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MATILDA THE MUSICAL Launches National Tour in Los Angeles TonightMATILDA THE MUSICAL Launches National Tour in Los Angeles Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

The First National Tour of Matilda the Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, launches tonight, May 29, with an official tour opening set for June 7, 2015 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 29, 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 Jeff Awards stir things up, 'Louis & Keely' and 'Sounds So Sweet' evoke mid-century entertainment, Waa-Mu takes on the Berlin Olympics, a new Chicago-based revue in Edgewater, 'Chaperone' and 'Music Man' in the suburbs, 'The Boy From Oz' in a local production, 'Matilda' will tour, 'Amazing Grace' sets a Broadway run, and Circle Theatre re-emerges. Whew! (more...)

Leading Ladies of MATILDA THE MUSICAL National Tour Revealed; Bryce Ryness, Cassie Silva & More Among Cast!Leading Ladies of MATILDA THE MUSICAL National Tour Revealed; Bryce Ryness, Cassie Silva & More Among Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Casting has been announced for the First National Tour of Matilda the Musical. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, the First National Tour of Matilda the Musical will begin this May with technical rehearsals and performances at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, with the official tour opening at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on June 7, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's MARIE ANTOINETTEPhoto Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf Theatre's MARIE ANTOINETTE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 Subscription Season with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette, a modern, witty portrayal of the young queen of France by David Adjmi and directed by Robert O'Hara. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Cast of Steppenwolf's MARIE ANTOINETTEPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Cast of Steppenwolf's MARIE ANTOINETTE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 Subscription Season with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette, a modern, witty portrayal of the young queen of France by David Adjmi and directed by Robert O'Hara. The cast features ensemble members Alana Arenas as Marie Antoinette, Tim Hopper as her husband Louis XVI and Alan Wilder as Sheep. Ericka Ratcliff takes on the role of Yolande de Polignac and Mrs. Sauce replacing previously announced ensemble member Ora Jones who had an artistic scheduling conflict. (more...)

Alana Arenas to Star in David Adjmi's MARIE ANTOINETTE at Steppenwolf This YearAlana Arenas to Star in David Adjmi's MARIE ANTOINETTE at Steppenwolf This Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 Subscription Season with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette, a modern, witty portrayal of the young queen of France by David Adjmi and directed by Robert O'Hara. The cast features ensemble members Alana Arenas as Marie Antoinette, Tim Hopper as her husband Louis XVI and Alan Wilder as Sheep. (more...)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale TodayMARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off the New Year with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette (February 5, 2015 - May 10, 2015), a modern, witty take on the young queen of France by David Adjmi (Elective Affinities, 3C) and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy). Next is the US premiere of The Herd (April 2, 2015 - June 7, 2015), the deftly comic story of a suburban English family by actor-playwright Rory Kinnear. Ensemble member and Tony Award winner Frank Galati directs in place of previously announced director K. Todd Freeman, who had an artistic scheduling conflict. Ensemble member Lois Smith joins the cast of The Herd, which features fellow ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney. (more...)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale 12/5MARIE ANTOINETTE, GRAND CONCOURSE and More Set for Steppenwolf's 2015 Season; Tickets Go on Sale 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company kicks off the New Year with the Chicago premiere production of Marie Antoinette (February 5, 2015 - May 10, 2015), a modern, witty take on the young queen of France by David Adjmi (Elective Affinities, 3C) and directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy). Next is the US premiere of The Herd (April 2, 2015 - June 7, 2015), the deftly comic story of a suburban English family by actor-playwright Rory Kinnear. Ensemble member and Tony Award winner Frank Galati directs in place of previously announced director K. Todd Freeman, who had an artistic scheduling conflict. Ensemble member Lois Smith joins the cast of The Herd, which features fellow ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney. (more...)

TimeLine Theatre's Living History to Stage MY KIND OF TOWN, 11/10TimeLine Theatre's Living History to Stage MY KIND OF TOWN, 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

TimeLine Theatre Company in collaboration with North Grand High School will present a staged reading of its acclaimed 2012 hit My Kind of Town, Monday, November 10 at 6 p.m. at North Grand High School, 4338 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago. (more...)

Matthew Abraham, Tim Frank & More Join Cast of Steppenwolf's MARIE ANTOINETTE; Robert O'Hara to DirectMatthew Abraham, Tim Frank & More Join Cast of Steppenwolf's MARIE ANTOINETTE; Robert O'Hara to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Marie Antoinette begins previews February 5, 2015 (Opening night is February 15, 2015; Press performances are February 14 at 3pm and February 17 at 7:30pm) and runs through May 10, 2015 in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). (more...)

Ben Carlson to Lead Chicago Shakespeare's PERICLES; David H. Bell to DirectBen Carlson to Lead Chicago Shakespeare's PERICLES; David H. Bell to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces today the casting and creative team for William Shakespeare's riveting odyssey Pericles, staged by CST veteran director David H. Bell and featuring Stratford Festival company member Ben Carlson in the title role. (more...)

Rivendell Theatre's 2014-15 Season to Include WOMEN AT WAR, RASHEEDA SPEAKING & MoreRivendell Theatre's 2014-15 Season to Include WOMEN AT WAR, RASHEEDA SPEAKING & More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble announces its 2014-15 Season, opening with ensemble member Megan Carney's WOMEN AT WAR directed by Artistic Director Tara Mallen; the World Premiere of Look We Are Breathing by Laura Jacqmin, directed by Megan Schuchman; the remount of Rasheeda Speaking written by Joel Drake Johnson, and directed by Sandy Shinner in the Steppenwolf Garage; and the Midwest Premiere Catherine Trieschmann's How the World Began. (more...)

CST to Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with OUR CITY, OUR SHAKESPEARE, Begin. 5/1CST to Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with OUR CITY, OUR SHAKESPEARE, Begin. 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) along with Chicago's civic and cultural leaders celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with the premiere of 'Our City, Our Shakespeare,' a documentary exploring Shakespeare's enduring presence in Chicago, featuring Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, among others. Produced by Emmy award-winning HMS Media, the program premieres May 1 at 8:00 p.m. on WTTW Channel 11. Shakespeare's 450th birthday on April 23 begins the internationally recognized Shakespeare Quadricentennial Celebration through 2016, marking 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy since his death in 1616. On this occasion, Chicago's cultural community heralds the prolific poet and playwright's lasting impact on our lives-through our everyday speech and in cultural institutions, schools and neighborhoods across the city. (more...)

Bruce Norris Joins Steppenwolf Theatre Company EnsembleBruce Norris Joins Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble has announced its newest member, playwright Bruce Norris. Among his many accomplishments, Norris is the author of The Qualms, playing July 3 - August 31 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre. Since 2000, Steppenwolf has produced seven of Norris's plays, including Clybourne Park and the world premieres of A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, Purple Heart and The Infidel. (more...)

Steppenwolf Sets 2014-15 Season: Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE, Rory Kinnear's THE HERD & MoreSteppenwolf Sets 2014-15 Season: Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE, Rory Kinnear's THE HERD & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Director Martha Lavey announced today the 2014/15 Subscription Season, including a series of premieres; one remaining title will be announced at a later date. The season begins in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre with Conor McPherson's The Night Alive, directed by Henry Wishcamper. Up next, Joe Mantello directs the world premiere of Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour. In the Upstairs Theatre, Robert O'Hara directs Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi. And in April 2015, ensemble member K. Todd Freeman directs The Herd by Rory Kinnear. (more...)

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Presents World Premiere of Joel Drake Johnson's RASHEEDA SPEAKING, 1/9-2/15Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Presents World Premiere of Joel Drake Johnson's RASHEEDA SPEAKING, 1/9-2/15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Joel Drake Johnson's dark comedy Rasheeda Speaking tells the story of a successful white physician (Eric Slater) who attempts to oust his black receptionist (Ora Jones) by enlisting her white female co-worker (Tara Mallen) as a spy. Tensions rise as relations between the two women quickly deteriorate, turning their once cordial workplace into a battlefield of innuendo, paranoia and passive aggression. Using his trademark wit and detailed observation, Johnson mines the subtleties of “post racial” America to explore what we are really saying when we refuse to talk about race. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's RASHEEDA SPEAKING World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's RASHEEDA SPEAKING World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre devoted to the work of women theatre artists, announces the world premiere of Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking, directed by Sandy Shinner. Rasheeda Speaking features RTE Artistic Director Tara Mallen and Steppenwolf Ensemble member Ora Jones and runs January 9 - February 15, 2014 at Rivendell's performance venue, 5779 N. Ridge. Opening Night was Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 6 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Scoop: BETRAYAL on ABC - Tonight, January 19, 2014Scoop: BETRAYAL on ABC - Tonight, January 19, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jan 19, 2014

Get all the scoop on BETRAYAL, airing on ABC tonight, January 19, 2014! (more...)

Scoop: BETRAYAL on ABC - Tonight, January 12, 2014Scoop: BETRAYAL on ABC - Tonight, January 12, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jan 12, 2014

Get all the scoop on BETRAYAL, airing on ABC tonight, January 12, 2014! (more...)

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's RASHEEDA SPEAKING Begins World Premiere TonightRivendell Theatre Ensemble's RASHEEDA SPEAKING Begins World Premiere Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre devoted to the work of women theatre artists, announces the world premiere of Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking, directed by Sandy Shinner. Rasheeda Speaking features RTE Artistic Director Tara Mallen and Steppenwolf Ensemble member Ora Jones and runs tonight, January 9 - February 15, 2014 at Rivendell's performance venue. (more...)

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