Porchlight Music Theatre News

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...)

Photo Flash: American Theater Company Presents XANADUPhoto Flash: American Theater Company Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, this Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli-a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic-Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title. (more...)

Oscar Nominee Bruce Davison Joins Grey Ensemble Theatre's F*CK MY LIFE at Hollywood FringeOscar Nominee Bruce Davison Joins Grey Ensemble Theatre's F*CK MY LIFE at Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Critically acclaimed actor Bruce Davison joins the cast of FUCK MY LIFE, Grey Ensemble Theatre's inaugural production at this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival in a pre-recorded cameo as 'The Interviewer'. (more...)

Uptown Underground Announces Cabaret Summer LineupUptown Underground Announces Cabaret Summer Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, adds new variety into its already packed weekly lineup of top-shelf retrotainment. (more...)

Andre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens TheaterAndre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Joining the original cast as the Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Porchlight's CHESSPhoto Flash: Inside Opening Night of Porchlight's CHESS
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. Porchlight Revisits Chess is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Dreamgirls (previews begin April 8) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Chess are $30 in advance and $35 at the door the night of the performance. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, created and hosted by Weber, that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Chess are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits CHESS, Opening TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits CHESS, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, PORCHLIGHT REVISITS CHESS, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's Final Installment of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY Set for 6/7Porchlight Music Theatre's Final Installment of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY Set for 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final 2015 - 16 installment of Chicago's hit new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. This edition, conceived and directed by Michael Weber and Chris Carter with music direction by Nick Sula, hosted by James Earl Jones II and featuring a cast of Chicago's hottest emerging artists, takes a journey through the best of Broadway's 1949 musical season via rare multi-media visuals, songs, trivia games and sing alongs in New Faces Sing Broadway 1949, Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards Nominees Are Announced - HEATHERS, BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI, LONDON WALL and More!STAGE TUBE: 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards Nominees Are Announced - HEATHERS, BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI, LONDON WALL and More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2016

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 65 of those shows (or 44%), making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 65 Jeff Recommended productions, a record 53 (or 82%) received nominations, representing 32 theatre companies. (more...)

10 ON TUESDAY With Christopher Pazdernik10 ON TUESDAY With Christopher Pazdernik
by M. William Panek - Apr 26, 2016

BroadwayWorld Chicago brings you 10 ON Tuesday, featuring artists in and around Chicago. This week's questionnaire participant - Christopher Pazdernik. (more...)

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