POOR PEOPLE! The Parody Musical
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Comedy, Musical, New Work
Runs May 02Jun 16, 2024

From the creators of The Golden Girls- The Lost Episodes and Murder ReWrote, Hell in a Handbag presents a parody of every musical featuring the singing downtrodden characters that you grew up loving!

It’s 1979 in dangerous, smoky, glorious New York City. Our story’s red-headed protagonist Li’l Orphan Arnie is fleeing from the guardianship of a sex-starved, meth-cooking madwoman. Out on the streets, they befriend a slinky dancing cat, who leads them to a magical manhole, transporting them back in time to Paris, France in 1815. Trading in one poverty-plagued lifestyle for another, Arnie gives up the desire to find their parents and joins forces with a gang of pick-pocketing prostitutes, led by the mysterious Fagin.

Life becomes even more dire when Mama Moneybags, a corrupt Republican from the future, takes it upon herself to put Fagin’s troupe out of work. Thankfully, there’s a bounty of colorful, destitute characters to help save the day, such as the tuberculosis-ridden Pantene, a feral Beggar Woman and Nance, the classic hooker with a heart of gold. Will the sun come out tomorrow? Do you hear the people sing? Will we be changing all of the lyrics to avoid being sued? Yes!

Featuring a (mostly) ALL STAR cast!

Playwright: Tyler Anthony Smith*
Director: Stephanie Shaw

Music Director: Andrew Milliken

Choreographer: Christopher Kelley

Cast (in alphabetical order): David Cerda* (Fagin), Sydney Genco* (Miss A), Caitlin Jackson* (Pantene), Elizabeth Lesinski* (Beggar Woman) and Tyler Anthony Smith* (Nance) with Matty Bettencourt (Fosse Kitty), Brittney Brown (Mama Moneybags), Taylor Dalton (Epipen), Dakota Hughes (Li’l Orphan Arnie), Patrick O’Keefe (Twinky), Shane Roberie (The Groomer of the Flop’ra) and Tommy Thurston (Pretty Rich Boy). Understudies: Connar Brown, Miguel Long, Halli Morgan and Brandon Nelson.

*indicates ensemble Handbag ensemble member