Showing posts with label The Book of Mormon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Book of Mormon. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


ChiIL Live Shows on our radar


Heaven on Broadway!  A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”


THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins in Chicago on November 20, 2018 at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) and plays a limited two-week engagement through Sunday, December 2, 2018. In Chicago, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece.  

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.  

Entries will be accepted at the box office when the Oriental Theatre box office opens each day; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. 

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

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Individual tickets for THE BOOK OF MORMON at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) range from $40 - $150 with a select number of premium seats available. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. 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 and online at

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 18 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country.  A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining more than 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, Oriental Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. For more information, visit

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

ACT OUT: ChiIL Out With Summer Theatre Highlights for 2013

 Photo Credits:   Bonnie Kenaz-Mara



Summer 2013 will bring a wealth of new works to Chicago stages, closing out this season with some of the most exciting theater in the country, and holding Chicago’s place as a leader on the national scene. Offerings from the city’s more than 200 producing theaters includes a range of special summer programming, featuring everything from the latest musicals and highly anticipated world premieres to updated classics.   

In support, the League of Chicago Theatres has created a comprehensive Summer Theatre Guide that is now available at hotels, theaters, and Hot Tix locations across the Chicago area.  An updated list of summer shows with additional details about each production will be available throughout the season at

This summer will see a line-up of new theater on Chicago stages - work that is of the caliber and variety that our theater community is known for,” says Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “The standard of productions we saw this fall earned theatres throughout the city great critical and popular success.  As we near the close of this theatrical season, we are looking forward to seeing Chicago’s dynamic, creative, and vibrant play offerings, ranging from world premieres to anniversary productions, family-friendly shows to hard-hitting dramas.”

This summer, a number of notable theater artists have chosen to make Chicago their artistic home.  Just a few of the notable artists working in Chicago include David Schwimmer, Mary Zimmerman, Rhea Perlman, Keith Huff, Neil LaBute, and Norbert Leo Butz.   
The following is a selection of notable work playing in Chicago throughout the summer:

Musicals include:
Mary Zimmerman adapts and directs the new musical The Jungle Book based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s tales. The show, which features music from the classic Disney film, plays at the Goodman Theatre, June 27 – July 28, 2013. 


All aboard for Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. Anything Goes is currently running through May 5, 2013 at Broadway in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.   

**Highly recommended!  ChiIL Live Shows caught opening night and adored this old school, Cole Porter classic.   This is a great multigenerational show you can bring the kids and grandparents to.**

The musical Barnum by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart continues at The Mercury Theater through June 16, 2013. 

From the creators of South Park comes a new Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Book of Mormon runs through September 08, 2013 at the Bank of America Theatre. Contains explicit language.

**This is one of the funniest shows out there and a true joy to see.   I expected IRREVERENT, but I was surprised by just how RELEVANT this show is.   ChiIL Live Shows caught opening night and I was blindsided by just how deeply dead on and multilayered this production is.   I would not take kids or conservative, religious relatives to this one, but highly recommend it none the less.   The Book of Mormon is one of our top picks for the year for sure!**

Black Ensemble Theater’s latest musical written and directed by Jackie Taylor and Rueben Echoles In Memory of Howlin Wolf (Ain’t No Crying the Blues), runs June 01 – August 11, 2013. 

**ChiIL Live Shows has been impressed with Black Ensemble Theater and writer/director Jackie Taylor in particular for years.**

Broadway in Chicago presents Buddy¸ the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame until his tragic death. Buddy runs June 18 – 30, 2013 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Emerald City Theatre’s production of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, adapted from the National Theatre in London, runs June 15 – September 1, 2013 at the Broadway Playhouse.


The hit musical Million Dollar Quartet continues through September 2013 at the Apollo Theater. 


**Highly recommended!   I took the kids (9 & 11 at the time) and they completely dug it.   We even got in on a sweet back stage tour and meet n greet with the cast after.   If you plan to bring the family, there are monthly family nights with goody bags, free kids tickets, and more!   

**Click here to check out our past Million Dollar Quartet coverage. 

 The smash hit Broadway tour of West Side Story returns to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, June 11 – 16, 2013. 

**Highly recommended!   I took Sage the last time this classic came through town and we had a thoroughly enjoyable Mom & Daughter Date.

**Click here to check out our past  West Side Story review & coverage.  


New Works and adaptations:


*Chicago Children’s Theatre in association with Redmoon Theater premieres The Elephant and the Whale, conceived by Redmoon's Frank Maugeri, with an original story and songs by Seth Bockley with composer Kevin O’Donnell. The Elephant and the Whale runs through May 26, 2013 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts.  

**Highly recommended! We're giving away 2 family 4 packs of tickets at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows.   Check back soon for our exclusive video interview with 3 of the creative masterminds behind this amazing production including, Frank Maugeri, Leslie Buxbaum Danzig and David Catlin.**

Steppenwolf presents ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney’s world-premiere drama Head of Passes, directed by Tina Landau, through June 9, 2013. 

**ChiIL Live Shows caught opening night and we highly recommend it.   The set design is stunning and the acting and production values are world class. 

Bruce Graham’s new play Stella & Lou premieres at Northlight Theatre in a production directed by BJ Jones and starring Rhea Perlman, May 3 – June 9, 2013.

Silk Road Rising presents the world premiere of The Lake Effect by playwright Rajiv Joseph, directed by Timothy Douglas, through May 26, 2013.

Halena Kays directs the world premiere of Jay Torrence’s Chicago story Ivywild at The Hypocrites, April 30 – June 16, 2013. 

**ChiIL Live Shows is very much looking forward to this one.   Worlds Collide Alert:   a friend of ours and former teacher at @CircEsteem, the uber talented @Anthony Courser is in this one!   If that's not enough we've got two words for theatre fanatics out there... @Halena Kays.   Need we say more?! 

Christine Mary Dunford adapts and directs the New York Times Best-Selling novel Still Alice by Lisa Genova at Lookingglass Theatre through May 25, 2013. 

**Of course we always have high expectations for Lookingglass.   This time they've taken on a different Alice than their playful namesake heroine, although this Alice is nonetheless heroic indeed.   Explore the insidious amnesia that early onset Alzheimer brings, with this poignant and powerful production.   The set design is simple, but the use of projection adds immensely.   The duality of the main character being played by two is also a highly effective narrative device. ChiIL Live Shows caught opening night and we highly recommend it.  

Steep Theatre presents the US Premiere of The Knowledge by John Donnelly and directed by Jonathan Berr, through May 25, 2013.

TimeLine Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of JT Rogers acclaimed Blood and Gifts, directed by Nick Bowling, May 9 – July 28, 2013.
Lookingglass Theatre Company presents Big Lake Big City by Keith Huff and directed by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer. Big Lake Big City runs June 19 – July 28, 2013.

InFusion Theatre Company presents the new work, Fight Girl Battle World by Qui Nguyen and directed by Mitch Golob. Fight Girl Battle World will be presented at Theater Wit, May 14 – June 16, 2013.

The Strange Tree Group premieres Elizabeth Bagby’s The Half-Brothers Mendelssohn at Signal Ensemble Theatre from June 18 – July 20, 2013.

Bailiwick Chicago premieres Mahal, written by Danny Bernardo and directed by Erica Weiss at Stage 773, June 26 – August 04, 2013.

Updated classics:

Profiles Theatre premieres the revised stage version of Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men, May 10 – June 30, 2013.
Shakespeare’s Henry VIII receives its first production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, directed by Barbara Gaines. Runs April 30 – June 16, 2013.


Mary Arrchie There Company remounts their re-imagined hit production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play The Glass Menagerie at Theater Wit. Runs May 22 – June 30, 2013. 

Shakespeare is spun out and lyrically rewritten over with original beats by the Q Brothers in Othello: The Remix at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Runs through June 15, 2013.  
**ChiIL Live Shows caught opening night and we dug this updated, high energy twist.   Highly recommended for tweens and up.**

Charles Newell directs The Misanthrope and Tartuffe at Court Theatre The Misanthrope runs May 09 – June 16, 2013. Tartuffe runs June 20 – July 14, 2013.

About Chicago theater
Chicago theater is the leader in the U.S. with more than 250 theaters throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theaters in the country, including 5 which have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation. Chicago’s theaters serve 5 million audience members annually and have a combined budget of more than $250 million. Chicago produces and/or presents more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation. In 2009-10 alone Chicago theater companies produced more than 130 world premiere productions and adaptations. Each year Chicago theaters send new work to resident theaters across the country, to Broadway, and around the world. 

The League of Chicago Theatres’ Mission Statement
The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theaters which leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago's theater industry locally, nationally and internationally. The League of Chicago Theatres Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the art of theater in the Chicago area through audience development and support services for theaters and theater professionals.

For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions, visit the League of Chicago website, .  Discounted tickets are available at

 Fun for the whole family.... ChiIL out and see a show!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


It's finally opening week in Chi-Town for the most hotly anticipated Broadway Show of the year.   The Book of Mormon is here!   Tickets are sold out through March 3rd, but there are still tickets available after that.   Give the holiday gift of anticipation, laughter, and great memories. 

And you thought South Park was funny....

The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of South Park, is Broadway's smash hit. Check out The Book of Mormon in a city near you as the national tour is going on now.   Click here for full tour dates, tickets, and show info.   

Book it already!

Best Availability: Tuesdays & Wednesdays. 

Groups of 15+ Now On Sale! Call 312-977-1710

Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it's the Best Musical of the Year. 

Vogue says, "It's the best musical of the last 25 years." 

And The New York Times says, "It's the best musical of this century." 

It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart calls it "A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry." Contains explicit language. 

Note: Tickets may not be resold in any way. Tickets may not be transferred or distributed to any person or entity for sale. For further information, please see the Broadway In Chicago Ticketing Policy.

Ticket prices are $45 to $115.   Have you got yours yet?!

The Book of Mormon

Theatre : Bank of America Theatre, Chicago Illinois
Dates : Begins December 11, 2012
Running time: Two hours, 30 minutes with one intermission

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