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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 15th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 15th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 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! (more...)

Tony Winners Jessie Mueller, Andre DeShields & More Set for Chicago Humanities Festival's A NIGHT AT THE TONYS, 11/3Tony Winners Jessie Mueller, Andre DeShields & More Set for Chicago Humanities Festival's A NIGHT AT THE TONYS, 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) announced casting today for A Night at the Tonys, this year's William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert, an annual cabaret performance, taking place on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Francis W. Parker School (2233 North Clark Street) as part of the 25th Anniversary Fall Festival: Journeys, Oct. 25-Nov. 9. (more...)

The Chicago Humanities Festival to Feature Jessie Mueller, Andre DeShields, Karen Mason & More, 11/3The Chicago Humanities Festival to Feature Jessie Mueller, Andre DeShields, Karen Mason & More, 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) announced casting today for A Night at the Tonys, this year's William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert, an annual cabaret performance, taking place on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Francis W. Parker School (2233 North Clark Street) as part of the 25th Anniversary Fall Festival: Journeys, Oct. 25-Nov. 9. Created by Rob Lindley and Doug Peck, A Night at the Tonys will take audiences on a chronological journey featuring a song from each Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" production since 1949. The production will feature two-time Tony Award-nominees Andre DeShields (Ain't Misbehavin'; The Wiz; The Full Monty) and Ernestine Jackson (Raisin; Guys and Dolls; Hello Dolly!), Broadway alum Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard; Mamma Mia!), and Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), as well as some of Chicago's top performers. Tickets are SOLD OUT, but patrons can be added to the waitlist by calling the CHF Box Office at (312) 494-9509. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight's SWEENEY TODD Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Flash: Porchlight's SWEENEY TODD Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre's mainstage 20th Anniversary Season of Sondheim commences with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, direction by Porchlight Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through November 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

SHADE OF BLUE to Showcase Carlo Chapelle at Don't Tell Mama'sSHADE OF BLUE to Showcase Carlo Chapelle at Don't Tell Mama's
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

Chicago based singer, Carlo, will bring his smooth pop/jazz tones to the stage of the beautiful intimate club that is Don't Tell Mama's for one special show. With appearances in Chicago, Los Angeles and the Philippines, Carlo is excited to be bringing his love of different genres of music that he has a passion. Songs include 'What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?', the single 'Please Don't Ask Me' which reached top 30 on the jazz charts in Australia several years ago, and his cover of the Kevyn Lettau hit, 'Sunlight' (more...)

Photo Flash: E. Faye Butler, Matthew Crowle and More in Porchlight Music Theatre's CHICAGO SINGS DISNEY FundraiserPhoto Flash: E. Faye Butler, Matthew Crowle and More in Porchlight Music Theatre's CHICAGO SINGS DISNEY Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre kicked off its 20th Anniversary season with a sold-out benefit concert, Chicago Sings Disney featuring the music created by the Walt Disney Studios, Monday, Aug. 25 at Mayne Stage, 1328 West Morse Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

Photo Flash: NURSE JACKIE's Stephen Wallem Debuts New Show at BirlandPhoto Flash: NURSE JACKIE's Stephen Wallem Debuts New Show at Birland
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present "Nurse Jackie" star Stephen Wallem in a brand new concert on Monday, August 25 at 7pm. (more...)

Stephen Wallem Will Bring A BURLEY NIGHT MUSIC to Birdland TonightStephen Wallem Will Bring A BURLEY NIGHT MUSIC to Birdland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Birdland: Jazz Club NYC, presents Stephen Wallem in 'A Burley Night Music' the concert, with direction by Tony-nominee John Tartaglia and musical direction by Beckie Menzie, is a musical and anecdotal retrospective of a very high voice trapped in a very large body. Featuring song from Wallem's big and/or 'simple' guy roles including Shrek in Shrek the musical, Hazel in Pipe Dreams, and Horton the Elephant in Seussical, as well as songs from Hairspray, Elf, Anna Nicole the Opera, The Land Before Time and The Addams Family, all celebrating the big-boned beauty of Broadway and Hollywood. Directed by Tony-nominee John Tartaglia, with original songs, a three-piece band and surprise celebrity guest appearances. (more...)

Rhonda Ross, Daniel Reichard & More Set for Broadway at Birdland in AugustRhonda Ross, Daniel Reichard & More Set for Broadway at Birdland in August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced the August lineup for Broadway at Birdland, featuring Daniel Reichard, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch, Rhonda Ross, Stephen Wallem & Cast Party. (more...)

Jazz Masters, Stephen Wallam, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and More Set for Birdland, Aug 2014Jazz Masters, Stephen Wallam, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and More Set for Birdland, Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their great line-up of amazing talent for the month of August 2014, featuring: The Jazz Masters Quartet, Dave Douglas Quintet, Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Rotem Sivan Trio, Sean Harkness Duo, Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Details below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 9th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 9th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 9, 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. All the latest on the Goodman's 'Brigadoon,' cast announcements of major titles from Light Opera Works, the Paramount and Porchlight, see Team Starkid and 'Ball At The Savoy' at Stage 773, local premieres of 'Suds' and 'Big Fish,' plus the #1 high school actor in America and more! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 18th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 18th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 18, 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. Read about the EIGHT new musicals from Broadway In Chicago, the BIC Millennium Park concert, extensions for 'Days Like Today' and 'Avenue Q,' new work from Kokandy and New Colony, 'Caged Dames,' 'Myths And Hymns,' two films in downtown Aurora and Petterino's in downtown Chicago! (more...)

Porchlight's Annual Musical Benefit CHICAGO SINGS to Salute Disney, 8/25Porchlight's Annual Musical Benefit CHICAGO SINGS to Salute Disney, 8/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its 20th Anniversary season with a benefit concert, Chicago Sings Disney featuring the music created by the Walt Disney Studios, Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 West Morse Ave. The evening includes a thrilling roster of Chicago's top theatre artists performing familiar Disney classics and nostalgic treasures, a silent auction, cash bar and complimentary desserts at intermission, generously provided by Bespoke Cuisine. General admission tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door. VIP Tickets are available for $100, which includes a pre-show reception and premier reserved seating. Tickets may be ordered at773.777.9884 or porchlightmusictheatre.org. Proceeds from this concert benefit Porchlight productions and educational programs at The School at Porchlight. (more...)

Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael Bring MUSIC...AS SEEN ON TV to Davenport's, Now thru 4/26Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael Bring MUSIC...AS SEEN ON TV to Davenport's, Now thru 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

One of Chicago's favorite duos, five-time After Dark Award-winners Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, celebrate some of music's greatest, most iconic moments that was brought right into the comfort of our own living room's, in their new show Music...As Seen On TV. (more...)

Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael to Bring MUSIC...AS SEEN ON TV to Davenport's, 4/12-26Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael to Bring MUSIC...AS SEEN ON TV to Davenport's, 4/12-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

One of Chicago's favorite duos, five-time After Dark Award-winners Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, celebrate some of music's greatest, most iconic moments that was brought right into the comfort of our own living room's, in their new show Music...As Seen On TV. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 25th, 2013'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 25th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 26, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Davenport's serves up the holidays, Theo Ubique's January Cabaret Series, Kevin Cole on the Marvin Hamlisch PBS special, the Muellers make the 'Post,' BET announced rep, and a listing of Chicago shows to catch this week, plus the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards and more! (more...)

HIT LIST Concert, Caissie Levy, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Set for 54 Below Tonight; This Week's ListingsHIT LIST Concert, Caissie Levy, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Set for 54 Below Tonight; This Week's Listings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Chicago Musical Theatre Community to Benefit Season of Concern with SEASON OF CAROLS 2013 CD and 12/9 ConcertChicago Musical Theatre Community to Benefit Season of Concern with SEASON OF CAROLS 2013 CD and 12/9 Concert
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2013

For the second year in a row, producers Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich have recorded a new album of holiday music, SEASON OF CAROLS 2013, which features nearly one hundred Chicago theatre artists, singers and musicians. This entirely new holiday CD was produced to raise funds for Season of Concern, which supports Chicago artists in need. SEASON OF CAROLS 2013 is available pre-order at www.seasonofcarols.com and will be kicked-off with a special concert today, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Mercury Theater Chicago. (more...)

The Driehaus Museum Announces 2013 Holiday Program ScheduleThe Driehaus Museum Announces 2013 Holiday Program Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2013

CHICAGO -- Celebrate the season's spirit with returning favorites and new fun holiday programs at the Driehaus Museum. (more...)

Michael Shannon and More Cast in Chicago Humanities Festival's Nov 2013 ShowsMichael Shannon and More Cast in Chicago Humanities Festival's Nov 2013 Shows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2013

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) announced casting today for two theatrical productions in November: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, the Iranian absurdist play about isolation co-presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), running today, Nov. 3-9, 2013, and Birds Do It, Bees Do It..., the annual cabaret performance Nov. 5, 2013, created by Rob Lindley and Doug Peck. (more...)

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