Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the first production in the fifth season of Chicago’s “lost” musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Woman of the Year, starring Meghan Murphy and Brandon Dahlquist, music by John Kander, lyrics byFred Ebb and book byPeter Stone, with direction by Porchlight’s Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Florence Walker Harris and musical direction byDavid Fiorello. Porchlight RevisitsWoman of the Year is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, Nov. 14 through Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight’s Billy Elliot the Musical (previews begin October 5) atPorchlight’s new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Weber that discusses that evening’s production including the show’s creative history, juicy backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season.
From the legendary creative team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, with book by Peter Stone, the multi-Tony Award-winning Woman of the Year is based on the classic film of the same name that starred Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Woman of the Year tells the story of a television anchorwoman and a newspaper cartoonist who get into a public battle over their respective professions and, of course, fall in love, marry and experience more career conflicts. In the original 1981 Broadway production Lauren Bacall assumed the title role succeeded by Raquel Welch and Debbie Reynolds. Woman of the Year features the hits “One of the Boys,” “Sometimes a Day Goes By” and “The Grass is Always Greener.”