Andy Mientus, Nick Cearley, More to Star in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas in Chicago | Playbill

Chicago News Andy Mientus, Nick Cearley, More to Star in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas in Chicago

Studebaker Theater is hosting the Chicago premiere of the family-friendly Jim Henson musical, adapted from the 1977 TV special.

Andy Mientus

Studebaker Theater will host the Chicago premiere of of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, with performances running November 14–December 31.

With music and lyrics by Paul Williams, the stage adaptation of the 1977 TV special features a book by Timothy Allen McDonald, who is also lead producing the Chicago run. Christopher Gattelli is back directing and choreographing after staging the musical's 2008 world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals and the 2021 New York premiere Off-Broadway at New Victory Theatre.

The Chicago run will feature a cast of Broadway notables, led by Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening) in the title role. He'll be joined by Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Hands on a Hard Body) as Ma, Jordan Brownlee as Doc Bullfrog, Nick Cearley as Charlie Muskrat, Kevin Covert as Mayor Fox, Matt Furtado as Stan Weasel, Sharriese Hamilton as Mrs. Mink, Steven Hunyn as Wendell Porcupine, Ben Mathew as Harvey Beaver, Anney Ozar as Old Lady Possum, Emily Rohm as Gretchen Fox, James Silson as Snake, Sawyer Smith as Madame Squirrel, and David Stephens as Yancy Woodchuck.  Brownlee, Covert, Furtado, Huynh, Ozar, and Silson are reprising their performances from the New York run, and Covert and Silson have been with the project since its world premiere.

Understudy Adam Fane and swing Leah Morrow will round out the company.

Based on the book by Russell and Lillian Hoban and Jim Henson’s popular classic holiday special, the story follows Emmet and Ma Otter as they enter a Christmas Eve talent contest hoping to win prize money to buy each other holiday gifts. The stage adaptation features a mix of costumed performers and puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

As it did Off-Broadway, the upcoming production will feature scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Jennifer Schriever, sound design by Matt Kraus, music supervision by Larry Pressgrove, and orchestrations by Dan DeLange.

McDonald and iTheatrics are producing, with Alexander Robertson serving as senior associate producer. This production of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is licensed by Music Theatre International.

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