Bleacher Bums

BLEACHER BUMS - the winning baseball comedy about Cubs fans, returned to Chicago at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, in a special 25th Anniversary Production. The production was updated from the original script, and set, as always, in the right field bleachers at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs / St. Louis Cardinals game.  Conceived by Joe Mantegna and directed by Jeff Lee, BLEACHER BUMS received rave reviews. BLEACHER BUMS was originally written by and has been updated by Roberta Custer, Richard Fire, Dennis Franz, Stuart Gordon, Joe Mantegna, Josephine Paoletti, Dennis Paoli, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Michael Saad, Keith Szarabajka and Ian Williams. Some people say it all started in 1908, the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Others in 1945, the last time the Cubs appeared in a World Series.  But the truth is it started in the heart of every Cubs fan since the beginning of time, and more accurately, in the mind of a young and promising actor (and die-hard Cubs fan) named Joseph Mantegna, a member of The Organic Theater Company, one of Chicago’s most prolific acting troupes that in the late 1970's turned out hit after hit such as; Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet,  The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit by Ray Bradbury, Warp by Stuart Gordon and Bury St. Edmund, and BLEACHER BUMS, the biggest hit of them all! BLEACHER BUMS first opened in 1977 under the direction of Stuart Gordon and ran for an unprecedented two years to sold-out audiences, winning the hearts of Chicago theater goers, baseball fans, theater critics and the city of Chicago before embarking on one of the most successful road trips in history, with winning performances across the country including a six-month run in New York and an unprecedented 13-year run in Los Angeles. BLEACHER BUMS has made its mark on the American theater scene as one of the most often performed shows. Additionally, BLEACHER BUMS garnered an Emmy Award in 1980 for the WTTW / Chicago television production of the stage play, which starred Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz among others.  In 2001 it was made into a made-for-television movie on Show time, staring Matt Craven (The Life of David Gale), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), Peter Riegert (Crossing Delancy), Hal Sparks (Dude, Where's My Car?) and Charles Durning. (Please click here to learn more about the BLEACHER BUMS 25th Anniversary Company).