As Artistic Director of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre choosing a season is always my favorite and most challenging part of the job. We are “blessed” with a truly magical venue (No Exit Cafe), intimate, communal, acoustic, and the shows we select must resonate and connect in the space as well as with our patrons, artists and community.
Our 2016-2017 season opens on September 26, with a Chicago premiere of the 2015 Drama Desk Best Musical nominee FLY BY NIGHT by Kim Rosenstock Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick. FLY BY NIGHT tells the tale of a melancholy sandwich maker and his humdrum life, which is intersected by two entrancing sisters. The musical is set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, and unfolds the story about making your way and discovering hope in the world beset with darkness. Tuneful and heartfelt pop- contemporary songs combined with an intricate metaphysical love story FLY BY NIGHT promises to soar in our space!
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley’s ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE (which we received the 2015 Jeff Award for Best Musical Revue) comes Ted Swindley’s HONKEY TONK ANGELS opening December 12 2016. Country classics combine with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Over 30 hit country songs including “Stand By Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Harper Valley PTA” will belt-out as we celebrate the holidays and bring in the 2017 New Year!
For our spring show, opening March 13, 2017, we present Frank Loesser’s most ambitious and romantic musical, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. From the composer of “Guys and Dolls” comes the touching dramatic and intensely personal love story that blossoms in the Napa Valley. THE MOST HAPPY FELLA is filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias, and tuneful splashy Broadway style numbers that will be re-imagined in a creative scaled down and personal presentation.
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre will close the 2016-2017 season with our popular Summer Songbook Series by revisiting our 2009 “critically acclaimed” production of JACQUES BREL’S LONESOME LOSERS OF THE NIGHT opening June 19, 2017. Conceived by Arnold Johnston and Fred Anzevino with translations by Arnold Johnston and music arrangements by Joshua Stephen Kartes. JACQUES BREL’S LONESOME LOSERS OF THE NIGHT follows the trials of two sailors at port in a bar in Amsterdam. We witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the musical lyricism of Belgium songwriter/poet Jacques Brel in an original musical revue of love loss and hope.
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