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HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'MOTHER EARTH' Set for Steppenwolf's GARAGE REP 2015, Beginning 2/20HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'MOTHER EARTH' Set for Steppenwolf's GARAGE REP 2015, Beginning 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company begins performances for Garage Rep 2015 on February 20, 2015, which features Cold Basement Dramatics' production of Heat Wave, Pride Films and Plays' production of Angry Fags and Red Tape Theatre's production of The Walk Across America for Mother Earth. These innovative storefront companies will perform in rotating repertory under Steppenwolf's banner for ten weeks. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 14th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 14th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 14, 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. The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration was great! Now onward to '50 Shades,' 'Mr. Burns' and 'Book Of Merman,' plus two from Christopher Pazdernik,' 'Ordinary Days,' 'First Wives Club,' tributes to John Hughes and Stephen Sondheim and a showtune film cameo! (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Casting for Steppenwolf's GARAGE REP 2015 Announced!Casting for Steppenwolf's GARAGE REP 2015 Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Now in its sixth year, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Garage Rep 2015, featuring three cutting-edge Chicago companies producing bold work in rotating repertory for ten weeks under Steppenwolf's banner. This year's Garage Rep features Cold Basement Dramatics' production of Heat Wave, Pride Films and Plays' production of Angry Fags and Red Tape Theatre's production of The Walk Across America for Mother Earth. Casting and creative teams for each production included below. Performances run February 20, 2015 - April 26, 2015 in the Garage Theatre (1624 N. Halsted St.). Press weekend is March 7 and 8. Single tickets ($20) are now available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), at ?312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - David Girolmo Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards - David Girolmo Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale TodayMARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off the New Year with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette (February 5, 2015 - May 10, 2015), a modern, witty take on the young queen of France by David Adjmi (Elective Affinities, 3C) and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy). Next is the US premiere of The Herd (April 2, 2015 - June 7, 2015), the deftly comic story of a suburban English family by actor-playwright Rory Kinnear. Ensemble member and Tony Award winner Frank Galati directs in place of previously announced director K. Todd Freeman, who had an artistic scheduling conflict. Ensemble member Lois Smith joins the cast of The Herd, which features fellow ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney. (more...)

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards -David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards -David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays' THE BOOK OF MERMAN Opens in JanuaryPride Films and Plays' THE BOOK OF MERMAN Opens in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Pride Films and Plays announces that Sam Button-Harrison* and Dan Gold join Libby Lane* as the cast of The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Leo Schwartz. The show opens on January 17, 2015 at Mary's Attic, 5400 North Clark Street. (more...)

2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update 11/25 - David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Update 11/25 - David Girolmo, Taylor Okey Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 25th. (more...)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale 12/5MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off the New Year with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette (February 5, 2015 - May 10, 2015), a modern, witty take on the young queen of France by David Adjmi (Elective Affinities, 3C) and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy). Next is the US premiere of The Herd (April 2, 2015 - June 7, 2015), the deftly comic story of a suburban English family by actor-playwright Rory Kinnear. Ensemble member and Tony Award winner Frank Galati directs in place of previously announced director K. Todd Freeman, who had an artistic scheduling conflict. Ensemble member Lois Smith joins the cast of The Herd, which features fellow ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 12th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 12th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 12, 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. The 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award nominations are announced, Lyric presents 'Porgy' and 'Carousel,' 'Camelot' opens, 'Ring Of Fire' and 'Annie' return, 'Annie' and 'Ani' hit screens, parodies of 'Guffman,' the Merman/Mormon thing, Rudolph and Tupperware, and a suburban 'Garden!' (more...)

The BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2014 Are Announced: CST's ROAD SHOW, Hypocrites' ALL OUR TRAGIC, Big Noise's RAGTIME, Goodman and More Lead the Way!The BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2014 Are Announced: CST's ROAD SHOW, Hypocrites' ALL OUR TRAGIC, Big Noise's RAGTIME, Goodman and More Lead the Way!
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 10, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com is proud once again to announce the nominations for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, Chicago's only comprehensive, fan-voted theater awards, now in our 5th fantastic year. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Stage ANGRY FAGS as Part of Steppenwolf's Garage Rep, Beg. 3/17Pride Films and Plays to Stage ANGRY FAGS as Part of Steppenwolf's Garage Rep, Beg. 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Pride Films and Plays presents Topher Payne's dark comedy Angry Fags as part of the Steppenwolf Theater Company's Garage Rep, beginning March 7, 2015. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Present THE BOOK OF MERMAN, Beginning Jan 17Pride Films and Plays to Present THE BOOK OF MERMAN, Beginning Jan 17
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Pride Films and Plays announces that Sam Button-Harrison* and Dan Gold join Libby Lane* as the cast of The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Leo Schwartz. The show opens on January 17, 2015 at Mary's Attic, 5400 North Clark Street. (more...)

HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA' Set for Steppenwolf's Garage Rep 2015HEAT WAVE, ANGRY FAGS and 'THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA' Set for Steppenwolf's Garage Rep 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to announce the three Chicago companies selected for the sixth annual Garage Rep: Cold Basement Dramatics, Pride Films and Plays and Red Tape Theatre. These innovative storefront companies will present three productions in rotating repertory for a ten-week run February - April, 2015 in the Garage Theatre (1624 N Halsted St). (more...)

The Ruckus Welcomes New Leaders, Sets 2015 SeasonThe Ruckus Welcomes New Leaders, Sets 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Following a successful fifth season with productions at The Side Project Theatre and Collaboraction, The Ruckus Theater is proud to announce its sixth season in Chicago, as well as the appointment of a new Artistic Director and Executive Director. Outgoing Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker, who will now serve as the company's Director of Marketing and Publicity, and incoming Artistic Director Derek Van Barham release today a season of two plays, each investigating the impact of cataclysm on a community. In addition to announcing Barham's appointment, the company also proudly announces the appointment of Catherine Bullard as Executive Director. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films and Plays' SOME MEN, Beginning TonightPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films and Plays' SOME MEN, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Pride Films and Plays presents the Chicago premiere of Some Men by Terrence McNally. The cast includes PFP Artistic Associates Patrick Rybarczyk and Nelson Rodriguez, and Artistic Ensemble Members David Besky, Sam Button-Harrison, Tom Chiola, Edward Fraim, and Jude Hansen. They are joined by Ben Burke, Jeremy Sonkin, and Robert Ayres to become an ensemble of 10 playing over three dozen characters. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast! (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Sets Cast for SOME MEN, Running 8/14-9/13Pride Films and Plays Sets Cast for SOME MEN, Running 8/14-9/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Pride Films and Plays has announced an exciting cast for the Chicago premiere of Some Men by Terrence McNally. The cast includes PFP Artistic Associates Patrick Rybarczyk and Nelson Rodriguez, and Artistic Ensemble Members David Besky, Sam Button-Harrison, Tom Chiola, Edward Fraim, and Jude Hansen. They are joined by Ben Burke, Jeremy Sonkin, and Robert Ayres to become an ensemble of 10 playing over three dozen characters. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SOME MEN at Pride Films and PlaysPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of SOME MEN at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Pride Films and Plays presents the Chicago premiere of Some Men by Terrence McNally. The cast includes PFP Artistic Associates Patrick Rybarczyk and Nelson Rodriguez, and Artistic Ensemble Members David Besky, Sam Button-Harrison, Tom Chiola, Edward Fraim, and Jude Hansen. They are joined by Ben Burke, Jeremy Sonkin, and Robert Ayres to become an ensemble of 10 playing over three dozen characters. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast! (more...)

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