Relive the ’80s with “For The Record Presents Dear John Hughes”


There is no decade like the 1980s, and whenever you want to relive them all you have to do is watch a John Hughes film, many of which take place in Chicagoland. Due to Broadway in Chicago, now you can relive the ’80s on stage.

For teenagers at the time the best thing about Hughes films is how well he captured their problems, but the second best thing is the music and “For The Record Presents Dear John Hughes” brings it all together. This cabaret-style production captures the coming-of-age themes throughout all of his films with actors encompassing iconic character types found in his films.

Those familiar with the films will be ecstatic to hear these interpretations of songs like “Don’t You Forget About Me,” “If You Leave,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “If You Were Here.” This new production doesn’t leave out those older classics that Hughes brought back in his films like “Danke Shoen” and “Twist and Shout,” made famous in the parade scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” that was shot in Chicago.

This production will remind you of a lesson found in all of Hughes’ films: “Live moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around every once in a while you could miss it.”

“For The Record Presents Dear John Hughes” will run through March 15 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place located at 175 E. Chestnut. For tickets and more information visit

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