Candlelight Dinner Theatre in Chicago is devoting nearly the entire fall of 1996 to the Joe Raposo/Sheldon Harnick musical It's a Wonderful Life, based on the holiday film.The production runs Oct. 24 through Jan. 19.
The musical -- the story of a suicidal man who is shown the meaning of Christmas, and life, by a kindly angel -- has been done here and there around the U.S., but never on Broadway. Nevertheless, one of the songs was recorded on the "A Broadway Christmas" CD by Varese Sarabande.
The theatre is located on Harlem Avenue, just off I-55, 15 minutes from downtown Chicago. For information: (708) 496-3000.
-- By Robert Viagas