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ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE to Begin Performances 11/14 at Theo Ubique Cabaret TheatreALWAYS... PATSY CLINE to Begin Performances 11/14 at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Intimate production of one of Chicago's favorite musicals starring Christina Hall and 2014 Jeff Award-winner Danni Smith begins performances November 14 Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's show for the upcoming holiday season will be Always…Patsy Cline, the touching story of the crossover country singer's friendship with one of her fans. (more...)

'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...)

The 46th Annual Jeff Awards Are Announced - THE DANCE OF DEATH, THE NORMAL HEART, BRIGADOON and More!The 46th Annual Jeff Awards Are Announced - THE DANCE OF DEATH, THE NORMAL HEART, BRIGADOON and More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

At the gala 46th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 13, awards were spread among numerous theatres honoring a season of outstanding productions. From Writers Theatre, "The Dance of Death", a battle of wits between a tyrant and his manipulative wife, received the Production-Play award for a large theatre, along with its two principal actors Larry Yando and Shannon Cochran. "The Normal Heart", Larry Kramer's tale of the early indifference in N.Y. about the HIV/Aids crisis, presented by TimeLine Theatre Company, was honored with awards for Production-Play for a midsize theatre and for Director Nick Bowling. (more...)

2014 Jeff Awards Set for Tonight in Chicago; Goodman & Drury Lane Lead Nominations2014 Jeff Awards Set for Tonight in Chicago; Goodman & Drury Lane Lead Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area is tonight, October 13 at Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (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...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's SWEENEY TODD, Starring David Girolmo, Opens TonightPorchlight Music Theatre's SWEENEY TODD, Starring David Girolmo, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 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 Director Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through November 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Opening/press night is tonight, Oct, 7 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at David Girolmo, Rebecca Finnegan and More in Porchlight's SWEENEY TODDPhoto Flash: First Look at David Girolmo, Rebecca Finnegan and More in Porchlight's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 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 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 a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Cortland Rep to Welcome 1950s Tribute Band The Rave-Ons for Fundraiser, 9/19-20Cortland Rep to Welcome 1950s Tribute Band The Rave-Ons for Fundraiser, 9/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

Due to the overwhelming popularity, Cortland Repertory Theatre has arranged for a return engagement of the 1950's Pop Hit Tribute band The RAVE-ONS for two fall concerts as a fund raiser for their Capital Campaign. (more...)

Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane Productions Lead 2014 Jeff Awards Nominations; Full List!Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane Productions Lead 2014 Jeff Awards Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Chicago actress, TV and film star Jane Lynch did the honor today of announcing the nominees for the 2013-2014 Equity Jeff Awards. (more...)

 Theo Ubique's MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS Extends Through 10/6 Theo Ubique's MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS Extends Through 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Theo Ubique's wildly popular summer cabaret, which sold out all of its first extension through the end of August, will be performed an additional 11 times between September 6 and October 6. After two weekends of Friday and Saturday 8 PM evening shows September 6, 7, 13 and 14, the sisters will pause for a week while Theo Ubique readies and opens its fall show, A Kurt Weill Cabaret, which will begin previews September 22, 2014. The Andrews Sisters will return on Wednesday, September 24 and play a schedule of varying performance dates through Saturday, October 6, including matinees on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5. The optional meal service will not be offered for the matinees. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Present SWEENEY TODD, 10/3-11/9Porchlight Music Theatre to Present SWEENEY TODD, 10/3-11/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 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 Director Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, October 3 - November 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Previews are Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/press night is Tuesday, Oct, 7 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Extends A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS, Now Through 8/31Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Extends A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS, Now Through 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Theo Ubique's hit summer cabaret, A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters, has added a month of performances in August following the complete sellout of all its July dates. The schedule continues with performances Thursday through Sunday evenings (though there will be no shows Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17), plus Wednesday evening performances beginning August 13. A complete schedule of performances is listed below. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Presents BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, 7/9-8/10Laguna Playhouse Presents BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, 7/9-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham in association with Boebe Productions are thrilled to present the first show of their 2014-2015 season, BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, featuring over twenty of Buddy Holly's and rock & roll's greatest hits and directed by Steve Steiner (who directed last season's smash-hit production of RING OF FIRE). "Oh Boy! To have our theatre rocking out to the songs of such greats as Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper is going to be music to the ears of our audiences and subscribers this Summer," offers Wood. "We are overjoyed to be partnering with Steve Steiner and Boebe Productions again and know they are going to blow the roof off the Playhouse with this spectacular telling of one of the most enduring stories in rock & roll history,' adds Wareham. BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY will begin previews on Wednesday, July 9and will open on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

CRT Welcomes Buddy Holly Tribute Band This WeekendCRT Welcomes Buddy Holly Tribute Band This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Buddy is back! For two nights only, Cortland Repertory Theatre will presents a concert by 'The Rave-Ons', America's Traveling Buddy Holly Tribute Band led by Todd Meredith, who starred in CRT's hit 2013 musical 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story'. The concert will be held toight, May 2 and Saturday May 3 at 7:30 PM at 19 Church Street in Cortland, the former United Community Church. Seating is General Admission, and tickets are $30 per person. The concert is sponsored by The Overhead Door Company of Cortland and hosted by the CRT Board of Directors. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Porchlight's HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Beg. TonightPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Porchlight's HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber present the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, tonight, April 26 - June 1 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Porchlight's 'HOW TO SUCCEED' Opens 4/29Porchlight's 'HOW TO SUCCEED' Opens 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 26 - June 1 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The classic musical comedy, with book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert and songs by Frank Loesser features direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley, music direction by Kory Danielson, in his Porchlight debut and choreography by Porchlight Artistic AssociateBrenda Didier. Previews are Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 27 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Monday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/press night is Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run schedule is Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is an added matinee performance Thursday, May 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for previews and $43.50 for all other performances. Single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by phone at Stage 773, 773.327.5252. Groups of ten or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612 or grouptheatertix.com. (more...)

CRT to Welcome Buddy Holly Tribute Band, 5/2-3CRT to Welcome Buddy Holly Tribute Band, 5/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Buddy is back! For two nights only, Cortland Repertory Theatre will presents a concert by 'The Rave-Ons', America's Traveling Buddy Holly Tribute Band led by Todd Meredith, who starred in CRT's hit 2013 musical 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story'. The concert will be held on Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3 at 7:30 PM at 19 Church Street in Cortland, the former United Community Church. Seating is General Admission, and tickets are $30 per person. The concert is sponsored by The Overhead Door Company of Cortland and hosted by the CRT Board of Directors. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Porchlight's HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYINGPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Porchlight's HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber present the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 26 - June 1 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Tyler Ravelson, Elizabeth Telford & More to Star in Porchlight's 'HOW TO SUCCEED,' 4/26-6/1Tyler Ravelson, Elizabeth Telford & More to Star in Porchlight's 'HOW TO SUCCEED,' 4/26-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April 26 - June 1 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The classic musical comedy, with book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert and songs by Frank Loesser features direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley, music direction by Kory Danielson, in his Porchlight debut and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier. Previews are Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 27 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Monday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/press night is Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run schedule is Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is an added matinee performance Thursday, May 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for previews and $43.50 for all other performances. Single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by phone at Stage 773, 773.327.5252. Groups of ten or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612 or grouptheatertix.com. (more...)

 Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Additional AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Performances Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Additional AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Performances
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce additional performances of the Tony Award©-winning Thomas 'Fats' Waller' musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin', playing through March 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. This Black History Month presentation with book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr. and music by Thomas 'Fats' Waller and various other composers and lyricists features direction and choreography by Brenda Didier and music direction by Jaret Landon. The performance schedule is Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with new additional performances Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at (more...)

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