The Houdini Box: Chicago

The Houdini Box: Chicago

January 24-March 4, 2012

Directed by Blair Thomas. Book and Lyrics by Hannah Kohl, Music by Mark Messing. Based on the book THE HOUDINI BOX written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Victor – Alex Weisman
Mother – Sara Sevigny
Barker, Harry Houdini, Aunt Harriet – Derek Hasenstab

Understudies: Adam Molloy (Victor), Rebecca Prescott (Mother), Brian Grey (Barker)

Puppeteers: Sam Deutsch, Tyler Culligan

Musicians: Rob Cruz (Accordian, Piano, and Guitar), Ethan Deppe (Percussion)

Brought to life right before your eyes by actors, musicians, and puppets, sure to thrill and surprise. As famed escape artist Harry Houdini circles the globe performing one incredible stunt after another, Victor, a young devotee goes through his own rigorous magician’s training – locking himself in closets, holding his breath under water and walking into walls.  After a chance encounter with his hero, Victor receives a special box that just might contain the secrets of Houdini’s great success.


Join us for ‘An Evening of Magic’ Fridays, February 3, 10, & 24 at 7:00pm. After the show, award winning magician, Brett Schneider will perform amazing feats of magic and illusion!

Want to learn more about “The Houdini Box” author Brian Selznick?  Check out our full-length interview here.

Download “The Houdini Box” Study Guide HERE.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “The Houdini Box” is Top 10 show to see in early 2012

-Chris Jones

“The Houdini Box,” Chicago Children’s Theatre. Brian Selznick wrote the children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the source for “Hugo,” one of the more prominent holiday movies this year. That has propelled Selznick and his work to a new level of awareness. “The Houdini Box,” which will be directed at Chicago Children’s Theatre by the formidable visual storyteller Blair Thomas, is a brand-new musical based on Selznick’s first book, the story of a boy who receives a mysterious box that may unlock the secrets of Harry Houdini.

“The Houdini Box” Kick-Off event with Neighborhood Parents Network:

Come join us at the February 11th, 11:00am performance for a special kick-off event with NPN. Everyone will be treated to a sweet on the way out of the theatre! Click here for more details.

Parents: Interested in learning more about Houdini? Check out the House Theatre of Chicago’s show “Death and Harry Houdini” at the Chopin Theatre through March 11.

Plan Your Visit


The Ruth Page Center for Arts is located in Chicago’s Near North Side just steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping, dining and cultural mecca. The historic 1927 building in which the Center resides sits on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a historic district roughly bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street.

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610


The Ruth Page Center validates discounted parking for the LAZ structure at 1250 N. Dearborn Street ($10 for 4 hours) and the Newberry Plaza structure at 1030 N. State Street ($12 for 6 hours). There is also paid street parking throughout the Gold Coast neighborhood within walking distance of The Ruth Page Center. Chicago Children's Theatre patrons are not allowed to park in the lot adjacent to the Ruth Page Center (on the north side of the building).


The Gold Coast is one of the most famous districts in Chicago for dining, with a very high concentration of restaurants and bars. Many of them are located on famed Rush Street. A densely packed area known for its energy and its lights, Rush is awake long after the Loop has gone to sleep. Even in cold weather, throngs of people can be found mingling outside each of the restaurants and bars in this area. It is, to many, the place to be. Many establishments, aware of the draw of Rush Street, use the moniker when naming their business. There is the Rush Street Restaurant, Phil Stefani's 437 Rush and Tavern on Rush, to name a few. Restaurants that are unique to Chicago include Tavern on Rush, Carmine's, Gibson's, Bistrot Zinc, Morton's Steakhouse and PJ Clarke's. Well-known chains also abound here. There are Dave and Buster's, Johnny Rockets, Big Bowl and the world-famous Cheesecake Factory. For faster food, visitors can try Corner Bakery or Gold Coast Dogs. After hours, check out Hugo's Frog Bar, The Back Room and Luxbar.