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First Time or Fan?

  • Under The Gun Theater 956 West Newport Avenue Chicago, IL, 60657 United States (map)

Music and Improv together

First Time or Fan? is a musical theatre/musical improv hybrid show and the winner of Under the Gun's 2nd Annual Tournament of Shows. Every week, we pick a real musical. We then ask musical theatre performers to come in and sing a few songs from that musical. Then, musical improvisers who have never previously seen that musical attempt to recreate it--using only the songs they've just heard as inspiration. The musical improvisers perform a fully improvised 30 minute musical. They are our "First Timers," and the musical theatre performers are our "Fans." Hence, the name First Time or Fan?


Featuring one of the best casts in Chicago, First Time or Fan? includes:

Marco Braun

Chrissy Bruzek

Katie Cutler

Alex DiVirgilio

Ashley Geron

Kim Grossman

Mishell Livio

Alex Raynor

Terrance Rogers

Wolfgang Stein

and Musical Director Katie Foster


If you like musicals, comedy, or musical comedy, you'll love First Time or Fan!

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