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See One of the Biggest Broadway Hits of 2017, Right Here in the Midwest

As one of the first motion picture palaces whose décor was inspired by the Far East, Chicago’s Oriental Theatre opened to much fanfare on May 8, 1926. Designed by George L. and Cornelius W. Rapp for theatre managers Balban and Katz, the theatre, a virtual museum of Asian art, presented popular first-run motion picture, complemented by lavish stage shows.

The many stars that played the theatre are The Three Stooges, Judy Garland, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Fanny Brice. Like all beautiful theatres of a past era, eventually, The Oriental fell in disrepair, but in 1996, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that the Oriental would be restored to its original grandeur for the presentation of live stage musicals. In 1999, Fosse debuted at the Oriental Theatre before embarking on a national tour, and the list goes on an on from 2005’s Wicked and 2005’s Billy Elliot to 2013’s Big Fish and 2014’s Motown.

Now, make way for last year’s Tony Award-winning Broadway smash! Now, you can see legend Betty Buckley star in Hello, Dolly! – the universally acclaimed hit that NPR calls “the best show of the year!”

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!

At 415 Premier Apartments in Evanston, Illinois, we believe it’s important to integrate yourself into the community, which is why we suggest attending this event. Meeting new people, having unfamiliar experiences, and joining neighborhood activities is the key to an exceptional lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018—7:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
The Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603

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