Bailiwick Chicago Theater will present Rock Show(tunes), an evening of classic Broadway showtunes reimagined as modern rock songs on Wednesday, October 3 at 9 pm (doors open at 8 pm) at Chicago's Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave. Tickets for this unique fundraising event cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at www.bailiwickchicago.com. Rock Show(tunes) takes place one day before Bailiwick officially launches its 2012/13 season with the much-anticipated rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Rock Show(tunes) features performances by Collective Members Lili-Anne Brown, Danny Bernardo, Harmony France, Kathleen Gibson, Michael Harnichar, Aaron Holland, Ryan Lanning and Rus Rainear with guest artists Bethany Thomas, Sharriese Hamilton and Jayson Brooks of JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound. The evening begins with performances from NightBlue’s Avenue Q and other musicals currently running in Chicago.
Rock Show(tunes) is curated by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown and Resident Playwright Danny Bernardo with arrangements by new Collective Member Aaron Benham and musical direction by Aaron Benham. The event is produced by new Collective Member Geoffrey Bleeker.
Bailiwick Chicago is no stranger to producing rock musicals, with a repertoire including the critically acclaimed Passing Strange and theupcoming Chicago premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The inspiration for Rock Show(tunes) came when Collective Member Danny Bernardo was working on a song from The King & I with his vocal coach and mused, “What if Green Day wrote this song?” He shared the showtune/rock song mashup with Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown, who recalled a similar experience jamming a song from Guys & Dolls in the style of R&B artist Jill Scott. Sparked by this shared inspiration, the two collaborated on curating an evening that would give hardcore rock and musical theatre fans alike something new and innovative.
For more information on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Bailiwick Chicago’s full 2012/13 season, visit www.bailiwickchicago.com.
Bailiwick Chicago is a non-profit professional company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals and develop new work, while sharing a powerful and authentic theatrical experience. We celebrate and engage our community through diverse programming, artisticpartnerships and outreach opportunities. In just two seasons, Bailiwick Chicago has garnered 28 award nominations, including 10 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations in their first Jeff-Eligible season (2011-12).