It Came From Outer Space

June 22

July 31, 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

A brilliant musical comedy with all the ingredients of an off‑Broadway smash hit


This zany new musical is irresistible… with a uniformly brilliant cast



Extended by popular demand! Audiences and critics alike are over the moon for this 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 chaos ensues. 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.

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Video: "It's so much fun to watch."

Video: "We are among you"

Stream: Pre•Amble with Scholar Stephen Bennett, PhD


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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

Michael Salvatore Commendatore Co-Projections/Video

Macy Schmidt Orchestrations

Manual Cinema Puppetry Consultant

Amy Herzberg Associate Director

Grace Dolezal-Ng Assistant Director

Kevin Reeks Assistant Music Director

Sarah Scanlon Intimacy Director

Wesley Truman Daniel Fight Choreographer

Bob Mason Casting

Jinni Pike Stage Manager

Kate Ocker Assistant Stage Manager


Jonathan Butler-Duplessis Borney / Frank / Coral

Ann Delaney Maizie / Thalgorian-X

Alex Goodrich Sheriff Matt Warren / George / Prakaxias

Sharriese Y. Hamilton  Heckie / Grommulex

Christopher Kale Jones John Putnam

Jaye Ladymore Ellen Fields

Andrés Enriquez Understudy

Ciara Hickey Understudy

Ryan Stajmiger Understudy

Tiffany T. Taylor Understudy

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