Porchlight Music Theatre News

Porchlight Music Theatre's 2016-2017 Season Concludes With Stephen Sondheim's MARRY ME A LITTLEPorchlight Music Theatre's 2016-2017 Season Concludes With Stephen Sondheim's MARRY ME A LITTLE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook.  (more...)

Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas to Lead MARRY ME A LITTLE at Porchlight Music TheatreAustin Cook and Bethany Thomas to Lead MARRY ME A LITTLE at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little, starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. (more...)

Refuge Theatre Project's HIGH FIDELITY Remount Extends Through MarchRefuge Theatre Project's HIGH FIDELITY Remount Extends Through March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

The current remount of Refuge Theatre Project's enormously successful 2016 production of High Fidelity: The Musical, originally scheduled to close on March 6, 2017, has been extended three weeks to Saturday, March 25, 2017. (more...)

Hell in a Handbag to Stage LADY X - A MUISCAL at Mary's Attic This SpringHell in a Handbag to Stage LADY X - A MUISCAL at Mary's Attic This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

Hold the presses! Hell in a Handbag Productions announced today it will open its 15th season with the world premiere of LADY X - A MUSICAL, a shocking expose ripped from the headlines of yesteryear! LADY X will replace the previously announced musical VALLEY!, from April 21 - June 11, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago.   (more...)

Lauren Paris Joins PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Tonight at Pride Films and PlaysLauren Paris Joins PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Tonight at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Pride Films and Plays has announced the addition of Lauren Paris to the cast of its critically acclaimed and Jeff-recommended Chicago premiere of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for SPAMILTON at Royal George TheatreAll-Chicago Cast Set for SPAMILTON at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

"Spamilton," the critically acclaimed off-Broadway parody of Lin-Manuel Miranda's sensation, "Hamilton," has set casting for its regional premiere in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted). Created by Tony Award honoree Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind "Forbidden Broadway," the show features an all-Chicago ensemble including Donterrio Johnson, Adam LaSalle, Michelle Lauto, Eric Andrew Lewis, Yando Lopez and David Robbins. "Spamilton" begins performances Friday, March 3 at the Royal George Theatre's Cabaret/Studio Theatre. (more...)

Jess McLeod Named Goodman Theatre's 2016/2017 Michael Maggio FellowJess McLeod Named Goodman Theatre's 2016/2017 Michael Maggio Fellow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Goodman Theatre announces Jess McLeod as the recipient of the 2016/2017 Michael Maggio Fellowship for Chicago-based directors.  (more...)

Artists Giving Back to Host 'SONGS OF HEALING' Benefit for Donica LynnArtists Giving Back to Host 'SONGS OF HEALING' Benefit for Donica Lynn
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Artists Giving Back, a local not-for-profit that specializes in fundraising through the arts, is throwing a benefit concert called AGB Presents: Songs of Healing a Benefit for Donica Lynn. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre's Opening Night of  THE SCOTTSBORO BOYSPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre's Opening Night of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys, February 3 - March 12, featuring music and lyrics by John Kanderand 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 Arzellas associate choreographer, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYSPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

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. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is an added matinee performance Thursday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE: *There are no Thursday 7:30 p.m. performances February 9 and March 2. Tickets for previews are $38 and for the regular run $45 - $51. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill to Lead LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVEDirectors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill to Lead LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill will lead a Valentine's Day themed event, LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE: A concert benefiting Planned Parenthood, the Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The concert is set to take place at 8PM on Monday, February 13, at Windy City Playhouse (3014 W Irving Park Rd) and will feature several of Chicago's most beloved theater artists including Donica Lynn, Alex Weisman and Jonathan Butler-Duplessis. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Continue 2016-17 Season with THE SCENEWriters Theatre to Continue 2016-17 Season with THE SCENE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, continues its 2016/17 season with The Scene, written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Kimberly Senior. (more...)

Ruth Page Center to Host Porchlight Music Theatre's 2017-18 SeasonRuth Page Center to Host Porchlight Music Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that its 2017 - 2018 season will be performed at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Ave. as one of Ruth Page Center's Artists In-Residence. (more...)

 Experience the Music of Change and Rebellion with the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players Experience the Music of Change and Rebellion with the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Relive the music of a generation when the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (cp2) present 'Sounds of Change,' a celebration of music from the 60s and 70s, at City Winery Chicago. From Hendrix to Shostakovich, the transforming world spread its message though the music of the times. As some artists protested against war and tyranny, others broke the molds of established forms. The Chamber Players perform an uplifting, entertaining ode to this rebellious era. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

New York City's famed Metropolitan Room (located at 34 West 22nd Street) welcomes "JUDY & LIZA: THE LONDON PALLADIUM CONCERT - A TRIBUTE" on Sunday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.   (more...)

Catch Michael Weber In High Fidelity Benefit ConcertCatch Michael Weber In High Fidelity Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

You don't want to miss Michael Weber reprising his role of Ian from our 2009 production --  THIS MONDAY NIGHT! (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Winners Announced - Patti LuPone, Ethan Slater, Alex Weisman and More!2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Winners Announced - Patti LuPone, Ethan Slater, Alex Weisman and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 24, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 Chicago winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Marcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory GardensMarcus Gardley's A WONDER IN MY SOUL to Premiere at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater continues its season with the World Premiere of A Wonder In My Soul, written by ensemble playwright Marcus Gardley and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew, with original music by Jaret Landon. A Wonder In My Soul runs February 10 - March 12, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Matt Crowle to Star in Porchlight Revisits' LITTLE MEMatt Crowle to Star in Porchlight Revisits' LITTLE ME
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the continuation of the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Little Me, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by Neil Simon based on the novel by Patrick Dennis, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, musical direction by Linda Madonia, choreography by Craig Miller with special guest choreography by veteran Bob Fosse dancer Jane Lanier and starring Jeff Award-winner Matt Crowle.  (more...)

Drury Lane Announces Complete Casting for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVERDrury Lane Announces Complete Casting for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre announces complete casting for disco musical Saturday Night Fever, rewritten for the Drury Lane stage, featuring music and lyrics by The Bee Gees, based on the smash-hit Paramount/RSO Film and the story by Nik Cohn, and adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks. This North American version was written by Sean Cercone and David Abbinantiand is helmed by Tony-nominated director and choreographer Dan Knechtges. Saturday Night Fever runs January 19 - March 19, 2017 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. A portion of the opening night tickets sales will be donated to ArtReach, a nonprofit providing access to the arts to underserved communities in the Chicago area. (more...)

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