If you immediately head to Broadway in New York or the West End in London, take a look at Chicago for another theater option. Chicago Shakespeare Theater has announced two upcoming productions: the American premiere of Othello: The Remix, created by the Q Brothers, March 12–April 28, 2013 in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, and the upcoming CST Family production Shrek The Musical from July 13–September 1, 2013 in CST’s Courtyard Theater.
As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad’s ‘Globe to Globe’ festival at Shakespeare’s Globe, Othello: The Remix (pictured right) received its world premiere as one of 37 companies from around the world presenting Shakespeare’s entire canon, each performed in a different language. The European tour continued to Germany’s Shakespeare Festival im Globe Neuss and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where the Musical Theatre Matters Awards honored the production with Best Musical and Best Lyrics Awards, and the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence nominated the company for Best Ensemble Award.
Based on the Academy Award-winning DreamWorks film and the book by William Steig, CST’s 75-minute production of Shrek The Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on an adventure accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey to rescues the princess Fiona. The Tony Award-nominated production has music by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change), with book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Wonder of the World, Good People).
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s limited engagement of Othello: The Remix is scheduled to run March 12–April 28, 2013, in the Theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare. Shrek The Musical runs July 13–September 1, 2013 in CST’s Courtyard Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312-595-5600 or visit the Theater’s website at www.chicagoshakes.com.