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Photo Flash: First Look at Broadway-Hopeful HELLDRIVERS OF DAYTONA World Premiere at the Royal GeorgePhoto Flash: First Look at Broadway-Hopeful HELLDRIVERS OF DAYTONA World Premiere at the Royal George
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines...and prepare for a bumpy ride! The rubber will meet the road as the World Premiere of the hilarious new pop rock musical HELLDRIVERS OF DAYTONA takes the stage, opening tonight, September 12, at 7:30 p.m., and running through October 30 at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street, Chicago. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards NominationsChristine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. (more...)

Indiana Rep to Stage THE THREE MUSKETEERS This FallIndiana Rep to Stage THE THREE MUSKETEERS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) theatre-goers might be delighted to find musketeers off the stage and dueling in front of the historic building for the opening night celebration of The Three Musketeers, which runs September 20 through October 15 on the OneAmerica Mainstage. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE ODD COUPLE Celebrates Opening Night at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: THE ODD COUPLE Celebrates Opening Night at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

On Sunday, July 17 Theatre at the Center celebrated opening night of the Neil Simon comedy classic THE ODD COUPLE. THE ODD COUPLE runs through August 14. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Set for Milwaukee Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROLCast, Creative Team Set for Milwaukee Rep's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

 Milwaukee Repertory Theater announces casting for the World Premiere adaptation of A Christmas Carol.  Previously announced Milwaukee Rep favorite Jonathan Wainwright (Of Mice of Men, A Christmas Carolas Mr. Cratchit), will make his debut as Scrooge becoming the 12th actor in Milwaukee Rep history to portray one of Dicken's most recognizable characters.  He'll be joined by many familiar faces including Associate Artist Jonathan Gillard Daly (Man of La Mancha, Of Mice and Men) as Mr. Fezziwig, Michael Doherty (Ragtime) as Fred, Associate Artist Angela Iannone as Mrs. Fezziwig, Chike Johnson (Of Mice and Men) as Ghost of Christmas Present, Associate Artist Reese Madigan (Five Presidents) as Bob Cratchit, Associate Artist Jonathan Smoots (A Christmas Carol) as Marley, Malkia Stampley(Dreamgirls) as Mrs. Cratchit and Associate Artist Deborah Staples (Harvey, The Amish Project) as Ghost of Christmas Past.   Complete casting to be announced at a later date. (more...)

World Premiere of HELLDRIVERS OF DAYTONA Set for Royal George TheatreWorld Premiere of HELLDRIVERS OF DAYTONA Set for Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines…and prepare for a bumpy ride!  The rubber will meet the road as the World Premiere of the hilarious new pop rock musical HELLDRIVERS OF DAYTONA takes the stage, previewing September 8, opening September 12 at 7:30 p.m., and running through October 30 at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted Street, Chicago.  With music by Berton Averre (The Knack), lyrics by Rob Meurer (Platinum Records with Christopher Cross), and book by Emmy Award-winner Mark Saltzman (The Tin Pan Alley Rag, The Adventures of Milo and Otis), these award-winning creative minds have put the pedal to the metal in this NASCAR-themed musical full of girls, cars, and rockin' guitars. (more...)

Theatre at the Center Sets 2017 SeasonTheatre at the Center Sets 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Theatre at the Center is announcing its first season under the leadership of new Artistic Director Linda Fortunato.   Theatre at the Center's 2017 season is comprised of a variety of works ranging from Broadway musicals to a Chicagoland premiere play and a holiday classic.  The season opens with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, followed by Kander and Ebb's Tony Award winning Cabaret.  Next will be the Chicagoland premiere of The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan, then Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and closing the season is A Wonderful Life: The Musical.  Jeff award-winner Fortunato will direct three of the five productions.   William Underwood will serve as music director for the season. (more...)

Theatre at the Center Sets Cast of THE ODD COUPLETheatre at the Center Sets Cast of THE ODD COUPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

?Actors Norm Boucher and George Keating will play the leads in Theatre at the Center's cast for the famous comedy classic The Odd Couple, the 1965 Broadway hit by iconic playwright Neil Simon.   Directed by Larry Wyatt, The Odd Couple runs from July 14 to Aug. 14.    (more...)

Photo Flash: THE 39 STEPS Celebrates Opening Night at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: THE 39 STEPS Celebrates Opening Night at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

A hit on Broadway and in London's West End, the thrilling comedy, Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS kick started Theatre at the Center's 26th season on February 21 and continues through March 20, 2016. This comedic spoof offers non-stop action and features four actors playing more than 150 different characters. The show is filled with an incredible series of lightning fast costume changes that make for a great deal of laughter and excitement. BroadwayWorld has a photo from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Stage Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPSTheatre at the Center to Stage Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

A hit on Broadway and in London's West End, the thrilling comedy, Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" kick starts Theatre at the Center's 26th season beginning February 18 and continuing through March 20, 2016.  This comedic spoof offers non-stop action and features four actors playing more than 150 different characters.  The show is filled with an incredible series of lightning fast costume changes that make for a great deal of laughter and excitement. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS STORY at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS STORY at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

As the grand finale to their spectacular 25th Anniversary 2015 Season, Theatre at the Center presents the beloved holiday classic, A CHRISTMAS STORY, running now through December 27, with a press opening this Sunday, November 22 at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Present A CHRISTMAS STORYTheatre at the Center to Present A CHRISTMAS STORY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

As the grand finale to their spectacular 25th Anniversary 2015 Season, Theatre at the Center presents the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Story, running November 19 through December 27, with a press opening on Sunday, November 22 at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Based on the award-winning film, the play by Phil Grecian tells the story of Ralphie Parker, who longs for a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The source material for the film was the warm and hilarious story collection In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by local Hammond, Indiana native Jean Shepherd. The holiday classic will be directed by Jeff Award-winner Linda Fortunato (Monty Python's Spamalot, A Christmas Carol, 42nd Street at Theatre at the Center). (more...)

Photo Flash: SPAMALOT Opens at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: SPAMALOT Opens at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015

 A massive hit on Broadway, playing over 1,500 hysterical performances seen by more than two million people, Monty Python's SPAMALOT continues Theatre at the Center's exceptional 25th Anniversary Season. The Monty Python-inspired farce of the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle and a fresh new score created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. The tale of King Arthur and his band of raunchy knights won the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical, as well as the Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Musical Show Album. Jeff Award-winning Director David Perkovich and Jeff Award-winning Choreographer Linda Fortunato join artistic forces to put their creative spin on the irreverent musical parody, running September 17th through October 18th, with a press opening on Sunday, September 20th at 7 p.m. at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, IN. (more...)

Milwaukee Rep to Present DREAMGIRLS, Starring Nova Y. Payton, This FallMilwaukee Rep to Present DREAMGIRLS, Starring Nova Y. Payton, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

Milwaukee Repertory Theater launches the Quadracci Powerhouse season with its highly anticipated production of the Tony Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS. (more...)

Theatre at the Center Stages Monty Python's SPAMALOT, Now thru 10/18Theatre at the Center Stages Monty Python's SPAMALOT, Now thru 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2015

A massive hit on Broadway, playing over 1,500 hysterical performances seen by more than two million people, Monty Python's SPAMALOT continues Theatre at the Center's exceptional 25th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Milwaukee Rep Announces First Round of Casting, Creative Teams for 2015-16 SeasonMilwaukee Rep Announces First Round of Casting, Creative Teams for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announces directors, creative teams, and initial casting for 2015/16, a season featuring a Tony Award-winning musical, a play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee playwright Ayad Akthar, and three world premieres. (more...)

Peninsula Players Theatre's NUNSENSE Opens TonightPeninsula Players Theatre's NUNSENSE Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theater and Door County's theatrical icon, continues its 80th season with the hilarious musical comedy 'Nunsense,' with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. The lighthearted musical has a six-week run starting tonight, Sept. 9, through Oct. 18. 'Nunsense' received the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Music and Best Off-Broadway Musical. (more...)

Peninsula Players Theatre's NUNSENSE Opens 9/9Peninsula Players Theatre's NUNSENSE Opens 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2015

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theater and Door County's theatrical icon, continues its 80th season with the hilarious musical comedy "Nunsense," with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin.    The lighthearted musical has a six-week run starting Sept. 9 through Oct. 18.  "Nunsense" received the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Music and Best Off-Broadway Musical.  (more...)

Milwaukee Rep to Present DREAMGIRLS, Starring Nova Y. Payton, This FallMilwaukee Rep to Present DREAMGIRLS, Starring Nova Y. Payton, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

Milwaukee Repertory Theater launches the Quadracci Powerhouse season with its highly anticipated production of the Tony Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH at Mercury Theater ChicagoPhoto Flash: First Look at RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH at Mercury Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, presents RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, now playing an extended run through November 1. The musical tribute has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and has broken sales records for Mercury Theater Chicago. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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