Chicago Will Get Normal, Revamped Working, New Les Miz, F. Murray Abraham in Merchant

News   Chicago Will Get Normal, Revamped Working, New Les Miz, F. Murray Abraham in Merchant
The Broadway In Chicago 2011 spring subscription series will include Carrie Fisher, F. Murray Abraham, a new version of the musical Working, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, the new production of Les Misérables and more.

F. Murray Abraham as Shylock
F. Murray Abraham as Shylock Photo by Amy Arbus

"Off-season specials" include Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Spring Awakening and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

The following season (at various venues) was announced on Aug. 26:

Les Misérables
Feb. 2-27, 2011
Cadillac Palace Theatre

"Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical…with glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo."

Feb. 15-May 8, 2011
Broadway Playhouse

"Working is a vital new musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago's own Studs Terkel. Newly adapted by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), Working is the working man's A Chorus Line. It is a musical exploration of people from all walks of life, with 26 songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award winning James Taylor. Working celebrates everyday people, fills you with hope and inspiration and is the perfect musical for anyone who has ever worked a day in their lives."

March 8-20, 2011
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

"The Public Theater's 2009 Tony-winning production of Hair is an electric celebration on stage. This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Its ground-breaking rock score paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time. Hair features an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including 'Aquarius,' 'Let the Sun Shine In,' 'Good Morning, Starshine' and 'Easy To Be Hard.'" Merchant of Venice Starring F. Murray Abraham
March 15-27, 2011
Bank of America Theatre
"From the acclaimed Theatre for a New Audience, the first U.S. theatre to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company, comes Shakespeare's tragicomedy following runs Off- Broadway and in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Starring Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham in his riveting portrayal of Shylock, and directed by Darko Tresnjak (former artistic director of Old Globe's Shakespeare festival), the play has been arousing controversies for centuries with raucous and gentle comedy, tender poetry, and its struggle with mercy and justice. In this riveting update, religion, race and sexuality collide with love, family and justice and the currency of society and humanity has never been so changeable."

Wishful Drinking
April 5-17, 2011
Bank of America Theatre

"Carrie Fisher's autobiographical solo show follows Fisher's life. Born to celebrity parents, Fisher lands among the stars when she's picked to play a princess in a little movie called 'Star Wars.' But her story isn't all sweetness and light sabers. As a single mom, she also battles addiction, depression, mental institutions, and that awful hyperspace hairdo. It's an incredible tale — from having her father leave her mother for Elizabeth Taylor to marrying and divorcing singer/songwriter Paul Simon, from having the father of her baby leave her for a man to waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed."

Next to Normal
April 26-May 8, 2011
Bank of America Theatre

"From the director of Rent comes the most talked about new show on Broadway, [the] winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Score. Alice Ripley, who received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, will reprise her acclaimed performance in Chicago. An emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other."

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
February 8-13, 2011
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

"The acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand, direct from Broadway! They look like them and they sound just like them! All the music and vocals are performed totally live! Rain covers The Beatles from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late-'60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. A a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups."

Spring Awakening
May 3-8, 2011
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

"The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by [songwriters] Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. The landmark musical Spring Awakening is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. Join this group of late-19th-century German students on their passage, as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion..."

Disney's Beauty and the Beast
A NETworks presentation of the Disney musical
June 28–July 10, 2011
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

"Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide."

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