Porchlight Music Theatre returns LIVE and IN-PERSON to the stage this fall with an exciting season that brings the best of music theatre to Chicago! From a memorable visit to a homespun diner and its neighboring gas station to a moving tribute of the Blues and concluding with a rocking musical from a story more than 100 years old, the Mainstage offers audiences unforgettable experiences that celebrate this unique American art form in the award-winning style that Porchlight has become known for –– you don’t want to miss it!

Using the tabs to the left, explore all we have to offer in our 27th Season including Mainstage, Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway offerings.

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October 30 – December 12, 2021

Created by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Tony winner Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann

Directed by Daryl Brooks+

Music Directed by Robert Reddrick+

Choreographed by Rueben D. Echoles+

Porchlight’s 27th season kicks off with a stop at the Double Cupp Diner for Pump Boys & Dinettes, one of the longest running shows in Chicago Theatre history and a country fried phenomenon filled with toe-tapping music on guitar, piano, bass and a kitchen utensil or two! This North Carolina dinette is your home off the highway and located just across the street from the filling station. Run by Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, beloved sisters who are always ready with a cup of Joe, a slice of pie, a homespun song and a “Welcome back!” The New York Times said “It doesn’t merely celebrate the value of friendship and life’s simple pleasures, it embodies them.”

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(L to R) Daryl Brooks+, director; Robert Reddrick+, music director; Reuben D. Echoles+, choreographer

“Being raised in Waynesboro, Virginia (a small town off of Highway 81), I relate to Pump Boys & Dinettes in a whole different way. The connection of community and values really strikes a chord with me. Today, times have changed and people have changed, but not the sense of community.” said Pump Boys & Dinettes Director Daryl Brooks+. “When Porchlight asked me to direct Pump Boys, I realized that it was time to show off the diversity not just in the people, but the music! At every turn, this show will be a slice of comfort and excitement, just like a piece of my grandma’s lemon meringue pie!”


 

January 15 – February 27, 2022

Conceived by Sheldon Epps

With the music of Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Gordon Jenkins, and Alberta Hunter and others

Featuring Tony Award-nominee Felicia P. Fields*

Directed and Choreographed by Kenny Ingram+

Assistant Choreographer Ariel Dorsey*

Music Director David Fiorello+

Associate Music Director and Conductor Maulty Jewell IV+

The Blues is one of America’s original art forms and Chicago was the home to some of the greatest Blues performers ever. Set in a history-filled hotel on Chicago’s south side one fateful night in the late 1930s, this Tony Award-nominated celebration interweaves the stories of three women who share their highs and lows of romance through the iconic songs of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and others.

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(L to R) Felicia P. Fields*, performer; Kenny Ingram+, director/choreographer; Ariel Dorsey*, assistant choreographer; David Fiorello+, music director; Maulty Jewell IV+, associate music director/conductor

Blues in the Night Director/Choreographer Kenny Ingram+ spoke about the 2022 production, saying, “I am grateful to work with Porchlight Music Theatre as the director/choreographer of Blues in the Night. We approach this production with realism and look forward to taking audiences on a joyful ride that includes two parts of the ‘Night.’ There is that 11 p.m. side when you want to throw your hands up, give a shout and learn a lesson and then that 4 a.m. side when the truth hits you so bad in your guts you almost cannot move and you may only want to cry. We want audiences to feel all of these emotions and let them figure out ‘Which side of the night are they on?’”


 

April 23 – May 29, 2022

Music by Duncan Sheik+

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater+

Based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind 

Directed and Choreographed by Brenda Didier* 

Music Directed by Justin Akira Kono+

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Porchlight’s production will thrill you with a story over 130 years in the making! Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th-century Germany, and based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play that was immediately banned due to its subject matter, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of youthful self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Haunting and provocative, this landmark American musical celebrates a journey from adolescence to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.

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(L to R) Brenda Didier*, director/choreographer; Justin Akira Kono+, music director

“It is always a joy to be back at my artistic home, Porchlight Music Theatre,” said Spring Awakening director Brenda Didier*. “I especially love that Spring Awakening will premiere in spring, a time of rebirth and discovery. Spring Awakening has been an important work since its 19th century debut and received its own rebirth as a brilliant piece of music theatre. I can’t wait for the show’s many fans and new audiences to experience our take on its powerful music and themes.”


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Now in its eighth season, Porchlight Revisits celebrates the lost musical gems of Broadway and beyond and is your ticket to go behind the scenes with an introduction to the luminaries who created the greatest musicals of all time and an opportunity to discover a new ‘old’ favorite all in one big show. Chicago’s finest music theatre talent dust off these treasures and escort audiences to the world of Broadway’s past for a limited run. In addition to productions from days gone by, each Porchlight Revisits includes the Behind the Show Backstory, an entertaining and informative multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber+, introducing the evening’s production including the show’s creative history, juicy backstage stories and much more.


 

November 17 & 18, 2021

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Goggin+

Directed by Michelle Lauto*

Music Directed by Kailey Rockwell*

Choreographed by Jenna Schoppe*

Porchlight Revisits launches its 2021-2022 season with this heaven-sent musical. Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken for a wholesome variety show to raise emergency funds for the convent. After 52 of the nuns met an untimely end from Sister Julia – Child of God’s vichyssoise, the surviving sisters need to throw the fundraiser to pay for their burials. This funny foray has blessed theatregoers worldwide for more than 30 years and has had six sequels, three spin-offs and a TV special starring “Golden Girl” Rue McClanahan as “Mother Superior!”

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(L to R) Michelle Lauto*, director; Kailey Rockwell*, music director; Jenna Schoppe*, choreographer


February 16 & 17, 2022

Lyrics and Book by Stew+

Music by Heidi Rodewald* and Stew+

Directed by Donterrio Johnson+

Music Directed by Justin Akira Kono+

Choreographed by Terri K Woodall*

From L.A. to Amsterdam to Berlin, a young musician chases youthful dreams and spiritual clarity against a shifting backdrop of locales and acquaintances as he rebels against his conservative upbringing. This hit rock musical, loaded with soulful lyrics and passion, debuted to critical acclaim on Broadway in 2008, winning both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

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(L to R) Donterrio Johnson+, director; Terri K Woodall*, choreographer, Justin Akira Kono+, music director


May 18 & 19, 2022

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Book by Bock and Harnick with contributions from Jerome Coopersmith.

Directed by Sawyer Smith^Bethany Thomas* and Keely Vasquez*

Choreographed by Sawyer Smith^

Music Directed by Linda Madonia*

The songwriting team behind Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me created this witty, tuneful and charming musical that was Tony nominated for Best Musical. Made up of three musical miniatures: “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” a quirky, touching spin on the tale of the world’s first couple, adapted from Mark Twain’s short stories; “The Lady or the Tiger?,” a 1960s rock and roll fable set in a mythical kingdom, which explores the fickleness of love; and “Passionella,” based on Jules Feiffer’s offbeat Cinderella-story about a chimney sweep who dreams of being a “glamorous movie star.” The Apple Tree is the perfect finale to our “lost musicals” season.

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(L to R) Sawyer Smith^, director/choreographer; Bethany Thomas*, director; Keely Vasquez*, director; Linda Madonia*, music director


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New Faces Sing Broadway was launched in 2016 and quickly became one of Porchlight’s most popular offerings. This tuneful, audience-interactive evening is hosted by a popular Chicago music theatre star and features a company of up-and-coming local talents. The show is a journey from the start to the finish of one specific musical season on Broadway, peppered with visuals of the era in a multimedia presentation, trivia games (with prizes!), sing-alongs and more. Do not miss this year’s season to be treated to the best music of the “hit and miss” productions that made up a musical season on Broadway presented in an intimate and elegant cabaret environment.

*Dates and locations to be announced at a later date.


New Faces Sing Broadway 1947 – Winter 2022

Directed by Tommy Novak^

Featuring songs from Brigadoon, Finian’s Rainbow, High Button Shoes and more

 

 

 

Tommy Novak^, director


New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 – Spring 2022

Directed by Frankie Leo Bennett+

Featuring songs from Follies, Jesus Christ Superstar, 70, Girls, 70 and more

 

 

 

Frankie Leo Bennett+, director


New Faces Sing Broadway NOW (2022) – Summer 2022

Featuring songs from shows playing on Broadway right NOW

 

 

 

 

 


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2-Show Mainstage 2021 Subscription

2-SHOW PACKAGES. Pick which shows you want to see this season! Each of the three package options below include one ticket to two Mainstage productions of your choosing.

OPTION 1 – PREVIEW ($83 per person) 

  • Guaranteed admission to any Preview performance, within given dates
  • Two free exchanges per production

OPTION 2 – PRIME ($120 per person) 

  • Guaranteed admission to any Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening and Sunday matinee Mainstage performance, within given dates
  • Two free exchanges per production

OPTION 3 – STANDARD ($95 per person) 

  • Guaranteed admission to any Wednesday evening, Thursday matinee, Thursday evening or Sunday evening Mainstage performance, within given dates
  • Two free exchanges per production

*Additional fees may apply. All sales final. Available while supplies last. Performances and special events are subject to change.

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3-Show Mainstage 2021 Subscription

3-SHOW PACKAGES. Enjoy the full Mainstage season! The four package options below include one ticket to each of the three Mainstage productions in the 2021-22 season.

OPTION 1 – PREVIEW ($125 per person)

  • Guaranteed admission to any Preview performance, within given dates
  • Two free exchanges per production

OPTION 3 – PRIME ($177 per person) 

  • Guaranteed admission to any Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening and Sunday matinee Mainstage performance, within given dates
  • Two free exchanges per production

OPTION 4 – STANDARD ($137 per person) 

  • Guaranteed admission to any Wednesday evening, Thursday matinee, Thursday evening or Sunday evening Mainstage performance, within given dates
  • Two free exchanges per production

*Additional fees may apply. All sales final. Available while supplies last. Performances and special events are subject to change.

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3-Show Porchlight Revisits 2021 Subscription

By popular demand – Porchlight Revisits subscriptions are back! The hugely popular Porchlight Revisits, showcasing “lost musicals,” returns this season with three productions as a subscription series, offering the opportunity to experience classic productions that have been rarely seen in Chicago. Each performance begins with a fun, fact-filled multimedia “Behind the Show Backstory” presentation created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber.

$132 per person – includes all three productions!

The perfect addition to a Mainstage package, this subscription includes one ticket to each of the three Porchlight Revisits productions, including the “Behind the Show Backstory” presentation, and the opportunity to vote for the 22-23 Porchlight Revisits season.

*Additional fees may apply. All sales final. Available while supplies last. Performances and special events are subject to change.

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