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Haven Theatre Company's HOT GEORGIA SUNDAY Opens 11/24Haven Theatre Company's HOT GEORGIA SUNDAY Opens 11/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Haven Theatre Company opens their 2014 - 2015 Season with the Chicago premiere of Catherine Trieschmann's Hot Georgia Sunday, directed by Marti Lyons, at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., November 22 - December 21. Previews are Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Opening night is Monday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The regular schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Regular tickets are $30, senior tickets are $25, previews tickets are $20 and industry/student tickets are $10. You can purchase tickets and get more information at www.haventheatrechicago.com. (more...)

Lowell Byers to Lead PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE at The Old Globe; Cast & Creatives Announced!Lowell Byers to Lead PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE at The Old Globe; Cast & Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre, directed by Ray Chambers and running November 15 - November 23 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater to Premiere Q BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/19Chicago Shakespeare Theater to Premiere Q BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

Chicago-October 20, 2014-Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings audiences a fresh take on a beloved classic, A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol, developed with hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers and CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton. After a special work-in-progress presentation last season, Chicago Shakespeare is proud to premiere this hip-hop reinterpretation of the perennial holiday favorite by Charles Dickens. A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol rocks the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare for a limited engagement, November 19-December 31, 2014. (more...)

A Q BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS CAROL to Premiere Upstairs at Chicago ShakespeareA Q BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS CAROL to Premiere Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings audiences a fresh take on a beloved classic, A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol, developed with hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers and CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton. After a special work-in-progress presentation last season, Chicago Shakespeare is proud to premiere this hip-hop reinterpretation of the perennial holiday favorite by Charles Dickens. A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol rocks the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare for a limited engagement, November 19-December 31, 2014. (more...)

BWW TV's SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR to Feature Song by MURDER FOR TWO's Kinosian & BlairBWW TV's SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR to Feature Song by MURDER FOR TWO's Kinosian & Blair
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

'So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star?,' a BroadwayWorld TV exclusive series, is teaming up with musical theatre songwriting duo KINOSIAN & BLAIR. Kinosian & Blair will be writing the 11 o'clock number to a musical adaptation of a 1980s cult television hit that series lead, Micki Manuel Minnelli, is auditioning for! (more...)

Short Musical by Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, MILL GIRLS and More Set for Music Theatre Company's 2014-15 SeasonShort Musical by Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, MILL GIRLS and More Set for Music Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Founding Artistic Director Jessica Beth Redish and Co-Artistic Director Jess McLeod are pleased to announce The Music Theatre Company's (TMTC) 2014-2015 season, which begins December 4, 2014 and runs through August 2015. (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 Hypocrites to Stage H.M.S. PINAFORE, THE MIKADO and PIRATES OF PENZANCE in Rep, Beg. 11/26The Hypocrites to Stage H.M.S. PINAFORE, THE MIKADO and PIRATES OF PENZANCE in Rep, Beg. 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

On the heels of their critically acclaimed hit ALL OUR TRAGIC, The Hypocrites are pleased to continue their 2014-15 Season with another world premiere: a playful re-imaging of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. PINAFORE, adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Sean Graney, co-directed by Thrisa Hodits with new arrangements by Matt Kahler* and Andra Velis Simon. (more...)

CST's CPS Shakespeare! Begins 11/7CST's CPS Shakespeare! Begins 11/7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents CPS Shakespeare!, a transformative arts-in-education program that engages Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students and teachers in creating an original Shakespeare production with CST theater and education professionals. (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...)

WAM Theatre Announces Cast for New England Premiere of IN DARFUR, Running 10/30-11/16WAM Theatre Announces Cast for New England Premiere of IN DARFUR, Running 10/30-11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

WAM Theatre's Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for the New England premiere of In Darfur, by Winter Miller. A timely, compelling drama, In Darfur will run from October 30 - November 16 at Shakespeare & Company in the Berry Family Studio of the Elayne P. Bernstein Center. (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience to Present TAMBURLAINE, PARTS I AND II, Begin. 11/1Theatre for a New Audience to Present TAMBURLAINE, PARTS I AND II, Begin. 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

John Douglas Thompson will lead a company of 19 actors playing 60 roles in the first major New York production since Broadway 1956 of Christopher Marlowe's 1587 epic Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience, announced. Directed and edited by Olivier Award-winner Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Marlowe's two-part drama will be performed as one 3.5-hour play, plus a 30-minute intermission. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Southern Rep & More Among 7th Round A-ha! RecipientsChicago Shakespeare Theater, Southern Rep & More Among 7th Round A-ha! Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the seventh round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which empowers TCG Member Theatres to take groundbreaking approaches to artistic, managerial, production and/or technological challenges and opportunities. Six theatres were awarded grants totaling $200,000 to either research and develop new ideas, or experiment and implement innovative concepts. (more...)

CCM's 2014-15 Series to Begin 10/1 with Gender-Bending MACBETHCCM's 2014-15 Series to Begin 10/1 with Gender-Bending MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) opens its 2014-15 Mainstage Series with William Shakespeare's dark and twisted tragedy Macbeth. Under the direction of Brant Russell, Assistant Professor of Drama, Macbeth will make its CCM debut Oct. 2 through 5 in CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater, with a preview performance at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. (more...)

Route 66 Theatre Company's THE DOWNPOUR Extends Through 10/19Route 66 Theatre Company's THE DOWNPOUR Extends Through 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Due to popular demand, Route 66 Theatre Company's hit world premiere The Downpour, by Caitlin Parrish, directed by Route 66 Theatre Company's Associate Artistic Director, Erica Weiss is adding one additional week of performances, extending through October 19, 2014. The Downpour is playing at the Greenhouse Theater Center: 2257 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. Tickets are at www.greenhousetheater.org, by calling 773.404.7336, or in person at the Greenhouse Theater Center box office. Press comps are still available for reviews. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of CST's THE MAGIC FLUTEBWW TV: First Look at Highlights of CST's THE MAGIC FLUTE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 26, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents Isango Ensemble's The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo), bringing thirty actors and musicians from South Africa to Chicago as part of CST's celebrated World's Stage Series. The Magic Flute reimagines Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most beloved operatic work, incorporating African singing, pulsating beats and spirited storytelling into this 223-year-old classic. Based in Cape Town, the vibrant company of the Isango Ensemble unites the diverse nation of Africa by reinventing classics from the Western theater canon within a South African setting. Adapted and directed by Isango co-founder Mark Dornford-May, The Magic Flute took London by storm, garnering London's prestigious Laurence Olivier Award. The production will be performed at Skyline Stage on Navy Pier (next door to CST) for a limited engagement, September 25-28, 2014. Check out highlights below! (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's World's Stage to Present U.S. Debut from Paris Théātre de le Ville's Ionesco SuiteChicago Shakespeare Theater's World's Stage to Present U.S. Debut from Paris Théātre de le Ville's Ionesco Suite
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) continues the dynamic World's Stage Series with the U.S. debut of Theatre de la Ville's Ionesco Suite from Paris, France. Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, this absurdist masterpiece celebrates the work of maverick avant-garde playwright Eugene Ionesco with a whirlwind montage encapsulating seven of his plays, brimming with wicked humor and hard-hitting themes. Ionesco Suite will be performed in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, October 15-October 19, 2014. (more...)

Griffin Theatre's TITANIC to Play Theater Wit, 10/18-12/7Griffin Theatre's TITANIC to Play Theater Wit, 10/18-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Griffin Theatre Company will launch its 2014-15 season with a new, intimate version of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical TITANIC, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine, Phantom), book by Peter Stone (Woman of the Year, 1776), new orchestrations by Ian Weinberger, directed by Scott Weinstein (Griffin Theatre's Spelling Bee, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Seussical) and music direction by Elizabeth Doran (Timeline's Juno). TITANIC will play October 18 - December 7, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are available at www.theaterwit.org, in person at the Theater Wit Box Office or by calling (773) 975-8150. The press opening is Sunday, October 26 at 7 pm. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Larry Yando and More in Highlights of CST's KING LEARBWW TV: First Look at Larry Yando and More in Highlights of CST's KING LEAR
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 17, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents William Shakespeare's towering epic King Lear, directed by CST Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and featuring Chicago theater legend Larry Yando in the title role. King Lear opens Chicago Shakespeare's 2014/15 season in the Courtyard Theater, now through November 9, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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