Universal Will Test October Sky Musical in Chicago-Area World Premiere

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05 Aug 2014

Aaron Thielen
Aaron Thielen

The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL, has announced details of its 2015 season, which will include the Tony Award-winning musical City of Angels as well as the world premiere of October Sky, a musical adaptation of the 1999 film.

The season kicks off Jan. 28-March 29, 2015, with the Tony Award-winning Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical La Cage aux Folles, which will be followed by Cole Porter's Anything Goes from April 8-June 7.

The jazz-inflected, film noir musical City of Angels, by Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart, will run June 10-Aug. 9.

The world-premiere musical October Sky, written by composer-lyricist Michael Mahler and book writer Aaron Thielen, will be staged Aug. 19-Oct. 18. Universal Stage Productions, which also brought Wicked, Billy Elliot and Bring It On to the stage, are producing the new musical in association with the Marriott.

Here's how it's billed: "It was 1957, and Sputnik lights up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world’s race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars."



The season concludes with the holiday musical Elf, penned by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan. Performances run Oct. 21-Dec. 27.

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