Singing for their supper? Broadway in Chicago stars perform as push for theater tax credit

Marc FilippinoReboot Illinois

Apr 13, 2017

Most people probably can’t imagine anything more boring or arcane than an hours-long hearing on tax credits and policy in Illinois. Certainly, some musical actors in Illinois now think that.

Some performers from Chicago’s theater scene brightened up a long tax policy hearing this week as they tried to curry favor with lawmakers through song, asking them to give their regards to Broadway, erm, Randolph Street, and re-up a tax credit for the arts.

With a short, altered version of the song “On Broadway,” roughly a dozen singers encouraged lawmakers at a House Revenue & Finance Committee hearing to renew the Live Theatre Production Tax Credit Act. Set to expire June 1, the act allows for a transferable credit of 20 percent of all qualified Illinois theater expenditures including Illinois resident salaries (non-talent) up to $100,000 per worker.

Check out the spontaneous  a capella performance in the video below:

“You make the neon lights so bright in Chicago,” wooed the singers.

Those lights haven’t brightened just yet, though.

The performance wasn’t enough to sway the lawmakers for now. The Chicago Tribune reports the lawmakers concluded the hearing without making a decision on the tax credit.


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