Music Theater Works announces updated 2021 season
Music Theater Works has announced updates to its current production season. The 2021 season will be presented in his new home at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd. The updated lineup includes, in chronological order: Legends of the 50s and 60s: Greatest Hits, June 18 – 27, 2021; Mamma Mia !, from August 19 to 29, 2021; Ragtime, October 28 – November 7, 2021 and Billy Elliot the Musical, December 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022. New subscriptions are available from January 1, 2021. Single tickets on sale in April 2021. Additional information for each production are listed below and more information can be found on MusicTheaterWorks.com.
“The global pandemic has affected so many arts organizations in countless ways, including the cancellation of live performances in theaters for nearly six months. Our performance schedule reflects our hopes that we can come together again in 2021.” said Music Theater Works Producing Artistic Director Kyle A. Dougan. “If necessary, Music Theater Works will continue to update the schedule as needed and appreciate all who have been so generous in understanding this situation and their continued support. We also look forward to the season in our new performing house, by working with a slate of incredible artists and, of course, seeing audiences inside a theater in 2021 for these big productions. “
The updated 2021 season, as of October 1, includes:
Legends of the 50s and 60s: the greatest hits
June 18 – 27, 2021
Co-directed by Artistic Director of Production Kyle A Dougan
Co-directed by Martin L Woods
Join Music Theater Works for an evening filled with beloved 50s and 60s hits. This flashback performance features songs made famous by iconic names like Buddy Holly, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, The Temptations and many more. ‘others. This concert is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, helping audiences remember some of their favorite musical memories from the past and introducing these artists and hits to a new generation.
August 19 – 29, 2021
Catherine Johnson Book
Music and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Directed by Justin Brill
Music conducted by Linda Madonia
Choreography by Shanna VanDewerker
Assistant director / choreography Emma Parssi
The public has been having fun with this musical since 1999. Mamma Mia! talks about Sophie’s bride-to-be desire for her father to walk her down the aisle, but she must first find out who he is. With a story made up of an unsuspecting mother, two best friends, and the magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, audiences will experience an evening filled with love, laughter and friendship.
October 28 – November 7, 2021
Terrence McNally Book
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lynn Ahrens lyrics
Directed by Stacey Flaster
Assistant directed by Audrey Billings-Stone
Music conducted by Roger L. Bingaman
Choreographer Jon Martinez
Music Theater Works presents this 13-time Tony Award-nominated musical with its rich, award-winning sheet music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens – the lyricist and songwriter duo behind Once on This Island and Seussical on its stage. Ragtime, based on EL Doctorow, tells the unforgettable story of an upper-class woman, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician living in the early 20th century. Showcasing the great struggle that accompanies the American Dream and featuring some of the most famous figures of the era, Ragtime tells the story of three different people who want a better future but must come together to achieve their goals.
Billy Elliot the Musical
December 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Music by Sir Elton John
Lee Hall’s Book and Lyrics
Directed by Artistic Director of Production Kyle A Dougan
Assistant Led by Jos N. Banks
Music conducted by Linda Madonia
Choreography by Clayton Cross
Assistant Choreographed by Ariel Etena Triunfo
Recipient of a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot is based on the 2000 international blockbuster film and features a score by music legend Sir Elton John. Billy Elliot is an inspiring story about the power to be true to yourself, the unity of family and the coming together of a community united by the British miners’ strike of 1984. Dark and damp streets of the north of the An England to the bright lights of a London stage and a brighter future, Billy Elliot tells the story of a boy’s desire to express himself through dance and is the inspiring story of the power to be true to oneself -same. , family unity and the coming together of a community during the British miners’ strike in 1984.