Company History

 

About Kokandy Productions

Kokandy Productions seeks to leverage the heightened reality of musical theater to tell complex and challenging stories with a focus on contributing to the development of Chicago-based musical theater artists and new musical theater works while raising the profile of Chicago’s storefront musical theater community.

In its relatively brief history, Kokandy has received high critical acclaim and has been nominated for 36 Joseph Jefferson Awards, winning one for Sweet Smell of Success in 2014 and two for Heathers in 2016. In addition, in the last two years, Kokandy has been nominated for 3 Timeout Chicago Theater Awards for Assassins and Heathers and for three BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards for The Last Five Years. Below is a listing of all awards and nominations in addition to a selection of reviews for each show.

 

Production History

2017
LITTLE FISH

THE WIZ
2016
TOMORROW MORNING

HEATHERS

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -Chicago Sun-Times

  • FOUR STARS -Time Out Chicago

  • THREE STARS -Chicago Tribune

  • 2 Jeff Award Wins: Best Choreography - Sawyer Smith, Best Actress in a Leading Role - Courtney Mack as "Veronica."

  • 3 Other Jeff Award Nominations: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Music Direction.
2015
A KOKANDY CHRISTMAS
LOVING REPEATING

MERCY:VARIATIONS (New Musical Staged Reading Series)
THE FULL MONTY
2014
ASSASSINS

  • FIVE STARS -Time Out Chicago

  • THREE STARS -Chicago Tribune

  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -Chicago Sun-Times

  • Timeout Chicago Best Theater of the Year Nomination: Best Production, Musical

  • 5 Jeff Award Nominations: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Ensemble.

PERPETUAL POSSIBILITY (New Musical Staged Reading Series)
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

  • THREE STARS -Chicago Tribune

  • RECOMMENDED -Time Out Chicago

  • 1 Jeff Award Win: Best Actor in a Leading Role - David Schlumpf as "Sidney."

  • 5 Other Jeff Award Nominations: Best Musical, Best Music Direction, Best Choreography, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

FLIGHT (New Musical Staged Reading Series)
2013
THE LAST FIVE YEARS

  • THREE STARS -Chicago Tribune

  • 2 Jeff Award Nominations: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role.

  • 3 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction, Best Music Direction.

DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
2012
THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL
2011
GOOD BOYS AND TRUE