Right Angle Entertainment announced today that the off-Broadway hit Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody, a holiday season sendup of the iconic romantic comedy and Christmas movie Love Actually, will make its Chicago debut this holiday season. The musical is written by Bob and Tobly McSmith, creators of the smash hits The Office! A Musical Parody and Friends! The Musical Parody.
Performances begin in Chicago on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the Apollo Theater, 2540 N Lincoln Ave. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Tickets, starting at $29, are available to the public at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (773) 935-6100, or by visiting the box office at the Apollo Theater.
Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody is a hilarious new musical follows nine quirky, questionable couples looking for love across the pond, and even 16 years after the movie premiere, we still ask ourselves these questions every Christmas – Is love… Falling for your secretary when you are Prime Minster? Falling for your secretary when you are married to Emma Thompson? Falling for the maid after your wife cheats on you? Falling for your best friend’s wife and showing up with poster boards? Whether you love Love Actually or love to hate Love Actually or have never seen Love Actually, you will actually love this musical! Get ready for awkward meet cutes, over-the-top grand gestures, and lots and lots of love, actually.
Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody features music and orchestration by Basil Winterbottom. The 2019 smash hit world premiere of Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody was directed by Tim Drucker and choreographed by Brooke Engen.
The musical is also returning to New York City at the Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center this holiday season. Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody is produced by Right Angle Entertainment and will be the first in a long line of Right Angle productions at the Apollo Theater in Chicago through 2022. Additional titles will be announced in the coming months.
Songs in this spoof of the hodge-podge montage rom-com include:
- "Messages of Love, Actually"
- "He's the Prime Minister (of Rom-Coms)"
- "Dark Deeds in Dark Corners"
- "British Girls"
- "Keira Knightly Actually"
- "A Joni Mitchell CD? (For Your Continued Emotional Education)"
- "The Lament of Laura Linney"
- "The Language of Love"
- "American Girls"
- "The 11 O'Clock Grand Gesture Number"
- "Love is Actually"
Additional information, including creatives and all-Chicago cast, will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit www.LoveActuallyParody.com.
BOB AND TOBLY McSMITH (Writers) are best friends who have created too many parody musicals over the last 15 years including: FRIENDS! The Musical Parody (New York, Las Vegas, US and UK tour); The Office! An Unauthorized Musical Parody (New York and US Tour); Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical (NYTimes Critics Pick), Katdashians! The Musical, 90210! The Parody Musical! (New York and Chicago); Showgirls! The Musical Parody (New York, San Francisco); Full House! The Musical Parody (starring Perez Hilton), Love Actually! The Unauthorized Parody Musical (New York, upcoming US tour), and The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody: Who is the Scranton Strangler? They are hard at work on their next musical: Sopranos: On Ice! A Figure Skating Parody.
BASIL WINTERBOTTOM (Music & Orchestrations) is a British composer and orchestrator from Yorkshire, England. He discovered his love for the stage ‘treading the boards’ as Nanki-Poo and made his first critical success with the rip-roaring period comedy Mother, Where’s the Goose? After a successful tenure writing musical theatre in New York he returned to the UK, where he lives with his wife and pet ferret, Rat Boy Slim.
TIM DRUCKER (Director) is thrilled to be working with the McSmiths again. Directing credits include the recent North American tour of Friends! the Musical Parody and the long running off-Broadway comedy Sex Tips... as well as the North American tour and the current Vegas production at the Paris. He co-wrote the Off-Broadway musicals Gigantic (Vineyard Theater, licensed through Stage Rights); previously as Fat Camp (Off-Broadway at the ATA produced by Dodger Theatricals; Playhouse in the Square, Cleveland; and NYMF 2009); Spidermusical, and Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (NY Fringe Best Musical and encore run at the Barrow Street Theater). For all the fun: www.timdrucker.com
BROOKE ENGEN (Choreographer). Choreographer of the Marvel series “Runaways” (Hulu), “Hart of Dixie” (CW), and the musical film Sing For Your Supper. Associate Choreographer for “Hairspray Live” (NBC). Assistant Choreographer: For The Record: BAZ in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Garry Marshall Theatre), Sleepless in Seattle (Pasadena Playhouse), “Code Black” (CBS), and RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle Of The Seasons Tour. National Commercial for Men’s Warehouse, Groundling’s Garbage Pail Kids. Associate Director of Ringling Brothers circus Legends.
RIGHT ANGLE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) specializes in the production, marketing, management and distribution of live theatrical, digital and concert events. RAE’s proud roster includes: America's Got Talent Live!, The Price is Right LIVE!, The Masked Singer National Tour, The Simon and Garfunkel Story, The Office! An Unauthorized Musical Parody (Off Broadway and National Tour), FRIENDS! A Musical Parody (Off-Broadway and National Tour), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (National Tour and Grand Old Opry), Together Live with Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle, Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors Tour, among many others.