NOVEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 27, 2015
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.
This performance must close on December 27.
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- 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.
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
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).
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
2nd longest running holiday play in Chicago!
Read the incredible critical response to our annual hit.read more
Inside look at IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! – read interviews, see photos from the film, and learn more about the production.read more
Learn about our audience engagement events.
Read about our free events for audiences of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!read more
Read the cast and creative team’s biographies for IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!read more
We proudly celebrate the 16th anniversary of this holiday tradition. We’ve delighted over 50,000 patrons throughout the years and featured the work of 29 Ensemble members and Artistic Affiliates.read more
Nominate your beloved active or Veteran military personnel for a “Soldier Spotlight”.read more
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