Category Archives: Mandy Patinkin

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.



Filed under Billy Elliot the Musical, Broadway In Chicago, Mandy Patinkin, Shrek The Musical

march to the theater this month


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?



Filed under Beauty & the Beast, Billy Elliot the Musical, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, Mandy Patinkin, Million Dollar Quartet, Patti LuPone, The Addams Family