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News Chicago Wonderful Town, Starring The Skivvies’ Lauren Molina, Extends The production is helmed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman.
Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia in Wonderful Town

Eight performances have been added to the run of Goodman Theatre’s Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical that follows the adventures of sisters in search of success in the Big Apple.

The production, which began performances September 10, prior to an official opening September 20, will now play through October 23. Performances were originally scheduled through October 16 at the Albert Theatre in Chicago.

Helmed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, the cast features The Skivvies’ Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) as Eileen and Bri Sudia as Ruth.

Wonderful Town features lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and a book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov.

Joining Molina and Sudia in the 26-member cast are Karl Hamilton (Robert Baker), Wade Elkins (Frank Lippencott), Steven Strafford (Chick Clark), Jordan Brown (Wreck), Amy J. Carle (Mrs. Wade), Matt DeCaro (Appopolous), Christina Hall (Violet), James Earl Jones II (Speedy Valenti), Kristin Villanueva (Helen) and George Andrew Wolff (Lonigan) with Nathaniel Braga, Ariana Cappuccitti, Sherriese Hamilton, Aaron Holland, Mark David Kaplan, Tiffany Krause, Kent M. Lewis, Russell Mernagh, Jeff Parker, Jody Reynard, Todd Rhoades, Lainie Sakakura, Ian Saunders and Erica Stephan.

The Goodman production marks the first major revival of Wonderful Town in more than 10 years; the musical is based on the book My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney.

The creative team includes Doug Peck (music director), Ben Johnson (associate music director/conductor), Alex Sanchez (choreographer), Todd Rosenthal (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), T.J. Gerckens (lights) and Ray Nardelli (sound).

For more information and tickets, visit or call (312) 443-3800.

(Updated September 20, 2016)

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