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Theatre at the Center announces its first season under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Linda Fortunato of Evanston. Theatre at the Center’s 2017 season is comprised of a variety of works ranging from Broadway musicals to a Chicagoland premiere play and a holiday classic. The season opens with “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” followed by Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-winning “Cabaret.” Next will be the Chicagoland premiere of “The Tin Woman” by Sean Grennan, then “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and closing the season is “A Wonderful Life: The Musical.” Jeff award-winner Ms. Fortunato will direct three of the five productions. William Underwood will serve as music director for the season.

“I’m excited to announce Theatre at the Center’s 2017 season,” said Ms. Fortunato. “In my first opportunity to choose a season, I wanted to find a variety of engaging pieces for our audience, including different genres, themes, time periods, and musical styles. Each of the shows is distinct, but all have compelling stories and are truly entertaining – a tribute to one of America’s most popular musical icons, two Tony-winning Broadway musicals, a beautiful new play, and a well-loved holiday classic. I look forward to bringing these terrific stories to life on our stage,” she added.

Ms. Fortunato has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as a choreographer and director. She received both the Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Choreography in the 2013-2014 season, garnering Theatre at the Center their first award for her choreography of “42nd Street.”  She has also been involved with more than a dozen shows at Theatre at the Center.