Skokie Theatre Plans Grand Re-opening

Jun 9, 2021
Skokie Theatre

 MadKap Productions announced the Grand Re-opening of the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Skokie. Join them on Saturday, June 26 for a free concert (4:00 pm or 7:00 pm) to thank the doctors, nurses, first-responders, and all of the health and human services volunteers for their heroic efforts during the pandemic. Only 50 seats are available per performance to allow for comfortable social-distancing within the theatre. Reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling the Box Office at 847-677-7761, ext 1.

Entertainer Daryl Nitz and musician Andrew Blendermann will host the concert featuring popular Chicago performers Sean Michael Barrett, Mandi Corrao, Russ Goeltenbodt, Carla Gordon, Bernard Rice, Judy Rossignuolo-Rice, and Skokie's own Charlene Brooks.

For the safety and comfort of our guests this summer, audiences in the theatre will be limited to 50 people. In addition, a new state-of-the art air-filtration system has been installed and MadKap productions has implemented new protocols for guest check-in to eliminate crowded lines in the lobby.

Skokie Theatre will re-open to the public on July 10 with the world-premiere of the new musical, Cooking With Bubbie. The Bubbie, everyone's favorite Jewish grandmother entertains you at a "taping" of her fictional TV program; a good old-fashioned variety show with dancers, comedy sketches, and fourteen original songs including "Schmaltz", "A Little Nosh", and "Under the Chuppah".

Chicago comedienne Jan Slavin and Gold Coast Cabaret Award winner Carla Gordon alternate in the role of the Bubbie. The show also stars Jessica Lauren Fisher, Jeri Hart, Connor Norton, Jessica Surprenant plus Wilson Hicken on the piano and Andrew Pond as J.T. The show is directed by Wayne Mell, with musical direction by Aaron Kaplan and choreography by Marrianne Brown. Costume Design is by Broadway World Award-winner Patty Halajian, with lighting by Pat Henderson and sound design by Matthew Chase.

Cooking With Bubbie was originally scheduled to open on March 19, 2020, but the production was postponed when the state entered the pandemic lockdown.

MadKap Productions is producing Cooking With Bubbie in conjunction with Orchard Street Productions and is written by founder and President, Jay Kholos. Kholos' other work includes the Off-Broadway hit musical A Stoop on Orchard Street which enjoyed a sixteen-month run and a north american tour, with more than 1,000 performances to date. He also produced and directed ongoing national tour productions of Golda's Balcony, Old Jews Telling Jokes and Wiesenthal.

Cooking With Bubbie runs from July 10 through August 22, with performances at 7:30 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, and 2:00 pm on Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are $45 general admission and $38 for seniors and students. For reservations or additional information, visit, or call the Box Office at 847-677-7761 ext. 1