It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play - A Holiday Show for the Whole Family
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Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago, with Hollywood star Billy Zane stepping into the role of Captain von Trapp. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "The Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater. The cast includes opera stars Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral, Jenn Gambatese of Broadway's Wicked and All Shook Up, and Edward Hibbert of Frasier. Learn More
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Intimate theater. Wonderful story. period costumes. Sing Christmas Carols with the actors before the show. Share milk and cookies and Emerald Nuts with the actors after the show. Visit Murphy Mrs & Son's Irish Bistro at 3905 N Lincoln Ave, it's a beautiful building with a wonderful bar and a fireplace. A well done production. You'll be glad that you went.
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Free milk and cookies are served after every performance.
Adapted from the film by Frank Capra
Directed by Jason W. Gerace
American Theater Company (ATC) partners with WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) to broadcast their eighth annual production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, adapted from Frank Capra’s classic film and directed by Jason W. Gerace.
ATC transforms its intimate space into a 1940’s radio studio to tell Capra’s classic story of one man’s effect on his community. This year ATC unveils three brand new scenes and new cast members including ATC Ensemble members Kareem Bandealy as George Bailey and Joe Minoso as Mr. Bailey and Steppenwolf Ensemble member Alan Wilder as Mr. Potter and Clarence.
“It’s a Wonderful Life’s message is stunningly relevant today, and its spirit could not be more needed right now. This is a story which has brought people together time and time again for generations.” says Gerace. “I am honored to be able to continue that tradition, and to do my part to remind people, as Clarence reminds George, ‘no man is a failure who has friends.’”
“For seven years, audiences have enjoyed both the intimacy and familiarity of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play in our little warehouse at the corner of Byron and Lincoln,” says Artistic Director PJ Paparelli. “We are also very pleased to partner with WBEZ Chicago Public Radio in broadcasting the entire play on air during the holidays, sharing this important story with thousands of listeners around Chicago.”
“When ATC first approached us about broadcasting It’s a Wonderful Life, we jumped at the chance,” says Steve Edwards, Acting Program Director for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. “After all, what could be more fitting than bringing a fun, clever radio version of a beloved holiday classic to a real-life Chicago radio audience?”
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play features a cast of 9 playing 40 roles, including ATC Ensemble member Kareem Bandealy (George Bailey), Bernard Balbot (Harry Bailey and others), Jesse Fisher (Violet and others), Alex Goodrich (Announcer and others), Mary Winn Heider (Mary/Mrs. Bailey), ATC Ensemble member Joe Minoso (Peter Bailey, Uncle Billy and Nick), Cheryl Parkes (Piano), Alan Wilder (Mr. Potter, Clarence and others).
The designers are Tom Burch (Set Designer), Stephanie Farina (Sound Designer), Katy Peterson (Lighting Designer), DJ Reed (Props), Katherine Stebbins (Costume Designer), and Erin Diener (Stage Manager)