What difference does a forecast of thunderstorms and some rainfall make when it’s a chance to see previews of the Broadway in Chicago series that is so well-loved?
Not a whit of difference to the fence-to-fence raincoat and umbrella crowd last Monday August 5 in Millennium Park when Broadway in Chicago gave delightful snippet performances of a mix of old and return Broadway blockbusters!
Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, the musicals showcased included: Wicked; Motown the Musical; Elf; Evita; Flashdance the Musical; Ghost the Musical; Million Dollar Quartet; Once; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical™ and We Will Rock You.
Eileen LaCario, vice president of Broadway in Chicago, says, “We love being able to give back to our loyal fans and the residents of Chicago with this free concert…To see the numbers of Broadway performers who gather together for this one special night and their joy in performing on the stage of one of the most extraordinary outdoor concert settings—it is truly one of our favorite nights.”
The program included a mix of video spots on the jumbo screen and onstage performers.
Enthusiasm was high throughout the performance but when the Jackson Five remake that will be featured in Motown the Musical took the stage at the finale the crowd explosion went up another notch.
It’s ALL good—and here are the schedule dates to note in your calendar:
- FLASHDANCE, August 6 – 18, 2013, Cadillac Palace Theater
- EVITA, September 17 – October 6, 2013, Oriental Theater
- ONCE, October 9 – 27, 2013, Oriental Theater
- WE WILL ROCK YOU, October 22- 27,2013, Cadillac Palace Theater
- WICKED, October 30 – December 21, 2013, Oriental Theater
- RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL™ , November 14 – December 28, 2013, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
- ELF THE MUSICAL, November 26- December 15, 2013, Cadillac Palace Theater
- GHOST THE MUSICAL, January 7 – 19, 2014, Oriental Theater
- MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, April 22, 2014 – July 13, 2014 Oriental Theater
- MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – Now playing – Apollo Theater
For tickets to these and other Broadway in Chicago plays call 800 – 775 – 2000 or visit www.BroadwayinChicago.com
Broadway in Chicago stage photos-- courtesy of Broadway in Chicago
Millennium Park Stage photos--Peter Kachergis