The Houdini Box: New Musical from Chicago Children's Theatre
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The last date listed for The Houdini Box was Sunday March 4, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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Broadway's Into the Woods combines a Tony-winning score by Stephen Sondheim with the iconic stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack (the giant killer) -- cleverly turning the fairy tale world on its head to deliver a deeper message about the nature of greed and whether "happily ever after" is even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant their wish, sending them on an eventful journey, where they encounter several familiar characters. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards, including a trio of Tonys. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy, and a movie is now in production for a Christmas 2014 release with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and more. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Goldstar Member
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Houdini Box at Mercury Theatre. I was
pleasantly surprised at the seating we received via Goldstar. THE PLAY WAS absolutely wonderful and I've seen many family plays. Stage settings were entertaining and actors and costuming was so professional I highly recommend it.
We took the CTA red line and it was easy. Must mention the restaurant/bar next to and inside the theatre had great customer service. Sunday Feb 2012 CH of Evanston
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Not to be missed! Live music, puppetry, good acting and a great story. This was thought provoking for my 11 year old and my 5 and 8 year old were enthralled! The cast and comapany treat the children with respect! Wish it was longer!
Quotes & Highlights
- Check out a short <a target="_blank" href="http://youtu.be/iHI8GbJF10M">video preview</a>.
- Named a "Top Ten Show to Watch For in 2012" by the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>.
As famed escape artist Harry Houdini circles the globe performing one incredible stunt after another, Victor, a young devotee goes through his own rigorous magician’s training – locking himself in closets, holding his breath under water and walking into walls. After a chance encounter with his hero, Victor receives a special box that just might contain the secrets of Houdini’s great success.
Directed by famed large-scale spectacle and puppetry artist Blair Thomas, The Houdini Box is a musical adaptation of the popular children's book of the same name by Brian Selznick, famous for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the basis of the hit movie Hugo.
Recommended for children ages 5 and older.
The show runs one hour with no intermission.