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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 15th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 15th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Monday night's Jeff Awards at the Drury Lane, and 'Amazing Grace' at the BOAT! Plus 2014's other Broadway In Chicago shows, The Grinch at the Chicago Theatre, local productions of 'Parade,' 'Camelot' and 'Mary Poppins,' the new 'A Christmas Memory,' and the sold-out Humanities Festival tribute to the Tonys!


Tickets for CINDERELLA Go on Sale This Friday in ChicagoTickets for CINDERELLA Go on Sale This Friday in Chicago
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce that individual tickets for RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, go on sale to the public this Friday, October 17 at 10 AM. CINDERELLA will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for a limited engagement from December 16, 2014 through January 4, 2015.


The Hypocrites to Stage H.M.S. PINAFORE, THE MIKADO and PIRATES OF PENZANCE in Rep, Beg. 11/26The Hypocrites to Stage H.M.S. PINAFORE, THE MIKADO and PIRATES OF PENZANCE in Rep, Beg. 11/26
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - On the heels of their critically acclaimed hit ALL OUR TRAGIC, The Hypocrites are pleased to continue their 2014-15 Season with another world premiere: a playful re-imaging of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. PINAFORE, adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Sean Graney, co-directed by Thrisa Hodits with new arrangements by Matt Kahler* and Andra Velis Simon.


Otherworld Theatre to Present THE AURORA PROJECT, 11/15-12/14Otherworld Theatre to Present THE AURORA PROJECT, 11/15-12/14
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - The Aurora Project will perform at The Right Brain Project November 15th - December 14th with no show on Thanksgiving. There will be a special press preview on November 14th.


Red Tape Theatre to Host Annual Masquerade Gala, 12/1Red Tape Theatre to Host Annual Masquerade Gala, 12/1
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Red Tape Theatre has announced the return of their annual gala, 'The Red Masquerade' which will feature the incomparable Molly Brennan reprising her role as 'Madam Barker', headlining the entertainment for the evening.


Victory Gardens to Stage the Midwest Premiere of THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, 11/14-12/14Victory Gardens to Stage the Midwest Premiere of THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, 11/14-12/14
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Continuing its 40th Anniversary Season, Victory Gardens Theater announces the Midwest Premiere of The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, directed by Dennis Za?ek and featuring Linda Reiter. The Testament of Mary runs November 14-December 14, 2014, with the press performance on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30pm, at Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.


Chicago Children's Theatre Announces New Stay & Play ClassChicago Children's Theatre Announces New Stay & Play Class
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Chicago Children's Theatre is making it easy for kids to try a theater class - and for their parents to slip out for a cup of coffee or to run a quick errand - with its new Stay & Play class, every Saturday during the fall run of its world premiere family musical, Leo Lionni's Frederick.


Tony Winner Duncan Sheik Coming to City Winery Chicago, 10/30Tony Winner Duncan Sheik Coming to City Winery Chicago, 10/30
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Grammy and Tony Award-winning songwriter and composer Duncan Sheik makes his long-awaited return to singing stand-alone pop songs in his City Winery debut. Sheik has released seven albums, and his song "Barely Breathing" spent a record 55 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.


Midnight Circus in the Parks' 2014 FUNraising Tour Closes this WeekendMidnight Circus in the Parks' 2014 FUNraising Tour Closes this Weekend
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Midnight Circus Founders Jeff Jenkins and Julie Greenberg Jenkins announce a contribution of $800,000 to the Chicago Park District since 2007. Midnight Circus in the Parks' 2014 FUNraising Tour will come to a close this weekend with five performances under its intimate little big top tent in Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave. These family-friendly performances will take place on October 17, 2014 at 7pm, and October 18-19, 2014 at 2pm and 5pm. All proceeds will benefit the Parks.


CST's CPS Shakespeare! Begins 11/7CST's CPS Shakespeare! Begins 11/7
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents CPS Shakespeare!, a transformative arts-in-education program that engages Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students and teachers in creating an original Shakespeare production with CST theater and education professionals.


Photo Flash: Meet the Star of FREDERICK, Beginning Tonight at Chicago Children's TheatrePhoto Flash: Meet the Star of FREDERICK, Beginning Tonight at Chicago Children's Theatre
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - A raucous, playful new production of Leo Lionni's Frederick, a world premiere musical based on beloved children's author Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse, is the big kick off to Chicago Children's Theatre's 10th birthday season. Scroll down for a look at the star of the show!


Steppenwolf for Young Adults' New Adaptation of ANIMAL FARM Begins Tonight in ChicagoSteppenwolf for Young Adults' New Adaptation of ANIMAL FARM Begins Tonight in Chicago
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) presents the first production of its 2014/15 season, George Orwell's Animal Farm, a world premiere adaptation by Althos Low. Directed by SYA Artistic and Educational Director Hallie Gordon, the cast of professional actors features Will Allan, Jasmine Bracey, Lucy Carapetyan, Amelia Hefferon, Matt Kahler, Mildred Marie Langford, Blake Montgomery, Dana Murphy, Lance Newton and Sean Parris. Animal Farm runs today, October 15 - November 9, 2014; the press performance is on Saturday, October 18 at 3pm.


LEO LIONNI'S FREDERICK Plays Chicago Children's Theatre, Now thru 11/16LEO LIONNI'S FREDERICK Plays Chicago Children's Theatre, Now thru 11/16
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/15/2014) - A raucous, playful new production of Leo Lionni's Frederick, a world premiere musical based on beloved children's author Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse, is the big kick off to Chicago Children's Theatre's 10th birthday season.


AMERICAN IDOL Finalist Devin Velez to Join Donna McKechnie at Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit, 10/20AMERICAN IDOL Finalist Devin Velez to Join Donna McKechnie at Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit, 10/20
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/14/2014) - Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit Simply Sensational: Legends will reach new heights this year when Tony Award Winner Donna McKechnie headlines the event on October 20. She will be joined on stage by other musical guests American Idol Finalist Devin Velez, Colte Julian from Million Dollar Quartet, and Ryan Lanning from Bailiwick Chicago's The Wild Party. WGN's Dean Richards serves again as the emcee, which features a preshow reception at 6 pm, the performance at 7, and a post show champagne toast with Ms. McKechnie.


Ken Clark, Christy Altomare & More to Star in Drury Lane Theatre's CAMELOT; Performances Begin 10/30Ken Clark, Christy Altomare & More to Star in Drury Lane Theatre's CAMELOT; Performances Begin 10/30
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/14/2014) - Drury Lane Theatre presents the iconic love story CAMELOT, the winner of four Tony Awards, previewing October 30, opening November 6 and running through January 4, 2015.


STAGE TUBE: Trailer, Behind-the-Scenes and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's DON GIOVANNISTAGE TUBE: Trailer, Behind-the-Scenes and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's DON GIOVANNI
by Stage Tube (Chicago)

(10/14/2014) - Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th anniversary starts in style with a brand-new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, and staged by director Robert Falls, artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre. It opens on Saturday, September 27 with 10 performances through Wednesday, October 29. Performance dates are Sept. 27, 30, Oct. 11, 14, 17, and 29 at 7:30pm; Oct. 2, 5, 8, and 24 at 2pm. Check out the trailer, behind-the-scenes videos and more below!


The 46th Annual Jeff Awards Are Announced - THE DANCE OF DEATH, THE NORMAL HEART, BRIGADOON and More!The 46th Annual Jeff Awards Are Announced - THE DANCE OF DEATH, THE NORMAL HEART, BRIGADOON and More!
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/14/2014) - At the gala 46th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 13, awards were spread among numerous theatres honoring a season of outstanding productions. From Writers Theatre, "The Dance of Death", a battle of wits between a tyrant and his manipulative wife, received the Production-Play award for a large theatre, along with its two principal actors Larry Yando and Shannon Cochran. "The Normal Heart", Larry Kramer's tale of the early indifference in N.Y. about the HIV/Aids crisis, presented by TimeLine Theatre Company, was honored with awards for Production-Play for a midsize theatre and for Director Nick Bowling.


Theatre Y Stages Beckett's HAPPY DAYS, Now thru 11/23Theatre Y Stages Beckett's HAPPY DAYS, Now thru 11/23
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/14/2014) - Theatre Y has announced their production of HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett. Romanian director Andras Visky, Associate Artistic Director of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, stages the two-person cast featuring Artistic Director Melissa Lorraine and Evan Hill. The seldom done Samuel Beckett classic will be staged on a multimedia art installation designed by Hungarian intermedia and conceptual artist Peter Szabo. Tickets for HAPPY DAYS are available at www.theatre-y.ticketleap.com or by calling 773-977-7873. HAPPY DAYS begins previews tonight, October 14, 2014 (press opening is October 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through November 23, 2014 at Theatre Y's residency space at St. Luke's Lutheran Church (2649 N. Francisco, Chicago, IL).


Stage Left Theatre to Stage KEYS OF THE KINGDOM, Jan 10-Feb 15Stage Left Theatre to Stage KEYS OF THE KINGDOM, Jan 10-Feb 15
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - Stage Left Theatre, in association with Theater Wit, announces the upcoming world premiere of Keys of the Kingdom written by Penny Penniston and directed by ensemble member Greg Werstler. Keys of the Kingdom is the second production of Stage Left' s 33rd season. Press opening is Friday, January 16 at 8 PM at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont. The show runs through February 15.


Rubicon's Fall 2014 Theatre Tour Heads to ChicagoRubicon's Fall 2014 Theatre Tour Heads to Chicago
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - Rubicon's Theatre Company's trips to New York and London typically sell-out within days of being announced. The company's trips have earned a reputation for offering unique behind-the-scenes experiences that cannot be arranged privately. This year, the company has added a new tour -- a first-ever theatre excursion to Chicago later this month.


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE to Return to Chicago, 12/17-21; Tickets on Sale NowCIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE to Return to Chicago, 12/17-21; Tickets on Sale Now
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - Cirque Dreams triumphantly returns to Chicago with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, December 17- 21 at the Chicago Theatre (175 North State St.)


New Mission Theater Announces Programming LineupNew Mission Theater Announces Programming Lineup
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi of the renowned improvisational duo 'TJ & Dave' announce the full lineup of diverse programming for The Mission Theater. Located inside the new iO Theater building (1501 N. Kingsbury), The Mission Theater presents an assortment of incredible entertainment every day of the week, from live music to hysterical comedy including the long-running, critically acclaimed 'TJ & Dave' as well as the centerpiece of the new theater's repertoire 'TRAP,' a sketch revue directed by Jagodowski and Pasquesi.


Steppenwolf to Host Pre-Show Event for THE NIGHT ALIVE, 10/23Steppenwolf to Host Pre-Show Event for THE NIGHT ALIVE, 10/23
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosts its first EXPLORE event of the season on Thursday, October 23 at 5:30pm prior to that evening's 7:30pm performance of The Night Alive. EXPLORE events invite audiences to further engage with the ideas and themes of the play through interactive and fun pre-show gatherings.


Lifeline Theatre Extends JANE EYRE Through 11/16Lifeline Theatre Extends JANE EYRE Through 11/16
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - To accommodate ticket demand, Lifeline Theatre announces fifteen added performances of its critically-acclaimed production of Jane Eyre, adapted from Charlotte Bronte's novel 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).


Tony Winner Jason Robert Brown Set for Northlight Theatre's 40th Anniversary Party, 12/11Tony Winner Jason Robert Brown Set for Northlight Theatre's 40th Anniversary Party, 12/11
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces Northlight's 40th Anniversary Party featuring a performance by Tony Award winner, composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. The event, which will also include a cocktail reception, raffle and auction, will be held at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $150, and are available at 847.673.6300 or northlight.org.


A STEADY RAIN to Play the MAC, 10/24-26A STEADY RAIN to Play the MAC, 10/24-26
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - Following a sold-out Jeff Award-winning initial run at Chicago Dramatists, a Broadway production starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, Keith Huff's 'A Steady Rain' comes to Glen Ellyn's McAninch Arts Center's, 425 Fawell Blvd. in the intimate Playhouse Theatre for a limited run, Oct. 24-26.


Goodman Theatre Sets New Playwrights Unit MembersGoodman Theatre Sets New Playwrights Unit Members
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - A new crop of local talent joins Goodman Theatre's artistic team for the 2014/2015 Season.


Terrence McNally Announced as Eclipse Theatre Company's  2015 Featured PlaywrightTerrence McNally Announced as Eclipse Theatre Company's 2015 Featured Playwright
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the Midwest's only theatre company to focus on a single playwright each season, will feature the works of award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally for their 2015 Season. Eclipse will explore the range of McNally's output with three full productions, plus readings and public events about the playwright.


2014 Jeff Awards Set for Tonight in Chicago; Goodman & Drury Lane Lead Nominations2014 Jeff Awards Set for Tonight in Chicago; Goodman & Drury Lane Lead Nominations
by BWW News Desk (Chicago)

(10/13/2014) - The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area is tonight, October 13 at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.




 
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