Published on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 20:51
The Chicago Tribune has partnered up with Chicago's premier comedy troupe, The Second City, to create a new weekly event called "Chicago Live!"
For six Thursday evenings in a row beginning on October 14th, Second City performers, along with Tribune writers, columnists and personalities will tell the week's news through sketches, interviews and other unique ways. Special guests are expected to help out each week and audience participation will be encouraged.
Each show will be approximately 60 minutes long and will be recorded and edited for radio broadcast the following evening on WGN-AM. The stage shows will be hosted by Rick Kogan, the Tribune columnist and WGN-AM weekend host.
The live performances are a throwback to vaudevillian times when shows like this were common. The "Chicago Live!" stage shows will take place at the small Chicago Theatre Downstairs -- the 281 seat venue in the basement of the majestic Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St., Chicago). Following each live show, a cocktail reception will be held where the audience can mingle with the performers.
Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould Kern said in this afternoon's statement: "For 163 years, the Chicago Tribune has portrayed the drama, conflict and joy of life in the Chicago region through our stories. This show will tell these stories in new ways, capturing the experience of life in Chicago today. Just about anything on the Tribune's pages could make it to the stage in 'Chicago Live!' I'm delighted by the partnership with The Second City. The show is going to be lively, surprising and fun."
"We are very excited by this opportunity to be part of a bold and important new adventure," said Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice-President of The Second City. "It is a collaboration of two great Chicago institutions, and we're approaching this as a thoroughly original and compelling way to tell the stories of our city."
Regarding the radio broadcasts that will occur the night after the live performance, WGN-AM Program Director Kevin Metheny said in the statement, "We're always looking for fascinating Chicago-focused stories to share with our listeners. Broadcasting 'Chicago Live!' on WGN Radio will be a great opportunity for captivating and engaging programming."
Tickets for the shows will be $25 each and go on sale beginning September 30th at the Chicago Theatre box office, TheChicagoTheatre.com, and Ticketmaster. Information about the shows and guests will be made available through the Chicago Tribune's website, as well as their Facebook and Twitter accounts.