Chicago Gets First Spell of Spelling Bee Musical; Sitdown Starts March 2006

News   Chicago Gets First Spell of Spelling Bee Musical; Sitdown Starts March 2006 Chicago will enjoy Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for a spell starting March 2006, when the musical begins an open-ended run at the Drury Lane Theatre.

Promotional art for Spelling Bee in Chicago.
Promotional art for Spelling Bee in Chicago.

Producer David Stone — who currently provides Chicago with the open-ended Wicked — will present the work along with Broadway In Chicago. James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) will again direct the spellbinding new musical by composer-lyricist William Finn, librettist Rachel Sheinkin and conceiver Rebecca Feldman.

"Chicago is a great theatre town, with theatergoers that are both discerning but adventurous," said Stone in a statement. "I know that Spelling Bee will be right at home here, and I'm thrilled that the Drury Lane Theatre is available to us. It has just the right feeling of intimacy for this show."

Tickets for Spelling Bee at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place, 175 East Chestnut Street in Chicago, IL are currently available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee pits 10 contestants (six actors, four audience members) against each other in a battle for the championship of the local spelling competition.

David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company and Second Stage Theater present the work on Broadway by composer William Finn (Falsettos), librettist Rachel Sheinkin (Striking 12) based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, a concept play by Rebecca Feldman.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned six Tony Award nominations including Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor (Dan Fogler) and Featured Actress (Celia Keenan-Bolger) as well as for the top prize of Best Musical. Fogler and book writer Sheinkin took home awards for their work.

The musical recouped its initial investment of $3.5 million 18 weeks after opening on Broadway.

For more information, visit www.spellingbeethemusical.com.

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