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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 10th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 10th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 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. The Tonys and the Jeffs bring honor and fun, and 'On Your Feet' and 'Beaches' aim for the future. Bette will be in town, Spike Lee films, 'Les Mis' and 'All Shook Up' play our southern environs, and 'The Secret Garden' and 'The Pied Piper' bring children's classics to life. Next week: Regional Summer Theaters! (more...)

Griffin Theatre Company Wins Big at Chicago's 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff AwardsGriffin Theatre Company Wins Big at Chicago's 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

June 8, 2015 - Chicago, IL. "The Wild Party," a dark, sensual, wanton musical, and "Men Should Weep," a tale of a disordered Scottish tenement household, took home top honors Monday, June 8, at Park West during the 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre. Bailiwick Chicago's musical of Michael LaChiusa's "The Wild Party" led all musical nominees with eight awards, and Griffin Theatre's "Men Should Weep" led play nominees with three awards. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 29, 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. The Jeff Awards stir things up, 'Louis & Keely' and 'Sounds So Sweet' evoke mid-century entertainment, Waa-Mu takes on the Berlin Olympics, a new Chicago-based revue in Edgewater, 'Chaperone' and 'Music Man' in the suburbs, 'The Boy From Oz' in a local production, 'Matilda' will tour, 'Amazing Grace' sets a Broadway run, and Circle Theatre re-emerges. Whew! (more...)

Breaking: Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Disqualify 'The Hypocrites' and Rescind NominationsBreaking: Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Disqualify 'The Hypocrites' and Rescind Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2015

Sean Graney, who recently returned to Chicago to resume his post as Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, informed the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee that he just learned the theater company had been operating under an Equity CAT-N contract for the duration of the 2014-2015 Non-Equity season.  Over the past year, requests for judging its productions were made to the Non-Equity Wing without the committee having knowledge of the company's Equity status. The Jeff Committee was aware that two of the productions had Equity performers (as indicated in the program); however, the committee has now confirmed that these were not guest contracts.  As such, the company's productions are not eligible for consideration in the Non-Equity Wing, and all related Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations have been rescinded.  The productions in question will be shifted to the Equity Wing for awards consideration during its current season, which commenced on August 1, 2014 and will end on July 30, 2015. (more...)

THE JEFF AWARDS Nominations Announced - THE HYPOCRITES, Griffin Theatre, and More!THE JEFF AWARDS Nominations Announced - THE HYPOCRITES, Griffin Theatre, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 118 nominations in 24 categories for the 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 133 productions offered by 56 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 62 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 62 Jeff Recommended productions, 46 received nominations, representing 23 theatre companies. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Celebrates A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM OpeningPhoto Flash: Porchlight Celebrates A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Opening
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre just celebrated the opening of the final mainstage production in its 20th Anniversary 'Season of Sondheim,' A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, running now through May 24, 2015 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (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...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the final mainstage production in its 20th Anniversary 'Season of Sondheim,' A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, April 17 - May 24, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 1st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 1st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 1, 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. 'Anything Goes,' 'A Funny Thing...' and 'Billy Elliot' prepare to open, 'Les Mis' racks up the raves, season announcements from the Paramount, Kokandy, The Hypocrites and Chicago Shakes, plus another Austen adaptation, and legs for Ethel Merman. Enjoy the warmth! (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...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at the Cast of Porchlight Music Theatre's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at the Cast of Porchlight Music Theatre's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the final mainstage production in its 20th Anniversary "Season of Sondheim," A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, April 17 - May 24, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Previews are Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars below! (more...)

Mercury Theatre Extends THE ADDAMS FAMILY Through 4/12Mercury Theatre Extends THE ADDAMS FAMILY Through 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, announces the extension of THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THE MUSICAL. The freakishly funny new musical comedy will now be laid to rest on April 12th. The production has been praised for its significant revisions following its Chicago debut in 2010. The production has been Jeff Recommended and is led by Jeff Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Direction), and Brenda Didier (Choreography). (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 4, 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. BIC's fall season schedule, plus Theo's 'JCS,' Woodstock's 'Chaperone,' Kokandy's 'Full Monty' and the Paramount's 'Les Mis.' Also four recent contemporary operas, early and late Sondheim comparisons, this month's 'Option Up,!' and Linda Eder and Jessie Mueller hit the suburbs! (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of Mercury Theater Chicago's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Flash: Cast of Mercury Theater Chicago's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, presents the spooky kooky production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THE MUSICAL. The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life on January 28th and will be laid to rest on April 5th, 2014. Press opening is Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30pm. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, and Drama Desk Award winnerAndrew Lippa. The production will be led by Jeff Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Direction), and Brenda Didier (Choreography). (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...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Sets 2015-16 MainStage Season: SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & More!Porchlight Music Theatre Sets 2015-16 MainStage Season: SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Michael Weber, artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced Porchlight Music Theatre's 2015 - 2016 mainstage season which includes: (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 28th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 28th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 28, 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. Musical television series abound! Also special nights for 'Allegro' and 'Reefer Madness,' that Dolphin show at Annoyance, Mercury's 'Addams Family,' a big children's premiere, the return of 'Option Up!' and a surprising, real live 'Beauty!' (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Winners Announced: RAGTIME, AVENUE Q and ALL OUR TRAGIC Win Locally; MOTOWN, AMAZING GRACE Tours Honored2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Winners Announced: RAGTIME, AVENUE Q and ALL OUR TRAGIC Win Locally; MOTOWN, AMAZING GRACE Tours Honored
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 8, 2015

On the coldest night of the year, spirits were high at The Call Bar in the Andersonville neighborhood, as the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration was held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Hosted by BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Editor Paul W. Thompson and The Call's hostess, Ashley Morgan, the Celebration lasted from 8:00 pm to the stroke of midnight, as the winners in 36 categories were revealed. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 7th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 7th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 7, 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. The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration is tonight! Plus Drury Lane's 'West Side,' Mercury's 'Addams' and Theo's 'JCS,' premieres of 'Next Thing You Know' and 'Plastic Revolution,' a Barrel Of Monkeys musical and a staged reading from FWD, plus TV's 'Galavant' and 'Glee,' and more! (more...)

Mercury Theater Chicago's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Begins 1/28Mercury Theater Chicago's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Begins 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, presents the spooky kooky production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THE MUSICAL. The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life on January 28th and will be laid to rest on April 5th, 2014. Press opening is Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30pm. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, and Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa. The production will be led by Jeff Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Direction), and Brenda Didier (Choreography). (more...)

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