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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 16th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 16th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Seussical' splashes, 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' 'Clemente' and 'Hansel & Gretel' bow, 'Hank Williams' returns, 'Charlie Brown' takes a hike, plus 'Reefer Madness' at Mayne, Bill Larkin at Davenport's and showtunes at Ravinia. Plus:'Titanic' arrives as 'The Last Ship' sails!


Two Pence Theatre Company to Present WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, 9/4-27Two Pence Theatre Company to Present WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, 9/4-27
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - Two Pence Theatre Company announces their 2014 production of Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women, Thursday, Sept. 4 - Saturday, Sept. 27 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. The production is directed by Two Pence Theatre Company Member Kathryn Walsh. Previews run Thursday, Sept. 4, Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press night is Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The regular production schedule, September 11 - 27, is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets prices are $25 ($20 for previews) and are now on sale. To purchase tickets visit www.twopencetheatre.org/see and for more information about the company visit www.twopencetheatre.org.


Mary-Arrchie's ABBIE FEST XXVI Set for 8/15-17 at Angel IslandMary-Arrchie's ABBIE FEST XXVI Set for 8/15-17 at Angel Island
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. will present its 26th annual "Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins" Theater Festival, featuring three days of virtually non-stop theatrical entertainment on August 15, 16 & 17, 2014 at Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago. Abbie Fest, as it's affectionately called, was originally created to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethesda, NY. Since then, Mary-Arrchie has concluded its past 25 seasons by inviting any and all theater groups and performers into its performance space for the annual festival.


AstonRep's THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE to Run 10/23-11/23 at Raven TheatreAstonRep's THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE to Run 10/23-11/23 at Raven Theatre
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - AstonRep Theatre Company will launch its 2014-15 season with Martin McDonagh's black comedy THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, directed by Company Member Derek Bertelsen, playing October 23 - November 23, 2014 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 1, 2014 at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129. The press opening is Sunday, October 26 at 3:30 pm.


Oak Park Festival Theatre to Present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Begin. 7/24Oak Park Festival Theatre to Present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Begin. 7/24
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - As the second production of its gala fortieth season, Oak Park Festival Theatre (the Midwest's oldest professional outdoor classical theatre) presents comedy's crown jewel, The Importance of Being Earnest.


Jackalope to Welcome Andrew Saenz & Ron Turner to Cast for EXIT STRATEGY ExtensionJackalope to Welcome Andrew Saenz & Ron Turner to Cast for EXIT STRATEGY Extension
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - Jackalope has announced the full casting for the extension of its hit production of Ike Holter's Exit Strategy, running July 30 - August 29, 2014 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N Broadway. Tickets are available via www.jackalopetheatre.org.


MYTHBUSTERS: BEHIND THE MYTHS Adds Second Performance at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 12/6MYTHBUSTERS: BEHIND THE MYTHS Adds Second Performance at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 12/6
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - Broadway In Chicago has announced that a 3:00 p.m. performance of the all-new live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths will be added on December 6, 2014 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph). Starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series 'MythBusters," Mythbusters: Behind the Myths will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre December 6 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Andrea Marcovicci's Series of Shows at Davenport's Begins TonightAndrea Marcovicci's Series of Shows at Davenport's Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - Called the 'the greatest cabaret star of her generation' by the International Herald Tribune, star of screen, stage, concert and recording star Andrea Marcovicci will be making a special concert appearance at Chicago's premier venue for music, Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.


The Bronzeville Comedy Showcase, Hosted by Brian Babylon, Begins TonightThe Bronzeville Comedy Showcase, Hosted by Brian Babylon, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/16/2014) - The annual summer Bronzeville Comedy Showcase, presented by Vocalo and emceed by comedian Brian Babylon, returns for year seven. An outdoor summer tradition where comedians try out new sets in front of great audiences, the Bronzeville Comedy Showcase is a local comedy hub that brings together diverse comedians from across Chicagoland. The once weekly showcase will now take place every other Wednesday beginning today, July 16 at Bronzeville's Blanc Gallery, 4445 S. Martin Luther King Drive. 773-373-4320. Admission is free.


BWW TV: Highlights from THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE MUSICAL at Theatre at the CenterBWW TV: Highlights from THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE MUSICAL at Theatre at the Center
by BroadwayWorld TV (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - After 200 episodes and nine seasons as America's beloved 1960s sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies is making strides on stage as a musical for the first time ever. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana, presents the World Premiere of THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE MUSICAL, running now through August 10, 2014. Click below to watch highlights from the show!


Chicago Slam Works to Kick Off Theater Season with ONE DAY WHEN WE ARE ALL ROBOTS at Stage773, 8/15Chicago Slam Works to Kick Off Theater Season with ONE DAY WHEN WE ARE ALL ROBOTS at Stage773, 8/15
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - Chicago Slam Works announces the premiere of a three-production interdisciplinary theater season beginning with 'One Day When We Are All Robots' opening Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont.


Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers to Host CLLAW XIX Match, 7/25Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers to Host CLLAW XIX Match, 7/25
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) is putting the 'sizzle' in summer at CLLAW XIX on Friday, July 25 at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago. Presented by Sideshow Theatre Company, CLLAW's 19th bout will feature Chicago's biggest, baddest, most belligerent lady arm wrestlers decked out in over-the-top outfits with fast-talking managers, ebullient entourages and shady referees. Chicago's own bands Homer Marrs and the Excellent Adventure and The Cell Phones will provide rockin' live musical entertainment. Scroll down to prep for next week with a look at the last event!


ON YOUR FEET Gets NYC Staged Reading Prior to Pre-Broadway Run in ChicagoON YOUR FEET Gets NYC Staged Reading Prior to Pre-Broadway Run in Chicago
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - As BroadwayWorld previously reported, On Your Feet! - a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan - will have its Pre-Broadway World Premiere in Chicago in Summer 2015 with Broadway In Chicago theater and performance schedule to be announced. It will open on Broadway in Fall 2015 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced. According to a Equity casting notice, the new musical will get a staged reading in New York City later this month, July 21-31. It also notes that creators are seeking actors who are fluent in Spanish to play 'Young Emilio.'


side project's MILES AWAY Begins Previews 8/4side project's MILES AWAY Begins Previews 8/4
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - As the final play of the side project's 9-show 'Season of Reps,' the company will present the Chicago premiere of Miles Away by Christine Whitley. Directed by Scott Weinstein, the play will start previews August 4th and run in rep with Mike and Seth by Daniel Talbott, directed by Artistic Director Adam Webster. Both plays are hyper-intimate studies of characters at key turning points of their lives.


THE MORNING SHOW COMEDIANS Set for Theatre at the Center, 8/22THE MORNING SHOW COMEDIANS Set for Theatre at the Center, 8/22
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - Chicagoans wake up every morning with them and now Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana, invites audiences to once again experience THE MORNING SHOW COMEDIANS live on stage, Friday, August 22nd at 8:00 p.m. Back by popular demand, WGN Morning News personalities Pat Tomasulo, Mike Toomey and Ana Belaval return to the stage for a fresh take on their one-of-a-kind, stand-up comedy performance.


DANCING PROS: LIVE! Coming to Cadillac Palace Theatre, 11/1-2DANCING PROS: LIVE! Coming to Cadillac Palace Theatre, 11/1-2
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - Broadway In Chicago has announced the world's finest dancers will battle it out live when DANCING PROS: LIVE! comes to the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) on Saturday, November 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. and the audience will choose the winner! Edyta Sliwinska of Dancing WithThe Stars serves as the head judge and Chelsie Hightower of DWTS competes in this unforgettable live competition show hosted by Golden Globe nominee and star of the hit TV show Growing Pains, Alan Thicke.


Lifeline Theatre to Present JANE EYRE this FallLifeline Theatre to Present JANE EYRE this Fall
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(7/15/2014) - Lifeline Theatre presents an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christina Calvit (four-time Jeff Award winner), and directed by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne (Jeff Award and After Dark Award winner). After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre searches for new purpose as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But a fragile peace gives way to turbulent passion when she meets Mr. Rochester, a man concealing a dark secret. Their unconventional relationship leads to a terrible revelation, and Jane must forge a new future amid the ashes of her ravaged dreams. As she struggles to free herself from the ghosts of her past, Jane realizes that her only hope is to find love on her own terms. A highly theatrical exploration of one woman's independent spirit in a beloved adaptation freshly updated for its first appearance on the Lifeline stage in thirteen years. Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com).




 
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