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Stephanie Binetti to Lead ANYTHING GOES at The Marriott Theatre; Cast Set!Stephanie Binetti to Lead ANYTHING GOES at The Marriott Theatre; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

One of musical theater's biggest hits, Anything Goes, the irresistible musical filled with unforgettable music and dazzling dance numbers, continues The Marriott Theatre's spectacular 40th anniversary season. Anything Goes features an unparalleled score by the legendary Cole Porter with a virtual hit parade of songs ('De-lovely,' 'Friendship,' 'You're the Top,' 'Blow, Gabriel, Blow,' 'I Get a Kick Out of You'). 15-time Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin will bring his signature high-watt energy to the stage to direct and choreograph the toe-tapping musical comedy which previews April 8, opens April 15 and runs through May 31 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Robin is joined by Music Director Jeff Award-nominee Ryan T. Nelson. (more...)

Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Extends Into July at New World StagesOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Extends Into July at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of Off-Broadway's newest hit, CHURCHILL, today put a new block of seats on sale through July 12th. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, 'Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Big Noise Theatre to Present HAIR, 4/24-5/9Big Noise Theatre to Present HAIR, 4/24-5/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot's Tony Award-winning musical, HAIR, will be presented by Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Community Center Theater, Des Plaines, April 24 through May 9. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Host Annual Spring Benefit in AprilLight Opera Works to Host Annual Spring Benefit in April
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Light Opera Works will host its annual spring benefit, 'A Salute to Movie Musicals,' at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois, celebrating the 35th year of the company. Proceeds will benefit Light Opera Works programming, including the 2015 season, the Musical Theater Summer Workshop, student half-price tickets and Family Talk Backs. (more...)

Ronald Keaton's CHURCHILL Opens Off-Broadway TonightRonald Keaton's CHURCHILL Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, has its Off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages and officially opens tonight, February 18th, following an acclaimed 2014 sellout world premiere engagement in Chicago. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 2/24-6/28Writers Theatre to Present THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, 2/24-6/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

Writers Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Kimberly Senior. The show runs February 24 - June 28, 2015 at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, 2015. (more...)

Ronald Keaton's CHURCHILL Begins Off-Broadway Tonight at New World StagesRonald Keaton's CHURCHILL Begins Off-Broadway Tonight at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, has its Off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages, with performances beginning tonight, February 6th, following an acclaimed 2014 sellout world premiere engagement in Chicago. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Ronald Keaton in CHURCHILL at New World StagesPhoto Flash: First Look at Ronald Keaton in CHURCHILL at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, will receive its Off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages, with performances beginning this Friday, February 6th following an acclaimed 2014 sellout world premiere engagement in Chicago. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, this limited engagement of CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. The official opening night is set for Wednesday, February 18th. (more...)

Light Opera Works Sets 2015 Season: SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AN DOLLS & MoreLight Opera Works Sets 2015 Season: SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AN DOLLS & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Light Opera Works' 2015 season will open with THE FANTASTICKS with expanded full orchestra (June 6-14), followed by SOUTH PACIFIC (August 15-30), HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST SONG HITS (October 2-11), and GUYS AND DOLLS (December 26-January 3). (more...)

Light Opera Works Now Accepting Applications for Summer Teen Production of SOUTH PACIFICLight Opera Works Now Accepting Applications for Summer Teen Production of SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Light Opera Works is currently taking applications for the summer teen production of SOUTH PACIFIC. Rehearsals are July 29 through August 14, at the Light Opera Works rehearsal center, 516 4th Street in Wilmette. Technical rehearsals on August 15 and 16, and the free public performance on Monday, August 17, at 7:30 pm, are at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson in Evanston. (more...)

CHURCHILL to Open Off-Broadway at New World Stages in FebruaryCHURCHILL to Open Off-Broadway at New World Stages in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, will have its Off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages, with performances beginning February 6th following an acclaimed 2014 sellout world premiere engagement in Chicago. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century. The official opening night is set for Wednesday, February 18th. (more...)

Enrollment for Light Opera Works' 2015 Summer Workshop Now OpenEnrollment for Light Opera Works' 2015 Summer Workshop Now Open
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Light Opera Works is currently accepting enrollments for the 2015 Musical Theater Summer Workshop. Young people ages 8 to 13 will learn singing, dancing and acting in preparation for a public performance on Saturday, where family and friends are invited to watch them perform a mini-musical. No experience or audition required, and everyone gets a part. (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...)

Cast Announced for Giant Cherry and Glitterati's THE GLASS PROTEGE, Opening 2/26 at Theater WitCast Announced for Giant Cherry and Glitterati's THE GLASS PROTEGE, Opening 2/26 at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Giant Cherry Productions in association with Glitterati Productions presents the U.S. premiere of The Glass Protege, written by Dylan Costello with direction by John Nasca. Press opening is set for February 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, Ilinois. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 17th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 17th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 17, 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. Two weeks of voting left for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards! The 'Annie' film and 'The Merry Widow' open, 'Patsy Cline' extends, 'Sherlock Holmes' sings, 'Cupid' has a heart, and MCL Chicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Black Ensemble Theater plan new works for 2015, including 'Beaches' and a tribute to Roger Ebert! (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...)

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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 3rd, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 3rd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 3, 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. December is here, and 'Peter Pan' is finally live! Plus Light Opera Works and The Hyprocrites tackle operettas, 'Newsies' and 'Mary Poppins' have significant holiday runs, 'Stomp' and 'Schooner' return, Billy Corgan and Patti Lupone strut their stuff, and the community schedules a tribute to Sheldon Patinkin. (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...)

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