PEORIA, Ill. — Peoria is heading to Broadway! Kind of.
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of the play “The Minutes” by Tracy Letts will debut on Broadway next year and its set is inspired by the Peoria City Council chambers.
Set designer David Zinn, along with Letts himself, who won two Tony Awards each throughout their respected careers, worked together to ultimately choose Peoria’s chambers as their inspiration. Letts suggested to take a look at the chambers because he had a city similar to Peoria in mind.
“Zinn went online and found some images and he was absolutely awestruck by the uniqueness of our city council chambers,” city communications director Stacy Peterson said. “And on that, he based the entire set on [them] and that’s the entire background of this play.”
Peterson noted there are minor differences to the set, but at first glance, it looks “strikingly similar.”
“The Minutes” is a comedy-drama about city politicians having a town hall meeting that ultimately reflects and critiques modern political climate.
“Letts didn’t use the Peoria council at all, he just set it in a fictitious town,” Peterson said.
The show opens in the Big Apple in February 2020.