Production History

MARY POPPINS


MARY POPPINS
A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
March 29 to May 28, 2017

Disney’s MARY POPPINS is a Supercalifragilistic hit! Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Get swept up in tunes like "Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds" and of course "Chim Chim Cher-ee" as young Jane and Michael learn life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. So, bring the whole family and spend a “Jolly Holiday” with Mary and an irresistible cast of characters.

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I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT


I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT
Created by David Grapes and Todd Olson
Musical Arrangements by Vince di Mura
January 27 to March 5, 2017

Take a walk down memory lane in this sexy, new musical revue I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT. Called “the greatest singer in the world” by Frank Sinatra, the always charming, classy and debonair Tony Bennett crooned his way into the heart of America. I LEFT MY HEART features three superb singers performing Bennett’s best work—including “Rags to Riches,” “Put On a Happy Face," "The Good Life", "The Best Is Yet to Come" and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." This is a musical event for anyone who loves the classics and holds a song in their heart.

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THE PRODUCERS


THE PRODUCERS
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed by L. Walter Stearns
Music Direction by Eugene Dizon
April 14 to June 26, 2016

It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. THE PRODUCERS skewer Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!”

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THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES


THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES
Book by John Reeger
Music and Lyrics by Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler
Directed by Warner Crocker
January 20 to March 20, 2016

Join Sherlock Holmes and author Arthur Conan Doyle in this world-premiere musical adventure. ​Inspired by actual events, with a little fantasy thrown in, THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing "The Final Problem," in which his famous detective is killed off. When Doyle's adoring public reads that Mr. Holmes has been done in, everyone from Churchill to Doyle's own family is up-in-arms. Besieged by telephone calls and angry mobs outside his home, Doyle flees London to escape the harassment. Surprisingly, he finds a much more challenging problem awaiting him when out of the evening mist steps Sherlock Holmes. And so begins a battle of wits between the author -- who wants his character dead -- and character -- who demands to be revived to preserve his legacy. Next thing you know, the writer and his creation are off together solving the real-life crime of “The Wyrley Ripper”.

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Ring Of Fire

RING OF FIRE

The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
April 30 – November 1, 2015

More than two dozen Johnny Cash hits – including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune – performed by a multi-talented cast featuring Kent M. Lewis, Cory Goodrich and Michael Monroe Goodman, take audiences on an inspired musical journey that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to an American legend! From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
January 28 to April 5, 2015

THE ADDAMS FAMILY-The Musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

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AVENUE Q

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
April 23 to October 26, 2014

A gut-bustlingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

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Into The Woods

Mercury Theater Chicago presents The Hypocrites production of Into the Woods
February 5-April 5th
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim,
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Geoff Button

The Hypocrites are thrilled to be in partnership with the Mercury Theater in 2014 to produce this unexpected musical. Director Geoff Button says “One of the things I consider a hallmark of The Hypocrites style has always been the heightened and playful sense of theatricality we bring to the designs of our show, set in contrast to a profound sense of emotional realism and elevated dramatic stakes. I feel like Into the Woods is a perfect opportunity to interrogate and deconstruct that aesthetic. In the same way that David Cromer managed to get people to look at Our Town in a fresh way by simply attacking the unvarnished, unsentimental human truth at the core of the piece, I want to use the sheer silliness of The Hypocrites aesthetic to heighten and then to reveal the plain fact that ultimately there is no narrator to come in and tell our stories for us. At the end of the day we are set adrift to try to make a life. We find people, we lose people, we find new people, and every time we make a connection, we are faced with the potential for loss.”

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The Color Purple

Based upon the novel by Alice Walker
And the Warner Bros. /Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
Book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
August 14 to November 10, 2013

From the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Stephen Spielberg, comes the soul-stirring musical THE COLOR PURPLE. It is an inspiring story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.

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Barnum

Book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman.
March 27 to June 30, 2013

The greatest show on earth is the setting for the life story of Phineas Taylor Barnum. Celebrating its Chicago professional premiere, BARNUM sets this colorful personality inside the center ring of his own circus. Audiences will be thrilled with high flying acrobatics as BARNUM tells the story of America’s greatest showman. This show bursts with toe tapping melodies; ballads, marches, and ragtime tunes by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart.

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Grand Night for Singing

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
January 9 - March 10, 2013

Broadway's tribute to the genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein is truly A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING. This Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical showcases Richard Rodgers’ timeless music and the incomparable lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. It will take you on a romantic musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and finally, the power of enduring love. From “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” to “Some Enchanted Evening,” A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING features over 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest hits from shows such as Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific and more —“something wonderful” indeed for all lovers of classic musical theater. It doesn't get any grander than this!

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Freud's Last Session

Freud's Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the rising academic star C. S. Lewis to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex, and the meaning of life – only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own. . Mark St. Germain’s celebrated new play was suggested by the bestselling book The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., professor of psychology at Harvard University.

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A Twist Of Water

Route 66 Theatre Company's greatest artistic and commercial success to date is A TWIST OF WATER, written by Route 66 Artistic Associate and rising star playwright Caitlin Montanye Parrish. After a six-week, sold-out run at Theater Wit, it was then transferred to the Mercury Theater Chicago, where it ran for another two and a half months, making it the longest running show of the 2011 theatre season.

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