Although most arts organizations, including Goodman and Steppenwolf, match their season to the school term with some over flow into summer, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre uses the calendar year. The look at the Marriott’s season is third in a series on what Chicago area theaters will present during the coming season.
A suburban musical theater in the round, Marriott Lincolnshire typically reminds theater goers that old-fashioned fun, frolicking song and dance numbers and even serious themes, such as loss and courage in the current For the Boys production don’t go out of style.
After For the Boys leaves October 16, followed by Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Oct. 19, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012, the theatre starts its 2012 season Jan. 18 with Legally Blonde.
Begun as a 2001 hit movie produced by Marc E. Platt and Ric Kidney, Legally Blonde starred Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods whose looks and femininity initially cause problems with boyfriends, girlfriends, law school and a law career. The movie led to sequels and spin-offs before spawning Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2007. The show previews Jan. 18 with the regular run Jan. 25-April 1, 2012.
The next show on the roster goes back more than a century to when Gilbert and Sullivan dominated the musical scene. When The Pirates of PenzancepreviewsApril 4, audiences will be reminded that pirates are not just a 21st century movie “phenom” or a hot mid-20th century movie them, but has held a special mystique for audiences for well over 100 years. The Pirates of Penzance opened in New York in 1879 and in London the following year. This is the G&S musical that has the much applauded “I am the very model of a modern Major-General.” The regular run of Pirates of Penzance is April 11 through June 10.
Marriott Lincolnshire goes from old to very new with Hero, a world premiere by Aaron Thielen who adopted For the Boys to the musical stage. Music and lyrics are by Michael Mahler. The story revolves around Hero Batowski, a comic book artist and shop clerk whose life is nothing like his name until some life-changing events occur. Hero previews June 20 with the regular run June 27-Aug. 19.
Heroes of a different kind make it big in the award-winning Dreamgirls, in which a 1960s female singing group overcomes a controlling agent and individual heartbreaks to hit the big time. Dreamgirls is based on The Supremes and the Motown record label. The Broadway musical opened in 1981, about 25 years before the award winning movie adaptation in 2006 starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Chicago’s Jennifer Hudson. Dreamgirls previews August 22, opens August 29 and continues through November 4.
The season ends with My One and Only, a 1983 show set in 1927 about an aviator who puts his plan to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean on hold while he attempts to win the heart of a famous swimmer. Music and lyrics are by George and Ira Gershwin. The original Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh, so expect several tap and other dance numbers. The show previews November 7, opens November 14 and runs through January 13, 2013.
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