Don’t Miss a Minute of Our 2020-2021 Anniversary Season!
The 2020-2021 season is a celebration of opportunities here at Porchlight Music Theatre, and we hope that you’ll join us for the many exciting new things ahead, both onstage and off.
We thank our valued subscribers whose support each season is vital as we can continue to thrive as Chicago’s home for music theatre!
To renew your 2020-2021 subscription, please call our box office at 773.777.9884 | Box Office Hours
Being a season subscriber is a tremendous opportunity not only to see our award-winning productions in the best seats, at the best price, but also to have a deeper involvement with the theatre. It’s a commitment we greatly value and appreciate, especially in this next ambitious phase for our organization. Our valued season subscribers enjoy:
Savings up to 20% OFF single tickets
Priority reserved seating for Mainstage & Revisits performances in our intimate theatre, no seats more than 30 FEET from the stage!
Discounts on additional Mainstage single tickets
One free exchange per production
Priority subscription renewal opportunity for next season
PLUS additional benefits listed for each subscription option below
Enjoy Porchlight’s award-winning Mainstage productions – with the flexibility to see just two or all three of the season’s offerings – and save up to 20% off single ticket prices!
Guaranteed admission to any Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening or Sunday matinee Mainstage performance, within given dates.
Guaranteed admission to any Wednesday evening, Thursday matinee, Thursday evening or Sunday evening Mainstage performance, within given dates.
Guaranteed admission to any Preview performance, within given dates.
Guaranteed admission to all three VIP Mainstage performances, and exclusive post-show reception.
PORCHLIGHT REVISITS Subscription
Guaranteed admission to one performance of each 2020/2021 Porchlight Revisits production.
The 2020 – 2021 Mainstage Season
October 10 – November 29
Subscription seating available October 10 – November 8
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Book by Heather Hach
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture
Inspired by the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, college sweetheart and sorority star “Elle Woods” doesn’t take no for an answer. When Elle’s boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, she puts down the credit card, grabs her beloved pup and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School. Along the way, she tackles stereotypes, inspires scandal, struggles with peers and professors and, after hitting the books, proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. From Rodeo Drive to the Halls of Justice, this all-singing, all-dancing feel-good Tony-nominated musical comedy smash will land the verdict that this much fun should not be legal!
January 30 – March 12, 2021
Subscription seating available January 30 – February 28
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone
Commemorating the 110th anniversary of the legendary, unsinkable ship’s launch, this winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Book of a Musical and Original Score tells the unforgettable tale of the storied ship of dreams and its fateful journey from Southampton to its arrival as 20th century legend. Following the lives and fates of the passengers and crew, you’ll plunge into the middle of all the glamour, chaos, heroism and, ultimately, right into the heart and spirit of the most infamous voyage of all time. With a lush, unforgettable score and a cast, orchestra and crew of more than 50 artists, Titanic will be the Chicago theatrical event of the new year.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
April 17 – May 28, 2021
Subscription seating available April 17 – May 16
Music and Lyrics By William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Six awkward tweens vie for the coveted spelling championship in this fast-face, Tony Award-winning musical comedy. As they struggle to stay in the contest, the students—each with their own quirky and engaging personality—share hilarious and touching stories from their home lives while spelling their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing “ding” from the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers will enter; five spellers will leave (always with a juice box in hand and the life lesson that winning isn’t everything) and, by show’s end, one lucky speller will win the game—and your heart.
Porchlight Revisits 2020 – 2021
By popular demand – Porchlight Revisits returns with a three-production season! This popular “lost musicals” series offers classic productions that have been rarely seen in Chicago and includes a fun, fact-filled multimedia “Behind the Scenes Backstory” presentation before each performance created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber.
The Porchlight Revisits eighth season features:
Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 29
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration Production!
Premiering Off-Broadway before receiving a Tony Award-winning Broadway run, this Sondheim musical fantasia explores the American peculiarity of the various men and women who have throughout the years attempted to, or succeeded in, assassinating United States presidents.
Songs include “The Ballad of Booth,” “How I Saved Roosevelt,” “Unworthy of Your Love,” “Another National Anthem” and more.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Monday, March 1, 2021
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Book by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos
Adapted from the 1925 novel by Anita Loos
It is the Roaring 20s AGAIN with the madcap adventures of the original “gold digger,” Lorelei Lee, as she sets sail for Europe with her best friend Dorothy Shaw in search of millionaires. Crossing the Atlantic, the gals meet a shipload of colorful characters in this old-fashioned laugh-fest jammed with real honest-to-goodness showtune hits.
Songs include “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “Bye, Bye, Baby,” “A Little Girl from Little Rock,” “I Love What I’m Doing (When I’m Doing it for Love)” and more.
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
Wednesday, May 12 and Monday, May 17, 2021
Music and Lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans
Book by John R. Powers, based on his 1975 novel
One of the longest-running musicals in Chicago Theatre history, this coming-of-age story involves the 1950s Catholic education of eight Chicago kids, following them from the start of elementary school through senior prom and beyond as they navigate first confessions, puppy love, patron saints, sex education and the importance of not wearing black patent leather shoes with your plaid, school-uniform skirt.
Songs include “Get Ready, Eddie,” “How Far is Too Far?,” “The Best of Friends, ”Thank God” and more.
The Bayless Family Foundation is a 2020 – 2021 26th Anniversary Season Sponsor.
The New Faces Sing Broadway series is generously sponsored by Elaine Cohen and Arlen D. Rubin.
Porchlight Music Theatre is partially supported by generous contributions from the Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, Actors’ Equity Foundation, Allstate, Bayless Family Foundation, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Chapman | Spingola, Attorneys at Law, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Elegant Event Lighting, Elevate Energy, James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation, Hearty Boys, Hopsmith, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at Prince, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, Daniel and Genevieve Ratner Foundation, The Saints, Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Stuart Family Foundation, the Topfer Family Foundation and Walton Street Kitchen. The season program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.
*Additional fees may apply. All sales final. Available while supplies last. All performances and special events are subject to change