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  The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theater

The Christmas Schooner

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Ave Chicago

Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy.

Thru - Dec 31, 2017

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-325-1700

Running Time: 2hrs, 15mins; one intermission

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  The Christmas Schooner Reviews
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Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Met with overwhelming demand, the Christmas Schooner becomes a beloved yearly tradition hardly slowed even by its originator's death by shipwreck a mere five years into the enterprise. One's enjoyment of these proceedings will depend largely on one's attitude toward Christmas in America and the commerce it exults. Humming carols while frolicking through the mall? This show will fill your heart with holiday cheer; the rest of us will just have to shiver out in the cold."
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Dmitry Samarov

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...Anchors aweigh! Twenty-two years after its advent, this show has become as essential to Chicago's Christmas as the LEDs on the Magnificent Mile, the parade on State Street, the "Zoolites" of Lincoln Park, the skating rink by the Park Cafe, or the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre. (I'd include A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre, but that cash cow/chestnut lost its authenticity when Larry Yando turned Scrooge into a vaudeville ham.)"
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Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...What has been amazing about this show , is that no matter who takes the ship out of port to bring those precious Christmas Trees to Chicago, the ship arrives, the tradition grows and I shed my annual tears of happiness. The story is based on a German story and tradition, and was written by John Reeger (book) with the music and lyrics by Julie Shannon. I have been attending on the opening night for many years so that I can thank Reeger in person ( this year I missed the opener due to a conflict), so John, let me say "Thanks for the beautifully written story"!"
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...Excellent holiday productions abound everywhere in Chicago. Many have become much-loved family traditions at this time of year. But they include more than just Clara and a Nutcracker Prince, or a child named Tiny Tim and a miser named Scrooge. For a more intimate, truly heartwarming folksy family Christmas musical, that also sheds light on a forgotten chapter from Chicago history, book your voyage on the beautiful Molly Doone, before this shipload of love sails away for another year. You'll be glad you did."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Recommended

"...Schooner is always a good choice for the season.Local actor and playwrite John Reegerís script is broad, certainly ó no more than Don Forston as Gustav, Peterís grizzled deadpan vater. Sentimental, certainly, but the ending is hard to resist, when other cultures have adopted the tannenbaum for their own for another American reason: the neighbors have one."
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Patrick O'Brien

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