Last stop on Market Street | 05/11/2024



May 11-June 2 at Greenhouse Theater Center
4 years and over. Info and prices:

CHICAGO – After the joyous season-opening production of “Junie B. Jones” and the Chicago premiere of TYA’s new “Diary of Anne Frank,” Young People’s Theater of Chicago concludes its second season in May with the second Chicago production. from the hip-hop, soul, gospel and Motown-infused musical adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning “Last Stop on Market Street.”

Adapted by Cheryl L. West from Matt de la Pena’s best-selling picture book, Last Stop’s glorious score is by Paris Ray Dozier and her father Lamont Dozier, author of Motown hits like “How Sweet It Is” and “You Can’t Hurry.” Love.”

Last Stop runs May 11 through June 2 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue. For information and tickets: or call the Greenhouse Theater box office at 773 404 7336.

Six-year-old CJ and his imperturbable Nana embark on an extraordinary bus journey to the very last stop on Market Street. With each passing moment, CJ discovers that things in the big city are not what they seem. Throughout, CJ finds friendship, joy, and understanding in the most unexpected places.

Considered an “artistic tour de force” (Kirkus Reviews), Matt de la Pena’s New York Times bestselling picture book was named the best children’s book of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal and awarded the Caldecott, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and the Newberry Medal in 2015, the most prestigious award in children’s literature. Matt de la Pena was the first Spanish-American author to win the Newberry Medal.

The stage adaptation is by Cheryl L. West, an accomplished and award-winning playwright whose work has been presented on Broadway and in theaters across the country. Composers Lamont and Paris Dozier draw inspiration from many styles, including Motown, hip hop, R&B, soul, gospel and jazz. Co-composer Paris Ray Dozier has written songs for Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ Above Average Productions, among others. Father and co-composer Lamont Dozier is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most prolific songwriters and composers of the late 20th century. As a member of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team, Dozier played an integral role in creating the sounds of artists such as The Supremes, The Four Tops and Martha and the Vandellas. He has co-written and produced 14 US Billboard #1 hits.

The musical was co-developed by the Chicago Children’s Theater and the Children Theater Company of Minneapolis. YPT is proud to present the second Chicago production of “Last Stop on Market Street.”

presented by Young People’s Theater of Chicago
written by Matt de la Pena
illustrated by Christian Robinson
adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West
music and lyrics by Ray Dozier and Lamont Dozier
co-directed by Tuesdai B. Perry and Randy White
choreography by Tuesdai B. Perry


General admission: $25.00,
Children under 12: USD 19.00