Broadway in Chicago has aligned with General Growth Properties, who own and operate the Water Tower Place, to incorporate the intimate performance venue as part of its season. The formerly titled Drury Lane will now become the Broadway Playhouse. Previous Broadway in Chicago offerings to play the venue include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Xanadu and Shout.
The series at the Broadway Playhouse will officially launch Sept. 23-26 with An Evening With Sutton Foster. Michael Rafter, who co-produced Foster's recent solo debut recording "Wish," will accompany the actress for the concert that promises personal favorites, highlights from her album and her numerous Broadway appearances.
Beginning Oct. 26 French Canadian troupe 7 Fingers will launch its U.S. tour of Traces. The work incorporates the real-life stories of its company in an evening of song, dance and high-risk acrobatics.
An updated presentation of the Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) musical Working, based on the book by Studs Terkel, and featuring additional material by Tony-winning In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, will arrive in spring 2011. The revised incarnation debuted at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in March 2009.
The musical, which takes a look at the hopes and dreams of the American workforce, features songs by Schwartz, as well as James Taylor, Micki Grant, Craig Carnelia, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead. Visit BroadwayinChicago.com.