The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrates 125 years this season with a full line-up of performances and special events to commemorate its long legacy as one of the city's oldest cultural treasures.
December 9 has been declared by Mayor Emanuel as Auditorium Theatre Day. On this day in 1889, the Auditorium Theatre was founded as "a theatre of the people and for the people".
To celebrate the Auditorium's 125th anniversary, a special birthday trolley will travel throughout the city on the morning of December 9. Passengers, including members from the “Too Hot to Handel” Chorus, Auditorium Theatre staff and board members and other surprise guests, will distribute birthday treats to commuters in various locations including Union Station, Daley Plaza, State and Lake and Pioneer Court. As a special 125th birthday gift to Chicagoans, 125 pairs of tickets to one of the Auditorium’s upcoming performances in its 125th Anniversary Season will be given away throughout the morning.
In the evening, a special gala performance will take place with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Apollo Chorus, and a rock concert composed of legendary Chicago musicians. Tony award winning Broadway star Patti LuPone will also perform. LuPone is the great-grandniece (and namesake) of Adelina Patti, the opera star who performed on the Auditorium Theatre’s stage during the theatre's opening night in 1889.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or to view the full season of events at the Auditorium Theatre visit: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/on-our-stage/