Beckie Menzie News

Auditorium Theatre Sets 2016-17 SeasonAuditorium Theatre Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

The Auditorium Theatre  announces another season of exciting, diverse programming which supports its commitment to presenting the finest performances in international and local dance, along with America's most cherished music, to Chicago. Highlights of the Auditorium's 2016-17 season include Cole Porter 125 - A Birthday Celebration, featuring Chicago singers and musicians; Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater in their "Made in Chicago" Dance Series debut;  the return of Eifman Ballet's Red Giselle; and a new, innovative ballet by Dance Theatre of Harlem's Francesca Harper. (more...)

Cathy Glickman to Make Skokie Theatre Debut in LIFE OF THE PARTY INTERRUPTED, 12/17Cathy Glickman to Make Skokie Theatre Debut in LIFE OF THE PARTY INTERRUPTED, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Dynamic singer Cathy Glickman makes her Skokie Theatre debut in an autobiographical romp -- LIFE OF THE PARTY INTERRUPTED -- through Glickman's life as she follows her heart, giving up the microscope for the microphone midway through life. (more...)

Ocean State Theatre to Host 'New Classics from Current Composers' Benefit Concert, 12/13Ocean State Theatre to Host 'New Classics from Current Composers' Benefit Concert, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), the not-for-profit professional theatre company, which recently opened its fourth season in its state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is pleased to present New Classics from Current Composers, a benefit concert to support both OSTC's Live Music Initiative and the The Raymond Picozzi Endowed Fund for Musical Theatre, for one performance only on Sunday, December 13, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stephen Sondheim Receives 2015 Carl Sandburg Literary Award in ChicagoPhoto Flash: Stephen Sondheim Receives 2015 Carl Sandburg Literary Award in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library presented the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Universally heralded for his immense contributions to musical theater in a career spanning more than 50 years, Sondheim was at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner tonight, October 21, 2015 at The Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event was attended by almost 700 and raised more than $1.5 million to support the initiatives of the Chicago Public Library. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Frank Sinatra Celebration Set for Palmer House Hilton, 11/28Frank Sinatra Celebration Set for Palmer House Hilton, 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

The Palmer House Hilton is proud to announce dinner, dancing and an all-star performance in celebration of the centennial of Frank Sinatra's birth, Saturday, Nov. 28 in the legendary Empire Room within the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by, a three-course gourmet dinner with choice of entrée, and wine service then a special “Tribute to Frank”  featuring Chicago's top cabaret performers Joan Curto, Shelley MacArthur, Paul Marinaro, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, and Johnny Rodgers. The birthday party concludes with dancing to The City Lights Orchestra conducted by Rich Daniels until 11 p.m.  Single tickets are $125, with VIP tickets, which include premium seating and an open bar throughout the night, are $150. Reservations may be made at celebrating100yearsofsinatra.brownpapertickets.com. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 26, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 26, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 26, 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. Today's fire at The Second City, and last week's Jeff Award nominations! Plus 'Glory Days' and the Refuge Theatre season, new musicals in focus with Schonberg and Boublil, Chicago Children's Theatre and more, Joan Curto, Hershey Felder, 'Bat Boy,' and Theatre At The Center's 2016 season! (more...)

Stephen Sondheim & More to be Honored at Carl Sandburg Literary AwardsStephen Sondheim & More to be Honored at Carl Sandburg Literary Awards
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library have announced that the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award will be presented to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Universally heralded for his immense contributions to musical theater in a career spanning more than 50 years, Sondheim will be honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at The Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits... MACK AND MABEL, Continuing TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits... MACK AND MABEL, Continuing Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the final production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... Mack and Mabel, featuring book by Michael Stewart (Bye, Bye Birdie, 42nd Street) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, Mame) with direction by Michael Weber, music direction by Beckie Menzie and musical staging by Tammy Mader. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Porchlight Revisits... Closes 2014-15 Season with MACK AND MABEL This WeekPorchlight Revisits... Closes 2014-15 Season with MACK AND MABEL This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to present the final production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... Mack and Mabel, featuring book by Michael Stewart (Bye, Bye Birdie, 42nd Street) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, Mame) with direction by Michael Weber, music direction by Beckie Menzie and musical staging by Tammy Mader. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 22nd, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 22nd, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 22, 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 big guns! New openings at the Drury Lane, Marriott, ChiShakes, Second City, Porchlight, Theatre At The Center, Mercury Theater, Jedlicka and Big Noise theaters, plus 13 world premieres from the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival! (more...)

Carol Burnett Tribute Comes to ChicagoCarol Burnett Tribute Comes to Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2015

Celebrated performer Hilary Ann Feldman brings her newest show "Laughing Matters: the Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett" to Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Saturday May 9, 16 and 23. There is an $18 cover charge with two-drink minumum. Due to high demand, reservations are recommended by calling 773-278-1830 or online at DavenportsPianoBar.com. (more...)

Hilary Ann Feldman to Bring Carol Burnett Tribute to Chicago Next MonthHilary Ann Feldman to Bring Carol Burnett Tribute to Chicago Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Praised as"a tour de force of jazz, cabaret and opera," by the Chicago Tribune, celebrated performer Hilary Ann Feldman brings her newest show "Laughing Matters: the Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett" to Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Saturday May 9, 16 and 23. There is an $18 cover charge with two-drink minumum. Due to high demand, reservations are recommended by calling 773-278-1830 or online at DavenportsPianoBar.com. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 8th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 8th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 8, 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. Special events on the horizon from Porchlight, FWD and Option Up! Plus new-to-Chicago works from Piven and Bailiwick, colleges do 'Spring Awakening' and 'The Wild Party,' and Emerald City Theatre and Chicago Children's Theatre head for the big time! (more...)

Porchlight Revisits... to Close 2014-15 Season with MACK AND MABEL, 5/12-13Porchlight Revisits... to Close 2014-15 Season with MACK AND MABEL, 5/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits… Mack and Mabel, featuring book by Michael Stewart (Bye, Bye Birdie, 42nd Street) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, Mame) with direction by Michael Weber, music direction by Beckie Menzie and musical staging by Tammy Mader. (more...)

Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael Bring IT'S ABOUT TIME to Davenport's TonightBeckie Menzie and Tom Michael Bring IT'S ABOUT TIME to Davenport's Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2015

One of Chicago's favorite duos, After Dark Award Winners Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, will be presenting their brand new annual April show It's About Time. Enjoy 'a joyous intoxicating hour of music,' (NY Cabaret Scenes Magazine) as the award-winning duo explores songs about the many concepts of time. (more...)

Joan Curto to Bring Sondheim 85th Birthday Tribute to Chicago, 3/07-28Joan Curto to Bring Sondheim 85th Birthday Tribute to Chicago, 3/07-28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Called 'a cabaret icon' by NBC Chicago, After Dark Award-winning vocalist Joan Curto performs her new tribute show Joan Curto Sings Sondheim- everybody says don't, that will be marking the 85th birthday of celebrated composer Stephen Sondheim (March 23, 1925). (more...)

Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael to Bring IT'S ABOUT TIME to Davenport's Next MonthBeckie Menzie and Tom Michael to Bring IT'S ABOUT TIME to Davenport's Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

One of Chicago's favorite duos, After Dark Award Winners Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, will be presenting their brand new annual April show It's About Time. Enjoy 'a joyous intoxicating hour of music,' (NY Cabaret Scenes Magazine) as the award-winning duo explores songs about the many concepts of time. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 11th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 11th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 11, 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. Ravinia's summer season announced, plus the 'Mormon' and 'Merman' rivalry/revelry. 'The Addams Family' and 'Mr. Burns' extend, 'That's Weird' goes musical, Annaleigh Ashford and 'Tyler's Songs' bow on March 21, and Joan Curto and 'Finishing The Birthday Hat' honor Sondheim's 85th birthday! (more...)

Joan Curto Brings Sondheim 85th Birthday Tribute to Chicago, Now thru 3/28Joan Curto Brings Sondheim 85th Birthday Tribute to Chicago, Now thru 3/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2015

Called 'a cabaret icon' by NBC Chicago, After Dark Award-winning vocalist Joan Curto performs her new tribute show Joan Curto Sings Sondheim- everybody says don't, that will be marking the 85th birthday of celebrated composer Stephen Sondheim (March 23, 1925). (more...)

Porchlight's 2015 ICONS Gala to Tribute Elaine Stritch This SpringPorchlight's 2015 ICONS Gala to Tribute Elaine Stritch This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2015 ICONS Gala will celebrate the legendary career of Elaine Stritch, Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave. The Gala will include performances from Chicago's leading divas in a tribute to one of Broadway's leading divas, Ms. Stritch, the presentation of the 2015 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to director and teacher Dominic Missimi, and silent and live auctions. The fundraising gala will kick off Porchlight's 21st Anniversary of creating 'American Musicals. Chicago Style.' Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auction benefit Porchlight's educational programs and productions. (more...)

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