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Photo Flash: First Look at The New Colony's STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVEPhoto Flash: First Look at The New Colony's STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2015

The New Colony is pleased to continue its 2015 season with the pop-infused world premiere musical comedy STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE by Mr. Margaret Svetlove, directed by Sean Kelly, with music by The Delicious Moons (Nickolas Blazina, Henry Riggs, Alex Kliner and Sean Kelly). STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE will play July 30 - August 29, 2015 at The New Colony's resident home, The Den Theatre (Upstairs Mainstage), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Strawdog's Hugen Hall to Stage US Premiere of WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN, 9/12-10/14Strawdog's Hugen Hall to Stage US Premiere of WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN, 9/12-10/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the first production in its 2015-2016 Hugen Hall season, the United States premiere of Julia Lederer's With Love and a Major Organ, September 12 - October 14, directed by Thrisa Hodits at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. (more...)

Church of Betty Celebrates 25 Years with New Record SWIRLED WORLD, Videos, and Shows at The Living RoomChurch of Betty Celebrates 25 Years with New Record SWIRLED WORLD, Videos, and Shows at The Living Room
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

There are few bands that have been as tenaciously creative, exploratory, eclectic and inclusive as Church of Betty. On Swirled World, their new release, produced by Two-time Independent Music Awards Winner Kenny Siegal (Langhorne Slim & The Law, Chris Whitley, Spottiswoode & His Enemies), frontman Chris Rael's ever-evolving musical palette effortlessly crosses genres (world, rock, pop, folk, classical) and is as fertile and explosive as ever. Rael is at the top of his game as vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. (more...)

The Hypocrites' AMERICAN IDIOT to Rock The Den Theatre This FallThe Hypocrites' AMERICAN IDIOT to Rock The Den Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

The Hypocrites are thrilled to launch their 2015-16 season with the Chicago premiere of the smash Broadway musical AMERICAN IDIOT, featuring music by Grammy Award-winning punk rock band Green Day, book by Green Day frontman/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer and lyrics by Armstrong, direction by Steven Wilson, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and choreography by Katie Spelman. AMERICAN IDIOT will play August 28 - October 25, 2015 at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. (more...)

LYPINSKA! THE BOXED SET Returning to NYC This MonthLYPINSKA! THE BOXED SET Returning to NYC This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

A glamorous dose of the legendary Lypsinka, John Epperson's iconic creation, will once again be doled out this summer when the acclaimed LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET returns for a limited Off-Broadway engagement.  LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET will be performed Wednesday, July 22nd through Saturday, September 12th at the ravishing jewel-box Connelly Theater, located at 220 East 4th Street (between Avenues A and B) in Manhattan's East Village. The Opening is Saturday, July 25th at 8 PM.  Tickets ($35 - $65) will go on sale on Monday, April 27th at 10 am online at www.lypsinka.com and www.tweedtheater.org/lypsinka, or by calling 866-811-4111. (more...)

The New Colony to Premiere STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE This SummerThe New Colony to Premiere STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

The New Colony is pleased to continue its 2015 season with the pop-infused world premiere musical comedy STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE by Mr. Margaret Svetlove, directed by Sean Kelly, with music by The Delicious Moons (Nickolas Blazina, Henry Riggs, Alex Kliner and Sean Kelly). STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE will play July 30 - August 29, 2015 at The New Colony's resident home, The Den Theatre (Upstairs Mainstage), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.  (more...)

Gift Theatre Welcomes Nine New Ensemble MembersGift Theatre Welcomes Nine New Ensemble Members
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The Gift Theatre's artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton, co-founder William Nedved and associate artistic director Paul D'Addario are proud to announce nine artists have joined the company ensemble: playwrights Will Eno and Laura Marks; directors Marti Lyons and Erica Weiss; and actors Cyd Blakewell, Darci Nalepa, Keith Neagle, Mary Ann Thebus, and Kyle Zornes. Conceived in 1997 by Michael Patrick Thornton and William Nedved, The Gift's mission was to grow and nurture an ensemble while laying roots in an artistically underserved Chicago neighborhood. Today, The Gift Theatre thrives in Jefferson Park as Chicago's most intimate Equity theater and is home to a nationally respected acting ensemble. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Shots from About Face Theatre's ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*TPhoto Flash: New Shots from About Face Theatre's ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T by Bixby Elliot, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, playing now through July 5, 2015 at the Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Studio), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. BroadwayWorld has new photos of the cast onstage below! Plus click here to check out more production pics! (more...)

Wireless History Foundation Announces Wireless Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015Wireless History Foundation Announces Wireless Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

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Photo Flash: First Look at About Face's ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*TPhoto Flash: First Look at About Face's ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

About Face Theatre continues its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T by Bixby Elliot, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, playing June 5 - July 5, 2015 at the Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Studio), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets are currently on sale at www.aboutfacetheatre.org, by calling (773) 404-7336 or in person at the Greenhouse Theater Center Box Office. The press opening is Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lifeline Theatre's SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Lifeline Theatre's SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Lifeline Theatre presents a world premiere musical adaptation of Austin Grossman's 2007 novel, Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christopher M. Walsh (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: New Adaptation, A Tale of Two Cities, Lifeline Theatre), with music and lyrics by Christopher Kriz (Jeff Award and Non-Equity Jeff Award-winner for Sound Design; three-time Non-Equity Jeff Award nominee for Original Incidental Music), and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production-Play, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Lifeline Theatre; Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Director-Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, Griffin Theatre). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Tony Nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega & Elizabeth A. Davis to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AMANDINETony Nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega & Elizabeth A. Davis to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AMANDINE
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

An invitation-only reading of the new musical Amandine, featuring a book and lyrics by Winter Miller and music and lyrics by Lance Horne, will be presented on May 28, directed by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Markus Potter.  The evening will feature the talents of Tony Award nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) and Elizabeth A. Davis (Once), along with Nick Blaemire (Found), Erin Markey (Erin Markey at Joe's Pub with Kenny Mellman), John Kelly (James Joyce's The Dead), and Romain Fruge (Threepenny Opera). (more...)

The Hypocrites to Stage AMERICAN IDIOT at The Den TheatreThe Hypocrites to Stage AMERICAN IDIOT at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The Hypocrites will launch their 2015-16 season with the Chicago premiere of the smash Broadway musical AMERICAN IDIOT, featuring music by Grammy Award-winning punk rock band Green Day, book by Green Day frontman/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer and lyrics by Armstrong, direction by Steven Wilson, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and choreography by Katie Spelman. AMERICAN IDIOT will play August 28 - October 25, 2015 at The Den Theatre Mainstage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at at www.the-hypocrites.com. The press opening Sunday, September 6 at 3 pm. (more...)

The Other Theatre Company to Present BENT, 6/27 - 7/26The Other Theatre Company to Present BENT, 6/27 - 7/26
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The Other Theatre Company and Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis have announced the company's second production in its inaugural season, Bent, written by Martin Sherman and directed by Keira Fromm, at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway, June 27 - July 26. Preview performances are June 27 at 4 and 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Wednesday, July 1 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. (no show Thursday, July 9) Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Preview tickets are $20 with the regular run tickets $25 and may be purchased at www.buzzonstage.com/theatres/other-theatre-company. For more information, please visit theothertheatrecompany.com. (more...)

Musical Adaptation of SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE to Play Lifeline Theatre, 5/29-7/19Musical Adaptation of SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE to Play Lifeline Theatre, 5/29-7/19
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Lifeline Theatre presents a world premiere musical adaptation of Austin Grossman's 2007 novel, Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christopher M. Walsh (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: New Adaptation, A Tale of Two Cities, Lifeline Theatre), with music and lyrics by Christopher Kriz (Jeff Award and Non-Equity Jeff Award-winner for Sound Design; three-time Non-Equity Jeff Award nominee for Original Incidental Music), and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production-Play, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Lifeline Theatre; Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Director-Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, Griffin Theatre). The devious Doctor Impossible has escaped from prison and legendary superhero CoreFire has vanished without a trace. With the fate of the world in their hands, the New Champions have mere hours to recover their fallen comrade and stop their arch-nemesis before his doomsday device is complete. Joined by Fatale, a cyborg with an arsenal of deadly hardware and a host of self-esteem issues, the mighty super-team must face their darkest hour - and the truths buried in their deeply troubled pasts. A thrilling new musical about power and identity set in a vibrant world of heroes and villains, in a world premiere adaptation. The production runs approximately two and a half hours with one intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby. (more...)

The LA Opera Presents the West Coast Premiere of DOG DAYS, 6/11-15The LA Opera Presents the West Coast Premiere of DOG DAYS, 6/11-15
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

LA Opera concludes its 2014/15 season with the west coast premiere of Dog Days, a shocking work by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek that incorporates elements of opera, musical theater and rock. Based on a powerful short story by Judy Budnitz, Dog Days is set in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe as a family struggles to survive. The teenage daughter clings to hope, unwilling to accept their dire situation, until a disturbing stranger shows up at the doorstep. (more...)

LA Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of DOG DAYS, 6/11-15LA Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of DOG DAYS, 6/11-15
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

LA Opera concludes its 2014/15 season with the west coast premiere of Dog Days, a shocking work by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek that incorporates elements of opera, musical theater and rock. Based on a powerful short story by Judy Budnitz, Dog Days is set in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe as a family struggles to survive. The teenage daughter clings to hope, unwilling to accept their dire situation, until a disturbing stranger shows up at the doorstep. (more...)

Myriam Phiro to Perform at The Metropolitan Room This SummerMyriam Phiro to Perform at The Metropolitan Room This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Myriam Phiro guides us through the decadent world of Edith Piaf using her timeless songs to retell the life of this iconic performer. Accompanied by a traditional musette band and multi-disciplinary backup singers, Ms. Phiro and the ensemble recreate the brothels, circuses and nightclubs that created the great Piaf we all know. The performance lasts 60-70 minutes. (more...)

About Face Theatre's ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T to Run 6/5-7/5 at Greenhouse Theater CenterAbout Face Theatre's ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T to Run 6/5-7/5 at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T by Bixby Elliot, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, playing June 5 - July 5, 2015 at the Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Studio), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets are currently on sale at www.aboutfacetheatre.org, by calling (773) 404-7336 or in person at the Greenhouse Theater Center Box Office. The press opening is Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Dance Company 10 Hairy Legs Announces Dates, Programs for 2015 SeasonDance Company 10 Hairy Legs Announces Dates, Programs for 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Highland Park, New Jersey --- Randy James' all male dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, returns to New York Live Arts for its third consecutive New York Season for four performances June 11 -14.   Continuing to showcase the company's extensive repertory that celebrates and explores the artistry of the male dancer, this season features 2 programs, 6 New York City Premieres, 9 works by 10 Choreographers and Live Musical Accompaniment at all performances. Robert Johnson, Dance Critic noted “…since its formation in 2012, its rapid growth has been astonishing…the diversity of this programming is a treat for audiences…this company has also become a welcome source of choreographic commissions…there aren't many repertory companies yet, but when a group like 10 Hairy Legs performs…the scenery changes and styles switch abruptly. Viewers are whisked from choreographer to choreographer; and sometimes if feels as if everyone is talking at once. Ideas richochet, the atmosphere is exhilarating.” (more...)

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