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

Dean Richards Recommended - WGN  “Heartwarming!” - Chicago Tribune  “Perfect Christmas theater!” – Newcity 
Featured on CBS Chicago, NBC, ABC, WXRT, WBEZ, B96, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, TimeOut Chicago, Windy City Times, and more. 
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Previews Nov. 21 & 22, Opens Nov. 23
Must close on Dec. 28
Thur – Sat @ 7:30pm
Sun matinee @ 2:30pm
Special additional performances during holiday weeks!
Runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

at Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago


(773) 404-7336 or here.


Dec. 20 (4:30pm) – Hanukkah, all kids under 12 receive keepsakes.
Dec. 21 (2:30 & 5:30pm) – Santa visits, 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 heartwarming story performed, the production includes commercials from actual local sponsors, holiday carols, telegrams from the audience read live on stage by the cast, and the “Soldier Spotlight” tribute which honors one military personnel every performance. After the show, the entire audience is invited to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies. Critics called this production “first-class holiday fare.” Read our playguide  and directors’ statements to learn more. Read our interview with three actors playing “George Bailey” – past, present, and future of American Blues’ It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!


Cast (in alphabetical order):  Dara Cameron*, Ian Paul Custer*, Shawn J. Goudie, James Joseph*, Kevin Kelly*, Michael Mahler*,  John Mohrlein*, & Gwendolyn Whiteside*.

Production:   Marty Higginbotham* (director), Grant Sabin* (scenic)Katy Peterson (lighting)Samantha C. Jones* (costumes), Christopher Neville* (associate costumes)Arianna Soloway* (properties), Shawn J. Goudie (Foley & Sound engineer)Sarah Burnham* (production manager), & Kathryn Lochert (stage manager).

 *American Blues Theater Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates


We are proud to continue our PINK PREVIEWS. Proceeds from our Preview performances will be donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research. We also provide service to the USO, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Anixter Center, and Misericordia. We honor one military personnel per performance with a “Soldier Spotlight”. Learn how to nominate your special serviceman or servicewoman here!