The Emperor's New Clothes: A New Spin on an Old Classic
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Travel to a small English town in the late 1940s -- complete with the swinging music and dancing of the era -- where lusty Sir John Falstaff has just arrived short on funds and with the goal of seducing the wives of Windsor's two wealthiest citizens. But these "merry wives" see right through his plan and proceed to turn the tables on the rogue, bringing all kinds of chaos to town in the process. The Merry Wives of Windsor pays tribute to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and is Shakespeare's only play to deal with contemporary middle-class life. 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.
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of the company's work, complemented by other dramatic works -- from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. CST's World's Stage Series brings international theatrical productions to Chicago, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences. For family audiences, CST Family presents abridged Shakespeare productions and classic musicals for all ages.