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42 reviews
6 stars
REMINDER: Construction in/around Navy Pier
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They validate Navy Pier parking bringing the price down to a slightly more reasonable $14. Park in the West Garage, the first garage you come to.
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"The Emperor's New Clothes"
33 ratings
4.4 average rating
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Goldstar Member
3 events
1 review
1 stars
attended Jul 14 2010

Fun, fast paced, colorful show. I took a 10 year old nephew who reported it to be "good"', which is a rave review from a 10 year old video game player. Also good for the "kid" inside me. Recommended.

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21 events
12 reviews
33 stars
attended Jul 09 2010

I took my two grandsons 6 & 8 to see this show and we all loved it. The music and costumes were wonderful and the boys thought it was great how they took a classic tale and made it modern and hip. The seats could not have been better - ground...continued

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11 events
7 reviews
8 stars
attended Jul 25 2010

This is a great show for children. Short enough to keep their attention. Colorful and action packed. Something for everyone. Bea

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2 events
1 review
2 stars
attended Jul 22 2010

My daughter and I took my 6 yr old niece. It was delightful! The set, music, costuming and cast were colorful and engaging. We all had a wonderful time. This was our first experience with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. We look forward to...continued

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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.