Chicago’s Apollo Theater will host a new production of “The Choir of Man,” a significant coup for the Lincoln Park venue and Chicago’s currently struggling commercial theater industry.
“The Choir of Man,” a hit in cities from London to Sydney, is promoted as part 90-minute theater piece, part concert, part party. Here, a group of handsome, well-groomed male performers speak poetic text and sing a variety of mostly well-known songs (pop ballads, folk songs, rock anthems) in imitation of a pub song or an inviting mass celebration. . Audience interaction is extensive.
Produced by The Everywhere Group with Andrew Kay and Nic Doodson, Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota, Scott Prisand and Matthew Weaver, the show in Chicago originated at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 and has long been a hit in London’s West End sees. and on the Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Encore cruise ships.
“The Choir of Man,” created by Kay and Doodson, previously appeared on Broadway at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, but has now added live musicians to its all-male quiver. He will perform eight times a week at the Apollo (2550 N. Lincoln Ave.). Tickets go on sale Monday at Choirofman.com.
Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.