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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 3rd, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 3rd, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 3, 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. Our Tony Awards Viewing Party is Sunday night, and the non-Equity Jeffs are on Monday! Theo Ubique prepares its Marvin Hamlisch revue and announces next season, a whole bunch of new musicals get a hearing, and AMTP teaches songwriting. 'Murder Ballad' gets a reprise, 'Ring Of Fire' gets an extension, and bikinis and witches heat up June! (more...)

Theo Ubique Sets 2015-16 Season: RENT, BLOOD BROTHERS & MoreTheo Ubique Sets 2015-16 Season: RENT, BLOOD BROTHERS & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Theo Ubique's 2015-16 season will have a decidedly Anglo-American flavor, featuring two of the longest-running musicals from each side of the Atlantic along with cabarets saluting America's all-time favorite crooner and one of England's most successful songwriting teams for theatre and film. (more...)

A MARVIN HAMLISCH SONGBOOK Begins 6/4 at Theo UbiqueA MARVIN HAMLISCH SONGBOOK Begins 6/4 at Theo Ubique
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Theo's summer cabaret will feature favorites and lesser-known gems by the Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony winning composer Theo Ubique's summer cabaret of 2015 will turn to the songs of one of the best-loved composers of the 20th Century's later decades when it showcases the songs of Marvin Hamlisch from June 4 - July 12, 2015 at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. in Rogers Park. Music Director Aaron Benham (recently honored with three Jeff nominations for the 2014-15 season, including one for last summer's A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters by Theo) is providing new arrangements for a program representing the full body of Hamlisch's work. Benham and a cast of six will perform numbers ranging from standards like 'The Way We Were' and 'Nobody Does It Better' through selections from his Broadway musicals (A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goodbye Girl and Smile) and film scores (The Sting, Sophie's Choice). Courtney Crouse (of Theo Ubique's Chess) is the stage director and Chris Logan (of Theo's A Cole Porter Songbook and Bailiwick Chicago's Murder Ballad) is the choreographer. The press opening will be Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m., following previews Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Theo Ubique Extends JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through May 17Theo Ubique Extends JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Through May 17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Theo Ubique's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber - Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar, which sold out its entire originally planned run of March 6 - April 12 in less than one week after opening night - has been extended to May 17th. (more...)

Emily Berman, Rebecca Finnegan and More Set for Chicago Debut of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, Beginning Tonight at PorchlightEmily Berman, Rebecca Finnegan and More Set for Chicago Debut of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, Beginning Tonight at Porchlight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre presents the second production in its 20th Anniversary Season of Sondheim, the Chicago premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, beginning tonight, February 6, and running through March 15, 2015, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by James Lapine, direction by Nick Bowling with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Austin Cook at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Max DeTogne to Star in Theo Ubique's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; Cast Announced!Max DeTogne to Star in Theo Ubique's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

Heralded newcomers to the Theo stage join Danni Smith for unmiked production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical beginning performances March 6. (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - David Girolmo Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - David Girolmo Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Emily Berman, Rebecca Finnegan & More Set for Porchlight Music Theatre's SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in 2015Emily Berman, Rebecca Finnegan & More Set for Porchlight Music Theatre's SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre has announce dthe second production in its 20th Anniversary Season of Sondheim, the Chicago premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, February 6 - March 15, 2015, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by James Lapine, direction by Nick Bowling with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Austin Cook at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Theo Ubique's ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Extended Through 1/31Theo Ubique's ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Extended Through 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre will extend its current hit show, Always... Patsy Cline beyond its originally announced closing date of December 28th with seven extra performances including a New Year's Eve show at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 31. The musical by Ted Swindley about country singer Patsy Cline and her unlikely friendship with a Houston fan opened on November 17. (more...)

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards -David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards -David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update 11/25 - David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update 11/25 - David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 25th. (more...)

ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Begins Performances Tonight at Theo Ubique Cabaret TheatreALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Begins Performances Tonight at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Intimate production of one of Chicago's favorite musicals starring Christina Hall and 2014 Jeff Award-winner Danni Smith begins performances tonight, 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 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2014 Are Announced: CST's ROAD SHOW, Hypocrites' ALL OUR TRAGIC, Big Noise's RAGTIME, Goodman and More Lead the Way!The BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2014 Are Announced: CST's ROAD SHOW, Hypocrites' ALL OUR TRAGIC, Big Noise's RAGTIME, Goodman and More Lead the Way!
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 10, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com is proud once again to announce the nominations for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, Chicago's only comprehensive, fan-voted theater awards, now in our 5th fantastic year. (more...)

Porchlight Extends SWEENEY TODD Through 11/16Porchlight Extends SWEENEY TODD Through 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce that, due to capacity audience response, the first production of the mainstage 20th Anniversary Season of Sondheim, 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, has been extended through Sunday, Nov. 16 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

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...)

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