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The Musical Theater Avant-Garde: Underscore Theatre Company

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Underscore Theatre Company
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Providing auto insurance products and services in Illinois for 20 years, Unique Insurance maintains the highest in industry standards. Unique Insurance offers competitive rates, 24/7 roadside assistance, generous compensation packages, and a user-friendly interface for online access. The company supports the arts in the community as well, contributing to the avant-garde Underscore Theatre Company.

A collaborative musical theater company, Underscore is proud to offer area composers and writers the opportunity to produce and refine new work. Workshops that help foster new musicals culminate in the Underscore Element series. New works from up-and-coming playwrights are featured in Underscore Presents cabarets, and completed works are debuted at the annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival.

Continuing to both entertain and push the envelope in musical theater, the aim of the Underscore Theatre Company is to use music to elevate drama, intensify action, and subvert expectation. The company’s best-known shows include Liberal Arts: the Musical!, Grind: The (coffee shop, comic book) Musical!, and the interactive Halloween production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Underscore Theatre Company Hosted Musical Comedy World Premiere

Underscore Theatre Company pic

Underscore Theatre Company
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Unique Insurance, located in Niles, Illinois, offers customers automobile insurance services and products. But Unique is also a generous supporter of local nonprofits. Recently, Unique Insurance made contributions to the Underscore Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Established in 2011 by former students at Carleton College, the Underscore Theatre Company is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting original musical theatre. During its first two years of existence, it produced two full-length shows created by the four founding ensemble members, three one-act musicals written by numerous artists, and a stage reading by a Chicago playwright. Since it opened its doors, the theatre has produced 14 world-premiere musicals in Chicago.

Their most recent production, which ran in the fall of 2015, was “The Story of a Story (The Untold Story).” The world premiere of the musical comedy included music by Jody Shelton alongside book and lyrics from Emmy Award winning writer Peter Gwinn. The production is about a writer and artist who prevent the world from experiencing an invasion by a magical land of clichés. They travel through a magical dimension with the help of rebel clichés who want to become three-dimensional characters, and all of them seek to destroy the evil tyrant. “The Story of a Story (The Untold Story)” is Underscore’s first Joseph Jefferson Award nominated production. Underscore Theatre’s next production, “Haymarket: An Anarchist’s Songbook”, will make its world premiere in May 2016.