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‘First Date’ sets a Chicago date for Royal George Cabaret

“First Date,” the little musical based around the concept of a blind date, is headed to Chicago. The show, with a book by Austin Winsberg (“Gossip Girl”) and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, had its world premiere in Seattle in 2012 and enjoyed a five-month run on Broadway in 2013. It will begin previews Feb. 5, 2015 at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 N. Halsted, opening Feb. 12 for a limited engagement.

The 90-minute musical — directed by J.R. Rose, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran and choreography by Becky DeDecker — is being described as “a lighthearted, funny and romantic show” ideal for a real first date, a girls’ night out or pure entertainment.

The story? When blind date newbie Aaron (Charlie Lubeck of “The Glee Project, Season 2”), is set up with serial-dater Casey (Dana Parker), a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In an unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own as other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. The lingering question is this: Can the couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

The Chicago cast also will include Cassie Slater, Anne Litchfield Calderón, Shea Coffman, Adam Fane, and John Keating.

First Date ” tickets ($15-$59) will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 17. Visit