Broadway in your Backyard

FINAL PERFORMANCE ADDED AT AMBASSADOR CHICAGO

Porchlight is proud to announce additional dates and the cast for our Broadway in your Backyard summer concert series! This 90 minute performance of Broadway songs celebrates family, friends, community and inspiration. Broadway in your Backyard is suitable for all ages and many dates are free and open to the public.

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Pump Boys & Dinnettes

Oct. 30 - Dec. 12, 2021

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.

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Nunsense

Nov. 17 - 18, 2021

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.

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Blues in the Night

Jan. 15 - Feb. 27, 2022

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 SmithDuke EllingtonJohnny MercerHarold ArlenAlberta HunterJimmy CoxIda Cox and others.

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Passing Strange

Feb. 16 & 17, 2022

Porchlight presents Passing Strange: 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.

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Spring Awakening

April 23 - May 29, 2022

Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th-century Germany, Porchlight presents a haunting and provocative, landmark American musical Spring Awakening! A show that celebrates a journey from adolescence to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.

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The Apple Tree

May 18 & 19, 2022

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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Sondheim @ 90 Roundtable FREE!

Complete Series Available Now

Enjoy the complete 20-episode series now! Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber and three special guests discuss the many works of Stephen Sondheim. West Side Story, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd and so much more!

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Host Michael Weber will introduce you to some of the great American musicals as they were originally presented on the airwaves. Performed live in front of a studio audience near the years the productions played on stage or were adapted as movies, you'll visit an era when Broadway was the central source for the launch of popular music and when stage actors were known by name across the land. Available on YouTube, Facebook, and all major podcast platforms.

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You ask, we provide! Tune in for all of your favorite showtunes, performed by your favorite Porchlight performers! Currently not taking submissions, but enjoy our series!

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