Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce their annual FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SUMMER CONCERT, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago, that will take place on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St). Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, from the entertainment and lifestyles program 190 NORTH, the concert will feature cast members from the World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the World Premiere of DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE and hit musicals ANNIE, DISNEY’S NEWSIES, RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and more. The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park is produced in partnership with The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
“This is our favorite night of the year, being able to share this rare gathering of Broadway performers with all of Chicago” said Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago. “This unparalleled event of the summer brings thousands of enthusiastic and devoted Broadway fans and supporters for a taste of Broadway, experiencing these performances in one of Chicago’s most iconic settings.”
It’s a thrill to be able to perform in the loop, where I’ve seen countless shows while growing up in the north suburb of Deerfield.
People ask, “Are you excited to see your family in the suburbs and have your mother cook for you all week?” Well, yes, and no; I love my mother and am certainly excited to have a handful of family attend the show. However, I’ve devoted this week to being a REAL Chicagoan by staying with my closest high school buddies in Wicker Park, where I’ve just settled in. I get to live with my three high school buddies this week – a psychologist, sports agent and an engineer.
Quite a change from the eccentric, dramatic personalities of a theatre company. (Although there is NOTHING wrong with eccentricities– chutzpah equals passion).
Martin Charnin, our director and lyricist, spoke with the cast yesterday in Atlanta via phone about how the origin of the Annie cartoon strip was in the Chicago Tribune, and that our performances in Chi-town were of special significance. Well, I didn’t need to hear that to know this was going to be a very special week. I get to eat some famous pie at Gino’s East, lounge at the famous ‘Violet Hour’ here in Wicker Park, and of course, RIDE THE EL TRAIN EVERY DAY.
-Zander Meisner (Rooster Hannigan/ANNIE)