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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 30th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 30, 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 Sound Of Music' and 'The Wizard Of Oz' live, a local 'Ragtime' and 'Avenue Q,' premieres of 'Juno' and 'The Next Thing,' 'Hit The Wall' and 'Waa-Mu' return, CCT announces two world premieres, and Illinois has its high school musical theater champs--plus even more! (more...)

Big Noise Theatre to Present RAGTIME, 4/25-5/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Big Noise Theatre Company will present the Tony Award-winning epic musical RAGTIME, opening April 25 and playing weekends through May 11, 2014. Performances will be held at Prairie Lakes Theatre in Des Plaines, IL. The cast, featuring 37 actors from the Chicagoland area, is directed by Stacey Flaster, with musical direction by Robert Deason of Chicago. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 5th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 05, 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. 'Ain't Misbehavin' and 'Ragtime' get ready, the 'Lyle' and 'Schoolhouse' kids' musicals, two stagings of 'Cabaret,' The Phantom and Raoul to visit Stage 773, KT Sullivan in Hyde Park, the Belmont Theater District is born, and more! (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Congratulates the Five Finalists in the 2013 Great Gay Screenplay Contest
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2013

Five finalists have been named in Pride Films and Plays' Great Gay Screenplay Contest, an international contest for screenplays with LGBT characters and themes. The finalists include a wide range of subject matter ranging from a love triangle set in France, a mystical teenage romance laced with racial tension, a set of non-actors facing possible Hollywood stardom, a sweet coming-of-age tale, and an older man's revelation of painful secrets. (more...)

Mercury Theater Chicago Offers Free Kids Tickets at BARNUM
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2013

Kids aged 7 to 14 will receive a free ticket with the purchase of each adult ticket for weekday performances of the circus musical BARNUM at Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, running through June 16, 2013. To redeem, visit the box office or call 773-325-1700. Throughout the toe-tapping musical, the glitz and grandeur of the circus is brought to life on Mercury Theater Chicago's intimate stage. 14 actors entertain the audience with 24 rapid-fire costume changes and perform over 14 breathtaking head-over-heels acrobatic tricks featuring 18 juggling balls, 12 juggling scarves, 9 juggling balls, 2 Spanish webs and 1 circus lyra. 6 musicians create the rousing sound of the Big Top with 12 instruments, and 2 stilt walkers tower over the audience. 100 bricks are used to construct the historic American Museum. 3 sassy wooden poodles parade across the stage, along with 1 magnificent tiger and 1 larger-than-life elephant puppet. (more...)

Mercury Theater's BARNUM Offers April Showers Deal
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2013

Forget about gloomy April Showers and receive $10 off tickets to see the cheerful circus musical BARNUM at Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, on any rainy day through the end of the month. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 773-325-1700 or visit MercuryTheaterChicago.com and reference the code APRIL. The musical is running through June 16, 2013. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Gene Weygandt and More at Mercury Theater's BARNUM Opening
by Stage Tube - Apr 16, 2013

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, welcomes an all-star cast of award-winning actors for the circus-themed musical BARNUM, running now through June 16, 2013. Click below to watch opening night interviews with the cast and creative team! (more...)

Photo Flash: Gene Weygandt and More at BARNUM's Opening Night at Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 05, 2013

Mercury Theater Chicago welcomes an all-star cast of award-winning actors for the circus-themed musical BARNUM, which opened on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through June 16, 2013. The cast is led by Chicago native and Broadway, TV, and film actor Gene Weygandt as legendary showman P.T. Barnum, with Cory Goodrich as his wife Charity, and Summer Naomi Smart as the 'Swedish Nightingale' Jenny Lind. Check out photos of the cast and creative team on opening night below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Gene Weygandt and More in Mercury Theater Chicago's BARNUM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2013

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, announces an all-star cast of award-winning actors for the circus-themed musical BARNUM, opening on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and running through June 16, 2013. The cast is led by Chicago native and Broadway, TV, and film actor Gene Weygandt as legendary showman P.T. Barnum, with Cory Goodrich as his wife Charity, and Summer Naomi Smart as the 'Swedish Nightingale' Jenny Lind. The Mercury's production is the first major Chicago revival of the show in over 20 years, led by multiple Jeff Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director) Eugene Dizon (Musical Director), Brenda Didier and Andrew Waters (Co-Choreographers) and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi of the Actor's Gymnasium (Circus Director). (more...)

Gene Weygandt Stars in Mercury Theatre's BARNUM in Chicago, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2013

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, presents circus-themed musical BARNUM, previewing tonight, March 27, opening on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., and running through June 16, 2013. The cast is led by Chicago native and Broadway, TV, and film actor Gene Weygandt as legendary showman P.T. Barnum. (more...)

Gene Weygandt to Lead Mercury Theatre's BARNUM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2013

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport, announces an all-star cast of award-winning actors for the circus-themed musical BARNUM, previewing March 27, opening on Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., and running through June 16, 2013. The cast is led by Chicago native and Broadway, TV, and film actor Gene Weygandt as legendary showman P.T. Barnum, with Cory Goodrich as his wife Charity, and Summer Naomi Smart as the "'Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind. The Mercury's production is the first major Chicago revival of the show in over 20 years, led by multiple Jeff Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director) Eugene Dizon (Musical Director), Brenda Didier and Andrew Waters (Co-Choreographers) and Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi of the Actor's Gymnasium (Circus Director). (more...)

Cast of Pride Films and Plays' UNDER A RAINBOW FLAG Presents Stage Door Canteen Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2013

The cast of Under A Rainbow Flag will present a high-energy cabaret at Mary's Attic tonight, February 15 at 7 pm. Under A Rainbow Flag's Stage Door Canteen will feature the cast members of this world-premiere musical singing songs from World War II, songs from Broadway, and premiering songs from Under A Rainbow Flag. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 30th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 30, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to New York. Upcoming productions of 'See What I Wanna See' and 'Little Women,' a unique 'Joseph...,' four world premieres, including 'Under A Rainbow Flag,' plus a whole bunch of special cabaret evenings, the return of 'Best Musical!' at Stage 773, and world premiere choreography by Ann Reinking! (more...)

Cast of Pride Films and Plays' UNDER A RAINBOW FLAG to Present Stage Door Canteen, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2013

The cast of Under A Rainbow Flag will present a high-energy cabaret at Mary's Attic on February 15 at 7 pm. Under A Rainbow Flag's Stage Door Canteen will feature the cast members of this world-premiere musical singing songs from World War II, songs from Broadway, and premiering songs from Under A Rainbow Flag. (more...)

Chicago's Pride Films & Plays to Present Reading of Screenplay THE BACHELORS Today
by Movies News Desk - Jan 13, 2013

David Zak of Pride Films and Plays will direct an enhanced staged reading of The Bachelors, a screenplay written by Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer today, January 13, at 2 pm. This free performance will be at Piven Theater, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston. (more...)

Chicago's Pride Films & Plays to Present Reading of Screenplay THE BACHELORS, 1/13
by Movies News Desk - Jan 07, 2013

David Zak of Pride Films and Plays will direct an enhanced staged reading of The Bachelors, a screenplay written by Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer on Sunday, January 13, at 2 pm. This free performance will be at Piven Theater, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Sam Button-Harrison, Edward Fraim and More in ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2012

Billy Pacholski presents 'Assassins,' music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, at the Viaduct Theatre in Chicago, 3111 N. Western Ave. tonight, Oct. 10 - Nov. 10. "Assassins," directed by Pacholski, with music direction by Robert Ollis, begins previews tonight, Oct. 10; press opening is Oct. 12; the show runs through Nov. 10. For more information visit http://www.assassins-chicago.com. (more...)

ASSASSINS Begins Performances at Viaduct Theatre Tonight, 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2012

Billy Pacholski will present 'Assassins,' music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, at the Viaduct Theatre in Chicago, 3111 N. Western Ave. tonight, Oct. 10 - Nov. 10. "Assassins," directed by Pacholski, with music direction by Robert Ollis, begins previews tonight, Oct. 10; press opening is Oct. 12; the show runs through Nov. 10. For more information visit Assassins-Chicago.com. (more...)

ASSASSINS Opens 10/10 at Viaduct Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2012

Billy Pacholski will present 'Assassins,' music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, at the Viaduct Theatre in Chicago, 3111 N. Western Ave. Oct. 10 - Nov. 10. "Assassins," directed by Pacholski, with music direction by Robert Ollis, begins previews Oct. 10; press opening is Oct. 12; the show runs through Nov. 10. For more information visit Assassins-Chicago.com. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Present RICHMOND JIM, 6/29-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2012

Pride Films and Plays will present Cal Yeomans's award-winning but long-lost play Richmond Jim to celebrate Pride Month. Richmond Jim will be featured in the Naked July Fest at National Pastime Theater and run June 29 to August 10. (more...)

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