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  It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at Stage 773

It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago

For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.

Thru - Jan 6, 2018

Price: $19-$49

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 773-327-5252

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...American Blues Theater has made the 90-minute piece an annual holiday staple, complete with commercial jingles and candy cane prizes, without letting it dull out into ritual. I was especially aware this year of the intimate tones Gwendolyn Whiteside's Mary uses toward George at crucial moments, suggesting in a way not even Donna Reed did in the original that the pair aren't just teammates in marriage but lovers. (Whiteside will be replaced by Camille Robinson as of December 20.) Zach Kenney creates his own, entirely believable George, John Mohrlein makes a weary villain of rich old Potter, and the easy command of music director Michael Mahler is quietly astonishing."
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Tony Adler

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Take your family on a nostalgic trip into the past with American Blues Theater’s 16th annual production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” in their new venue, Stage 773. You ‘ll join a ‘live radio’ audience with a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and watch a talented cast bring Bedford Park to life, commercials and all! The stage might be a little larger; the décor a little more festive; but it’s still the show Chicagoans have grown to love."
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Carol Moore

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...A warm nostalgia pervades the theatre at Stage 773, partly because of Grant Sabin’s rich, gold metallic and red velvet-accented period set, festooned with colorful wreaths and Christmas trees; partly a result of Christopher J. Neville’s authentic-looking 1940’s costumes. But mostly this tender sentimentality can be attributed to the sincerity and commitment of the fine company of actors. The residents of Bedford Falls fully emerge in our imaginations, thanks to this outstanding ensemble. Watching the life of a man who sacrifices his own ambitions for the betterment of others is motivating. Tears fill our eyes as we behold an angel finally getting his wings. Frank Capra’s Christmas classic hasn’t looked or sounded this glorious since it first appeared in movie theatres back in 1946. Chicago’s annual American Blues Theater production would’ve made Mr. Capra proud."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...American Blues Theater’s It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! brings the holiday magic we’ve all been missing. This cozy, high-energy production is the perfect escape from an icy Chicago winter for the whole family."
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Jane Recker

The Hawk Chicago - Recommended

"...It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! is an approachable theatrical experience that truly wraps you up in a warm embrace. The ensemble seems genuinely happy to invite the audience in, and their cheer is infectious. Fans of Capra's classic film should love the production just as much as someone for whom the story is completely new. American Blues' production should be added to your list of seasonal traditions."
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Jason Berger

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