Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., has announced its reopeningalong with new leadership.
New Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter returns to the theater where he collaborated on the hit productions of Little Shop of Horrors and the Jeff Award-nominated musical Hair. Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, Carter began his theater career in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he attended Grand Valley State University on scholarship.
Carter studied at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. He continued his studies at the Edna Manley School in Kingston, Jamaica, which inspired him to establish the Christopher Carter Arts Scholarship for underprivileged artists.
Mercury Theater Chicago's team now includes Carter (artistic director), Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon (executive producers), and Shane Murray-Corcoran (managing director).
In July 2020, it was announced that Mercury Theater Chicago would close permanently. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater owners received unsolicited offers to purchase, but they held onto the property.
The theater pointed out that people can support the company by purchasing gift certificates. Gift certificates are available in any amount and may be used toward theater tickets, concessions and cocktails; purchase at www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com .