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AMERICAN IDOL Finalist Devin Velez to Join Donna McKechnie at Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit, 10/20AMERICAN IDOL Finalist Devin Velez to Join Donna McKechnie at Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit, 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit Simply Sensational: Legends will reach new heights this year when Tony Award Winner Donna McKechnie headlines the event on October 20. She will be joined on stage by other musical guests American Idol Finalist Devin Velez, Colte Julian from Million Dollar Quartet, and Ryan Lanning from Bailiwick Chicago's The Wild Party. WGN's Dean Richards serves again as the emcee, which features a preshow reception at 6 pm, the performance at 7, and a post show champagne toast with Ms. McKechnie. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 30th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 30th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 30, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Our biggest musical theaters check in: Broadway In Chicago, the Marriott, the Drury Lane, the Paramount and Munster's TATC, plus Victory Gardens' special events, BoHo's 2015 season, 'The Book Of Merman' and new works from Jane Austen and the Everleigh Club! (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Present THE BOOK OF MERMAN, Begin. 1/17/2015Pride Films and Plays to Present THE BOOK OF MERMAN, Begin. 1/17/2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Pride Films and Plays announces the world premiere of The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning author Leo Schwartz. The show will open on January 17, 2015 at Mary's Attic, 5400 North Clark Street. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 28th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 28th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - May 28, 2014

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 Jeff Awards, Tony Tunes and our very own Tony Award Viewing Party are upon us! Plus 'Carrie' and 'Godspell,' the new musicals 'Days Like Today,' 'Saudade' and 'Flux Capacitor,' news from Annoyance Theatre, Movies In the Parks and more! (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Benefit TONY TUNES Set for 6/3Pride Films and Plays Benefit TONY TUNES Set for 6/3
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Broadway musicals take center stage at Pride Films and Plays' 2014 spirited benefit Tony Tunes on Tuesday, June 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 North Halsted. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Present PARADE 10th Anniversary Staged Concert, 5/12Bailiwick Chicago to Present PARADE 10th Anniversary Staged Concert, 5/12
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Bailiwick Repertory's Jeff Award-winning production of PARADE, Bailiwick Chicago will present a special one night only staged concert of the musical on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm at The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Original Director David Zak and Music Director Alan Bukowiecki (both Jeff Award winners) return once again to helm the Tony Award-winning drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo), with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County, Songs for a New World) and co-conceived (and directed on Broadway) by Harold Prince. Tickets for PARADE are available online at www.bailiwickchicago.com. (more...)

Non-Equity Jeff Awards are AnnouncedNon-Equity Jeff Awards are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 128 nominations in 24 categories of Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 147 productions offered by 65 Non-Equity producing organizations. The judges recommended 66 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Thirty theatre companies received nominations. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Adds 4/27 'SONGS' PerformancePride Films and Plays Adds 4/27 'SONGS' Performance
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Pride Films and Plays has announced that an extra performance of the hit musical Songs From An Unmade Bed has been added for Sunday, April 27 at 3:00. The final performance is still scheduled for that same day at 7:30. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 16th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 16th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 16, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Cats,' 'Les Miserables' and 'Songs From An Unmade Bed,' rake in the reviews, 'Road Show' and 'Passion' will be followed by 'Assassins,' Theo readies 'The Andrews Sisters,' Kokandy brings back 'The Full Monty' and 'Loving Repeating,' plus two kids shows and more! (more...)

Casts Revealed for Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend, Running 5/9-11Casts Revealed for Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend, Running 5/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Weekend is one of the most exciting events for LGBT theater lovers, as five great new scripts are brought to life in enhanced staged readings directed by Chicago's top directors. The first three years of the contest had produced finalists and award winners like At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, Learn to Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, and Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella. (more...)

Only 9 Performances Left of SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED, Now Through 4/27Only 9 Performances Left of SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED, Now Through 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2014

It has been great to watch actors Jordan Phelps and Kevin Webb, along with musical director Robert Ollis, work their magic with the excellent material in this musical. With lyrics by Mark Campbell, and music by 18 different writers, each song is a journey... full of humor, sorrow, joy, and love. We could not be prouder of the work of director and choreographer Derek Van Barham, our pre-show entertainers Jonas Davidow and Tommy Thurston, and the entire production team. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films & Plays' SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BEDPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Pride Films & Plays' SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Pride Films & Plays' next mainstage show is the Chicago premiere of Mark Campbell's musical revue Songs from an Unmade Bed, a love letter to gay men living in the city. Songs From An Unmade Bed is performed by Kevin Webb* and Jordan Phelps*, joined by understudies Jonas Davidow and Tommy Thurston on percussion, and is directed by Derek Van Barham*, under the music direction of Robert Ollis*. Scroll down for a look at the cast! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 26th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 26th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 26, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Cats' and 'Les Miserables' open in major suburban productions, a world premiere from Hershey Felder, a Chicago premiere from Pride Films And Plays, 'Carnival' spins, Harms and Scrofano feted, season announcements from Porchlight, Williams Street and Milwaukee Skylight, and more! (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago Presents Chicago Casting Auction's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Beg. TonightBailiwick Chicago Presents Chicago Casting Auction's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2014

It's no ordinary cast! Dozens of competitors bid for roles in a professionally produced stage production of the hit musical comedy parody THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Bailiwick Chicago's annual Chicago Casting Auction. Now, they're ready to take the stage for six performances only, tonight, February 4 - 8, 2014 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 22nd, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 22nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 22, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Sondheim shows 'Gypsy,' 'Road Show,' 'Passion' and 'Waltz,' plus Gambatese in Lyric's 'SOM,' NBC's follow-up, Lamont Dozier's show, Bailiwick's Casting Auction results, Chris and Aaron start a monthly variety show, and more! (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Present Chicago Casting Auction's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, 2/4-8Bailiwick Chicago to Present Chicago Casting Auction's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, 2/4-8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

It's no ordinary cast! Dozens of competitors bid for roles in a professionally produced stage production of the hit musical comedy parody THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Bailiwick Chicago's annual Chicago Casting Auction. Now, they're ready to take the stage for six performances only, February 4 - 8, 2014 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 18th, 2013'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 18th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 18, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Annie Get Your Gun' from LOW, '42nd Street' at the Paramount, the Mercury Theatre's season announcement, 'Dolly' and 'Young Frankenstein' in Oakbrook, a 'Carnival' in concert, a recap of the BIC spring tours and more! (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Present SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED, 3/29-4/27Pride Films and Plays to Present SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED, 3/29-4/27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

Pride Films and Plays continues its 2013-14 season with Mark Campbell's theatrical song cycle Songs from an Unmade Bed. Directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham with music direction by ensemble member Robert Ollis, both Artistic Ensemble Members of PFP. The production will run March 29-April 27 at The Apollo Theater Studio, 2540 N Lincoln Ave. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, and tickets will go on sale on January 1, 2014. The press opening is Saturday, March 29 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago to Present SIXTIES HOLIDAY CABARET & PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION Staged Reading in DecemberBailiwick Chicago to Present SIXTIES HOLIDAY CABARET & PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION Staged Reading in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2013

Bailiwick Chicago will ring in the holidays with a diverse line-up of December events. First up, Resident Playwright Aaron Holland asks 'What's holding you back from being as fabulous as you could be?' in a staged reading of the coming-of-age tale PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION, playing December 7 and December 8, 2013 at Victory Gardens' Richard Christiansen Theater. Then, celebrate the season with a throwback to the decade of The Beatles and Hair at A SEASON OF CHANGE: HOLIDAYS IN THE SIXTIES, a cabaret-style collection of songs from - and inspired by - the sixties, playing December 12 and December 19, 2013 at Davenports Piano Bar and Cabaret. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2013 Announced: BoHo, CST, MENAGERIE, HANK WILLIAMS And More Lead the Way!BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2013 Announced: BoHo, CST, MENAGERIE, HANK WILLIAMS And More Lead the Way!
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 13, 2013

BroadwayWorld.com is proud once again to announce the nominations for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, Chicago's only comprehensive, fan-voted theater award now in its 4th fabulous year. And the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble leads the way, with a whopping 15 nominations overall, including 10 for its summer production of 'Kiss of the Spider Woman.' Chicago Shakespeare Theater is next overall, with 12 nods, spread out over an impressive 7 different productions, including 'Othello: The Remix,' 'Henry VII,' 'The School for Lies' and its Shakespeare in the Parks production of 'The Comedy of Errors,' nominated as Best Theatrical Event. (more...)

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