Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, “Billy Elliot” is the inspirational story of a young boy’s fight to make his dream come true as he journeys from the boxing ring to a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.
Hosted by Chicago favorite Rob Lindley and featuring a company of Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming talent, join us on a journey from the start to the finish of the 1939 musical season on Broadway. Featuring hit songs from the 1939 Broadway shows: “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Hot Mikado,” “Knickerbocker Holiday” and others.
Based on the classic film starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, a television interviewer and a newspaper cartoonist get into a public battle over their respective professions, and, of course, fall in love, marry and experience more career conflicts. This Tony Award-winning musical starred Lauren Bacall in its original Broadway run. Featuring the hits: “One of the Boys,” “Sometimes a Day Goes By” and “The Grass is Always Greener.”
Traveling backward in time and set over three decades of friendship and business, this landmark musical charts the highs and lows of the turbulent relationship between three very close friends. Featuring some of Stephen Sondheim’s most beautiful songs, “Good Thing Going,” “Not a Day Goes By” and “Old Friends.”
Hosted by a popular Chicago music theatre “name” and featuring a company of Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming talent, join us on a journey from the start to the finish of the 1959 musical season on Broadway. Featuring hit songs from the 1959 Broadway shows: “Flower Drum Song,” “Gypsy,” “The Sound of Music” and others.
A romantic musical comedy about the affair (both professional and romantic) of a wisecracking composer and an aspiring, offbeat lyricist. Creatively, their relationship works great, but personal trials and tribulations lead them toward finding a new way to make harmonious music together in this laugh-a-minute romantic charmer. Featuring the hits: “Fallin’,” “If He Really Knew Me” and “Just For Tonight.”
Originally created for the comic style of the great Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker, it’s the story of “Hubie Cram,” a minor-league con man endlessly scheming to win big who, at the urging of his long-suffering wife, “Kay,” decides to go (somewhat) straight by moving into the jukebox and music promotion business as he concocts his biggest score ever. Featuring the hits: “Make Someone Happy,” “Fireworks” and “I Know About Love.”
Hosted by a popular Chicago music theatre “name” and featuring a company of Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming talent, join us on a journey from the start to the finish of the 1975 musical season on Broadway. Featuring hit songs from the 1975 Broadway shows: “A Chorus Line,” “Chicago,” “Mack & Mabel” and others.
If you’ve pretty much mastered tapping on your own two feet, prepare yourself for the next frontier: 4-legged tap. You’ll dance side-by-side, face-to-face and back-to-back. You’ll step in and spin like a top. You will discover a new reason to love the time you spend in your tap shoes. Grab a partner and unleash your inner Fred & Ginger with 4-Legged Tap!
Theatre Tap, taught by Matt Crowle, is a fun and challenging weekly opportunity for aspiring performers and established professionals to keep their technique sharp. Every week, after a few rhythmic and articulation drills, students will learn and perform a brand new routine. This class structuring is designed to simulate a professional theatre tap call, giving students a chance to push themselves to absorb choreography quickly and perform it with a strong sense of confidence and a quality of ease.
Get out your tap shoes, Francis! Whether you’re starting from scratch, brushing up for an audition, or looking for a great workout, Beginning Tap is the place for you. This class will focus on building your tap vocabulary (shuffle, flap, etc), understanding and recognizing common tap patterns and sequences, memorization, and using full body movement to achieve our cleanest and clearest sounds.
This course is designed for the musical theater performer who titles themselves as “more a mover than a dancer” and how to best navigate and walk away from any dance call feeling confident and proud. Whether it is inability to pick up choreography, understanding style/technique or just feeing uncomfortable moving their body that way, this class will tackle all of these common issues.
The next “time” step – Intermediate Tap! In this class, basic vocabulary is necessary to understand the more complex rhythms and combinations we will be exploring. It will move at a quick pace, using short but challenging phrases and sequences to test our brainpower, discovering new techniques for picking up choreography quickly along the way. Using our understanding of weight shift and complete body commitment, we will focus on the proper execution and technique of grab-offs, wings, and pullbacks, as well as traveling patterns and turns. We will work to interpret the relationship between our movement and the mood of the music, infusing emotion and character into our combinations.