Holy Cow--it's a miracle 108 Years in the making
Reliving the magic of the team formerly known as the lovable losers' 2016 rise to glory brings goosebumps and tears to the eyes of Cubbie fans.
Seeing the story played out on the Royal George Stage (1641 N Halsted St) at the World Premiere of "Miracle," recalls the actual miracle that it was--with the Cubs pulling off a win in the 7th game of the World Series in typical Cubbie fashion--keeping us all on the edge of our seats until the final minute.
"Miracle" the brainchild of creator and producer William Marovitz, inspired by the Cubs World Series victory in 2016 is about more than just the game. Marovitz explains, “This story is more than just baseball. It illustrates how hope, faith, and belief can take you somewhere where you never imagined. With this musical, we celebrate the highs and lows of life directly paralleled with the Cubs winning the World Series, and how believing in a miracle can get you further than you ever could have ever dreamed.”
Along with chronicling the Chicago Cubs’ 108 year struggle, the story follows the life of the Delaneys, a close-knit Chicago Irish family and their friends as they bring to life all the cliches, the curse and superstitions that make us Cubs fans look a little silly to the rest of the world who will never know the amazing fraternity that all Cubs fans share.
The talented cast stars Brandon Dahlquist as the conflicted “Charlie” trying to save his family bar while wondering whether it is worth it (Broadway: Bronx Bombers; San Francisco Playhouse: Dogfight; Writers Theater: Jeff Award nominated A Little Night Music; Porchlight Music Theatre: City of Angels); Gene Weygandt in a heartfelt portrayal of “Pops” (Broadway: Wicked, Big; National Tour: Wicked, A Christmas Story; Marriott Theatre: Jeff Award Recipients A Day in Hollywood and Me and My Girl); Amaris Sanchez in a standout performance as “Dani 1” (Broadway: On Your Feet!; National Tour: On Your Feet!; Goodman Theatre: A Christmas Carol), Elise Wolf as “Dani 2” (Mercury Theater: The Christmas Schooner; The Artistic Home Theatre: By the Bag of Cats, Miracle on 34th Street).
Allison Sill is the perfect choice for Charlie's wife and Dani's mom, “Sofia” (Marriott Theatre: Pinkalicious, Honeymoon in Vegas, She Loves Me; Paramount Theatre: Oklahoma!; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Seussical); Jonathan Butler-Duplessis is “Larry” (Writers Theater: Jeff Award Recipient Parade; Marriott Theatre: Dreamgirls, Ragtime, Man of La Mancha; Paramount Theatre: In the Heights, Little Mermaid); Veronica Garza is “Babs” (Theatre Wit: Jeff Award Recipient Tonya and Nancy; Firebrand Theatre: Jeff Award nominated 9 to 5; Theo Ubique: Jeff Award nominated A New Brain), and Michael Kingston rounds out the cast as “Weslowski/Sleaze” (National Tour: Flashdance The Musical; Paramount Theatre: Hairspray; Jackalope Theatre: Ideation).
Mike Tutaj’s film projections on the screens above the stage capture the face of the Cubs through the years both on the field and on the air with videos of iconic broadcasters Jack Brickhouse, Harry Carey, Vince Lloyd and former Cub legend and play by play guy Ron Santo along with memorable snippets from the games.
Spirited music and lyrics by Jeff Award-winner Michael Mahler such as “Fly the W”, “I’m Out”, “Maggie’s “, “What’s The Pitch”, ,” Do The Superstition”, “Break the Curse”, “Look For A Miracle” along with Frazin’s “The Voice Above the Crowd” tell the story.
"Miracle" showcases the book by Jason Brett (Co-Founder of the Apollo Theater and Co-Producer of the film About Last Night) directed by Damon Kiely (World Premiere: Thieves Like Us; American Blues Theatre: Jeff Award nominated Hank Williams: Lost Highway; American Theater Company: Jeff Award nominated Oklahoma!) and production by William Marovitz and Arny Granat.
The musical features choreography of Dina DiCostanzo, musical direction by Kory Danielson, the wonderful set designed by Collette Pollard, costume design by Izumi Inaba, lighting design by Christine Binder, sound design by Ray Nardelli and properties design by Angela McIlvain.
Hot dog and a beer
To capture the spirit of "Miracle" we wore our Cubbie gear and headed to Dog Haus Biergarten (2464 N. Lincoln) for what else but, a pre-show hot dog and a beer. You may want to do the same.
Review: “Miracle” (3.5 stars)
When: Open run
Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St.
Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Tickets: $59-$79 at 312-988-9000 or www.miraclethemusical.com
Performance schedule: Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.
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