Showbiz Nation LIVE! Interview with Emerald City Theatre’s ALEX BENJAMIN

Alex Benjamin discusses playing the role Schroeder as well as musical directing Emerald City Theatre’s holiday production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.

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Alex Benjamin (Schroeder/Music Director) is a director, music director, performance artist, and teaching artist. Music Direction for Emerald City Theatre includes: Schoolhouse Rock Live! and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Directing credits include Faustus (Athenaeum Theatre) and the Off-Broadway premiere of The Lilliput Troupe. Alex has also worked with Sideshow & The Hypocrites.

benjaminalexBroadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre are pleased to announce A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS by Charles M. Schulz opens today at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut). A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will play through January 8, 2017.

Tickets for A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place range from $16.50-$32.50. A select number of premium tickets are available for many performances. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at

Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson and adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson, this newly-staged production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS will be directed by Ann Filmer. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS stars Jason Goff as Charlie Brown, Veronica Garza as Lucy and Daniel Kyri as Linus. The cast also features Jaymes Osborne (Pig Pen/Drums), Nora Lise Ulrey (Frieda), Alex Benjamin (Schroeder/Music Director), Khloe Janel (Violet), C. Jaye Miller (Sally), Maggie Dahlberg (Peppermint Patty/Bass) and Jesse Dornan as Snoopy. ‘Tis the season to celebrate everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.

Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! “And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever.”


Founded in 1996, Emerald City Theatre creates theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Emerald City is one of Chicago’s most attended non‐profit theatres, with an annual programing reach of 80,000. Through a rigorous collaboration between innovating artists and leading teaching artists, Emerald City develops new work for young audiences, with over 29 world premieres. The company produces professional productions at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and the Little Theatre.