IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!…..(Nov 21 – Dec 28, 2014)

Since 2002, the Original Annual Chicago Holiday Event

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Previews Nov.21 & 22, 2014, Opens Nov. 23, through Dec. 28
Thursday – Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sunday matinee @ 2:30pm
Special additional performance times during holiday weeks!

at Greenhouse Theater Center, 
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

BOX OFFICE (tickets on sale in August!)

Call (773) 404-7336 or online here.

Dec. 20  (4:30pm) : Hanukkah, all kids under 12 receive keepsakes.
Dec. 21 (2:30pm)  : Santa makes an appearance, all kids under 12 receive keepsakes.


From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002.  Join the American Blues family as we take you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with live Foley sound effects, an original score, and a stellar cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life.  From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be transported back to the Golden Age of Radio, and experience the story of George Bailey like never before. In addition to the heart-warming story performed, the production includes commercials from actual local sponsors, holiday carols, telegrams from the audience read live on the stage, celebrate the “Soldier Spotlight” which honors one serviceman or servicewoman, and after the show, the entire audience is invited to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies.   Critics called this production “perfect Christmas theater” and “first-class holiday fare.” Read our Playguide to learn more!


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Cast:  Kevin R. Kelly*, John Mohrlein*, Michael Mahler*, Dara Cameron*, Gwendolyn Whiteside*, Ian Paul Custer*, James Joseph*, and Shawn J. Goudie.


Production:  Marty Higginbotham* (director), Grant Sabin (scenic), Katy Peterson (lighting), Samantha C. Jones* (costumes), Arianna Soloway* (props), Marty Higginbotham* (sound), Bobby Richards (video), Sarah Burnham* (Production Manager),and  Kathryn Lochert (stage manager).

*American Blues Theater Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates




We’re proud partners with the USO, U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Anixter Center, and Misericordia.  Proceeds from our “Pink Previews” performances will be donated to The Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research.

We honor one serviceman or woman per performance with a “Soldier Spotlight”.

American Blues Theater is supported in part by The Davee Foundation,
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
Arts Work Fund, and Illinois Arts Council. Additional support from Actors’ Equity Foundation, Eurex,
the Saints, the Chip Pringle Fund, and the “Angel Sponsors”.
ComEd is the 2013-2014 Season Lighting Sponsor.

We gratefully acknowledge our artists’ sponsors—