Bailiwick Chicago Theater's 2014 season will feature a new comedy and a recharged Broadway musical classic. Here's a closer look:
± "BOOTYCANDY" (March-April, 2014), the Chicago premiere of a play by Robert O'Hara, directed by artistic director Lili-Anne Brown: Behind a tall church pulpit, a fire-and-brimstone preacher delivers a shocking sermon to his congregation. On the tropical sands of a deserted island, two lesbians come together. And at the home of Sutter, a young boy, his mother scolds him for reading Jackie Collins romance novels. This is O'Hara's anthology of sassy lessons in sex ed - a kaleidoscope of sketches that portray growing up gay and African-American. "With variety-show vivacity, outrageous humor and real heart and soul, "Bootcandy" tests how we talk about human desire and racial stereotypes at home, in church and on the corner."
± "APPLAUSE" (May-July 2014): A revival of the 1970 Broadway musical with book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, to be directed and choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik, with musical direction by Aaron Benham, and with Katherine Condit starring.
Based on the film "All About Eve ,"and the original story by Mary Orr, the musical tells the story of legendary actress Margo Channing and her decision to take a stage-struck young hopeful, Eve Harrington, under her wing. With youth, beauty and talent at her fingertips, Eve quickly devises a plot to oust Margo from her leading role on Broadway, ensnaring the aging actress in a trap that keeps her from the stage and out of the limelight. Suddenly, a devastated Margo must choose between the love of her life and the life she's loved for so long.
All performances will be at the Victory Gardens Studio, 2433 N. Lincoln. Tickets will go on sale at a later date. Visit www.bailiwickchicago.com.
Meanwhile, in November of this year, Bailiwick's Chicago Casting Auction will return for its third year with a live auction "selling" roles in performances of a yet-to-be-announced musical to be staged in Jan./Feb., 2014. More than 50 roles are auctioned off during the annual event at Chicago's Dank Haus German American Cultural Center Grand Ballroom, 4740 N. Western. Contenders for leading and major supporting roles take the stage during the live auction, often edged on by the crowd to show off their vocal and dancing talents. Additional supporting and chorus roles are won via silent auction. After casting is complete, and with five weeks of rehearsals, all the fun culminates in a public production. The event raises more than $50,000 annually for Bailiwick Chicago Theater programming.