While we're barely in to Broadway in Chicago's spring season, BIC has already announced its eclectic fall lineup, featuring a megamusical, a home-grown biodrama and an unexpected Broadway blockbuster. 
Of the announced lineup, I'm most looking forward to Once. This unexpected hit (and 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Musical) is based on the 2006 independent Irish film, and featured the Academy Award winning song "Falling Slowly." However, as some of my other theatre savvy friends have mentioned, the Oriental Theatre is a huge venue for such an intimate production, so we'll see how well it translates.

I'm also pleased to see that BIC is presenting a remount of TimeLine Theatre's To Master the Art (Sept. 10 - Oct. 6 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut), an insightful look into the one and only Julia Child. I hope this becomes a trend, with BIC, working with The Chicago Commercial Collective, helping give local productions an extended life through BIC's strong subscriber base. 

I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to Evita (Sept. 17–Oct. 6 at the Oriental Theatre), one of the most popular and influential musicals of the last century. After all, Evita is what defined the rock musical genre, and also raised the bar in ladybelting stars of the musical theatre (helping launch the careers of Patti LuPone, the original Broadway Evita, and the original London Evita Elaine Paige, a major star of the British stage). We'll see what lucky actress gets to fill these big shoes in this new tour, which is based on the 2012 Broadway production. 

The full fall season lineup follows: 

Buddy (June 18 - June30)

Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph St.)
Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones ever played a note, Rock 'n' Roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy's meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when "That'll Be the Day" hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features more than 20 hits including "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," and "Oh, Boy!"

Flashdance (June 30 - August 11)

Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph St.)
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage. FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay), and Robert Cary with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 East Chestnut)
TimeLine Theatre Company's 2008 World Premiere hit, receiving more than 20 rave reviews and five Jeff Award nominations, including New Work and Production, TO MASTER THE ART by William Brown and Doug Frew comes to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. The play recalls the adventure and romance of Julia and Paul Child's journey of discovery to Paris during the 1950s. From the bistro where Julia fell in love with food, to the kitchen table where she recreated everything learned during cooking class, to a room where Paul was grilled by U.S. agents about alleged Communist contact, this is the story of a larger-than-life culinary icon and her remarkable husband as they struggle to find themselves as Americans abroad.
Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph)
Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.
Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph)
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph)
ELF is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

In addition to the fall season lineup, BIC's off-season specials, which are sold separately from BIC's subscription season, include the inevitable return of Wicked at the Oriental Theatre as well as Emerald City Theatre's production of The Cat in the Hat and We Will Rock You, a jukebox musical based on, you guessed it, the music of Queen. 
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