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You're Invited to the FALL THEATER PREVIEW PARTY On Wednesday, August 28th!

August 24
11:19 PM 2013

This coming Wednesday night, August 28, 2013, is the FALL THEATER PREVIEW PARTY from BroadwayWorld Chicago. It's from 8:00 pm to midnight, and YOU'RE invited!

Come one, come all, to The Call, at 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, the nightclub in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood that features showtune videos every Wednesday. This week, theater representatives, including those from the Goodman Theatre, Redtwist Theatre Company and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, will be on hand with the chance for you to receive free or reduced price tickets for their upcoming productions. And BroadwayWorld staff is hard at work compiling a useful list of local productions opening this fall, which you can take home and consult in making your theater plans!

Redtwist Theatre will be on hand to tell you all about their upcoming production of the play "Clybourne Park," the sequel to "A Raisin In The Sun" by Bruce Norris that caused a sensation at its premiere two years ago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Be among the first to get details about this new staging of this play, already a Chicago classic.

Remy Bumppo artistic director and actor Nick Sandys will tell you about that company's upcoming season, including Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey," "An Inspector Calls" and "Our Class."

And staff from the Goodman Theatre will be available to discuss the legendary theater's two fall offerings! The company has "Pullman Porter Blues," opening in September in the Albert Theatre, and "Smokefall," opening in October in the Owen Theatre. You don't want to miss out on this ticketing opportunity!

Paul W. Thompson, Chicago Regional Editor for, author of the weekly column, "The Showtune Mosh Pit" and owner of Paul W. Thompson Music in the Chicago Loop, announces the third of the three fun summer events at The Call Bar for 2013. He's hosted one each month, and now it's time for August. After hosting the Tony Awards viewing party in June and the "Summer Birthday Showtune Blowout" in July, it's August's turn.

With the information Chicago area theater companies will bring about their fall seasons, everyone in attendance can plan out their nights at all of the "Super September" shows that happen every year in the Chicago theater community.

This event will be a fun way to get a head start in coming back from your summer activities, and to focus on the great Chicago theater scene that explodes in the weeks after Labor Day. With showtune videos on the screens and theater people on hand, professionals and fans alike, what's not to love? Can you say, "Networking?" Drop by anytime between 8:00 and 12:00 and join in the sharing. Enjoy $3 off Absolut or Sky Vodka martinis and cosmos. And enjoy VJ Michael Hogan's unparalleled collection of showtune videos. See you there!

The Call Bar, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago, between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue, is home to Andersonville's largest dance floor. But readers of BroadwayWorld Chicago know it as the home of the annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration every winter, hosted for the last three years by BWW's Paul W. Thompson and The Call's Ashley Morgan. And of course, on every Wednesday night and Sunday evening, "Curtains Up!" brings you your favorite Broadway and Silver Screen hits on the video screen, starting at 9:00 pm. It is a 21 and over venue. And there are drink specials every day! The Call, Andersonville's neighborhood video and dance bar, is Andersonville's newest (since 2009) and largest GLBT neighborhood nightspot. With Andersonville's largest dance floor, it is located just steps west of the corner of Clark Street and Bryn Mawr Avenue (between Clark & Ashland) in Chicago's fastest growing neighborhood: Andersonville. It is proud to be part of the GLBT and Andersonville communities! The Call is open every day at 4PM--and closes at 2AM (3AM Saturday's) NO COVER.

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Paul W. Thompson Paul W. Thompson, a contributor to 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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