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BWW Reviews: MATILDA is Sensational - Now thru August 15!BWW Reviews: MATILDA is Sensational - Now thru August 15!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Jul 23, 2015

Get up off your couch and stop watching TV. Run past Miss Trunchbull's chokey and Miss Honey's shack and go see Matilda the Musical! This Tony award-winning musical is inspiring and uplifting and has just a hint of magic. This is the perfect show for families of all ages - especially if you have a very special young girl in your family. It's all about the power of imagination and using your smarts to fight back against evil. Playing now through August 15, Matilda the Musical will inspire you to do what's right even if it's hard. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Ora Jones on MATILDABWW Interviews: Ora Jones on MATILDA
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 12, 2015

BroadwayWorld San Francisco spoke with Matilda's Ora Jones about her childhood and adult influences, from Shakespeare to Frederick the Mouse. Learn what Frederick and Shakespeare have to do with Matilda when you read our interview. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ahmanson Welcomes Miraculous MATILDABWW Reviews: Ahmanson Welcomes Miraculous MATILDA
by Don Grigware - Jun 9, 2015

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical has finally arrived at the Ahmanson Theatre, and it is a sumptuous treat for the eyes, ears and mind. Imagination runs amok in choreography, staging and in reproducing a feast of visual pleasures via ultra riveting set pieces - with scrabble-like words and phrases jutting out on all sides - and vibrant costumes. And to get a bevy of child actors to essay these little 'maggots' in such a dynamically professional manner for two and a half hours is no minor feat. It's like the song claims: it's a 'miracle!' (more...)

Photo Flash: MATILDA National Tour Launches in Los AngelesPhoto Flash: MATILDA National Tour Launches in Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Center Theatre Group launched the First National Tour of Roald Dahl's 'Matilda The Musical' last night, Sunday, June 7 at 4 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Companyand The Dodgers, 'Matilda The Musical' continues performances in Los Angeles through July 12, 2015. BroadwayWorld brings you a look back at the big night below! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: May 30 - June 5THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: May 30 - June 5
by Nora Dominick - Jun 5, 2015

Anxiously awaiting Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming's Tony Award Opening Number? Trying to see all of the Best Play and Best Musical nominations before Sunday? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - MATILDA First National Tour Launches at the Ahmanson This SundayPhoto Flash: First Look - MATILDA First National Tour Launches at the Ahmanson This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Center Theatre Group launches the First National Tour of Roald Dahl's 'Matilda The Musical' this Sunday, June 7 at 4 p.m. at the Ahmanson Theatre. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, 'Matilda The Musical' continues performances in Los Angeles through July 12, 2015.BroadwayWorld has a first look at the tour cast in action below! (more...)

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...)

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