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Striking 12 (2011) poster

Striking 12

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda
Directed by Lara Filip

Dec 1, 2011 – Jan 1, 2012

presented at The Heartland Studio

BoHo Theatre’s hit holiday musical Striking 12 returns for another year of toe-tapping cheer! Four talented actor/musicians tell the story of a grumpy bachelor determined to stay at home on New Year’s Eve, until a chance encounter with a door-todoor light bulb salesgirl changes his life and view of the holidays.

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.

  • Keyboard: Matt Deitchman
  • Guitar, Bass, Squeezebox: Mallory Nees
  • Violin: Amy Steele
  • Percussion: Jed Feder
  • Music Director: Diana Lawrence
  • Scenic & Lighting Design: Sally Weiss
  • Production Stage Manager: Cassy Schillo
  • Stage Manager: Ryan Keller
  • Producer: Peter Blair

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Rave reviews for Striking 12:

"BoHo's Striking 12 is one of the most charming shows I've seen this year.”
Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago Theatre Editor, via Twitter

"The boy-meets-girl narrative is as simple as it gets—a bare frame work for a cast of fabulous young instrumentalist/singers to fill with asides and humorous tangents."
Chicago Reader

"This is one powerful cast... pure magic up close and personal."
Alan Bresloff, Around The Town Chicago

"Gently amusing, thoroughly charming [with] a terrific pop-rock score... a great way to ring in the season." (Top 5 Year-End Theatre Events List and Top Critic Pick for 2 weeks)
Time Out Chicago

"If the idea of a theater full of kids playing in fake snow makes you queasy, then the returning Striking 12 is probably your Christmas date-night show." (Top 10 Picks for the Holiday Season)
–Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune