(Chicago, IL) Due to popular demand, Goodman Theatre adds eight performances to its run of The Music Man, staged by Tony Award-winning Director Mary Zimmerman—now appearing through August 11. Hailed a “musical comedy at its feel-good best” (The New York Times), Meredith Willson’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece, based on the story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, features beloved songs including “Goodnight My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Till There Was You.” The Music Man appears at Goodman Theatre June 29 to August 11, 2019, in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. Tickets ($25 – $142; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/MusicMan, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).
Additionally, more audiences can experience The Music Man during the Goodman’s sensory-friendly/relaxed performance on Saturday, August 10 at 2pm. Sensory-friendly/relaxed performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is intended for patrons who have autism or other social, cognitive and physical challenges that create sensory sensitivities and their families. Patrons attending the performance will also have access to resource materials such as social stories, a story synopsis, a seating map, etc. to prepare for their visit. Tickets ($15–35 with promo code SENSORY; subject to change) are now available for the Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Performance along with resource materials, at GoodmanTheatre.org/
Northern Trust is the Lead Corporate Sponsor and Winston & Strawn, LLP is the Major Corporate Sponsor for The Music Man.
Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 7 at 7:30pm
Thursday, August 8 at 7:30pm
Friday, August 9 at 8pm
Saturday, August 10 at 2pm (sensory-friendly/relaxed performance) and 8pm
Sunday, August 11 at 2pm and 7:30pm
The full company of artists and musicians remains intact for the extension week. Geoff Packard leads the cast as the charismatic con man Harold Hill, who stumbles upon River City, Iowa with the grand promise of a marching band, but a lack of musicality; along with Monica West as Marian Paroo, the local librarian who knows of Harold’s deceit and teaches him a thing or two about moral responsibility. The cast also features Sophie Ackerman (Amaryllis Squires), Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (Marcellus Washburn), Lillian Castillo (Ethel Toffelmier), Matt Crowle (Charlie Cowell), Danielle Davis (Mrs. Squires), Mary Ernster (Mrs. Paroo), Kelly Felthous (Zaneeta Shinn), Carter Graf (Winthrop Paroo), Nicole Michelle Haskins (Alma Hix), Jeremy Peter Johnson (Oliver Hix), Christopher Kale Jones (Jacey Squires), Heidi Kettenring (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), James Konicek (Olin Britt), Milla Liss (Gracie Shinn), Ron E. Rains (Mayor Shinn), Tommy Rivera-Vega (Tommy Djilas), Jonathan Schwart (Ewart Dunlop), Bri Sudia (Maud Dunlop) and George Andrew Wolff (Constable Locke). Ensemble members include Cooper Carlisle, Matt Casey, Alejandro Fonseca, Anya Haverfield, Zach Porter, Laura Savage, Adrienne Velasco-Storrs and Ayana Strutz.
Music Director Jermaine Hill conducts the production’s 11-member orchestra. The creative team includes Tony Award nominated choreographer Denis Jones, Dan Ostling (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), T.J. Gerckens (lights) and Ray Nardelli (sound).
More information, including rehearsal photos, artist headshots and bios can be found in the Press Room.
TICKETS, DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Tickets ($25-142; subject to change) – GoodmanTheatre.org/MusicMan; 312.443.3800; Fax: 312.443.3825; TTY/TDD: 312.443.3829
Box Office Hours –12noon – 5pm; on performance days, the box office remains open until 30 minutes past curtain
MezzTix – Half-price day-of-performance mezzanine tickets available at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX)
$10Tix – Student $10 day-of tickets; limit four, with valid student ID (promo code 10TIX)
Teen Arts Pass (TAP) – $5 day-of-performance tickets for teens ages 13-19; subject to availability; limit two, with valid TAP identification. Sign up at TeenArtsPass.org (promo code TAP)
CityKey – CityKey Cardholders access half-price mezzanine tickets; limit four, with valid CityKey ID. Sign up at ChiCityClerk.com/
Group Sales are available for parties 15+; 312.443.3820
Gift Certificates – Available in any amount; GoodmanTheatre.org/
POST-SHOW DISCUSSION – July 3, 11 and 14 | immediately following the performance
Free admission. Audiences are encouraged to stay after select performances for a conversation led by members of the Artistic Team, often including artists from the show, over a complimentary glass of wine. GoodmanTheatre.org/
PLAYTALK SESSION – July 12, 19, 26 and August 2 | 7pm pre-show discussion, 8pm performance
Free admission. Audiences are invited to arrive early to select performances for a conversation with a member of the Goodman Artistic Team to learn about the creative process and gain exclusive insights into The Music Man, over a complimentary glass of wine. GoodmanTheatre.org/
RED AND PURPLE NIGHT – July 16 | 6pm pre-show reception, 7:30pm performance
Tickets are $65. The Goodman invites members of the local chapter of the Red Hats Society to a special pre-show reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers. GoodmanTheatre.org/RedHatNight
Touch Tour, July 27 at 12:30pm – A presentation detailing the set, costume and character elements.
Audio Described Performance, July 27 at 2pm – The action/text is audibly enhanced for patrons via headset.
ASL Interpreted Performance, July 31 at 7:30pm – Professional ASL interpreter signs the action/text as played.
Open Captioned Performance, August 3 at 2pm – LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.
Sensory-Friendly Performance, August 10 at 2pm –Designed to for patrons who have autism or other social, cognitive and physical challenges that create sensory sensitivities and their families
ABOUT GOODMAN THEATRE
AMERICA’S “BEST REGIONAL THEATRE” (Time magazine), Goodman Theatre is a premier not-for-profit organization distinguished by the excellence and scope of its artistic programming and civic engagement. Led by Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the theater’s artistic priorities include new play development (more than 150 world or American premieres), large scale musical theater works and reimagined classics (celebrated revivals include Falls’ productions of Death of a Salesman and The Iceman Cometh). Goodman Theatre artists and productions have earned two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards, over 160 Jeff Awards and many more accolades. In addition, the Goodman is the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle;” and its annual holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, which recently marked its 41st production, has created a new generation of theatergoers. The Goodman also frequently serves as a production partner with local off-Loop theaters and national and international companies by providing financial support or physical space for a variety of artistic endeavors.
Committed to three core values of Quality, Diversity and Community, the Goodman proactively makes inclusion the fabric of the institution and develops education and community engagement programs that support arts as education. This practice uses the process of artistic creation to inspire and empower youth, lifelong learners and audiences to find and/or enhance their voices, stories and abilities. The Goodman’s Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement is the home of such programming, most offered free of charge, and has vastly expanded the theater’s ability to touch the lives of Chicagoland citizens (with 85% of youth participants coming from underserved communities) since its 2016 opening.
Goodman Theatre was founded by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth, an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance in the early 1900s. The Goodman family’s legacy lives on through the continued work and dedication of Kenneth’s family, including Albert Ivar Goodman, who with his late mother, Edith-Marie Appleton, contributed the necessary funds for the creation of the new Goodman center in 2000.
Today, Goodman Theatre leadership also includes the distinguished members of the Artistic Collective: Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Steve Scott, Kimberly Senior, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor, Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman. David W. Fox, Jr. is Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Denise Stefan Ginascol is Women’s Board President and Megan McCarthy Hayes is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals.