This August, join Porchlight and Chicago’s music theatre and cabaret stars as we kick off our anniversary season with a look back at the past 25 years of music theatre excellence! Highlights from In The Heights, Dreamgirls, Ragtime and all of your favorite Porchlight productions — performed LIVE by all of your favorite Porchlight artists, plus the presentation of the 9th annual Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago. Here’s to another 25 years! All proceeds benefit Porchlight Music Theatre’s youth education and outreach programming.
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From the combined talents who penned "Annie Get Your Gun" and "The Sound of Music" and created for the original "The Hostess with the Mostess' on the Ball," Ethel Merman, here is one of the Golden Age of Broadway's biggest musical comedy hits! All the more timely, it's a satire on politics and foreign policy that spoofs America's penchant for lending billions of dollars to needy countries and centers on Sally Adams, a well-meaning but ill-informed socialite who is appointed United States ambassador to the fictional European country of Lichtenburg who charms the local gentry and, of course, falls in love.
"A show you won't quickly forget and that you could only see in Chicago" - Chicago Tribune. "Filled to the brim with irreverent humor, riveting dance sequences and enough charm to fill a bucket..." - NewCity Stage. A physical-performance phenomena, told with music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance inspired by the true story of Chicago's former Iroquois Theatre.
A celebration of the artist many consider "the most important composer in the history of jazz," this stylish salute to "The Duke" will transport audiences on a high-stepping, dynamic journey through the life and time of one of America's greatest showmen. From his early days at Harlem's legendary Cotton Club through growing success at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway, in Hollywood and around the world, this elegant, Tony Award-nominated entertainment featured Ellington's biggest hits, including "Mood Indigo," "Take the 'A' Train," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce," "Perdido," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "In a Sentimental Mood" and many others.
Porchlight Music Theatre is excited to present the Chicago premiere of Disney's newest musical comedy for the whole family! Base on the hit book and beloved films, and from the combined talents who created "Once Upon a Mattress," "Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood," "Next to Normal," "American Idiot," "High Fidelity," "If/Then" and "Bring it On," this is the modern story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and, with hilarious results, have only one day to put things right again before Mom's big wedding. Featuring a fresh, fun and high energy musical score, this NEW Disney musical is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional take on an American classic for the young and young at heart. Anne and Greg Taubeneck are the principal sponsors for this production.