Friday, April 5, 2019

OPENING: DJEMBE! THE SHOW at Apollo Theater Chicago, Thursday, April 11, 2019

ChiIL Live Shows on our radar
With a drum on every seat,
U.S. Premiere of high energy theatrical experience
Officially opens at Apollo Theater Chicago, Thursday, April 11, 2019

ChiIL Mama will be there... will YOU?! I've been eagerly anticipating the official opening for months now, since the initial rumblings about this show. I'll be there with a friend by my side and my hands on a djembe drum, opening night. Check back soon for my full review. I recently had an informal chat with someone on crew for this show and he said they have a unique way of introducing the group drumming so it's not chaotic or intimidating. I can't wait to check it out. 

Following a smash-hit international tour, the high energy musical experience, DJEMBE! The Show, makes its U.S. debut at the Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago) Thursday, April 11, at 7:30pm. 

With a djembe (JEM-bay) drum on every seat, the entire audience is invited to play along with performers on stage, creating a transformative musical theatrical experience like no other.  Leading this lively musical journey from ancient drumming to rock, pop and rap is the trio of Broadway talent Ben Hope (Once) as Emcee; critically-acclaimed Chicago musical theater artist Rashada Dawan (Caroline, or Change) on lead vocals; and Guinean master drummer and folklorist Fodé Lavia Camara, backed by an ensemble of world-class musicians.

DJEMBE! was originally created by British artist and social entrepreneur Doug Manuel and is co-written by Manuel and Director West Hyler (Jersey Boys, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway, iLuminate, Big Apple Circus).  The accomplished creative team includes Tony Award™-winner Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Design), Obie Award™-winner Montana Levi Blanco (Costumes), Zach Blane (Lighting), Ray Nardelli (Sound), Rasean Davonte Johnson (Projections), and musician and storyteller Seckou Keita (Lead African Artist).

DJEMBE! The Show is performed at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.   

Tickets range in price from $39.00 - $69.00 and are now on sale through May 12, 2019, at, the Apollo Theater box office, phone (773) 935-6100, and online at

DJEMBE! The Show is recommended for audiences over the age of 10; children under six will not be admitted.  Single ticket discounts are available for students and seniors. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available through Group Theater Tix, (312) 423-6612,

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