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a family affair

© Robert J. Saferstein. Touring company of August: Osage County

Another Opening! Not just of another show but for our beloved Steppenwolf’s AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – winner of not only a slew of Tony’s but also a Pulitzer for Chicago’s own Tracy Letts! This is like the prodigal child come home. It is not often that a PLAY with 13 characters opens in our hometown, moves to Broadway, becomes a hit and then take the bold move to tour around the country.

We are very excited to have the show here – mostly because this is a show that everyone should see. If you missed it at Steppenwolf when it started here nearly four years ago, you simply must see it. And if you saw it at Steppenwolf, it is time to visit your favorite dysfunctional family again! Yes, it is a dysfunctional family, but I dare you to see it and not find some of your own family up on stage! Tracy Letts created a family that, while off the charts, has something on stage that represents everyone of us. Let me know if you have seen it and identified an aunt, mother, cousin or even yourself on stage. Leave a comment by noon on Wednesday, February 3, and and to my favorite story, I will give two tickets to tomorrow night’s performance (the show is at 7:30 pm!).

Come see for yourself.



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Announcing the 2010 Season

Season ShowsBroadway In Chicago is proud to announce the complete 2010 Broadway In Chicago Season Series. The shows included in the 2010 Season Series are Billy Elliot the Musical, Shrek The Musical, August: Osage County, NETworks presentation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and The 39 Steps; the selection of shows continue to emphasize Broadway In Chicago’s long-standing commitment to bringing the best of Broadway to Chicago. Season subscriptions go on sale Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. 

Broadway In Chicago Season Series ticket holders will receive a multitude of special benefits, including savings up to 30 percent, priority seating at each venue, ticket exchange privileges, pre-paid and discounted parking, access to gift cards to give tickets as gifts, as well as the first opportunity to purchase additional tickets to future Broadway In Chicago productions, including those not currently listed in the Season Series. Season ticket packages will go on sale Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase at or by calling the Season Ticket Hotline at (312) 977- 1717. Tickets are currently available for groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. Single tickets to each individual production will go on-sale at future dates to be announced. Broadway In Chicago gift certificates, which can be redeemed for any production or for season ticket packages, may be purchased at Broadway In Chicago box offices, or by calling the Broadway In Chicago ticket line at (800) 775-2000.

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all that jazz

Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde) at the Taste of Chicago Concert 2008

Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde) at the Taste of Chicago Concert 2008

What a trip to New York! We met with a lot of shows that are thinking about coming to Chicago and began to work out our next two seasons, as well as Broadway In Chicago’s summer concert at the Taste of Chicago. You already know about some of the upcoming shows – AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, LEGALLY BLONDE – but some which will be new and announced over the next six months. I so wish I could talk about all of them now but who knows what will for sure happen.

I got to see IN THE HEIGHTS. It was my second time – and while it has the most amazing hip hop and salsa music – the story could not be more touching and more like FIDDLER. I know that might be shocking but I found out that Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired by FIDDLER when writing IN THE HEIGHTS.

Sunday night I saw the opening of the ROSE AND THE RIME. I had heard such good buzz about it and boy, was everyone right…this was The House at its best. A fabulous show that you should not miss! Don’t wait – this week go to see CHICAGO (opens this week) at the Oriental Theatre and ROSE AND THE RIME at the Chopin Theatre.

This week I am going to London. Looking at another new show!

Have a great and be sure to go to the theatre !
More from me next week….

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