Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert has taken up temporary residence in Chicago while she works on a new project. And she’s loving the colorful beauty of the midwestern autumn.
Melissa Gilbert has lived most of her life in the Midwest and the East Coast. As a child and teenager, she filmed Little House on the Prairie in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Then she moved to Howell, Michigan, with her husband, Timothy Busfield. And finally, she settled in the Big Apple in 2018. So she’s never missed the changing leaves of fall.
Recently, she started working on a new play titled When Harry Met Rehab, which is set to premiere in Chicago, IL, later this month. So for a while, the Windy City will be her home. And even though she’s watched the leaves change every year for 57 years, she can’t get over the beauty of autumn.
Yesterday, the star was out for a stroll in the city and she snapped a picture of the bright orange leaves along the Chicago River, and Gilbert shared the photo with her Instagram friends.
“Fall in Chicago,” she captioned.
‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Opens Up About New Role
Melissa Gilbert is starring in a new play titled When Harry Met Rehab. And it’s a far cry from her work in Little House on the Praire.
Melissa Gilbert has temporarily moved to Chicago to star as one of the leads in a new comedy that premieres at the Windy City’s Greenhouse Theater on November 24th. The story is based on the real-life experiences of Chicago sports radio personality Harry Teinowitz during his struggle with sobriety. Gilbert is playing the role of Barb, a rehab therapist and former magician, who is a recovering heroin addict.
During a sit-down interview with Dean Richards on the WGN Morning News, Gilbert and her co-star, Fraiser’s Dan Butler, talked about the anticipated play and how the content is so relevant in today’s society. And while Gilbert was chatting, she admitted that her role on When Harry Met Rebab is much different than any project she’s ever had. And she’s excited about the change-up.
“It’s a really interesting role for me because it’s not something people would normally cast me in,” she told Richards. “Unfortunately, I have not gotten the chance to do a lot of comedy, and this play is a comedy. It does take the issue of rehab and sobriety seriously, but it is a comedy. So for me, this is just a wonderful opportunity. And the company is great. And I so enjoy working with Dan and everyone in the cast.”