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GRAND CONCOURSE Rounds Out Steppenwolf's 2014-15 Season, Starting 7/2GRAND CONCOURSE Rounds Out Steppenwolf's 2014-15 Season, Starting 7/2
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company completes its 2014/15 Subscription Season with the Chicago premiere production of Grand Concourse, a play full of both humor and heart by Heidi Schreck and directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov. Grand Concourse begins previews July 2, 2015 (Opening night is July 12, 2015; Press performances are July 11 at 3pm and July 14 at 7:30pm) and runs through August 30, 2015 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). (more...)

Larry David's FISH IN THE DARK Recoups Broadway Investment!Larry David's FISH IN THE DARK Recoups Broadway Investment!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The record-breaking Broadway production of FISH IN THE DARK, written by and starring Larry David, has recouped its entire capitalization. The comedy about a death in the family, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, set a box office record for garnering the highest advance sale for any play in the history of Broadway and broke two house box office records (including its own) twice. FISH IN THE DARK began previews Monday, February 2 and opened on Thursday, March 5 at the Cort Theatre. (more...)

Chester Gregory Speaks at Columbia College Chicago, Receives Honorary DoctorateChester Gregory Speaks at Columbia College Chicago, Receives Honorary Doctorate
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Broadway star and recording artist Chester Gregory recently returned to Chicago to receive the highest honor from his alma mater, Columbia College Chicago (BFA Musical Theatre, '95). For his phenomenal achievements in the fine, creative, and performing arts, Chester Gregory was presented with an honorary doctorate degree during the Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies on May 17, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE HERD, Gary Sinise and More Help Steppenwolf's Gala 2015 Raise $1.2 MillionPhoto Flash: THE HERD, Gary Sinise and More Help Steppenwolf's Gala 2015 Raise $1.2 Million
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world-renowned ensemble was joined by more than 550 members of Chicago's corporate, civic and cultural communities for Gala 2015 on Saturday, May 9, 2015, raising more than $1.2 million for Steppenwolf's artistic, educational and community programming. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Chita Rivera, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, CURIOUS INCIDENT & More Win at the 2015 Drama League Awards!Chita Rivera, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, CURIOUS INCIDENT & More Win at the 2015 Drama League Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) gathers for the 81st Annual Drama LeagueAwards Ceremony, hosted by 2014 Tony Award nominee, Hand to God's Steven Boyer with special guest Tyrone, today May 15, 2015 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway).  Below, BroadwayWorld will be bringing you the complete list of winners live! (more...)

Twitter Watch: John Stamos Visits 'Greek Sis' - FISH IN THE DARK's Rita WilsonTwitter Watch: John Stamos Visits 'Greek Sis' - FISH IN THE DARK's Rita Wilson
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

John Stamos stopped by Broadway's FISH IN THE DARK to visit his 'Greek sis' Rita Wilson, who recently returned to her role as Brenda in the hit comedy following a month medical leave. (more...)

Steppenwolf Extends THE HERDSteppenwolf Extends THE HERD
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the extension of The Herd, the debut play of Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear currently playing to critical acclaim in its U.S. premiere production in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre. In a four-star review, the Chicago Tribune raves, 'A family drama that sticks with you...this is Steppenwolf acting at its best' and The New York Times says, 'a buoyantly entertaining play [that] breathes with real, complicated life.' Directed by ensemble member and Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati, The Herd adds six additional performances, extending the run through June 14, 2015 with the original cast. Tickets ($20-$89) to the added performances are now on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. (more...)

FISH IN THE DARK's Jason Alexander to Star in New Adult Swim ComedyFISH IN THE DARK's Jason Alexander to Star in New Adult Swim Comedy
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2015

Jason Alexander is set to star in a new comedy pilot for Adult Swim, created by Adam Lustick. (more...)

FISH IN THE DARK's Rita Wilson Talks Being Back Onstage, Her Surgery, Moral Support and MoreFISH IN THE DARK's Rita Wilson Talks Being Back Onstage, Her Surgery, Moral Support and More
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Last night, actress Rita Wilson made her triumphant return to the hit Broadway comedy Fish In the Dark, following a one month of medical leave. In April, the actress revealed the news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Now that she's cancer-free and back onstage, Wilson told the Times, 'It felt surreal in the sense that all these changes had happened, and yet it felt like it was yesterday.' (more...)

VIDEO: FISH IN THE DARK's Jason Alexander Takes Credit for Discovering Taylor Swift!VIDEO: FISH IN THE DARK's Jason Alexander Takes Credit for Discovering Taylor Swift!
by TV News Desk - May 6, 2015

The actor explained to TMZ that he was actually responsible for putting Swift on the global music map. (more...)

Rita Wilson on FISH IN THE DARK Return: 'So Happy to Be Back on Bway'Rita Wilson on FISH IN THE DARK Return: 'So Happy to Be Back on Bway'
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Last night, actress Rita Wilson made her triumphant return to the hit Broadway comedy FISH IN THE DARK, following a one month medical leave. (more...)

Rita Wilson Returns to FISH IN THE DARK TonightRita Wilson Returns to FISH IN THE DARK Tonight
by Movies News Desk - May 5, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Fish In the Dark star Rita Wilson took a medical leave from the play last month, after revealing the news that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. BWW has confirmed that Wilson is set to return to the production beginning tonight, May 5. (more...)

Irish Theatre of Chicago's Full 2015-16 Season to Include, SPINNING, MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE & MoreIrish Theatre of Chicago's Full 2015-16 Season to Include, SPINNING, MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE & More
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Irish Theatre of Chicago, formerly Seanachai Theatre Company, is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Season, featuring a U.S premiere and two Midwest premieres. The company's first-ever three-show season kicks off this fall with the Midwest premiere of Geraldine Aron's touching and comedic one-woman show MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE, directed by Siiri Scott. ITC's 21st Season continues in March 2016 with the Midwest premiere of Gary Mitchell's intense thriller IN A LITTLE WORLD OF OUR OWN, directed by Associate Artistic Director Jeri Frederickson. The season concludes in spring 2016 with the U.S. premiere of Deirdre Kinahan's probing drama SPINNING, directed by Joanie Schultz. (more...)

VIDEO: Jason Alexander Records Custom Voicemail Message for Kat Dennings on CORDEN!VIDEO: Jason Alexander Records Custom Voicemail Message for Kat Dennings on CORDEN!
by TV News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW on CBS, after learning Kat Dennings' voicemail has been the famous George Costanza answering machine song from 'Seinfeld,' Jason records a custom version for the 2 Broke Girls star. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of AIRLINE HIGHWAYPhoto Coverage: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of AIRLINE HIGHWAY
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 24, 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club's presentation of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Airline Highway, the new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D'Amour (Detroit), directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina, Take Me Out), opened last night, April 23 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the whole night and you can check out photos from the red carpet theatre arrivals below! (more...)

2015 Drama League Nominations Announced - From HAMILTON to THE VISIT - Complete List!2015 Drama League Nominations Announced - From HAMILTON to THE VISIT - Complete List!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

The Drama League has announced the 2015 Drama League Awards Nominees this morning - check out the complete list! (more...)

Incoming Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro Will Direct Tracy Letts' New Play at SteppenwolfIncoming Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro Will Direct Tracy Letts' New Play at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced that incoming artist director, Anna D. Shapiro, will helm the world premiere of Tracy Letts' new play MARY PAGE MARLOWE. The production will run March 31 - May 29, 2016 in the Downstairs Theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for WOLF HALL on Broadway!Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for WOLF HALL on Broadway!
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 9, 2015

The Broadway transfer of The Royal Shakespeare Company's Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 began previews on March 20, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for tonight, April 9, 2015. Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2, which explores the deceit, betrayal, and intrigue of the court of Henry VIII, is written by Dame Hilary Manteland adapted by Mike Poulton. This special event invites theatergoers to be part of a unique theatrical experience, similar to the Royal Shakespeare Company's award winning production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night red carpet below! (more...)

Glenne Headly Steps in as 'Brenda' in FISH IN THE DARK; Rita Wilson Goes on Medical LeaveGlenne Headly Steps in as 'Brenda' in FISH IN THE DARK; Rita Wilson Goes on Medical Leave
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Rita Wilson has temporarily stepped out of Broadway's FISH IN THE DARK for a temporary medical leave. In her absence, the role of 'Brenda' is being played by Glenne Headly. Wilson is set to return to the production on May 5, 2015. (more...)

SEINFELD Star Jason Alexander to Return to Broadway in Larry David's FISH IN THE DARK; Show Extends Through July!SEINFELD Star Jason Alexander to Return to Broadway in Larry David's FISH IN THE DARK; Show Extends Through July!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Tony Award-winning actor Jason Alexander returns to Broadway on Tuesday, June 9 when he assumes the role of Norman Drexel in Larry David's hit comedy FISH IN THE DARK, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). Mr. Alexander steps into the role created by Mr. David in the comedy about a death in the family. Larry David will play his final performance in FISH IN THE DARK on Sunday, June 7. The limited engagement run of the production, originally scheduled through June 7, is extended for six weeks through Sunday, July 19. (more...)

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