Chicago Shakespeare Theatre News

Legendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth Receives 2017 Michael Merritt AwardLegendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth Receives 2017 Michael Merritt Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The 24th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at Loyola University Chicago.Legendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth (The Nance, The Book of Mormon, The English Patient, Midnight Cowboy) will receive the 2017 Merritt Award.  (more...)

Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre Join Forces for ALWAYS... PATSY CLINEFulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre Join Forces for ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre celebrate music legend and cross-over sensation Patsy Cline, April 18 through May 21. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Concludes Season with MARRY ME A LITTLEPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Concludes Season with MARRY ME A LITTLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. Previews are Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an added matinee performance Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE There are no 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday, April 20 and  May 11 and no 4 p.m. performance  Saturday, April 22. Tickets to Marry Me a Little are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.  (more...)

Casting Announced for Griffin Theatre's RAGTIME at The Den TheatreCasting Announced for Griffin Theatre's RAGTIME at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its newly-orchestrated chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical RAGTIME, reimagined by director Scott Weinstein with new orchestrations by Matt Deitchman, music direction by Jermaine Hill and Ellen Morris and choreography by William Carlos Angulo. (more...)

Danya Taymor to Direct World Premiere of PASS OVER at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyDanya Taymor to Direct World Premiere of PASS OVER at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced accomplished director Danya Taymor will direct Steppenwolf's world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu. (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO to Bring Musical Comedy to Die for to Winter Park PlayhouseMURDER FOR TWO to Bring Musical Comedy to Die for to Winter Park Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Get ready for a musical comedy to die for! In this madcap adventure, The Winter Park Playhouse serves up big laughs, with a 'whodunit' twist, in their next professional musical production - Murder For Two - playing May 12 - 21 and June 1 -11. (more...)

GRIMM's Silas Weir Mitchell and Local Favorite Dana Green to Lead CONSTELLATIONS at The ArmoryGRIMM's Silas Weir Mitchell and Local Favorite Dana Green to Lead CONSTELLATIONS at The Armory
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Silas Weir Mitchell and Dana Green star in Constellations - playwright Nick Payne's exploration of love in the multiverse - opening at The Armory on May 19, with preview performances beginning May 13, and regular performances running through June 11. (more...)

Ruth Page Center For Arts Announces APRIL DANCE MONTH ProgrammingRuth Page Center For Arts Announces APRIL DANCE MONTH Programming
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is proud to announce programming for Chicago's upcoming April Dance Month. CDI/Concert Dance Inc. continues sharing its piece, “The Chicago Project,” Sunday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

World Premiere of 'T.', About Kerrigan/Harding Ice Skating Saga, Finds Cast at ATCWorld Premiere of 'T.', About Kerrigan/Harding Ice Skating Saga, Finds Cast at ATC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

American Theater Company (ATC) concludes its Season 32 with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Margot Bordelon directs a cast featuring Guy Massey (Al), Leah Raidt (T.), ensemble member Tyler Ravelson (Jeff), Kelli Simpkins (Joanne) and Nate Whelden (Shawn). T. runs from May 18-June 25, 2017 (press opening: Monday, May 22). (more...)

Better Yourself by Getting to Know the Cast of WAR PAINT- Opens Tonight!Better Yourself by Getting to Know the Cast of WAR PAINT- Opens Tonight!
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 6, 2017

War Paint, a new musical, opens tonight at the Nederlander Theatre. Two-time Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole join forces to portray the trailblazing cosmetic icons who built empires in a business world ruled by men. Get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

Ruth Page Center for the Arts Announces April Dance MonthRuth Page Center for the Arts Announces April Dance Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is proud to announce programming for Chicago's upcoming April Dance Month. CDI/Concert Dance Inc. continues sharing its piece, “The Chicago Project,” Sunday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. This work in progress makes its official debut this summer at Ravinia Festival. Also programmed at the venue in honor of this month-long citywide celebration of dance is be Hedwig Dance, April 21, 22, 28 and 29,and DanceWorks Chicago, April 23. These two companies join CDI/Concert Dance Inc. as Artists In-Residence at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Performances take place at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Detailed information on each performance is below. For more information on Ruth Page and its Artists In-Residence, please visit www.ruthpage.org. (more...)

Strawdog Theatre Company presents THE NIGHT SEASONStrawdog Theatre Company presents THE NIGHT SEASON
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Strawdog Theatre Company is proud to announce the third and final production in its 2016 - 2017 season, Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Night Season, May 12  - June 24, directed by Elly Green, at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Previews are May 12 - 13, 18 - 19 at 8 p.m., May 14 and 21 at 4 p.m. The press opening is Monday, May 22 at 8 p.m. with a Board Night Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. with an open bar and appetizers. All performances have ground level access and are wheelchair accessible, with a special Access Project performance Sunday, June 4 at 4 p.m. with a touch tour at 2:45 p.m.* An industry performance is on Monday, June 5 at 8 p.m for $18. Preview tickets are $15 with regular run tickets $30, they may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available.  (more...)

City Lit Theater to Stage World Premiere of FORTY-TWO STORIES This SpringCity Lit Theater to Stage World Premiere of FORTY-TWO STORIES This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Douglas Post's Forty-Two Stories, a comedy set in a Lake Shore Drive high-rise condominium, will receive its world premiere full production as the third show in City Lit Theatre's 2016-17 season. The press opening will be Sunday, April 23rd at 3 pm following previews from April 14-22nd. (more...)

Strawdog Theatre Ends Season with NIGHT SEASONStrawdog Theatre Ends Season with NIGHT SEASON
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Strawdog Theatre Company is proud to announce the third and final production in its 2016 - 2017 season, Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Night Season, May 12 - June 24, directed by Elly Green, at The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard. (more...)

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Announces GYPSY and A New EraJedlicka Performing Arts Center Announces GYPSY and A New Era
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2017

Under the guidance of new Artistic Director, Steve Calzaretta, JPAC Theatre is proud to announce the upcoming production of GYPSY. The role of Mama Rose, the iconic stage mother, will be played by veteran stage performer, Nancy Hays, who played Auntie Mame last summer at Light Opera Works and Judy Garland in Pride Films and Plays, Boy from Oz. Other leading cast members include Jim Spangler as Herbie, Rachel Livingston as Louise, and Brice Baron as June. Ava Morse will play Baby June. Justin Amolsch will music direct the classic Jule Syne and Stephen Sondheim score with an eight piece orchestra. (more...)

Peninsula Players to Host Reading of Murder Mystery MISS HOLMESPeninsula Players to Host Reading of Murder Mystery MISS HOLMES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Peninsula Players Theatre will present a play reading of Christopher M. Walsh's 'Miss Holmes' on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor. (more...)

Peninsula Players Announces Public Reading of MISS HOLMESPeninsula Players Announces Public Reading of MISS HOLMES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Players Theatre will present a play reading ofChristopher M. Walsh's "Miss Holmes" on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor. "Miss Holmes" is a thrilling new murder mystery inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and is the final offering of The Play's the Thing, a winter play reading series produced by Players for the Door County community. General seating is available; no admission fee. (more...)

Wildclaw Theatre presents THE WOMAN IN BLACKWildclaw Theatre presents THE WOMAN IN BLACK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

WildClaw Theatre Company proudly presents THE WOMAN IN BLACK previews Tuesday, March 21st and Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, press opening, Thursday, March 23rd with public opening Friday, March 24th. The classic bone-chilling play will be performed at The Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Chicago. Thursday-Sundays until April 23rd. Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Court Theatre presents THE HARD PROBLEMPhoto Flash: Court Theatre presents THE HARD PROBLEM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces casting for the Chicago premiere of The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard, directed by Charles Newell. The Hard Problem runs March 9 - April 9, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

Chicago Premiere of David Adjmi's 3C to Play A Red Orchid TheatreChicago Premiere of David Adjmi's 3C to Play A Red Orchid Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

???????A Red Orchid Theatre concludes its 2016-2017 Season with the Chicago premiere of 3C, written by David Adjmi and directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. The production runs April 20 - June 4, 2017, at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. The press opening is Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. (more...)

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