Thursday, September 26, 2019

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BRAND-NEW CIRQUE DU SOLEIL HOLIDAY THEATRICAL ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE… TO PLAY CHICAGO THEATRE NOVEMBER 29 THROUGH DECEMBER 8, 2019

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY PRESENT
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE BRAND-NEW HOLIDAY THEATRICAL
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE…


This All-New Family Theatrical Will Make Its Debut At The Chicago Theatre This Holiday Season

THE LIMITED HOLIDAY ENGAGEMENT RUNS FROM
NOVEMBER 29 THROUGH DECEMBER 8, 2019

Tickets On-Sale Now

Cirque du Soleil and The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE: MSG) are pleased to announce that an all-new, family theatrical production, ‘Twas the Night Before… will make its debut at The Chicago Theatre this holiday season. ‘Twas the Night Before… is an exhilarating new spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil can imagine. This vibrant acrobatic spectacle about the joy of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of children and adults alike. The production will run at The Chicago Theatre from November 29 through December 8, 2019 for 17 performances. Tickets are on-sale now.



“We are thrilled to return to Chicago with our very first production celebrating the holiday season, with a unique take on a Christmas classic. ‘Twas the Night Before… is a show created to entertain the whole family, as well as the perfect opportunity for parents to introduce the world of Cirque du Soleil to their children for the first time.” said Yasmine Khalil, Cirque du Soleil Chief Executive Producer.



“At MSG, we’re committed to bringing our audiences the very best and most captivating entertainment available anywhere in the world,” said Darren Pfeffer, executive vice president, MSG Live, The Madison Square Garden Company.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Cirque du Soleil – another name in world-class entertainment – on this one-of-a-kind production, which we know will not only provide a unique celebration of the season, but also inspire another generation to appreciate the creativity, athleticism and artistry of Cirque du Soleil.”



‘Twas the Night Before..., Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, rip-roaring fun and hugely lovable characters that will become a new tradition for families to cherish. The production follows the journey of Isabella, a young girl who’s become jaded by all the hoopla surrounding Christmas. Join her as she is suddenly whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world where she will meet characters straight out of the classic poem. Will Isabella’s dazzling adventures reignite her holiday spirit in time for Santa's arrival? Expect the unexpected through this all new production and find out what happened before Santa dropped in.



For more information and tickets to ‘Twas the Night Before… at The Chicago Theatre, visit chicagotheatre.com/cirque or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or the Ticketmaster Box Office at The Chicago Theatre. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Service charges apply to telephone, internet and box office pick-up orders. Accessible and companion seats are available via the Disabled Services Department at 888-609-7599.



About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
‘Twas the Night Before… is the 49th original production of Cirque du Soleil, part of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Canadian organization brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. It currently has 4,500 employees from nearly 70 countries. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit CDSentertainmentgroup.com.


About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; and The Chicago Theatre.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams –  the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, MSG’s NBA 2K League franchise.  In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.  Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

SEASON ANNOUNCED: Marriott Theatre's 45 Season To Feature Favorites From Grease To The Sound of Music

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CELEBRATING 45 MAGNIFICENT YEARS, MARRIOTT THEATRE IS PROUD TO PRESENT ITS 2020 SEASON

Save the dates: 
The Marriott Theatre, Chicagoland’s longest-running professional musical theater located at 10 Marriott Drive Lincolnshire, IL, is thrilled to announce its 2020 blockbuster season.

The Marriott Theatre’s 2020 Subscription Series features favorites GREASE (starts January 15); KISS ME, KATE (starts March 25); THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND (starts May 27); WEST SIDE STORY (starts August 12); and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (starts October 28). 

Marriott Theatre’s 2020 Subscription Series

GREASE – Previews January 15, 2020
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Choreographed by Kenny Ingram
It’s the energetic and electric musical comedy tribute to the age of rock-n-roll. Join in the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High’s class of ‘59 and rock to songs like “Summer Lovin’,” “Beauty School Dropout” and “Greased Lightning.” Come back with us to a time when having a malted made everything so much better.

KISS ME, KATE – Previews March 25, 2020
Directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller
Choreographed by Alex Sanchez
Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes hijinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical numbers include “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “So In Love,” “Wunderbar,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”

THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND – Previews May 27, 2020
Directed and Choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Cabaret! Chicago! Kiss of the Spider Woman! New York, New York! Zorba! Funny Lady! THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND is a stunning celebration of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. An all-star cast find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. The nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including “Mr. Cellophane,” “Maybe This Time,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York,” seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.

WEST SIDE STORY – Previews August 12, 2020
Choreographed by Alex Sanchez
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in this landmark Broadway musical. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of today’s time. From the first notes to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY is as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Previews October 28, 2020
Directed by Nick Bowling
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical.  This Holiday Season join the family Von Trapp in the true-life telling of one of history’s most thrilling and inspirational stories. Featuring the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Additionally, Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences presents:
THE PRINCESS & THE PEA (February 7-April 19)
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!” (June 12-July 26)
THE WIZARD OF OZ (November 11-December 27)

For more information on how to subscribe to The Marriott Theatre’s 2020 Season, please call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic at Rosemont Theatre Friday, Oct. 11th Through Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2019

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Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic


Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is bringing its exciting magical adventure to the Rosemont Theatre. Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with beloved Elmo to discover the “power of yet”. 


The 3-day extravaganza will open on Friday, Oct. 11 and run through Sunday, Oct. 13 with 8 lively performances.



Along with pals Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and more, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey, learning it’s ok to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself and the power of what’s yet to be. With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy.  

Get your tickets today, starting at just $15!









Wednesday, September 18, 2019

GIVEAWAY: WIN 4 Tickets ($78 Value. 2 winners) To Any Preview of Filament Theatre's LUNA September 21 - November 3

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Excellent Family Friendly Theatre

Filament Theatre Presents 
LUNA
By Ramón Esquivel
Directed by Alejandro Tey
September 21 - November 3
Sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, October 20th



ENTER BELOW 
for your chance to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets 
to any preview date from Filament & ChiIL Mama
(Up to $78 value. 2 winners)
Previews: Saturday, Sept 21 @ 2:30; Sunday, Sept 22 @ 1pm; Saturday, Sept 28 @ 11am
Open through midnight September 19th. Enter like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.


The cast of Filament Theatre’s Luna (top, l to r):Jean Claudio, Aissa Guerra, Deanalís Resto (bottom, l to r): Gaby FeBland, Mateo Hernandez, Raquel Torre

Filament Theatre brings to the stage Ramón Esquivel’s Luna directed by Filament Resident Artist Alejandro Tey, playing September 21 - November 3 at Filament Theatre, 4041 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. This story about the daughter of migrant farm workers was developed in collaboration with elementary children in Mattawa, WA, a town predominantly populated by migrant farmers. Filament’s interactive and embracing style will welcome young people and families on a journey toward friendship and belonging. Tickets are currently available at www.filamenttheatre.org/luna. The press opening is Saturday, September 28 @ 2:30pm and Sunday, September 29 @ 1pm. 

Luna tells the hopeful story of Soledad, a young girl who dances with the stars and sings with the moon. Her family follows the crops and with every move comes a new school and the struggle to make new friends. The imaginative Soledad finds solace in her constant companion, Luna — the moon. On her search for human friendship Soledad must challenge the world she knows and discover that “Taking risks is hard to do, but taking risks builds courage too.”

In an artistic statement, playwright Ramón Esquivel wrote, “My stories are about the search for belonging. They are about vulnerability. Most of all, my stories are about conflict between people who love each other. I hope my stories inspire empathy, connection, and wisdom—and that they make audiences laugh along the way.” 

Luna will feature Filament Resident Artist Aissa Guerra with Jean Claudio, Gaby FeBland, Mateo Hernandez, Deanalís Resto, and Raquel Torre. Understudies include Elizabeth Nungaray and Isaura Flores.

The production team for Luna includes direction by Alejandro Tey, set design by Amy Gilman, costume design by Stephanie Taylor, sound design by Sarah Espinoza, lighting design by Ellie Humphrys, and stage management by Natalie Cohen. Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company, Inc., Woodstock, Illinois. Luna is supported in part by production sponsors Lyons Family Eye Care and Dr. Dominick and Sylvia Maino and preview sponsor the Stephanie Cutter Group. 

For more information visit www.filamenttheatre.org/luna

Accessible Performances: 
Filament Theatre offers a sensory-friendly performance of Luna on Sunday, October 20th @ 10am. This performance is reserved specifically for families who have at least one member with special needs. Tickets are now available.

Location: Filament Theatre, 4041 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60641

Dates: 
Previews: Saturday, Sept 21 @ 2:30; Sunday, Sept 22 @ 1pm; Saturday, Sept 28 @ 11am

Press performances: Saturday, Sept 28 @ 2:30pm; Sunday, Sept 29 @ 1pm

Regular run: Sept 28 - November 3

Curtain Times: Saturday @ 11am & 2:30pm; Sunday @ 1pm.

Ticket Prices: Previews: $16. Regular run $16 for children, $19.50 for adults, $18 for seniors. All ticket fees included in price. Tickets are available at www.filamenttheatre.org/lunaFor questions call the Filament office at (773) 270-1660.

About the Artists:
Ramón Esquivel (Playwright) is a writer and educator based in Seattle. His plays have been produced in New York City; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle and elsewhere in North America. His play The Shahrazad Society won the 2014 Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award from the New England Theatre Conference. Three works, Nasty, Nocturnal and Luna, are published through Dramatic Publishing. Nocturnal is also part of New Visions/New Voices: 25 Years/25 Plays, an anthology commemorating the Kennedy Center festival, and Luna is featured in the upcoming Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latin@ Theatre for Young Audiences. He has degrees in history from Yale University, educational theatre from New York University and creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

About Filament Theatre:

Filament Theatre creates immersive and site-specific theatre that inspires, empowers, and activates young people and their communities. Filament envisions a future in which the leaders of tomorrow approach others with radical empathy, serving as ambassadors for their communities and stewards of the Earth. 

The company’s staff is comprised of Julie Ritchey (Artistic Director) and Christian Libonati (Managing Director).

Filament Theatre’s full season of programs is supported in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Saints, and Wintrust Community Banks. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

For additional information visit www.filamenttheatre.org 




WIN a Family 4 Pack of tickets 
to any preview date from Filament & ChiIL Mama
(Up to $78 value. 2 winners)
Previews: Saturday, Sept 21 @ 2:30; Sunday, Sept 22 @ 1pm; Saturday, Sept 28 @ 11am
Open through midnight September 19th. Enter like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

EXTENDED: Teatro ZinZanni Love, Chaos & Dinner Chicago Dates Now Available Through March 29, 2020

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THE CHAOS CONTINUES
NEW BLOCK OF SEATS ON SALE THROUGH MARCH 29, 2020
NEW WORLD CLASS PERFORMERS BEGINNING OCT. 3

**Recommended for ages 8+ to adult** 


ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, will be ChiILin' with Teatro ZinZanni for dinner, the last weekend of this month, right here in Chi, IL. Check back soon for our full review. We can't wait to check out this unique, new dining and circus experience for ourselves. If you haven't caught one of their shows yet, go already. If you have, they've released a new block of tickets through March 29, 2020 and will have new acts in after October 3rd as well. 




Teatro ZinZanni and Randolph Entertainment are delighted to announce that the chaos will continue as Love, Chaos & Dinner opens up a new block of tickets for its Chicago run through March 29, 2020. Teatro ZinZanni is thrilled to welcome new cast members with jaw-dropping original acts to The Spiegeltent ZaZou, a Belgian mirror tent filled with unique, historic touches, located on the 14th floor in the Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop- Theatre District (32 W. Randolph St.), starting Oct. 3, 2019.


Tickets will go on-sale Sept. 8, 2019 for performances beginning Sept. 30, 2019 through March 29, 2020. Tickets are currently available for performances through Oct. 2019.

**Due to the nature of the show, we do not allow children under the age of 8. It is a three-hour evening filled with sophisticated humor, sensuality and innuendo. There is no special ticket price or menu for children.



The new acts joining Love, Chaos & Dinner’s unique family of awe-inspiring performers include Master Illusionist Voronin, Chef Character Comedian and Queen of Hearts Kevin Kent, the Yodeling Dominatrix Manuela Horn, and contortionist and Teatro ZinZanni newcomer Elayne Kramer. Teatro ZinZanni’s founder Norm Langill will continue to direct the production.



Continuing cast members include Parisian acrobat Domitil Aillot, opera singer and born Chicagoan Kelly Britt, the body juggling Anastasini Brothers, hoop aerialist Elena Gatilova and cabaret star Amelia Zirin Brown (AKA - Rizo) who will rotate out of the production as Teatro ZinZanni evolves over the coming months.





Teatro ZinZanni is critically acclaimed combining the best of cirque, cabaret, spectacle, live music, comedy and fine dining. Described as the “Kit Kat Klub on acid,” Teatro ZinZanni brings to Chicago an international cast of extraordinary entertainers for its highly anticipated premiere engagement.



“The Goddess” Debbie Sharpe will continue to oversee the menus for private events in this stunning space. The Spiegeltent ZaZou is available to host lunches Monday through Friday and dinner on “Dark Nights.” The one-of-a-kind venue can seat up to 330 guests and is a perfect setting for corporate meetings, social events, convention hospitalities, non-profit galas, and other unique celebrations. The spacious bar and lobby area can seat groups of up to 100 guests for an elegant dinner or accommodate up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception event.

Follow @teatro_zinzanni on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 



CAST BIOGRAPHIES
Kevin Kent: A physical and improvisational humorist, Kevin Kent was a member of the original cast of Teatro ZinZanni that debuted in Seattle in 1998 and again in San Francisco in 2000. To continue his streak of ZinZanni firsts, he was part of the first Teatro ZinZanni touring production in Southern California. Kevin combines his writing, odd notions, and his improvisational skills to transport the audience to exciting and wonderful places. Kevin and his partner, Joe, have a company called K. Kent Co. Performance. Their original production, Eulogy, is a memorial for a loved one, created new each night from family photos supplied by the audience. Kevin and Joe live in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Teatro ZinZanni is their home away from home.



Voronin: Known throughout the world as “The Maestro,” Ukrainian-born illusionist Voronin has been described as the essence of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati. After graduating from renowned Kiev Academy of Circus and Variety Arts and Russian University of Theater Arts, Voronin founded his own company, The Theater of Cagliostro. He is an acclaimed recipient of first place in magic competitions in Germany, Moscow, and Austria; Monte Carlo Magic Stars award, Magic Hands Grand Prix, Siegfried and Roy prize for Master Magician, and The Great Lafayette Award. Well-known in the world of magic for his unique style, director’s vision and original character creation, Voronin is one of the most sought- after stars of the European cabaret circuit. He is returning to Seattle fresh from his most recent appearance at the International Festival of Magic in Madrid, Spain. An original cast member from the 1998 Seattle premiere, this show marks Voronin’s 25th Teatro ZinZanni performance.



Manuela Horn: Known as the Austrian Amazon, Manuela is a yodeling, dancing and acting comedic force of nature. After small roles in independent movies and her own German children's TV show, she turned her 6' 2" height into an asset as a host for corporate events and galas across the globe. Imported from Berlin's Pomp Duck & Circumstance in 2001, Teatro ZinZanni has given her the performing home she always wanted. This is her 18th year with ZinZanni. In 2009, one of her characters, the yodeling dominatrix, made it to the semifinals of the TV show “America's Got Talent.” With an appearance in the movie “Rent,” Manuela earned her SAG membership. Manuela regularly performs in cities across Europe with other dinner cirque company’s like Palazzo, Da Capo and Teatro. Since 2010, Manuela has become “The Queen of Oktoberfest” by performing Yodel versions of popular songs. With the motto "It's always Oktoberfest Somewhere" Manuela headlines the biggest Oktoberfests across America. For more information, please visit www.manuelahorn.com or www.oktoberfestqueen.com.



Elayne Kramer: Elayne Kramer is a sixth generation circus performer from Argentina who began training with her father at the age of four, making her debut in the ring as a contortionist at the age of seven. She has performed (and continued her training) ever since, becoming one of the top hand-balancers of her generation. Elayne has won several international circus awards, including a Bronze Clown at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in 2008. She has performed all over the United States and was a featured artist in the Big Apple Circus’ 35th anniversary production, Legendarium in 2012-2013. She has also appeared on several television shows, notably The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America. This is Elayne’s premiere run with Teatro ZinZanni and she is excited to be at this new TZ venue in Chicago and a part of this amazing cast.




TICKET INFORMATION
Individual tickets, which include a four-course meal, are currently on-sale through Oct. 2019 and range in price from $99 - $189 and are available now by calling 312-488-0900 or by visiting zinzanni.com/chicago. The second block of tickets will go on sale Sept. 8 for performances Sept. 30, 2019 through March 29, 2020. For groups of 10 or more, call Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or email GroupSales@BroadwayInChicago.com.



ABOUT TEATRO ZINZANNI
Teatro ZinZanni was founded in 1998 launching a wholly original new form of entertainment combining a unique fusion of cirque, comedy, cabaret, spectacle, and live music while serving up a multi-course feast. Inspired by the great cabarets of Europe, a team of creative artists and theatre professionals who have been working together for over 40 years created Teatro ZinZanni. Led by Founder Norman Langill, Teatro ZinZanni has featured celebrated artists from the worlds of cirque, clowning, cabaret, music, aerial arts, magic, and illusion. Performers over the years have included internationally recognized names like Joan Baez and Ann Wilson. The Chicago engagement is presented in the Spiegeltent ZaZou on the 14th floor in the newly opened Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop located in the Theatre District. The previously forgotten space was discovered in 2017 during the renovation of the Cambria Hotel when dropped ceilings were removed revealing the original grand space within the 1926 historic building. For more information, visit www.ZinZanni.com.

ABOUT “THE GODDESS” DEBBIE SHARPE
Two parts rock n’ roll, one part Chicago, and one sassy Aussie Debbie Sharpe is The Goddess. The Goddess got her background in rock n’ roll catering, traveling the globe and feeding some of the most influential musicians of our time including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and Fleetwood Mac. Instantly falling in love with Chicago, she got off the Paul McCartney tour bus and laid down roots in the Wicker Park – Bucktown neighborhood in 1990. Serving a colorful, globally inspired menu of creative sandwiches, vibrant salads, mix-and-match square meals, and gourmet pantry items, she opened The Goddess and Grocer in 2004 and it was an instant hit. Debbie believes in the power of community, the influence of music, and that great food brings people together.

ABOUT RANDOLPH ENTERTAINMENT
Randolph Entertainment is a partnership of some 25 people who share in the vision of bringing an extraordinary experience to Chicago. A group of mostly Chicago based individuals; the partnership is committed to being a good neighbor and contributor to Chicago’s vibrant cultural community. Stanley Feig, a veteran of the entertainment industry with a career spanning several decades, manages the partnership.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List: Chicago Premiere of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW Via CHICAGO CHILDREN’S THEATRE SEPTEMBER 24-OCTOBER 27, 2019

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW,
A GORGEOUS, PUPPET-FILLED SPECTACLE CELEBRATING ERIC CARLE’S BELOVED BOOKS,
OPENS CHICAGO CHILDREN’S THEATRE'S
14th SEASON, 
SEPTEMBER 24-OCTOBER 27, 2019




Chicago Children’s Theatre’s launches its 14th season with the Chicago premiere of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, a bright new version of Eric Carle’s timeless children’s book about an insatiable caterpillar that munches its way to become a full-fledged butterfly.



The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, created by Jonathan Rockefeller, is already a global sensation having performed over 2,000 shows worldwide including sold out engagements in Australia, New York, United Kingdom, Dubai, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands.

Come fall, on this, the 50th Anniversary of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” Rockefeller’s bold, imaginative staging of four beloved Eric Carle tales will play Chicago’s largest theater devoted to children and families as part of the show’s debut U.S. tour.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show runs September 24-October 27, 2019, at Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave. in Chicago’s West Loop. Regular performances are Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and
2 p.m. Exception: No 10:30 a.m. show Saturday, October 12. 

Single tickets are $27-$39 including fees. Or, save money by including
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show in a three-play subscription package.

For subscriptions, single tickets and information on group rates and student matinees, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call CCT Guest Services, (312) 374-8835. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is an all-ages show.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”: Colors, numbers, healthy eating and days of the week

Since it was first published in 1969, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has nibbled its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world. Fifty years later, Carle’s colorful story about metamorphosis has been translated into 62 languages, sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, and remains a staple of baby showers, bed stands and classroom bookshelves. Carle’s brilliantly illustrated, hand-painted tissue collages and distinctively simple stories, now found in his more than 70 picture books, have introduced countless children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first reading experiences.

That’s why kids and parents will gobble up CCT’s Chicago premiere of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, a bright, bold new spectacle production created by Jonathan Rockefeller and directed by Jerrell L. Henderson.

A delightful menagerie of 75 larger-than-life puppets bring four Eric Carle favorites from the page to the stage: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “10 Little Rubber Ducks,” “The Very Lonely Firefly” and the star of the show, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”



After enjoying faithful recreations of Carle’s most memorable tales during this magical, 60-minute show, children get to meet the puppets and take pictures with the cast.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. The New York Times called it “bedazzling.” Newsday gave The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show “Five Smiles.” Live Theater UK raved, “your favorite small person will be changed for the better.”

Eric Carle himself said, “I hope the performances will be enjoyed by many and that the colorful characters will bring comfort and joy to all who see the stories that have been so carefully produced. It is uplifting to see such beautiful and cheerful works inspired by my characters! I hope my books - and this show - will inspire you and your imagination.”


Creator Jonathan Rockefeller is the co-founder of Rockefeller Productions, a company that combines film, theatre, animation, puppetry and television. Beyond the stage, Rockefeller teamed up with Eric Carle to produce and direct an animated version of “10 Little Rubber Ducks” based on Carle’s book and narrated by Bernadette Peters. “10 Little Rubber Ducks” is available on iTunes.

Lara Carling, Micah Figueroa and Leslie Ann Sheppard form the Chicago cast of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. The production team includes Will Bishop (scenic design), Caitlin McLeod (costume design), Jason Lynch (lighting design), Zack Shirtum (sound design), Rebecca Ross (production stage manager), Sharon Golden (assistant stage manager) and Jamie Abelson (casting director). Carl Vorwerk is general manager of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.



Access Weekend for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
is October 19 and 20

Chicago Children’s Theatre strives to make the arts accessible to people of all abilities, dispelling myths about individuals with special needs and their ability to fully participate in and enjoy the arts.

Access Weekend for The Very Hungry Caterpillar is October 19 and 20. Services include:

American Sign Language (ASL) and live open captioning for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing:
Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Pre-show Touch Tour of the set prior to the show for guests who are blind or have low vision:
Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m., before the 2 p.m. show

Sensory friendly performances for children on the autism spectrum or with Down Syndrome: 
Sunday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Modifications are made to lighting, sound and music to avoid sensory overload, with a nearby Quiet Room.

For more information about Access services, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org/access or contact CCT’s Access and Inclusion department at access@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.


Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 2019-20 Season:
A Season to Celebrate


In addition to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 2019-20 season boasts the return of Chicago’s newest holiday family tradition, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, December 7-29; the new “mom & tot” show Wake Up, Brother Bear!, January 21 – February 16, 2020; a new Red Kite, Brown Box production for children on the autism spectrum, February 28-March 21, 2020; and the Chicago premiere of Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of a Young Jane Goodall, March 31-April 26, 2020.

Chicago Children’s Theatre 2019-20 Subscription Packages are on sale now, starting at just $60 for three shows. Subscribers also enjoy $15 off education programming at Chicago Children’s Theatre including classes and camps. Visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call Chicago Children’s Theatre Guest Services, (312) 374-8835, to subscribe.

About Chicago Children’s Theatre
Led by Founding Artistic Director, Jacqueline Russell, Chicago Children’s Theatre was founded in 2005 with a big idea: Chicago is the greatest theater city in the world, and it deserves a great children’s theater.

Fourteen years later, CCT is Chicago’s largest professional theater company devoted exclusively to children and young families. It has established a national reputation for the production of first-rate children’s theater, with professional writing, performing, and directorial talent and high-quality design and production expertise.

Chicago Children’s Theatre remains dedicated to creating awe-inspiring theatrical productions and programs through inclusion and accessibility, and inspiring young people and families to lead lives of adventure, courage and curiosity. Since its founding, Chicago Children’s Theatre has produced 20 world premieres including The Selfish Giant, The Hundred Dresses, Jackie and Me, The Houdini Box, Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, Leo Lionni’s Frederick, Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, Jabari Dreams of Freedom, The Year I Didn’t Go To School: A Homemade Circus, Manual Cinema’s Magic City, My Wonderful Birthday Suit!, Last Stop on Market Street, X Marks the Spot, The World Inside Me (with New York’s Spellbound Theatre) and The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963. These productions enjoyed successful inaugural runs in Chicago, many followed by productions at theaters across the U.S.

Earlier this year, Chicago Children’s Theatre won the 2019 National TYA Artistic Innovation Award from Theatre of Young Audiences/USA, the national service organization supporting, connecting and advocating for the field of theater for young audiences. In addition, Chicago Children’s Theatre has garnered six NEA Art Works grants, and in 2017, became the first theater for young audiences in the U.S. to win a National Theatre Award from the American Theatre Wing, creators of the Tony Awards.

In January 2017, the company celebrated the opening of its new, permanent home, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, located at 100 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago’s West Loop community. The building, formerly the Chicago Police Station for the 12th District, was repurposed into a beautiful, LEED Gold-certified, mixed-use performing arts, education and community engagement facility that now welcomes all Chicago families.

CCT offers free tickets to more than 5,000 low-income students each season in partnership with Chicago Public Schools. CCT also continues to grow its performing arts and STEAM education programs, offering classes, workshops, winter and spring break camps, and summer camps for ages 0 to 13.

In addition to leading the company’s new play development, mainstage and education programs, Jacqueline Russell is the creator of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Project, a multi-sensory interactive theatre program tailored specifically to children with special needs. Last season, Russell created and directed X Marks the Spot, a multi-sensory experience inspired by her work with children with visual impairments, which will tour Chicago area schools this fall. In 2010, she was appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve as Cultural Envoy to Canada, was awarded the 2013 “Hero of the Year Award” from the Chicago chapter of Autism Speaks, and was honored as one of 20 Chicago women who have shaped arts and culture featured on Kerry James Marshall's mural “Rushmore” on the west façade of the Chicago Culture Center.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is led by Co-Founders, Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Board Chair Todd Leland, with Board President Eric Neveux. For more, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

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