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Breaking: Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Disqualify 'The Hypocrites' and Rescind NominationsBreaking: Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Disqualify 'The Hypocrites' and Rescind Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2015

Sean Graney, who recently returned to Chicago to resume his post as Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, informed the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee that he just learned the theater company had been operating under an Equity CAT-N contract for the duration of the 2014-2015 Non-Equity season.  Over the past year, requests for judging its productions were made to the Non-Equity Wing without the committee having knowledge of the company's Equity status. The Jeff Committee was aware that two of the productions had Equity performers (as indicated in the program); however, the committee has now confirmed that these were not guest contracts.  As such, the company's productions are not eligible for consideration in the Non-Equity Wing, and all related Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations have been rescinded.  The productions in question will be shifted to the Equity Wing for awards consideration during its current season, which commenced on August 1, 2014 and will end on July 30, 2015. (more...)

THE JEFF AWARDS Nominations Announced - THE HYPOCRITES, Griffin Theatre, and More!THE JEFF AWARDS Nominations Announced - THE HYPOCRITES, Griffin Theatre, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 118 nominations in 24 categories for the 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 133 productions offered by 56 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 62 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 62 Jeff Recommended productions, 46 received nominations, representing 23 theatre companies. (more...)

FIRST DATE Announces Buy One Get One Free 'April Showers' SpecialFIRST DATE Announces Buy One Get One Free 'April Showers' Special
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The silver lining during April Showers is that audiences receive buy one get one free tickets to see FIRST DATE any rainy day through April 30. (more...)

FIRST DATE Extends at Royal George CabaretFIRST DATE Extends at Royal George Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

FIRST DATE, Broadway's new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence - the dreaded blind date - is now extended through Sunday, May 17 at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 North Halsted, Chicago, marking a four month hit run. FIRST DATE features a book by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed). The musical comedy is produced by Jeanne McInerney and First Date, LLC, and directed by J.R. Rose, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran and choreography by Becky DeDecker. At a rapid-fire 90 minutes, FIRST DATE is a lighthearted, funny and romantic musical perfect for a real first date, a girls' night out or just a fun and entertaining experience at the theater. On select Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., FIRST DATE presents 'Love IQ,' featuring cast member John Keating and a Chicago celebrity. These interactive events test the audience's romantic intelligence as well as offer advice on hot topics such as online dating. Entry is free with the purchase of tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance. (more...)

FIRST DATE Announces VIP Bachelorette Party PackageFIRST DATE Announces VIP Bachelorette Party Package
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Bachelorettes can squeeze in one more first date before tying the knot. FIRST DATE, the smash musical hit, is offering a special VIP Bachelorette Party Package for brides-to-be looking to celebrate their last days of being single. Groups of six or more can celebrate with the Bachelorette Party Package, which offers all the trimmings of a successful bachelorette party, including tiaras, boas, wedding themed drinks and a post-performance meet and greet and photo with the FIRST DATE cast. (more...)

FIRST DATE to Celebrate 50th Performance with a Susan G. Komen Benefit, 3/26FIRST DATE to Celebrate 50th Performance with a Susan G. Komen Benefit, 3/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

When FIRST DATE celebrates its 50th Chicago performance on Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 North Halsted, 5% of all ticket sales will benefit Susan G. Komen - Chicago. (more...)

FIRST DATE Extends Through April 26 at the Royal GeorgeFIRST DATE Extends Through April 26 at the Royal George
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

FIRST DATE, Broadway's new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence - the dreaded blind date -- is now extended through Sunday, April 26 at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 North Halsted, Chicago. (more...)

San Diego Theatres to Welcome New CEO in MaySan Diego Theatres to Welcome New CEO in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Following the announcement last year of the retirement of CEO Donald Telford, San Diego Theatres (SDT) today announced the hiring of a new President and Chief Executive Officer. Telford is retiring after nearly 40 years with SDT, the organization that manages the Civic Theatre and the historic Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. In his role as CEO, Telford orchestrated the formation of SDT into an independent entity, ensuring that San Diego residents and visitors continue to have access to top-rate entertainment experiences. (more...)

San Diego Theatres Names New President & CEOSan Diego Theatres Names New President & CEO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Following the announcement last year of the retirement of CEO Donald Telford, San Diego Theatres (SDT) today announced the hiring of a new President and Chief Executive Officer. Telford is retiring after nearly 40 years with SDT, the organization that manages the Civic Theatre and the historic Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. In his role as CEO, Telford orchestrated the formation of SDT into an independent entity, ensuring that San Diego residents and visitors continue to have access to top-rate entertainment experiences. (more...)

FIRST DATE to Host 'Love IQ: Online Dating 101' at Royal George Cabaret, 3/19FIRST DATE to Host 'Love IQ: Online Dating 101' at Royal George Cabaret, 3/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Being single and navigating the dating scene can be tricky, especially in a city where online dating is becoming the norm. Chicago dating expert Melinda McIntire will host a 'Love IQ: Online Dating 101' Q&A following the performance of the smash hit musical FIRST DATE at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 North Halsted, on Thurs. March 19. (more...)

Ellen Crawford, Stan Egi & More to Star in Pasadena Playhouse's PYGMALIONEllen Crawford, Stan Egi & More to Star in Pasadena Playhouse's PYGMALION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) announces the cast of George Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION, the fifth production of its 2014-2015 Season. PYGMALION, which began rehearsals today, will perform March 17 - April 12, 2015 with the official press night on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: FIRST DATE Opens in Chicago at Royal George Cabaret!Photo Flash: FIRST DATE Opens in Chicago at Royal George Cabaret!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

FIRST DATE features a book by Austin Winsberg ('Gossip Girl') and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed). The musical comedy is produced by Jeanne McInerney and First Date, LLC, and will be directed by J.R. Rose, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran and choreography by Becky DeDecker. At a rapid-fire 90 minutes, FIRST DATE features a stellar ensemble cast in this Chicago premiere at the Royal George Cabaret. The official opening was last night, Feb. 12, 2015. Check out photos below! (more...)

FIRST DATE Opens in Chicago TonightFIRST DATE Opens in Chicago Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

FIRST DATE features a book by Austin Winsberg ('Gossip Girl') and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed). The musical comedy is produced by Jeanne McInerney and First Date, LLC, and will be directed by J.R. Rose, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran and choreography by Becky DeDecker. At a rapid-fire 90 minutes, FIRST DATE features a stellar ensemble cast in this Chicago premiere at the Royal George Cabaret. The official opening is slated for tonight, Feb. 12, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chicago Premiere of FIRST DATEPhoto Flash: First Look at Chicago Premiere of FIRST DATE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

FIRST DATE features a book by Austin Winsberg ('Gossip Girl') and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed). The musical comedy is produced by Jeanne McInerney and First Date, LLC, and will be directed by J.R. Rose, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran and choreography by Becky DeDecker. At a rapid-fire 90 minutes, FIRST DATE features a stellar ensemble cast in this Chicago premiere, currently in previews at the Royal George Cabaret. The official opening is slated for Feb. 12. Check out a first look below! (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Two Scenes from FIRST DATE's Chicago Premiere at the Royal GeorgeBWW TV: Watch Two Scenes from FIRST DATE's Chicago Premiere at the Royal George
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 10, 2015

FIRST DATE features a book by Austin Winsberg ('Gossip Girl') and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed). The musical comedy is produced by Jeanne McInerney and First Date, LLC, and will be directed by J.R. Rose, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran and choreography by Becky DeDecker. At a rapid-fire 90 minutes, FIRST DATE features a stellar ensemble cast in this Chicago premiere, currently in previews at the Royal George Cabaret. The official opening is slated for Feb. 12. Click below to watch two numbers from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WHIPPING MAN Celebrates Opening at Pasadena PlayhousePhoto Flash: THE WHIPPING MAN Celebrates Opening at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse presents, in association with South Coat Repertory, Matthew Lopez's multi-award winning play THE WHIPPING MAN as the fourth production of the 2014-2015 season. THE WHIPPING plays through March 1, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse. Stage and television star Charlie Robinson (NBC's 'Night Court') plays Simon in this Obie Award-winning drama. The production also stars Adam Haas Hunter and Jarrod M. Smith and is directed by Martin Benson. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

FIRST DATE at the Royal George Cabaret to Offer Patrons Free Cupcakes, 2/13FIRST DATE at the Royal George Cabaret to Offer Patrons Free Cupcakes, 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

To start Valentine's weekend on a sweet note, the first 25 guests to arrive at FIRST DATE at the Royal George Cabaret, 1641 North Halsted, on Fri., Feb. 13, will receive a delicious complimentary Raspberry Brownie Batter cupcake from popular Lincoln Park bakery Swirlz. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 4th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 4th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 4, 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 'Last Five Years' movie, and three local shows for Valentine's Day about young folks in New York. Plus two new shows based on Jane Austen, Lippa's 'Wild Party,' Sondheim's 'Sondheim,' Aurora's 'Les Miserables and Annaleigh Ashford's return, plus some critical thinking about the late Andrew Patner. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse Launches Theatre Initiative for Latino Community MI HISTORIA, MI MANERAPasadena Playhouse Launches Theatre Initiative for Latino Community MI HISTORIA, MI MANERA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps, and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) embarks on a new initiative titled Mi Historia, Mi Manera, which aims to build a model of artistic co-creation between its institution and Latina/o adults, artists, and communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Mi Historia, Mi Manera is supported by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation, and is an extension of The Playhouse's long standing Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project, founded in 2005 by Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps. The Diversity Project is dedicated to promoting culturally diverse programming at The Pasadena Playhouse through the active engagement of artists, staff, volunteers and audiences of all ages, genders, orientations and ethnicities in exploring and celebrating the wealth of creativity in our world today. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 24th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 24th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 24, 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. 'Into The Woods' finally opens tomorrow! Plus Porchlight's Sondheim season continues, TMTC's 'Allegro' at Ravinia, Laura Osnes is coming to town, 'Galavant' and the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards arrive in early January, followed by 'Tommy' in Aurora, 'First Date' at the Royal George, 'The Full Monty' at Theater Wit and more! (more...)

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