Chicago Theater Report for March 1st, 2020 (lightly edited transcript below)
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A reminder that this is the time of year when theater companies announce their new seasons and put season tickets on offer. Season tickets are a great way to support the arts while also often getting great value for your money. Here’s why:
First of all, cash is king in any business. When theater companies get a major influx in cash from subscriptions well before a season starts, the theater has a lot more freedom to develop its productions without worrying about paying the bills. Moreover, a cash surplus also allows the company to develop in other ways, such as by hiring new staff, making improvements to its building, or expanding its marketing and outreach efforts.
The next thing to consider is that subscriptions often allow you to save a significant amount of money over purchasing your tickets individually. Even better, some companies delay the purchase of single-seat tickets until right before the season starts. As a subscriber, you can get your pick of the best seats available for your budget.
Thirdly, subscribers often receive additional perks: These may include discounts on merchandise, invitations to special events, or more relaxed ticket exchange privileges. On that note, if you are unsure about getting a ticket subscription because you don’t feel that you can plan ahead, take some time to double-check the subscription’s policies: Some companies offer you the opportunity to pay a flat fee for a certain number of tickets throughout the season, but you get to select your shows and dates as they come up. Other subscriptions assign you your show dates and times, but allow you to exchange your tickets with some advance notice.
Moving on. . .
If you aren’t doing anything on Tuesday, March 3rd, and are interested in supporting efforts to help victims of the Australian bushfires, the Lyric Opera Stage Artists will be performing a benefit concert at the Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s South Loop, 1936 South Michigan Avenue.
The concert is free, but the company requests donations at the door of any amount. 100% of all donations will go directly to the Australian Red Cross. The church will be able to collect cash, checks or credit card donations. In addition, Second Presbyterian Church will be offering tours of the church starting at 5:30 pm for all guests, one hour before the concert.
The Australian Consulate-General will be donating gift bags filled with Australian treats and goodies, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago has donated a Family 4-pack of Main Floor tickets (valued up to $667) for its upcoming production of 42nd Street which will be raffled off at the end of the concert. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door. The Australian Consulate-General is also donating gift bags filled with Aussie goodies! Please join us for this exciting evening of famous opera choruses and the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause.
Finally, a reminder that previews for JUDY & LIZA — ONCE IN A LIFETIME: THE LONDON PALLADIUM CONCERT — A TRIBUTE will be presented at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL from start on March 5, with the show’s regular season running from March 8th through April 5, 2020. The engagement is co-produced by Greenhouse Theater Center and Nancy Hays Entertainment, Inc.
Appropriate for all ages. Tickets, priced at $25.00 for all performances ($20.00 for seniors/students/industry discounts) are on sale now through Greenhouse Theater Center 773-404-7336, www.greenhousetheater.org. Quick reminder that this is a great little theater with some serious parking issues: Take public transportation, hire a rideshare or cab, or be prepared to get to the area early! Don’t forget to check out the theater bookstore at the Greenhouse, or to sample a tasty beverage from the Greenhouse’s excellent bar! There are many restaurants in the area, and the bartender will hold your leftovers for you!