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2012/13 Season Announcement!


I cannot be more excited to announce to you our Porchlight Music Theatre 2012/13 Season. That we will have the leadership and vision of Jeff Award winners Stacey Flaster, Nick Bowling, Rob Lindley, Brenda Didier and Doug Peck, Chicago cabaret legend Beckie Menzie and one of the hottest new Music Directors, Elizabeth Doran, all in the Artistic Chairs next season will make this one of the most anticipated years in Porchlight history.

New Subscriptions are on sale NOW. I urge you to secure your Opening Night, Premiere or Preview Subscriptions ASAP to get the best seats, the deepest discount and the most benefits. FYI, With an Opening Night Subscription you get a FREE ticket to our new, off-night smash BEST MUSICAL! A Completely Improvised Musical Comedy which the critics are calling "Outageous, uproarious and kinda' brilliant!"

We'll see you at the theatre!

Michael Weber
Artistic Director


A Class Act
A Musical About Musicals

Chicago Premiere/ Best Musical Tony Award nominee

Music and Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price
Direction and Choreography by Stacey Flaster
Music Direction by Beckie Menzie

Theatre Wit, 1229 West Belmont Ave.
September 1 – October 7

Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular schedule:
Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
NO 4pm show Sept. 8

Ed Kleban: “Words and music - I love them. And especially what happens when you put them together into songs. And sing them in a large building, in a central part of town, in a dark room, as part of a play, with a lot of people listening, who have all paid a great deal to get in!”

A darkened theatre, New York City, 1988. Friends gather for the memorial of one of Broadway’s greatest – but least known – music makers. He was the man who wrote the lyrics “One Singular Sensation” for “A Chorus Line” and nothing could have described him better. Nominated for the Best Musical Tony Award and featuring music Stephen Sondheim said he “wishes he’d written,” it is the moving and emotionally charged true story of turning your life into art. You are about to meet Edward Kleban - a gentleman, a genius, a pain in the butt, A Class Act!


The Gifts of the Magi
O. Henry’s American Christmas Carol

Chicago Premiere

Music by Randy Courts
Lyrics by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts
Direction by Nick Bowling
Music Direction by Elizabeth Doran

Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave.
November 17 - December 23

Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular schedule:
Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Willie Porter: "Let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest."

Around and about, New York City, 1905. Newlyweds Jim and Della, foolish and wise at the same time, lovingly sacrifice their greatest possessions and find a holiday treasure. O. Henry’s immortal masterwork is joined by his tale of “Soapy Smith,” a cheerful bum who only wants to get arrested so he can spend Christmas in a warm jail cell. The music is gorgeous, the stories are human and charming, and the message for the season is one that you'll want to bring your whole family to enjoy again and again.


Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
A Musical Biography of a Legend

By Lanie Robertson
Direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley

Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave.
February 2 - March 10, 2013

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and
Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular schedule:
Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Billie Holiday: “Music is light to me.”

A seedy bar, Philadelphia, 1959. When the customers leave and the doors are locked, the lights go down and the show really starts. Witness one of the last performances of the world’s greatest chanteuse, Miss Billie Holiday, intimately given four months before the passing of this tragic musical superstar. With her stellar jazz trio, she revisits her life, loves and losses in more than a dozen quintessential, thrilling and gut-wrenching numbers. It’s asalty, sensual, often humorous, and always riveting portrait of the legendary lady and her legacy of music. 


Pal Joey
The Beguiling Broadway Classic 

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by John O'Hara
Direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber
Music Direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck
Choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier

Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont
April 20 - May 26, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and
Monday April 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular schedule:
Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Vera Simpson: “Vexed again, perplexed again, thank God I can be over-sexed again.
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.”

Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 1939. Joey Evans, a brash, scheming song-and-dance man elbows his way into a job at a south side nightclub and is soon juggling the affections of a naive shop girl and a wealthy society dame who he hopes will set him up in business. When a meddling punk threatens to shake them down, Joey gets a taste of his own medicine in this ground-breaking, hard-as-nails classic featuring one of the greatest American musical scores including “I Could Write a Book,” “You Mustn’t Kick it Around,” “Zip” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”



A Completely Improvised Musical Comedy

Conceived by Matthew Loren Cohen 
Directed by Amanda Blake Davis 

Playing Off-Nights all season long. Date to be confirmed soon!

When Porchlight combines forces with some of Chicago's hottest improv stars, audience participation and a bouncy piano beat, you get BEST MUSICAL! A Completely Improvovised Musical Comedy ! Created by Second City veteran Matthew Loren Cohen each performance begins at an award ceremony with the cast performing the “Best Song from a Musical” nominees from a grab bag of audience-suggested titles. At the end of Act 1, the audience votes for the best song and comes back after intermission to see and hear the cast create an entire original fully improvised musical comedy including the song from Act 1. Each performance guarantees a completely different musical comedy with completely new songs every week.



Reader Comments (1)

GIFTS OF THE MAGI may be a "Chicago" premiere, but the Illinois Theatre Center in Park Forest did this same adaptation twice - in 1994 and 2005.

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIllinois Theatre Center

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