The Emperor's New Clothes: A New Spin on an Old Classic
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The entertainment phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group is better than ever in this updated show featuring all-new material. You'll find the famous blue bald guys interacting with "GiPads," taking a humorous look at contemporary forms of communication, and performing a pulsating new finale set to an original music score. Audiences worldwide have experienced and loved this wildly imaginative, family friendly stage show that cleverly combines comedy, art and science with fabulous visual effects and Grammy-nominated music. Learn More
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings a world premiere stage event to Navy Pier this summer with a new family musical, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Emperor’s New Clothes. The CST-commissioned work by Alan Schmuckler (music and lyrics) and David Holstein (book) is a tuneful contemporary spin on the classic tale.
Directed by Rachel Rockwell, this new adaptation adds a bright, sassy daughter for the monarch and populates his kingdom with a gaggle of comedic courtiers and sullen citizens. The Emperor and his high-spirited daughter, Sam, disagree on everything — especially fashion. Resentful of her father’s obsession with stylish finery, Sam suspects that something is amiss with the seamstress and her son, who have been commissioned to create a new wardrobe for the Emperor’s birthday celebration. With the help of some colorful characters and not-so-colorful threads, the Emperor and his daughter come to see themselves — and appreciate each other — for the first time.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Creative Producer Rick Boynton brought together the team of Alan Schmuckler and David Holstein to create an entertaining musical for the entire family, based on the iconic story.
CST welcomes back Alan Schmuckler, a Chicago-based composer/lyricist, who collaborated with Michael Mahler on CST’s original musical based on Aesop’s Fables, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? The production premiered in 2007 to critical acclaim, and has since been produced in Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois, and most recently at the National Alliance for Music Theatre’s 21st Annual Festival of New Musicals in New York.
David Holstein is currently writing for two television shows: Showtime’s hit series Weeds and TeenNick’s upcoming Gigantic. His plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney and Edinburgh.
Rachel Rockwell makes her directorial debut at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she has choreographed several productions, including The Merry Wives of Windsor (2004), Romeo and Juliet (2005) and Measure for Measure (2005). In addition to regional credits throughout the country, her Chicago-area directing and choreography credits include Jeff Award-winning productions at The Marriott Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Noble Fools Theatricals and most recently, her staging of Drury Lane Oakbrook’s critically acclaimed production of Ragtime.