Light Opera Works News

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 9th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 09, 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. All the latest on the Goodman's 'Brigadoon,' cast announcements of major titles from Light Opera Works, the Paramount and Porchlight, see Team Starkid and 'Ball At The Savoy' at Stage 773, local premieres of 'Suds' and 'Big Fish,' plus the #1 high school actor in America and more! (more...)

Light Opera Works to Present FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, 8/9-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the Tony Award-winning musical, will be presented by Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, August 9 through 24, in celebration of its 50th anniversary. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 2nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 02, 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. It's the TOP TEN HOT TOPIX for the first half of 2014! Did your favorites make the list? (more...)

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Extends A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS, Now Through 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Theo Ubique's hit summer cabaret, A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters, has added a month of performances in August following the complete sellout of all its July dates. The schedule continues with performances Thursday through Sunday evenings (though there will be no shows Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17), plus Wednesday evening performances beginning August 13. A complete schedule of performances is listed below. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 25, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 25, 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. 'Brigadoon' and 'The Last Ship' bust their moves, 'Kinky Boots' and 'Jersey Boys' announce returns, midsummer closings loom, 'Marvelettes,' 'Spelling Bee' and 'Seussical' open, the new shows 'Jim And Dave' and 'Apes Of Wrath,' plus a noteworthy trio at Davenport's and more! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 4th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 04, 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 Jeff Awards, Theo Ubique's future plans, Jennifer Hudson performs, 'Damn Yankees' at LOW, 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' 'Coraline,' 'The Last Ship' and the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival debut, 'Spelling Bee' starts, 'Avenue Q' extends and BroadwayWorld Chicago hosts a Tony Party! (more...)

Chicago Premiere of THE HALF-LIFE OF MEMORY Set for 6/6 at Storefront Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Local playwright and actor Jason Lindner tells the story of a deteriorating former Manhattan Project physicist who has discovered that radioactive material can be extruded from his memory. Visits from his colorful colleagues and lost love will determine his fate and perhaps the fate of us all. The Half-Life of Memory, produced by Cold Basement Dramatics in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and directed by Co-Artistic Director Sophie Blumberg, will run from June 4 through June 29 at the Storefront Theater (66 E Randolph St) in The Loop. (more...)

Court Theatre's 59th Season Closes with David Henry Hwang's M. BUTTERFLY, Now thru 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

Court Theatre closes its 2013-2014 season with the Chicago premiere of M. Butterfly written by David Henry Hwang and directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell, with choreography by Jamie Guan. M. Butterfly will run today, May 8 - June 8, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:00PM. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Present DAMN YANKEES, 6/7-15
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2014

DAMN YANKEES, the 1955 Broadway musical based on the Faust legend, will be staged by Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, June 7 through 15. The production features a full 28-piece orchestra accompanying such songs as 'Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)' and 'You Gotta Have Heart.' (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Casting for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

A roster of accomplished young singing actors from the Chicago area will portray the von Trapp Family children in Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, the company announced today. (more...)

Court Theatre's 59th Season to Close with David Henry Hwang's M. BUTTERFLY, 5/8-16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Court Theatre closes its 2013-2014 season with the Chicago premiere of M. Butterfly written by David Henry Hwang and directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell, with choreography by Jamie Guan. M. Butterfly will run May 8 - June 8, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:00PM. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 23rd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 23, 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 latest Jeff Award nominations, 'Brigadoon' gets cast, 'The Sound Of Music' and 'Motown' light up the Loop, new musicals from Writers Theatre and American Theater Company, 'Nunsense,' 'The Wild Party,' a new web series to support and more! (more...)

Cast Announced for Kokandy Productions' ASSASSINS, Running 6/13-7/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Kokandy Productions has announced casting for ASSASSINS, directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith with music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Mike Ford. ASSASSINS begins performances on Friday, June 13, 2014 with Press Opening on Saturday, June 14th, and runs at Theater Wit in Chicago through Sunday, July 20, 2014. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 26th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 26, 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. 'Cats' and 'Les Miserables' open in major suburban productions, a world premiere from Hershey Felder, a Chicago premiere from Pride Films And Plays, 'Carnival' spins, Harms and Scrofano feted, season announcements from Porchlight, Williams Street and Milwaukee Skylight, and 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...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to Present THE WIZ, 3/28-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

South Bend Civic Theatre commemorates the 75th anniversary of the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" by presenting The Wiz, with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, this original take of the journey of Dorothy through the Land of Oz will entertain and delight audience members of all ages. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Host 2014 Benefit, 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, Light Opera Works will host its annual spring benefit at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois, honoring Chicago theater legend James Harms. Proceeds will benefit Light Opera Works programming, including the 2014 season, the Musical Theater Summer Workshop, student half-price tickets and Family Talk Backs. (more...)

Betsy Farrar, Brady Tutton & More Join Jenn Gambatese in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

A roster of accomplished young singing actors from the Chicago area will portray the von Trapp Family children in Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, the company announced today. The new production will be led by Jenn Gambatese. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Casting for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

A roster of accomplished young singing actors from the Chicago area will portray the von Trapp Family children in Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, the company announced today. (more...)

Quest Theatre to Present THE PEOPLE'S RETURN OF NEVERLAND, Begin. 2/21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Quest Theatre Ensemble captures the magic and adventure of Peter Pan with their own sequel to the original story, The People's Return of Neverland, directed by Andrew Park. The show opens Friday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. with a press opening on Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. at The Blue Theater, (On the campus of St. Gregory the Great Church) at 1609 West Gregory (Gregory and Ashland). Tickets and information are available at www.questensemble.org or through reservations@questensemble.org or 312-458-0895. (more...)

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