101 Dalmatians, Dreamgirls, In the Heights, Young Frankenstein Will Play Chicago in 2009-10

News   101 Dalmatians, Dreamgirls, In the Heights, Young Frankenstein Will Play Chicago in 2009-10
Broadway In Chicago's 2009-10 subscription series will offer the new touring production of Dreamgirls, Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's Young Frankenstein, the new musical 101 Dalmatians and the 2008 Best Musical Tony Award winner In the Heights.

A visit by the vocal group The Ten Tenors and the return of Cats are also on the slate, as "off-season specials."

More productions are expected to be added to the series.

Here's the 2009-10 Broadway In Chicago lineup as of May 7:

Young Frankenstein
Nov. 3–Dec. 13 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

"The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE...and it's headed here! This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to create a monster — but not without scary and hilarious complications." The team that created The Producers reunites: Susan Stroman directs the musical with songs by Brooks and libretto by Brooks and Thomas Meehan.

In the Heights
Dec. 15, 2009–Jan. 3, 2010, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

"An exhilarating journey into one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities, where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music." The Best Musical Tony winner features songs by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and libretto by Tony nominee Quiara Alegria Hudes. The show was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Dreamgirls
Jan. 19–31, 2010, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre

"Direct from the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York City, a brand new, sensational stage production…of the rags-to-riches story of a 1960s Motown girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune." Directed and co-choreographed by Robert Longbottom and co-choreographed by Shane Sparks. With music by Academy Award-nominee Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen, the production will also include "Listen," the song from the hit film.

101 Dalmatians the Musical
Feb. 16-28, 2010, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre

"An experience for the entire family about what it means to be a family, canine and courageous. More than a simple story about good versus bad, the family bands together to overcome every hurdle and hardship in the most difficult times. Led by the creative team of Jerry Zaks (Smokey Joe's Café), B.T. McNicholl (Spamalot, Billy Elliot, Cabaret) and Dennis DeYoung (founding member of the rock group Styx, and writer of Chicago's The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical), 101 Dalmatians will transport audiences to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting, and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind show that will leave everyone cheering."

The 2009-10 Broadway In Chicago "off-season specials" are:

Oct. 13–18 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
"What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Cats features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song 'Memory.'"

The Ten Tenors
Nov. 24–29 at the Auditorium Theatre
"The internationally renowned Australian singing group The Ten Tenors returns to Chicago for the holidays, featuring songs from their new album 'Nostalgica' as well as holiday classics." Expect everything from "Granada," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the Louis Armstrong classic "What a Wonderful World," plus their all-time, most requested song, "Danny Boy."

Season ticket packages will go on sale 10 AM May 8 and are available by logging onto www.BroadwayInChicago.com or calling the Season Ticket Hotline at (312) 977-1717.

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