Chicago Shakespeare Theater News

Theatre Pros from MTC, The Public, CSC & More Among TCG's New Round of Leadership U RecipientsTheatre Pros from MTC, The Public, CSC & More Among TCG's New Round of Leadership U Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announces the 2016 Round 4 Cycle A recipients of the Leadership U[niversity]-Continuing Ed program. (more...)

Victory Gardens Completes Casting for 2016 IGNITION Festival of New PlaysVictory Gardens Completes Casting for 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for each of the 2016 IGNITION Festival of New Plays selected works, including The Wayward Bunny by Greg Kotis; BREACH: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu; EOM (end of message) by Laura Jacqmin; Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames; Gaza Rehearsal by Karen Hartman; and Girls In Cars Underwater by Tegan McLeod. (more...)

Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!Kyle Selig, Ron Bohmer, Kerry O'Malley and More to Look to the Stars in OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team of the West Coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY, which will blast off the Globe's 2016-2017 Season with a tale of boys, rockets, and big dreams. (more...)

Cast, Creatives Set for THE WOLVES Premiere at Playwrights RealmCast, Creatives Set for THE WOLVES Premiere at Playwrights Realm
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

The Playwrights Realm, led by Founding Artistic Director Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Roberta Pereira, has announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere of Sarah Delappe's THE WOLVES. (more...)

BWW Review: It's Austen Time - SENSE AND SENSIBILITY / I LOVE YOU BECAUSEBWW Review: It's Austen Time - SENSE AND SENSIBILITY / I LOVE YOU BECAUSE
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 25, 2016

This past week I saw two different musicals that have taken their inspiration from classic Jane Austen novels and, while completely different in size and scale, both have considerable merits. The first is in San Diego where Paul Gordon's to-die-for new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is gracing the stage at The Old Globe. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jonathan Pryce & Company Take Bows in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Lincoln Center FestivalPhoto Coverage: Jonathan Pryce & Company Take Bows in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Lincoln Center Festival
by Walter McBride - Jul 21, 2016

London's critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe, under the artistic direction of Emma Rice, will light up US stages and screens this summer and fall, with a three-city limited engagement of The Merchant of Venice, which will play limited engagements in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago in July and August. Two-time Olivier- and Tony Award-winner Jonathan Pryce stars as Shylock. The production is directed by Jonathan Munby. (more...)

Photo Flash: Donna McKechnie & Tony Sheldon Star in ICONPhoto Flash: Donna McKechnie & Tony Sheldon Star in ICON
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Tony Award-winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and Tony & Olivier Award-Nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) will star in The New York Musical Festival's (NYMF) upcoming production of ICON, a romantic new musical with book by Sebastian Michael and music & lyrics by Jonathan Kaldor.  Paul Stancato directs and choreographs a cast of 14, which also includes Colin Anderson*, Leslie Becker*, Patrick Connaghan*, Chase Crandell*, Chloe Holgate*, Charlotte Maltby*, Ben McHugh*, Kalia Medeiros*, Erika Peterson, Chris Ramirez*, Casey Shane*, and Sam Simahk*.  With a seven piece orchestra, ICON is being staged at The Duke on 42nd Street - a NEW 42ND STREET® Project, 229 West 42nd Street (bet. 7th and 8th Aves.) in NYC for five performances from Wednesday, July 20 through Tuesday, July 26, 2016.  *Member, Actors' Equity Association. (more...)

BWW Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Brings Charm and Manners Back Into StyleBWW Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Brings Charm and Manners Back Into Style
by E.H. Reiter - Jul 21, 2016

SENSE AND SENSABILITY brings the charming wit or Asutin to The Old Globe stage thorugh August 14th. (more...)

The Marriott Theatre to Present HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING This FallThe Marriott Theatre to Present HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

From the bustling streets of 1960's New York City comes the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical comedy, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, continuing The Marriott Theatre's acclaimed 2016 Season, previewing August 24, running through October 16 with a press opening on Wednesday, August 31 at 8 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)

ShawChicago to Present George Bernard Shaw's MISALLIANCE This FallShawChicago to Present George Bernard Shaw's MISALLIANCE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

ShawChicago presents George Bernard Shaw's farce on the fashionable, Misalliance. Performances run September 17 - October 10 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610. (more...)

THE BARDY BUNCH Announces Cast for Chicago Run at the Mercury TheaterTHE BARDY BUNCH Announces Cast for Chicago Run at the Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 15 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. (more...)

The Greenhouse Theater Center Presents MOTHER (AND ME)The Greenhouse Theater Center Presents MOTHER (AND ME)
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

'Mother (and me)' comes to the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave.) for a limited engagement, running Aug 4 - 14 as part of the Greenhouse's 'Solo Celebration!' series. Written and performed by Broadway veteran and comedian Melinda Buckley and presented as originally directed by Kimberly Senior. 'Mother (and me)' tells the auto-biographical tale of a larger-than-life Hungarian 'Mama Rose' and her 'Broadway baby' as they experience a shifting dynamic in their relationship. This hilariously honest solo show won the 'Best of Fest' award at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, and was originally developed and produced by Barabara Whitman Productions. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Megan McGinnis and More in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old GlobeSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Megan McGinnis and More in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe
by Stage Tube - Jul 18, 2016

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns to the show as director of the Globe production. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY will play now through August 14, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association withChicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns to the show as director of the Globe production. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY will play now through August 14, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Elements Theatre to Crown Summer 2016 with Shakespeare's KING LEARElements Theatre to Crown Summer 2016 with Shakespeare's KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Crowning its year-long tribute to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, Elements Theatre Company presents King Lear under the direction of Danielle Dwyer, CJ. In the striking outdoor setting of the Atrium of the Church of the Transfiguration, the members of Elements Theatre Company bring all of their passionate dedication and expertise to the Bard's riveting portrayal of a kingdom and families torn apart. Press night is Opening night, August 12, 7:00pm guest lecture Dr. Kathryn Moncrief, followed by outdoor performance 8:00pm. (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre Launches Cabaret Series with LEADING LADIES OF CHICAGO THEATREDrury Lane Theatre Launches Cabaret Series with LEADING LADIES OF CHICAGO THEATRE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre premieres The Cabaret Room at Drury Lane with Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre, a two-night event that gives audiences exclusive access to some of Chicago's top talent in an intimate setting. (more...)

TUG OF WAR, Culinary Complete Works and More Set for September as Part of Shakespeare 400 ChicagoTUG OF WAR, Culinary Complete Works and More Set for September as Part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Chicago will be treated to a wealth of Shakespeare in September 2016, as the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration marking 400 years of the playwright's enduring legacy continues into the fall. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

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Shakespeare's Globe Coming to U.S. Stages, Screens This Year with THE MERCHANT OF VENICE & MoreShakespeare's Globe Coming to U.S. Stages, Screens This Year with THE MERCHANT OF VENICE & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

London's critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe, under the artistic direction of Emma Rice, will light up US stages and screens this summer and fall, with a three-city limited engagement of The Merchant of Venice, the return of the popular Globe on Screen cinema series and a special two-night concert collaboration with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the historic Hollywood Bowl. (more...)

Full Cast Set for Solo Celebration at GreenhouseFull Cast Set for Solo Celebration at Greenhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Casting is now complete for the Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration!, as Artistic Director Jacob Harvey announced the remaining performers to be featured in solo works being presented now through February 2017. The A-list group of Chicago performers joining the Solo Celebration include: Linda Reiter as Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy in "Rose," directed by Steve Scott and running August 19 - September 25; Gene Weygandt as Matty in "Uncle Phillip's Coat," directed by Elizabeth Margolius and running November 27 - December 31; and Will Allan as Chester in "Circumference of a Squirrel," directed by Jacob Harvey and running January 13 - February 12, 2017.  (more...)

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