Light Opera Works News

2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

First Folio Theatre to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of CAPTAIN BLOODFirst Folio Theatre to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of CAPTAIN BLOOD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Experience the novel come alive, as First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the world premiere stage adaption of CAPTAIN BLOOD, opening Saturday, January 28, 2017 and running through February 26, 2017, with previews January 25-27. (more...)

Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Ensemble to Star in CLYBOURNE PARKCase Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Ensemble to Star in CLYBOURNE PARK
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

The Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House (CWRU/CPH) MFA Acting Program will open its 2016 - 2017 season in December with the multi-award-winning Clybourne Park. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOWPorchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of End of the Rainbow, November 4 - December 4,  featuring music from the songbook of Judy Garland, written by Peter Quilter, starring Angela Ingersoll as "Judy Garland," direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, music direction by Jon Steinhagen, who also appears as "Anthony," at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.  (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL's Rayvon Owen Signs on for Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL BenefitAMERICAN IDOL's Rayvon Owen Signs on for Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The entertainment line-up for PFP's Simply Sensational Benefit gets more and more sensational each day, with American Idol's Rayvon Owen joining in. (more...)

Transgender Actress to Star as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Pride Films and Plays; Cast Announced!Transgender Actress to Star as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Pride Films and Plays; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Complete casting and creative team have been announced for Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, which will open in January as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/09/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/09/2016
by BWW - Oct 9, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/09/2016 for Chicago (more...)

Light Opera Works Changes Name To Music Theater Works Announces 2017 SeasonLight Opera Works Changes Name To Music Theater Works Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Light Opera Works will become Music Theater Works in 2017, opening with CANDIDE  (June 3-11), followed by GYPSY (August 19-27), DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS (October 6-15), and PETER PAN (December 23-January 1, 2018). (more...)

Cast Announced for Light Opera Works JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITSCast Announced for Light Opera Works JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Light Opera Works will present LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITSOctober 7 through 16 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Stage LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITSLight Opera Works to Stage LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Light Opera Works will present LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS, October 7 through 16 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/02/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/02/2016
by BWW - Oct 2, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/02/2016 for Chicago (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOWPorchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of End of the Rainbow, November 4 - December 4,  featuring music from the songbook of Judy Garland, written by Peter Quilter, starring Angela Ingersoll as "Judy Garland," direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, music direction by Jon Steinhagen, who also appears as "Anthony," at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2016

RETURN ENGAGEMENT:  After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli) are bringing "JUDY & LIZA - ONCE IN A LIFETIME" back to the Uptown Underground on Sunday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented by the legendary mother-daughter duo of Judy Garland and an 18-year-old Liza Minnelli in 1964 at the London Palladium.  This tribute features the classic songs, costumes, dialogue and dance steps to help the audience re-live the historic occasion, with solos like "The Man That Got Away", "Just in Time" and "Gypsy in My Soul" and duets like "Chicago" and "Get Happy/Happy Days", backed by a jazz combo with orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (music director and pianist). (more...)

Cast Announced for Light Opera Works JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITSCast Announced for Light Opera Works JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Light Opera Works will present LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITSOctober 7 through 16 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Judy Garland and Liza Minelli Return in Nancy Hays and Michelle Lauto's TributeJudy Garland and Liza Minelli Return in Nancy Hays and Michelle Lauto's Tribute
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli) are bringing "JUDY & LIZA - ONCE IN A LIFETIME" back to the Uptown Underground on Sunday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented by the legendary mother-daughter duo of Judy Garland and an 18-year-old Liza Minnelli in 1964 at the London Palladium. This tribute features the classic songs, costumes, dialogue and dance steps to help the audience re-live the historic occasion, with solos like "The Man That Got Away", "Just in Time" and "Gypsy in My Soul" and duets like "Chicago" and "Get Happy/Happy Days", backed by a jazz combo with orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (music director and pianist). (more...)

E.D.G.E Theatre's 1776 Opens Tomorrow at Mary's AtticE.D.G.E Theatre's 1776 Opens Tomorrow at Mary's Attic
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

E.D.G.E. Theatre is pleased to announce, in honor of the November elections, 1776. The production features music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, book by Peter Stone and direction by Melissa Crabtree with musical direction by Linnea Carrera, September 1 - 17, at Mary's Attic, 5400 N Clark Ave. Opening night is Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 and maybe be purchased at www.edgeoforion.com. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Stage LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITSLight Opera Works to Stage LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS
by TV News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Light Opera Works will present LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS, October 7 through 16 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/21/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/21/2016
by BWW - Aug 21, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/21/2016 for Chicago (more...)

Dead Writers Collective Presents OH, COWARD!Dead Writers Collective Presents OH, COWARD!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2016

Dead Writers Theatre Collective presents an elegant yet intimate celebration of Noel Coward's life, work and times with Oh, Coward! This sumptuous two-act musical revue runs August 26 through September 18 at The Athenaeum Theatre. "This was one of the last Noel Coward shows staged during his lifetime," states DWTC Artistic Director Jim Schneider. "Originally devised for Off-Broadway by Roderick Cook, it's a wonderful cabaret approach.  It features two men and a woman covering Coward's favorite songs and scenes from his plays and musicals."   (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/14/2016Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/14/2016
by BWW - Aug 14, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/14/2016 for Chicago (more...)

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