Even if you missed the Broadway national tours of the musical "Mary Poppins," the famous nanny of the stage is flying back to Chicagoland, only slightly north of the city for this next visit.
The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Ill., is Chicago's longest running musical theater and "Mary Poppins" is part of the announced 2013 season.
Founded in 1975, this destination venue sells more than 400,000 tickets a year, and boasts the largest subscription base of any musical theater. In all, The Marriott Theatre has presented more than 135 productions to an estimated 7 million audience members.
Kicking off the 2013 season first is "Music of the Night," Jan. 16 to March 24, a revue spotlighting the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. And Marriott Theatre has been selected to create the premiere presentation. I'm told a cast of incredible singers, dancers and choreographers will present audiences with highlights from "Evita," "CATs," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Starlight Express," "Sunset Boulevard" and what's been described as "the most anticipated sequel in Broadway history," follow-up "Love Never Dies," along with its predecessor "Phantom of the Opera," the latter which is ranked as the world's most successful musical.
Up next, it's Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama, "South Pacific," April 3 to June 2, is considered one of the greatest musicals of all time. Based on James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific," the groundbreaking story follows U.S. nurse Nellie Forbush, Broadway's "Cockeyed Optimist," who falls in love with a French plantation owner yet struggles to accept his past. The legendary score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," and the haunting "Bali Ha'i."
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," ends Summer 2013 with a romantic run June 5 to Aug. 11. It's the funny musical comedy about every aspect of falling in (and out of) love. From dressing for a first date, marriage and babies to in-laws and the injustice of long lines for the ladies room, this musical romp through everyday relationships "hits home" with audiences.
A year from now, Dolly Parton's "spring in the heel" tunes welcome the arrival of fall with our first Chicagoland regional staging of "9 to 5: The Musical," Broadway's answer to "What a Way to Make a Living." This new musical from Grammy Award-winner Parton features the hit title song and Tony Award-nominated score. Just like the popular 1980 film of the same name, it's the story of friendship and revenge in an era of typewriters and punch timeclocks. It plays Aug. 14 to Oct. 20.
And the high-flying finale to the new season is the first regional Chicagoland staging of Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins," Oct. 23 to Jan. 1, 2014.
Based on P.L. Travers' beloved stories and the classic Disney film, it features a magical score and thrilling dancing with "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Feed the Birds," and "Let's Go Fly a Kite" brought to life before the audience.
For season subscriber information, call the box office at (847) 634-0200. After 2012 renewals, new subscribers are given priority in the order received.
Subscriptions are available for as little as $116 and single ticket prices range from $40 to $48, excluding tax and handling fees, along with dinner packages available and always free parking. FYI: (847) 634-0100 or MarriottTheatre.com.