The Emperor's New Clothes: A New Spin on an Old Classic
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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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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.