Broadway in Chicago’s Summer Concert at Millennium Park, a Review – Rain or Shine, the Show Must Go On

Broadway in Chicago's Summer Concert at Millennium Park took place on August 15th

Although rainy and a bit chilly, the free Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park, held on Monday, August 15, had musical theatre fans braving the Windy City weather all to be rewarded by an immensely enjoyable concert. Broadway in Chicago presented songs from shows being offered this season and were performed by several of the stars we will see on stage this year. This concert was dedicated to Broadway and Chicago theater king, James Nederlander. Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s, Janet Davies, this concert was a fun-filled success that, year after year, fills the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with excited audience members.

The evening was hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies

The orchestra is amazing, plays with a lot of heart and had fun while doing so

Throughout the night, ten different shows, an incredible orchestra, and numerous talented performers took the stage and brought Broadway to Millennium Park in an extraordinary way. The concert did segments of a variety of different performances including: STOMP, Finding Neverland the Musical (first national tour), Disney’s Aladdin (first national tour), Fun Home (first national tour), Phantom of the Opera (a new production), The King and I, Beautiful: the Carole King Musical (back by popular demand), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Something Rotten (first national tour), and Bodyguard the Musical (North American debut). All of these shows had the audience captivated and anxiously wishing the Broadway in Chicago season would start as soon as possible.


The rhythmic percussion and movement of STOMP

“Never had a Friend Like Me” performed by the Genie and his girls

Daniella Dalli sang “Something Wonderful” from The King and I

From the recently announced tour of Finding Neverland the Musical, based on the movie of the same name, Christine Dwyer performed a beautiful heart-felt song about the character’s children. This was brought to life by the real emotion and singing style Dwyer conveyed to the stage.


Christine Dwyer singing a selection from Finding Neverland the Musical

Chicago's own Travis Taylor performs "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera

Rebecca LaChances performed "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "I Feel The Earth Move" from Beautiful the Carole King Musical

About half way through the concert, Fun Home, one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season took the stage. One of the most recognizable songs from the Tony Award winning production is “Ring of Keys, which is sung by the character names Small Alison, which was brought to life by Alessandra Baldacchino, from Broadway's Fun Home and Northwestern University Choir. This song is about finding oneself in another, and it took a big voice from a small girl to capture the feeling. Baldacchino, who will be playing the role on tour, will be a name to keep an eye on in the future as this girl’s voice was one of the best of the night.


“Ring of Keys” performed by Alessandra Baldacchino and Northwestern Chorus

Hedwig and the Angry Inch' composer and lyricist, Steven Trask, sang an acoustic song from the acclaimed Broadway hit

From Something Rotten, the character of Shakespeare sang why his life is so hard

The night was capped by Bodyguard the Musical, featuring R&B Singer Deborah Cox. This musical features songs by Whitney Houston, and Cox did a great job belting out the shows most famous numbers. Starting with “I Will Always Love You” and finishing with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” the audience was singing and dancing along throughout the park.


R&B sensation, Deborah Cox, brings down the house with her selections from Bodyguard the Musical

Overall, Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park was the highlight of the summer for many and is definitely recommended for all Broadway fans in Chicago. To learn more about the shows presented at the concert, or to buy tickets, pleae visit the Broadway in Chicago website

Photos taken by: Allison Taylor

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