Welcome to the 21st anniversary of our holiday tradition It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Frank Capra’s story resonates with audiences as strongly today as its 1947 premiere. Over the years, we’ve delighted nearly 65,000 people and featured the work of 50+ Ensemble members and Artistic Affiliates.
The themes are timeless and universal. We feel comforted by the annual reminders – to value kindness, to support our communities, to uplift others, to caution against greed, and to protect those struggling with despair.
This story also reminds us of the fragility of life. Capra’s brilliant sentiment – “Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – hits our souls deeper this time of year.
For many of you, attending our production is a family tradition. For others, we’re thrilled to share this story for the first time in our own special, heartfelt way.
We’re also excited to bring this production to a new Chicago neighborhood. After performing in North Center, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, we’re proud to bring our beloved show to Wicker Park.
We’re grateful for our growing audience and look forward to welcoming you to our permanent home in 2023. [Please immediately knock on wood, toss salt, or make a wish on an eyelash.]
Your gracious spirits and open hearts are equally important to this Chicago tradition.
Your presence is a gift to the Blues family.
Remember, no one is a failure who has friends.
– Gwendolyn Whiteside