Porchlight Music Theatre News

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...)

FOOLING BUDDHA Sets Special Ticket Offer for Final Weekend at First Folio TheatreFOOLING BUDDHA Sets Special Ticket Offer for Final Weekend at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

First Folio Theatre presents the WORLD PREMIERE of the witty magical comedy FOOLING BUDDHA, opening Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., and running through Sunday, April 24, 2016 with previews March 23- 25. Director Patrick New (The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers, and Around the World in Eighty Days), along with creator and star David Kovac (regional productions of Lost in Yonkers, Triple Espresso, and Design for Living at First Folio Theatre) put on a one-of-a-kind show of storytelling. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS!STAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present DREAMGIRLS, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld brings you performances from the production below! (more...)

Photo Flash: DREAMGIRLS Celebrates Opening Night at Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: DREAMGIRLS Celebrates Opening Night at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present DREAMGIRLS, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's DREAMGIRLSPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now April 8 - May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Revisit CHESS as Part of Ongoing Series, 5/3-5Porchlight Music Theatre to Revisit CHESS as Part of Ongoing Series, 5/3-5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 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.  The 2016 - 2017 season subscriptions to Porchlight Revisits includes The Rink (October 4 - 6), Little Me (February 28 - March 2, 2017) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (May 9 - 11, 2017) are also available at porchlightmusictheatre.org.  (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Set for CHIMERICA Chicago Premiere at TimeLine TheatreCast, Creative Team Set for CHIMERICA Chicago Premiere at TimeLine Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

CHIMERICA, the widely celebrated 2014 Laurence Olivier Award winner for Best New Play, will have one of its first U.S. productions this spring in Chicago, when TimeLine Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of the acclaimed geopolitical thriller, May 3 - July 31, 2016. Press Preview is Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

From the Balcony:  The Ultimate Phan Performs One Night Only 4/18 at Davenport'sFrom the Balcony: The Ultimate Phan Performs One Night Only 4/18 at Davenport's
by Louisa Brady - Apr 3, 2016

From the Balcony: The Ultimate Phan will play one night only on Monday, April 18, 8 PM, at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret,1383 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.  Performer Jason M. Hammond will debut his one-man show about his life-long obsession with Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Tickets are available by calling (773) 278-1830 or by visiting davenportspianobar.com. (more...)

Porchlight Extends DREAMGIRLS Ahead of First PerformancePorchlight Extends DREAMGIRLS Ahead of First Performance
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the extension and additional performances of Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now April 8 - May 22. Previews are Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. with opening night Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular 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., with no Thursday performances on April 14 with added performances Thursday, May 5, 12 and 19 at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased at porchlightmusictheatre.org or 773.327.5252. Groups of ten or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612 or grouptheatertix.com. (more...)

Porchlight Revisits Staged Concert Series to Close with CHESSPorchlight Revisits Staged Concert Series to Close with CHESS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 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 David Kovac in FOOLING BUDDHA at First Folio TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at David Kovac in FOOLING BUDDHA at First Folio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the world premiere of the witty magical comedy FOOLING BUDDHA, opening this Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., and running through Sunday, April 24, 2016. Director Patrick New (The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers, and Around the World in Eighty Days), along with creator and star David Kovac (regional productions of Lost in Yonkers, Triple Espresso, and Design for Living at First Folio Theatre) put on a one-of-a-kind show of storytelling. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Kovac onstage below! (more...)

First Folio Theatre's FOOLING BUDDHA to Run 3/26-4/24First Folio Theatre's FOOLING BUDDHA to Run 3/26-4/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

First Folio Theatre presents the WORLD PREMIERE of the witty magical comedy FOOLING BUDDHA, opening Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., and running through Sunday, April 24, 2016 with previews March 23- 25. Director Patrick New (The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers, and Around the World in Eighty Days), along with creator and star David Kovac (regional productions of Lost in Yonkers, Triple Espresso, and Design for Living at First Folio Theatre) put on a one-of-a-kind show of storytelling. (more...)

Firebrand Theatre, First Women-Focused Musical Theatre Company, to Launch in ChicagoFirebrand Theatre, First Women-Focused Musical Theatre Company, to Launch in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Harmony France and Danni Smith, Co-Artistic Directors, are pleased to announce the launch of FIREBRAND THEATRE, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage. (more...)

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