Productions will join 2009 Broadway series

Touring productions of “Grease,” “A Bronx Tale,” “A Chorus Line” and “Xanadu” will join previously announced Disney tuner “Mary Poppins” on the 2009 subscription slate for Nederlander Org’s Broadway in Chicago series.

Theater locations for the newly skedded shows will be announced later, as the organization faces a space crunch due to the ongoing success of sit-down productions of “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys” at the Ford/Oriental and LaSalle Bank Theaters, respectively.

While the touring premiere of “Mary Poppins” is billed as a limited engagement, beginning March 11, no end date has been set. The show’s run at the Cadillac Palace Theater will allow for greater emphasis on the Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University and even the much smaller 549-seat Drury Lane Water Tower Place.

“Shout!: The Mod Musical,” a celebration of 60s hits, will play at the latter space April 30-June 22 this year, but not as part of the subscription series.

The other upcoming non-subscription shows, which include the return of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (Jan. 20-Feb. 1) and “Rain: The Beatles Experience” (March 3-8), will wedge their runs in between the regular season productions.

“Grease” will run Jan. 6-18, Chazz Palminteri’s one-man “A Bronx Tale” plays March 9-22, and “A Chorus Line” will take to the boards April 14- May 3. “Xanadu” is slated for a limited engagement starting in January, with Drury Lane seeming the most logical venue for the Broadway tuner based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John film.

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