Friday, July 15, 2011

Junior Board Cocktail Party!

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By Rob Gordon

The Auditorium Theatre Junior Board is excited to announce that they will be hosting their first cocktail party on July 21st prior to the performance of The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers!

Since its inception last fall, the Junior Board has been gaining momentum and focusing on unique ways to fulfill its mission of increasing awareness of the Theatre’s educational efforts and programming, and raising funds for the restoration and preservation of the national historical landmark Auditorium building.

Tickets are currently on sale for $60 each. The package includes pre-show drinks including signature cocktails and a ticket to the performance. Tickets can be reserved by calling 312.922.2110, ext. 368.

I am certain that the event will be a great success as this represents the first manifestation of many board meetings and efforts on behalf of every Junior Board member. Personally, I will take great satisfaction seeing this idea in action for the first time and I look forward to many more exciting events to come. Please be sure to join us!

For more information on becoming involved with the Auditorium Theatre Junior Board, please call 312.922.2110, ext 368 or email at

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Getting Groups to the Theatre [Guest Blog Post]

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By: Marcia Chassagne

I became involved with the Auditorium Theater as a group leader through my work as a Jazzercise franchisee and fitness professional. As a Jazzercise franchise owner, instructor, and personal trainer, I come in regular contact with a large number of customers. In keeping with the Jazzercise slogan of “fitness, friendship, and fun” many of our students become life-long friends and travel, party, and just hang-out together. I began organizing outings and offering them to my customers at group rates. We started at the Auditorium in the mid-90s with a group to attend the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. We have returned annually with our group reaching as many as 75 attendees. In addition we have expanded our events over the years and now attend 4 – 5 different Auditorium performances per year. The Auditorium Theater has risen to the forefront as our primary venue for several reasons:

1. Great programming – a variety of top-level performances and talent

2. Wonderful group office staff – personable, easy to work with, and always accommodating to our needs

3. Attractive group office services – regular communication, good prices, other amenities

As a result, our group outings at the Auditorium have been a great source of fun, entertainment, and fellowship for all of our participants young and old. I would encourage anyone to join us as a group leader, and offer the following tips:

1. Know your group members. My regular contact with my group as their Jazzercise instructor, and often socially, provides insight into the tastes and preferences of my group and allows me to select the performances that are of interest to the group.

2. Make it relevant. Jazzercise is a dance-based program, so our main focus is dance performances. We used this basis to build the group and have since branched out to other musical theatrical, and related performances.

3. Test the water. When a performance is in question, I will circulate an “Are You Interested” list to our group to gauge the interest in the performance and to estimate the number of tickets.

4. Establish and communicate the group rules. Our group is aware of the ground rules, for two of our rules:
  • If you sign-up for an outing you have committed to purchase your ticket. If you must cancel later I will try to sell your ticket, but you are responsible if there are no other takers.
  • Seats are assigned to the group by the group leader on a first-paid-first-served basis, with adjustments made so that parties with multiple tickets can be seated together.
5. Start within your reach, then build – Start with a small reliable group, and then increase the group size conservatively as interest grows. It is much better to contact the group office for additional tickets than to be stuck with left-over tickets.

BioMarcia Chassagne - a Chicago Jazzercise franchise owner and instructor for 22 years. Certified personal trainer with a background in dance. Founder of her own dance group, the Jazz Connection.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Single Tickets on Sale NOW!

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And now...the moment you have all been waiting for!

Single tickets go on sale TODAY for all 2011-2012 shows that take place before Jan 1, 2012.

Buy your tickets now for:
Hallelujah Broadway
On Stage With…Susan Werner
Rasta Thomas’ BAD BOYS of DANCE
AXIS Dance Company
2011 Holiday Pops Tour, featuring the Boston Pops
Esplanade Orchestra with guest Rockapella

Click HERE for info on the upcoming shows. Click below to see a video of just one of them!

Buy Tickets
Call: 800.982.ARTS (2787)
Box Office: 50 E. Congress Pkwy
Subscriptions & Groups 10+: 312.431.2357

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Afternoon Blues at the Thompson Center [FREE CONCERT!]

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FREE Lunchtime Performance!

Tomorrow (Friday, July 8), the cast of the All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers™ – Jake and Elwood Blues, the Bluettes and a rocking seven-piece band will give a lunchtime performance at The Thompson Center.

100 W. Randolph
Friday, July 8, noon to 1 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Have the Best Timing, Get the BEST Seats

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Excited to go see Hallelujah Broadway, On Stage with...Susan Werner, and AXIS Dance Company (featured on this week’s episode of SYTYCD)? Want to be sure you get the best seats in the house for these events and more? Put this on your calendar:

Single tickets go on sale July 11 for all 2011-2012 shows that take place before Jan 1, 2012.

Click HERE to see the full list of upcoming shows. Click below to see a video of just one of them!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Discount News to Cure the BLUES

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With the All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers™ opening tomorrow, we wanted to be sure we reminded you of a few upcoming special offers!

As a big "thank you" to our followers and fans we are offering a special discount offer on tickets to The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers™. Use code SOCIAL when buying for 20% off tickets!

Only valid on price 2 and price 3.
Valid at box office and all ticketmaster points of purchase.

Or take advantage of our $15 Student Rush offer!

Get tickets in person at the Auditorium box office at 50 E. Congress Pkwy one hour before show time. Limit two tickets per valid college ID.

Locations based on availability; subject to change, restrictions apply
The Blues Brothers trademark is owned by Daniel Aykroyd and Judith Belushi Pisano.

Intern Intros - Meet Kay!

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Hi! I’m Kay and I am the Arts Management intern this summer at the Auditorium Theatre. I’m a senior at Indiana University majoring in Arts Management with Dance and Business minors. I just spent the past semester studying abroad in jolly ol’ London, which was by far one of the best times of my life. I’m originally from Evanston so I love coming back and spending my summers in Chicago. So far working at the Auditorium has been amazing! They let us experience so many things while interning.

One of the coolest things I’ve done so far is getting a complete tour of the theatre. I work in the administrative offices so I don’t spend a lot of time in the theatre itself. It is clearly an extremely beautiful theatre, but it looks even cooler from inside the ceiling. Yup, when I say complete tour I mean every nook and cranny. Believe it or not there is a lot of space above those pretty gold arches.

The view from above.

It has also been great working under my supervisor, Jen, who is the General Manager of the theatre. I don’t think I will ever fully grasp everything that she is involved with. It’s great getting to work with and shadow her seeing as this is exactly the sort of position I would be interested in working in in the future.

As has been previously stated by my fellow interns, working at the Auditorium Theatre has been fulfilling already. It’s nice getting experience that will really benefit my future. Besides this experience we’ve also been able to leave our mark on the theatre. Literally, go up to the lounge outside the top two balconies and check out those posters hanging on the wall, the mighty craftsmanship of interns.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Touring Chicago in Blues Brothers Style -

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The Blues Brothers trademark is owned by Daniel Aykroyd and Judith Belushi Pisano.

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