The Apollo Theater Chicago on Lincoln Avenue is lit again with live shows, now with the comedy musical “Love Actually?” and continuing in the spring, including with a show titled “Friends! The Musical Parody.”
The slate of commercial theater productions, all tributes of one kind or another to titles familiar from the screen, is being presented by Right Angle Entertainment, a California-based producer and distributor of shows and concerts. Along with the previously announced “Love Actually?” and according to an announcement Wednesday, the lineup includes:
“Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody”: A spoof on the 2003 Christmas movie starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley and others. The show, also in New York, is written by Bob and Tobly McSmith and directed by Tim Drucker. Opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 2; www.apollochicago.com/project/love-actually
“One-Man Star Wars Trilogy”: Created and performed by Canadian actor Charles Ross, who retells the trilogy in 60 minutes without costumes or sets. Jan. 5-6, 2022; www.onemanstarwars.com
“Bachelor: The Unauthorized Musical Parody”: With book and lyrics by Richelle Meiss, music by Sam Johnides and Tony Gonzalez, a 90-minute world premiere send-up of the TV show about finding love and roses. Jan. 13 to Feb. 5, 2022; www.bachelorthemusical.com
“Friends! The Musical Parody”: Book and lyrics by Bob and Tobly McSmith, music by Assaf Gleizner. A decade of “Friends,” the characters and Central Perk are resurrected in song. March 8 to April 3, 2022; www.friendsparodyontour.com
“Parks & Rec! The Unauthorized Musical Parody”: A world premiere written by Bob and Tobly McSmith, music by Ethan Andersen and set in the funny and fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. April 7 to May 15, 2022; www.parksandrecparody.com
At the Apollo Theater Chicago, 2550 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets for all shows are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com (plus fees) or 773-935-6100; audience members must have proof of vaccination; masks required in the theater.