Pritzker Pavillion To Host Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert On Monday

Lisa Fielding
August 10, 2018 - 7:08 am

Broadway In Chicago


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Every year, it's literally standing room only for Broadway in Chicago's Summer Concert.

"It's a great concert that we've been able to do for many years now. We encourage everyone to arrive early to Millennium Park. It's one of their biggest concerts of the year. Often times, the park gets closed because it gets to capacity," said Eileen LaCario, Vice President, Broadway in Chicago.

LaCario said the concert is always a great preview of what's on tap for the upcoming season.

"We have 'Anastasia,' 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory,' and 'Fiddler on the Roof' so we have such a wide range of shows coming in town and the ones that are already here which we have 'Heartbreak Hotel' at the Broadway Playhouse now. We also have everyone's favorite Hamilton.'"

Cast members from 12 shows will perform one to two songs in a concert medley to preview the upcoming season.

"People aren't in costume, it's very casual. Many of the cast performers fly in from Broadway itself or various cities from around the country that their doing a tour of the show. There's a full orchestra, full orchestra with strings and a harp. It's a beautiful orchestra that backs them up," she said. 

"It gives everyone a great taste of everything that's coming into Chicago."

Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana, star of the upcoming Pre-Broadway World Premiere engagement of the new comedy musical "Tootsie," will be a special guest.

"It's really a love fest. I like to call it Broadway summer camp. It's really a fun time for everybody," LaCario said.

The annual Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert will be held Aug. 13 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. The outdoor concert is free.

On the agenda will be performances by cast members from various upcoming shows including "Dear Evan Hansen," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory," "Miss Saigon," and others. The concert begins at 6:15 p.m.

"This fall there is something for everyone. Monday's concert is just a little taste, but it's free," she said.