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Chicago Debuts of YANK! and PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Highlight Pride Films and Plays' 2017-18 SeasonChicago Debuts of YANK! and PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Highlight Pride Films and Plays' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Pride Films and Plays' 2017-18 season - its first full season in residence at the Pride Arts Center - will bring Chicago its first look at three plays that examine gay and lesbian lives in earlier decades of the 20th Century, according to Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez. (more...)

Pride Films and Plays presents NOMINEE NIGHT 5/23Pride Films and Plays presents NOMINEE NIGHT 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

 Pride Films and Plays will again host its annual Nominee Night cabaret showcasing many of the musical theater performers nominated in the Non-Equity Jeff Awards. The nominees were announced on April 24 and the awards will be presented June 5, 2017 at the Atheneaum Theatre. This year's cabaret will for the first time be performed in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center - the new home the company acquired in summer 2016. The theater is located at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a door prize drawing for $400.00 in airfare from Southwest Airlines. (more...)

BOYS JUST FROCKIN' AROUND Drag Cabaret Coming to Pride Films and PlaysBOYS JUST FROCKIN' AROUND Drag Cabaret Coming to Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Pride Films and Plays presents Boys Just Frocking Around, A Gay Burlesque. Legendary Honey West will host the evening, accompanied by Robert Ollis on the piano. (more...)

Jeff Awards 2017 Non-Equity Nominations AnnouncedJeff Awards 2017 Non-Equity Nominations Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

The Jeff Awards announced, via a special video presentation, a total of 127 nominations in 26 categories for the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017.  Hosting the video presentation were Alexis Roston and Lillian Castillo, who will be this year's Mistresses of Ceremonies at the Awards event on June 5 at The Athenaeum. (more...)

Vince Kracht to Star in THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays; Cast Announced!Vince Kracht to Star in THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Casting has been announced for Pride Films and Plays' Chicago Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated play The Nance. (more...)

Lauren Paris Joins PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Tonight at Pride Films and PlaysLauren Paris Joins PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Tonight at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Pride Films and Plays has announced the addition of Lauren Paris to the cast of its critically acclaimed and Jeff-recommended Chicago premiere of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. (more...)

BWW Review: Pride Films & Plays' Feel Good PRISCILLABWW Review: Pride Films & Plays' Feel Good PRISCILLA
by Misha Davenport - Jan 30, 2017

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PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Extends Into March at Pride Films and PlaysPRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Extends Into March at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center, has added an extra four weeks of performances and will now close on Sunday, March 12 rather than the previously announced February 12. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

New York City's famed Metropolitan Room (located at 34 West 22nd Street) welcomes 'JUDY & LIZA: THE LONDON PALLADIUM CONCERT - A TRIBUTE' on Sunday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.   (more...)

Transgender Actress Stars as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Beginning Tonight at Pride Films and PlaysTransgender Actress Stars as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Beginning Tonight at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert opens this month as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, opens tomorrow, January 17, and continues through February 12, 2017 as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Transgender Actress Stars as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Beginning Tonight at Pride Films and PlaysTransgender Actress Stars as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Beginning Tonight at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Pride Films and Play presents the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, playing this month as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL's Rayvon Owen Signs on for Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL BenefitAMERICAN IDOL's Rayvon Owen Signs on for Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The entertainment line-up for PFP's Simply Sensational Benefit gets more and more sensational each day, with American Idol's Rayvon Owen joining in. (more...)

Transgender Actress to Star as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Pride Films and Plays; Cast Announced!Transgender Actress to Star as 'Bernadette' in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Pride Films and Plays; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Complete casting and creative team have been announced for Pride Films and Plays' production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, which will open in January as the company's inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center's 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins to Headline Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL BenefitCapathia Jenkins to Headline Pride Films and Plays' SIMPLY SENSATIONAL Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, celebrates the greatest songs written for women in the Broadway canon, with Broadway great Capathia Jenkins headlining. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2016

RETURN ENGAGEMENT:  After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli) are bringing "JUDY & LIZA - ONCE IN A LIFETIME" back to the Uptown Underground on Sunday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented by the legendary mother-daughter duo of Judy Garland and an 18-year-old Liza Minnelli in 1964 at the London Palladium.  This tribute features the classic songs, costumes, dialogue and dance steps to help the audience re-live the historic occasion, with solos like "The Man That Got Away", "Just in Time" and "Gypsy in My Soul" and duets like "Chicago" and "Get Happy/Happy Days", backed by a jazz combo with orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (music director and pianist). (more...)

Judy Garland and Liza Minelli Return in Nancy Hays and Michelle Lauto's TributeJudy Garland and Liza Minelli Return in Nancy Hays and Michelle Lauto's Tribute
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli) are bringing "JUDY & LIZA - ONCE IN A LIFETIME" back to the Uptown Underground on Sunday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented by the legendary mother-daughter duo of Judy Garland and an 18-year-old Liza Minnelli in 1964 at the London Palladium. This tribute features the classic songs, costumes, dialogue and dance steps to help the audience re-live the historic occasion, with solos like "The Man That Got Away", "Just in Time" and "Gypsy in My Soul" and duets like "Chicago" and "Get Happy/Happy Days", backed by a jazz combo with orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (music director and pianist). (more...)

Pride Films and Plays to Open New Arts CenterPride Films and Plays to Open New Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Pride Films and Plays, the LGBTQ+ focused company founded in 2010, will take up residence in the two theaters at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in Uptown that were recently vacated by Profiles Theatre, Executive Director David Zak announced today. The 90-seat space at 4139 N. Broadway will serve as the primary venue for the company's stage productions and will be named The Broadway. The 50-seat studio a few doors north at 4147 N. Broadway, to be dubbed The Buena, will serve chiefly as a rental venue. Zak says "We will welcome arts groups of all types - theaters, film fests, comics, musicians, performance artists - who share our mission to speak for the underrepresented populations of our community. The Pride Arts Center will be a safe and open place for all artists." (more...)

Pride Films and Plays Presents Workshop of New Musical A HISTORY OF SUMMER TonightPride Films and Plays Presents Workshop of New Musical A HISTORY OF SUMMER Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 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...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Underscore Theatre's HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Underscore Theatre's HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST'S SONGBOOK World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - May 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 Merle Thompson. Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the deadly bombing and riot at Haymarket Square, this stirring new musical will play now through June 12, 2016 at Chicago new performance venue, The Edge Theater at 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. The press opening is tomorrow, May 17, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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