Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see the American Blues Theater's production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! at the Biograph Theater's Zacek McVay Theater. All seating is first come, first served, so prompt reservations are recommended. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get two tickets to a weekday performance of your choice (up to a $68 value). Weekday performances take place Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m. from November 30 to December 21 and December 27 and 28.
- For $39, you get two tickets to a weekend performance of your choice (up to an $89 value). Weekend performances take place Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. from December 1–16 and 29–30. There is no 5 p.m. performance on December 29.
- For $49, you get two tickets for a special Christmas Show performance on Saturday, December 22, at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m., Sunday December 23, at 2:30 p.m., or Wednesday, December 26, at 8 p.m. (up to a $110 value).
America Blues Theater doubles down on old-fashioned charm with its clever, quaint, and heartwarming production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph!. Based on the beloved Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart Yuletide gem, this interpretation reimagines the movie as a live 1940s radio broadcast with seven actors playing all the denizens of Bedford Falls. The show has been a Chicago tradition since 2002 and showcases the same talented ensemble cast and director from its inception. Kevin Kelly returns to the role of George Bailey, continuing to channel Jimmy Stewart's passion and pathos without succumbing to impersonation, while the rest of the cast—clad in the dapper threads of the times—stir up movie memories while breathing new life into their assorted roles. Viewers get to play along by testing their Method acting chops in the role of the “live studio audience.” Much like Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds broadcast without the panic and frenzy, the show uses antiquated props, bulbous RCA microphones, and cunning Foley work to tell George Bailey’s journey from suicidal humbug to holiday cheerleader. As the players build Bedford Falls in the minds of listeners, audiences enjoy views of 1940s radio trickery in famous scenes such as the entire town of Bedford Falls during a bank run and George’s ecstatic epiphany run through the town square. The show also incorporates Golden Age of Radio staples such as an announcer who warms up the crowd with holiday sing-alongs, "On Air" and "Applause" signs, and clever commercial jingles.
American Blues Theater
Stories of bygone royal families and dispossessed tycoons have no place at American Blues Theater. Rather, the ensemble showcases the American ideas of freedom, equality, and opportunity by telling home-grown stories while pairing production missions with different service agencies. Since its founding in 1985, the company has presented such sepia-hued favorites as On the Waterfront and Oklahoma, all focused on depicting working-class concerns. Their approach has struck a chord in the community—the theater’s members have been honored with numerous Joseph Jefferson Awards, Writers’ Guild Awards, and hearty handshakes.