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Cadillac Palace Theatre

151 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL, USA
Seats (approximate): 2336

The Palace Theatre opened at the corner of Randolph and LaSalle Streets in Chicago on October 4, 1926. Designed by legendary theatre architects the Rapp Brothers, the theatre's interior featured a splendor previously unseen in Chicago — a breathtaking vision inspired by the palaces of Fontainebleau and Versailles. The theatre's distinctive characteristics included a lobby richly appointed in huge decorative mirrors and breche violet and white marble, which swept majestically through a succession of lobbies and foyers; great wall surfaces enhanced with gold leaf and wood decorations; and 2,500 plush, roomy seats. The theatre was originally opened as the flagship of vaudeville's legendary Orpheum Circuit, and among the stars believed to have played the Palace in its early years are Jimmy Durante, Mae West, Jack Benny, Sophie Tucker and Bob Hope. Despite the popularity of such acts, audiences in the late 1920s and early 1930s had begun to lose interest in vaudeville, and in 1931 the theatre was converted into a movie palace, initially presenting films with live stage shows, and then eventually showing only movies. When movie audiences began staying at home to watch television in the 1950s, the theatre managers, hoping to attract larger audiences, booked occasional Broadway shows into the theatre, such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" starring Carol Channing. During the late 1950s, the Palace was fitted with special equipment to show films in Cinerama. During the mid-1970s, the management of the Bismarck Hotel transformed the auditorium into a banquet hall by removing the seats on the orchestra level and bringing the floor flush with the stage. In 1984, the theatre, now renamed the Bismarck Theatre, was converted into a rock venue. Sporadically used during the 1990s, the venue was completely restored and renovated during 1999, and renamed the Cadillac Palace. The renovated theatre was reopened during the fall of 1999, with the premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. Since then, the Cadillac palace has been the home to several pre-Broadway hits including The Producers—The New Mel Brooks Musical and Mamma Mia! in 2001.


Productions Production Dates
Waitress
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Sara Bareilles; Book by Jessie Nelson; Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Jul 03, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Musical, Original
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine; Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Mar 21, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018
Love Never Dies
Musical, Original, Drama
Feb 14, 2018 - Mar 04, 2018
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Musical, Original
Dec 05, 2017 - Jan 28, 2018
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Nov 21, 2017 - Dec 03, 2017
School of Rock The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book by Julian Fellowes; Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Nov 01, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Les Misérables
Musical, Revival, Drama
Oct 11, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017
Aladdin
Musical, Original
Apr 11, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Dec 14, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017
Finding Neverland
Musical, Original
Nov 22, 2016 - Dec 04, 2016
Newsies The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Jul 28, 2016 - Aug 07, 2016
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jun 07, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
May 10, 2016 - May 15, 2016
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Dec 02, 2015 - Jan 17, 2016
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
Aug 18, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015
Pippin
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jul 29, 2015 - Aug 09, 2015
Kinky Boots
Musical, Original
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Jul 07, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
Once
Musical, Original, Romance
Jun 02, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
May 12, 2015 - May 24, 2015
The Illusionists
Special, Original, Magic
Music by Evan Jolly
Mar 10, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Dec 16, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2014
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 18, 2014 - Mar 30, 2014
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 09, 2014 - Mar 02, 2014
Elf
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Matthew Sklar; Book by Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Nov 26, 2013 - Dec 15, 2013
We Will Rock You
Musical, Original
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Oct 22, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013
Flashdance The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Aug 06, 2013 - Aug 18, 2013
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 30, 2013 - May 05, 2013
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 23, 2013 - Apr 28, 2013
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Mar 12, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Jan 30, 2013 - Feb 10, 2013
War Horse
Play, Original, Drama
Songmaker: John Tams
Dec 18, 2012 - Jan 05, 2013
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Nov 14, 2012 - Dec 02, 2012
Bring It On: The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 06, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012
The Addams Family
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Dec 20, 2011 - Jan 01, 2012
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Nov 22, 2011 - Dec 04, 2011
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Oct 10, 2011 - Nov 06, 2011
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Jul 19, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Feb 01, 2011 - Feb 27, 2011
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Nov 30, 2010 - Jan 23, 2011
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 01, 2010 - Nov 27, 2010
Shrek
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 13, 2010 - Sep 05, 2010
101 Dalmatians
Musical, Original
Feb 16, 2010 - Feb 28, 2010
August: Osage County
Play, Original
Written by Tracy Letts
Feb 02, 2010 - Feb 14, 2010
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Jan 19, 2010 - Jan 31, 2010
In the Heights
Musical, Original
Dec 15, 2009 - Jan 03, 2010
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Nov 03, 2009 - Dec 13, 2009
Spring Awakening
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Duncan Sheik; Book by Steven Sater; Lyrics by Steven Sater
Aug 04, 2009 - Aug 16, 2009
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Mar 11, 2009 - Jul 12, 2009
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
May 21, 2008 - Jun 08, 2008
Sweeney Todd
Musical, Revival, Thriller
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Apr 22, 2008 - May 04, 2008
The Drowsy Chaperone
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 01, 2008 - Apr 13, 2008
My Fair Lady
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Jan 22, 2008 - Feb 03, 2008
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 31, 2007 - Jan 05, 2008
The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 17, 2007 - Sep 30, 2007
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 12, 2006 - Dec 31, 2006
Doctor Dolittle - 2006
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Leslie Bricusse; Book by Lee Tannen; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Jul 18, 2006 - Jul 30, 2006
Monty Python's Spamalot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Apr 19, 2006 - Jun 04, 2006
Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance
Special, Original, Comedy
Music by Wayne Barker; Devised and Written by Barry Humphries; Lyrics by Barry Humphries, Wayne Barker
Mar 14, 2006 - Mar 19, 2006
Little Women
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Howland; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Jan 24, 2006 - Feb 05, 2006
Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 06, 2005 - Dec 18, 2005
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Nov 22, 2005 - Dec 04, 2005
The Lion King - Cheetah
Musical, Original
Music by: Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jun 10, 2005 - Sep 04, 2005
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 15, 2005 - Apr 24, 2005
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Feb 01, 2005 - Feb 13, 2005
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 03, 2004 - May 02, 2004
The Lion King - Cheetah
Musical, Original
Music by: Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Apr 23, 2003 - Jan 18, 2004
Seussical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 10, 2002 - Dec 22, 2002
Aida
Musical, Original, Drama
Aug 19, 2002 - Sep 08, 2002
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Nov 27, 2001 - Jan 06, 2002
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Oct 02, 2001 - Oct 14, 2001
Mamma Mia! - First National
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 18, 2001 - Aug 12, 2001
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Dec 13, 2000 - Dec 17, 2000
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Mar 28, 2000 - Apr 09, 2000