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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

July 8 – August 14, 2016

Playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 

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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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Group tickets for 10 or more, please call 312.977.1710.



Ron KingTom
Teressa LaGambaDori
Eliza MorrisDori
Jed FederGeorge
Jeff MeyerGeorge
Emily GoldbergShulie
Morgan Ashley MadisonDirector/Choreographer/Set Designer
Alex SeeleyAssistant Choreographer
Alex BenjaminMusic Director
Sarah Jo WhiteResident Costume Designer
Claire ChzranResident Lighting Designer
Daniel FriedmanCo-Lighting Designer
Chris LaPorteSound Designer
Joe CourtAssociate Sound Designer
Greg PinsoneaultProps Designer
Michael StanfillProjection Designer
Cameron PettiMaster Electrician
Marcus Carroll/Ellen OsborneAssistant Stage Managers
Mina SlaterProduction Stage Manager
Kathryn SiricoProduction Manager
Jacqueline Stone Artistic Director


“People who would like this show are people who like Schoolhouse Rock songs, number boxes, and anthropomorphic bills. I think a lot of people would enjoy going to this show with younger kids. It would be a new experience for the little kids and these songs are still fun and relevant.” Read more>
– Ada Grey Reviews for You

“The cast from Emerald City Theatre is as bright as their costumes, bringing the fun back to fundamentals.” Read more>
– Choose Chicago

” Emerald City Theatre and Broadway in Chicago have a summer hit on their hands: every family with elementary-aged children and every grade school group should run, not walk to this jubilant celebration of education.” Read more>
– Chicago Theater Beat

“The cast of only four performers is energetic and are asked to do lots of things that are not easy. I was very impressed with their dedication and high spirits.” Read more>
– Windy City Times

“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

“Children, parents and grandparents will find themselves inclined to start singing and dancing along with the energetic crew. With booming voices, funky dance moves and rocking music, it almost becomes contagious and difficult to not start clapping your hands to the beat or singing along with the familiar tunes. Who knew learning could be so fun, and catchy.” Read more>
— Giovanna Zavell, Splash Magazine



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