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Photo Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAY with E. Faye Butler & MorePhoto Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's HAIRSPRAY with E. Faye Butler & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Get set for a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin' tunes and explosively colorful costumes - plus some really cool hairdos - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, presents HAIRSPRAY - The Broadway Musical, now through†February 21, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a stunning first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jose Rivera's ANOTHER WORD FOR BEAUTY at Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Jose Rivera's ANOTHER WORD FOR BEAUTY at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Goodman Theatre begins the new year with a new music-and-movement-filled play: ANOTHER WORD FOR BEAUTY, a world premiere by Academy Award nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) inspired by an annual beauty pageant at El Buen Pastor womens prison in Colombia. ANOTHER WORD FOR BEAUTY runs now through†February 21 in the Albert Theatre. Opening night is next Monday, January 25. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SPRING AWAKENING at The Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at SPRING AWAKENING at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

For three weeks only, The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, Chicagoland's longest-running professional musical theater, will present the ground-breaking musical SPRING AWAKENING. This special pre-season limited event, directed and choreographed by Marriott Theatre's Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, runs now through January†31st. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Shocking and Powerful DISGRACED at Seattle RepBWW Review: Shocking and Powerful DISGRACED at Seattle Rep
by Jay Irwin - Jan 14, 2016

In theater, as with any art form, playwrights can walk a fine line between telling a riveting and honest story and saying things simply for shock value. Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize winning play "Disgraced", currently playing at the Seattle Rep, walks that line. And while on the whole this extremely powerful piece opens its audiences up to an examination of who we are at our core, in retrospect I'll admit to feeling a bit manipulated as I recall harsh one-liners piled on top of each other culminating in a crescendo of shock. Effective shock but at times dipping its toe over the line into shock for shock sake and feeling a bit contrived. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for ANOTHER WORD FOR BEAUTY at The Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for ANOTHER WORD FOR BEAUTY at The Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

Goodman Theatre begins the new year with a new music-and-movement-filled play:†Another Word for Beauty, a world premiere by Academy Award nominee†Jose Rivera(The Motorcycle Diaries) inspired by an annual beauty pageant at El Buen Pastor womens prison in Colombia. Directed by†Steve Cosson†and featuring seven original songs by Grammy Award winner†Hector Buitrago, the show was developed through a co-commission between the Goodman and Cosson's New York-based theater company†The Civilians.† (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE HEIR APPARENT at Chicago ShakespearePhoto Flash: First Look at THE HEIR APPARENT at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents†David Ives' uproarious comedy THE HEIR APPARENT, staged by award-winning director John Rando and featuring a stellar cast, led by heralded actor, Paxton Whitehead as Geronte. Rhyming couplets and contemporary slang abound in Ives' deliciously off-color tribute to Jean-Francois Regnard's comic masterpiece, Le Legataire universel-bringing eighteenth-century bawdiness into the twenty-first. Just in time for the holiday season, THE HEIR APPARENT will be presented in the Courtyard Theater now through January 17, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: More Shots from A CHRISTMAS STORY at Parmount TheatrePhoto Flash: More Shots from A CHRISTMAS STORY at Parmount Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2015

Director Nick Bowling will make his Paramount debut with A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL, everyone's favorite holiday comedy about little Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. BroadwayWorld has more photos from the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Alex Goodrich and More in ELF at The Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Alex Goodrich and More in ELF at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, wraps up their sensational 40th Anniversary 2015 Season with one of Broadway's newest holiday comedies, ELF, currently in previews and opening†tomorrow, October 28, running through December 31. BraodwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mary Zimmerman's TREASURE ISLAND at Lookingglass Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look at Mary Zimmerman's TREASURE ISLAND at Lookingglass Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Opening its 28th Season, Lookingglass Theatre Company†presents the World Premiere of Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman from the book by Robert Louis†Stevenson in a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Treasure Island runs now through January 31, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is this Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at RIDE THE CYCLONE at Chicago Shakespeare TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at RIDE THE CYCLONE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

Part comedy, part tragedy --†and wholly unexpected --†RIDE THE CYCLONE, a new musical from Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond, directed and choreographed by multiple Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell, delivers surprises at every hairpin turn. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Colte Julian, Allison Sill and More in Paramount Theatre's OKLAHOMA!Photo Flash: First Look at Colte Julian, Allison Sill and More in Paramount Theatre's OKLAHOMA!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

Everything's up to date in Aurora, where nearly 27,000 subscribers (and still counting) have already signed up for the Paramount Theatre's 2015-16 four-show Broadway Musical Series. (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn, Opens at The Marriott TonightPhoto Flash: World Premiere of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn, Opens at The Marriott Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, opening tonight, August 26, for a run†through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. BroadwayWorld has a look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn at The MarriottPhoto Flash: First Look at World Premiere of OCTOBER SKY, Starring Nate Lewellyn at The Marriott
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the World Premiere of the new musical OCTOBER SKY, currently in previews and opening August 26 for a run†through October 11. Written by Aaron Thielen, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, OCTOBER SKY is directed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 5/15/2015 - Drama League Awards, WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER and More!WAKE UP with BWW 5/15/2015 - Drama League Awards, WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 15, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: The Drama League Awards luncheon is today, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM begins in London, and WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER opens off-Broadway on Sunday! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's THE LITTLE FOXESPhoto Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's THE LITTLE FOXES
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Greed and familial betrayal is at the darkly comic heart of The Little Foxes by Tony Award-winning playwright†Lillian Hellman. Artistic Associate†Henry Wishcamper†directs the classic 1939 play about wealth's corrupting power-one of Hellman's most notable works, which was adapted into a 1941 film starring†Bette Davis-centering on the Hubbard family's ruthless pursuit in the South's post-bellum economic slump. The Little Foxes runs now through June 7 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, May 11). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 6th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 6th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 6, 2015

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 'Jersey Boys' return, '[title of show]' premieres and CPaz hosts a belt-fest! Plus new works everywhere! Piven Theatre, Northlight Theatre, The Music Theatre Company, Chicago Children's Theatre, FWD Theatre and Porchlight Music Theatre show us our future, plus the world premiere of 'Sense And Sensibility' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE LITTLE FOXES Begins Tonight at Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: THE LITTLE FOXES Begins Tonight at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2015

Scroll down for a first look at Henry Wishcamper's revival of The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, running tonight, May 2 - June 7 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in Chicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in Chicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents the highly anticipated world premiere of Sense and Sensibility, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE LITTLE FOXES at Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with THE LITTLE FOXES at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Scroll down for a first look at Henry Wishcamper's revival of The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, running May 2 - June 7 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Mary Zimmerman's THE WHITE SNAKE Comes to The Old GlobePhoto Flash: Mary Zimmerman's THE WHITE SNAKE Comes to The Old Globe
by Ellen Dostal - Mar 30, 2015

Mary Zimmerman makes her long-awaited San Diego directing debut with an enchanting theatrical spectacle with live music and sumptuous visuals, THE WHITE SNAKE. The Southern California Premiere of The White Snake, written and directed by Zimmerman, will runs through April 26 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

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