The Broadway In Chicago team went underground at the end of the summer, working hard to bring THE BOOK OF MORMON to Chicago!
In the fall they’re usually seen at every event in the city – but they’ve gone missing. Rumor has it that they’re buried under group sales orders for THE BOOK OF MORMON. Plus, there’s also the launch of an amazing new season to attend to – a new season which Time Out Chicago calls “edgier” than usual.
AMERICAN IDIOT: February 7 – 19, 2012
SOUTH PACIFIC: February 14 – 26, 2012
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL: March 6 – 25, 2012
FELA!: March 27 – April 8, 2012
JERSEY BOYS: April 5 – June 2, 2012
THE BOOK OF MORMON: Starting December 2012
IN THE HEIGHTS: January 10 – 15, 2012
MAMMA MIA!: January 24 – 29, 2012
RIVERDANCE: March 13 – 18, 2012
CATS: May 1 – 6, 2012
Filed under American Idiot, Bring It On: The Musical, Broadway In Chicago, Cats, Fela!, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Riverdance, South Pacific, The Book of Mormon
The National Tour of Cats © 2008 G CREATIVE
Last night as I walked into the Palace lobby for the first night of CATS, I remembered all the excitement I felt years ago when I first saw the show when it was on its first national tour. I remember Opening Night at the National Theater in D.C. and I could barely contain myself. I loved T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. (And cats in general-I grew up in a big old house where cats were necessary part of the family due to the Bay and its proximity to critters). I was the first to jump to feet for the standing ovation and then rushed over to the Opening Night Party at the Pension Building. I have to be honest…I wasn’t a guest. I was working the party. I checked in the VIPs at the door – congressmen, senators and the most dreaded of all, lobbyists. The whole party buzzed with the amazing innovative staging and story.
Later that week the press agent on the show let me stand at the back with my three-year old daughter in my arms for part of the first act. I know, strictly forbidden, but he was an old friend and I don’t think anyone saw us except the “cats” who ran up down the aisles and danced with audience members – another new and unusual concept. One “cat” grabbed my daughter and danced for a few seconds at the back of theatre with her. Tonight, when she sees CATS (for the fifth or sixth time) she will probably stay in her seat for the performance but she will also relive the thrill of seeing CATS for the very first time.
The best part is that my daughter doesn’t remember that she wrote her first play the next day and told everyone in the line at the bank about PIGS the musical. Apparently everyone in the orchestra would get to marry a pig at intermission.
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I’ve had the honor of performing the role of Old Deuteronomy in the national tour of Cats since 2005. I’ve crossed this country and Canada many times, going to city after city; many more than once. It never ceases to amaze me when I look out at the audience, I see many people watching the production as if they’re watching it for the first time.
Audiences continue to come see Cats because they simply don’t know what to expect. Cats is not your conventional musical. It’s a ground breaking musical that brought a new kind of musical to audiences. The likes never seen before. The intrigue is so great, it keeps people coming back. It’s guaranteed they’ll find something they’ve never seen before. I don’t know, think of it as a drug, that audiences can’t get enough of.
-Philip Peterson (Old Deuteronomy/Cats Tour 2009-2010)
This summer has been full of fun and exciting activities – Taste of Chicago Concert, escorting cast members to sing anthems and many more events around Chicago. However, while enjoying all of these experiences, we have been busy behind the scenes preparing for Broadway In Chicago’s outstanding fall line-up of shows. It’s the middle of September and I am sure all of you have been seeing the Fall Arts Previews – make sure to check the papers on Sunday as well!
Here are a couple of shows and events on tap for this Fall…the second anniversary of Jersey Boys, the Chicago debut of Young Frankenstein and the world premiere of The Addams Family.
Jersey Boys will kick off their anniversary celebration in October so make sure to keep your ear to the ground for the latest details about celebrations and appearances taking place to commemorate the anniversary.
Young Frankenstein is in the planning stages for in town interviews, advance features and performances by cast members, including original Broadway stars Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley. Maybe you will even see creator Mel Brooks pop up in a couple of interviews. Be sure to practice your “Puttin’ on the Ritz” moves in preparation for the show.
We are awaiting the arrival of The Addams Family creative team and cast members in mid-October. Right now everyone is in New York City rehearsing for the world premiere that will take place right here in downtown Chicago. There goes the Theatre District…we can’t wait!
Be sure to also check out the limited one week engagement of the world-renowned shows – Cats and The Ten Tenors.
-Anne and Michelle, press reps
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!