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Porchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final TimePorchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final Time
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec. 31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Patti LuPone, Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Patti LuPone, Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 29, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. 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...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fourth and Final Extension for IN THE HEIGHTSPorchlight Music Theatre Announces Fourth and Final Extension for IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec.31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular scheduled 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. Tickets are $55 - 75. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER to Bring Back Holiday Spirit to Mercury Theater ChicagoTHE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER to Bring Back Holiday Spirit to Mercury Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER will be sailing for its sixth year at Mercury Theater Chicago, from November 30 through December 31, 2016. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Third and Final Time at Porchlight Music TheatreIN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Third and Final Time at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec.3, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS Extends Again at Porchlight Music TheatreIN THE HEIGHTS Extends Again at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced a second extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Nov. 19, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Extends IN THE HEIGHTS Through NovemberPorchlight Music Theatre Extends IN THE HEIGHTS Through November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce a second extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Nov. 19, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The  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 an added Thursday matinee, October 6 at 1:30 p.m. There is no 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $43 - $51. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of Porchlight Music Theatre's IN THE HEIGHTSPhoto Flash: Opening Night of Porchlight Music Theatre's IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre had the opening night of it's production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS last night. Check out all the red carpet coverage below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents IN THE HEIGHTSPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce an extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Sunday, Oct. 23, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

Cast Announced for Porchlight Music Theatre's Season Opener IN THE HEIGHTSCast Announced for Porchlight Music Theatre's Season Opener IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the cast and artistic staff of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS, September 9 - October 16, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Extends IN THE HEIGHTS through October 23Porchlight Music Theatre Extends IN THE HEIGHTS through October 23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce an extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Sunday, Oct. 23, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards NominationsChristine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. (more...)

Cast Announced for Porchlight Music Theatre's Season Opener IN THE HEIGHTSCast Announced for Porchlight Music Theatre's Season Opener IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the cast and artistic staff of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS, September 9 - October 16, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

Theatre at the Center Sets 2017 SeasonTheatre at the Center Sets 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Theatre at the Center is announcing its first season under the leadership of new Artistic Director Linda Fortunato.   Theatre at the Center's 2017 season is comprised of a variety of works ranging from Broadway musicals to a Chicagoland premiere play and a holiday classic.  The season opens with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, followed by Kander and Ebb's Tony Award winning Cabaret.  Next will be the Chicagoland premiere of The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan, then Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and closing the season is A Wonderful Life: The Musical.  Jeff award-winner Fortunato will direct three of the five productions.   William Underwood will serve as music director for the season. (more...)

The 43rd Annual JEFF AWARDS Winners Announced - THE HAIRY APE, BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI, RENT and More Among Top!The 43rd Annual JEFF AWARDS Winners Announced - THE HAIRY APE, BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI, RENT and More Among Top!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

"The Hairy Ape"- Eugene O'Neill's expressionist play presented in a stark, brutal and imaginative setting; "Byhalia, Mississippi"- a new work of southern love and forgiveness, and "Rent"- the musical update of "La Boheme" performed in a small storefront theatre, took home the most honors on Monday, June 6, at Park West during the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Porchlight's CHESSPhoto Flash: Inside Opening Night of Porchlight's CHESS
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. Porchlight Revisits Chess is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Dreamgirls (previews begin April 8) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Chess are $30 in advance and $35 at the door the night of the performance. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, created and hosted by Weber, that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Chess are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. (more...)

BWW Review: Porchlight Finds New Moves to Invigorate CHESSBWW Review: Porchlight Finds New Moves to Invigorate CHESS
by Misha Davenport - May 4, 2016

CHESS, Porchlight Musical Theatre's final staged reading in the third season of its 'lost' musicals-as- staged-concert series manages to present the show's glorious, pop opera score in all its glory and nearly succeeds in covering up the fault lines that run through the book. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits CHESS, Opening TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits CHESS, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, PORCHLIGHT REVISITS CHESS, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (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...)

BWW Review: Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS Will Make You HappyBWW Review: Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS Will Make You Happy
by Misha Davenport - Apr 18, 2016

Porchlight's production of DREAMGIRLS is a theater lover's dream come true. (more...)

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