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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tickets on Sale TODAY For Chicago Theatre Week, Hot Hits For The Coolest Month

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar For Unbeatable Deals!!

Here at ChiIL Live Shows and ChiIL Mama, we're passionate about Chicago's theatre scene. We've been promoting Chicago Theatre Week since it's inaugural year and we're thrilled it's become such a huge success. Book smokin' deals on the hottest shows in town and binge on theatre February 8 – 18th. Act fast though, tickets are sure sell out at these prices. 

Need some insight? Check out for loads of shows on our radar, original theatre reviews, and even ticket giveaways. Check out for the same deal with family friendly entertainment. Chicago Theatre Week is on our highly recommended list! Come ChiIL out in Chi, IL and catch some PLAYS. 

Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW18), an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago, will go on sale Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 10:00am CST. All Theatre Week tickets are priced at $30, $15, or less, and ticket offer details will be listed on the Theatre Week website,, when tickets go on sale on January 9, 2018.

Chicago Theatre Week will take place February 8 – 18, 2018, spanning a week and two full weekends.  Heading into its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week is a program of the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. Over 120 theatre productions are expected to participate in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs. A list of participating productions will be available online on January 9 at

A small sample of the many companies expected to participate are: 16th Street Theater, A Red Orchid Theatre, Black Ensemble Theater, Broadway In Chicago, Chicago Children's Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Greenhouse Theater Center, The Joffrey Ballet, Lifeline Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Northlight Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Pride Films and Plays, The Second City, Stage Left Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Underscore Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Windy City Playhouse and Writers Theatre.

Last year, in February 2017, 128 participating productions offered value-priced tickets to 635 individual performances during Chicago Theatre Week. Over 11,750 tickets were sold in 2017, marking a rapid increase in sales over the course of the initiative. The program continued to bring in new audiences to area theaters with an average of 66% of attendees visiting their chosen theater for the first time. Theatre Week proved to be a draw for visitors from outside Chicago with 13% of patrons coming from beyond 50 miles of the city, including 36 states.

“This year marks the sixth year of Chicago Theatre Week—and each year, the program proves more successful than ever. Last year, almost 12,000 value-priced tickets were sold to 128 participating productions,” comments Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “Almost 2/3 of Chicago Theatre Week patrons surveyed said that it was their first time at that particular theatre and it’s thrilling to know that people are using CTW to discover new companies. This is a week that reminds us all that Chicago is known locally, nationally, and internationally for its theatre scene, and especially for generating new work, showcasing fresh talent and spotlighting its rich Chicago tradition.”

“Chicago is home to legendary hospitality, exemplified every year by Chicago Theater Week,” said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago. “For 11 days each year, visitors are given a special opportunity to experience a theater scene that is renowned for the quality, creativity and diversity of its productions–from our Tony Award-winning theaters to our neighborhood storefront performances. There’s a seat waiting for you.”

Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago. Subscribe to the Theatre Week email newsletter or follow @ChicagoPlays on Twitter for updates and announcements. The official hashtag for Chicago Theatre Week 2018 is #CTW18.

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. Last year alone Chicago theater companies produced more than 100 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 Theatres website, Half-price tickets to the current week’s performances as well as future performances are available at and at the two Hot Tix half-price ticket locations: across from the Chicago Cultural Center at Expo72 (72 E. Randolph) and Block Thirty Seven (108 N. State).

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ACT OUT EXTENDED: Million Dollar Quartet Ticket Deals

Million Dollar Quartet
now in its fifth year in Chicago

Tickets on sale through April 28

Yesterday would have been Elvis' 78th birthday.   If you haven't seen the wildly popular tribute to Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and more....come catch multiple Tony nominated Million Dollar Quartet.

Million Dollar Quartet, now in its fifth year in Chicago, continues performances through April 28, 2013 with cast members Brandon Bennett (Elvis Presley), Shaun Whitley (Carl Perkins), Lance Lipinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis), Chris Damiano (Johnny Cash), Tim Decker (Sam Phillips), Whitney Kraus Jones (Dyanne), Marc Edelstein (Jay Perkins/Bass player) and Dan Leali (Fluke/Drummer). 

The Tony-nominated musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, celebrates its long run in Chicago, a multiple Tony-nominated New York run, a long-running London production and a national tour that kicked-off in October 2011. 

Million Dollar Quartet will offer special family discounts on select Sundays.  Family nights are currently scheduled for January 13, February 3, March 17 and April 14  at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet Family Nights are buy one, get one free.  (One child under 17 will be admitted free with each adult ticket purchase.)  The evenings will feature giveaways with special gifts from Million Dollar Quartet.  

Check for information about upcoming Family Nights.

The Chicago production continues to break box office records at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.  Tickets are now on sale through April 28, 2013 at the Apollo box office, phone (773) 935-6100,and online through Ticketmaster,   For more information, visit

Producer Gigi Pritzker comments, “It’s a thrill to celebrate our fifth year in Chicago.  Since the beginning, Chicago has embraced Million Dollar Quartet and we are grateful for the continued and enthusiastic support of Chicago audiences.  It’s been a hit in Chicago, New York, London, Japan and on the national tour.  The show remains as fresh, energetic and engaging as always—partially due to the more than 20 rock ‘n’ roll hits in the show and the tremendous talent on stage.”

Million Dollar Quartet tickets are on sale through April 28, 2013.  Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater are available through the Apollo Theater box office, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave, (773) 935-6100.  Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster, 

Tickets are $25-$85. (Standard ticketing fees apply.)
Rush student tickets for select performances (Wed-Fri and Sun evenings only) are available 2 hours prior to curtain at the box office with valid Student ID. Student rush tickets are subject to availability.

The Apollo performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Million Dollar Quartet is a 90-minute, family-friendly production.  Audience members of all ages are invited to laugh, clap—and even dance—during the show. 

For more show information, visit

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Brandon Bennett (Elvis Presley) a native of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, has performed with legendary stars like The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana and The Sweet Inspirations. Brandon has been honored with several international awards, including prestigious honors from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.  He joins the cast of MDQ after performing for the past two years with the stage production The Elvis Story in Quebec, Canada.

Shaun Whitley (Carl Perkins) is a musician, actor, composer, and Jeff nominated music director. Some Chicago credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute/Thisbe) with Chicago Shakespeare Theater;PumpBoys and Dinettes (Jim) with Drury Lane Theater; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Tommy, u/s Buddy Holly) with Drury Lane Theater; Uncle Vanya (Telegin) with TUTA; and Cotton Patch Gospel(Bass/Mandolin) with Provision Theater. He studied acting at RADA in London.

Lance Lipinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis), a Texas native, grew up studying his dad’s record collection of Elvis, Roy Orbison, and his hero, Jerry Lee Lewis.  These influences never left him and now, at age 24, he combines these styles in his own original music similar to early Rock & Roll, classic Country and even a touch of 1960’s pop.  His energetic live shows have led him all over the world, even to making his national television debut at the original Ryman Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.  

Chris Damiano (Johnny Cash) is an Atlanta native, whose Chicago credits include Sugar at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Theo Ubique’s productions of Evita (Che, Jeff Award Non-Equity) and Jacques Brel’s Lonesome Losers of the Night (Man 1, Jeff Award Non-Equity). Damiano played guitar for Lil’ Buds Children’s Theatre productions of Those Silly Reindeer and Still Life with Iris. He currently plays with the bluegrass band Groundspeed and with the Italian folk/jazz group I Monelli monelli.

Tim Decker (Sam Phillips), a longtime Chicago actor, has appeared at Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Next, Milwaukee Rep, Touchstone, Shattered Globe, Stage Left, Famous Door, American Theatre Company, and American Blues (where he received a Principal Actor Jeff Award for his work in Toys in the Attic), among others.

Whitney Kraus Jones (Dyanne) is making her Chicago debut in Million Dollar Quartet. Jones recently graduated from Ball State University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Past credits include Syncope (Short Film), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Beauty and the Beast, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Godspell.

Dan Leali (Fluke, Drummer) a native of the Chicago area, has performed with jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker; songwriters Jewel, Liz Phair, Peter Himmelman and Robbie Fulks; Poi Dog Pondering; Fareed Haque; bluesman John Primer; and Liquid Soul. He has performed on television and radio jingles, as well as arcade and video game soundtracks, and maintains a private teaching practice. Dan is also a founding member of the band Tributosaurus.

Marc Edelestein (Jay Perkins, Bassist) Devoted to American roots music, Marc has avidly promoted and
performed internationally in rockabilly, bluegrass, country, and folk projects. Performances include altcountry’s Robby Fulks Band; 7 years with Special Consensus Bluegrass Band; musical revue Women In My Lifewith singer-songwriters Bob Gibson and Michael Smith; Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s country & western auxiliary CSOakies; and numerous recordings. Marc made his theatrical debut as string bassist and vocalist in the Jeff Award winning Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Northlight, Briar Street Theater), and performed in Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Goodman Theater).

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis.  The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll,” who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time. 

Million Dollar Quartet features a treasure trove of the greatest rock ’n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these music legends, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” and “Hound Dog.”  Million Dollar Quartet captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. 

Directed by Eric Schaeffer and Floyd Mutrux, with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. Million Dollar Quartet is produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions and Northern Lights Inc.

Million Dollar Quartet had its world premiere at Florida’s Seaside Music Theatre, and was subsequently staged at the Village Theatre in Washington, breaking box office records.  In Chicago, the production moved to the Apollo on November 5, 2008, following its sold-out, limited engagement at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre.  The Broadway production garnered three Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Levi Kreis; three Drama League Award nominations; and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination.  Million Dollar Quartet is currently playing in New York at New World Stages, London at the Noel Coward Theatre and it recently began a national tour.

Director Eric Schaeffer is the acclaimed co-founder and artistic director of the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, where his work has been honored with numerous Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Direction.  He directed Putting it Together and Glory Days on Broadway, the first national tour of big, The Musical, and the West End debut of The Witches of Eastwick.  He also served as artistic director for the Kennedy Center’s recent Sondheim Celebration.

Floyd Mutrux is also the co-author of the book to Million Dollar Quartet, sharing writing credits with noted Grammy® Award-winning author and music historian Colin Escott.  Mutrux has written, directed or produced numerous films, including the classic biopic of early rock ’n’ roll American Hot Wax, Dick Tracy and Mulholland Falls.  Escott, the author of numerous books including Good Rockin’ Tonight – Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll, was awarded a Grammy® for producing The Complete Hank Williams, and was nominated for a Grammy for producing B.B. King – King of the Blues.

Musical Director Chuck Mead, with multiple hit records, has stood at the forefront of the alternative country music explosion as founder and lead singer of BR549, the three-time Grammy® Award nominated country band.

Relevant Theatricals (Producer) is a commercial production company headed by Gigi Pritzker and Ted
Rawlins, dedicated to developing new work for the stage. Current projects include: Snapshots, a new musical with book by David Stern and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, creator of Wicked, Pippin andGodspell; and a new musical version of Dennis The Menace, scheduled to open in Seattle later this year.  Relevant’s sister company, Odd Lot Entertainment, develops and produces outstanding new film properties. Current productions include the feature Rabbit Hole, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, starring Nicole Kidman and Dianne Wiest, and directed by John Cameron Mitchell.  Relevant Theatricals is proud to be part of the producing team that developed Million Dollar Quartet.

John Cossette Productions (Producer) was founded by John Cossette whose 30 year career in the music industry as an innovative producer of large scale events was legendary.  John produced the Grammy’s, the BET awards, the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a star-studded concert in Central Park.  He was deeply involved with MusiCares and the EJ Jackson Foundation which helps to feed the homeless in Los Angeles. Under the direction of Rita Cossette the company will continue to develop and produce music related entertainment.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chicago Theatre Week Tickets On Sale 1/9 #ChiILpicks

In December, Chicago's theatre community got an ego bruise when New York Magazine had the audacity to call us their "farm team".  Of course, ChiIL Live Shows knows better.   We review hundreds of shows for our readers and we just listened to famous Brit, Miriam Margolyes, rave about her love for Chicago's audiences and theatre scene when she was in town in December doing her fabulous one woman show, Dickens' Women, at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

We even filmed celebs like Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and the cast and creatives behind Kinky Boots, professing their adoration for Chicago, when they opened their rockin' new musical here.   Check out ChiIL Live Shows' video of Kinky Boots Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig at the pre-show Press Conference.

Farm Team....says NYC, the punching bag of hurricanes and heretics?!  The City of Big Shoulders is not one to take a challenge lightly.   Chicago has world class productions from Broadway in Chicago extravaganzas to our vibrant, thriving store front scene.   

Our city's got major talent and our shows are affordable.   And it just gets better for 2013...    

League of Chicago Theatres, with Choose Chicago, is spearheading a major new initiative, Chicago Theatre Week, because this Second City is second to none when it comes to theatre lovers!    

The tickets go on sale this Wednesday, January 9th at 10am.  We expect a number of other participating theatres to be added soon.  There are some unbelievable ticket deals for some hot shows—and we expect many of them to sell out quickly!

Over 75 productions will be participating in special events and ticket deals (tickets available at $15 and $30) for the week of Feb 12!

Many many of ChiIL Live Shows' favorites are on board:

Participating Theatres

(**ChiIL Live Shows' favorites, where we've reviewed shows, are in red.  Come ChiIL out with ChiIL Live Shows in 2013 for more theatre news, original reviews, ticket giveaways, video interviews, original content, photo & video filled features.)

A Red Orchid Theatre
American Theater Company
The Arc Theatre
Bailiwick Chicago
Barrel of Monkeys
Blue Man Group
Broadway In Chicago

Buzz22 Chicago
Chemically Imbalanced Comedy
Chicago Children's Theatre
Chicago Dramatists
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Citadel Theatre Company
Dog & Pony Theatre Co.
Emerald City Theatre
First Folio Theatre
Goodman Theatre
Greenhouse Theater Center
Griffin Theatre Company
Harris Theater for Music and Dance            
The House Theatre of Chicago
Joffrey Ballet

Laugh Factory
Lifeline Theatre
Lookingglass Theatre Company

MCA Stage
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Million Dollar Quartet
The Neo-Futurists

Northlight Theatre
Oracle Productions
The pH Comedy Theater
Porchlight Music Theatre
Pride Films and Plays
Profiles Theatre
Raven Theatre
Red Tape Theatre
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Saint Sebastian Players
The Second CityShattered Globe Theatre
Steep Theatre Company
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Storefront Theater
Theatre & Interpretation Center at Northwestern University
The Theatre School at DePaul University

Theatre Seven of Chicago
TimeLine Theatre Company
UP Comedy Club
Victory Gardens Theater
Writers' Theatre



FEBRUARY 12-17, 2013

The League of Chicago Theatres, in partnership with Choose Chicago, announces the first annual Chicago Theatre Week, celebrating the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago and encouraging residents and visitors alike to attend a live show. Chicago Theatre Week will be held February 12-17, 2013 and will include discounted tickets and added incentives.

Over 100 shows are expected to participate during Chicago Theatre Week. Each theatre will offer $15 or $30 tickets for the week of February 12 and tickets will be available at a centralized website, www.chicagotheatreweek.comstarting January 9, 2013.

During the course of the week, there will be special events at participating theatres, including enrichment activities such as talk backs with artists and added value activities such as drink specials, as well as hotel and restaurant discounts.
“The goals of Theatre Week are to celebrate Chicago theatre by offering patrons special incentives, expanding the reach throughout all Chicago neighborhoods.  We hope that the initiative inspires a renewed and heightened appreciation throughout Chicago and the Midwest for our rich theatre industry,” comments Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres.  “The League is delighted to partner with Choose Chicago on this project and we are excited to work with Melissa Cherry in her role as Vice President for culture and neighborhoods – nothing could fit her new role better than a project that encompasses theatre in so many of our neighborhoods.”

Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago and Chair of the League of Chicago Theatres adds, “We are looking forward to a spectacular week, filled with amazing theatrical experiences including a kick-off party, special events and specially priced tickets that will make theatre accessible to a wider audience – family and friends alike should get together in February to see great theatre in Chicago.  Additionally, the promotional support for Theatre Week will benefit all participating theatres. We applaud the City of Chicago and Choose Chicago for embracing this new initiative as part of the new Chicago Cultural Plan.”

“Theatre Week will expand the visibility of theatre as a vital industry in Chicago.  Theatre is an important part of what attracts regional visitors and residents to this city and Choose Chicago is honored to participate in the development and promotion of the week-long event. The participants will be located throughout downtown and in Chicago’s great neighborhoods and suburbs.  It’s a testament to the quantity and quality of the artistry and business acumen throughout the industry in Chicago,” says Melissa Cherry, Choose Chicago's Vice President for Cultural Tourism and Neighborhoods.

About Chicago theatre
Chicago theatre is the leader in the U.S. with more than 250 theatres throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theatres in the country, including 5 that have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation. Chicago’s theatres 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 theatre companies produced more than 130 world premiere productions and adaptations. Each year, Chicago theatres send new work to resident theatres across the country, to Broadway, and around the world. 

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

For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions, visit the League of Chicago Theatres website,  Discounted tickets are available at  Additional information about Theatre Week is available at

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