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Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Extends Into July at New World StagesOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Extends Into July at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of Off-Broadway's newest hit, CHURCHILL, today put a new block of seats on sale through July 12th. 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...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at the Cast of Porchlight Music Theatre's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at the Cast of Porchlight Music Theatre's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the final mainstage production in its 20th Anniversary "Season of Sondheim," A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, April 17 - May 24, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia and choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Previews are Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars below! (more...)

Photo Flash: CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Makes Special Appearance at The Players ClubPhoto Flash: CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Makes Special Appearance at The Players Club
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

The Players Club presented a very special event on March 3rd featuring a performance and conversation with Ronald Keaton, star and author of Off-Broadway's newest hit CHURCHILL. The evening was moderated by CHURCHILL's assistant director Tricia McDermott and culminated in a spirited Q&A with the audience. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Stage MURDER BALLAD This SpringBailiwick Chicago to Stage MURDER BALLAD This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Bailiwick Chicago will conclude its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of the intense off-Broadway rock musical MURDER BALLAD, conceived by and with book and lyrics by Julia Jordan, music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, directed and choreographed by James Beaudry with musical direction by Nicholas Davio. MURDER BALLAD will play April 2 - May 9, 2015 at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Appear on THE JOAN HAMBURG SHOW TodayCHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Appear on THE JOAN HAMBURG SHOW Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2015

Joan Hamburg welcomes CHURCHILL star Ronald Keaton as her very special guest on this week's program. "The Joan Hamburg Show" airs today (Saturday), 1 - 3 PM on 77 WABC Radio, and the broadcast can also be heard at www.wabcradio.com. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight's CITY OF ANGELS Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Flash: Porchlight's CITY OF ANGELS Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels will be presented again tonight, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a look at last night's opening festivities below! (more...)

CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Appear on THE JOAN HAMBURG SHOW This WeekendCHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Appear on THE JOAN HAMBURG SHOW This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Legendary radio personality Joan Hamburg will welcome CHURCHILL star Ronald Keaton to her weekly program this Saturday, March 7th. "The Joan Hamburg Show" airs 1 - 3 PM on 77 WABC Radio and the broadcast can also be heard at www.wabcradio.com. CHURCHILL opened on February 18th at New World Stages following an acclaimed 2014 sold-out world premiere engagement in Chicago. Under the direction of Kurt Johns and adapted by Keaton, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 4, 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. BIC's fall season schedule, plus Theo's 'JCS,' Woodstock's 'Chaperone,' Kokandy's 'Full Monty' and the Paramount's 'Les Mis.' Also four recent contemporary operas, early and late Sondheim comparisons, this month's 'Option Up,!' and Linda Eder and Jessie Mueller hit the suburbs! (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning TonightBrandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only tonight, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's HIT 'Sondheim on Sondheim' must close March 15Porchlight Music Theatre's HIT 'Sondheim on Sondheim' must close March 15
by Contests - Broadway - Feb 27, 2015

Performances Added! SOLD OUT HOUSES! Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim must close March 15! Get tickets NOW! (more...)

Porchlight's 2015 ICONS Gala to Tribute Elaine Stritch This SpringPorchlight's 2015 ICONS Gala to Tribute Elaine Stritch This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the 2015 ICONS Gala will celebrate the legendary career of Elaine Stritch, Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave. The Gala will include performances from Chicago's leading divas in a tribute to one of Broadway's leading divas, Ms. Stritch, the presentation of the 2015 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to director and teacher Dominic Missimi, and silent and live auctions. The fundraising gala will kick off Porchlight's 21st Anniversary of creating 'American Musicals. Chicago Style.' Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auction benefit Porchlight's educational programs and productions. (more...)

Emily Skinner, Steve Kazee, 'LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD' and More Set for Rockwell Next MonthEmily Skinner, Steve Kazee, 'LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD' and More Set for Rockwell Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Los Feliz is raining shows and show tunes this March at ROCKWELL Table and Stage, L.A.'s premier spot for extraordinary entertainment and sensational dining experiences (for before, during or after the shows!) - where you can have a great lunch or dinner on our outside patio, enjoy specialty cocktails and see some of the best entertainment Los Angeles has to offer! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 25th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 25th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 26, 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 Mosh Pit's Oscar wrap-up, plus BIC's 'First Wives Club,' 'Book Of Mormon' and 'For The Record,' Theater Wit's 'Mr. Burns,' Porchlight's 'City Of Angels' and Bailiwick's 'Murder Ballad.' Upcoming, The Hypocrites' 'American Idiot,' a new theater in the Wisconsin Dells, and two evenings with The Improvised Sondheim Project! (more...)

Amy Kim Waschke to Lead THE WHITE SNAKE, Directed by Mary Zimmerman at The Old GlobeAmy Kim Waschke to Lead THE WHITE SNAKE, Directed by Mary Zimmerman at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

The Old Globe is delighted to welcome one of the true geniuses of the American theatre, Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, who makes her long-awaited San Diego directing debut with an enchanting theatrical spectacle with live music and sumptuous visuals, The White Snake, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. The Southern California Premiere of The White Snake, written and directed by Zimmerman, will run March 21 through April 26 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 21 through 25. Opening night is Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Guests on WPKN TodayCHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton Guests on WPKN Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Ronald Keaton, author and star of the new hit play CHURCHILL at New World Stages, will be interviewed live on Richard Pheneger's popular WPKN (89.5 FM) Radio program 'State of the Arts' today (Friday) at 12:25 PM. The segment can also be heard at www.wpkn.org. CHURCHILL opened February 18th at New World Stages following an acclaimed 2014 sold-out world premiere engagement in Chicago. 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...)

Photo Flash: The Mueller Sisters Visit CHURCHILL at New World StagesPhoto Flash: The Mueller Sisters Visit CHURCHILL at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages last night following an acclaimed 2014 sold-out world premiere engagement in Chicago. 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. Broadway's favorite sisters, Jessie and Abby Mueller, recently attended Off-Broadway's newest smash and happily posed for photos with star Ronald Keaton after the show. Scroll down for a photo! (more...)

New Random Acts Theatre Company to Launch With ALL OUR TWILIGHT, 3/7-29New Random Acts Theatre Company to Launch With ALL OUR TWILIGHT, 3/7-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Artistic Director Bryan Renaud is proud to announce the launch of Random Acts Theatre Company and its debut production of All Our Twilight, a world premiere written by Renaud and Emily Schmidt. The musical parody, directed by Renaud, will play at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N Milwaukee Ave, March 7th, 14th, 22nd, 29th all at 7:00PM. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 18th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 18th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 18, 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. An amazing weekend, with 'Tommy,' L5Y, Lippa and 'The Wild Party,' 'First Date' and 'Pride And Prejudice.' Now we have 'First Wives Club' and 'Let It Be,' plus our top ongoing shows: 'Sondheim On Sondheim,' 'WSS,' 'La Cage' and 'The Addams Family!' So much going on!!! (more...)

CHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Appear on STATE OF THE ARTS TomorrowCHURCHILL's Ronald Keaton to Appear on STATE OF THE ARTS Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Ronald Keaton, author and star of the new play CHURCHILL at New World Stages, will be this week's special guest on the popular WPKN (89.5 FM) Radio program 'State of the Arts' tomorrow (Friday) at 12:10 PM. The interview can also be heard at www.wpkn.org. CHURCHILL is receiving its Off-Broadway premiere following an acclaimed 2014 sold-out world premiere engagement in Chicago. Performances began February 6th and the official Opening Night is set for next Wednesday, February 18th. 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...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 11th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 11th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 12, 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. 'Carousel,' 'The King And I' and 'The Merry Widow' at Lyric Opera, and the upcoming season at Porchlight. Plus 'Merman' transfers, 'Mormon' arrives, 'First Wives Club' and 'Gotta Dance' try out, the 'Pride And Prejudice' reading moves, Quest Theatre mounts two, Pasek and Paul's 'Peach,' Bailiwick's 'Wonderful Town,' the Mosh Pit in the Tribune and more honors for Jessie Mueller! Whew! (more...)

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