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Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater
Formerly the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
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Free parking available at the now unused garage of the closed Children's Memorial Hospital on Lincoln Avenue
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There are so many dining options on the same block as the theater -- Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican -- you might as well eat here before the show.
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64 reviews
18 stars
attended Dec 12 2009

We have seen the show at least once every year. We five agreed the new director has tightened the show considerably; unfortunately the show is so tight there is little time to applaud after the songs. Gerda is new this year and just as talented as...continued

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attended Dec 23 2008

I had high expectations going into the show. The singing was great and the actors talented, however, the story was weak and the lyrics often odd. My daughters liked the "love letter on a fish" number. We braved some terrible weather in order to...continued

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attended Dec 11 2008

We loved this musical! Although this is a child's story it is presented in a way that makes it fun for kids yet very enjoyable for adults as well. It's a great story wiyh many laughs.

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Quotes & Highlights

“A terrific holiday musical in a great theatre" -_-Chicago Sun-Times _
“The nicest present we’ve gotten for the holidays.” —Time Out Chicago


Originally adapted by Michael Smith, Frank Galati, and Blair Thomas

Directed by Jim Corti

Hold on tight: The Snow Queen is sledding back for her fourth season as Chicago’s #1 alternative to traditional holiday fare. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved winter tale about a boy lost in the cold, and the girl who won’t give up until she finds him, The Snow Queen is the rare family musical that sings to children, and speaks to adults.

Audiences can expect new touches in 2009 when director Jim Corti takes the reigns, fresh from his wildly acclaimed staging of Cabaret at Drury Lane Oakbrook.

Also, Victory Gardens is proud to present a new Gerda, Leslie Ann Sheppard, who most recently attracted rave reviews as Maddie in Chicago Children’s Theater’s The Hundred Dresses. As the Snow Queen’s prey, Andrew Keltz returns as Kai, recently featured in American Theater Company’s Yeast Nation. Award winning actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce returns for her fourth year as The Storyteller.

Backing Michael Smith live on stage are a who’s who of Chicago’s top folk musicians – Rob Arendt, Barbara Barrow, Sue Demel, Bob Goins, and Cathy Nordin.