Theatre Building Chicago Opens Saint Peter's Umbrella, a New Musical, March 11 in Windy City

News   Theatre Building Chicago Opens Saint Peter's Umbrella, a New Musical, March 11 in Windy City
Saint Peter's Umbrella, a romantic new musical "with a storybook Spanish flair," opens March 11 at Theatre Building Chicago.
Andrea Prestinario and Jonathan Raviv of Saint Peter's Umbrella
Andrea Prestinario and Jonathan Raviv of Saint Peter's Umbrella Photo by Paul Grigonis

According to the announcement, "One umbrella holds the key to happiness — is it a gift of heaven, or the key to worldly riches? The magic of a special umbrella brings together father and son, a pair of young lovers and a pair of old lovers too."

The musical is set in Saldana, Spain and based on the novel by Kalman Mikszath.

Saint Peter's Umbrella features music and lyrics by Denise Wright and book and lyrics by Dave Hudson. The authors met and forged a working partnership at TBC's Stages 2001, when Wright's musical Jason and the Golden Fleece premiered.

Wright's works have been featured at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre, along with multiple broadcasts throughout the U.K.

Hudson is an award-winning writer, who wrote the book and lyrics (with Paul Libman, music) to the hit musical comedy Muskie Love, featured at Stages 2003 and most recently at American Folklore Theatre. Hudson and Libman recently won the 2005 Richard Rodgers Development Award for a staged reading in New York City for their newest work, Bringers. Both are members of TBC's Musical Theatre Writers' Workshop.

The Saint Peter's Umbrella cast includes Sarah Charmoli, Jennifer T. Grubb, Kevin Grubb, Elizabeth Haley, Karl Sean Hamilton, Eric Lindahl, Amanda Wolff Pokorny, Mike Pokorny, Andrea Prestinario, Jonathan Raviv, Jim Sherman, Brian Simmons, Trista Smith, Carrie Wickert and Matthew E Wilson.

Joining Diana Basmajian (director) and Peter Storms (music director) the artistic team includes Brenda Didier (choreographer) with Jacqueline Reid (lighting and set designer) as well as Bek Steiling (costume designer) and Candice Song Tatum (stage manager).

Theatre Building Chicago "has devoted more than 28 years to cultivating new American musical theatre by supporting writers, lyricists and composers, while staging over 100 new musicals in Chicago."

Members of the Musical Theatre Writers' Workshop meet regularly to collaborate under the guidance of artistic director John Sparks. Members develop individual projects with select new works presented in the Monday Night Musicals series, as well as Studio Presentations, One Acts and Mini Musicals — all performed at Theatre Building Chicago.

Saint Peter's Umbrella continues to April 3. For information, call (773) 327-5252 or visit

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