It Came From Outer Space

June 22

July 24, 2022

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

book and music by Joe Kinosian
book and lyrics by Kellen Blair
based on the Universal Pictures film
directed by Laura Braza


The Play

A new musical comedy adapted from the ‘50s cult classic sci-fi film from Universal Pictures! Amateur astronomer John Putnam encounters an alien spaceship in the desert and becomes the laughingstock of his small town—until the extraterrestrial visitors make their presence known and he must convince the gathering mob that they have come in peace. A clever musical score and creative physical humor puts a new spin on Ray Bradbury’s flying saucer tale, examining society’s fear of outsiders as it simultaneously embraces the wonder of what lies just beyond the stars. Commissioned and developed by Chicago Shakespeare with Creative Producer Rick Boynton, the production reignites an artistic partnership with creators Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, following the triumph of their Jeff Award-winning 2011 musical, Murder for Two, which went on to an acclaimed New York run.

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Video: Meet the Musical Creators


The Players

Creative Team

Joe Kinosian Book and Music

Kellen Blair Book and Lyrics

Laura Braza Director

Dell Howlett Choreographer

Tom Vendafreddo Music Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Mieka van der Ploeg Costume Designer

Heather Sparling Lighting Designer

Nicholas Pope Sound Designer

Rasean Davonté Johnson Co-Projections/Video

Mike Commendatore Co-Projections/Video

Macy Schmidt Orchestrations

Amy Herzberg Associate Director

Grace Dolezal-Ng Assistant Director

Kevin Reeks Assistant Music Director

Bob Mason Casting

Jinni Pike Stage Manager

Kate Ocker Assistant Stage Manager


Jonathan Butler-Duplessis Borney / Frank / Coral / Alien-Jimmy / Little Borney

Veronica Garza Maizie / Thalgorian-X / Alien-Jane

Alex Goodrich Sheriff Matt Warren / George / Prakaxias / Smitty

Sharriese Hamilton Heckie / Grommulex

Christopher Kale Jones  John Putnam

Jaye Ladymore Ellen Fields

Andres Enriquez Understudy

Ciara Hickey Understudy

Ryan Stajmiger Understudy

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