Broadway in Chicago shows coming to theaters in the Loop

Broadway in Chicago presents touring musicals and plays in historic downtown theaters—here’s what’s coming soon
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Cadillac Palace Theatre
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Chicago’s thriving theater scene produces plenty of homegrown shows, with hundreds of producing companies staging plays and musicals in the neighborhoods and suburbs. But the city is also a hub for Broadway tours, and sometimes for standalone companies of big Broadway hits like Wicked, The Book of Mormon or Hamilton. These touring shows, presented under the banner of Broadway in Chicago, draw huge numbers: more than 1.7 million attendees per year, nearly half of whom come from outside of Illinois to pack the best hotels in the Loop.

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Broadway in Chicago, created in 2000 from a merger of competing presenters, is the owner of three of the biggest houses in the downtown theater district (the Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre and CIBC Theatre); it also operates the smaller Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile, and sometimes presents shows at the Auditorium Theatre. With control of so many theaters, BIC is able to package shows into subscription seasons (usually two slates per year), and it’s leveraged its clout to secure a number of “pre-Broadway tryouts,” runs in which a new show works out its kinks before opening in New York—Chicago has snagged the first looks at big hits like The Producers, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Kinky Boots and SpongeBob SquarePants (as well as some duds, like The Pirate Queen and First Wives Club). Take a look below for all the current and upcoming Broadway in Chicago shows.

Broadway in Chicago shows

A Bronx Tale The Musical
Photograph: Joan Marcus

A Bronx Tale

Based on actor Chazz Palmintieri’s autobiographical solo show about his Bronx adolescence caught between his allegiance to his father and the allure of apprenticing to a local mob boss, this 2016 musical expands the story with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. It’s co-directed by Jerry Zaks and Robert DeNiro, who also helmed the 1993 film adaptation.

Oriental Theatre. March 12–24, 2019.

Anastasia
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Anastasia

Deftly adapted by Terrence McNally from the 1997 animated film, with Ragtime and Once on This Island composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty expanding on their movie score, this sweeping 20th-century fairy tale centers on an amnesiac who may be the last survivor of the Romanovs. Anastasia came up empty-handed at the 2017 Tony Awards in a crowded season for musicals, but its kid-friendly story and impressive craftsmanship have helped it find an audience, with our friends at Time Out New York dubbing it “the richest new family show to hit Broadway in years.”

Oriental Theatre. Mar 26–Apr 7, 2019.

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Falsettos
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Falsettos

William Finn’s musical about a neurotic gay man named Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, their respective new lovers, and Marvin and Trina’s precocious kid premiered on Broadway in 1992, but its two acts had previously been staged separately nearly a decade apart. Act I, March of the Falsettos, debuted Off Broadway in 1981 and dealt with the larger effects of Marvin’s coming out; by the time Finn revisited the characters for 1990’s Falsettoland, it had to contend with the AIDS crisis. This new touring production is based on Lincoln Center Theater’s 2016 revival, which was nominated for five Tony Awards.

Oriental Theatre. May 28–June 9, 2019.

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