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Chicago Theatre Week Takes Center Stage: Five Facts about Theatre in Chicago

Chicago’s world-renowned theatre scene is taking center stage during the third annual Chicago Theatre Week. From February 12-22, over 100 productions are being showcased throughout Chicago with a special ticket price of either $15 or $30 (or less). The Loop, which is home to Chicago’s Theatre District, has 10 participating productions. From Broadway debuts to magic shows, the depth of theatre presented demonstrates the large scope of exciting productions offered year-round.

To celebrate we put together some facts that are sure to get you excited about seeing world-class theatre in Chicago.

1. Chicago is home to more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation.

Chicago Theatre Week offers the opportunity to see several premieres, including The First Wives Club at the Oriental Theatre. Based on the smash hit 1996 film and Olivia Goldsmith’s bestselling novel, The First Wives Club makes its pre-Broadway debut on February 17, 2015.

2. Chicago is the only city in the country to be honored with five Regional Theatre Tony Awards.

The Goodman Theatre, one of the five Tony Award winners, will be offering discounted tickets to their Chicago debut of Rapture, Blister, Burn. This electrifying show is a part of the Goodman Theatre’s 90th season.

3. There are 8,915 light bulbs on the famous Chicago Theatre marquee.

Learn this and other insider-knowledge about the Chicago Theatre on the Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour. A discounted tour will be available at noon during Chicago Theatre Week.

4. The Civic Opera House, home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is one of the largest opera auditoriums in the world with 3,563 seats.

Experience the grander and beauty of the Civic Opera House with Wagner's Tannhäuse. This monumental vocal, choral, and orchestral feast explores the power of love and redemption.

5. Each year over 5 million people visit over 250 theatres in the Chicagoland area, making it one of the most successful theatre cities in the nation.

For a list of theatres in the Loop click here. For ticket information and promotional codes for these and other participating shows visit: www.ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.

(Photo: Rapture, Blister, Burn | Goodman Theatre)

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