NOVEMBER 16, 2017 — JANUARY 6, 2018

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!

THE CHICAGO ORIGINAL – Joseph Jefferson Award nominated for production & Ensemble

Based on the film by: Frank Capra
Directed by: Gwendolyn Whiteside*
Music directed by: Michael Mahler*

For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast. The incredible cast 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, read our Artistic Director’s note (coming soon) and Backstage Guide (coming soon).

*Ensemble member of American Blues Theater

PERFORMANCE INFO

This production must close January 6, 2018.
(773) 327-5252 box office

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

Additional shows on 11/24 @ 4:30pm, 11/29 @ 2:30pm, 12/20 @ 2:30pm, 1/2 @ 4:30pm & 7:30pm.
No show on 11/18 @ 4:30pm, Thanksgiving Day, 11/29 @ 7:30pm, 12/13 @ 7:30pm, Christmas Day, or 1/6 @ 7:30pm.

  • Duration:  Runs 90 minutes; no intermission
  • Location:  Stage 773 at 1225 W Belmont
  • Ticket Price:  $19-$49
  • Recommended for ages 6+
  • Note:  arrive 10 min early for prizes and audiograms
  • Holiday events:  Children 12 & under receive keepsakes on 12/16 (Hanukkah) and 12/24 (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!

“This show nourished me in a way no other play has. American Blues Theater gave me a profound lesson in generosity.” – PerformInk
“More than a play, it’s an incredible experience! Don’t leave this off your must see list!” – Newcity
“Holiday favorite – makes the bell ring every time.” – Chicago Tribune
Dean Richards recommended

ARTISTS

CAST (in alphabetical order):  Dara Cameron* (Violet), Ian Paul Custer* (Harry), Zach Kenney* (George Bailey), Shawn Goudie* (Foley), James Joseph* (Uncle Billy), Michael Mahler* (Announcer), John Mohrlein* (Clarence/Mr. Potter), Camille Robinson* (Mary Bailey – 12/20-1/6), and Gwendolyn Whiteside* (Mary Bailey – 11/16-12/17).

PRODUCTION TEAM: Gwendolyn Whiteside* (director), Michael Mahler* (music director, jingle composer), Austin Cook* (score composer), Grant Sabin* (scenic), Katy Peterson (lights), Christopher J. Neville* (costume), Elyse Dolan* (props), Paul Deziel* (projections), Samantha Dzirko (production management), and Kathyrn Lochert* (stage manager).

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We raise awareness of other non-profit organizations’ great causes through creative collaborations. For this production, we support and partner with the USO and U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, and Misericordia. We continue our “Pink Previews” to donate proceeds to The Lynn Sage Foudnation for breast cancer research.

MORE INFORMATION ON IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!

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.

Soldier Spotlight

Nominate your beloved active or Veteran military personnel for a “Soldier Spotlight”.

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