Chicago Premiere! Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Nov. 12 – Dec. 31, 2017


CHICAGO (August 3, 2017) – Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre are delighted to announce that the Chicago premiere of KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS will play Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) for an engagement that runs November 12 through December 31, 2017.

Directed by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone, KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a fantastic, slapstick holiday affair for all ages. When Santa Claus’ “Naughty or Nice” list goes missing, it’s up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.

Playwright Ken Ludwig’s work has been seen on Broadway and across London’s West End with his plays and musicals performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards, the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre.

Jacqueline Stone is proud to serve as ECT’s Artistic Director, after serving as Education Director for ten years.  She has directed multiple productions, most recently Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, The Snowy Day & Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, and Mother Goose’s Garden.  In addition to her role at ECT, Stone currently serves as Artistic Director for TUTA Theatre Chicago, where she is co-founder and has acted or directed in over 16 productions.  At TUTA, she most recently directed the mid-west premiere of The Edge of Our Bodies by Adam Rapp. For the past 20 years she has acted, directed, and taught across the United States including Chicago Dramatists, The Second City, and Columbia College Chicago.

KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


ECT is one of Chicago’s most-attended nonprofit theater companies reaching children 0 – 15-years-old through its three pillars of work: artistic, education, and outreach. Serving over 80,000 children and their grown-ups annually, the company has created 100 productions at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and its very own Little Theatre – the nation’s first facility dedicated to Theatre for the Very Young – in Lakeview.

ECT also builds skills in children through its yearly camps, classes, and residencies – the largest theater arts education program in Chicago, serving over 62,000 students to date and 200 schools annually.

The company’s outreach initiatives make ECT programs available to any child of any household income level by providing free plays and companion books to children in under-served neighborhoods. To date, over 53,000 students have been served, including, in March of 2016, all 30,000 CPS second grade students in a ground-breaking partnership with author Mary Pope Osborne, Random House Children’s Books Publishing and KPMG – Family for Literacy.

ECT’s lead supporters include iHeartMedia Chicago, AMITA Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, KPMG, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. For more information, please visit

Group tickets for 10 or more for KEN LUDWIG’S ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS are available now by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.  For more information, visit

Patrick Monroe

A Michigan native, Patrick is the Co-Publisher for Vizion Magazine. Having always enjoyed the world of entertainment, he has worked with many talented individuals in the music world including Frankie Ballard, Colin Raye, and many others. Patrick is an experienced actor and singer, having worked on many successful local theater productions, both on stage and backstage. Patrick is also a member is the US Press Association.

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