The King Has Left the Building

The King Has Left the Building

Two award-winning musicals are checking out of Chicago this weekend.  The Lion King’s final curtain call is tonight and Billy Elliot will dance his last dance at Sunday’s matinee performance.

The Cadillac Palace has been home to Disney’s The Lion King since the end of September, so only a limited run in comparison to its last time in Chicago five years ago.  The musical has won over 20 awards including 6 Tony Awards, and is now the eighth longest-running Broadway show in history.

In its short time back, the show had no problem filling seats.  Sold-out performances and high demand brought ticket prices in the final weeks to upwards of several hundred dollars per ticket for orchestra level seats.

After tonight, The Lion King will pack up and continue on its North American tour, making way for the witches of Oz to take the city by storm – or by broom, rather.

Welcome back, Wicked

Wicked will return on December 1st for an eight week run at the Cadillac Palace.  The hit musical won hearts of fans and critics alike when it was last here.  It ran for a record 3 1/2 years, with over 1,500 performances, and has largely been considered to be one of the best shows ever to be put on the big stage.  The final performance is scheduled for Jan. 23rd.

Bye, Bye Billy

Billy Elliot the Musical is also packing up this weekend to make room for…well, nothing for the moment.  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts (aka Oriental Theatre) will be empty for a couple months before the next show Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles moves in.

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