Chicago Shakespeare Theatre News

SoloChicago Theatre to Stage THE UNFORTUNATES at Theater WitSoloChicago Theatre to Stage THE UNFORTUNATES at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Following its highly acclaimed inaugural production of Churchill, which played in Chicago, New York City and continues to play in several places around the country, SoloChicago Theatre is pleased to announce its second production - THE UNFORTUNATES by Australian playwright Aoise Stratford. SoloChicago Artistic Director Kurt Johns will direct the piece about survival, celebrity, violence and friendship, which begins performances June 17 at Theater Wit. (more...)

Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Ira Levin's popular murder mystery, Deathtrap, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek. Deathtrap runs June 9 - August 14, 2016 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre to Present New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICALMaine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre to Present New Chamber Version of GHOST THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The 'nationally regarded' Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of GHOST THE MUSICAL June 8 through June 25. (more...)

Andre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens TheaterAndre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Joining the original cast as the Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THISWindy City Playhouse Announces Cast of THIS
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated new theater, presents the off-Broadway hit This, a tart 'melanchomedy' centering on four educated, artistically inclined thirtysomething New Yorkers whose longtime friendship is tested by an act of infidelity. Writer, director and playwright Carl Menninger (a former Deerfield native) returns home from Washington, D.C. to direct this piercing, beautifully crafted new play for lovers of language by Melissa James Gibson. Previews for This begin Wednesday, June 15 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. (more...)

Catherine Butterfield Comedy LIFE EXPECTANCY to Play Hollywood FringeCatherine Butterfield Comedy LIFE EXPECTANCY to Play Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Catherine Butterfield, author of the plays JOINED AT THE HEAD, THE SLEEPER, LIFE IN THE TREES and BROWNSTONE, among others, will premiere her latest comedy, LIFE EXPECTANCY, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Second City alum Ron West will helm the play. (more...)

Haven Theatre Company to Stage U.S. Premiere of THE DISTANCEHaven Theatre Company to Stage U.S. Premiere of THE DISTANCE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Haven Theatre Company announces the United States premiere of Deborah Bruce's THE DISTANCE, directed by Elly Green, at the West Stage within the Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St., May 20 - June 26. (more...)

Rondi Reed & Michael Rabe Join Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA; Jessie Fisher Completes CONSTELLATIONS CastRondi Reed & Michael Rabe Join Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA; Jessie Fisher Completes CONSTELLATIONS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the complete casting for two upcoming productions. Celebrated actress Jessie Fisher (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's Othello, Once on Broadway) joins ensemble member Jon Michael Hill (CBS's Elementary, Steppenwolf's Superior Donuts) in the Chicago premiere production of Constellations, the moving two-character drama by Nick Payne, directed by artistic producer Jonathan Berry to take place this summer in the Upstairs Theatre (May 26 - July 3, 2016; Press/Opening is June 1 at 7:30pm). (more...)

BWW Interview: Erica Stephan of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Dishes on Catching the Theater Bug and the Power of GershwinBWW Interview: Erica Stephan of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Dishes on Catching the Theater Bug and the Power of Gershwin
by Kailey Hansen - Apr 20, 2016

With Theater at the Center's premiere of the award-winning Broadway musical, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, only a few short week's away, things are in full swing (quite literally) for Chicago actress Erica Stephan. This zesty, swingin' show, set in the roaring 20's and chalked full of Gershwin classics, debuts at Indiana's highly acclaimed performing arts center. Before stepping into the shoes of tomboy Billie Bendix, Stephan took time for a quick Q&A. (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Children's Theatre Company's DIARY OF A WIMPY KID World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Children's Theatre Company's DIARY OF A WIMPY KID World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) ends its 50th Anniversary Season with the much anticipated world premiere of the musical based on the blockbuster, best-selling DIARY OF A WIMPY KID. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Children's Theatre Company to Close 50th Anniversary Season with DIARY OF A WIMPY KIDChildren's Theatre Company to Close 50th Anniversary Season with DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) will end its 50th Anniversary Season with the much anticipated world premiere of the musical based on the blockbuster, best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The famous book series by Jeff Kinney has been sold worldwide, has been brought to the silver screen through three films, and for the first time ever, is being developed into a new musical by CTC in conjunction with Fox Stage Productions and Kevin McCollum (producer of Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q, and Something Rotten!). This is CTC's fifth and final world premiere in a single season. (more...)

Whoa, Mama! Meet the Full Cast of BRIGHT STAR, Opening Tonight on BroadwayWhoa, Mama! Meet the Full Cast of BRIGHT STAR, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 24, 2016

With direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, BRIGHT STAR began performances on February 25th and opens officially tonight, March 24th, 2016 at at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast and watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Music Director Riccardo Muti Returns to Conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 4/7Music Director Riccardo Muti Returns to Conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Music Director Riccardo Muti returns to Chicago in April for three weeks of concerts and activities April 7-26 during the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 125th anniversary season.  Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) explore music by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Verdi inspired by the works of William Shakespeare in three programs featuring internationally acclaimed soloists as part of the CSO's celebration of Shakespeare in music during a year that marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. (more...)

FUN HOME, THE SECRET GARDEN & More Set for 5th Avenue Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonFUN HOME, THE SECRET GARDEN & More Set for 5th Avenue Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

With nearly 2000 subscribers in attendance, The 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong revealed the season line-up for its 7-show 2016/17 season. (more...)

KC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKSKC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Kansas City Repertory Theatre will continue its 2015-16 season with The Fantasticks, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Director Jerry Genochio. (more...)

Central Square Theater to Present Danai Gurira's THE CONVERTCentral Square Theater to Present Danai Gurira's THE CONVERT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Underground Railway Theater are proud to present the Danai Gurira's The Convert January 28 - February 28, 2016. The Convert is directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. The press performance is Monday, February 1 at 7:30PM. (more...)

Tickets to Writers Theatre's ARCADIA Now on SaleTickets to Writers Theatre's ARCADIA Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents the first production in the Theatre's new home, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, directed by Michael Halberstam. The show runs March 16 - April 24, 2016 at the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Writer Theatre's new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Josh Lamon & Noah Racey to Lead ROAD SHOW at Signature TheatreJosh Lamon & Noah Racey to Lead ROAD SHOW at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Road Show directed by Gary Griffin (Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, Signature's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical, about the real-life Mizner brothers and their quest for the ever elusive American dream, was praised as 'fierce, funny, lean and heartbreaking' by the Chicago Sun-Times when Griffin's production premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2014. Road Show will run from February 16 - March 13 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for West End Transfer of NELL GWYNN, Starring Gemma ArtertonFull Cast Announced for West End Transfer of NELL GWYNN, Starring Gemma Arterton
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report complete casting for the West End transfer of Jessica Swale's new play NELL GWYNN, directed by Christopher Luscombe. (more...)

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