Porchlight Music Theatre News

2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards Update - Frankie Leo Bennett, Alex Weisman and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

THE CHRISTIANS Music Director to Lead Holiday Concert at SteppenwolfTHE CHRISTIANS Music Director to Lead Holiday Concert at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's LookOut Series presents a one-night-only holiday concert led by Jaret Landon, music director of The Christians featuring Faith Howard, Yando Lopez, Jazelle Morriss, Mary-Margaret Roberts and Charlie Strater and more singing new and traditional holiday fare. (more...)

Cast Complete for Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Porchlight Music TheatreCast Complete for Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys, February 3 - March 12, featuring music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson, direction by Samuel G. Roberson, Jr, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Florence Walker-Harris with Breon Arzell as associate choreographer, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Refuge Theatre Project's HIGH FIDELITY to Return in Wicker ParkRefuge Theatre Project's HIGH FIDELITY to Return in Wicker Park
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

A venue has been announced for the remount of Refuge Theatre Project's enormously successful 2016 production of High Fidelity: The Musical. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Hires Jillian Abbinanti as First Education DirectorPorchlight Music Theatre Hires Jillian Abbinanti as First Education Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre's Executive Director Jeannie Lukow is proud to announce the hiring of the organization's first education director, Jillian Abbinanti. Abbinanti begins Monday, Dec. 12 in this new position that is charged with creating and building integrated education offerings for children, teens, professionals and hobbyists. In addition to creating and directing the new Education Outreach program and Summer Camp program, she will oversee the established School at Porchlight's professional and hobbyist class offerings, ensuring all education activities align with Porchlight's strategic goals. (more...)

TimeLine Theatre Sets Cast for Chicago Debut of Complicite's A DISAPPEARING NUMBERTimeLine Theatre Sets Cast for Chicago Debut of Complicite's A DISAPPEARING NUMBER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

TimeLine Theatre Company continues its 20th Anniversary season with a daring new production of A DISAPPEARING NUMBER, the exquisite 2007 play by Complicite about love, math and how the past and future connect. Winner of the 2007 Critics' Circle Theatre, Evening Standard, and Laurence Olivier awards for Best New Play, it was originally conceived and directed by Simon McBurney and devised by the original company. TimeLine's new production of A DISAPPEARING NUMBER will be directed by Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling. (more...)

Porchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final TimePorchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final Time
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec. 31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

Fulton Theatre's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Held Over!Fulton Theatre's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Held Over!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is thrilled to announce the extension of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fourth and Final Extension for IN THE HEIGHTSPorchlight Music Theatre Announces Fourth and Final Extension for IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec.31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular scheduled performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 - 75. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

BWW Interview: An Exclusive Q&A with A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS's Veronica GarzaBWW Interview: An Exclusive Q&A with A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS's Veronica Garza
by Kailey Hansen - Nov 15, 2016

What would Charlie Brown say to a cold Chicago winter? Probably, 'good grief!' (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night Photos for Porchlight Music Theatre's END OF THE RAINBOW at Stage 773Photo Flash: Opening Night Photos for Porchlight Music Theatre's END OF THE RAINBOW at Stage 773
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

It's December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback....again. In a London hotel room, with both her new young fiance and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get 'beyond the rainbow' with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring some of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play with music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American history.  (more...)

Casting Set for The New Colony's Fantasy Adventure PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANSCasting Set for The New Colony's Fantasy Adventure PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

The New Colony launches its 2017 Season with the fantasy adventure PSYCHONAUT LIBRARIANS by Sean Kelly, directed by Krissy Vanderwarker, playing January 11 - February 12, 2017 at The New Colony's resident home, The Den Theatre's Upstairs Main Stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. (more...)

Angela Ingersoll Stars in THE 12 DAMES OF CHRISTMASAngela Ingersoll Stars in THE 12 DAMES OF CHRISTMAS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Award-winning Chicago dynamo Angela Ingersoll rings in the holiday season with her fun and festive one-woman-show The 12 Dames of Christmas at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.  Backed by a stellar band, Ingersoll takes audiences on a hilarious and heartwarming journey through the holiday songbook as she applies her impressively versatile voice to holiday classics by twelve legendary songstresses.  The 12 Dames of Christmas will be performed at the ECC Arts Center's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin on Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at END OF THE RAINBOW, Opening Tonight at Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at END OF THE RAINBOW, Opening Tonight at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of End of the Rainbow, tonight, November 4, through December 4, featuring music from the songbook of Judy Garland, written by Peter Quilter, starring Angela Ingersoll as 'Judy Garland,' direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, music direction by Jon Steinhagen, who also appears as 'Anthony,' at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOWPorchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of End of the Rainbow, November 4 - December 4,  featuring music from the songbook of Judy Garland, written by Peter Quilter, starring Angela Ingersoll as "Judy Garland," direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, music direction by Jon Steinhagen, who also appears as "Anthony," at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.  (more...)

Broadway Couple Clyde Alves and Robyn Hurder Go CRAZY FOR YOU, Starting Tonight at Drury LaneBroadway Couple Clyde Alves and Robyn Hurder Go CRAZY FOR YOU, Starting Tonight at Drury Lane
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre brings romance and warmth to Chicago this winter with the song-and-dance extravaganza Crazy for You, featuring music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, directed and choreographed by the Jeff Award-nominated director/choreographer Matt Crowle. (more...)

The 2016 - 2017 Season Expands to Include the Addition of Performances at the Skokie Theatre, New Guest Hosts, New NEW FACES One Production Celebrating New Musicals and MThe 2016 - 2017 Season Expands to Include the Addition of Performances at the Skokie Theatre, New Guest Hosts, New NEW FACES One Production Celebrating New Musicals and M
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2016 - 2017 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing returning to Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway and debuting at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie. In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 - 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre last year created this Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway, as a showcase for the best emerging musical talent now performing on Chicago stages. Each edition is a journey from the start to the finish of a entire musical season on Broadway, peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation with a favorite Chicago theatre veteran hosting and introducing the next generation of music theatre artists and acting as your guide through a past season on the Great White Way. Seating is general admission; tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org. (more...)

The Casting Auction, in Association with Porchlight Music Theatre Presents the Annual CHICAGO CASTING AUCTIONThe Casting Auction, in Association with Porchlight Music Theatre Presents the Annual CHICAGO CASTING AUCTION
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Anyone can be a star - for a price! The annual CHICAGO CASTING AUCTION is a unique opportunity for amateur theatre lovers to experience the thrill of being on stage in a professionally produced Chicago stage production - no experience or training required! The Casting Auction, in association with Porchlight Music Theatre, will be auctioning off over 30 roles for this season's musical production, All Shook Up, on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Michelle's Ballroom, 2800 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. The CHICAGO CASTING AUCTION will also feature live entertainment, delectable hors d'oeuvres, an open bar with signature cocktails, a lively dance floor and a professional photo booth to ham it up! (more...)

Photo Flash: Bryan Cranston Attends Final Performance of THE BARDY BUNCH in ChicagoPhoto Flash: Bryan Cranston Attends Final Performance of THE BARDY BUNCH in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

After a successful run at the Mercury Theatre, The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady closed their doors on Sunday, October 23 to an excited crowd that included Bryan Cranston, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his role in Breaking Bad. 'I loved the show! A really fun, foot-tapping time in the theater,' said Cranston. Scroll down for photos of the cast and creative team posing outside the theater with the Oscar-nominated actor! (more...)

Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret to Present GIRLS LIKE US: Barbra, Bette, and BernadetteDavenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret to Present GIRLS LIKE US: Barbra, Bette, and Bernadette
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

Ultimate Divas of Stage, Screen and Popular music, Barbra, Bette and Bernadette have made their mark from the Baths to Broadway and beyond! With their fifth collaboration, Girls Like Us (Cabaret favorites Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy Orland), bring you the music and lives of Streisand, Midler and Peters with humor, history and song. (more...)

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