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by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents the summer family musical production Madagascar - A Musical Adventure, directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, at the Theater's home on Navy Pier, July 13-August 27, 2017. Based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture, this wild and wacky musical is written by Kevin Del Aguila-the Emmy Award-winning writer of the animated PBS hit Peg Cat-with original music and lyrics by creative duo George Noriega and Joel Someillan, who have developed music for popular children's series, including Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lookingglass Theatre Company's Award-Winning Production of MOBY DICKPhoto Flash: Lookingglass Theatre Company's Award-Winning Production of MOBY DICK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company concludes its 29th Season with its award-winning production of Moby Dick, adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, from the book by Herman Melville, in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Moby Dick runs June 7 - September 3, 2017 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 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: NATIVE GARDENS at Victory Gardens TheaterBWW Review: NATIVE GARDENS at Victory Gardens Theater
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 12, 2017

The world premiere of Karen Zacarias's NATIVE GARDENS at Victory Gardens Theater provides ample humor and wit-even if the playwright's neighborly metaphor sometimes feels too on the nose. (more...)

Chicago Cast to Return for KING OF THE YEES at the DouglasChicago Cast to Return for KING OF THE YEES at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Center Theatre Group has announced the casting for the world premiere production of "King of the Yees" by Lauren Yee. Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and produced in association with Goodman Theatre, "King of the Yees" begins previews July 9, opens July 16 and continues through August 6, 2017, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. (more...)

Stacy Keach Describes Heart Attack During PAMPLONA at the GoodmanStacy Keach Describes Heart Attack During PAMPLONA at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

It has been confirmed that Stacy Keach suffered a heart attack onstage during the opening night performance of PAMPLONA at the Goodman Theatre, prompting the organization to cancel the rest of the show's run to allow him to recover. Today, Keach took a moment to describe the experience to The Chicago Tribune. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NATIVE GARDENS at Victory Gardens TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at NATIVE GARDENS at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater closes its 42nd season with the Chicago Premiere of Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons. Native Gardens runs now through July 2, 2017 at Victory GardensTheater, 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

UPDATE: Goodman Cancels Remaining Run of PAMPLONA After Stacy Keach Falls IllUPDATE: Goodman Cancels Remaining Run of PAMPLONA After Stacy Keach Falls Ill
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

UPDATE: According to the Chicago Tribune, Goodman Theatre has cancelled the rest of its run of PAMPLONA, starring Stacy Keach, who fell ill during the opening night performance and has since been receiving medical attention. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stacy Keach as Ernest Hemingway in PAMPLONA at the GoodmanPhoto Flash: First Look at Stacy Keach as Ernest Hemingway in PAMPLONA at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

Tonight, May 30, marks the opening of Pamplona, Jim McGrath's newest work, featuring stage and screen star Stacy Keach as Ernest Hemingway. As previously announced, the world premiere production has been extended for one week, now closing on Sunday, June 25. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Extends Through June 18 at Chicago ShakespeareSHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Extends Through June 18 at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces today the extension of Shakespeare in Love staged by acclaimed director Rachel Rockwell-now playing through June 18, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: First-Look at OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR World Premiere at the GoodmanPhoto Flash: First-Look at OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR World Premiere at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

'It was in the 'hell' of a refugee camp in the African republic of Guinea that Shedrick Yarkpai first dreamed about a career as an actor' (The Australian) - a path that eventually acquainted him with Chicago native playwright Charles Smith, who has now chronicled the Liberian refugee's gripping story in his newest play, Objects in the Mirror. The world premiere of Objects in the Mirror, which was developed through the Goodman's New Stages Festival, appears now through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SHE LOVES ME at Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at SHE LOVES ME at Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Set against the lavish backdrop of a 1930s Hungarian perfume shop, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy gem, SHE LOVES ME, continues The Marriott Theatre's 2017 Season, running April 26 through June 18, 2017 with a press opening on Wednesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)

Photo Flash: Paramount Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARPhoto Flash: Paramount Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

What began as a 1970s rock opera concept album became a global stage phenomenon that captured seven Tony Award nominations and countless awards overseas in its 40-plus years. (more...)

 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theater SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings to the stage one of the most popular romantic films of all time, Shakespeare in Love-in an enchanting, music-filled theatrical event staged by acclaimed director Rachel Rockwell. Based on the Academy Award-winner for Best Picture with screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love is adapted for the stage by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Lee Hall. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at QUEEN World Premiere at Victory GardensPhoto Flash: First Look at QUEEN World Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the World Premiere of Queen, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Joanie Schultz. Queen runs now through May 14, 2017, with the press performance tonight, April 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stephenie Soohyun Park and More in KING OF YEES World Premiere at the GoodmanPhoto Flash: First Look at Stephenie Soohyun Park and More in KING OF YEES World Premiere at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Explore the vivid history of America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee's King of the Yees - a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere that was developed in the 2015 New Stages Festival. Yee's longtime collaborator Joshua Kahan Brody directs her offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one's rich ancestral heritage - and the conflict that ensues. The production will debut at A Contemporary Theatre and Canada's National Arts Centre later this year. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!  (more...)

Photo Flash: BEYOND CARING Comes to Lookingglass Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: BEYOND CARING Comes to Lookingglass Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Lookingglass Theatre Company, in association with Dark Harbor Stories, present the U.S. Premiere of Beyond Caring, written and directed by Alexander Zeldin. Beyond Caring runs March 22 - May 7, 2017 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for KING OF THE YEES at Goodman TheatrePhoto Flash: Inside Rehearsal for KING OF THE YEES at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Explore the vivid history of America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee's King of the Yees - a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere that was developed in the 2015 New Stages Festival. Yee's longtime collaborator Joshua Kahan Brody directs her offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one's rich ancestral heritage-and the conflict that ensues. The production will debut at A Contemporary Theatre and Canada's National Arts Centre later this year. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's Chicago Premiere of DESTINY OF DESIREPhoto Flash: First Look at Goodman Theatre's Chicago Premiere of DESTINY OF DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The plot twists, outrageous circumstances and fast-paced narrative style of the telenovela arrive on the Goodman stage this spring in Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarias. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Victory Gardens' World Premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL Pays Loving Homage to Chicago's South Side and Female FriendshipBWW Review: Victory Gardens' World Premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL Pays Loving Homage to Chicago's South Side and Female Friendship
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 22, 2017

In Kurtis Boetcher's set design for Marcus Gardley's world premiere A WONDER IN MY SOUL, the backdrop for the South Side beauty shop where the play is set prominently displays the photographs of black female icons ranging from Diana Ross to Beyonce-and all of course have fabulous hair in the photos. And as we learn in the play, Aberdeen "Birdie" Calumet (Greta Oglesby) and Bell Grand Lake's (Jacqueline Williams) fictional beauty shop has played host to a number of these famous black women over the years. But what Gardley's play does so beautifully is take the story of these specific, everyday characters and lend a universality to them. The play takes place primarily in 2008 but shows us flashbacks of young Birdie (Camille Robinson) and young Bell (Donica Lynn) as they make their way from Mississippi to settle in Chicago and start their business. Along the way, Gardley weaves a narrative that is warm and sometimes funny but also ultimately serious and touching. And as one would expect, Johnny Jamison's hair and wig design is just superb. (more...)

UNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the GoodmanUNCLE VANYA Opens Tonight for Now-Extended Run at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls marks his 30th anniversary season with the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's (The Flick) adaptation of Uncle Vanya. Uncle Vanya opens tonight and appears for a now-extended run through March 19 in the Owen Theatre. (more...)

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