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Martin's 'PICASSO,' Morisseau's SKELETON CREW & More Set for The Old Globe's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Announced OCTOBER SKY!Martin's 'PICASSO,' Morisseau's SKELETON CREW & More Set for The Old Globe's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Announced OCTOBER SKY!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Old Globe today shared its 2016-2017 Season, including world and West Coast premieres, second looks, comic favorites, plays with music, classics-and, of course, Shakespeare and the Mean Old Grinch return again too! (more...)

Breaking News: Up, Up and Away! Norman, Thielen & Mahler's OCTOBER SKY Musical to Launch at The Old Globe This FallBreaking News: Up, Up and Away! Norman, Thielen & Mahler's OCTOBER SKY Musical to Launch at The Old Globe This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

The Old Globe's 2016-2017 Season will blast off with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams: the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

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STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from SPRING AWAKENING at The Marriott TheatreSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from SPRING AWAKENING at The Marriott Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jan 18, 2016

For three weeks only, The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, Chicagoland's longest-running professional musical theater, will present the ground-breaking musical SPRING AWAKENING. This special pre-season limited event, directed and choreographed by Marriott Theatre's Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, runs now through January 31st. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SPRING AWAKENING at The Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at SPRING AWAKENING at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

For three weeks only, The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, Chicagoland's longest-running professional musical theater, will present the ground-breaking musical SPRING AWAKENING. This special pre-season limited event, directed and choreographed by Marriott Theatre's Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, runs now through January 31st. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Marriott Lincolnshire's Daring SPRING AWAKENINGBWW Reviews: Marriott Lincolnshire's Daring SPRING AWAKENING
by Misha Davenport - Jan 18, 2016

Aaron Thielen's daring production of SPRING AWAKENING is turning heads at Marriott. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards: AMERICAN IDIOT, BOY FROM OZ, Drury Lane Theatre Head the Winners List; Paparelli Posthumously Honored2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards: AMERICAN IDIOT, BOY FROM OZ, Drury Lane Theatre Head the Winners List; Paparelli Posthumously Honored
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 11, 2016

The Chicagoland theater world showed its strength last night, when the musical productions "American Idiot," "Billy Elliot" and "Les Miserables," and plays like "Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys" and "The Glass Protege," took home top honors at the sixth annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration, held from 7-10 pm at The Call nightclub in the Andersonville neighborhood. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 30th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 30th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 30, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. It's the TOP TEN HOT TOPIX for the last half of 2015! What are the shows and stories we've been most excited about? Here they are! I hope you have a happy new year. And I'll see you at The Call on January 10, 2016 for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 2nd, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 2nd, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 3, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'The Wiz Live!' has arrived, as have the casts of three tours to the Loop. 'Bridges' is in Iowa, though. The Marriott takes on 'Spring Awakening,' and the Piccolo Theatre, Congo Square and Theo Ubique do December in their own ways. The Second City opens another revue, and in Milwaukee, 'My Fair Lady!' (more...)

The Marriott Theatre Announces SPRING AWAKENING CastThe Marriott Theatre Announces SPRING AWAKENING Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

For three weeks only, The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, Chicagoland's longest-running professional musical theater, will present the ground-breaking musical SPRING AWAKENING. This special pre-season limited event, directed and choreographed by Marriott Theatre's Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, runs January 14th through 31st, with a press opening on Saturday, January 16th at 8 p.m. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek- SEUSSICAL at Marriott Theatre for Young AudiencesSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek- SEUSSICAL at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences
by Stage Tube - Nov 21, 2015

The fantastical, magical musical Seussical will open November 11 and run through December 30, 2015 with a press opening on Saturday, November 21 at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Check out a preview of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences' SEUSSICALPhoto Flash: First Look at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences' SEUSSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

The fantastical, magical musical SEUSSICAL began November 11 and run through December 30, 2015 with a press opening on Saturday, November 21 at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (the Tony Award-winning team behind the acclaimed musical Ragtime) the whimsical production is based on more than 14 beloved stories by children's author Dr. Seuss. SEUSSICAL is directed and choreographed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell, with musical direction by Ryan T. Nelson. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences' SEUSSICAL Begins TodayThe Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences' SEUSSICAL Begins Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

The fantastical, magical musical Seussical will open today, November 11 and run through December 30, 2015 with a press opening on November 21 at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. (more...)

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences to Present SEUSSICAL, 11/11-12/30The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences to Present SEUSSICAL, 11/11-12/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

The fantastical, magical musical Seussical will open November 11 and run through December 30, 2015 with a press opening on Saturday, November 21 at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (the Tony Award-winning team behind the acclaimed musical Ragtime) the whimsical production is based on more than 14 beloved stories by children's author Dr. Seuss. Seussical is directed and choreographed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell, with musical direction by Ryan T. Nelson. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 9th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 9th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'American Idiot' examines a generation, and 'The Girl In The Train' captures a by-gone era. We run down long-run shows, and break down the Marriott Theatre's 2016 season announcement, too. Plus 'Hollywood' from Light Opera Works, a new show from Underscore, a high school mounts 'Starlight Express,' and Christmas has begun! (more...)

EVITA, SPRING AWAKENING & More on Tap for Marriott Theatre's 2016 SeasonEVITA, SPRING AWAKENING & More on Tap for Marriott Theatre's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, Chicagoland's longest-running professional musical theater, announces its 2016 Season!  The award-winning theatre will present both premiere productions of recent Broadway hits, and classic revivals in 2016.  Joining returning directors Nick Bowling (The King & I) and Rachel Rockwell (October Sky) Marriott Theatre announced four directors who will be bringing their fresh and exciting perspectives to the unique, intimate Marriott stage for the very first time, William Brown, Amanda Dehnert, Don Stephenson and Aaron Thielen.  They will be joined by choreographers Matt Raftery and Alex Sanchez, and musical directors Ryan T. Nelson and Doug Peck on the creative teams. (more...)

BWW Review: World Premiere OCTOBER SKY Gets Off the GroundBWW Review: World Premiere OCTOBER SKY Gets Off the Ground
by Patrick O'Brien - Aug 30, 2015

Based on the 1999 Universal film, this new musical flies, and will surely fly again soon. (more...)

Review Roundup: OCTOBER SKY at The Marriott TheatreReview Roundup: OCTOBER SKY at The Marriott Theatre
by Review Roundups - Aug 28, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, running through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. Music Direction is by Ryan T. Nelson. Presented in association withUniversal Stage Productions (Billy Elliott, Wicked, Bring It On), and from the writing team that brought audiences HERO (Jeff Award, Best New Work, 2012), OCTOBER SKY is based on the beloved Universal Pictures film October Sky and the bestselling novel Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. The show opened on August 26. (more...)

Photo Flash: OCTOBER SKY Celebrates Opening Night at The MarriottPhoto Flash: OCTOBER SKY Celebrates Opening Night at The Marriott
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, running through October 11. The show opened on August 26, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from OCTOBER SKY, Opening Tonight at The MarriottSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from OCTOBER SKY, Opening Tonight at The Marriott
by Stage Tube - Aug 26, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, opening tonight, August 26, and running through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. Music Direction is by Ryan T. Nelson. Presented in association with Universal Stage Productions (Billy Elliott, Wicked, Bring It On), and from the writing team that brought audiences HERO (Jeff Award, Best New Work, 2012), OCTOBER SKY is based on the beloved Universal Picturesfilm OCTOBER SKY and the bestselling novel Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. BroadwayWorld has a first look at footage from the show below! (more...)

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