“ONE NIGHT ONLY” RETURNS FROM OFF-BROADWAY; SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT DEC 17-28 CHICAGO’S PREMIERE MUSICAL IMPROVISERS – A NEW MUSICAL EVERY NIGHT
The great Stephen Sondheim composed eight musicals in 31 years. Slacker. At One Night Only, the cast creates a brand new musical each night, complete with singing, dancing, rhyming, reprises and free play. These veteran Chicago improvisers use audience suggestions to create a 60-minute joyride that’s never been seen before and will never be seen again.
In April of 2012, a group of Chicago improvisers ﬂew to New York and pitched an idea for a new musical to The Araca Group (Broadway producers of Wicked, Rock of Ages, Urinetown). The cast made up a musical right there on the spot in the middle of their conference room. A week later, One Night Only was one of six productions out of 90 applicants selected to appear Off Broadway as part of the 2012 Araca Project. A successful preview run at Chicago’s Stage 773 preceded this New York City debut at The American Theatre of Actors in September. Now after a year long hiatus, One Night Only returns home to Stage 773 for this special engagement!
Producer and creator Michael Girts, a Second City performer and faculty member, has assembled an artistic team full of some of Chicago’s most esteemed comedy and musical professionals. Director TJ Shanoff has worked for The Second City since 1997, where he composed musicals such as Rod Blagojevich Superstar and Jewsical, and directed such hits as Chicago Live!and The Second City’s 50th Anniversary on Tour. Musical Director Mike Descoteaux created The Second City Training Center’s musical improv conservatory program, and previously served as musical director on The Second City E.T.C. stage. He has “composed” thousands of completely improvised musicals with groups such as Baby Wants Candy, Musical! The Musical,and Infinite Sundaes. He is also the creator of the critically acclaimed Best Church of God.
The One Night Only ensemble features Girts alongside Chicago teachers and performers Kate Cohen, Matthew Van Colton, Katie Dufresne, Nicole Hastings, Andrew Knox, Kate McGroarty, and Rachel Page.