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FUN HOME to co-present screening of HEARTLAND at the Reeling Film Festival

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

FUN HOME and Broadway In Chicago are proud to co-present the Reeling Film Festival screening of the drama HEARTLAND on Saturday, September 24 at 7:15 pm at Landmark Century Centre Cinemas. Tickets and more information are available at: http://reelingfilmfestival.org/2016/films/heartland/

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After the death of her girlfriend, Lauren (Velinda Godfrey) finds herself emotionally adrift and moves back in with her mother for a while. But her mother, portrayed by esteemed character actor Beth Grant (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, DONNIE DARKO, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), is a conservative scold and refuses to acknowledge Lauren’s lesbianism.

When Lauren’s brother Justin (Aaron Leddick) and his fiancée Carrie (THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Laura Spencer) return home for a visit, Lauren is surprised to find a connection with the warm and friendly Carrie. As the visit gets extended, the two find themselves thrown together on more than one occasion. Finally, improbably, at the height of a tornado, the friendship briefly sparks into more but just as quickly is threatened when Justin and mama catch on to what is happening.

Maura Anderson’s film is an entertaining and moving story of misplaced affection and almost missed human connections.

 

A Fall Not to be Missed!

Posted on: September 11th, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments

This fall, Broadway In Chicago has a number of upcoming shows that will offer you an unforgettable theatrical experience! Tickets for all of these productions are available for purchase on our website, at our phone line 800-775-2000 and at Broadway In Chicago box offices and Ticketmaster retail outlets. (Note: Hamilton tickets are only available for purchase in-person at The PrivateBank Theatre box office and cannot be purchased at any other retail outlets.)

Cheers Live on Stage is a faithful recreation of the television comedy classic featuring the iconic bar where everybody knows your name. Be sure to purchase VIP Access tickets for the chance to go on stage at intermission and have your photo taken while enjoying a beverage! The show begins performances September 20 at the Broadway Playhouse and runs through October 23.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Performances begin September 27 at The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe).

A hilarious hit direct from London’s West End, Graeme of Thrones is inspired by TV’s hottest fantasy series and is sure to delight both fans and those unfamiliar with the show. Laughter is coming…to the Broadway Playhouse from November 1 through 13.

The true story of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s childhood became the 2015 Tony Award winner for BEST MUSICAL, Fun Home. This “exquisite” “emotional powerhouse” plays a limited run at the Oriental Theatre from November 2 through 13.

The classic musical featuring everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan and the eternal optimist anthem “Tomorrow,” Annie returns to the Cadillac Palace Theatre for one week only from November 9 through 13.

After a sold-out run last year, Emerald City Theatre’s A Charlie Brown Christmas returns to the Broadway Playhouse! Performances begin November 11, 2016 and continue through the holiday season until January 8, 2017.

The international sensation STOMP comes to the Broadway Playhouse for an extended holiday season run starting November 16, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017. Come and see what all the noise is about!

Discover the story that inspired ‘Peter Pan’ author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, the new Broadway musical that will make you believe in magic! The winner of the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Best Musical will play from November 22 to December 4 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

The 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is based on the popular novel and brings the acclaimed story of the exceptionally intelligent Christopher Boone to life on stage. See it for yourself at the Oriental Theatre from December 6 through 24!

The spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera makes its triumphant return to Chicago and will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre from December 14, 2016 through January 8, 2017. Make sure to sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to learn when tickets go on sale!

See you at the theatre!

Broadway In Chicago FREE Summer Concert – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 by B.I. C. No Comments

The annual Broadway In Chicago summer concert, hosted by ABC7’s Janet Davies, will take place Monday, August 15 at 6:15 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. It will include performances from Disney’s ALADDIN, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, THE BODYGUARD with Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX, FINDING NEVERLAND, the 2015 Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical FUN HOME, the 2014 Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical Revival HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH featuring composer and lyricist STEPHEN TRASK, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the completely original new musical comedy SOMETHING ROTTEN! and STOMP.

How long will the summer concert last?

The concert is expected to run approximately 70 minutes.

What time should I arrive to get seating for the concert?

The concert will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. Seating will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Expect to wait in line before seating begins as we do anticipate a large crowd for this event. Seating in the bowl is first come, first serve. Millennium Park staff is responsible for crowd control and organization of lines/entry.

Come prepared with blankets, lawn chairs and an umbrella or poncho (just in case!) as this concert will take place rain or shine! Additional information can be found at: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park_-frequentlyaskedquestions.html

Can we meet the performers after the show?

Unfortunately there is no arranged meet-and-greet opportunity available for this event.

Is food and drink permitted?

Yes, per Millennium Park’s Frequently Asked Questions: For most public performances in Millennium Park, alcohol is allowed in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great Lawn. As long as guests are orderly and respectful of the Park and other guests, they may remain for an hour after the concert ends. Millennium Park is the perfect place for a picnic and a night of music and dining al fresco. However, in order to ensure that events are enjoyable for all attendees and to protect the lawn from wear and tear, please respect the following rules of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Tents, oversized umbrellas, oversized blankets or plastic tarps, helium balloons, oversized flags, signs/banners, barbeque grills, open flame candles or staking of any kind are not allowed on the Great Lawn area.

Our partner restaurants have also put together some great “boxed dinner” specials for you to pick up before the concert to bring with you and enjoy!

Roti
Swing by our 33 N. Dearborn location and grab a Broadway Box Dinner before you head out and enjoy an evening of some of the best performers Broadway has to offer.
Your Broadway Box Dinner meal includes – your choice of sandwich (choose from chicken, falafel, or veggie), hummus, pita chips, cookie, and a bottle of water for $10.25.
Beat the rush and pre-order your meal by calling 1.877.OMG.ROTI and mentioning “Broadway Box Dinner”. The show will take place at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and will begin at 6:15pm. Broadway Box Dinner meals will be available for pick up any time after 4pm. For more information, please click here.
So bring your friends, pack a blanket, and enjoy the final days of summer with a concert in the park and Roti!

Hard Rock Cafe
Going with a group? The Hard Rock Cafe offers boxed meal for groups of 8 or more at $16 per box (tax and drink included). Call Heather Wishne with the sales department at (312)-943-2252 for details. All box lunch orders must be placed by Friday at 5pm.
Need a last minute option? The Hard Rock Cafe offers take out on our full menu. Call us at (312)-943-5572 and we will get you all set up for your night out in Millennium Park. For take out orders, please click here.
We offer valet parking at $15 for three hours so feel free to pull up, grab your meal, and let us handle parking so you don’t have to!

When do tickets go on sale for these shows?

Typically 8-10 weeks before performances begin in Chicago; however concert attendees will be given a special presale code to begin booking tickets before anyone else for select shows! Can’t make the concert? Join our mailing list here.

How else can I get tickets for upcoming shows?

You can win tickets by joining the Broadway In Chicago mobile club! Text ‘CONCERT’ to the number shown up on screen before the concert to enter to win!

You can also win tickets by playing Pieces of Broadway In Chicago, our summer concert social media game! Our staff will be handing out bookmarks and helping to assist you with getting your pieces completed to enter to win. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Instagram for all the updates and confirmation of your contest entry.

We look forward to seeing you there on Monday!

 

Tony Awards 2015 – Best Revival of a Musical / Best Musical

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

These are the productions nominated for Best Revival of a Musical:

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Here are a few fun facts:

– “The King and I” won the 1952 Tony-Award for Best Musical.  It’s amazing to think that 63 years later, and it still has such resonance and poignancy to be revived and nominated again!

– “On The Town” is based off of a 1944 ballet called “Fancy Free,” which was developed by Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins.

– The original Broadway production of “On The Twentieth Century” opened on February 19, 1978 at the St. James Theatre.  Judy Kaye replaced Madeline Kahn only 9 weeks into performances which turned her into an overnight star.

 

These are the productions nominated for Best Musical:

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Here are a few more fun facts:

– In the film version of “An American in Paris,” the climax of the film is a 16 minutes ballet featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron set to Gershwin’s An American in Paris.  The ballet alone cost more than $500,000.

– “Fun Home” is based off the graphic memoir by American writer Alison Bechdel, and it stirred such controversy that a public library in Missouri once removed it from its shelves for five months after complaints from its residents.

– Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, the creators of “Something Rotten!”, are also known for their work in the stop-motion animated film, “Chicken Run.”

– The musical adaptation of “The Visit” originally starred Angela Lansbury, and had planned to open on Broadway March 15, 2001.  However, in July 2000, Lansbury withdrew from the show because of the death of her husband.

Tony Awards 2015 – Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play / Musical

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Here are the men nominated for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play” and “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical”:

 

Best Actor Play - Twitter(Left to Right: Steven Boyer, Bradley Cooper, Ben Miles, Bill Nighy, Alex Sharp)

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Steven Boyer, “Hand to God”

Bradley Cooper, “The Elephant Man”

Ben Miles, “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”

Bill Nighy, “Skylight”

Alex Sharp, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

 

Here are a few fun facts:

– Steven Boyer and Alex Sharp are both Juilliard School alumni, and equally credit their performances to the help of movement instructor, Moni Yakim.

– Bradley Cooper made his Broadway debut in 2006 in “Three Days of Rain” with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.

– Ben Miles was last seen as Tom in the Tony-winning revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “The Norman Conquests.”

– Some films that you would recognize Bill Nighy in are “Love Actually,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Underworld.”

 

Best Actor Musical - Twitter(Left to Right: Michael Cerveris, Robert Fairchild, Brian d”Arcy James, Ken Watanabe, Tony Yazbeck)

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Michael Cerveris, “Fun Home”

Robert Fairchild, “An American in Paris”

Brian d’Arcy James, “Something Rotten!”

Ken Watanabe, “The King and I”

Tony Yazbeck, “On the Town”

 

Here are a few more fun facts:

– Michael Cerveris has performed in many Stephen Sondheim musicals such as “Assassins,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Road Show,” and “Passion.” He then won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Assassins.”

– Robert Fairchild’s sister is NYCB Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild, who is currently starring in Broadway’s “On the Town.”

– Brian d’Arcy James originated the role of Frederick Barrett in the musical “Titanic” and also originated the role of Sidney in “Sweet Smell of Success in 2002 for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

– You know actor Ken Watanabe from many films such as “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “The Last Samurai,” “Inception,” and “The Unbroken.”

– Some of Tony Yazbeck’s Broadway credits include Tulsa in “Gypsy” starring Patti LuPone, Billy Flynn in “Chicago,” Phil Davis in “White Christmas,” and Al Deluca in “A Chorus Line.”