NOVEMBER 14, 2019 – JANUARY 4, 2020
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
THE CHICAGO ORIGINAL – Joseph Jefferson Award nominated production & Ensemble
Based on the film by: Frank Capra
Directed by: Gwendolyn Whiteside*
Music directed: Michael Mahler*
Original score by: Austin Cook*
This is the second longest-running holiday play in Chicago! For 18 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to 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, milke 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 or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater
Nov 14 – Jan 4
(773) 654-3103 box office
- Thursday: 7:30pm
- Friday: 7:30pm
- Saturday: 4:30pm & 7:30pm
- Sunday: 2:30pm
Additional show on 11/29 @ 4:30pm
No show on 11/16 @ 4:30pm, Thanksgiving Day, 12/8, or 1/4 @ 7:30pm
- Duration: Runs 90 minutes; no intermission
- Location: Stage 773 at 1225 W Belmont Ave
- Ticket price: $19-$69
- Recommended for ages 6+
- Arrive 10 minute early for prizes and audiograms
- Holiday events: Children 12 & under receive keepsakes on Dec 21 @ 4:30 (Santa visits) & Dec 28 (Hanukkah).
Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for production and Ensemble
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!
Dean Richards recommended
“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
“Blues brings the holiday magic we’ve all been missing.” – Chicagoland Musical Theatre
“American Blues Theater’s production would’ve made Mr. Capra proud.” – Chicago Theatre Review
“Undeniable charm!” – Time Square Chronicles
“Life-changing experience” – Chicago Now
CAST (in alphabetical order): Dara Cameron* (Violet), Ian Paul Custer* (Harry), Brandon Dahlquist (George Bailey), Shawn Goudie* (Foley), James Joseph* (Uncle Billy), Michael Mahler* (Announcer/Pianist), John Mohrlein* (Clarence/Mr. Potter), and Gwendolyn Whiteside* (Mary Bailey).
PRODUCTION TEAM: Gwendolyn Whiteside* (director), Michael Mahler* (music director & jingle composer), Austin Cook* (score composer), Grant Sabin* (scenic), Katy Peterson Viccellio (lighting), Christopher J. Neville* (costumes), Keegan Bradac (sound), Elyse Dolan* (set dressing & props), Paul Deziel* (projections), Shandee Vaughan* (production & stage manager).
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 “Pediatric Previews” that donates proceeds of preview performances to children’s hospitals
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