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Original Broadway Star Adam Jacobs to Lead the North American Tour of Disney’s Aladdin in Chicago

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 by B.I. C. No Comments


Broadway In Chicago and Disney Theatrical Productions proudly announce that Adam Jacobs, who originated the title role in Aladdin on Broadway, will play the iconic role in the show’s eagerly-anticipated North American tour which begins performances in Chicago at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601) on April 11, 2017.

Jacobs is currently starring in Aladdin on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) and will remain on The Great White Way until February 12, 2017. Jacobs’s replacement will be announced at a later time.

Jacobs, who received a 2014 Drama Desk Award nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Musical” for his portrayal of “Aladdin,” has previously appeared on Broadway as “Marius” in Les Miserables and “Simba” in The Lion King and recently released his debut album, “Right Where I Belong,” featuring songs of Alan Menken.

In Chicago, tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at Tickets for Aladdin at the Cadillac Palace Theatre are on-sale now.

A select number of Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available for many performances. Group tickets for 15 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. For a complete performance schedule for Aladdin, please visit

Disney’s Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 12 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming over four million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Sydney, in addition to the two U.S. productions.

Broadway In Chicago holiday show schedule

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments


Happy Holidays from all of us at Broadway In Chicago! Spend the season with us and see a show! See our special holiday schedule below.

Hamilton: An American Musical

Dec. 21: 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22: 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 24: 2:00 p.m.

Dec. 27: 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29: 7:30 p.m

Dec. 30: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 31: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Jan. 1: 2:00 p.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Dec. 21: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 24 (final performance): 2:00 p.m.

The Phantom of the Opera

Dec. 21: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 24: 2:00 p.m.

Dec. 26: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 30: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 31: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.


Dec. 21: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 24: 2:00 p.m.

Dec. 26: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 29: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 30: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 31: 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Jan. 1: 2:00 p.m.

Emerald City Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas

Dec. 23: 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 24: 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 26: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 27: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 28: 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 29: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 30: 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 31: 10:00 a.m.


12 Show Business Days of Broadway In Chicago!

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments

AS A THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT, we would like to offer you the opportunity to win A SPECIAL GIFT!

Visit our Facebook page every weekday from December 8 through December 23 and you can enter for the chance to win a pair of tickets to a show along with a gift certificate to one of our partner restaurants.

We will ALSO be sharing exclusive offers and looks at our upcoming shows.


Again, please check in on our Facebook page each show business day to see what’s being offered and follow the instructions of how to enter to win! Good luck and happy holidays! 😀

Announcing our Upcoming Season of Shows in 2017!

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments

MargaritavilleSeason_1000x1000Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce its next season line-up: a new Pre-Broadway musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, Tony Award®-winning AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Tony Award®-winning RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I, the completely original new musical comedy SOMETHING ROTTEN! and LES MISÉRABLES. The off-season specials will include:  MEN ARE FROM MARS – WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE!, THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™, THE NAKED MAGICIANS, CIRCUS 1903 – THE GOLDEN AGE OF CIRCUS, RAIN and the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENTThe upcoming Season will go on sale to the public Monday, November 7, 2016.  To renew or purchase a new subscription, please visit our season tickets page or call 312-977-1717.  Subscriber benefits include savings of up to 54% off ticket prices, discounts on both parking and suite service, invitations to Broadway In Chicago exclusive events, free exchange privileges based on availability and more

Recreating CHEERS’ bar for the stage

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments
Set of Cheers Live on Stage. Photo by Justin Barbin.

Photo by Justin Barbin

By Rob Walton

Few TV locations are as instantly recognizable as Cheers‘ Boston sports bar. There’s the Bradys’ groovy California split level with the open staircase. Monica and Rachel’s crocus-colored West Village apartment. But since Cheers seldom left the cozy confines of the Bunker Hill basement bar, it’s the one clear image we have of television’s popular and enduring series.

As familiar as Cheers the bar is from 11 years on television, it was no small feat to recreate it for the live theater. It seems like it should be easy. After all, as a voiceover reminded us at the top of every episode, “Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience.” So why not just use the original blueprints of the stage set and call it a day?

“There was nothing available to us,” explains CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE set designer Michael Carnahan. “The blueprints disappeared. They may be in some crew members’ basement and resurface at some point on eBay, but for now, we had nothing.”

Carnahan and his design team became digital detectives and video archeologists. They took thousands of screen shots from the TV series. By using Ted Danson’s real height and counting bricks from the floor, for example, they were able to glean exact wall heights. By counting the number of steps it took Rhea Perlman to get from the front door to Sam’s office, they were able to create an accurate floor plan for the CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE set.

“This is the first time I’ve created something like this, and you have a real responsibility to get it right. Everyone considers himself an expert on something they know from the past. I sent a picture of the model to my brother and within 30 minutes I got an email saying, ‘Where is the picture of Sam pitching behind the bar?’ You’re being entrusted with this property so you have to get it right. It’s a very beloved property.”

One crucial resource was at Carnahan’s disposal. The actual wood, brass and leather wet bar that Paramount custom built for the TV series was recently excavated from the studio lot and is being restored to go on exhibit at LA’s Museum of Television.  So Carnahan’s team was able to measure, photograph and replicate the actual bar.

“It is the one item where we tried to be slavish to all the original details,” Carnahan says. “Ours is a near exact replica, fully functional, with two working beer taps and running water. Sam and Coach are able to mix and pour drinks on stage. We’re actually using it as part of a VIP package. During intermission, audience members come through the backstage, enter the front door of Cheers, walk onto the stage and have drinks at the bar.”

For this reason the inside of the set is completely finished, 360-degrees, and not just two-dimensional stage facades. But, since CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE is a touring production, the bar must get broken down into pieces, able to be set up again in eight hours in the next city. Carnahan admits, “It’s a challenge to make a bar you can pick up and travel at the drop of a hat.”

After 10 weeks of research and design, it took 12 weeks to build the uncannily replicated set. There are 198 framed photos and objects on the walls, 48 liquor bottles, more than 200 glasses and 55 practical lighting fixtures. Michael’s two favorite props on the stage are one he acquired and one he created himself.

“We have an original 1926 National cash register that we had restored for the show. It’s fully working and makes the best sounds imaginable. We also had a cigar store Indian carved and painted to match the Indian that was by the front door of the TV show. It’s a terrific looking set piece.”

But it isn’t all slavish devotion to detail. Although the original Cheers was built in a cavernous 80-foot soundstage, in the TV broadcast you never see more than a foot over the actors’ heads in the basement bar. So Carnahan had to expand the set and add details to fill a 35-foot theater proscenium in a seamless way.

“On television, we only see eight feet of the set. We had to imagine all the set dressing above people’s heads and to make it still look like the Cheers bar that everyone remembers.”

Carnahan has some creative fun with lighting. “We have lots of specialty lighting built into the set so the hundreds of glasses glow, all the bottles at the back bar light up from the bottom and glow. There’s the famous jukebox and a piano that glows. And in TV, where you’d cut to commercial, the specialty lighting takes advantage of transitions.”

People have an emotional attachment to their TV families. Heck, Archie Bunker’s chair is enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution. Throughout 275 episodes of Cheers, we got to know the denizens of that downstairs speakeasy and felt as if we could be on an adjoining barstool, eavesdropping on conversations between Sam and Diane, hoisting cold ones with Norm and Cliff. We might not have noticed particular details, like the wooden cigar store Indian at the front door, the skull oars on the wall, the overhead Tiffany lamps, but they all added up to create TVs most iconic location: that ’80s bar where everybody knows your name.