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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Live in Chicago

From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002 – join the American Blues family as they 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, observe 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.”


Cast:  Kevin R. Kelly*, John Mohrlein*, Gwendolyn Whiteside*, James Joseph*, Michael Mahler*, Ian Paul Custer*, andShawn J. Goudie & Denice Mahler.

Production:  Marty Higginbotham* (director), Grant Sabin (scenic), Katy Peterson (lighting), Samantha C. Jones* (costumes), Sarah E. Ross* (props), Marty Higginbotham* (sound), Bobby Richards (video), Sarah Burnham* (Production Manager), Jaclyn Holsey* (stage manager), and Kelli Marino* (dramaturg).

*American Blues Theater Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates



  • Nov. 22 through Dec. 29
  • Thursday – Saturday @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday matinee @ 2:30pm
  • Special additional performances:
  • 11/30 & 12/21@ 4:30pm; Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 5:30.
  • $19-$49
  • Dec. 1 (2:30pm) : Hanukkah, all kids under 12 receive keepsakes.
  • Dec. 22 (2:30pm) : Santa makes an appearance, all kids under 12 receive keepsakes.

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