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December Insider Spotlight: Meet Paul Brown

December 2, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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In case you missed our first Insider Spotlight in November – we’ll fill you in! Each month we’ll be profiling some of Chicago’s most avid theater-goers, to get the inside scoop on why they love Chicago theater, what shows they’re looking forward to, and what they recommend you check out. Without further ado, we’re excited to introduce you to Paul Brown!

Paul is the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research at the Higher Education software company, Roompact. He moved to Chicago from New York in March of 2016 and landed in Streeterville.

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TodayTix: Why do you love theater in Chicago?

Paul: I just moved to Chicago from New York City recently and I’ve enjoyed exploring what Chicago has to offer.  It’s especially exciting when you can catch shows before they move on to Broadway, such as with The SpongeBob Musical. I also enjoy all of the world-class comedy Chicago has to offer. That is where Chicago really shines.

TodayTix: What theater company would you recommend your friends see a show at for a fun night out?

Paul: Rather than a company, I would suggest a venue. Try to catch a show at the Broadway Playhouse in Water Tower Place. It’s Broadway in Chicago’s smallest theatre, and as a result, it often has more experimental and interesting shows. I’ve seen some of my favorite shows in Chicago at this theatre including Disenchanted, the unauthorized story of Disney’s princesses, and Greame of Thrones, the Game of Thrones parody. The tickets are also reasonably priced and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

TodayTix: Can you tell us about a recent theater experience you had that inspired you?

Paul: I was able to see Waitress in New York City while it was still in previews. Multiple Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles wrote all of the songs in the show and had a huge hand in its creation. If you’re unfamiliar with seeing a show while it’s in previews, you often experience all the kinks and mistakes that the cast and crew go through while they’re still finalizing the show. The night I happened to attend, there was a delay that was going to take almost thirty minutes. Sara Bareilles, who happened to be in the back of the theatre jumped up on stage and treated us to a mini concert and Q&A. It was pretty spectacular.

TodayTix: Are there any shows you’re particularly looking forward to this season?

Paul: I missed my opportunity to see Hamilton while I was in New York City.  I just couldn’t justify the price. I’m happy I’ll finally get the chance to see it (at a still high, but more reasonable price) in Chicago.  Some of my friends from New York have also considered flying out to see it in Chicago because it would still be cheaper, flight included. I can’t wait!

TodayTix: What was the first show you ever saw?

Paul: I grew up in Rochester, NY, and the first show I ever saw (that I remember) was the traveling version of Cats. My first Broadway show, on Broadway itself, was Wicked.

Thanks so much, Paul, for sharing your theater tips and recommendations! Do you want to be featured in one of our Insider Spotlights? Tweet at us or let us know on Facebook why you love Chicago theater.