This post will be updated regularly with the most recent information in regards to upcoming Broadway In Chicago performances and the current situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
BROADWAY IN CHICAGO UPDATES WITH MORE CHANGES IN SHOW SCHEDULES (Changes Highlighted)
March 24, 2020) The safety and health of our patrons, staff and theatrical companies is our top priority. In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) here is an update of the shows that are canceled or are rescheduled:
KEANE – CAUSE AND EFFECT TOUR, CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE, MARCH 20, 2020 – CANCELLED
MY FAIR LADY, CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE, MARCH 24 – APRIL 12, 2020 IS RESCHEDULED TO MAY 12 – 23, 2021
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED THROUGH APRIL 12, 2020 – CANCELLED
ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME, JAMES M. NEDERLANDER THEATRE, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED APRIL 14 – MAY 17, 2020 – CANCELLED
THE CHOIR OF MAN, BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, APRIL 14 – 19, 2020 IS RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 2 – 7, 2021
THE CROWN – LIVE!, BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, APRIL 21 – 26, 2020 IS RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 23 – 28, 2021
THE OFFICE! A MUSICAL PARODY, BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, APRIL 28 – MAY 17, 2020 IS RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 9 – 21, 2021
THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY, CIBC THEATRE, MAY 12 – 17, 2020 IS RESCHEDULED TO DECEMBER 1 – 6, 2020
WAITRESS, CIBC THEATRE, MAY 19 – 24, 2020 IS RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 16 – 21, 2021
GOSHEN, BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, MAY 22 – 31, 2020 – CANCELLED
ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS, BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, JUNE 1, 2020 – Broadway In Chicago is cancelling the IHSMTA 2020 event; however, we will continue to take 2020 student submissions and will recognize the students virtually including highlighting their talent on a virtual stage through Broadway In Chicago’s “Around Broadway In 80 Days” social media campaign
Ticket holders for the above productions, including refunds for KEANE, WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME and GOSHEN
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Our future productions will continue to be reviewed as further guidance and recommendations are provided by the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health.
Broadway In Chicago, The Shubert Organization and Neil Meron are thrilled to announce that SOME LIKE IT HOT, a new musical comedy, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at the Cadillac Palace Theatre with performances from March 2 – April 4, 2021.
SOME LIKE IT HOT is a brand-new Broadway musical comedy, featuring a book by Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance), music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). The musical is based on the classic MGM Oscar-winning film SOME LIKE IT HOT, which has been named the “Funniest American Movie of All Time” by the American Film Institute.
Set in Chicago when Prohibition has everyone thirsty for a little excitement, SOME LIKE IT HOT is the rollicking story of two musicians forced to flee the Windy City after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters hot on their heels, they’re on the run as the newest members of the swingingest big band ever to cross the country. Can they hide in plain sight without completely losing themselves? Or will the mob, the truth, and maybe even love itself finally catch up to them?
SOME LIKE IT HOT will be co-produced by Roy Furman, Robert Greenblatt and the Nederlander Organization. The cast and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.
SOME LIKE IT HOT will be part of the next Broadway In Chicago season, on sale to the public April 8, 2020. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing [email protected]. Individual tickets for SOME LIKE IT HOT will go on sale at a later date.
Broadway In Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Quiet Water Entertainment are thrilled to announce that GOSHEN, featuring dancers and singers performing to music by GRAMMY Award winner Donald Lawrence, will play Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.) for a limited engagement from May 22 – 31, 2020.
GOSHEN, The Story of the Exodus, brings together GRAMMY Award-winning producer, songwriter, and gospel artist Donald Lawrence and members of The Tri-City Singers, rapper Sir The Baptist, poet J. Ivy and choir master Zeke Locke with Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater for a collaboration of gospel music, song, dramatic narrative, and dance-theater rooted in African-American traditions. The work addresses contemporary matters of race and equity while exploring historic themes of power, wealth, fear, and oppression depicted in ancient biblical narrative. Performers include 11 Deeply Rooted dancers, 8 principal singers, and 11 choral singers. The score includes music from Lawrence’s GRAMMY-nominated album Goshen, released on RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony, along with new music for this production.
The production is directed and co-choreographed by Deeply Rooted Co-Founder and Creative Director Kevin Iega Jeff.
Additional Deeply Rooted choreographers include Artistic Director Nicole Clarke-Springer, Associate Artistic Director Gary Abbott, and Artistic Team member/Rehearsal Director Joshua L. Ishmon, joined by South African choreographer Tshediso Kabulu.
ABOUT DEEPLY ROOTED DANCE THEATER
“…The company has not just withstood, but it has flourished during two decades of the country’s political, social and economic roller-coasters.” – Joanna Furnans, Windy City Times
Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is rooted in traditions of American and African-American dance, storytelling, and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. DRDT collaborates with nationally renowned choreographers, across the spectrum of modern, ballet, and African dance, to reflect contemporary voices.
In Chicago, the company has performed at numerous renowned venues including the Auditorium Theatre, the Shubert Theater, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
ABOUT DONALD LAWRENCE
A GRAMMY® Award and multiple Stellar and Dove Award winner, Donald Lawrence has had a prolific career that spans more than 25 years as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, choir master, and music director. Renowned in creating fresh sounds, inspired storytelling, and vivid live performances, Lawrence conceived the GRAMMY-nominated 2019 album Goshen, featuring the smash hit “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)” [featuring Le’Andria Johnson], which was named Billboard’s #1 Gospel Airplay Song of the Year for 2019. He did the choral arrangement for Hamilton’s “One Last Time” (44 Remix) that featured former President Barack Obama from its Hamildrop series. Lawrence studied musical theatre at the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, received BMI’s Most-Performed Gospel Song of the Year Award for “The Gift” and BMI’s Christian Songwriter of the Year Award, hosted multiple years of Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound nationwide choir competition, led the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour as music director, and worked with En Vogue, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, Stephanie Mills, The Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, and BeBe Winans. He is the music producer for the upcoming Lifetime biopic on The Clark Sisters, which is produced by Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, and Queen Latifah. Lawrence produces through his company Quiet Water Entertainment.
written by Elysa Gardner on behalf of Once on This Island
2017’s Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Once on This Island entertained and inspired audience members of all ages with its tale of adventure and romance, kindness and joy. Among them was nine-year-old Mariama Diop, whose mom entered a lottery and scored seats so close to the stage that Mari, as she calls herself, was so close to the action that she was able to “reach out and touch the stage.”
Now Mari and eight-year-old MiMi Crossland are getting even closer to the action: The precociously gifted young performers are alternating the role of the Little Girl in this Island’s first national tour. The part marks Mari’s first professional production and MiMi’s national tour debut, and it’s taking them from their homes in New York City (Mari) and Upstate New York (MiMi) to cities across the country, accompanied by their mothers and a tutor, Carolyn Dunning.
The character shared by the girls serves an important function in the beloved musical, in which we are told the story of Ti Moune, an orphan saved by the gods from a hurricane to embark on another perilous journey as a young woman. “In the beginning, the story is being told to the Little Girl, and then we become Ti Moune when she’s young—we become part of the story,” MiMi explains. “One of the things we really have to do in the play is listen and act like we’re hearing this story for the first time. Our character is really interested in the story, but it’s hard work.”
The tutor, “Ms. Carolyn,” helps MiMi and Mari both with their responsibilities within the show and in juggling those with schoolwork. “She teaches us that focus is important, and when we’re having trouble we can ask her questions and think about how the character feels,” says Mari. MiMi admits, “It’s been busy, trying to balance school and practice at the same time, but it’s all been worth it, because the show is amazing.”
MiMi adds, “I feel like Ms. Carolyn’s teaching us stuff that maybe we wouldn’t have learned in our other schools, because we get one-on- one time with her, so we can learn more.” Mari’s mom, Laura Sorenson, has been impressed by the tutoring program: “They coordinate everything with the school, to make it easy for us. They speak with Mari’s teachers, make sure she gets chess time, French time, her assignments. They modify a little bit; you can’t do a science experiment on the road, because you don’t have a lab, but they find ways to make it work. (Carolyn) works very hard to ensure that when the girls go back to school, they’re where they need to be.”
Carolyn also teaches the girls about the cities they’re visiting in advance, says Mari, “so that when we were rehearsing in New York, we’d learn about Paducah (in Kentucky) and what it was like.” Once on location, the tutor takes the girls on field trips, and encourages good behavior through a star system. “When you get to 50 stars you earn a little treat,” Mari says. “At 100 stars, you might get cupcakes, or pumpkin-carving messages on Halloween week. It’s amazing. And she doesn’t take away stars, because she wants to encourage us, and that really boosts up our confidence.”
MiMi’s mom, Christine Casareale, notes, “This is MiMi’s first job, and I think the amount of work that is involved is more than most people see until well into their adulthood. Even though everyone is really great to them, they’re still expected to perform and act in a mature way.”
Mari and MiMi have also been inspired by Island’s celebration of racial and cultural diversity—and what it’s meant to the young fans who come to greet them at the stage door. “One of the little girls I met played Ti Moune in her school play,” says Mari. “She has my skin color, maybe a little darker, and she was inspired to make her own show, because she wants to be an actor when she grows up. And I want to support her and inspire her, and all the other girls and boys who are looking for support.”
Greeting audience members and signing autographs has also provided a “great opportunity to meet new people,” says Mari. “In Dayton, Ohio, there were two girls, one 11 and one 8, who saw the show and wanted to be friends with me,” Mari recalls. “We had several play dates and hung out together, and now one of them is my friend on one of the games I play.”
For MiMi, just observing a crowd during a performance can be just as rewarding. “You see people in the audience smiling, and you can tell they love it,” she says. “Because there are people who don’t get to see shows like this on Broadway, so it’s amazing that we get to travel all over and people get to see these shows that they wouldn’t have seen.”
And both girls feel that their show appeals to a particularly wide audience. Once on This Island “can help bring families together,” says Mari, “because it makes people who see it realize how lucky they are to have their families with them.” It’s served that very purpose, in fact, for Mari herself: “Before the show, my mom and I were great friends, best friends—but now I feel like we’re even closer. It’s amazing and inspiring.”
MiMi agrees. “I’m seeing families in the audience, and it brings them closer,” she says. “And that’s great.”