♦ Chicago, long known as the birthplace of improvised comedy, aka Second City – will soon be host to another comedy institution. “Saturday Night Live: The Experience” will open on October 21 at The Museum of Broadcast Communications, with the exhibit running for fourteen months.
Museum founder president and CEO Bruce DuMont is championing the project, which he hopes will generate a larger, national audience for the museum, now celebrating it’s 35th anniversary.
Located at 360 N. State Street in Chicago, the museum will devote over 12,000 square feet to the exhibit, which was presented in New York in 2015 by SNL Producer Lorne Michaels and ran for over a year. The opening night party on October 20 in Chicago is expected to draw a great deal of SNL alumni from past and present.
Over 500 artifacts from the 43 years of Saturday Night Live will be featured, including costumes, recreated sets, and a “week-in-the-life” type feature that will give attendees a chance to see how the iconic comedy show comes together each week.
“Saturday Night Live: The Experience” is presented by Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions.
♦ Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially cut the ribbon on Thursday for the new performance space for Theatre on the Lake, a Chicago institution for 64 years and counting.
The project, at a cost of around $7 million dollars, enclosed the 330 seat theatre and added a restaurant, bar and outdoor patio. When the space was built in 1920 it was not enclosed and used as a sanitarium. After World War 2 it became a summer theatre for 64 years. The Lakefront Hospitality Group paid for the renovation.
Written by Jason Teresi