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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

February 26 – June 4, 2016

Playing at the Apollo Theater

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Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM from the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe
Based on an idea by David McCall
Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall; Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe
Directed by Morgan Ashley Madison

A Rock’n’Roll Rumpus

Through unforgettable songs such as “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction,” a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the ‘70s back in a hip new way.

Best Suited for Ages 3 – 13

Children with recognition of educational subject matter and familiarity of the scholastic cartoon of the same name will enjoy this classic show, reimagined into an academic rock concert that features booming musical recordings and a funkadellic stage.

Run Time: Approx. 50 minutes

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Ron KingTom
Lillie CummingsDori
Jed FederGeorge
Emily GoldbergShulie
Morgan Ashley MadisonDirector/Choreographer
Alex SeeleyAssistant Choreographer
Austin CookMusic Director
Sarah Jo WhiteResident Costume Designer
Claire ChzranResident Lighting Designer
Daniel FriedmanCo-Lighting Designer
Chris LaPorteSound Designer
Greg PinsoneaultProps Designer
Michael StanfillProjection Designer
Meredith MatthewsProduction Stage Manager
Ellen OsborneAssistant Stage Manager
Jacqueline StoneArtistic Director


“It’s aimed at kids ages three to 13, but this Emerald City Theatre production of the 70s Saturday-morning favorite may also appeal to nostalgic parents.” Read more>
– Suzanne Scanlon, Chicago Reader (Recommended!)

“…if audiences are simply looking for a joyful, intoxicating blast from the past to share with their kids, this is absolutely the best way to both introduce young people to theatre, reinforce some of the lessons learned in school and put a spring in everyone’s step.” Read more>
– Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

“The show is fun! The four actors who perform are highly energetic and talented. Jed Feder is an amazing talent and Lillie Cummings has more energy than any 10 people I know. Emily Goldberg is adorable… and Ron King is powerful.” Read more>
– Alan Bresloff , Around the Town Chicago

“Emerald City Theatre’s Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Apollo Theater is a sure win for kids and grown-ups alike … Each of the four ensemble members are triple threats (with a strong ability to sing, dance and act well).” Read more>
 – Amy Crater, The Local Tourist

“It’s a production that is definitely worth taking your kids to, but don’t be surprised if they spend at least part of the show wondering why mommy and daddy are having so much fun.” Read more>
– Jerald Pierce, Chicago Stage Standard

“Emerald City continues its unbeatable streak of exceptional kid-oriented theater with Schoolhouse Rock Live!, directed and choreographed by Morgan Ashley Madison. From the opening notes and the audience’s glow sticks to the final encore (of my kids rushing the stage), this one’s set up like a rock concert with energy to spare.” Read more>
— Keely Flynn, Chicago Parent



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