'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 9th, 2013
THE LATEST IN UNAUTHORIZED GOSSIP AND BUZZ
FROM THE HEART OF CHICAGO'S SHOWTUNE VIDEO BARS,
AND MUSICAL THEATER NEWS FROM CHICAGO TO BROADWAY
Overheard last weekend under the showtune
video screens at Sidetrack and The Call:
It's time again for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards! Chicago's only comprehensive, fan-voted theater awards are now in our 4th fabulous year. On Monday of this week, BroadwayWorld opened up the 2013 online nominations process, available throughout the month of October.
We've added more categories this year, including ones for directors and sound designers. There are now 36 categories in all! Equity and Non-Equity productions are eligible, as long as they opened between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013.
Once the suggestions are in, the voting will begin! In early November the nominees will be announced, and online voting will commence on BroadwayWorld's unique voting software. You can track how your favorite nominees are doing in real time. Voting will be open until New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013. And then? Once again, we will all convene on Chicago's north lakefront, at The Call Bar in the Andersonville neighborhood (1547 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, between Clark and Ashland).
The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration will take place on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 8:00 pm till midnight, where winners will be revealed, certificates handed out, and showtune videos will be watched, played by "Curtains Up Wednesday" VJ Michael Hogan. Nominees will wear yellow ribbons, casts will reunite, and all facets of the Chicagoland theater community will come together for a relaxing night of fun with friends, fans and theater folk alike. But it only works if YOU are involved!
Nominate your favorite productions, performers and creative personnel. Get your friends to nominate as well. And vote! (Only once though.....) And come on out in January and celebrate the winners, the nominees and the whole theater season with like-minded folks. You make the party a great one!
Who will join the esteemed list of BroadwayWorld Chicago Award winners? Help us as only you can.... So Nominate and Vote online, and Celebrate in person with the 2013 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards!
Two productions which might show up on a list of nominations for the Broadie Awards have announced extensions. Cheryl L. West's play with music, "The Pullman Porter Blues," will play six additional performances, in an extra week (October 23-27, 2013) at the Goodman Theatre in downtown Chicago's Loop Theatre District. Have you seen some of the performance videos? My, my, oh my, that's some singing going on....
And "The Color Purple," playing at the Mercury Theater Chicago on Southport Avenue in West Wrigleyville, has announced an extension all the way to November 10th, two weeks beyond the original closing date of October 27th. Not bad for a show that opened in late August. Remember summer? Oh, right, it lasted up until last week!
The very well received production of "Hank Williams: Lost Highway" that American Blues Theater placed into the Greenhouse Theater Center on Lincoln Avenue has also announced more playing time. But it's next summer, July 25-August 31, 2014 in the same venue. The production starring Matt Brumlow, and co-starring Jim Leaming, Michael Mahler, Suzanne Petri and Austin Cook (with Dana Black, John Crowley, Greg Hirte and John Foley) has to close this Sunday, October 12, 2013. After such solid reviews, one hopes that the whole company can come back for a reprise next year. Good for them.