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Jul 28, 2014 >> Musical Theatre Trivia with Option Up! [VIDEO]

For director and choreographer Chris Pazdernik and music director Aaron Benham, up staging each other isn’t always a theatre faux pas. The two Chicago theatre pro’s—whose work includes shows with Chicago notables like the Bailiwick and Porchlight Musical Theatre—first started working together when they concepted a cabaret show at Wicker Park’s Davenport’s. A combination of extreme talent and a riotous sense of humor, the two are a match made in musical theatre heaven.


Now, with a few more theatre credits in the bag for them both, they are joining forces again for a second season of Option Up! It’s their monthly cabaret slash live talk show hybrid for musical theatre lovers. Yes, you read that correctly. With Aaron riffing on the piano while Chris goes through the comings and goings in the Chicago theatre scene, the bubbly pair welcome a diverse crew of theatre professionals to join their campy and sweet set. And like the classic saying goes: what happens on the Option Up! stage, stays on the Option Up! stage. The duo invite their guests to perform and talk shop—and from the energy they brought to our G&F shoot, we give them two thumbs up for this concept. With one season under their belt, they’re kicking off season two at Stage 773 on August 10th, performing the second Sunday of each month through November 9th.

In honor of #GFMusical month, we invite Chris and Aaron over to play a little Musical Theatre trivia—may the best Broadway baby win.

Option Up! shows August 10th at 7:30PM at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue. Tickets are $7. For more information, visit their Facebook page. Want more? Check out our #GFMusical shoot + film.