More than 15,000 people packed into Millennium Park Aug. 13 for a free, live teaser of coming attractions ( and one currently playing attraction ) of Broadway in Chicago's ( BIC's ) 2018-19 season. The event's hosts were local ABC reporter Janet Davies and Santino Fontana, star of the upcoming, Broadway-bound musicalization of the 1982 movie Tootsie.
Tootsie numbers were absent, but a stellar crew of performers previewed a dozen musicals ranging from iconic war horses ( "Memory," the song of feline fading beauty central to the 37-year-old Cats; "Miracle of Miracles," from Fiddler on the Roof ) to new-to-Chicago tunes ( the soaring anthem "Me and the Sky," from Come From Away; Willy Wonka's "Pure Imagination," from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ).
The 90-minute show at the Pritzker Pavillion closed with the winners of Broadway in Chicago's Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards joining Ben Levi Ross ( in Dear Evan Hansen ) in "You Will Be Heard," a number that speaks to the feelings of invisibility and self-doubt that plagues us all on our worst days.
For information about the upcoming season, visit BroadwayinChicago.com .