You haven’t lived until you have felt the excitement of an opening night! And guess what? You could actually go to the opening night of THE ADDAMS FAMILY on December 9. This is the night that the press and all of the VIPs from the show attend. Rarely does the general public get a chance to attend these openings. So, how can you get tickets? Well, we just released about 200 seats in the balcony and they are just waiting for you to purchase them. But hurry! They are going to go quickly!
We just released first row seats for almost any performance of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. These are seats that were just checked for sight lines and it appears they are great seats. If you want to be up close and personal with the Family, now is the time to buy your seats.
Last Thursday was our final run-thru in the rehearsal hall in NYC. The space is located on 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square Theater District. I can’t help thinking that this neighborhood is going to be my home for the next year – beginning in February when we move our show into the Lunt-Fontanne. It’s been a long journey to this point. The initial reading of the script was back in June of 2008. We’ve had numerous puppet labs and dance workshops and script readings – exploring character, finding the physical language of the show, and fine tuning the amazing special effects. My anticipation was palpable as I prepared to fly to Chicago and step into the theater for the first time. For months, we have only seen renderings and used our imagination to envision what the sets and lighting will look like. In 48 hours, I’ll see Julian Crouch‘s design “in the flesh” as it were.
It’s always an exciting day with many surprises and revelations. I’m looking forward to actually walking up the beautiful staircase units that inhabit the Addams house. We’ve always had to stop at the 8th step in the rehearsal hall (the room’s ceiling always prevented us from going further). There are new Basil Twist puppet creations to introduce ourselves to, dressers and crew members to meet, (and more importantly, lots of Chicago restaurants to visit!). I’m a big fan of Portillo’s Italian Beef Sandwich – which I discovered during my last visit to Chicago this past March – when I played Amos Hart in the National tour of “Chicago” at The Oriental.
Chicago is a great theater town with smart and discerning audiences. We have all been working incredibly hard this past year to create a spectacular musical comedy for them, full of hysterical surprises, draw dropping visuals, mind-blowing special effects, and sensational musical numbers. I think Chicago is going to have as much fun watching our show as we did creating it.
-Kevin Chamberlin (Uncle Fester/The Addams Family)
Wouldn’t it be great if every time you and your entire family moved to a new city, there was a large crew of people to set up your whole house with furniture, lighting, internet and sound system before you even got there?! Well, The Addams Family has that luxury! Everyone at the Oriental Theatre will be working hard for the next few weeks to make things just right for the premiere of The Addams Family… even Thing will lend a helping hand!! Before the company even arrives to settle into their new “digs”, everything is loaded into the theatre, speakers and lights are hung, set pieces are assembled and countless other welcoming touches are added to what will serve as the Family’s home for four months.
We at Broadway In Chicago are honored to welcome The Addams Family into our hometown. Our theatre, just a matter of days ago, was a bare black stage and an audience full of empty seats. Now there are lights on the stage and hanging from the ceiling, and pieces of the set getting into place. Each week as we get closer to opening, the transformation from “the Oriental Theatre” to “The Addams Family home” will be more complete. We like to finish things well in advance, though, so we’re not left in a Lurch when it’s show time!
After having seen the great job our crews have done last week and this week…I know who I’ll be calling for my next move!
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
As Chris Jones said, “Don’t wait until it’s a hit. It will be too late by then!” Get your tickets now!
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!
People often say “those who can’t do, teach.” Well, I like to think of it more along the lines of those who can’t perform become press agents/publicists. My earliest childhood memory was wanting to be a star and diva like Miss Piggy. However, growing up over the years, I came to the realization that I really didn’t have the performing chops needed to make my kindergarten dream come true. BUT, I had a different kind of talent, a more behind the scenes talent, and that was being able to get performers and shows of all types the publicity they deserve.
Over the past ten years, I have encountered a fabulous group of people in my career from Cookie Monster to Carlin, but there was always something more I wanted to do. Growing up on musicals and theatre (from touring productions to our local 400 seat community theatre), I really wanted to get back to what I loved. In early 2009, I was able to come on board with Margie Korshak and work with Broadway In Chicago and the fabulous shows that are in Chicago! Although it is crazy from time to time, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have been able to do some exciting things and meet some fabulous performers. There is no typical day here at MKI when you are working on Broadway show. Of course, there is the “standard PR stuff” like writing releases, talking to reporters and booking TV appearances. But we also get to things that fall out of the realm of a 9am – 5pm desk job! Over the past few months some of the highlights include:
- Going on a wine tasting tour of Chicago with Michael Cunio of Jersey Boys for a Chicago Sun Time article
- National Anthems for the White Sox (Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and Fiddler on the Roof)
- Shopping for an opening night dress with Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) at Maria Pinto
- Having breakfast during a media tour with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp from Rent
- Having manicures with Alyana Gallo of Jersey Girls for a “girlie story”
- Going to the Windy City Rollers (women’s roller derby) with cast members from Xanadu
We at MKI are getting more and more excited as fall approaches for some great events and shows like the second Anniversary of Jersey Boys in Chicago, the premiere of The Addams Family, Young Frankenstein (with original cast members Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley) and In The Heights. And of course, gearing up for next year with Billy Elliot and Shrek! Broadway In Chicago will be keeping us very busy this fall but more importantly, they will be bringing YOU the best Broadway shows! Hope to see you at the next one!
-Michelle, Broadway In Chicago press agent
Filed under Billy Elliot the Musical, Broadway In Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Rent, Shrek The Musical, The Addams Family, Xanadu, Young Frankenstein
A lot is happening at Broadway In Chicago!
I had to fly out for a one day turnaround to see a show and meet with producers. This is a show that will knock your socks off! It’s so much fun but I can’t give you more details than that right now. Today we had producers come in to tour all the venues for a new show that they are thinking of bringing to Chicago FIRST! Sounds spectacular and we made sure they all know that Chicago is fond of being first. What’s great about touring new producers around Chicago is that they fall in love with the city. What is not to love? And we always credit Mayor Daley for all the beautiful flowers and parks and our forefathers who had the foresight to not build on the lake. Everybody loves Chicago – even Elton John has Chicago fever!
SPRING AWAKENING is still with us but only for one more week – you must stop what you are doing and go. It is one of those shows that you don’t want to miss. JERSEY BOYS has really been busy with summer tourists and is now planning its second anniversary! We have meetings this week with THE ADDAMS FAMILY; it is great to be able to present a world premiere pre-Broadway production. We are also looking forward to YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN with some of the original Broadway stars Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley.
What a fall we have shaping up!
I had the perfect weekend!
Friday Night – attended Tommy at Circle Theatre in Forest Park. The show was great and the adult Tommy blew the audience away with an amazing performance. His name is Tom McGunn – and in addition to his amazing talent on stage, Tom has been a treasured marketing associate with Broadway In Chicago for over 4 years. Before that, he performed with my daughter in Joseph at the Chicago Theatre and Phantom at the Candlelight Playhouse.
Saturday – okay, let’s not talk about Saturday as it was all about getting caught up with e-mail – not very theatrical at all! However Sunday made up for it – the Sunday in June that every theatre Broadwayite (new term that was coined at the Tony’s!) waits with great anticipation.
It started off attending a reading of a musical in development called Harold and Maude (of the cult movie fame) at the home of director and Northwestern professor, David Bell. It was an intimate group of people – all theatre folk including Sandy Shinner from Victory Gardens, Bill Pullinsi from Theatre at the Center, and Libby Mages – Broadway Producer, among others. Kurt Johns, directed the piece and the show is written by Tom Jones who wrote the music for The Fantastiks. The cast was brilliant starring Renee Matthews but the stand out to me was her co-star Nathan Carroll, a recent graduate from Columbia College in Chicago and the most amazing young talent – and most importantly a valued usher for Broadway In Chicago.
Then at 7 pm, we had a Tony party with fellow Broadway In Chicago staffers and dinner by producer Tony D’Angelo (name-sake chef for the Tony’s and my adorable husband). We all thought it was one of the best Tony productions – lots of performances! Okay there were some sound problems but there was so much to look at – glittering stars, lots of people/producers that love Chicago and great performances, not-to-be-missed plays and even some stars from the shows you have or had in Chicago including our lead from Jersey Boys and Legally Blonde. Plus great performances by Shrek, soon to be at the Oriental Theatre, and our dear friend David Stone’s (producer of Wicked) Next to Normal (what an unbelievably moving show – even Elton gave a shout out to the composers), West Side Story (what a performance!), Rock of Ages and Hair (both rocked the house – and the TV viewing audience too – and hopefully rocking a Broadway In Chicago theatre soon!). Last but certainly not least, the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical – BILLY ELLIOT! This is a shout out to the show’s producers: we so want this show to come to Chicago first before any other city outside of NY and for the longest time possible. Please send your pleas for the show to come here first and we will send them on to the producer!
High on Theatre,
P.S. Here is real insider scoop – there was a quick video teaser for the THE ADDAMS FAMILY but only for the audience members at the Tony’s. Click here and you too can be on the inside. And don’t forget to buy your tickets! THE ADDAMS FAMILY is on its way to being sold out!
Filed under Billy Elliot the Musical, Broadway In Chicago, Hair, Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde The Musical, New York, Next to Normal, Rock of Ages, Shrek The Musical, The Addams Family, West Side Story
• We are 30 minutes into our pre-sale for THE ADDAMS FAMILY and I am warning now – don’t wait. Buy today with your American Express card and if you don’t have one apply now or borrow a friends. If you haven’t heard it is going to star Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth! Not to be missed.
• We are 8.5 hours away from the opening of LEGALLY BLONDE – this is another show not to be missed. Be on the look-out for reviews or post your own here – this is sure to be raved about. First preview was last night and the crowd went wild.
• We are five days into the sale of Season Tickets – a really great season that includes: