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The Emperor’s New Clothes

Music and Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
Book by David Holstein
Directed & Choreographed by Amanda Tanguay

February 21 – March 8, 2020
Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive

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The frivolously fashionable Emperor and his opinionated daughter Sam just can’t get along. But with the help of some fun new characters and colorful new threads, the two come to see themselves—and appreciate each other—for the first time. This new family musical based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale promises to shows us that it’s not the clothes that make the person, it’s what’s inside that matters the most.

Suggested Ages: 7yrs and Up
Running Time: 80 minutes with no Intermission 


Performance Schedule

Friday, February 21                      7:00PM – SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 22                11:00AM – SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 22                 2:00PM – SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 23                    2:00PM – SOLD OUT
Friday, February 28                      7:00PM – SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 29                11:00AM – SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 29                2:00PM  – SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 1                           2:00PM (Sensory Friendly) – SOLD OUT
Friday, March 6                             7:00PM
Saturday, March 7                        11:00AM – SOLD OUT
Saturday, March 7                        2:00PM – SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 8                           2:00PM – SOLD OUT

Ticket Pricing

General Public                               $15
Full Time Student/Kids                $12
NU Student                                   $6/Adv. $12/Door

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Join us following a performance for a free a 45-minute creative drama workshop with Northwestern teaching artists. In this special workshop, children and their families will explore themes of the show through a variety of games and creative drama-based activities. The workshop is open to any child who attends the show, but it will be most engaging for students who are of school age and their families.

Workshops are SOLD OUT.

ALAN SCHMUCKLER (Music and Lyrics) is a musical theater artist whose work includes writing, performing and music directing.  In addition to work for the live stage, Alan has also created work for television, podcasts and digital formats.  His work has been performed across the US and internationally. He is the composer/lyricist of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (with Michael Mahler, book by Kevin Del Aguila; world premiere, produced by Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage, and Children’s Theatre Company); THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS (with Mahler, book by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen; NBC/Universal); WAIT WAIT DON’T KILL ME (book by Dave Holstein; Wondery Media Network; Flea Theater; Webby Award & International Audio Fiction Award); musical pilot BOYFRED (with Mahler, Blake Silver and Jarrod Zimmerman; Shoe Money Productions/Sony TV/ABC TV); THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (book by Holstein; Chicago Shakespeare Theater); HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK? (with Mahler; CST); DAYS LIKE TODAY (book by Laura Eason; Writers Theater); and digital choose-your-own-adventure musical MY LITTLE RED GREEN COAT (with Holstein; In development: A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN (developed with and adapted from the novel by Kate Walbert); commissions from Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Writers Theater. Alan is a 2018 Kleban Prize winner.  He is a three-time Jeff nominee and his work is published by R&H.Proud graduate, Northwestern University.

DAVE HOLSTEIN (Book) is currently the writer/creator of Showtime’s 2018 dramedy series KIDDING, starring Jim Carrey and Catherine Keener and directed by Michel Gondry. Before that he was a writer/executive producer on the Showtime drama I’M DYING UP HERE starring Melissa Leo and HBO’s comedy series THE BRINK, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. He was also a writer/producer on the final season FOX’s RAISING HOPE and before that spent six years as a writer/producer on Showtime’s WEEDS. He has written episodes for the Syfy horror anthology CREEPSHOW and TeenNick’s groundbreaking series GIGANTIC. He has also developed pilots for Comedy Central, Showtime, CBS and FOX, as well as feature films for Universal Pictures. As a playwright, Dave’s work has been performed in Edinburgh, Sydney, New York, Chicago and elsewhere. His musical adaptation of THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (with Alan Schmuckler) for the Tony-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theatre received a National Alliance for Musical Theater grant and is published with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals. His podcast musical WAIT WAIT DON’T KILL ME (also with Alan Schmuckler) received the Sarah Lawrence International Award for Audio Fiction, as well as a 2017 Webby Award. Dave was also a 2014 attendee of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

AMANDA TANGUAY (Director / Choreographer) is a proud member of The Actor’s Equity Association and The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Previously at Northwestern University: The 88th Annual Waa-Mu Show: FOR THE RECORD (associate director/choreographer mentor), URINETOWN (choreographer), and  The 87th Annual Waa-Mu Show: MANHATTAN MIRACLE (associate director/choreographer mentor). Director/Choreographer highlights: PINKALICIOUS (director/choreographer), THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (director/choreographer), THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (director/choreographer), CINDERELLA AFTER THE BALL (choreographer) and PINOCCHIO (choreographer) at The Marriott Theatre. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (choreographer) and CHARLOTTE’S WEB (choreographer) at Drury Lane Theatre. Performer highlights: HOLIDAY INN, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Zelda Zanders), and THE MUSIC MAN (Zaneeta) at Marriott Theatre; MARY POPPINS at Marriott Theatre and The Muny; IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! (Mary Bailey) with American Blues Theater; FOLLIES (Young Carlotta/Margie) at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Rosalind), THE WINTER’S TALE (Perdita) and THE TEMPEST (Miranda) for The Shakespeare Project of Chicago; and THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR WITH THE ROCKETTES at The Grand Ole Opry. Training: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama and Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Indiana University, and The Broadway Theatre Project 2004.