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M. William Panek

M. William Panek William graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Stage Direction. Most recently, he staged The Brown Paper Box Co.'s actor-musician revival of Godspell. He also directed the world premiere of To Tree at the Heartland Studio, Reefer Madness! The Musical at the Viaduct Theater in 2010, and its subsequent 4/20 mountings in 2011 at Studio BE and 2012 at Stage 773. Past directing and assistant directing credits include And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Pippin, Nine, The Last 5 Years, and performing in Leonard Bernstein's Mass. Since graduating, William was an artistic associate with The Orchard Project's 2007 session in Hunter, NY, a production assistant for 2008's The 24-Hour Musicals at Joe's Pub, and the business management assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2011. He currently resides in Edgewater and can be found on Twitter @mwilliampanek.
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SMOKEFALL, currently occupying the Goodman's Albert stage following last year's successful run, is absolutely stunning.
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The doors outside About Face & Justin Brill's production of METHTACULAR! should warn audiences of the show's nudity.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival Expands to Canton in 2015Michigan Shakespeare Festival Expands to Canton in 2015
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The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is teaming up with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (MSF) to expand its theatrical offerings by bringing special performances to Canton, MI next year. For three weeks in the summer of 2015, from July 29 - August 16, 2015, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival will present its 2015 Season lineup, which will consist of two Shakespeare plays and one classical comedy, to the Canton Community.
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The six performers who wrote and star in the Second City's new revue know how the hit an audience where it counts: 50% heart and 50% brain.
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Photo Coverage: Third Annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards at The CallPhoto Coverage: Third Annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards at The Call
January 12, 2013

BroadwayWorld Chicago invited all winners, nominees, past winners and nominees, theater folk, superfans, board members and everyone else to the third annual BroadwayWorld Awards Celebration on January 9, 2013 at The Call nightclub in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. BroadwayWorld's Paul W. Thompson and The Call's Ashley Morgan once again co-hosted the event, with showtune videos presented by VJ Michael Hogan in between categories.
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There's something so utterly intoxicating about a skilled tap dancer decked out in a spiffy tuxedo - top hat, tails, and all - commanding the audience's attention for a brilliantly exhausting routine. There's something even more so invigorating when a cast-full of local performers nail their respective, and original, routines. Many kudos are in order for Tammy Mader and her cast for their ability to bring such energy and skill to a dangerously saccharine show like My One and Only, currently running at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.
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With Robert Massicotte and Alexis Laurence's eye-popping 3D video projection design bringing Massicotte's blank urban landscape design to life, the urban dances and circus acts in 'iD' are resoundingly funky, fresh, and beautifully mesmerizing.
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In anticipation of 'Next to Normal's' upcoming Chicago stint (as well as her Chicago concert debut!), Alice Ripley is taking YOUR questions, BroadwayWorld.com readers.
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In anticipation of 'Next to Normal's' upcoming Chicago stint (as well as her Chicago concert debut!), Tony Award winner Alice Ripley is taking YOUR questions, BroadwayWorld.com readers.
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Liz Callaway and I chatted about her career, Chicago, da Bears, barking technology, & a love for all things Stephen Sondheim and William Finn.
Video Footage: Parton Visits '9 to 5' National TourVideo Footage: Parton Visits '9 to 5' National Tour
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Here's a video package featuring Dolly Parton's arrival at the Bank of America Theatre, as well as her pre- and post '9 to 5' curtain call speeches. Plus Dee Hoty & cast presenting her butterfly-donned birthday cake.
'9 to 5' National Tour: A Well-Earned 7'9 to 5' National Tour: A Well-Earned 7
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'9 to 5' is a campy evening of harmless fun and 15 original toe-tapping ditties supplied by Miss Parton herself. It's nowhere near a perfect show, but for a strong dose of women power, this tour is a sure bet.
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In all, the detailed attention to all the Mario Bros. incarnations is what makes 'Boobs and Goombas' such a hoot. It isn't a highbrow or heady evening. It's a fun, video game throwback burlesque parody ... and how many of those can you say you've been to?
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Save $ome Dough: A Handful of Chicago Rush PoliciesSave $ome Dough: A Handful of Chicago Rush Policies
January 8, 2011

While not every theatre in Chicago offers Student, General, or other Rush programs, a good handful offer tickets at a severely discounted rate to patrons who don't mind waiting until the day of performance.
Entire Cast Keeps '...VIRGINIA WOOLF?' Feeling Brand NewEntire Cast Keeps '...VIRGINIA WOOLF?' Feeling Brand New
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Amy Morton is neither bawdy or large in Edward Albee's 'WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?,' but I'll go out on a limb in saying she delivers the most reinvented interpretation of a classic character Chicago has ever seen.
Travel Article: Chicagoan in NYC for the Weekend
December 16, 2010

This Chicagoan goes to New York over a winter's weekend to check out 'The Radio City Christmas Spectacular,' 'American Idiot,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' and first preview of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.'


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