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Daveed Diggs, Jenna Ushkowitz and More Sign on for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS on Broadway; Cast Complete!Daveed Diggs, Jenna Ushkowitz and More Sign on for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS on Broadway; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway announced today additional cast members, playwrights, and directors for its anticipated annual production at American Airlines Theater on November 14, 2016. (more...)

Where Are They Now? BLAIR ALLISONWhere Are They Now? BLAIR ALLISON
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 18, 2016

How does one go about describing Blair Allison? She's funny, irrepressible, charming, talented and kooky…beautiful, personable and clever - just to name a few of the Murfreesboro native's most obvious attributes. She's also determined and ambitious, focused and committed and a graduate of Belmont University's widely respected theater program, headed by 2010 First Night Honoree Paul Gatrell. (more...)

BWW Interview:  Emily Fightmaster at NJPAC in Second City's PAVED AND CONFUSED 2 on 10/29BWW Interview: Emily Fightmaster at NJPAC in Second City's PAVED AND CONFUSED 2 on 10/29
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 16, 2016

Just in time for Election Day, Chicago's legendary Second City returns to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Saturday, October 29th for 'Paved and Confused 2: Please Don't Feed the Candidates.' BWW interviewed company member, Emily Fightmaster about her career and the show. (more...)

THRONES THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Second ExtensionTHRONES THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Second Extension
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce the second extension for the Chicago premiere of the hit musical, now playing through January 15, 2017. Written and produced by the creative team behind "Baby Wants Candy" and "50 Shades! The Musical Parody," the sell-out show from Scotland begins as a group of friends gather for the season finale of "Game of Thrones," when they soon realize that one friend has never seen television show. Recounting plot highlights throughout all six seasons-including over 40 characters and 21 original songs-the production is a "hilarious ride that never slows down" (BuzzNews Chicago), detailing the highs and lows of the hit HBO series. Tickets ($36 - $59) for the extension go on sale Friday, October 14 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office by calling 773.935.6100 or visiting Ticketmaster.com. (more...)

THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Second Extension and Change in Schedule at Apollo Theater ChicagoTHRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Second Extension and Change in Schedule at Apollo Theater Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce the second extension for the Chicago premiere of the hit musical, now playing through January 15, 2017. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 10/8/2016
by - Oct 8, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 10/8/2016. (more...)

THRONES THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Halloween Performance and Costume ContestTHRONES THE MUSICAL PARODY Announces Halloween Performance and Costume Contest
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" and Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) announce a one-night-only Halloween performance and costume contest onMonday, October 31. Audience members are encouraged to don their best Halloween attire and participate in a costume contest judged by cosplay group leaders from Geeks A Gogo, AllGeeks HQ and The Age of Geeks as well as the cast of "Thrones!." In search of the best costume this side of the Seven Kingdoms, attendees have a chance of winning more than $200 in prizes from local vendors such as Chicago Costume, Taboo Tabou, G Boutique and more. The Halloween performance of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" takes place on Monday, October 31 at 7:30pm. Tickets ($20) for the Halloween performance can be purchased at the Apollo Theater Box Office by calling 773.935.6100 or visitingTicketmaster.com using the promo code COSPLY. (more...)

Justin Bartha, Michael Cerveris, Amber Tamblyn and More Slated for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS on BroadwayJustin Bartha, Michael Cerveris, Amber Tamblyn and More Slated for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway announced today the cast for its anticipated annual production at American Airlines Theater on November 14, 2016. (more...)

Mo Rocca to Perform in WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT on Election EveMo Rocca to Perform in WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT on Election Eve
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Maberry Theatricals have announced that Emmy Award winning writer, 'CBS Sunday Morning' correspondent, author, actor & presidential historian Mo Rocca (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will take the leap in WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour, on Election Eve, Monday, November 7 at 8pm. (more...)

GOTHAM's Robin Lord Taylor to Leap Into WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This HalloweenGOTHAM's Robin Lord Taylor to Leap Into WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This Halloween
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Maberry Theatricals have announced that Robin Lord Taylor, who stars as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) on FOX's hit series "Gotham," will take the leap in WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour, on Halloween, October 31 at 8pm.  (more...)

George Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOYGeorge Street Playhouse Announces Casting for Season-Opening MAMA'S BOY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

George Street Playhouse today announced the cast of Rob Urbinati's Mama's Boy, which runs October 18 through November 6 at the New Brunswick theatre. Betsy Aidem (Broadway's All the Way, GSP's God of Carnage) stars as Marguerite Oswald, the headstrong mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, played by Michael Goldsmith (TV's Doctor Who, Gotham).  (more...)

Alex Brightman, Nancy Travis and More Headed to WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This FallAlex Brightman, Nancy Travis and More Headed to WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Maberry Theatricals has announced the October and November lineup of eclectic stars for the New York premiere of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour. (more...)

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS on Broadway to Honor Tony Nominated Director Leigh SilvermanTHE 24 HOUR PLAYS on Broadway to Honor Tony Nominated Director Leigh Silverman
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

This year, The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway will honor Leigh Silverman -- director of MCC's current production of Neil LaBute's All The Ways to Say I Love You starring Judith Light and The New Group's upcoming production of Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster -- with the Artistic Inspiration Award. (more...)

Updated THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY to Return to the ApolloUpdated THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY to Return to the Apollo
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Hold the door for "Thrones! The Musical Parody," returning to the Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago) September 15 following a successful start to performances earlier this summer. From the creative team behind "Baby Wants Candy" and "50 Shades! The Musical Parody," the fall run of the "Game of Thrones" send-up features 21 original songs and plot lines through Season 6 of the critical hit, performed by a Chicago-based ensemble including many of the actors from the summer preview run. (more...)

Cindy Crawford, Fred Willard and More to Present at 2016 Fifth Star AwardsCindy Crawford, Fred Willard and More to Present at 2016 Fifth Star Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will honor four Chicago artists and arts advocates and one iconic cultural institution at the 3rd annual Fifth Star Awards presented by Allstate Insurance Company today, September 14 at 7pm-at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. (more...)

IF/THEN's Anthony Rapp to Attend Reeling Film Festival in ChicagoIF/THEN's Anthony Rapp to Attend Reeling Film Festival in Chicago
by Movies News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Chicago Filmmakers and Showtime Networks have announced that Broadway legend Anthony Rapp, from the original casts of Rent and If/Then, will attend the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. (more...)

Rachael Ray, Christie Brinkley, Tony Danza and More Set for CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY This FallRachael Ray, Christie Brinkley, Tony Danza and More Set for CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

New York's funniest show Celebrity Autobiography has a NYC show on October 10 at 7pm at at The Triad (158 West 72nd Street), which will feature stars of stage & screen including celebrated TV & food personality Rachael Ray, Christie Brinkley, Tony Danza, Rachel Dratch (truTV's Late Night Snack, SNL), Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Veep), comedy legend Alan Zweibel & and Drama Desk-winners Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel. (more...)

Opera Star Joyce DiDonato Heads to WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This FallOpera Star Joyce DiDonato Heads to WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Just announced, Grammy Award winner and international opera star Joyce DiDonato will perform on October 3 in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour, presented by Maberry Theatricals. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch the First Trailer for HURRICANE BIANCA, Featuring Alan CummingVIDEO: Watch the First Trailer for HURRICANE BIANCA, Featuring Alan Cumming
by TV News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The new feature-length comedy HURRICANE BIANCA follows a New York teacher who moves to a small town in Texas, gets fired for being gay, and returns disguised as a mean 'lady' to get revenge on the people who were nasty to him. It's described as Tootsie meets Revenge of the Nerds, or Mrs. Doubtfire for the Jackass generation. Check out the first trailer for the film, featuring stage vet Alan Cumming, below! (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for 'Thrones! The Musical Parody' at Apollo TheaterAll-Chicago Cast Set for 'Thrones! The Musical Parody' at Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" sweeps through the Windy City once again this fall at Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N Lincoln Ave) with a talented ensemble of Chicago up-and-comers bringing the "Game of Thrones" send-up to life. Under the direction of Hannah Todd, the cast of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" includes Caitlyn Cerza, Nick Druzbanski, Madeline Lauzon, Beau Nolen, Victoria Olivier and Christopher Ratliff. This all-Chicago cast combines comedic talents and "knockout vocal harmonies" (Chicago Reader) to bring all six seasons of the HBO hit to the stage, recounting the journey of well-known characters such as Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, the Stark family, Daenerys Targaryen and more. Performances for the fall run of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" begin September 15; tickets ($29-$59) are on sale now and can be purchased at ApolloChicago.com or by calling the box office at 773.935.6100. The press performance takes place on September 21. Headshots and imagery can be accessed here. (more...)

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