Chicago, IL. Chicago Theatre Workshop’s inaugural season will open with the Chicago premiere of Wicked City by Chad Beguelin (book and lyrics) and music by Matthew Sklar (music), the Tony-Award nominated writers of Elf and The Wedding Singer.
In Wicked City – an original musical comedy sendup of film noir classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, detective Eddie Cain – a gumshoe of the 1940’s in the mold of Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade – deals with both his domineering but loving mother Mira and with Jo Van Cleave, the smoldering temptress with a secret who comes between them. The sexy and madcap capers are set to Sklar’s gorgeous swing jazz score.
Chicago Theatre Workshop Artistic Director Tom Mullen announced today that Wicked City will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik, who earned raves for the same duties on last winter’s critical and audience favorite High Fidelity: The Musical with Refuge Theatre Project. Pazdernik’s other credits include directing Porchlight’s Anyone Can Whistle and Miracle on 34th Street and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center’s A Streetcar Named Desire. He also choreographed Bailiwick Chicago’s Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. Dustin L. Struhall will be musical director. Nick Sula is creating original orchestrations and vocal arrangements of Sklar’s score.
Pazdernik’s cast will Include Javier Ferreira as Eddie Cain, Dana Tretta* as his mother Mira and Lauren Roesner as femme fatale Jo Van Cleeve. Appearing in other key roles will be Jeff Award nominee Rashada Dawan* as Madame Theresa and Jason Richards in multiple roles. The ensemble will Include Elya Faye Bottiger, Whitney Dottery and Kim Green. Cast headshots are available for download at http://goo.gl/3PCi6S
Wicked City’s design team will be John Rotunda (scenic design), Bill Morey (costume design), Jennifer Kules (lighting design), Brock Alter (projection design) and Robert Hornbostel (sound design). The production stage manager will be Christopher N. Tisone* assisted by Jessica Humke. Charissa Armon is casting director and Kim Green is associate choreographer.
Composer Matthew Sklar and Lyricist / Bookwriter Chad Beguelin have been writing musicals together for over twenty years. Their upcoming projects include The Prom currently in development at the Alliance Theatre and Gotta Dance which recently had its premiere in Chicago before it heads to Broadway under the new title, Half Time!
They are the recipients of The Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, The Edward Kleban Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Fall Musical Theater Award and ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.
* Denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, music by Matthew Sklar
Directed and Choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik
Musical Direction by Dustin L. Struhall
October 6 – 30, 2016
Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago
Previews Thursday, October 6 – Saturday, October 8
PRESS OPENING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 3 PM
Performances Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM: Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday matinees $40.00, Saturday evenings $42.00, Sunday matinees $40.00. Tickets on sale now at www.chicagotheatreworkshop.org.
From the creators of Broadway’s Elf the Musical and The Wedding Singer comes a hilarious film noir musical comedy about Eddie Cain, a detective of the 1940’s in the mold of Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade; his domineering but loving mother Mira, and Jo Van Cleave, the smoldering temptress with a secret who comes between them. This madcap send-up of film classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity features a gorgeous swing jazz score.
Chicago Theatre Workshop, a revolutionary new theatre company in Chicago’s Edgewater Neighborhood, seeks to produce work that challenges our perception of art and music. With a hybrid development and production model that will include workshops, full productions and a landmark digital agreement with Actors Equity, CTW will act as an incubator for emerging talent and their work and help provide the resources needed for commercial success. Artists’ work will also reach global audiences through a digital platform where select productions will be made available for streaming.
The second production of the inaugural season will be the world premiere of Creatives by Trainspotting scribe Irvine Welsh and American Skin author Don De Grazia. This acoustic pop opera features music from Simple Minds, Oasis, New Order, Happy Mondays and original music by Laurence Mark Wythe. Lastly, the season concludes with the regional premiere of Little Miss Sunshine by James Lapine and William Finn.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.chicagotheatreworkshop.org.