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Such a great time of year!

Passover, Easter and Spring is trying to bloom! Plus the Macy’s Flower show right here on State Street in the heart of the theatre district. No better time than now to take a stroll down State Street – visit the new Block 37 Mall or Macy’s; have tea time at Argo Tea or dinner at one of Broadway In Chicago’s great partner restaurants , all before you see a show in one of our magnificent theaters. There are still tickets available for the upcoming week – the best availability is below.

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

See you at the theater!

Eileen

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he’s here!

BILLY ELLIOT HAS ARRIVED!

The bus pulled up in front of the Oriental today and off came four BILLYs and over 40 other cast members that are set to dazzle Chicago unofficially on Wednesday night at the special invited dress rehearsal and Thursday night at their very first public performance. I could not be more excited – the theatre is ready for the sound of applause. And applause there will be for a production that was put together with love and is rumored to be the best production of BILLY ELLIOT to date!

Just for fun….

I have a special treat for someone – let me know what the movie Green Zone and musical Billy Elliot have in common and you will be entered to win two tickets to the EXCLUSIVE INVITED DRESS REHEARSAL OF BILLY ELLIOT. Leave your answer in the comments by 10 am on Wednesday (3/17) and we’ll announce the random winner at 10:30 am (Central time, of course!). We’ll email the winner the details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For all those that read this blog, do yourself a favor – do not wait to buy your tickets to BILLY ELLIOT. Buy now, go now, and for the best seats, come Easter Weekend!

-Eileen

UPDATE: Our winner is Witness Yi!  Make sure to check your email for details about tonight’s dress rehearsal. Congratulations!

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the line starts here

Photo by Amy Boyle.

I love the idea of rush seats – tickets on the day of the show for just $25! I wish every show that came to our theatres would have a rush policy. I especially like it when a show decides not to make a student rush with ID but just a rush. I used to walk by the Bank of America Theatre on my way to work in the morning when JERSEY BOYS was playing and see all the excited people in line – people of all ages and backgrounds chatting as they waited for the box office to open. You could feel their excitement.

BILLY ELLIOT just announced rush seats! Day of show ten tickets will available at the Box Office for $25. Not just for students! Not just for seniors! Come on down to the Oriental Theatre. When the Box Office opens at 10:00 (11:00 on Sundays), the first people in line will be able to buy two tickets per person. Make sure to check out all the details here.

I can’t wait until March 18 when BILLY ELLIOT begins. I wonder how many people will be in line that morning.

-Gemma

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my kind of people

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Every time we meet with a producer who is bringing a show to one of our theatres we ask –“Is anyone in the cast from Chicago?” Whether it be a two week run of a show on a national tour, a pre-Broadway try out or a long run I want to know. I have assumed that in every city that the producer is grilled about the cast members’ place of origin. Apparently, this is not so! Only in Chicago is show management cross examined this way.

We ask because we really care and love when our own are in Broadway In Chicago shows. Just in case you were wondering…

  • Mandy Patinkin, co-star of AN EVENING WITH PATTI LUPONE AND MANDY PATINKIN, is, of course, from Chicago.
  • On March 18,  BILLY ELLIOT begins and Billy’s mum Susie McMonagle is from Chicago. PLUS Samuel Pergande & Blake Hammond (Billy’s Older Self and Mr. Braithwaite, respectively) are both Chicagoans.
  • The producer of SHREK, Bill Damascke is from Chicago, and his parents still live here.

It is not that we think that people from Chicago are better, we just know that Chicago produces some of the best talent in North America and we want them all to have success. We are knowledgeable, not prejudiced, and cheerleaders for our own.

Who are your favorite Chicago actors/actresses that have been in Broadway In Chicago shows? The first five (accurate) responses will receive press night tickets for AVENUE Q… even though I don’t think any of the puppets were born and raised in Chicago.

-Gemma

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march to the theater this month

‘WHERE’ DID THE ADDAMS FAMILY GO?

It went to Broadway and from what we hear, the show is in great shape. Pictured on the front cover of Where magazine, they are set to draw that beautiful red curtain again, beginning March 8, revealing the ultimate dysfunctional family that Chicagoans fell in love with and soon New York will too.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET begins previews in March too. Chicago looms large on Broadway this month! And when both of these shows become big hits we can all say – we saw them in Chicago first!

What’s next this month at Broadway In Chicago….

Will we see you at the theater this month?

-Eileen

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billy’s kind of town

Photo: Amy Boyle

No it is not a new over the counter drug for internet anxiety! It is a great new toy for Broadway In Chicago.

The producers of BILLY ELLIOT have found an exciting new way for us to give you the inside scoop about the show and all that it takes to bring this show to Chicago. There will be a monthly video installment (for the next 3 months) that will tell you more about the show, the creatives and most of all about the fabulous boys that are uber talented and rehearsing right here in Chicago! These are people who not only produced what Time Magazine calls the “Best Musical of the Decade” but also the people that brought you the amazing film. Producers of both BILLY ELLIOT the musical and the movie these are the people behind Working Title Films – so you can bet they do a great job on these Webisodes!

Be sure to take 90 seconds to watch Elton John gushes over Chicago and the BILLYs tour our great city.

Not to be missed!

– Eileen

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billy billy billy

Meet our three Billys.

Tommy Batchelor, Giuseppe Bausilio and Cesar Corrales at Broadway In Chicago’s Ford Center/Oriental Theatre stage door.  Photo: Amy Boyle

Tommy Batchelor, Giuseppe Bausilio and Cesar Corrales at Broadway In Chicago’s Ford Center/Oriental Theatre stage door. Photo: Amy Boyle

They came into Chicago yesterday for today’s press conference to introduce them to Chicago. They are so talented, and so cute and international too!

Make sure to watch the news today as they will surely be on all of the stations TV news by the end of the day.

Broadway In Chicago got to take them on a whirl-wind tour of Chicago, ending up on Chicago’s Little Lady for an evening cruise that included Chicago-style deep dish pizza from Marcello’s and Garrett’s Popcorn! It was a beautiful way to take in the sights of Chicago.

CHICAGO loves BILLY ELLIOT and now the BILLYs love CHICAGO.

-Eileen

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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 BroadwayInChicago.com 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, http://www.BroadwayInChicago.com or by calling the Broadway In Chicago ticket line at (800) 775-2000.

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it’s beginning to look a lot like autumn

What are you doing this fall

Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons – fall fashions, change in the weather (although this year we are not tired of the heat!), and my birthday which comes around every October! But mostly because all of the theaters roll out their fall plans – and the fourth quarter of the year is the most popular time of year for theatre-going.

For Broadway In Chicago this is a very exciting fall – we have JERSEY BOYS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, CATS and THE TEN TENORS, all before Thanksgiving!

We are preparing for all the fall previews that are running this weekend, both submitting our ads to the papers and getting the writers what they need for their stories. We hope some of these stories will include our shows but mostly want them to be big and lavish – really great fall preview sections that show the depth of what everyone has to offer for Theater In Chicago – because there is no better theater town than Chicago.

This Thursday, we have two events for BILLY ELLIOT. The staff here is spending some time today and tomorrow following up with our guests and reminding them about this exciting event. It’s going to be pretty great – not only are the producers coming in from London but we are introducing the young boys who will star in the Chicago production.

BONUS ALERT: As a special treat, we are going to give four lucky readers an invitation to come to this private event! Leave a comment on this post with either the number of times you have seen Billy and why you love it so much, or if you haven’t seen it, why you want to see it when it comes to Chicago. We will select four random winners to come with a guest to the 3:30 pm event on Thursday, September 10 (make sure you can come at that time!). We will pick the winners at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 9. We will email the winners all the specifics on the event. You do not want to miss this!

-Eileen

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those who can’t perform…publicize

People often say “those who can’t do, teach.” Well, I like to think of it more along the lines of those who can’t perform become press agents/publicists. My earliest childhood memory was wanting to be a star and diva like Miss Piggy. However, growing up over the years, I came to the realization that I really didn’t have the performing chops needed to make my kindergarten dream come true. BUT, I had a different kind of talent, a more behind the scenes talent, and that was being able to get performers and shows of all types the publicity they deserve.

Over the past ten years, I have encountered a fabulous group of people in my career from Cookie Monster to Carlin, but there was always something more I wanted to do. Growing up on musicals and theatre (from touring productions to our local 400 seat community theatre), I really wanted to get back to what I loved. In early 2009, I was able to come on board with Margie Korshak and work with Broadway In Chicago and the fabulous shows that are in Chicago! Although it is crazy from time to time, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have been able to do some exciting things and meet some fabulous performers. There is no typical day here at MKI when you are working on Broadway show. Of course, there is the “standard PR stuff” like writing releases, talking to reporters and booking TV appearances. But we also get to things that fall out of the realm of a 9am – 5pm desk job! Over the past few months some of the highlights include:

  • Going on a wine tasting tour of Chicago with Michael Cunio of Jersey Boys for a Chicago Sun Time article
  • National Anthems for the White Sox (Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and Fiddler on the Roof)
  • Shopping for an opening night dress with Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) at Maria Pinto
  • Having breakfast during a media tour with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp from Rent
  • Having manicures with Alyana Gallo of Jersey Girls for a “girlie story”
  • Going to the Windy City Rollers (women’s roller derby) with cast members from Xanadu

We at MKI are getting more and more excited as fall approaches for some great events and shows like the second Anniversary of Jersey Boys in Chicago, the premiere of The Addams Family, Young Frankenstein (with original cast members Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley) and In The Heights. And of course, gearing up for next year with Billy Elliot and Shrek! Broadway In Chicago will be keeping us very busy this fall but more importantly, they will be bringing YOU the best Broadway shows! Hope to see you at the next one!

-Michelle, Broadway In Chicago press agent

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