Broadway Across Borders, a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating and connecting emerging artists across borders and empowering their artistic and social entrepreneurship, will present its first Chicago-area benefit concert on Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m. at the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire. Broadway Across Borders co-founder Aaron Thielen, who is also the former artistic director of the Marriott Theater, announced the event today. The 75-minute multimedia concert featuring musical theater artists from Poland, Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina, will tell the stories of the life experiences of these artists from Central and Eastern Europe through a program of theater numbers musical as well as original songs written and composed by the artists. The musical performances will be accompanied by video projections and the singers will be accompanied by a group of five musicians. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity Global Citizens and its “Stand Up for Ukraine” program, to provide grants to help Ukrainian artists tell their stories.
The star performers are Adrian Kieroński from Warsaw, Poland; Nikolina Vujić and Sanjin Arnautović from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Lucia Miorin from Augsburg, Germany. The repertoire will include songs from the musical HAIR (which Broadway Across Borders will present in concert in three cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2022), SPRING AWAKENING (produced by BAB online during the COVID lockdown in October 2020), the musical film THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, and original songs written by the artists. While these performers have already collaborated with each other in virtual productions, July 15e concert will be the first time the four have performed together in person.
rnautović is a musical theater actor and singer and teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. Vujić is one of the leading musical theater performers in Sarajevo and has acted in television, theater at the Sarajevo War Theater and in films. She studied at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo. Miorin received professional training at schools in Augsburg and Berlin, Germany. Kieroński graduated from the Fredryk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied voice and acting. He performed in musical theater productions in Warsaw, Lublin and Lodz, Poland.
Tickets are $55 (plus tax and service charge) and are on sale now online or at the Marriott Theater box office (847-634-0200). VIP tickets, which include an after-show reception with champagne and desserts, and intimate conversations with the performers, are also available for $150 (plus tax and service charge).