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Grease Sing-Along! Willy Wonka! The Unknown Known!
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Hey Music Boxers,

Still haven’t made plans for Easter weekend? Don’t worry, the Music Box has you covered, with screenings of two classic movie musicals!

On Saturday at 2pm, put on your best poodle skirt or leather jacket and come to our Grease Sing-A-Long. Sing along with hits like “Summer Nights” and “You’re The One That I Want”. This fun-filled screening includes a pre-show costume contest and interactive prop bag.

Then on Sunday at 2pm, it’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, tag along with Charlie as he visits the magical chocolate factory of the mysterious Willy Wonka. Also featuring a pre-show costume contest and goodie bag.

In The Unknown Known, Academy Award-winning documentarian delves into the career of former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, interviewing the elusive Rumsfeld for 33 hours. The Chicago Tribune calls it “The work of a masterly filmmaker comfortable in his own groove”.

On Wednesday, Sound Opinions presents Almost Famous! Join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a talk about Cameron Crowe’s love letter to musical discovery with a note-perfect soundtrack.

We also have daily screenings of the Oscar-nominated animated charmer Ernest & Celestine and the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, a look inside one of the most tantalizing What-Ifs in film history.

Our weekend matinee will Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope. Our midnights include the definitive cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the female punk battle cry Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, and the chilling cat-and-mouse game 13 Sins.

See you at the movies!

Thursday, April 17th – Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Grease Sing-A-Long!

Purchase advance tickets online

Back by popular demand, this fun-filled sing-along features a pre-show costume parade and screening of the beloved film.

Wear your best poodle skirt and saddle shoes, biker jacket, and shades — and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking 50s sing-along. “Grease is the word!”

Sing along with…

  • “You’re the One that I Want”
  • “We Go Together”
  • “Summer Nights”
    and many more…

Interactive fun!
Costume contest!
Prop bag!


A film by Randal Kleiser starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing


Sing-Along Edition!

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?


Sat, Apr 19 2:00pm

Music Box’s Easter Special Featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Costume Contest! Awesome Goodie Bags!

After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, come to the Music Box to see “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” We’re pulling out all the stops and welcoming the Spring with this special presentation. Pig out on candy, wear your best Veruca (or Augustus!) costume and join in the fun!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A film by Mel Stuart starring Gene Wilder


Candy is dandy! Join us for the strangest tour an industrialist could ever offer! Right from the pages of Roald Dahl and onto the screen with the help of director Mel Stuart, enjoy this candied masterpiece!

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate.

Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory.


Sun, Apr 20 2:00pm

The Unknown Known

A film by Errol Morris starring Donald Rumsfeld


Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“Morris’s movie is a cat-and-mouse game, and Rumsfeld is the cat, virtually licking his chops as he toys with, and then devours, another rival.”
–Mary Corliss, TIME

In The Unknown Known, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts. The Unknown Known is an illumination of the mystery of Donald Rumsfeld, an unknown known.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A film by Jim Sharman starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Charles Gray, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick


Featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, who ensure what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen.

This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).

For 35 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Music Box Theatre is the proud Chicago home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every screening has a shadowcast of the film (that’s actors acting in front of the screen during the film), and the Halloween screenings are known to sell out!

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit

The Midnight Madness Virgin Kit (or “prop bag”) contains all you need for a Rocky Horror showing. Midnight Madness sells participation kits at The Music Box for $3. The performers do not get paid for performing at any venue, and 100% of the proceeds from kit sales go back to cast costumes, props, promotions, etc.

What’s in the bag?

Balloon, Glow Stick, Time Warp Flier, Rubber Glove, Noisemaker, Confetti Bag, Toilet Paper, Party Hat, Sponge, Paper Plates, Cards, Instructions, Bag

Don’t-Look-Like-a-Virgin tip

Do not throw objects at the screen — that’s just not cool and can damage a very expensive screen. Thanks!

Using your Prop Bag items

  • Balloon: During the song “Science Fiction Double Feature”, pop at the “When worlds collide” lyric.
  • Glow Stick / flashlight: (no lighters, matches, flammables due to fire code restrictions) During the song “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)”, light up at the “There’s a Light” chorus.
  • How to Time Warp Flier: During the “Time Warp”, get up and dance!
  • Rubber Glove: During the Time Warp, get up and dance!
  • Noisemakers: During the “Lab” scene, make a noise when the Transylvanian Guests use their noisemakers.
  • Confetti: At the end of the “Lab” scene, when the wedding march is being played, throw some.
  • Toilet Paper: When Dr. Scott makes his entrance and Brad exclaims “Great Scott!”, use some.
  • Party Hat: During dinner, Frank will put on his party hat, and you should too — it’s a party now!
  • Paper Plates: Use when Frank pulls the table cloth off the dinner table.
  • Bell: Ring when Frank is chasing Janet after dinner and asks the musical question “Did you hear a bell ring?” and during the song “Planet Schmanet”.
  • Sponges: Use when Columbia makes her “bitch out” speech and says to Frank, “You’re like a sponge!”
  • Cards: Bring them out after The Floor Show, when Frank sits down and sings the line, “cards for sorrow, cards for pain”.
  • Rope: Use when the rope falls from the rigging after Riff finishes shooting.

Not Allowed

  • Toast
  • Hot dogs and prunes
  • Rice
  • Water guns


Sat, Apr 16 midnight
Sat, May 14 midnight
Sat, Jun 18 midnight
Sat, Jul 16 midnight
Sat, Aug 13 midnight
Sat, Sep 24 midnight

Ernest and Celestine (English Language Version)

A film by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy


Nominated for Best Animated Feature

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer—and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling.


Jodorowsky’s Dune

A film by Frank Pavich starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger


The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs EL TOPO and HOLY MOUNTAIN, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert’s Dune – and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN); artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN); and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made.

Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema’s most enthralling “what could have been” stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius’ storyboards to life. Even though the project exists only in the imaginations of its creators, and as the hundreds of illustrations they left behind, Pavich’s documentary chooses not to dwell on failure, but rather celebrates the ways in which the creative dreams of Dune planted seeds for many other iconic films that came after it, from STAR WARS to ALIEN to countless more. This is an inspirational story about the power of the creative spirit, one that establishes Jodorowsky as a master of cinema and a true visionary of our time.



A film by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Dall, Farley Granger, James Stewart


Two young men (John Dall and Farley Granger) murder their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family (including James Stewart!) to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime. Based on the real-life crime carried out by University of Chicago students Leopold and Loeb. The film is Hitchcock’s first Technicolor film, taking place in real time, edited to appear as a single take.


Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

A film by Lou Adler starring Diane Lane, Laura Dern, Peter Donat


Every girl should be given an electric guitar on her 16th birthday! Teenage punk trio The Fabulous Stains (including Diane Lane and Laura Dern) have had it with their small town, so they hit the road with a washed up metal act and an up-and-coming punk band The Looters (featuring members of The Clash and The Sex Pistols!). This legendary battle call to young female rockers, wavers and punks everywhere is a crucial and explosive experience, unstoppably enjoyable and often credited as being a fundamental inspiration to the historic Riot Grrl musical/social movement. “I’m perfect! But nobody in this shithole gets me, because I don’t put out!” Screening one night only – don’t miss it!


13 Sins

A film by Daniel Stamm starring Mark Webber and Ron Perlman


From the director of THE LAST EXORCISM comes a chilling new film. A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.


Sound Opinions at the Movies – Almost Famous

Tickets are $10 in advance. Remaining tickets will be sold for $12 cash at the door.

On Wednesday April 23rd, join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special screening of Almost Famous at the Music Box Theatre.

Jim and Greg will talk about Cameron Crowe’s love letter to musical discovery with a note-perfect soundtrack. Plus, Jim will share his memories of the late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the late critic Lester Bangs. And you’ll be able to enjoy Goose Island beer while listening to audio of a young Jim DeRogatis speaking with his hero, Lester Bangs.

Sound Opinions is where people who love music can come together. Make discoveries, debate, learn about pop culture, engage, have fun and find new ways to further enrich your lives through music.
Whether you’re an expert, or just a casual fan, Sound Opinions is your source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation.

Each week on the show, nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis interview artists, talk about pop culture and music industry news, review new record releases and give trends a historical context. And, because on Sound Opinions, “everyone’s a critic,” listeners are invited to join in the debate.

Sound Opinions is produced by by WBEZ Chicago, home to This American Life and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and is distributed nationally by PRX. Sound Opinions can be heard on stations across the country and online at SoundOpinions.org

Almost Famous

A film by Cameron Crowe starring Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Angarano, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, John Fedevich, Mark Kozelek, Jimmy Fallon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Stonestreet


In the early 1970s, teenage writer William Miller gets a plum assignment from a Rolling Stone editor to write about the band Stillwater on a cross-country tour. Along the way, he learns about friendship and love with help from Penny Lane.


Wed, Apr 23 7:30pm

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