Edgewater Beach Playhouse

EDGEWATER BEACH PLAYHOUSE*
Production Opening Date Stars Author
Marshall Migatz Productions
1955
Rain Jul 11 to Jul 17 June Havoc & Sylvia Syms John Colton & Clemence Randolph
Blithe Spirit July 19 to Jul 24 Eva Gabor Noel Coward
Oh Men! Oh Women! July 26 to Aug 1 John Newland & Patrick O’Neal Edward Chodorov
Cyprienne Aug 2 to Aug 17 Uta Hagen & Arthur Berghof Victorien Sardou & Margaret Mayo
Theater closed at end of the season; bankruptcy filed/vender liens against theater
No summer theater in 1956; the hotel mgr Neal Lang unable to find a producer willing to spend $50,000 on completing the tent theater. *named Edgewater Beachwalk Playhouse under Migatz.
 
Noel Behn (producer) & Arthur Morse (executive director), Chicago Summer Theater, Inc.
1957
Circus of Dr. Lao July 8 to Jul 21 Burgess Meredith Nathaniel Benchley & Gwen Steinbeck
My Three Angels July 22 to Aug 4 Walter Slezak Samuel & Bella Spewack
Father of the Bride Aug 5 to Aug 11 Henry Morgan Caroline Francke
The Affairs of Anatol Aug 12 to Aug 25 Uta Hagen & Arthur Berghof Arthur Schnitzler
The Matchmaker Aug 26 to Sep 8 Gertrude Berg Thornton Wilder
1958
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Jun 23 to July 6 Burgess Meredith Liam O’Brian
The Little Hut July 7 to Jul 20 Walter Slezak André Roussin
Sweet and Sour July 21 to Aug 3 Melvin Douglas Unknown
Kind Sir Aug 4 to Aug 17 Ann Sheridan & Scott McKay Norman Krasna
Uncle Willie Aug 18 to Aug 31 Menasha Skulnik Julie Berns
1959
Caesar and Cleopatra Jun 22 to Jul 5 Franchot Tone & Susan Strasbourg George Bernard Shaw
Tall Story July 6 to Jul 19 Hans Conreid Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Time for Elizabeth July 20 to Aug 2 Groucho Marx Norman Krasna & Groucho Marx
Once More with Feeling Aug 3 to Aug 16 Dorothy Malone & Jacques Bergerac Harry Kurnitz
The Law and Mr. Simon Aug 17 to Sep 6 Menasha Skulnik Julie Berns
1960
Not in the Book Jun 27 to Jul 10 Hans Conreid Arthur Watkyn
Craig’s Wife Jul 11 to Jul 24 Tallulah Bankhead George Kelly
Goodbye Again Jul 25 to Aug 7 Tony Randall George Scott & George Haight
Two For the Seesaw Aug 8 to Aug 21 Dane Clark & Anne Jackson William Gibson
Make A Million Aug 22 to Sep 4 Sam Levene Norman Barasch & Carroll Moore
1961
Four Poster Bed Jun 20 to Jul 2 Steve Allen & Jayne Meadows Jan de Hartog
Sextette Jul 4 to Jul 16 Mae West Mae West
Marriage-Go-Round July 18 to Jul 30 Eve Arden Leslie Stevens
Al Hirt & Dixieland Band Aug 1 to Aug 6    
Rhinoceros Aug 8 to Sep 3 Zero Mostel & Ralph Meeker Eugene Ionesco
1962
I am a Camara Jun 11 to Jun 24 Rita Moreno John Van Druten
Sunday in New York Jun 25 to Jul 8 Karen Kupcinet Norman Krasna
Purlie Victorious Jul 9 to Aug 5 Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee & Godfrey Cambridge Ossie Davis
Fair Game Aug 7 to Aug 19 Jackie Mason Sam Locke
Chicago Summer Theater shifted the 1963 summer season to the Studebaker Theater and then closed.
Source: Chicago Tribune.