The show is set to open first at The Chicago Theatre for a limited engagement Nov. 19, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010, and then play New York City in 2010 before playing other cities. Directed by Shiner, according to the producers, "this new production will present its own contemporary take on vaudeville. The show will feature short, fast-paced performances of comic variety fused with innovative choreography and dance styles."
Tony nominee Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde; Cam Jansen; Bat Boy; Sarah, Plain and Tall) will be the show's composer and musical director.
Shiner is the writer and director of the Cirque du Soleil's current big-top touring show, Kooza, which performed in Chicago in 2008 and is currently in New York City (on Randall's Island). He also created the two-man show Fool Moon with Bill Irwin, which ran on Broadway in the 1990s and won a Special Tony Award for Live Theatrical Presentation in 1999, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and an Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award.
Starting April 29, pre-sale tickets are available exclusively to Cirque Club members and Chicago Theatre Insiders. Visit cirquedusoleil.com or thechicagotheatre.com to join.