May 2, 2024 - Culture

"Bluey's Big Play" Chicago live show a hot ticket

Photo of two mascot actors on stage in a kid's play

"Bluey's Big Play." Photo courtesy of Darren Thomas/Broadway in Chicago

Chicago's hottest celebrity this weekend may be a big blue dog.

Driving the news: "Bluey's Big Play," a live-action adaptation of the hit series "Bluey," kicks off a five-performance run Friday night at the Auditorium Theatre.

Catch up quick: The Australian hit streams here on Disney+ and has become one of the hottest shows in the world.

  • The series follows the adventures of Bluey Heeler, her family and her dog pals in Brisbane.
  • Episodes generally run less than 10 minutes and feature hijinks that crack kids up, along with real-world issues that engage parents.

What they're saying: "I like Bluey because it's a family and the dad always plays a game, and when the dad's not [in it] it's always so fun," Martin Roulo, 6, tells Axios.

  • "I'd say most parents are fans because the storylines are relatable, thoughtful and present learning moments," Robyn Farrell Roulo, Martin's mom, adds.

The latest: The series recently caused panic when Bluey premiered an extra-long episode that teased the Heeler family was leaving Brisbane and all their friends.

Reality check: Creators say the series will go on.

If you go: Tickets are still available for performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

What's next: Later this month, families can go inside Bluey's house at Bluey x Camp in Lincoln Park.

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