Chicago, IL — Chicago Theatre Workshop announces their inaugural benefit with Tony Award winner LaChanze on August 20, 2016 at The Edge Theater in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.
This one-night-only event will include a sneak peek of Chicago Theatre Workshop’s upcoming season featuring performances by some of Chicago most celebrated performers. The sneak peek will feature numbers from Wicked City by Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar and Little Miss Sunshine by James Lapine and William Finn.
In addition to performances, the benefit will include a cocktail reception and a live auction featuring prizes from local and national vendors, including a premium house seat ticket package to the Chicago production of Hamilton. Tickets are $100.00, $125.00 or $150.00 and can be purchased at the company’s website, www.chicagotheatreworkshop.org.
LaChanze’s credits include The Color Purple (the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Once on This Island, Ragtime, Company and Uptown It’s Hot. This will be the singer’s first solo appearance in Chicago and will be followed by a mix and mingle with the audience.
Chicago Theatre Workshop, a 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, 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.
Chicago Theatre Workshop’s Inaugural Season:
WICKED CITY – (Regional Premiere)
by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar
October 6th through October 30th 2016
From the creators of Broadway’s upcoming Gotta Dance, which recently premiered through Broadway in Chicago, comes a hilarious film noir musical comedy about Detective Eddie Cain, his mother, Mira, and the woman who came between them. This madcap send-up features a gorgeous swing jazz score by the Tony nominated team of Elf and The Wedding Singer.
CREATIVES – (World Premiere)
by Irvine Welsh & Don De Grazia
February 10th through March 5th 2017
Paul Brenner’s Wednesday night fiction seminar is a perfect cross-section of the Chicago literary scene, with all its incestuous dysfunction, navel-gazing narcissism, bitter rivalries, and, here and there, shards of transcendent brilliance. When Paul’s former student, best-selling crime-writer Sean O’Neil, visits this group of wannabe novelists to judge a writing contest, the stakes are suddenly raised to startling new levels. This darkly comic pop opera reveals the desperation that fuels the passion to create.
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Regional Premiere)
By James Lapine and William Finn
May 11 through June 4, 2017
From the Tony Award winning team of James Lapine (Into The Woods, Sunday in The Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) comes a musical comedy about one modern family’s unexpected route to brighter days. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is an outrageously funny and surprisingly touching new musical.