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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by B.I. C. No Comments

Our summer concert is one week away! Join us August 18 at 6:15 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St) for an evening of music and fun, and best of all, it’s free! In attendance this year will be cast members from our upcoming productions of Amazing GraceEvil Dead the MusicalDee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas TaleAnnieHansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical TreatDisney’s NewsiesRodgers & Hammerstein’s CinderellaFirst Wives ClubThe Illusionists – Witness The ImpossibleDisney’s Beauty and the BeastJersey BoysKinky Boots and Pippin.

This unique event is open to everyone and is perfect for families, friends and anyone who enjoys music. Last year we had a blast and we’re hoping to make this year even better! The pre-show begins at 5:45 p.m. so arrive early to grab your favorite spot on the lawn as seating is not reserved. We’ll have lots of activities (including BIC-GO) to help keep you occupied before the show begins!

Top 5 Reasons to go to the Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert

1. Everything you see at our summer concert will be coming to Chicago! It’s a perfect preview to decide what productions you want to see this fall or in 2015!

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2. It’s a relaxing way to spend one of your final summer evenings. No stress, just enjoy the music with friends or family. Plus it’s free!

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3. It’s always fun to have a picnic with your friends in the park! You can bring or pick something up and enjoy dinner and a (free) show!

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4. You can play BIC-GO! It’s our fun version of BINGO. Play before, during or after the summer concert! Submit your photos on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #BICconcert, then post using #BICGO when you get bingo (five squares in a row) and tag Broadway In Chicago. If you get BIC-GO, you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to any of the upcoming shows of your choice that are at the concert.

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5. Enjoy the beautiful Millennium Park. The 24.5 acre park is the second largest tourist attraction in the city. It is Chicago’s number one place for art, architecture, beautiful sceneries and music. Can you think of a better place to enjoy music in the park? Neither can we.

Photo Credit: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html

Hope to see you there!

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Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert BIC-GO

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by B.I. C. No Comments

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Play Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert BIC-GO and you could win a pair of tickets to any of the upcoming shows of your choice in attendance at the concert!

Our summer concert is right around the corner! Join us in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion August 18th at 6:15 pm for an evening of music and fun.  In attendance this year will be cast members from our upcoming productions of Amazing Grace, Evil Dead the Musical, Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, Annie, Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat, Disney’s Newsies, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, First Wives Club, The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots and Pippin.

Beginning today, you have the opportunity to be entered to win a pair of tickets to one of our upcoming productions of your choice that is featured in the summer concert by playing BIC-GO on social media – just like BINGO! Post your photos on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook of any of the items on the BIC-GO board using #BICconcert and tag Broadway in Chicago. Once you have a completed row/column/diagonal of 5 in a row, make a post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BICGO. You have up until August 22 to finish your BIC-GO card; the more rows you complete, the more you will be entered to win! (Don’t forget about that free space!) You can find the full rules below. Good luck and have fun snapping pictures!

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Full Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert Line-Up Announced!

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by B.I. C. No Comments
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

We’re excited to announce the full concert line-up for the annual FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SUMMER CONCERT, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago, that will take place Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St). Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, from the entertainment and lifestyle program 190 NORTH, the concert will feature cast members from the World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the World Premiere of DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, the World Premiere of Emerald City Theatre’s HANSEL & GRETEL, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere of THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, and hit shows ANNIE, DISNEY’S NEWSIES, RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, JERSEY BOYS, KINKY BOOTS, PIPPIN, NETworks presents DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE ILLUSIONISTS and MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park is produced in partnership with The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

“This is our favorite night of the year, being able to share this rare gathering of Broadway performers with all of Chicago” said Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago. “This unparalleled event of the summer brings thousands of enthusiastic and devoted Broadway fans and supporters for a taste of Broadway, experiencing these performances in one of Chicago’s most iconic settings.”

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of Millennium Park Presents. Millennium Park proudly presents symphonic music, dance, opera, Broadway hits and more—performed by some of Chicago’s best-loved cultural institutions. For full calendar information, visit millenniumpark.org.

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

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

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

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments
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