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KINKY BOOTS & PIPPIN to play at the Cadillac Palace Theatre next summer!

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Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the return of 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical KINKY BOOTS, which began in Chicago with a pre-Broadway run back in 2012, and the 2013 Best Revival of a Musical PIPPIN! Both will play at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, with KINKY BOOTS running from July 12-26, 2015 and PIPPIN from July 28-August 9, 2015.

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Everybody Say YEAH! KINKY BOOYS and ‘Wolf’s WOOLF Take Top Tony Award Honors

source: KINKY BOOTS Facebook Page

Chicago was truly represented at last night’s Tony Awards with our very own Kinky Boots and Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? taking home numerous awards, including “Best Musical” and “Best Revival of a Play.” Kinky Boots’ multiple wins (including “Best Score” for Cyndi Lauper, “Best Lead Actor in a Musical” for Billy Porter, and “Best Choreography” for Jerry Mitchell) should come to no surprise to Broadway In Chicago audiences as it was definitely a fan favorite when its pre-Broadway world premiere hit the Bank of America Theatre last season.

It was the wins for Steppenwolf’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that were exceptionally inspiring for the Chicago theatre community. “A special nod to the Chicago community where Steppenwolf has had its home for the last 37 years.” Martha Lavey called it when accepting the award for “Best Revival of a Play.”

“I share this with the actors in Chicago and in storefronts,” said “Best Lead Actor in a Play” winner Tracy Letts. “We are the ones who say it to their faces and we have a unique responsibility.” You can watch the entirety of his inspiring acceptance speech here.

Broadway In Chicago Vice President and Chair of the League of Chicago Theatres Board of Directors Eileen LaCario called it “a true tribute that only someone as well spoken and respected as [Lavey and Letts] could deliver. [They] took [their] moment and turned it into our moment.”

It was another amazing night for Broadway, once again hosted by the affable Neil Patrick Harris. Check out the rousing opening number and the full winners list after the jump:

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Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Legislature honored with Touring Broadway Award

On Wednesday The Broadway League honored Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois State Legislature with the distinguished 2013 STAR OF TOURING BROADWAY AWARD at the annual Broadway League Awards. Their leadership brought passage of the “Live Theatre Production Tax Credit Act” to support live theatre. Enacted in 2012, the legislation has already supported the musical tryouts of Kinky Boots and Big Fish.

“I’m pleased that The Broadway League chose to honor our Governor and State Legislature. Even in these tough economic times, or rather because of them, Governor Quinn and the State of Illinois Legislators have embraced the fact that theater is uniquely positioned not only to support the residents of our great state but also to serve as a major tourism attraction and economic engine,” said Broadway In Chicago President Lou Raisin.

Several notable figures in the Broadway community endorsed Governor Quinn and the Illinois State Legislature, including:

“I have always thought of Chicago as a long-run town and the Broadway business as we all know in New York is an economic generator. As such, I am happy to see that Chicago realized the smart investment it would be for both Chicago and all of Illinois to support pre-Broadway and long-run Musicals.”  – James Nederlander Sr., Nederlander

“Chicago has a wonderful theatre community with people who appreciate new work and these elected officials found a way to entice producers like myself to think of Chicago first. In this day and age when musicals are becoming harder and harder to try out, it is leaders like this who deserve our admiration and accolades.” – Daryl Roth, Producer of Kinky Boots, Daryl Roth Productions

“Governor Quinn and the State of Illinois Legislators have made Chicago a more attractive place for us to bring new productions or those productions that we believe can run longer because of their leadership.” – David Stone, Producer, Wicked 

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May 17, 2013 · 5:00 pm

BIG FISH Composer Andrew Lippa Helps Emerging Chicago Writers Refine Their Work

Andrew Lippa and John August

Andrew Lippa and John August

There is nothing more exciting (or daunting) then the traditional out-of-town tryout.  Creative teams get the opportunity to revise, reimagine, and refine their work before it hits the Great White Way and we’re honored whenever Chicago gets chosen to be the city that gets a show’s tryout. The new musical Big Fish currently has the slot, held last season by Kinky Boots (which earned 13 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, the most of any show this season). Big Fish composer Andrew Lippa is no stranger to Chicago, having worked on the pre-Broadway tryout of his musical adaptation of The Addams Family here in 2009. Even with Big Fish entering the final week of its out-of-town tryout and the revisions that that entails, Lippa still found time to lead a master class for emerging composers at Chicago Dramatists on Monday, April 29.

Working with emerging writers and composers “is one of my favorite things to do,” Lippa told Broadway in Chicago between takes of a behind-the-scenes video filmed at a recent matinee. “I was telling [Big Fish book writer] John August today how I was working with these fantastic writers on Monday night. And of course every time I do that, it’s really selfish because I get better. I listen to what we talk about and what they’re aiming for and not quite getting to and it reminds me of how to do my work.  It’s really the old saying ‘by your pupils you shall be taught.’  Teaching for me is a real opportunity to learn myself.”

When asked to describe the night of the recent master class, Lippa said, “I loved working with Chicago Dramatists, it was really great.” He went on to describe the experience: “It’s like going to church: it’s so incredibly spiritual for me to be around who love making things, in particular music and lyrics.“

It is a rare opportunity for an emerging writer to have the opportunity to have get direct feedback on their work with a writer as successful and acclaimed as Lippa, and he recapped the master class with warmth and fondness, “Look, I’m just one guy who happens to write musicals myself and I was only sharing with them what I’ve learned over time. The beautiful thing was that a couple of them wrote to [Chicago Dramatists Director of New Musical Development] Cheryl Coons and she forwarded some of these messages to me about how the things I said helped them and they started rewriting that very night. That’s just gratifying to know that I can be of help to some emerging writers and make their shows better.” A process we’re sure he can empathize with as he enters the closing weekend of the pre-Broadway tryout of Big Fish.

The show that enters a city for its pre-Broadway tryout is never exactly the same show that heads on to Broadway. Scenes and songs get added and cut, characters are more clearly defined, and both the cast and creative team get to make bold choices and take big risks to make the best show possible for its Broadway run. Those who live in a city lucky enough to get an out-of-town try have the fortunate opportunity to see the show evolve from what it was to what it can be. So even if you saw Big Fish at the beginning of its run here in Chicago, know that the creative team and cast have been passionately revising it each week to make it the best show it can be. Take advantage of the opportunity to see true artistry at work and see how the show has evolved since you first saw it. And if you still haven’t seen it yet, get yourself to the Cadillac Palace Theatre this weekend for the final performances. You definitely want to be able to say “ I saw it when…” before it takes Broadway by storm!

Danny Bernardo, Broadway In Chicago Marketing Team

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Tony Tuesday

Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford and Stark Sands in Kinky Boots  (Photo by Sean Williams)

Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford and Stark Sands in Kinky Boots
(Photo by Sean Williams)

Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced this morning! Kinky Boots, which had its pre-Broadway World Premiere here in Chicago last fall, led the way with 13 nominations! Matilda was close behind with 12 nominations and the revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin with 10.

Other nominated shows that played here before Broadway include Bring It On (Best Musical and Best Choreography) and Holland Taylor earning a Leading Actress in a Play nomination for Ann, the story of Texas Governor  Ann Richards. The Broadway transfer of Steppenwolf Theatre Company‘s production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? earned five nominations, while ensemble member Laurie Metcalf was also recognized for her work in The Other Place.

For the complete list of nominations, click here. Are you surprised by any of the nominations? Were there any shows you feel were snubbed? And most importantly, what shows are you hoping come here to Chicago? (\I’ll start — a return engagement of Kinky Boots!.

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