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“For The Boy” Gets Second Life As Musical Theater?

Chicago Tribune
Let’s hear it ‘For the Boys’: Marriott Theatre anounces 2011 season
September 13, 2010


  • The Marriott Theatre is to produce a new musical based on the 1991 Bette Midler film “For the Boys.” Penned by Aaron Thielen, Marriott’s co-artistic director, the new show is the tale of a 1940 big-band singer and employs a bevy of popular songs. Marc Robin will direct the premiere, slated for next August.

Also at the Marriott this next calendar year:

  • “Guys and Dolls,” opening Feb. 2. Matt Raftery directs at the Marriott for the first time.
  • “42nd Street,” opening Apr. 6. Rachel Rockwell directs the classic backstage musical.
  • “Shout!,” opening June 22. Rockwell directs a new production of the 1960s musical, last seen in Chicago at the Drury Lane
  • Water Tower Theatre and featuring a variety of Swinging London hits made famous by the likes of Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark.
  • “White Christmas,” opening Oct. 26, 2011. Robin directs the Irving Berlin screen-to-stage musical.
  • “White Christmas” can also be seen this season in a touring production at the Bank of America Theatre in downtown Chicago.
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