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Pride Films and Plays to Present Workshop of New Musical A HISTORY OF SUMMERPride Films and Plays to Present Workshop of New Musical A HISTORY OF SUMMER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Pride Films and Plays presents a special workshop of the gorgeous new musical A HISTORY OF SUMMER, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Monro and book by Adam Mathias. (more...)

Underscore Theatre to Present HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK, 5/14- 6/12Underscore Theatre to Present HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK, 5/14- 6/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK will feature LaKecia Harris, Summer Hofford, David Kaplinsky, Royen Kent, Mike Mazzocca, Victoria Olivier, Khaki Pixley, James Smart and Tyler Thompson. (more...)

Underscore Theatre to Premiere HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOKUnderscore Theatre to Premiere HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

?The true story of Chicago's infamous Haymarket massacre comes to life in Underscore Theatre Company's world premiere musical HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK, with book and lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, music by David Kornfeld, directed by Elizabeth Margolius with music direction by Robert Ollis and Tyler Thompson. Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the deadly bombing and riot at Haymarket Square, this stirring new musical will play May 14 - June 12, 2016 at Chicago new performance venue, the Edge Theatre at 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. (more...)

Underscore Theatre's HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK Set for Edge TheatreUnderscore Theatre's HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK Set for Edge Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

The true story of Chicago's infamous Haymarket massacre comes to life in Underscore Theatre Company's world premiere musical HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK, with book and lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, music by David Kornfeld, directed by Elizabeth Margolius with music direction by Robert Ollis and Tyler Thompson. Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the deadly bombing and riot at Haymarket Square, this stirring new musical will play May 14 - June 12, 2016 at Chicago new performance venue, the Edge Theatre at 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1, 2016 at www.underscoretheatre.org or by calling (312) 646-0975. The press opening is Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Host Nominee Night at Sidetrack, 5/17Pride Films and Plays to Host Nominee Night at Sidetrack, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Chicago's best musical theatre performers gather for one night only on the same stage when the 2016 Jeff Award Nominees are honored at Nominee Night, May 17 at 7PM at Sidetrack Video Bar in Lake View, Chicago. (more...)

Uptown Underground Sets 2016 LineupUptown Underground Sets 2016 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, welcomes 2016 with huge milestones and a new performance schedule. (more...)

Pride Films & Plays to Present 'JUDY GARLAND AND LIZA MINNELLI'Pride Films & Plays to Present 'JUDY GARLAND AND LIZA MINNELLI'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show entitled Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli - Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert - a Tribute, featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer).  This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza's singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show. (more...)

The Boys In Briefs to Make Debut at Uptown UndergroundThe Boys In Briefs to Make Debut at Uptown Underground
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

The new singing quartet from Pride Films and Plays - The Boys In Briefs - debuts at Uptown Underground on January 26 with The Boys in Briefs: At the Beach! This upbeat evening of summertime music will be a perfect antidote to your winter doldrums. The cast features Emmy Award-winner Scott Gryder, Jeff Award-winner Donterrio Johnson, and the stars of PFP's The Boy >From Oz, Chris Logan and Luke Meierdiercks. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Present SIMPLY SENSATIONALPride Films and Plays Present SIMPLY SENSATIONAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2015

Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, headlined by Chicago?s own Alexandra Billings, will be held tomorrow, November 2 at Stage 773. Others in the all-star line-up include trans performers Honey West and Skylar Kergil. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/23/2015Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/23/2015
by BWW - Aug 23, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/23/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/16/2015Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/16/2015
by BWW - Aug 16, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/16/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/09/2015Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/09/2015
by BWW - Aug 9, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 8/09/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Photo Flash: Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZ Begins TonightPhoto Flash: Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZ Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

The Boy From Oz, presented by Pride Films and Plays, will be directed by David Zak, with musical direction by Robert Ollis and choreography by Cameron Turner. The musical previews tonight, August 5 and Thursday, August 6, with a press opening slated for Friday, August 7 at 7:30. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 29, 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. 'Pippin' performs at the Cadillac Palace and Sidetrack, dueling showtune concerts on August 17, and a summer 'Altar Boyz.' Plus local premieres of 'The Boy From Oz,' 'American Idiot' and 'Dogfight,' 'Gypsy' in Lake County, and 'The Producers' in true rep with 'Victor/Victoria!' (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films and Plays' THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The Boy From Oz, presented by Pride Films and Plays, will be directed by David Zak, with musical direction by Robert Ollis and choreography by Cameron Turner. The musical previews Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6, with a press opening slated for Friday, August 7 at 7:30. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 24th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for June 24th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 24, 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. 'On Your Feet!' and 'City Of Angels' rake in the reviews, while Bette plays the UC. Kristin and Idina plan concerts here, outdoor movies light up the summer, and the 'Beautiful' tour and 'Charlie Brown' are slated for Christmas. By summer's end: 'The Boy From Oz,' 'Glory Days' and 'Triassic Parq!' (more...)

Pride Films & Plays Sets THE BOY FROM OZ CastPride Films & Plays Sets THE BOY FROM OZ Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

The Boy From Oz tells the amazing life story of celebrated songwriter and performer Peter Allen. Featuring songs by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, Direction by David Zak, Musical Direction by Robert Ollis, and Choreography by Cameron Turner, The Boy From Oz tells the exuberant yet heart-warming true story of a young Australian boy who loved to perform and ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 20th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 20th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 20, 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. Local Tony and Jeff Award events, 'Shining Lives' shines, major productions of 'City Of Angels' and 'The Secret Garden,' original shows at Lifeline and Theo Ubique, two suburban theaters program 'Spamalot,' House updates 'The Bacchae' and New York gets its talent from where? (more...)

Performers Gather for 2014-15 Nominee Night at Sidetrack TonightPerformers Gather for 2014-15 Nominee Night at Sidetrack Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Artists from many of the Jeff Award Nominated musical productions of the 2014-15 Season will be featured at Nominee Night, a showcase at Sidetrack tonight, May 19. (more...)

Performers Announced for 2014-15 Nominee Night at Sidetrack, 5/19Performers Announced for 2014-15 Nominee Night at Sidetrack, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Artists from many of the Jeff Award Nominated musical productions of the 2014-15 Season will be featured at Nominee Night, a showcase at Sidetrack on May 19. (more...)

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