NOVEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 27, 2015

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!

THE CHICAGO ORIGINAL

Based on the film by: Frank Capra
Original direction by: Marty Higginbotham*
Original score by: Austin Cook*
Directed by: Gwendolyn Whiteside*
Music direction by: Michael Mahler*

For 14 years, our Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast. This incredible cast of eight recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score, and holiday carols. Critics call this “perfect Christmas theater” and “first-class holiday fare”. After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast. To learn more about It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, explore our playguide.

* Denotes Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater.

PERFORMANCE INFO

This performance must close on December 27.
(773) 404-7336 box office

  • Thursday: 7:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30pm
  • Saturday: 4:30pm & 7:30pm
  • Sunday: 2:30pm

Special Note: Additional performances 12/20 @ 5:30pm, 12/23 @ 2:30pm, & 12/27 @ 5:30pm.

  • Duration: Runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
  • Location: Greenhouse Theater Center at 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
  • Ticket Price: $19 – $49
  • Holiday fun: Children 12 & under receive keepsakes on 12/13 Hanukkah and 12/20 @ 2:30pm when Santa visits.

REVIEWS

Seen & heard on ABC, CBS, NBC, WGN, FOX, WXRT, WBEZ, WBBM, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Newcity, Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, Windy City Times, and many more!

“More than a play, it’s an incredible experience! Don’t leave [this] off your must see list.” – Loy Webb, Newcity
“Zach Kenney and the talented ensemble make this a holiday classic.” – Katy Walsh, Fourth Walsh
“Spectacular!…designed to inspire and give one hope in one’s better self.” – August Lysy, Chicago Critic

ARTISTS

CAST (in alphabetical order): Shawn Goudie* (Foley), James Joseph* (Uncle Billy), Zach Kenney* (George Bailey), Camille Robinson (Violet), Michael Mahler* (Announcer/Pianist), John Mohrlein* (Clarence/Mr. Potter), Amanda Tanguay (Mary Bailey), & Jarrod Zimmerman (Harry).

PRODUCTION TEAM: Marty Higginbotham* (original direction), Austin Cook* (score composer), Gwendolyn Whiteside* (director), Michael Mahler* (music director/jingle composer), Grant Sabin* (scenic), Katy Peterson (lights), Samantha C. Jones* (co-costumes), Christopher J. Neville* (co-costumes), Morgan Lake (sound engineer), Shawn Goudie* (Foley design), Elyse Dolan* (props), Paul Deziel* (video associate), Pat Fries (production manager), Kathryn Lochert* (stage manager), Anna Micale (asst stage manager), Michael Trudeau (technical director & master electrician), & Eileen Rozycki (scenic painter).

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We raise awareness of other non-profit organizations’ great causes though creative collaborations. We’re proud to continue our Pink Previews. Proceeds from our preview performances will be donated to The Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research. We also support the USO and U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Misercordia, and the Anixter Center.

MORE INFORMATION & NEWS

The $20,000 Merry Match!

A group of anonymous MERRY DONORS (not Mr. Potters) will match dollar-for-dollar (up to $20,000) all contributions made to American Blues from now through Dec. 31, 2016.

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