Chicago Musical Theatre Works, group of musical theatre creators who have banded together under the motto "It takes a village to raise a curtain," presents a cabaret evening of highlights from 10 new musicals written by Chicago writing teams, May 14 in the Windy City.
My Kind of Tune: Chicago Writers Sing Out, the group's launch event, 8 PM May 14 at the Royal George Theatre, will be followed by other cabaret evenings in summer and fall; a regular reading series for new work; panels, discussions and master classes; an educational outreach program and a new works festival. The Works is the Chicago chapter of an international organization, Musical Makers, which is an Internet-based networking and information group in the process of building a web site for musical theatre creators and producers.
Scheduled to perform at My Kind of Tune are Cheryl Avery, Sean Blake, Jane Blass, Shannon Cochran, Jeanne Croft, Sara Davis, Jeff Dumas, Tony Gibson, Susan Hart, Steve Hinger, Kathy Jaeck, Sean Krill, Peggy Roeder, Nancy Voigts, Jonathan Weir and other guest artists.
Featured shows include Frozen River by Stephen Wallem and Danny Musha; the revue Get Funny or You're Fired by Doug Frew and Patti McKenny; Hen Lake by Chuck Larkin; The Lost Half Hour by Susan DiLallo and Jeffrey Harris; Parkbench by Cheri Coons and Michael Duff; Rasslin' by Cheri Coons, Michael Duff, Sean Grennan and Kathy Santen; Sleepy Hollow by Elizabeth Doyle, Judy Freed, Owen Kalt and Scott Sandoe; Terpsichore by Jane Blass, Tony Gibson and Chuck Larkin; Waking Eden by Shawn Douglass and Susan Felder; and 90 North by Doug Frew, Patti McKenny and Dan Sticco.
Tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit Season of Concern. The Royal George Theatre is at 1641 N. Halsted, in Chicago. For reservations, call (312) 988-9000. — By Kenneth Jones