Now in its 29th season, JPAC, in Cicero, IL, has a history of producing large-scale productions of Broadway and West End musicals. JPAC produced the Chicago premiere productions of The Baker's Wife, Blood Brothers, The Who's Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde, Aspects of Love and We Will Rock You as well as the North American premiere production of Academy Award winner Joseph Brooks' Metropolis.
This classic Charles Dickens story of love, betrayal and murder is set in London and France during the French Revolution. JPAC will produce A Tale of Two Cities in its 250-seat theatre April 23-May 8. Tickets go on sale mid-March. For more information, visit www.jpactheatre.com.
A Tale of Two Cities made its world premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL, and played on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The Broadway production received multiple award nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk and the Drama League. It played 60 regular performances and 33 previews at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre in fall 2008. Santoriello wrote book, music and lyrics. The director-choreographer was Warren Carlyle.
A concert staging (directed by Jack Cummings III) was filmed in England in June 2009, and appeared on PBS starting in late 2009. It included a new song with lyrics by Santoriello and music by Frank Wildhorn. The 90-minute concert version featured original Broadway stars James Barbour, Natalie Toro, Brandi Burkhardt and others. A DVD and cast album will be released.