November 17, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Based on the beloved television special originally created by legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, the family-friendly musical Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas features music and lyrics by Paul Williams (The Muppet Movie), with a book by lead producer Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach) and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli (Newsies).

It’s three days before Christmas and Mayor Fox has just announced a Christmas talent contest with a grand prize of fifty dollars! Meanwhile, times are tough for Ma and Emmet Otter since Pa passed away, and winning that prize money would allow them to secretly buy each other a Christmas gift. Emmet considers forming a jug-band with his friends, but in order to do that he’ll have to put a hole in Ma’s washtub. The problem is, Ma earns money by doing other folks’ laundry in the washtub. Ma thinks about hocking Pa’s old toolbox so she can make a costume for the contest, but Emmet uses those tools to do odd jobs. As Christmas Eve and the talent contest quickly approach, will Ma and Emmet sacrifice what little they have, or will their Christmas wishes come true?

Family Box Seating – Box Seats for Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas are available for purchase as a unit and not as individual seats. Each Family Box accommodates 6 people. Please note: Family Boxes are not wheelchair accessible. For more information about purchasing a Family Box please contact the box office at 312-753-3210.


Andy Mientus as Emmet Otter
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone as Ma
Jordan Brownlee
Nick Cearley
Kevin Covert
Adam Fane
Matt Furtado
Sharriese Hamilton
Steven Huynh
Ben Mathew
Leah Morrow
Anney Ozar
Emily Rohm
James Silson
Sawyer Smith
David Stephens


Music and Lyrics:
Paul Williams

Lead Producer/Co-Author
Timothy Allen McDonald

Christopher Gatelli

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop

Scenic Design:
Anna Louizos

Costume Design:
Gregg Barnes

Lighting Design:
Jen Schriever

Sound Design:
Matt Kraus

Dan DeLange

Music Supervisor:
Larry Pressgrove

Senior Associate Producer:
Alexander Robertson


Does my child need a ticket? Is there a minimum age requirement to see the show? Are lap seats available?

The recommended minimum age for this show is 3 years. All children require their own ticket. Infants are not allowed in the theater. Booster seats are available from our front of house staff.

What happens if my child becomes restless during the show?

There are quiet areas in the Fine Arts Building lobby where you and your child can relax outside of the theater. Our House Management team will help with entering and exiting the theater.