Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Broadway in Chicago's New Venue

CHICAGO [April 6, 2010] ― Broadway In Chicago and Water Tower Place are proud to announce the addition of a new venue, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut Street to its family of theatres. Broadway In Chicago has entered into a long-term agreement with General Growth Properties (owner and manager of Water Tower Place) that will allow the theatre, formerly known as the Drury Lane at Water Tower Place, to re-open as the Broadway Playhouse. “This theatre will give Broadway In Chicago the ability to attract those productions that are better suited for a more intimate theatre. We hope to be able to expand the theatrical experiences we offer with this intimate and unique venue in the heart of the Magnificent Mile,” James L. Nederlander, President of the Nederlander Organization, announced. The theatre will open in 2010 with initial inaugural productions to include AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER with music direction by Michael Rafter, TRACES and a newly adapted version of the musical WORKING, with future programming to be announced as it is confirmed.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Broadway In Chicago to bring world class theatrical productions to the North Michigan Avenue neighborhood,” said Tim Haislet, senior vice president of asset management for General Growth Properties. “Water Tower Place is a one-of-a-kind shopping, dining and entertainment destination and the Broadway Playhouse will be a great complement to this total experience.”

TRACES, beginning October 26, 2010 is the first production in the new Broadway Playhouse that will be a part of the 2010 Broadway In Chicago Series. 7 Fingers, an astonishingly talented French Canadian company that has pioneered a whole new brand of theatrical entertainment, will launch a U.S. tour of TRACES beginning with this Chicago engagement. Combining awe-inspiring acrobatic training with infectious urban energy, seven performers deliver dazzling, gravity-defying displays of skill that produce “one of the most creative and inspiring pieces of entertainment I’ve ever witnessed” (Edinburgh’s The Sun) – balancing on each other’s heads, tumbling through hoops and leaping spectacularly up giant poles without using their hands. More than just a display of acrobatic brilliance, the audience is gradually drawn into the performers’ real life stories and, by the final, dramatic climax of the show, on the edge of their seats, willing them to pull off the seemingly impossible. “Mesmeric, spontaneous and unpretentious,” (London’s Metro), this thrill-a-minute show will leave you begging for more.

This will not be Broadway In Chicago’s first experience in this venue, as they previously presented the year-and-a-half run of THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, as well as SHOUT and XANADU. When the Broadway Playhouse opens, the 550 seat theatre will have gone through a make-over that will give the theatre a fresh new look.

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