British Blues Brothers Take on Chicago

Popular European production makes U.S. debut

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    The cast of "The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers" tours some iconic Chicago locations related to the classic film. (Published Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011)

    The most iconic movie in Chicago history is getting the British treatment.

    "The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers" has played London's popular West End district and all over Europe since 1999, but for the first time, the musical will make its U.S. debut.

    The production will be at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University July 6-24.

    The cast consists of Jake and Elwood Blues, three Bluettes, and a bluesy band performing many of the hits that made the movie famous.

    NBC Chicago accompanied a few of the cast members as they took a Chicago Trolley tour to some of the film's Chicago locations, such as the site of "Ray's Music Exchange" at 47th and Prairie. The real name of the business is Shelley's Loan Bank, but in the movie, Ray Charles was the proprietor and the original mural which was created for the film is still on the building.

    "To see it in the flesh and to be part of that and feel a part of the film ... for us to come see that is a fantastic thing," said Brad Henshaw who plays Jake in the musical and is also the director. "The movie's over 30 years old, but yet some of the places are still standing, and you get a vibe and a feel for that when you're standing and looking at it from the street."

    Showtimes are Wednesday-Sunday, with weekend matinees. Tickets range from $25-$55.

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