“Ride The Cyclone” The 5th Avenue Theatre & ACT Theatre
March 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The 5th Avenue Theatre continues its annual partnership with its neighbor and collaborator, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre with the Pacific Northwest premiere of a new musical still in development, Ride the Cyclone (March 9 – May 20, 2018). When the St. Cassian High School Chamber Choir boarded the Cyclone roller coaster, the front axle broke, sending them to their tragic demise. Trapped in fantastical carnival-like purgatory, the recently deceased teens discover a mechanical fortune teller, who invites each of them to tell their tragic stories of a life interrupted, with the promise of a prize like no other. This is Ride the Cyclone, a wildly original new musical. Part comedy, part tragedy, and completely unexpected, this wonderfully weird story is at every turn satirical, macabre, creepy, campy and hilarious. Ride the Cyclone features book, music and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond and was called “A delightfully weird and just plain delightful show” by The New York Times. The production is directed by Rachel Rockwell, one of Chicago’s leading directors and choreographers.