Porchlight Announces Company for Free Summer Concert Series BROADWAY IN YOUR BACKYARD

Porchlight Music Theater has announced the cast for the return of its free Broadway in Your Backyard concert series, July 19-September 6, as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor’s Office. and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. and special events.

Broadway in your Backyard is directed by Artistic Director Michael Weber+ and music directed by Justin Akira Kono+.

This 60-minute outdoor concert features a rotating company including Lydia Burke*, Vasily Deris+, Caitlin Dobbins*, Carisa Gonzalez*, Nik Kmiecik+, Justin Akira Kono+ and Bryan McCaffrey+ performing favorites and hidden gems from the Broadway canon, including including songs from RENT, Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man, Grease, Six, The Little Mermaid and more. Broadway in your Backyard is suitable for all ages and audiences are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the concerts. For more information, visit PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.

FREE Broadway in your Backyard 2022 concert dates as part of Night Out in the Parks include:

Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m.
Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave. Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m.
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave. Tuesday, August 2 at 6 p.m.
Munroe Park, 2617 W. 105th St. Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.
Washington Square Park, 901 N. Clark St. Tuesday, August 16 at 6 p.m.
Park No. 534, 1300 S. St. Louis Ave. Tuesday, August 23 at 6 p.m.
Gill Park, 825 W. Sheridan Rd. Tuesday, August 30 at 6 p.m.
Ellis Park, 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Tuesday, September 6 at 6 p.m.

Note: Performances, performers and dates are subject to change.

The 2022 Broadway In Your Backyard production team includes Artistic Director Michael Weber+, Director; Justin Akira Kono+, musical director; Frankie Leo Bennett+, artistic associate producer; Alex Rhyan+, director of production and operations; Matthew R. Chase+, production coordinator and Johnnie Schleyer*, technical supervisor.

Porchlight Music Theater’s Broadway in your Backyard is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Celebrating 10 years, the 2022 Night Out in the Parks program features year-round cultural events at neighborhood parks across the city. The Chicago Park District, in partnership with more than 100 local artists and organizations, presents captivating events and performances that improve the quality of life across Chicago and amplify the artistic and cultural vibrancy of each neighborhood. Through multiple disciplines, which include theater, music, film, dance, site-specific work, nature programs and community festivals, the series aims to support Chicago-based artists, facilitate partnerships and community programs, cultivate civic engagement and ensure equity. in access to the arts for all Chicagoans.

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