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American Blues Theater Presents
17th Anniversary Production of
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
From Frank Capra’s film
Directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside
Music Direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler
November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019
American Blues Theater continues its 2018-2019 Season with its 17th Annual Production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra’s film and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! runs November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.
As the second-longest holiday play in Chicago, the American Blues Ensemble treats Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It’s a Wonderful Life for the 17th year. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls “residents” extend their hospitality after every performance when audiences are treated to milk and cookies served by the cast.
The cast of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! includes Brandon Dahlquist (George Bailey), Dara Cameron* (Violet), Ian Paul Custer* (Harry), Matt Edmonds (Announcer/Pianist), Shawn Goudie* (Foley), James Joseph* (Uncle Billy), John Mohrlein* (Clarence/Mr. Potter), and Camille Robinson* (Mary Bailey).
The creative team includes Austin Cook* (score composer), Grant Sabin* (scenic), Christopher J. Neville* (costumes), Katy Peterson (lights) Elyse Dolan* (properties) and Paul Deziel* (projection design). The stage manager is Shandee Vaughan*.
*Denotes Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates of American Blues Theater
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! has received Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Best Midsize Production and Best Ensemble.
Dates: November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Previews: November 15 - November 17, 2018
Press Opening: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Run:November 18, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Saturdays: 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Additional performances on November 23 at 4:30pm; November 29 at 2:30pm; and January 1 at 7:30pm
No performances on November 17 at 4:30pm; November 22; November 29 at 7:30; or January 5 at 7:30pm
Arrive 10 min early for prizes and audiograms
Holiday Events: Children 12 & under receive keepsakes on December 2 (Hanukkah) and December 23 (Santa visits)
Location: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago
Ticket prices: $19 - $59
Box Office: Buy online at AmericanBluesTheater.com or by calling 773.654.3103.
About American Blues Theater
Winner of the American Theatre Wing’s prestigious National Theatre Company Award, American Blues Theater is a premier arts organization with an intimate environment that patrons, artists, and all Chicagoans call home. American Blues Theater explores the American identity through the plays it produces and communities it serves.
The diverse and multi-generational artists have established the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago. The 35-member Ensemble has 600+ combined years of collaboration on stage. As of 2018, the theater and artists received 204 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater and 35 Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The artists are honored with Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades.