Starring Andy Mientus as Emmet Otter and
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone as Ma
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE LIMITED RUN
November 15-December 31, 2023
at Chicago’s Historic Studebaker Theater
Casting for the live theatrical adaptation of “Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas” is now set for the Chicago premiere production, November 15-December 31,2023, at the Studebaker Theater at the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan Ave. Based on the beloved television special originally created by the legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, this family-friendly musical features music and lyrics by Paul Williams (The Muppet Movie), with book by lead producer Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach) and director/choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Newsies). Packed with puppets created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and starring Andy Mientus
(Broadway’s Spring Awakening,
Les Misérables) in the title role and Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Broadway’s Handon a Hardbody) as Ma, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas is a heartwarming celebration of the true spirit of the holidays.
Tickets, starting at $43, are now on sale at the
Studebaker Theatre box office (410 South Michigan Ave.), fineartsbuilding.com/studebaker/& 312-753-3210. Private balcony boxes for up to 6 people are available for family-friendly pricing of $300, with fees. Group reservations (8 or more people) are currently available through Group Tix and Tour www.grouptixandtours.com Direct from its triumphant New York City run, Jim Henson’s
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas brings the beloved television special to life, live on stage. Hailed by The New York Times for its “enchanting puppets” created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and “superb score” by Academy Award®–winning songwriter Paul Williams, this 75-minute tale takes us to Frogtown Hollow, where Ma and Emmet Otter risk what little they have to make each other’s holiday dreams come true. Directed by Tony Award® winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, SpongeBob: The Musical, “Schmigadoon”), this very merry musical is a heartwarming celebration perfect for the entire family.
Leading the cast are Andy Mientus (Broadway’s Spring Awakening, Les Misérables,
TV’s “Smash” and “The Flash”) in the role of Emmet Otter, and
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Broadway’s Hands On A Hardbody, TV’s “Good Behavior”) as Ma. The cast also includes Jordan Brownlee
(Puppeteer/Doc Bullfrog), Nick Cearley (Charlie Muskrat),
Kevin Covert (Mayor Fox),
Adam Fane (Understudy) Matt Furtado (Puppeteer/Stan Weasel), Sharriese Hamilton
(Mrs. Mink), Steven Hunyn
(Wendell Porcupine, u/s Emmet Otter), Ben Mathew (Harvey Beaver), Leah Morrow
(Swing), Anney Ozar
(Puppeteer/Old Lady Possum),
Emily Rohm (Gretchen Fox),
James Silson, Sawyer Smith
(Madame Squirrel), and David Stephens (Puppeteer/Yancy Woodchuck).
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, produced by Theatrics in association with The Jim Henson Company, is a theatrical adaptation of Jim Henson’s television special and is based on the illustrated book
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas by Russell Hoban
and Lillian Hoban. The acclaimed musical premiered at Goodspeed Opera House in 2008 and played Off-Broadway at the New Victory Theater in December of 2021.
This Production of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas was Licensed by Music Theatre International.
The book is co-written by lead producer Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Between The Lines, and The Book Thief) & director/choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Tony Award Winner for his Newsies
choreography, and choreographer of SpongeBob the Musical and AppleTV+’s Schmigadoon!). Of the 2021 run, The New York Times hailed “the message, which celebrates fellow feeling and mutual care, is especially welcome right now,” while Hollywood Soapbox called it “an important staple of any holiday season.”
Puppets are created by the iconic Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (My Neighbor Totoro, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock). Scenic design for Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas is by three-time Tony nominee Anna Louizos (In The Heights, High Fidelity, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood), with costume design by two-time Tony winner Gregg Barnes
(Follies and The Drowsy Chaperone), lighting design by Obie Award winner and Tony Nominee Jen Schriever (Death of a Salesman and A Strange Loop), and sound design is by Emmy Award winner Matt Kraus (“Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Hall”). The New York Times raved of the production “the sets are charming and transporting, the costumes elegant.” The orchestrations are by Dan DeLange (Oliver nominated production of Showboat, Goodspeed Musicals) and the music supervisor is Larry Pressgrove
(Tony nominated production of [title of show]). Two-time Tony nominee Alexander Robertson (The Wiz; New York, New York; and The Piano Lesson) is Senior Associate Producer.
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