AVENUE Q, THE PRODUCERS and more announced for Music Theater Works 2023 season

Music Theater Works, currently presenting the regional premiere of Zorro: The Musical through August 21, is proud to announce its 2023 season of productions at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd.

The 2023 season kicks off with the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, from March 9 to April 2, 2023, followed by the classic Pippin, from June 1 to June 25, 2023, then the hilarious antics of The Producers by Mel Brooks, on August 11. – August 21, 2023 Lerner and Loewe’s Magnificent Brigadoon, October 19 – November 12, 2023 and the season wraps up with fan favorite Shrek: The Musical, December 21 – December 31, 2023.

Subscriptions for the 2023 season are on sale now at MusicTheaterWorks.com.

The 2023 season of Music Theater Works:

Avenue Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Book by Jeff Whitty

Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

March 9 – April 2, 2023

Join the irreverent inhabitants of Avenue Q: half flesh, half plush, people, puppets and all. Hilarious, charming and a bit profane, Avenue Q will subvert all expectations of acceptable speech. Follow the Princeton hero, fresh out of college, from his seedy New York apartment to Avenue Q, which, it quickly becomes clear, is no ordinary neighborhood. Laughing out loud, funny, singable, and full of warmth and humor, Avenue Q won Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, and now it’s going to win the hearts of the public.

Pippin apple

Book by Roger O. Hirson

Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

June 1 – June 25, 2023

Pippin’s unforgettable score showed several generations how to navigate the world. Imaginatively presented through multiple retellings of a young person’s journey to self, join Music Theater Works’ staging of the toys and games that defined our childhoods. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Cover with some of the industry’s most memorable music by Stephen Schwartz, four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theater giant.

The producers

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks

Original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman

August 11- August 21, 2023

A great Broadway show based on the classic Mel Brooks film, The Producers sets the standard for giant production numbers and outrageous modern humor. The hit won a record twelve Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway.

Brigadoon of Lerner and Loewe

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Music by Frederick Loewe

Original dances created by Agnes DeMille

October 19 – November 12, 2023

Audiences will lose themselves in Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon with the hero, heroine and wonderful inhabitants of this mythical place singing such standards as “Almost Like Being In Love”, “Come to Me, Bend to Me” and “Heather on the Hill, “made famous by the classic MGM film and many beloved productions.

Shrek: The Musical

Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Music by Jeanine Tesori

December 21 – December 31, 2023

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek: The Musical brings favorite animated characters to life, from Fiona and Donkey to Gingerbread Cookie’s ongoing battles with The Muffin Man. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score, there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

Music Theater Works is a nonprofit, resident professional musical theater founded in 1980. Over its 43-year history, it has presented more than 150 intimate productions and presentations. Music Theater Works is a professional theater company whose mission is to present works for the music scene, including historical repertoire, revitalizing Broadway’s Golden Age and earlier works, celebrating the Great American Songbook and introducing modern classics. The company uses collaborations between theaters, other artistic disciplines, social service agencies, local businesses, educational institutions and others to create musical theater for the 21st century.

Audiences know that at Music Theater Works they will experience musical theatre, which is often unavailable on the stages of commercial theaters and opera houses, in beautiful, modern, colorful productions with professional artists and a live orchestra.

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