Musical brings ‘Waiting for Guffman’ songs to Chicago

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They’re working, building, never stopping, never sleeping at iO, getting ready to bring a bit of Blaine, Mo., to Chicago’s North Side.A musical opening there next week re-enacts the revue put on by small-town thespians in the 1997 Christopher Guest film “Waiting for Guffman.”“Red, White & Blaine” celebrated the sesquicentennial of the fictional Midwestern burg in a community theater production staged by Corky St. Clair (Guest), a Blaine native with modest New York acting credentials. Like the movie, this show will include the commerce anthem “Stool Boom” and the sci-fi ditty “Nothing Ever Happens on Mars,” as well as songs from deleted “Guffman” scenes and new material by musical director Matt Herzau and director Jeff Griggs.

“Red, White & Blaine” plays at 10:30 p.m. Saturdays starting Nov. 15 at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury. For tickets, call (312) 929-2401 or go to

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