Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Second City Partners with Chicago Tribune for New Show

On Oct. 14, the Chicago Tribune will premiere an exciting weekly event called Chicago Live!

In partnership with The Second City, Chicago Live! will tell Chicago's stories in innovative ways.

"For 163 years, the Chicago Tribune has portrayed the drama, conflict and joy of life in the Chicago region through our stories," said Tribune Editor Gerould Kern. "This show will tell these stories in new ways, capturing the experience of life in Chicago today. Just about anything on the Tribune's pages could make it to the stage in Chicago Live!"

"I'm delighted by the partnership with The Second City," Kern said. "The show is going to be lively, surprising and fun."

In the intimate Downstairs Theatre of The Chicago Theatre in the city's Loop, the public will be able to see and hear local and national celebrities and newsmakers in hard-hitting, provocative and surprising segments featuring some of Tribune's top personalities. There will be on-stage interviews, performances by the best of the arts and entertainment communities and topical sketch comedy by The Second City.

"We are very excited by this opportunity to be part of a bold and important new adventure," said Kelly Leonard, executive vice president of The Second City. "It is a collaboration of two great Chicago institutions, and we're approaching this as a thoroughly original and compelling way to tell the stories of our city."

Hosted by veteran Chicago reporter, author and radio/TV personality Rick Kogan, each 60-minute show will be followed by a reception where guests, performers and the audience members can mingle. The series of six Thursday evening events will also have a prominent presence in print, online, radio and television.

Each show will be recorded for broadcast on WGN-AM during the weekend.

"We're always looking for fascinating Chicago-focused stories to share with our listeners," said WGN Radio program director Kevin Metheny. "Broadcasting Chicago Live! on WGN Radio will be a great opportunity for captivating and engaging programming."

Tickets for the Thursday evening events will be $25, available starting Sept. 30 through, Ticketmaster, & The Chicago Theatre box office. The Chicago Theatre Downstairs is located at 175 N. State Street.

Updates about show development and guests, as well as opportunities for audience engagement, will be available soon through, Facebook and Twitter.

Chicago Live! is one part of a new initiative of community outreach, which also includes "Chicago Forward: Conversations About the Future," a series of live gatherings of policymakers exploring issues of great importance to the Chicago region; programs by columnists and personalities; literary events; and a series of classes and seminars titled "TribU: Lessons for Life."

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