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Mark Your Calendars: BroadwayWorld Chicago's Tony Award Viewing Party Is On!

May 13
2:33 PM 2014
Mark Your Calendars: BroadwayWorld Chicago's Tony Award Viewing Party Is On!

BroadwayWorld Chicago is excited to announce details for our annual Tony Award Viewing Party, when Chicago's theater community (professionals and fans alike) will come together to enjoy the televised broadcast of the 68th Annual Tony Awards from New York. The biggest night of the year for live theater is a great chance to root for your favorites, glimpse a colleague in the audience, plan your future theatrical experiences, or just enjoy the company of like-minded folks from all across the Chicagoland area.

Mark your calendars now, for Sunday night, June 8th!

As stage and screen star Hugh Jackman prepares to host the Tonys, presented at Radio City Music Hall by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, we will gather at The Call Bar in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood , at 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue (between Clark and Ashland). Begin arriving at 6:00 pm, because the telecast begins on CBS promptly at 7:00 Central Time, and you won't want to miss the opening number! It's a three-hour telecast, until 10:00, but why leave then? The Call Bar is open until 2:00 am that night, and will feature showtune videos spun once again by VJ Michael Hogan. Admission is free, and no tickets are necessary, though of course the bar is a 21+ venue only.

And we'll have Trivia! Once again, the theme is "Chicago At The Tonys!" There are so many Chicagoans who've been nominated for Tony Awards over the years (including this year) that there are plenty of questions to ask and answer. Here's how it will work: at each commercial break, Party hosts Paul W. Thompson (representing BroadwayWorld Chicago) and Ashley Morgan (The Call's drag hostess) will ask one trivia question. If somebody shouts it out correctly, they win that round! If no one does, whoever comes up to the Party table with the correct answer during the next televised segment will win. (No smartphone cheating, though. That's not fun!)

And what can you win? We're amassing an impressive array of free ticket offers from a cross-section of Chicago theater companies. Lucky winners can choose a prize, usually consisting of two free tickets for one of the following Chicago productions (with more in the works):

American Blues Theater (tickets to both GROUNDED and HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY)

Brown Paper Box Co. (tickets to PROUD AT MARY'S)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (tickets to one of the following: KING LEAR, PERICLES or SENSE AND SENSIBILITY)

First Folio Theatre (tickets to THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR)

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (tickets to BIG FISH)

Kokandy Productions (tickets to ASSASSINS)


Raue Center for the Arts (tickets to SUDS THE MUSICAL)

Wayward Productions (tickets to BURN THE BLACK DOG)

BroadwayWorld Chicago would like to thank these companies for their generosity, and is looking for a few more companies to join in with prize offers. (Just let us know by e-mail to Paul@BroadwayWorld.com.)

So, we look forward to seeing you there and then. And if you'd like to spend the day at Andersonville's Midsommarfest streetfair that day, you can grab a nightcap with us just a few blocks north at The Call! June 8, 2014 is the day, and Andersonville is the neighborhood. It's the Tony Award Viewing Party hosted by BroadwayWorld Chicago. Come one, come all, to The Call!




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Paul W. Thompson Paul W. Thompson, a contributor to BroadwayWorld.com since 2007, is a Chicago-based singer, actor, musical director, pianist, vocal coach, composer and commentator. His career as a performer, teacher and writer is centered at Paul W. Thompson Music, located in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building, where he teaches the great songs of Broadway to the next generation of musical theater performers. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Paul was raised in a family of professional musicians and teachers, steeped in classical, gospel, country, pop, sacred and show music. Dubbed a “thin, winsome lad” at the age of 13 by a critic for the Nashville Banner, he earned two degrees in musical theater (a B.F.A. with Honors from Baylor University and an M.M. from the University of Miami, Florida), plus an M.B.A. with Distinction from DePaul University. Paul’s memberships include Actors’ Equity Association, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (proud voter for the Grammy Awards!), the National Association of Teachers of Singing and New York’s Drama League.

Moving easily between the worlds of classical music, religious music, classic pop and musical theater, Paul has appeared onstage or in the orchestra pit in concerts, musicals, operettas and operas in 30 states and in Europe, in a career spanning more than 35 years. His Chicagoland stage credits include “Forever Plaid” at the Royal George Theater and twenty mainstage productions at Light Opera Works. Paul joined the Chicago Symphony Chorus in 1995 (he was Tenor I Section Leader for four years and sings on two Grammy-winning recordings), and is one of Chicago’s foremost liturgical singers, marking 20 years as a member of the choir at St. James Cathedral (Episcopal) in 2011.He has composed and arranged a number of anthems, hymns and songs for worship and concert use, and collaborates on the creation of new works of musical theater. Paul can be found on Monday nights watching showtune videos at the world-famous Sidetrack nightclub, the inspiration for his weekly column, “The Showtune Mosh Pit.” His proudest achievement is that he has seen the original Broadway production of every Tony Award-winning Best Musical since “Cats.” No, really. Since “Cats!”


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