When I write about the stage careers of brothers Adrian and Alexander Aguilar, I always hear from readers, reminding me that these acting talents have a proud father, Alfredo Aguilar, who lives in Hammond.
These brothers 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 also 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 completed Memorial Day weekend at Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago.
Porchlight Music Theatre is now presenting the brothers in 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 closing today with final performances at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Following today's performance, brother Adrian is packing up his family to head to New York City, where he's been cast in the new Broadway show "Rocky: The Musical," starring Andy Karl as Rocky Balboa in the $15 million boxing musical which starts previews at the Winter Garden Theater Feb. 11, 2014. Actress Margo Seibert will make her Broadway debut as Adrian, the fighter's timid soul love interest.
As for our closer-to-home weekend closer "Double Trouble," it's set in 1940s Hollywood, as two song-and-dance brothers get a 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, who Northwest Indiana audiences will recall used to be the artistic director of our own Theatre at the Center in Munster.
Tickets for "Double Trouble" are $39 and today's final performance is at 2 p.m. 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. Tickets for "Double Trouble" are available at stage773.com or (773) 327-5252.