Porchlight Music Theatre News

WONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the GoodmanWONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Goodman Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 Season with a major revival of Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's timeless musical composition of hope and adventure, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Stage LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITSLight Opera Works to Stage LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS
by TV News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Light Opera Works will present LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU: JULE STYNE'S GREATEST HITS, October 7 through 16 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/16/2016 - 8/23/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 8/16/2016 - 8/23/2016
by - Aug 23, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 8/16/2016 - 8/23/2016. (more...)

Iranian-Born Actor Cast As Usnavi in Phoenix Theatre's IN THE HEIGHTSIranian-Born Actor Cast As Usnavi in Phoenix Theatre's IN THE HEIGHTS
by Michael Dale - Aug 19, 2016

More IN THE HEIGHTS controversy after Chicago's Porchlight Music Theatre cast a white actor in the role. (more...)

Cast Announced for Theatre at the Center's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTESCast Announced for Theatre at the Center's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Five Chicago actor-musicians make their Theatre at the Center debut in the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.  Christine Mild as Rhetta Cupp, Shaun Whitley as Jim, Matt Holzfeind as Jackson, Matt Edmonds as L.M. and Cody Siragusa as Eddie are joined by Veronica Garza, who returns to the TATC stage to play Rhetta's sister Prudie Cupp.   The director is Brian Russell and William Underwood is Music Director.  (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Supports Quiara Alegria Hudes' Response To Controversial IN THE HEIGHTS CastingLin-Manuel Miranda Supports Quiara Alegria Hudes' Response To Controversial IN THE HEIGHTS Casting
by Michael Dale - Aug 15, 2016

The white actor of Italian descent defends his being cast as Usnavi. (more...)

Andre De Shields' New Work CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Comes to Victory Gardens This MonthAndre De Shields' New Work CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Comes to Victory Gardens This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Dennis Zacek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., will present Confessions of a P.I.M.P., written and performed by Andre De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Zacek. The cast also includes Kimberly Lawson and Donica Lynn. Confessions of a P.I.M.P. runs August 26, 27 at 8pm and August 28 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Alex Weisman to Lead Chicago Premiere of HAND TO GOD; Cast Announced!Alex Weisman to Lead Chicago Premiere of HAND TO GOD; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces casting for its first show of its 42st season, Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin. (more...)

THE FULL MONTY Now on Stage through August 14 in WisconsinTHE FULL MONTY Now on Stage through August 14 in Wisconsin
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

 Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre and Door County's professional theatrical icon, continues its 81st season throughAugust 14 with the lively, uplifting pop-rock musical that takes it all off, 'The Full Monty' with book by Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by David Yazbek.   'The Full Monty.'   'The Full Monty' contains adult themes, language and nudity. (more...)

THE BARDY BUNCH Announces Cast for Chicago Run at the Mercury TheaterTHE BARDY BUNCH Announces Cast for Chicago Run at the Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 15 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. (more...)

Cast Announced for Porchlight Music Theatre's Season Opener IN THE HEIGHTSCast Announced for Porchlight Music Theatre's Season Opener IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the cast and artistic staff of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS, September 9 - October 16, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

Andre DeShields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Heads to Victory GardensAndre DeShields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Heads to Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Dennis Zacek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., will present CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., written and performed by Andre De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Zacek. The cast also includes Kim Lawson and Donica Lynn. CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. runs August 25, 26 and 27, 2016 at 8pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Dear Stone Theater Company Presents Will Eno's THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)Dear Stone Theater Company Presents Will Eno's THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Dear Stone Theater Company presents 'Thom Pain (based on nothing)' playwright Will Eno, at the Heartland Studio, at 7016 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago on Friday, July 22, 2016, at 7:30pm. Thom Pain (based on nothing), directed by Shawn Kronk and featuring Jake Baker, will preview on July 21, with a press opening on July 22, and will run every Thursdaythrough Sunday until closing night on August 6. For more information, visit dearstonetheater.org. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANYWriters Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Open 22nd Season with CHICAGO SINGS THE BEATLESPorchlight Music Theatre to Open 22nd Season with CHICAGO SINGS THE BEATLES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre  is proud to announce the 11th Annual Chicago Sings concert; Chicago Sings The Beatles, Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m., at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St, directed by Rob Lindley and music directed by Doug Peck. (more...)

'LADY DAY' & PECONG Set for Bayou Theatre Company's Third Season'LADY DAY' & PECONG Set for Bayou Theatre Company's Third Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Bayou Theatre Company returns with its third season entitled 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Exploring the Complexities of Womanhood'. With a season focused on female-centered stories, the season will open with Lanie Robertson's riveting one woman play with music LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, followed by PECONG by Steve Carter, a resetting of the myth of Medea. (more...)

Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. (more...)

Circle Theatre to Host 2nd Annual Full Circle Series, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO PEECircle Theatre to Host 2nd Annual Full Circle Series, IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO PEE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The concept of Circle Theatre's Full Circle Series is simple: produce an evening of performance where 100% of the proceeds go directly to an organization that is tied to the show's central message. (more...)

Peninsula Players Theatre Names Artistic Company for 81st SeasonPeninsula Players Theatre Names Artistic Company for 81st Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Peninsula Players Theatre, America's Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre and Door County's theatrical icon, announces company members for its 81st season, running June 14 through October 16, 2016. The mix of plays include a late-in-life romance, an intriguing whodunit, a raucous pop-rock musical, an engaging Midwest premiere and a wildly comic thriller. (more...)

Photo Flash: THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE at Lookingglass Theatre Company!Photo Flash: THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE at Lookingglass Theatre Company!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its 28th Season with Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure, written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas, and co-directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker. Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure runs June 1 - August 14, 2016 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 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.   (more...)

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