Naperville's BrightSide Theatre announces its tenth-anniversary season, appropriately dubbed "BrightSide is Back!" Subscription and single-show tickets go on sale October 2021.
Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
December 10-19, 2021 Based on the 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast, itself based on the film of the same name Adapted by Lance Arthur Smith Music & Lyrics by Joe Lorenz Directed by Jeffrey Cass Music Direction by Rex Meyer Get into the holiday spirit with this classic story of the last-minute replacement Santa for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade who claims to be the real Kris Kringle. Be part of the studio audience for this live musical radio play adapted from the original 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast. This beloved holiday classic melts the most cynical of hearts and is destined to become a highlight of the holiday season!
Promises, Promises: In Concert
January 15-22, 2022 Book by Neil Simon, from the screenplay of The Apartment, by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond Music by Burt Bacharach Lyrics by Hal David Directed by Jeffrey Cass Music Directed by Rex Meyer In New York City in the 1960s, an ambitious accountant named Chuck Baxter lends out his apartment to his supervisors, who need a discreet place for an illicit afternoon rendezvous. Miserable and exploited, Chuck finds a beacon of hope in coworker Fran, who is trapped in a romantic predicament of her own. The bittersweet romantic comedy features a groundbreaking contemporary score from composer Burt Bacharach. The score includes the blockbuster hit "I’ll Never Fall In Love Again," "I Say a Little Prayer," "A House is Not a Home," "Knowing When To Leave," "Turkey Lurkey Time," "Whoever You Are," and the title song.
Don’t Dress for Dinner
February 25 – March 13, 2022 By Marc Camoletti This two-time Tony-nominated farce was a smash hit both in Paris and ran for six years in London! It has since played all over the US and was revived in Chicago and on Broadway in 2012. Don't Dress for Dinner is a frenetic case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew. Jacqueline decides to visit her mother, so her husband Bernard sees an opportunity for a cozy weekend with his new mistress. When his bachelor pal Robert calls to announce his return from Hong Kong, Bernard invites him along as his alibi, also hiring a Cordon Bleu-level cook to cater a delicious dinner. But when Jacqueline realizes Robert is coming for a visit everything changes, and the high-speed farce begins! One impossible situation leads to another as the evening of hilarious confusion ensues and Bernard and Robert must improvise at breakneck speed.
June 3-19, 2022 Book by Catherine Johnson Music & Lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Directed by Jeffrey Cass Choreography by Jeni Donahue Music Directed by Rex Meyer Prepare to have the time of your life at Mamma Mia! Sophie, a twenty-year-old bride-to-be, is on the search for her father. After reading her mother’s diary, she discovers there are three potential suitors. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna, Sophie invites each of them in hopes of having one of them walk her down the aisle. As the big day draws near, surprises abound with old flames and old friends. Get ready for a big cast, big dance numbers, and a whole lot of laughs through the infectious catchy score of ABBA chart-toppers Mamma Mia! packed with twenty-two ABBA hits, including "Dancing Queen," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me," and "The Winner Takes It All." This worldwide megahit will have you shouting "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More!"