Porchlight Music Theater announced its 2022-23 season with a variety of shows for its main stage, Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway. “Our 28th main season is about moments of courage, endurance and humanity in the face of life’s greatest challenges,” Porchlight art director Michael Weber said in the announcement.
“Rent” (Oct. 29 to Nov. 27): The season kicks off with a live production of this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. The story follows a diverse group of artists struggling to survive and create in Lower Manhattan’s East Village under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
“New Faces Sing Broadway 1951” (Fall 2022): The interactive evening with the public will include songs from Broadway shows such as “Guys and Dolls”, “The King & I”, “Paint Your Wagon” and “Call Me Madam”.
“The Apple Tree” (December 7-8): This 1966 musical is from the same team of composers behind “Fiddler on the Roof” and “She Loves.” The show consists of three musical miniatures that explore Adam and Eve, the fickleness of love, and a Cinderella-like story.
“Cabaret” (Jan. 14 to Feb. 12, 2023): This main production explores Berlin in the late 1920s and has won seven Tony Awards.
“I Am a Camera” (February 8, 2023): This is a special presentation in association with Porchlight’s production of “Cabaret” that gives audiences the chance to see the play that inspired the musical.
“New Faces Sing Broadway 1984” (Winter 2023): This production will include songs from “La Cage aux Folles”, “Sunday in the Park with George”, “Baby” and “The Rink”.
“Ernest Shackleton Loves Me” (May 6 to June 1, 2023): In association with the Skylight Music Theater in Milwaukee, the Chicago premiere of this show follows a single mother and composer of video game music who is contacted through time by Ernest Shackleton, the famous polar explorer.
“Two by two” (May 24-25, 2023): This musical is based on Clifford Odets’ play “The Flowering Peach”, which tells the story of Noah, the flood and its aftermath. The show tackles modern themes, such as the environment and the differences between generations.
“New Faces Sing Broadway NOW” (Spring 2023): This episode of the series will include songs from shows that are currently on Broadway.
The Mainstage and Porchlight Revisits performances will take place at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St.; subscription renewals are available from April 12 to May 1, while new subscriptions are available from May 2. Single ticket sales will be announced at a later date. More information at 773-777-9884 or PorchlightMusicTheatre.org