $69 per person. For groups of 10 or more, call the group sales department to book at: 773.348.3300 or email to request information.

Upcoming 2017 Holiday Performance Schedule:

Friday, December 8 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 14 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 15 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 21 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 22 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 23 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 – 2 and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 26 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 27 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 28 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, December 29 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 30 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 31 – 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.

Monday, January 1 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 2 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 3 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 4 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, January 5 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 6 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 7 – 1 and 4 p.m.

Additional January performance dates will be announced at a later date.

About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.

This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).

Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE.  Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group’s recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shop Locally and Show Your Chi, IL Love With Gifts From Transit Tees

Hundreds of unique holiday gifts under $30 at Transit Tees

Chicago-inspired, locally produced merch includes original winter hats, tees, jewelry, mugs, puzzles, ‘L’ stop magnets & more

Wicker Park store celebrating 5th anniversary this holiday season

The locally produced, Chicago-inspired merchandise at Transit Tees includes hundreds of gifts under $30 just in time for the holidays. The unique items designed in-house range from Chicago flag whiskey glasses and winter caps to Chicago ‘L’ and neighborhood-themed tees, new deep-dish pizza and Chicago hot dog pins and a 1,000-piece puzzle of a neon map of Chicago’s distinct 240 neighborhood areas.

Check out more details on their website at

This holiday season, Transit Tees’ Wicker Park location (1371 N. Milwaukee Avenue) celebrates its fifth anniversary. The new storefront in Andersonville (5226 N. Clark Street) is also ready for the holidays, stocked with all the latest merchandise.

About Transit Tees
Transit Tees, founded in 2001 by Tim Gillengerten, takes visuals from Chicago's metropolitan landscapes and transforms them into fashionable artwork, accessories, home goods and more. An official manufacturer for the Chicago Transit Authority, Transit Tees locally designs, fabricates and retails their signature brand online and at two storefronts in Wicker Park and Andersonville. Most store items are created in their design studio and produced on-site by local artists and craftsmen. The Wicker Park store celebrates its fifth anniversary this holiday season. For more information, visit

Free Gifts Galore at the Ashley Homestore Downers Grove Grand Opening This Saturday at 9:30am

Hey Chicago area readers, this Saturday ChiIL Mama will be ChiILin' at the grand opening event at Chi, IL's newest Ashley Homestore in Downers Grove. The location is 2900 South Highland Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515. We're pleased to partner up with them for this sponsored post and have been compensated for sharing this information with our readers. 

Come on out to The new Ashley Homestore in Downers Grove and check off your gift list in style

You are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the newest Chicagoland Ashley HomeStore at 2900 S. Highland Avenue in Downers Grove. The festivities begin at 9:30am on Saturday, Dec. 9th and continue throughout the day.

The day will kick off with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The first 100 guests in line will receive a $100 gift cards and the first 200 in line will receive a Bluetooth headsets. Guests will also enter to win over $30,000 in prize giveaways that include a $1,000 Dining Room, $1,500 Bedroom and a $2,000 Living Room and even a $15,000 home makeover. There will also be a prize wheel with spaces for items such as tumblers, wine glasses and chances to enter a money machine.

Making a special appearance will be Kelly Rizzo, the rocker-chic host of “Eat Travel Rock TV,” the popular on-demand entertainment series where she goes behind the scenes with master chefs, rock stars and creative industry heavyweights. Rizzo will get insights from an Ashley HomeStore Lifestyle Expert on how visitors can make their homes ready for the holidays and will share a mocktail recipe.

Refreshments will be served and families will have the opportunity to take their own photos with Santa. Rounding out the entertainment will be face painters, balloon artists and live music from your favorite local radio deejays.

Help Out:
Ashley HomeStores is committed to serving its communities. This location is partnering with Northern Illinois Food Bank of Geneva to accept donations for its holiday food drive. Guests are encouraged to drop off nonperishable food items in special donation boxes.

Please follow the grand opening fun with #myashleyhome.

Disclosure: Once again this is a sponsored post, and I have been compensated for sharing this information with my readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Wicked Good Deal: $25 Day of Show Ticket Lottery at Block 37



DEC. 6, 2017 - JAN. 21, 2018

Want to catch Broadway In Chicago's WICKED without breaking the bank? My family entered this lottery a few years back and WON 2 pairs of front row tickets for $25 a seat (cash only)! So it is doable. Chances of being picked of course depend on turnout for any given show, but you've gotta be in it to win it, and it certainly doesn't hurt to try. Ticket lottery is free to enter. 

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce that a WICKED day-of-show drawing for a limited number of seats will take place inside Block 37. Throughout the run of the show on each performance day, people can pick up entry forms at the Block 37 guest services booth during business hours up until two hours prior to the performance. Entry forms are placed into the WICKED hat, one entry per person. Names will be drawn two hours before each performance for twenty seats at $25 each, cash only.

This drawing is available only in-person at Block 37 with a limit of two tickets per person. Drawing participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. Block 37 is located at 108 N. State across from the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph). Chicago’s most popular musical will return to Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre during the holiday season for a limited seven-week engagement December 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018.

Mary Kate Morrissey returns to the WICKED National Tour as Elphaba after touring as the Elphaba standby in 2016. Off-Broadway: David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater). International tour: Hair as Sheila. Regional: Elmer Gantry (Signature Theatre), Lizzie: The Musical (Portland Center Stage), Little Women (Syracuse Stage) and the workshop of Fun Home (Sundance Lab). Syracuse University.

Ginna Claire Mason comes directly from playing the Glinda standby on Broadway to play Glinda in the National Tour. National tour: Newsies (Katherine u/s), Flashdance (Gloria). Vegas: Duck Commander Musical (Korie). Regional favorites include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Grease (Sandy), Hairspray (Shelley). NYC concerts: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary). Recently performed in Japan at the World Musical Concert. B.F.A., Elon University.

The company includes Judy Kay as Madame Morrible, Tom McGowan as The Wizard, Harry Bouvy as Doctor Dillamond, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, Robin De Jesús as Boq, John Robert Hall as Fiyero, and Chelsea Emma Franko, Deanna Aguinaga-Whyte, Allison Bailey, Kerry Blanchard, Beka Burnham, Lauren Cannon, Autumn Crockett Cooper, Michael Di Liberto, Michael Drolet, Ryan Patrick Farrell,  Napoleon W. Gladney, Sara Gonzales, Lauren Haughton, Chris Jarosz, John Krause, Kelly Lafarga, Chase Madigan, Tiffany Rae Mallari, Matt Meigs, Olivia Polci, Anthony Sagaria, Wayne Schroder, Tregoney Shepherd, Ben Susak and Justin Wirick.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). The musical is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.

The Broadway sensation, WICKED, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.” 

Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 15 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, China, Mexico, and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. 

Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to or Follow WICKED on Twitter and Facebook.

MARY KATE MORRISSEY (Elphaba) is air­borne with excitement to return to this electric company after touring as the Elphaba Standby in 2016. Off-Broadway: David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater). International tour: Hair as Sheila. Regional: Elmer Gantry (Signature Theatre), Lizzie: The Musical (Portland Center Stage), Little Women (Syracuse Stage) and the workshop of Fun Home (Sundance Lab). Syracuse University. “Epic thanks: Christopher Freer and CGF, Craig Burns, Matt Farnsworth and my friends and family. For TC, Mom and Dad. Never underestimate the power of listening, beauty and beat drops.” @maryspacekate.

GINNA CLAIRE MASON (Glinda) is thrillified to travel by bubble with Wicked on tour! She comes directly from Broadway as the Glinda standby. National tour: Newsies (Katherine u/s), Flashdance (Gloria). Vegas: Duck Commander Musical (Korie). Regional favorites include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Grease (Sandy), Hairspray (Shelley). NYC concerts: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Rosemary). Recently performed in Japan at the World Musical Concert. B.F.A., Elon University. Many thanks to DGRW, Telsey + Co. and the Wicked creative team. “For mom and dad and my Prince Eric.” Instagram/Twitter: @ginnaclaire.

JUDY KAYE (Madame Morrible) joins the tour after having played Madame Morrible on Broadway. Other Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award); Souvenir (Tony nomination, L.A. Ovation Award); The Phantom of the Opera (Tony Award); Mamma Mia! (Tony nomination); Ragtime (L.A. Ovation Award); On the Twentieth Century (TheatreWorld Award); Grease; Oh, Brother; Cinderella; Candide (NYCO); The Pajama Game (NYCO); Brigadoon (NYCO); Bells Are Ringing; Face the Music; Little Me (Encores!). For more:

TOM McGOWAN (The Wizard). Broadway: Wicked, She Loves Me, Casa Valentina, Chicago, Ivanov, La Bete (Tony and Drama Desk noms.). Off-Broadway: The Food Chain (Obie). West End: Wicked. Television: Uncle Jax on “The Good Fight,” Kenny on “Frasier,” Bernie on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Veep,” “Modern Family,” “CSI,” “ER,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Film: Freeheld, The Birdcage, Heavyweights, Ghost World, Bad Santa, As Good As It Gets, Bean, Family Man. M.F.A., Yale. B.F.A., Hofstra. Thanks to daughter, Mary, for introducing him to Wicked when she and her best friend, Sara, spent the entire summer of ’04 playing Glinda and Elphaba in the backyard.

HARRY BOUVY (Doctor Dillamond). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (original cast re­cording). Tour: The Producers. Vegas: Spamalot. Regional: Yale Rep, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pittsburgh Public, City Theatre Company, TheaterWorks Hartford, Montana Shakespeare, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Syracuse Stage. Film: The Producers. Television: “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City.” For Sean, always and all ways.

CATHERINE CHARLEBOIS (Nessarose). Broadway and national tour: Wicked (Nessarose). Regional : Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Ogunquit Playhouse, Music Theatre Wichita and North Carolina Theatre; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly) at Music Theatre Wichita; Steel Magnolias (Shelby) at Triad Stage. Catherine can be seen in the parody video Downton Abbey at 54 Below as Lady Mary Crawley and Michelle Dockery. Catherine is also a style blogger: follow along at and on social media @CharleboisNYC!

ROBIN DE JESÚS (Boq). Broadway: In the Heights (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), La Cage aux Folles (Tony, Drama Desk nomina­tions), Rent. Select Off-Broadway and regional: Domesticated (Lincoln Center), In the Heights, Patti Issues, Cabaret, Aladdin, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Grease and Homos, Or…. Select film: Camp, HairBrained, Gun Hill Road, Elliot Loves, 11:55 Holyoke, Fat Girls. Select TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “How to Make It in America.” Cabaret: Crush to Crushed, The Struggle is Real (54 Below). Tweet and Instagram @RobinOfJesus.

JON ROBERT HALL (Fiyero) is a Los Angeles native. He recently played Tom Chisum in the Emmy Award-winning “Grease: Live!” on Fox, as well as recurring on “Glee.” He also played Stacee Jaxx in the Vegas production of Rock of Ages at the Venetian. In addition, Jon produces music for young social media stars and helps develop them. His company HallPass Productions is an L.A. staple for many of the heavy-hitting kids in the social media world. Go to his website or DM for ways to work with him. Insta/twitter/ @jonhall28 and @hallpassproductions.

CHELSEA EMMA FRANKO (Standby for Elphaba) is ecstatic to be making her national tour debut with Wicked. Most recently, she was Live at the Hyperion in Disney’s California Adventure. Favorite regional credits: Company (Marta), Damn Yankees (Gloria Thorpe), Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Chicago (Roxie Hart), Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard and Shrek. For mum, dad and SRO. @thechelseaemma.

DEANNA AGUINAGA-WHYTE (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing). Broadway: Mamma Mia! West Side Story, A Chorus Line. Tours: Fame the Musical, Evita, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. B.A. sociology, Cal State University of Long Beach and 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification. “Love and gratitude to husband Blake and our daughter Kya for sharing this Wicked dream adventure.”

ALLISON BAILEY (Ensemble, u/s Glinda). National tour debut! Regional credits: Goodspeed and New London Barn Playhouse. The Boston Conservatory ’14. “Thanks to God and much love to my family, DGRW and Telsey + Co.”

KERRY BLANCHARD (Ensemble) is so happy to be a part of Wicked. Thanks to everyone at Wicked, Telsey and MSA. “All my love to my wonderful family and amazing friends for their never-ending support, love and laughter.”

BEKA BURNHAM (Ensemble, u/s Glinda, Nessarose). Back in Oz! Previously with the com­pany for almost two years. BoCo ’14. “Love and thanks to Craig/Telsey, DGRW, my Wicked fam­ily, Mom and Dad and especially my pup Root.”

LAUREN CANNON (Ensemble). Thrilled to be in Oz! Credits include West Side Story (nat’l/int’l/Ogunquit Playhouse), Radio City Christmas Spectacular and recently seen on the 2016 Tony Awards. “Love to my family.” @L_cannon.

AUTUMN CROCKETT COOPER (Ensemble). Credits include Rihanna, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Gilman, CeCe Winans, I Kissed a Vampire (film), “America’s Got Talent,” CW’s “The 100,” Cirque de la Symphonie, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Eclipse, Frozen Live, La Mirada Theatre production of Cats and West Side Story.

MICHAEL DI LIBERTO (Swing, u/s Witch’s Father, Ozian Official, The Wizard, Dr. Dillamond). National tours: Annie, Cinderella, Strike Up the Band. Select regional: The Producers (Helen Hayes nomination), Sweeney Todd, Elf, Oliver!, LMNOP, Spamalot, The 39 Steps, Titanic.

MICHAEL DROLET (Ensemble, u/s Boq). Broadway: Wicked. National tours: Wicked—L.A. cast (Boq), Saturday Night Fever (Vinnie). Regional: Peter Pan—Dorset Theatre Festival (Peter Pan), Of Mice and Men—Palace Theatre (Curley), Cyrano—Fulton Opera House. TV: “The Tonight Show.” B.F.A.: University of the Arts. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @michael_drolet.

RYAN PATRICK FARRELL (Ensemble, u/s Chistery). A Michigan native. Began danc­ing at age 8. Ryan is thrilled to join Wicked on tour. Credits include Wicked (Chicago), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Cats national tour (Mistoffelees), Copacabana (Mill Mountain), Princess Cruises, Chase Brock Experience (Joyce Soho) and Boyz II Men. Love to Mom and Dad.

NAPOLEON W. GLADNEY (Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Chistery). B.F.A. dance performance, Chapman University. Select credits include Wicked first/second nat’l tours, Me & Caesar Lee (Chor.), Odyssey Dance Theatre European tour, Backhaus Dance, “The Late Late Show,” “Good Morning America” and The Dance Cartel. @napogladney.

SARA GONZALES (Ensemble, u/s Madame Morrible). Webster University B.F.A. in musical theater. Regional: Bridget in Bring It On (L.A.), Daniela in In the Heights (L.A.) and more. Award-winning jazz vocalist, performing internationally at IAJE in Toronto, Monterey Jazz Festival and 54 Below.

LAUREN HAUGHTON (Swing, u/s Nessarose). Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Fools in Love. Regional favorites: Sammy with Leslie Bricusse (Old Globe Theatre), Turn of the Century with Tommy Tune (Goodman Theatre). B.F.A.: musi­cal theater, Syracuse University. Thanks to Mom, Dad, the Gillis family. “Je t’aime Michael.” IG: @laurenhaughton. Website:

CHRIS JAROSZ (Ensemble). La La Land, “Glee,” Radio City’s New York Spectacular, Cirque du Soleil, “SYTYCD.” Excited to be joining the national tour of Wicked. “Love to my Mom, Dad and my MSA family.”

JOHN KRAUSE (Ensemble, u/s Fiyero, Witch’s Father, Ozian Official). Broadway: Fun Home. Off-Broadway: Camp Rolling Hills. Tour/regional: Green Day’s American Idiot, Drew in Rock of Ages (Vegas) and Cruel Intentions: The Musical (L.A.).The Boston Conservatory. Instagram/Twitter: @johnakrause.

KELLY LAFARGA (Swing) feels honored to join Wicked. Film: Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D. TV: “Glee,” “Bones,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “DWTS.” Tours: Eve, Donnie Klang. Marymount Manhattan College. Thanks Mom, Nina, and Sasha for their endless love and sup­port. “Dad, I love and miss you always.”

CHASE MADIGAN (Chistery). West Side Story (Broadway), Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The New York Spectacular, Rock the Ballet (inter­national tour). Thrilled to be joining the national tour of Wicked! Love to Mom and Dad!

TIFFANY RAE MALLARI (Ensemble) has been lucky to perform for the past 10 years. Some accomplishments include High School Musical 3, Cirque du Soleil’s Viva! Elvis and Disneyland’s California Adventure.

MATT MEIGS (Ensemble, u/s Boq). Broadway: Holiday Inn, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda. Vegas: Rock of Ages (Franz). National tour: Mary Poppins. “For mom—who taught me to live with an open heart and open mind.” @matt_meigs.

OLIVIA POLCI (Ensemble, u/s Elphaba) re­cently completed two solo shows at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. Other credits in­clude The Threepenny Opera (Jenny), Wendy’s Shadow (Young Wendy) and Foolerie (Kate). Thanks to Telsey + Co., her family and friends. B.F.A. in musical theater from Montclair State University. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @oliviafpolci.

ANTHONY SAGARIA (Ensemble, u/s Fiyero). Broadway: American Psycho. NYC/regional: The Bad Years, Murder Ballad, Into the Woods. TV/film: “OITNB,” “Madam Secretary,” Block Island. Thanks to family, SMS, BWU, Telsey + Co. Twitter/Instagram: @Anthony_Sagaria.

WAYNE SCHRODER (Witch’s Father, Ozian Official, u/s The Wizard, Doctor Dillamond). Broadway: 9 to 5, A Christmas Carol. Tours: 9 to 5. Off-Broadway: The Prince and the Pauper, Mimi le Duck. Film: The Producers, Brando, Welcome Home. Television: “Guiding Light,” “All My Children.” Concert: Kristina at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London.

TREGONEY SHEPHERD (Midwife, u/s Madame Morrible) is excited to make her home in Munchkinland. Broadway: Been there. National tours: Done that. Regional theater: Check. One woman shows: Check again. Education: D.M.A. vocal performance. Love to Lafayette.

BEN SUSAK (Swing, u/s Chistery) is very grate­ful to be back with the Munchkinland family! Credits: Cirque du Soleil, “SYTYCD,” Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Florence + the Machine, Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, “American Music Awards,” “Video Music Awards,” “Billboard Awards,” “DWTS,” “American Idol,” San Francisco Ballet.

JUSTIN WIRICK (Ensemble). Joined Jan. 2010. 3,000+ performances. 20 Green Girls. Denizen of Pittsburgh, Pa. Travel enthusiast: eight plus years of touring, 50 states, eight provinces, 15 countries. Passions/hobbies: Wicked, gymnastics, figure skat­ing, fundraising, event coordinating, photography, motivational speaking. “Success is where prepara­tion and opportunity meet.” Adventures and full bio on Insta @justinwirick88.

Individual tickets for WICKED at the Oriental Theatre range from $62-$212 with a select number of premium seats available. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 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.

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 Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, Oriental 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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