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Photo Flash: OCTOBER SKY Celebrates Opening Night at The MarriottPhoto Flash: OCTOBER SKY Celebrates Opening Night at The Marriott
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, running through October 11. The show opened on August 26, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 26, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 26, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 26, 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. Today's fire at The Second City, and last week's Jeff Award nominations! Plus 'Glory Days' and the Refuge Theatre season, new musicals in focus with Schonberg and Boublil, Chicago Children's Theatre and more, Joan Curto, Hershey Felder, 'Bat Boy,' and Theatre At The Center's 2016 season! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from OCTOBER SKY, Opening Tonight at The MarriottSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from OCTOBER SKY, Opening Tonight at The Marriott
by Stage Tube - Aug 26, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, opening tonight, August 26, and running through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. Music Direction is by Ryan T. Nelson. Presented in association with Universal Stage Productions (Billy Elliott, Wicked, Bring It On), and from the writing team that brought audiences HERO (Jeff Award, Best New Work, 2012), OCTOBER SKY is based on the beloved Universal Picturesfilm OCTOBER SKY and the bestselling novel Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. BroadwayWorld has a first look at footage from the show below! (more...)

Quintessence Theatre Group to Open 6th Season with ROMEO & JULIET and THE MANDRAKEQuintessence Theatre Group to Open 6th Season with ROMEO & JULIET and THE MANDRAKE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

Quintessence Theatre Group launches its sixth season of progressive classic theatre with Shakespeare's romantic tragedy ROMEO AND JULIET presented in rotating repertory with Wallace Shawn's celebrated translation of Machiavelli's sex comedy THE MANDRAKE. A nine actor repertory ensemble comprised of Quintessence's best and director Alexander Burns will continue to establish Quintessence's brand of full throttle epic classic theatre for today. ROMEO AND JULIET will begin previews on Wednesday, September 30 at 7pm and open on Saturday, October 3 at 8pm.  THE MANDRAKE will begin previews on Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm and open on Saturday, October 17 at 8pm. All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215.987.4450. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsal of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn at The MarriottSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsal of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn at The Marriott
by Stage Tube - Aug 25, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, now playing through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. Music Direction is by Ryan T. Nelson. Presented in association with Universal Stage Productions (Billy Elliott, Wicked, Bring It On), and from the writing team that brought audiences HERO (Jeff Award, Best New Work, 2012), OCTOBER SKY is based on the beloved Universal Pictures film OCTOBER SKY and the bestselling novel Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at rehearsals below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn at The MarriottPhoto Flash: First Look at World Premiere of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn at The Marriott
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, currently in previews and opening August 26 for a run through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Chicago's Jeff Awards Nominees Announced - Shoshana Bean, Megan McGinnis & More in the Running!Chicago's Jeff Awards Nominees Announced - Shoshana Bean, Megan McGinnis & More in the Running!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

Chicago stage, TV and film star Michael Shannon did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2014-2015 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of the presentation is available at www.JeffAwards.org. (more...)

Rob McClure and More to Star in Ken Ludwig's A COMEDY OF TENORS Premiere at Cleveland Play House; Cast Announced!Rob McClure and More to Star in Ken Ludwig's A COMEDY OF TENORS Premiere at Cleveland Play House; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

CPH's historic 100th Season will open on an operatic note, with the world premiere of Ken Ludwig's A COMEDY OF TENORS. BroadwayWorld has just confirmed the full cast -- featuring several Broadway vets. Scroll down for the complete list of stars! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals of Marriott Theatre's OCTOBER SKYSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals of Marriott Theatre's OCTOBER SKY
by Stage Tube - Aug 19, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, previewing tonight,  August 19, opening August 26 and running through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics byMichael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. Music Direction is by Ryan T. Nelson. Presented in association with Universal Stage Productions (Billy Elliott, Wicked, Bring It On), and from the writing team that brought audiences HERO (Jeff Award, Best New Work, 2012), OCTOBER SKY is based on the beloved Universal Pictures film October Sky and the bestselling novel Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.  Check out a sneak peek at rehearsals below! (more...)

David Ives' A FLEA IN HER EAR Begins 9/6 at A Noise WithinDavid Ives' A FLEA IN HER EAR Begins 9/6 at A Noise Within
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, presents the Southern California regional premiere of Georges Feydeau's classic French farce, A Flea in Her Ear - considered the greatest of French farces -- in a new version written by David Ives. Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, the show begins previews on September 6 and plays through November 22, 2015 (opens on September 12). Flea is the first production in A Noise Within's 2015-2016 BREAKING & ENTERING season, and is followed by the world premiere translation/adaptation of Jean Anouilh's Antigone by Robertson Dean (September 20 to November 20) and All My Sons by Arthur Miller, the Company's contribution to the global Miller Centennial Celebration(October 11-November 21). (more...)

New Musical OCTOBER SKY Debuts Tonight at The Marriott TheatreNew Musical OCTOBER SKY Debuts Tonight at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, previewing tonight, August 19, opening August 26 and running through October 11. (more...)

Michael Harp, Philip Earl Johnson and More to Lead A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL at the Paramount This WinterMichael Harp, Philip Earl Johnson and More to Lead A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL at the Paramount This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Families, set your holiday entertainment dials for excitement, because Chicago musical theater powerhouse, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, is turning one of the most iconic holiday movies ever made into a larger-than-life musical blockbuster, November 25-January 3. (more...)

Redtwist Theatre Welcomes Six New Company MembersRedtwist Theatre Welcomes Six New Company Members
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Redtwist Theatre is thrilled to announce the addition of six new company members for the 15-16 season and beyond. (more...)

MATILDA National Tour Heads to Houston in OctoberMATILDA National Tour Heads to Houston in October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, Matilda The Musical, is coming to Houston as part of Theatre Under The Stars' 2015/16 season. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of Matilda The Musical will be coming to The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts October 6 - 18. (more...)

HOW THE WORLD BEGAN to Make Chicago Premiere 9/9 at Rivendell TheatreHOW THE WORLD BEGAN to Make Chicago Premiere 9/9 at Rivendell Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, announces the third production of its 20th Anniversary Season, the Chicago premiere of How the World Began, written by Catherine Trieschmann and directed by Keira Fromm. The production runs September 2-October 10, 2015, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 7:00pm. (more...)

The Other Theatre Company to Present DAUGHTERS OF IRE, 9/2-20The Other Theatre Company to Present DAUGHTERS OF IRE, 9/2-20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

The Other Theatre Company (TOTC) and Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis are proud to present the first show the company's 2015-2016 season Daughters of Ire, by Company Member Savanna Rae, directed by Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis, September 2 - 20. (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Stage Monty Python's SPAMALOT, 9/17-10/18Theatre at the Center to Stage Monty Python's SPAMALOT, 9/17-10/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

A massive hit on Broadway, playing over 1,500 hysterical performances seen by more than two million people, Monty Python's SPAMALOT continues Theatre at the Center's exceptional 25th Anniversary Season. (more...)

The Brown Paper Box Co. Presents [title of show]The Brown Paper Box Co. Presents [title of show]
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for The Brown Paper Box Co.'s upcoming production, the Chicago storefront premiere of [title of show], with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell. (more...)

People's Light Showcases Local Region with 'Community Matters' New Play SeriesPeople's Light Showcases Local Region with 'Community Matters' New Play Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Community Matters is a series of free events presented in partnership between People's Light and numerous local organizations to spark dialogue about vital issues in our community. Performed readings of new plays are the centerpiece of each evening. They are followed by a discussion with the artists, community partners, and special guests. (more...)

Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Exciting news just in to BroadwayWorld!  Michael Weber, artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced the casts of the Chicago premiere of the 2014 revision of Side Show, the return of Porchlight's hit Ain't Misbehavin', multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart starring in the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, and Porchlight Music Theatre's 2015 - 2016 artistic leadership for its four Mainstage productions. (more...)

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