I've been following the stage careers of brothers Adrian and Alexander Aguilar very closely in the past three years.
They are proof that talent runs in the family.
While Alexander had been in New York with Broadway work, brother Adrian has remained in Chicago as one of the busiest and best-known talents for headlining on stages ranging from Drury Lane Theatre and Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, to Lookingglass and Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.
The duo originally hail from Oswego, Ill., near Aurora, and credit their mom Jennifer for her support and guidance helping encourage their entertainment careers. While Alexander earned notice in New York on Broadway in "Lysistrata Jones" last year. Adrian just received rave reviews playing the lead in "Pal Joey," the sell-out run his must completed Memorial Day weekend at Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago.
Porchlight Music Theatre is now preparing to present the Chicago premiere of "Double Trouble," book, music and lyrics by brothers Bob Walton and Jim Walton, direction and choreography by Matthew Crowle, music direction by Linda Madonia and starring, you guessed it, brothers Adrian Aguilar and Alexander Aguilar. It will run Aug. 31 to Oct. 6, at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave. in Chicago.
In 1940s Hollywood, two song-and-dance brothers get the career making opportunity to write a song for a major motion picture. The challenge is they only have a few hours to create it. The triple-threat, real-life Aguilar Brothers will play more than 10 characters (and musical instruments) in this hilarious, quick change, tap dancing musical comedy that celebrates the crazy days of making the movie musicals that featured the likes of Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye and Donald O'Connor.
"The launch of Porchlight's 19th season, with the Chicago debut of the musical comedy 'Double Trouble,' is a perfect example of how Porchlight is producing theater that is unrivaled in Chicago," said Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber.
"Starring the supremely talented Aguilar brothers in their first on-stage reunion since 'The Drowsy Chaperone' in May 2010 at Marriott Theatre combined with the Porchlight debuts of Broadway's Matthew Crowle, directing and choreographing, and long time Chicago theatre veteran Linda Madonia music directing a score that is reminiscent of the best, big Hollywood musicals of the 1940s, 'Double Trouble' is certainly going to be 'must see' theatre and a production that will have audiences' appetites whet for our entire season and special events, especially the new Porchlight Revisits… series."
The production team for "Double Trouble" also includes Alexia Rutherford, costume design; Jeffery D. Kmiec, scenic design; William C. Kirkham, lighting design; Jack Hawkins, sound design; Angela Campos, properties design; Kevin Barthel, wig design; Aaron Shapiro, production manager and Thom Van Ermen, stage manager.
Tickets for "Double Trouble" are $30 for previews and $39 for all other performances. Subscriptions to the entire 19th Season are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by phone at (773) 777-9884. Groups of 10 or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via the Groups Sales office at (773) 777-9884. Single tickets for "Double Trouble" go on sale July 1 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased at stage773.com or by phone at (773) 327-5252.