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OFFBEAT: Mercury Theater snares rights to Chicago regional first run of 'The Addams Family The Musical'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-12-21T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Mercury Theater snares rights to Chicago regional first run of 'The Addams Family The Musical'By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Executive Director Walter Stearns has announced an exciting new season at Mercury Theater in Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., that includes "Into the Woods," "Avenue Q," and a first regional production of "The Addams Family The Musical," in addition to their annual sailing of "The Christmas Schooner."

As the season opener, Mercury Theater is presenting The Hypocrites Theater Company in a revolutionary staging of the Sondheim storybook musical "Into the Woods" running Feb. 6 to March 30.

It is followed by the professional Chicago premiere of "Avenue Q," the coming of age musical in the style of an adult "Sesame Street." Specific dates have yet to be finalized, but it will run sometime April to June.

Just in time for Halloween, "The Addams Family The Musical" will haunt the Mercury Theater stage, September to Nov. 16.

The season finale is the return voyage of the Chicago holiday tradition, "The Christmas Schooner," Nov. 26 to Dec. 28.

Single tickets for shows are available starting at $29, and 4 show subscription packages start as low as $100. Season packages and "Into the Woods" tickets are now on sale. Tickets are available online at MercuryTheaterChicago.com, over the phone at (773) 325-1700, or in person at the theater box office.  Discounts of up to 50 percent are available for groups of 10 or more.

This exciting season follows Mercury Theater Chicago's acclaimed first year as producer. Last year Mercury Theater Chicago presented Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Grand Night for Singing," the circus musical "Barnum," the Chicago premiere of "The Color Purple – The Musical" and holiday favorite "The Christmas Schooner," which is still running through the holidays. For its first season, Mercury Theater was honored with five Jeff Award nominations.

Mercury Theater, which is a venue for long-running commercial theater, is an intimate playhouse in the heart of a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and shopping steps from Wrigley Field. Notable past productions include "A Twist of Water," "The Screwtape Letters," "The Irish and How They Got That Way" and "Over the Tavern." The smash-hit original production of "Freud's Last Session" played for more than nine months, and it's the third "season on the water" for "The Christmas Schooner," which began Nov. 27. The Mercury adjoins two restaurants; Cullen's Bar and Grill and Deleece, both offer dining and libations before and after the show.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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