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BWW Review: It's Austen Time - SENSE AND SENSIBILITY / I LOVE YOU BECAUSEBWW Review: It's Austen Time - SENSE AND SENSIBILITY / I LOVE YOU BECAUSE
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 25, 2016

This past week I saw two different musicals that have taken their inspiration from classic Jane Austen novels and, while completely different in size and scale, both have considerable merits. The first is in San Diego where Paul Gordon's to-die-for new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is gracing the stage at The Old Globe. (more...)

BWW Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Brings Charm and Manners Back Into StyleBWW Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Brings Charm and Manners Back Into Style
by E.H. Reiter - Jul 21, 2016

SENSE AND SENSABILITY brings the charming wit or Asutin to The Old Globe stage thorugh August 14th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Old Globe presents the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association withChicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns to the show as director of the Globe production. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY will play now through August 14, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: APT Chooses Ideal Season to Stage Wilde's Entrancing AN IDEAL HUSBANDBWW Review: APT Chooses Ideal Season to Stage Wilde's Entrancing AN IDEAL HUSBAND
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jul 5, 2016

n a year when the country tries to discern the truth about numerous politician's pasts, presents and futures, Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband attempts to make some sense of blackmail and corruption in the government institutions and individuals who serve their citizens. American Players Theatre takes their audiences Up The Hill for Wilde's summer visual delight. This fascinating production captivates the eye along with the ear dressing the cast in lavish period costumes designed by Matthew J. Lefebvre amid a cream and golden gilded stage, period rooms, courtesy of Scenic Designer Takeshi Kata. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Impossible Dream' Realized in Marriott's MAN OF LA MANCHABWW Review: 'Impossible Dream' Realized in Marriott's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Teresa Budasi - Jul 1, 2016

From the haunting opening notes to the robust finale, there's not a wrong note in Marriott Theatre's latest musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA. (more...)

BWW Review: APT's Extraordinary EURYDICE Weeps for Fathers and LoversBWW Review: APT's Extraordinary EURYDICE Weeps for Fathers and Lovers
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 30, 2016

Name one person worth passing through the gates of Hades for while singing a song so sorrowful the stones would weep--A parent? A child? A partner? Perhaps even a true friend? American Players Theatre stages Eurydice, steampunk style in the Touchstone Theatre, recreating Sarah Ruhl's ethereal, surreal play examining love and the lengths someone would travel to serve that love. Based on the Greek myth of lovers Eurydice and musical rock star Orpheus, the child of Calliope and perhaps the God Apollo, Ruhl transforms the myth with a tale in tribute to her own father. Directed by Londoner Tyne Rafaeli, this production acquires a spiritual ambiance drawing the audience into Ruhl's and Rafaeli's underworld where Orpheus searches for Eurydice and literal sobs, tears flowing freely, were heard in the audience on opening day. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MAN OF LA MANCHA at The Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at MAN OF LA MANCHA at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Deemed one of the greatest musicals of all time and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA rides into The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, running through August 14 with a press opening on Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: APT'S Touchstone Theatre Reveals Shakespeare's Colored Past in Historical Play THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD IIIBWW Review: APT'S Touchstone Theatre Reveals Shakespeare's Colored Past in Historical Play THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 20, 2016

Outside the Touchstone Theatre in Spring Green, American Players Theatre (APT) stages an exuberant African Dance accompanied by the thunder of drums and keyboard. The impromptu performance celebrates the legacy of color about to be admired on stage in a production of Carlyle Brown's The African Company Presents Richard III. Set in 1821 New York, the play focuses on actual historical events where a small African-American theater company produced their production of Shakespeare's Richard III on the exact same night  the famous Park Theatre owned by Daniel Price opened their production featuring English actor Julius Booth as the deformed king. (more...)

Photo Flash: THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE at Lookingglass Theatre Company!Photo Flash: THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE at Lookingglass Theatre Company!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its 28th Season with Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure, written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas, and co-directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker. Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure runs June 1 - August 14, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.   (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at TUG OF WAR at Chicago Shakespeare TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at TUG OF WAR at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

On the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016, Chicago Shakespeare Theater embarks on an epic theatrical endeavor-Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR, which distills six Shakespeare histories into two action-packed dramas. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Hannah Corneau and More in EVITA at The Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Hannah Corneau and More in EVITA at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

EVITA, one of the most passionate and powerful rock operas in Broadway history, is being presented at The Marriott Theatre (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire), currently in previews an opening April 20 for a run through June 5. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's Sweeping WEST SIDE STORYPhoto Flash: First Look at Paramount Theatre's Sweeping WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

Paramount Theatre's more than 30,000 subscribers plus musical theatre fans all over Chicagoland have one of the greatest musicals ever to look forward to this spring, when the downtown Aurora theater presents a grand, sweeping production of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY, now through April 24, 2016. Press opening is Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Winner Brian Dennehy on Why He Returns to Theatre, New Film KNIGHT OF CUPSBWW Interview: Tony Winner Brian Dennehy on Why He Returns to Theatre, New Film KNIGHT OF CUPS
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 13, 2016

Few actors have had a career to rival that of Brian Dennehy, either in terms of success or longevity. With over 150 on-screen credits, the 77-year-old actor has earned a Golden Globe Award and six Emmy nominations. However, it is his decades of experience on the stage that keep his artistic batteries running. 'I work in the theatre a lot, and in the theatre I can call upon the geniuses that may be with us, and may not be; Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill or Beckett or Shakespeare or Chekov,' he said. 'However dead they may be, their work is not dead. It is possible to breathe new life and new oxygen and new ideas into those wonderful pieces of work. So I don't depend upon Hollywood, or the studios, or movies, or television, although I work in them and certainly won't say no, but I don't depend on them for intellectual stimulus or satisfaction.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BLOOD WEDDING at Lookingglass Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: First Look at BLOOD WEDDING at Lookingglass Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

BLOOD WEDDING by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata, is directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Ostling at Lookingglass Theatre Company. Currently in previews, the production opens tomorrow, Saturday, March 12 for a run through April 24, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kristine Nielsen and More in THE MATCHMAKER at Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Kristine Nielsen and More in THE MATCHMAKER at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Henry Wishcamper's contemporary take on Thornton Wilder's THE MATCHMAKER -- the inspiration for the musical Hello, Dolly! -- revealing social truths through mistaken identity, outrageous misbehavior and spontaneous romance, appears in Goodman Theatre's 856-seat Albert Theatre, now through April 10, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at James Vincent Meredith and More in OTHELLO at Chicago ShakespearePhoto Flash: First Look at James Vincent Meredith and More in OTHELLO at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

Fresh from Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company, renowned British director Jonathan Munby returns to Chicago to stage Shakespeare's most intimate tragedy. OTHELLO, featuring James Vincent Meredith in the title role, continues the Theater's Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration, now through April 10, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: High praise for Marriott Theatre's SISTER ACTBWW Review: High praise for Marriott Theatre's SISTER ACT
by Teresa Budasi - Feb 19, 2016

When it comes to boosting attendance at Sunday mass, the Chicago Archdiocese could learn a thing or two from the nuns in The Marriott Theatre's latest production, SISTER ACT. (more...)

Falls & Bockley's 2666 Makes World Premiere Tonight at Goodman TheatreFalls & Bockley's 2666 Makes World Premiere Tonight at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Robert Falls' and Seth Bockley's world premiere adaptation of Roberto Bolaņo's famed novel, 2666, which has received extraordinary audience enthusiasm during previews, officially opens tonight, February 16, 2016. (more...)

Falls & Bockley's 2666 Extends Before World Premiere at Goodman TheatreFalls & Bockley's 2666 Extends Before World Premiere at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Robert Falls' and Seth Bockley's world premiere adaptation of Roberto Bolaņo's famed novel, 2666-which has received extraordinary audience enthusiasm during previews and officially opens tomorrow, February 16-has been extended. Four additional performances include March 17, 18 and 19 at 6:30pm and March 20 at 1pm. The 15-member all-Chicago ensemble cast remains unchanged during the added performances. (more...)

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