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Cast Set for Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOKCast Set for Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The British songwriting duo of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, who together wrote some of the most enduring and loved songs of Broadway and Hollywood, will be celebrated in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's 2016 summer cabaret. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS!STAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present DREAMGIRLS, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld brings you performances from the production below! (more...)

Photo Flash: DREAMGIRLS Celebrates Opening Night at Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: DREAMGIRLS Celebrates Opening Night at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present DREAMGIRLS, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's DREAMGIRLSPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now April 8 - May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Porchlight Extends DREAMGIRLS Ahead of First PerformancePorchlight Extends DREAMGIRLS Ahead of First Performance
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the extension and additional performances of Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now April 8 - May 22. Previews are Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. with opening night Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with no Thursday performances on April 14 with added performances Thursday, May 5, 12 and 19 at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased at porchlightmusictheatre.org or 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...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Theo Ubique Brings RENT to Life at No Exit CafePhoto Flash: First Look - Theo Ubique Brings RENT to Life at No Exit Cafe
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Theo Ubique presents Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical RENT, director Scott Weinstein, now through May 1. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Cast Announced for Theo Ubique's RENTCast Announced for Theo Ubique's RENT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Theo Ubique has announced the cast for its upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent, according to director Scott Weinstein. Jeff Award nominee Matt Edmonds (below left), who performed in Weinstein's Titanic for Griffin Theatre Company and The Last Five Years at Metropolis Performing Arts Center, will play Mark, the videographer. Patrick Rooney (below right), who was Mordred in Drury Lane's Camelot in fall of 2014, and is currently appearing as Melchior in the Marriott Theatre's Spring Awakening, will be Mark's singer-songwriter friend, Roger. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Stage DREAMGIRLS This SpringPorchlight Music Theatre to Stage DREAMGIRLS This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

 Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to present Dreamgirls, book and lyrics byTom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, April 8 - May 15. Previews are Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. with opening night Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773, (more...)

BWW Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's FAR FROM HEAVEN Presents A Woman's Melodic Journey Towards Self-Discovery In 1950s AmericaBWW Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's FAR FROM HEAVEN Presents A Woman's Melodic Journey Towards Self-Discovery In 1950s America
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 12, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre's production of FAR FROM HEAVEN marks the musical's Chicago premiere--the show debuted Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2013 and takes the titular 2002 Todd Haynes-directed film as its source material. And while this musical from composer-lyricist team Scott Frankel and Michael Korie was written three years ago, FAR FROM HEAVEN touches on issues of gender, sexuality, and race in 1957 suburban Connecticut that poignantly resonant with the present moment. At the center of the musical is Cathy Whittaker (the superb and stunning Summer Naomi Smart), a 1950s housewife and mother--decked out in Bill Morey's outstanding period-authentic dresses and residing in Grant Sabin's charming set. At the top of the show, she catches her husband, Frank (Brandon Springman) cheating on her--with a man. Stunned by this secret, Cathy is forced to confront the reality of what happens when her life cannot conform to the societal pressures and ideals coming at her from both the media and friends--a matter which is further complicated when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with her black gardener, Raymond Deagan (Evan Tyrone Martin). (more...)

Matt Edmonds to Lead Theo Ubique's RENT This Spring; Cast Announced!Matt Edmonds to Lead Theo Ubique's RENT This Spring; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Theo Ubique has announced the cast for its upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical RENT, according to director Scott Weinstein. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - Last Week to Vote!2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update - Nicholas Dantes in Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update - Nicholas Dantes in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

Theo Ubique Extends MY WAY...A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA Through JanuaryTheo Ubique Extends MY WAY...A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA Through January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Theo Ubique's cabaret saluting the man who was arguably the most popular singer of the 20th Century will be extended beyond its originally announced closing date of January 10th and will run throughout the month of January, closing on Sunday, January 31. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update - Dan Deluca Winning Big!2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update - Dan Deluca Winning Big!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Cast Announced for FAR FROM HEAVEN Chicago PremiereCast Announced for FAR FROM HEAVEN Chicago Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to present the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie and starring multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart with Brandon Springman and Evan Tyrone Martin. The production is directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley, music directed by Chuck Larkin and choreographed by William Carlos Angulo, February 5 - March 13, 2016. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and opening night is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the exception of no performances February 11 or March 3 and an added performance Thursday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased at porchlightmusictheatre.org or 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...)

STAGE TUBE: Cast Performs 'Black and Blue' from Porchlight Music Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'STAGE TUBE: Cast Performs 'Black and Blue' from Porchlight Music Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by Stage Tube - Dec 4, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre welcomes the return of its multi award-winning hit AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', now through December 20. This week's Chicago Tribune Showcase features cast members Robin Da Silva, Sharriese Hamilton, Donterrio Johnson, Lorenzo Rush Jr. and Lina Wass singing 'Black and Blue' with accompaniment by Austin Cook. Check it out below! (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update - Nicholas Dantes, Roy J. Brown Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update - Nicholas Dantes, Roy J. Brown Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update 11/27 - Nicholas Dantes, Larry Yando and More Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update 11/27 - Nicholas Dantes, Larry Yando and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

BWW Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Brings Swinging Holiday Spirit to Stage 773BWW Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Brings Swinging Holiday Spirit to Stage 773
by Rachel Weinberg - Nov 27, 2015

Audiences looking for a jazzy and celebratory way to get into a holiday mood should look no further than Porchlight Music Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'. This Fats Waller musical revue provides plenty of joy and entertainment but remains distinct among the city's holiday offerings because the show's content does not explicitly pertain to the holiday season. Aside from a few sprinklings of holiday tinsel in Jeffery D. Kmiec's set design, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' revels primarily in its joyful celebration of Thomas 'Fats' Waller's song catalog--and will have audiences toe-tapping along to the music. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Return of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Celebrates Return of AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the return of its multi award-winning hit AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', now thorugh December 20, music by Thomas 'Fats' Waller, book by Murray Horowitz and Richard Maltby Jr., direction and choreography by multi Jeff-Award winner and Artistic Associate Brenda Didier with music direction by Jeff-Award winning Porchlight Artistic Associate Austin Cook at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

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