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A Broadway State of Mind

Broadway is hot this season with a lot of new shows. I have spent 12 of the past 14 days in New York with a team of people from Broadway In Chicago. Once a year we go to NY and meet with all the producers and presenters of Broadway across the country. We saw some amazing shows, many of which we hope will come to Chicago sooner rather than later, but we will let you know as they make their plans.

We met to discuss the current and upcoming productions of LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MEMPHIS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, WEST SIDE STORY, WORKING and PETER PAN. We were also lucky enough to see:

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

SISTER ACT

WAR HORSE

THE BOOK OF MORMON

WONDERLAND

LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

HOW TO SUCCEED…

MEMPHIS

What are you hoping will come to Chicago?

Don’t forget to watch the Tony Awards on June 12 on CBS at 7 pm Central where the (record!) fifth Chicago Theatre will pick up a Regional Theatre Tony Award. Do you know which five theaters that have won?

In those two days between trips to NY, we attended the League of Chicago Theatres Gala where THE NEW COLONY received their 2011 Emerging Theatre Award.  Also saw the new Mayor inaugurated in Millennium Park.

There is no better place to be than CHICAGO!

Eileen

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we are family

Dominic Scaglione Jr. (Jersey Boys) & Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde the Musical) chat before their performances at the League fo Chicago Theaters Gala

Dominic Scaglione Jr. (Jersey Boys) & Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde the Musical) chat before their performances at the League of Chicago Theaters Gala

Last week was the League of Chicago Theatres benefit and it was a great party. The League honored some of my favorite people and Chicago greats including Criss Henderson and Barbara Gaines from Chicago Shakespeare, Janet Davies from ABC7 and Marcelle McVay from Victory Gardens Theater. It was like the “Who’s Who?” of Chicago theater. What I loved most about the evening was the acknowledgement of a theatre community that, since the 1970s, has been a tight knit family. Never could you imagine so many people working in the same business who are all so in love with not what each of us does but what the collective creates. Like any family, over three decades, we have had our battles, egos and best of all dramas, but in the end “we are a family.”

In addition, Broadway In Chicago awarded the third annual Emerging Theatre Award. The 2009 recipient was the side project and Adam Webster, founder and Artistic Director, accepted the award. This award means a lot to Broadway In Chicago. Not only is it an opportunity for Broadway In Chicago to contribute financially to young company but to be able to interact throughout the year with valuable guidance. This is also a time for the entire community to acknowledge a company that is poised to go to the next step. This is a very special award as it is one of the few that is chosen by the company’s peers in the industry.

Janet Davies (ABC7) & Dominick Scaglione Jr. (Jersey Boys)

Janet Davies (ABC7) & Dominick Scaglione Jr. (Jersey Boys)

The evening was topped off when Dominic Scaglione Jr., star of JERSEY BOYS, sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to Janet Davies, who was given the Tribute Award. She is definitely “too good to be true.” Following Dominic was a performance from our own Elle Woods, Becky Gulsvig.

 

Couple of notes –

  • Don’t wait or you will be out of luck! See LEGALLY BLONDE and MARY POPPINS – the both only have a few weeks left.
  • JERSEY BOYS is about to celebrate its 1 millionth patron. If you haven’t seen it yet, go now or if you are hoping to see it again, now is the time. You could be the 1 millionth patron and who knows what we will do for this honored customer!

-Eileen

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