CHICAGO – “Thrones! The Musical Parody” and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce a one-night-only Halloween performance and costume contest on Monday, October 31. Audience members are encouraged to don their best Halloween attire and participate in a costume contest judged by cosplay group leaders from Geeks A Gogo, AllGeeks HQ and The Age of Geeks as well as the cast of “Thrones!.” In search of the best costume this side of the Seven Kingdoms, attendees have a chance of winning more than $200 in prizes from local vendors such as Chicago Costume, Taboo Tabou, G Boutique and more. The Halloween performance of “Thrones! The Musical Parody” takes place on Monday, October 31 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($20) for the Halloween performance can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office by calling 773.935.6100 or visiting Ticketmaster.com using the promo code COSPLY.
Before the show, attendees are invited to dine next door at the Bavarian beer hall, Prost! (2566 N. Lincoln Ave.), to enjoy 10% off a pre-show meal. Halloween at “Thrones!” begins at 7 p.m., where guests will show off their best costumes as the contest kicks off in the lobby. After a 7:30 p.m. performance that evening, three judges from Chicagoland’s leading cosplay groups will pick the winner in each category, including Best in Show Costume, Best Couple Costume, Best Group Costumes, and Judges’ Favorite. Out of the top winners, the cast of “Thrones! The Musical Parody” will pick the overall winner for the evening. Following the costume contest, Prost! will host the official after-party with drink specials.
“Thrones! The Musical Parody” blends together 21 original songs and the entire six seasons of HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones” into one “thoroughly entertaining event” (Buzz News Chicago). Written by the creative team behind “Baby Wants Candy” and “50 Shades! The Musical Parody,” the production features an all-Chicago cast—including Caitlyn Cerza, Nick Druzbanski, Madeline Lauzon, Beau Nolen, Victoria Oliver and Nick Semar—playing more than 40 characters from the hit TV show.
As Spencer, Brad, Hayden, Ross, Kelly and Tom gather for the season finale of “Game of Thrones,” they soon find out the ultimate travesty: that Brad does not watch the show. Over the course of 90 minutes, the group bands together to act out all six seasons (read: spoilers) for Brad, including dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame. “Thrones! The Musical Parody” debuted to completely sold-out performances at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was hailed as “darkly humorous and beautifully vulgar” (Edinburgh Festival Magazine) and “a resounding success!” (Sunday Times), followed by a sold-out, limited run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. In its summer preview run in Chicago, the “Thrones!” “had the audience falling off their chairs” (Chicago Reader) and returned this fall for performances through November 13.
“Thrones! The Musical Parody” is written by Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. The production is directed by Hannah Todd, choreographed by Tyler Sawyer Smith and produced by Emily Dorezas, Rob Kolson and Al Samuels. The creative team includes Thomas O. Mackey III (Set Designer), Eric Backus (Sound Designer), Amanda Gladu (Costume Designer), Patrick Ham (Prop Designer) and R&D Choreography (Violence Design).
Performances for “Thrones! The Musical Parody” are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. To learn more about “Thrones!” visit the website, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter. For ticket inquiries for groups of 10 or more, call Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612.
About Baby Wants Candy
“Baby Wants Candy” has performed more than 2,000 completely improvised musicals to thousands of fans from Chicago to New York to Singapore to Scotland. Currently, “Baby Wants Candy” runs in Chicago at the Apollo Theater, in Los Angeles at UCB Sunset and tours internationally. A cutting edge theatrical experience, the performance features a revolving cast of A-list comedic performers and a full band.
“Baby Wants Candy” begins with the cast asking the audience for a suggestion of a musical that has never been performed before. Accompanied by a full band, the first title that the group hears becomes the title and theme for that evening’s 60-minute show, featuring a roller coaster ride of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty, jaw-dropping comedy. Each performance is its own opening and closing night, and by design every show is completely unique and a once–in a lifetime premiere.
“Baby Wants Candy” has received rave reviews in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Onion, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut New York and more, and has received numerous awards including the winner of FringeNYC’s Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience, Best Improv Ensemble by Chicago Magazine, the Best Visiting Comedy Ensemble by TimeOut New York, the recipient of the Ensemble of the Year Award at the Chicago Improv Festival, and a rare Sixth Star Award Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“Baby Wants Candy” has included several notable performers including Peter Gwinn of “Colbert Report;” Rachel Dratch and Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live;” Stephnie Weir of “MadTV;” Nicole Parker of “MadTV” and Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway; Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock;” Al Samuels and Kevin Fleming of “Sports Action Team;” Thomas Middleditch of “Silicon Valley;” Garry W. Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Mark Pender of The Max Weinberg 7 and Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band; and Johnny Pisano of the Jesse Malin Band and The Marky Ramone Band. Members of “Baby Wants Candy” have recently written the hit off-Broadway show “50 Shades! The Musical Parody”
About Apollo Theater
The Apollo Theater, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park since 1978, has been home to many of the city’s biggest hits including the recent “Million Dollar Quartet,” which holds the record for the longest-running Broadway musical in Chicago history. Resident companies of the Apollo Theater include Emerald City Theatre Company and “Baby Wants Candy,” and many up-and-coming companies can be seen nightly in the theater’s 50-seat downstairs studio. Recently renovated and fully accessible, the Apollo Theater’s intimate 435-seat mainstage continues to deliver world-class theater as one of the city’s premiere off-Loop houses.