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the snow must go on

What happens when it starts to snow…

· We make sure that the sidewalks are all clear at all the theatres
· We talk to the shows and find out if they will accept exchanges for our theater patrons so that they can attend another show during their run
· We check the buildings to be sure that they are warm for our customers
· We check in with our parking lots to be sure that they are functioning and have extra help to take care of customers should they have any car problems
· We make sure that our own staff will be able to arrive at the theater safely
· We communicate with our customers by our website and social networking to be sure that they know that are shows are up and running and, if for some reason they can’t get to the theater, how and when they can exchange their tickets
· We have to make sure that the actors can make it to the theater and, if like LES MISERABLES and BURN THE FLOOR they are just coming in town, then we have to make sure that the show trucks were able to make it to Chicago and that enough of our technical staff were there to put the show together.
· And after the show lets out you do whatever you can to be sure that your patrons have a way home – including giving them public transportation updates, running down cabs for them or helping them stay at a local hotel if the weather is too bad for them to drive
This, and more, is what we did for our performance of BURN THE FLOOR last night.

So? What do we do when it keeps snowing? We pick safety first!

When you wake up, after taking care of customers and delivering a great opening of BURN THE FLOOR the night before, you are ready to do it all over again, this time for two shows: BURN THE FLOOR and LES MISERABLES. Then reality sets in – out your window it is still snowing, the weather services tell you there are STILL BLIZZARD WARNINGS till 3:00 p.m. and there are nearly 20 inches of snow in the middle of Downtown Chicago with many roads closed and Lake Shore Drive a parking lot from abandoned cars. The County and the State declare a state of emergency – then you stop and say there is nothing more important than the safety of our audiences, our staff and the casts of two wonderful shows.

In this case the Show needs to take the day off!

And that is what we did on Wednesday
· Notified the press
· Called and e-mailed all the patrons that bought tickets to the show,
· Put signs up at the theaters
· Posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter that Broadway In Chicago finally succumbed to the snow and is taking the night off
· Listened to the City of Chicago officials and stayed home (or went back home)

What I recommend for you….
· Hold your family tighter and shovel your sidewalks, you survived the Blizzard of 2011.
· And while you are home, go online or to the phone and buy some tickets for later this week to see BURN THE FLOOR or LES MISERABLES! Cabin fever will set in soon and these are shows that will transform your evening.

Keep safe, stay warm.
Eileen

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burning the floor

BURN THE FLOOR begins February 1 and I can’t wait! I will be on the edge of my seat watching every step and turn. The beauty and stamina of professional dancers makes me gasp. I can’t wait to see Anya & Pasha and Ashleigh & Ryan from So You Think You Can Dance in person. I watch shows like So You Think Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars and say to myself… I could do that!

When I was about three years old I decided I would be a professional dancer. Until I broke my foot two years ago I took dance classes every week. But the odd thing is that since I was three, I’ve always been in the beginners class. That’s a lot of years as a beginner. I am small and kind of skinny so new teachers tend to have high hopes when I start their classes. It’s only after I do my first grand jete that I see their sad faces.

Book your tickets for BURN THE FLOOR even if you just dance around your living room like me and won’t be “burning the floor” anytime soon on TV or a Broadway stage. Use the code FOXTROT before when purchasing before 10 a.m. Saturday January 29 for $24 tickets! Valid for evening performances February 1st through 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th: http://bit.ly/fLmLeR.

The first three people who respond to this post with their favorite place and time to secretly “burn the floor” will get two complimentary tickets to Press Night February 1 at the Bank of America Theatre.

Gemma

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time to move on…

9 TO 5's Diana DeGarmo performs the National Anthem before the Chicago Bulls victory on January 24

Chicago suffered a blow on Sunday. Okay, Green Bay won, but let’s look at the bright side… their fans now have to go back to Green Bay. All of us Chicagoans could turn around on Monday and go to the United Center to see Diana DeGarmo, one of the stars of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, sing the National Anthem before a win for the Central Division leading Chicago Bulls over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Plus, all of us theater lovers have so much to look forward  to – nothing better to cure the football blues than to plan your February outing to the theater!

·        Burn the Floor begins February 1 (two weeks only!)

·        Les Miserables begins February 2 (four weeks only!)

·        Rain: A Tribune to the Beatles begins February 8 (ONE week only!)

·        Working begins February 15 (from the composer of WICKED!)

Before I leave you today, I want to share this story. Chicago Magazine wants to write an article on NEXT TO NORMAL but they won’t do it unless there is a Chicago connection – a cast member or someone involved in the production that lives in or is from Chicago. Sound familiar? I said to myself what is this thing about residency in Chicago – my reply is to tell them that Alice Ripley shares an apartment with Rahm Emanuel!  Chicago Magazine should run the story just because it is a great award-winning show – Best Original Score, Best Lead Actress in a Musical, and Best Orchestrations. And the accolades go beyond just the Tony Awards – it won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

The rest I leave to you….

Eileen

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