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Inaugural Production at newly-restored LaSalle Bank Theater.

(10th February, 2005) – Broadway In Chicago is proud to announce that London’s smash hit musical The Woman in White will make its North American premiere at Chicago’s newly-restored LaSalle Bank Theatre (formerly The Shubert Theatre), prior to opening on Broadway, from 15th November 2005–8th January 2006. This inaugural production at the new LaSalle Bank Theatre will be the highlight of the Broadway In Chicago 2005-2006 Season Series, to be announced in March 2005.

The Woman in White will open on Broadway spring 2006 at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced. Casting will be announced shortly.

The Woman in White has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera), lyrics by David Zippel (City of Angels) and a book by Charlotte Jones (Humble Boy). The musical is directed by Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Miserables, Oklahoma!).

Freely adapted from Wilkie Collins’s sensational Victorian thriller, The Woman in White tells the story of a dashing young man, employed as the art tutor to two devoted sisters, who is stranded at a remote railway station. Out of the darkness looms a woman, a mysterious figure dressed in white, desperate to share a chilling secret. He and the sisters soon find themselves trapped in a web of betrayal and greed, the victims of a seemingly flawless crime. Together they will need all their resourcefulness and courage to outwit a hugely charismatic and ingenious villain.

The Woman in White had its world premiere at London’s Palace Theatre on 15th September, 2004 and continues to play to packed houses. The musical is produced there by Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd. and The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd. They will be joined for the Broadway production by Boyett Ostar Productions and Nederlander Presentations Inc.

The Woman in White has been nominated for five 2005 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. The musical has been honored with five whatsonstage.com Awards and The United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award in Scenic Design for William Dudley.

“I Believe My Heart,” the lead song from The Woman in White, was recorded by Duncan James from Blue and EMI Classics recording artist Keedie and released as a single through EMI Records on 11th October, 2004, reaching 2# on the UK Singles Chart within a week of its release. The original cast album was released in the UK on 15th November, 2004 and UK sales to date top 35,000.

The Woman in White opened to many rave notices in London, where John Peter of the Sunday Times exclaimed that “The Woman in White is more than a musical, it is a big, powerful popular opera, both romantic and spectacular, a thriller, a swaggering, flamboyant, Victorian melodrama, a visual feast, a tempestuous story of love and intrigue, a great, arching narrative, brilliantly told. This is a big, big triumph, a very palpable hit, no question.”

Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail said that “it held me spellbound. The music is compelling, thrilling and extraordinary.”

Sheridan Morley writing for the Daily Express said of the production “A dazzling white hit. Lloyd Webber and Nunn have delivered exactly what the West End needs – a soaring, lyrical, romantic drama whose every scene lends itself, as if my magic, to precisely the kind of music that Lloyd Webber writes best.”

The Mail on Sunday’s Georgina Brown described the show as “An irresistible feast – luscious, lavish, sensual, romantic and melodramatic.”

The London design team, William Dudley (production and video design), Paul Pyant (lighting design) and Mick Potter (sound design) will recreate their innovative and groundbreaking work for the Broadway production.

The Woman in White will play Chicago’s LaSalle Bank Theatre, 22 W. Monroe St, 15th November, 2005 through 8th January, 2006. Priority seating is now available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.

The Woman in White will be part of the upcoming Neumann Homes Broadway In Chicago 2005-2006 Season Series. The entire Season Series will be announced in March 2005.

Posted on: 10th February 2005

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