Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Flight by Kokandy Productions - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Flight by Kokandy Productions. Book, music and lyrics by Michael Potsic, directed by Allison Hendrix.

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Flight by Kokandy Productions - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Flight by Kokandy Productions. Book, music and lyrics by Michael Potsic, directed by Allison Hendrix.

About Flight: “Based on the Greek myth “The Flight of Icarus,” Flight follows Daedalus, his wife Aeden and their son Icarus as they learn that to truly live and love comes with great risk.”

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Flight by Kokandy Productions - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Flight by Kokandy Productions. Book, music and lyrics by Michael Potsic, directed by Allison Hendrix.

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Flight by Kokandy Productions - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Flight by Kokandy Productions. Book, music and lyrics by Michael Potsic, directed by Allison Hendrix.

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Daphne's Sunset by CPA Theatricals - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Daphne’s Sunset by CPA Theatricals. Book and lyrics by Kevin Jaeger, Music by Alex Mitchell, directed by Mark Lococo. Learn more about this musical.

About Daphne’s Sunset: “Daphne’s Sunset tells the story of one family’s search for expression and empathy inside a museum. Paul Hunter, a talented photographer, is about to have an exhibition of his work at the museum – but when his artwork focuses on his mother’s recent lost battle with cancer, his family finds out how difficult it can be to face your pain and your past. With allusions to Greek mythology and a contemporary score, Daphne’s Sunset reminds us to delve into the ugly truth and look for the beauty.”

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Pen - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Pen. Music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, book and lyrics by DC Cathro.

About Pen: “Still reeling from a recent breakup and looking for a distraction, Paul starts corresponding with Rod, a pen pal in another state. Meanwhile, Paul’s co-worker, Lee, is in the planning stages of her wedding. Soon, what began as an innocent flirtation evolves into an emotional attachment that neither of them expected. The problem? Paul’s ex, Grayson, returns to try to win him back. The bigger issue? Paul’s pen pal is a prisoner, incarcerated for 13 more years.”

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Planted by Rogue Elephant Productions - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Planted by Rogue Elephant Productions. Co-conceived by Christopher Pazdernik and Jeff Bouthiette, music and lyrics by Jeff Bouthiette, with additional lyrics by Rebekah Walendzak.

About Planted: “In today’s media, the depiction of LGBT life in America has evolved enormously: television such as ‘Transparent’ and ‘Modern Family’ as well as book musicals such as Kinky Boots and Fun Home have not shied away from telling the bold and complicated stories of queer individuals. One popular theatrical medium, however, has lagged behind: the song cycle.”

“Enter Planted. In the tradition of classic hetero-centric works such as Closer Than Ever and Songs for a New World, Planted is a contemporary song-cycle exploring relationships of modern-day queer men. Five men navigate through the minefields of dating, marriage, separation and independence. Through a multitude of characters and songs, audiences will be introduced to stories both heart-breaking and hilarious during this one-act musical collage.”

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Numbers Nerds by CPA Theatricals - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Numbers Nerds by CPA Theatricals. Book by Laura Stratford, lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, music by David Kornfeld, and directed by Amber Mak. Learn more about this musical.

About Numbers Nerds: “Against a backdrop of drama-queens-turned-janitors, loose ferrets and college pressure, a diverse (almost) all-girls high school Math Team must band (and sing!) together to raise the money to go to the National competition, surmount their differences to win and figure out if unicorns are extinct.”

Chicago Musical Theater Festival 2016 - Numbers Nerds by CPA Theatricals - Performance photography by Michael Courier

Numbers Nerds by CPA Theatricals. Book by Laura Stratford, lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, music by David Kornfeld, and directed by Amber Mak. Learn more about this musical.

Earlier this summer I helped out with the Chicago Musical Theater Festival. I took photos! And it was fun!

You can learn more about the CMTF 2016 on their site, or follow a few of the links in the captions. I’ve also provided the synopsis that appeared on the CMTF website for each show, to help give context to each photo.