If you grew up watching Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic series of thrilling films, then you will be delighted by the suspense and utter hilarity of the Tony Award winner, The 39 Steps! Just as in Hitchcock’s movies, you will experience the trepidation of a murder mystery, but it will have you in stitches the whole way through!
Broadway In Chicago brings this exciting performance to the Bank of America Theatre after highly successful runs in London’s West End at the Criterion as well as the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, and of course Broadway. Adapted by acclaimed British theatre sensation Patrick Barlow, The 39 Steps is among one of the most popular and well-known shows in the UK. Barlow holds an impressive variety of awards, including two Sony Gold Awards and the New York Festival Gold Award for Best Comedy. Screen and Theatre credits include popular films such as Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, The Diary of Bridget Jones and Nanny McPhee. Directing is the celebrated Maria Aitken. Aitken has directed dozens of productions in both America and the UK including Man and Boy, Easy Virtue, Vita and Virginia, As You Like It and The Mystery of Irma Vep, to name a few. Joining her as associate director is Nevin Hedley. Hedley manages The 39 Steps Broadway Company and has worked with international companies in Paris and Lisbon.
“Seeking a frivolous night at the theatre, Richard Hannay (Ted Deasy) is lured into a world of intrigue by a mysterious woman (Claire Brownell) claiming to be a spy. When she winds up dead at his flat, he flees London with the police hot on his trail. This is a classic portrayal of one man’s flight from wrong accusation through a series of misadventures and old-fashioned romance. The 39 Steps features a cast of four actors (Deasy, Brownell, Eric Hissom (Man#1) and Scott Parkinson (Man #2) who against all odds, breathlessly and hilariously attempt to reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller with just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes”
It is simply amazing to see only four actors play so many different roles. Sometimes actors would even play two parts at once! Their split second transitions whether it be in accents, costumes or characters is sheer amusement and something you have to see to believe!
Both young and old will enjoy the humorous adventure that is The 39 Steps. You won’t want to miss this limited time engagement!
Photo Credit:Craig Schwartz
Performances are as follows:
Wednesday, May 19 at 8pm
Thursday, May 20 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Friday, May 21 at 8pm
Saturday, May 22 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, May 23 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 26 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Thursday, May 27 at 7:30pm
Friday, May 28 at 8pm
Saturday, May 29 at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, May 30 at 2pm
Individual tickets are $20-$72 and are available at all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Tickets are available for groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.