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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 1st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 1st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 1, 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. It's our TOP TEN HOT TOPIX for the first half of 2015! (more...)

The New Colony to Premiere STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE This SummerThe New Colony to Premiere STANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVE This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

The New Colonyáis pleased to continue its 2015 season with the pop-infused world premiere musical comedyáSTANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVEábyáMr. Margaret Svetlove, directed byáSean Kelly, with music byáThe Delicious Moonsá(Nickolas Blazina, Henry Riggs, Alex Kliner and Sean Kelly).áSTANLEY IN THE NAME OF LOVEáwill playáJuly 30 -áAugust 29, 2015áat The New Colony's resident home,áThe Den Theatreá(Upstairs Mainstage), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.á (more...)

Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Enters Final Weeks at New World StagesOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Enters Final Weeks at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL is set to reopen where it began its phenomenal journey, with performances beginning July 17th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The show will conclude its current smash engagement at New World Stages July 12th, where it opened on February 18th.áUnder the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Sets July 4th ScheduleOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Sets July 4th Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL will play a special 4th of July schedule next week at New World Stages. There will be no evening performance on Saturday the 4th and a special holiday matinee has been added on Friday, July 3rd at 2:30 PM. (more...)

CHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run in JulyCHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL is set to reopen where it began its phenomenal journey, with performances beginning July 17th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The show will conclude its current smash engagement at New World Stages July 12th, where it opened on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by CBS Radio which declared, 'Ronald Keaton evokes a transcendent greatness that was Winston Churchill!' The production recently recouped its entire investment well before completing its New York run. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Circle Theatre Sets Cast, Creative Team of TRIASSIC PARQ!Circle Theatre Sets Cast, Creative Team of TRIASSIC PARQ!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

áCIRCLE THEATRE has announced the full cast and creative team for it's Midwest-premiere production of the hit off-Broadway musical,áTriassic Parq!áThe production will runáFriday, September 17tháthrough Sunday, October 4tháat the Heartland Studios in Rogers Park, 7016 North Glenwood Ave. Further information on performance dates and times will be posted atáwww.circletheatrechicago.org/current-season.html. (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Present ALL SHOOK UP, 7/16-8/16Theatre at the Center to Present ALL SHOOK UP, 7/16-8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Overflowing with Rock n' Roll, romance, and mistaken identities, the Elvis fueled Broadway Musical, ALL SHOOK UP, rides into Theatre at the Center, July 16th through August 16th with a press opening on Sunday July 19th at 7 p.m. at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, IN. Jeff Award-winning Artistic Director Bill Pullinsi joins forces with Jeff Award-winning Choreographer Danny Herman to co-direct the well-tuned, hot-rod musical, which continues Theatre at the Center's spectacular 25th Anniversary 2015 season. With a book by Tony Award-winning Joe DiPietro, nostalgic songs and sensational dance numbers, the hilarious musical will have audiences of all ages jumpin' out of their blue suede shoes! (more...)

Photo: CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Appears at Harvard ClubPhoto: CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Appears at Harvard Club
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Harvard Club of New York presented a very special event on May 26th featuring a performance and conversation with Ronald Keaton, star and author of the smash hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL. The evening was moderated by CHURCHILL's assistant director Tricia McDermott and culminated in a stimulating Q&A with the audience. Based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century, CHURCHILL opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by CBS Radio which declared, 'Ronald Keaton evokes a transcendent greatness that was Winston Churchill!' In this highly charged new play directed by Kurt Johns, Churchill discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour. (more...)

Photo Flash: Winston Churchill's Granddaughter Visits CHURCHILL Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: Winston Churchill's Granddaughter Visits CHURCHILL Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL offered a special performance to benefit The Actors Fund on May 17th. Among the attendees was the internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, "Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!" Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 20th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 20th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 20, 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. Local Tony and Jeff Award events, 'Shining Lives' shines, major productions of 'City Of Angels' and 'The Secret Garden,' original shows at Lifeline and Theo Ubique, two suburban theaters program 'Spamalot,' House updates 'The Bacchae' and New York gets its talent from where? (more...)

CHURCHILL'S Ronald Keaton to Appear at Stamford's Palace Theatre TonightCHURCHILL'S Ronald Keaton to Appear at Stamford's Palace Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Ronald Keaton, star of the smash hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL, will appear along with the show's assistant director Tricia McDermott at the next 'Talk Series' event at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT tonight (Tuesday). The 'Talk Series' is a unique collaboration of The Palace Theatre, JCC Stamford and the 92nd Street Y. The discussion will begin at 7:30 PM and $25 tickets may be purchased through www.palacestamford.org. CHURCHILL, adapted and performed by Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by CBS Radio which declared, 'Ronald Keaton evokes a transcendent greatness that was Winston Churchill! It's a one-man show that flies by!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Guest on THE ARTSY FARTSY SHOW TomorrowCHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Guest on THE ARTSY FARTSY SHOW Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Ronald Keaton, star of the smash hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL, will be this week's special guest on WBAI Radio's 'The Artsy Farty Show' tomorrow (Tuesday) between 2 & 4 PM. The popular arts program, hosted by Barika Edwards, can be heard on 99.5 FM or online at www.wbai.org. CHURCHILL, adapted and performed by Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, 'Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

CHURCHILL to Offer Actors Fund Benefit Performance TonightCHURCHILL to Offer Actors Fund Benefit Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2015

The hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL will offer a special performance to benefit The Actors Fund this evening, May 17 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

CHURCHILL to Offer Actors Fund Benefit Performance This WeekendCHURCHILL to Offer Actors Fund Benefit Performance This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

The hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL will offer a special performance to benefit The Actors Fund this Sunday evening, May 17 at 7:30 PM. Tickets for The Actors Fund performance are donated by the producers, and can be purchased at http://www.actorsfund.org/performances-and-events/churchill. All proceeds from the sale of these select tickets to Sunday's performance will go to The Actors Fund, which helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, 'Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Featured on WBAI's 'Arts Express' TodayOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Featured on WBAI's 'Arts Express' Today
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

WBAI Radio's 'Arts Express' will feature a special segment on the hit Off-Broadway play CHURCHILL today (Thursday) at 4 PM. The broadcast can be heard on 99.5 FM or online at www.wbai.org. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, 'Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. Due to overwhelming demand, the show's producers recently put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits... MACK AND MABEL, Continuing TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits... MACK AND MABEL, Continuing Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the final production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... Mack and Mabel, featuring book by Michael Stewart (Bye, Bye Birdie, 42nd Street) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, Mame) with direction by Michael Weber, music direction by Beckie Menzie and musical staging by Tammy Mader. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky to Lead FUNNYMAN at NorthlightGeorge Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky to Lead FUNNYMAN at Northlight
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces the cast for the World Premiere of Bruce Graham's Funnyman, kicking off Northlight's 41st Season. The cast includes George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, Amanda Drinkall, Steve Haggard, Rob Lindley and an additional role to be announced. Funnyman, directed by BJ Jones and developed through Northlight's Interplay series, runs September 11-October 18, 2015 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 6th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 6th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 6, 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 'Jersey Boys' return, '[title of show]' premieres and CPaz hosts a belt-fest! Plus new works everywhere! Piven Theatre, Northlight Theatre, The Music Theatre Company, Chicago Children's Theatre, FWD Theatre and Porchlight Music Theatre show us our future, plus the world premiere of 'Sense And Sensibility' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater! (more...)

CHURCHILL Extends Into September at New World StagesCHURCHILL Extends Into September at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of Off-Broadway's hit play, CHURCHILL, today put a new block of seats on sale through September 13th. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, 'Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!' Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Brown Paper Box Co. Sets Cast of [TITLE OF SHOW] Chicago Storefront PremiereBrown Paper Box Co. Sets Cast of [TITLE OF SHOW] Chicago Storefront Premiere
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

The Brown Paper Box Co. has announced the cast for the Chicago storefront premiere of [title of show], with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell. The show will run from July 17 through August 16, 2015 at Rivendell Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood (5779 N. Ridge Ave.). Press performances are Sunday, July 19 at 2 P.M. and Monday, July 20 at 7:30 P.M. Ticketing information and more will be posted at www.brownpaperbox.org. (more...)

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