Brenda Didier News

Porchlight's 'HOW TO SUCCEED' Opens 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 2nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 02, 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. 'Peter' plays Monroe Street, new musicals try out in Wicker Park and Bucktown, 'Evita' lights up Cicero, 'Hot Mikado' jazzes up Rogers Park, The Hypocrites announce a trilogy, three Tony winners start rehearsal here and Las Vegas calls on the Windy City's finest! (more...)

Photo 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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 5th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 06, 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. The Mosh Pit's exclusive Oscar wrap-up, Billy Zane announced for Lyric Opera, DLO's 'Les Miz' aims high, Porchlight tries 'How To Succeed,' Bailiwick's 'Dessa Rose' begins, as does 'Heartbeat Of Home' from BIC, 'Option Up! ' returns, voice students compete at NATS, and more! (more...)

Tyler 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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 19th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 19, 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. 'The Last Ship' sails, 'Chicago' and 'The Heartbeat Of Home' stop by, 'Chicago's Golden Soul,' and 'Ain't Misbehavin' pack 'em in, catch 'Dessa Rose,' 'Love Story' and 'A New Brain,' and the Waa-Mu Show announces 2014, plus more! (more...)

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 Awardİ-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...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Feb 06, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber present the Tony Award-winning Thomas 'Fats' Waller' musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin', now through March 9, 2014, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 5th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 05, 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. 'Ain't Misbehavin' and 'Ragtime' get ready, the 'Lyle' and 'Schoolhouse' kids' musicals, two stagings of 'Cabaret,' The Phantom and Raoul to visit Stage 773, KT Sullivan in Hyde Park, the Belmont Theater District is born, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the Tony Award-winning Thomas 'Fats' Waller musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin', now through March 9, 2014, 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. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of Porchlight Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 04, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic DirectorMichael Weber announce the Tony Award-winning Thomas 'Fats' Waller' musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin', February 1 - March 9, 2014, 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. Check out highlights of the show below! (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the Tony Award-winning Thomas 'Fats' Waller' musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin', today, February 1 - March 9, 2014, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

2013 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Winners Announced! Celebration Honors MENAGERIE, SWEENEY, DeShields, Menzel And More
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 09, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com and BroadwayWorld Chicago are proud to announce the winners of the fourth annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, the only comprehensive, fan-voted theater awards system in the Chicago area. And the big winner at the 2013 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration, held on Wednesday evening, January 8, 2014 at The Call Bar, was the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company production of 'The Glass Menagerie,' which carried off five of the coveted award Certificates. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Present AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', 2/1-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 02, 2014

Porchlight Music Theatre and Managing Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the Tony Awardİ-winning Thomas 'Fats' Waller' musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin', February 1 - March 9, 2014, 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. Previews are Saturday, Feb.1, 2014 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Opening/Press Night is Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 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, March 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for previews and $43.50 for all other performances. Two show subscriptions and 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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 1st, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 01, 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. It's the Mosh Pit's 'Top Ten Hot Topix' for the second half of 2013!! (more...)

BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards LAST CHANCE TO VOTE - Dale Calandra Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2013

Voting is now underway for Chicago! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Chicago Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Dale Calandra Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Voting is now underway for Chicago! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from Mercury Theater Chicago THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER, Now Playing Through 12/29
by Stage Tube - Dec 16, 2013

The much beloved Chicago tradition of the presentation of THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER recently returned to Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, and continues through December 29, 2013. The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming musical story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. Hailed as 'A sacred part of a Chicago Christmas!' by The Chicago Tribune, the production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians. The production is helmed by the Jeff-award winning team of L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Director) and Brenda Didier (Choreographer). Check out highlights from the production below! (more...)

Chicago Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/13 - Hans Fleischmann Ahead!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Voting is now underway for Chicago! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mercury Theater's THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 08, 2013

The much beloved Chicago tradition of the presentation of THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER returns to Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, opening Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., and running through December 29, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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