Book, Music, and Lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda
Directed by Lara Filip
Dec 16, 2010 – Jan 8, 2011
presented at The Heartland Studio
On New Year's Eve, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who's had enough of holiday cheer makes a resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. But his reclusive evening is interrupted by an eccentric young woman selling special "full-spectrum holiday light bulbs" to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder. Though her intervention and Hans Christian Andersen's story of The Little Match Girl, our protagonist finally begins to pull out of his funk.
Striking 12 is the concert-with-a-story, band-is-the-actors musical event created by Tony Award-winning writer Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and the piano/violin/drum theatrical power trio GrooveLily. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy, and old-fashioned uplift with a healthy dose of 21st-century skepticism, Striking 12 is a unique hybrid of musical theatre and live concert.
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Rave reviews for Striking 12:
"Striking 12 is a match for those who hate holiday musicals... It all works very cleverly—you find yourself slowly drawn in to the Match Girl's world and her need for love and warmth... this is a score with tunes that float around the room and lyrics that are able to get inside your head."
–Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"We clapped our hands and stomped our feet and felt the story as if we were being told a new story rather than a new version of an old one. Live theater is supposed to create a magical feeling for the audience and this productions does so to perfection."
–Al Bresloff, Around The Town Chicago
"An unassuming and offbeat anti-holiday holiday show"
–Joe Stead, Steadstyle Chicago