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Chicago Children's Theatre Announces New Stay & Play ClassChicago Children's Theatre Announces New Stay & Play Class
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Chicago Children's Theatre is making it easy for kids to try a theater class - and for their parents to slip out for a cup of coffee or to run a quick errand - with its new Stay & Play class, every Saturday during the fall run of its world premiere family musical, Leo Lionni's Frederick. (more...)

Joffrey Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards Appointed Company's New Director of Community EngagementJoffrey Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards Appointed Company's New Director of Community Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

CHICAGO (September 25, 2014) Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron announced today that Erica Lynette Edwards, a dancer with the Joffrey since 2000 who took on such roles as The Chosen One in Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring, fourth song soloist in Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and the Fairy Godmother in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, will retire following the engagement of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker (set to run at the Auditorium Theatre, December 5-28) to become the company's new Director of Community Engagement. (more...)

Joffrey Names Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards New Director of Community EngagementJoffrey Names Dancer Erica Lynette Edwards New Director of Community Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron announced today that Erica Lynette Edwards, a dancer with the Joffrey since 2000 who took on such roles as The Chosen One in Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring, fourth song soloist in Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and the Fairy Godmother in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, will retire following the engagement of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker (set to run at the Auditorium Theatre, December 5-28) to become the company's new Director of Community Engagement. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Larry Yando and More in Highlights of CST's KING LEARBWW TV: First Look at Larry Yando and More in Highlights of CST's KING LEAR
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 17, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents William Shakespeare's towering epic King Lear, directed by CST Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and featuring Chicago theater legend Larry Yando in the title role. King Lear opens Chicago Shakespeare's 2014/15 season in the Courtyard Theater, now through November 9, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Larry Yando in Chicago Shakespeare's KING LEARPhoto Flash: First Look at Larry Yando in Chicago Shakespeare's KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents William Shakespeare's towering epic King Lear, directed by CST Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and featuring Chicago theater legend Larry Yando in the title role. A wrenching story of love, loss and reconciliation, the unraveling of an imperious king has fascinated audiences for more than 400 years. Gaines brings audiences a King Lear for our times, especially relevant as today's generation wrestles with the harrowing effects of aging on loved ones. King Lear opens Chicago Shakespeare's 2014/15 season in the Courtyard Theater, now through November 9, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

CENTER STAGE AT RUTH PAGE Showcase Set for 9/21CENTER STAGE AT RUTH PAGE Showcase Set for 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts presents 'Center Stage at Ruth Page,' a benefit performance showcasing the work of their resident four dance and two theater companies at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Sunday, September 21 at 3 p.m. A desert reception will precede the 3:45 p.m. performances by: American Blues Theater, CDI/Concert Dance Inc., DanceWorks Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Ruth Page Civic Ballet and ShawChicago Theater Company. Proceeds from the performance will benefit The Ruth Page Artist In-Residence program. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for students, performing artists and children under the age of 12. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.ruthpage.org (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CATS at the Paramount Theatre in AuroraPhoto Flash: First Look at CATS at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

Prepare to be immersed into a world like no other - the magical world of Jellicle Cats - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, IL, presents CATS as the first production of its blockbuster 2014-15 Broadway Subscription series. Performances are now through October 12, 2014. Press opening is this Saturday, September 13 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Star of FREDERICK at Chicago Children's TheatrePhoto Flash: Meet the Star of FREDERICK at Chicago Children's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

A raucous, playful new production of Leo Lionni's Frederick, a world premiere musical based on beloved children's author Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse, is the big kick off to Chicago Children's Theatre's 10th birthday season. Scroll down for a look at the star of the show! (more...)

Dancers Over 40 & Friends Set 20th Anniversary SeasonDancers Over 40 & Friends Set 20th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Dancers Over 40....And Friends will celebrate its 20th Anniversary season with a full roster of exciting events, including: (more...)

LEO LIONNI'S FREDERICK Set for Chicago Children's Theatre, 10/15-11/16LEO LIONNI'S FREDERICK Set for Chicago Children's Theatre, 10/15-11/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

A raucous, playful new production of Leo Lionni's Frederick, a world premiere musical based on beloved children's author Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse, is the big kick off to Chicago Children's Theatre's 10th birthday season. (more...)

2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Lineup Announced; Runs Jan 14-252015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Lineup Announced; Runs Jan 14-25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Organizers of the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival announced today the line-up of top contemporary puppets acts and artists from around the world, the U.S. and Chicago to be presented at venues large and small throughout the city January 14-25, 2015. (more...)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Releases Tickets to 2014-15 Season Performances, 8/25Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Releases Tickets to 2014-15 Season Performances, 8/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

CHICAGO Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton are excited to release single tickets to the renowned contemporary company's 201415 season performances in Chicago, on August 25, 2014 at 10am. All remaining seats to the company's performances at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater will be available online at hubbardstreetdance.com or by phone to the Hubbard Street Ticket Office at 312-850-9744. (Season 37 subscriptions, which include tickets to all four 201415 season engagements, went on sale May 1, 2014 and remain available by phone or online at hubbardstreetdance.com/subscribe.) Season 37 single tickets start at just $25; the performance schedule is as follows: (more...)

Larry Yando to Star in KING LEAR at Chicago Shakespeare Theater This FallLarry Yando to Star in KING LEAR at Chicago Shakespeare Theater This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces today the casting and creative team for William Shakespeare's towering epic King Lear, directed by CSTFounder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and featuring Chicago theater legend Larry Yando in the title role. A wrenching story of love, loss and reconciliation, the unraveling of an imperious king has fascinated audiences for more than 400 years. Gaines brings audiences aKing Lear for our times, especially relevant as today's generation wrestles with the harrowing effects of aging on loved ones. King Lear opens Chicago Shakespeare's 2014/15 season in the Courtyard Theater, September 9-November 9, 2014. (more...)

Ruth Page Civic Ballet to Perform at Ravinia, 9/13Ruth Page Civic Ballet to Perform at Ravinia, 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The Ruth Page Civic Ballet, the official youth performance company and an Artist In-Residence of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, performs at Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m., as part of the Ruth Page Festival of Dance and Ravinia's 'Kids Concerts' programming series. This family friendly concert will include choreography by Victor Alexander, Marius Petipa and Dolores and Larry Long. (more...)

Ruth Page Center for the Arts to Offer Free Classes this WeekendRuth Page Center for the Arts to Offer Free Classes this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is offering free dance and fitness classes for children and adults at their next Open House on Sunday, August 10 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Held in the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., beginner classes will be offered for children in Pre-Dance (ages 3-6), Acrobatics and Hip Hop (ages 7+), and beginner adult classes in Pilates, Salsa, Afro Cuban, Contemporary Modern, Tai Chi, Jazz and Ballet, with more classes to be released on the Ruth Page website. (more...)

CATS to Run 9/10-10/12 at Aurora's Paramount TheatreCATS to Run 9/10-10/12 at Aurora's Paramount Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Prepare to be immersed into a world like no other - the magical world of Jellicle Cats - when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, IL, presents CATS as the first production of its blockbuster 2014-15 Broadway Subscription series. (more...)

Thodos Dance Chicago's NEW DANCES Series Showcases New Choreography Created by its Own Ensemble Members, 7/18-20Thodos Dance Chicago's NEW DANCES Series Showcases New Choreography Created by its Own Ensemble Members, 7/18-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Thodos Dance Chicago is gearing up to let its ensemble call all of their own shots at the company's popular, highly-charged New Dances performance series, July 18-20, 2014 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago. (more...)

Concert Dance Inc. to Kick Off Ravinia Festival & Ruth Page Festival of Dance, 6/5-6Concert Dance Inc. to Kick Off Ravinia Festival & Ruth Page Festival of Dance, 6/5-6
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

CDI/Concert Dance Inc. (CDI) returns as part of the Ruth Page Festival of Dance and marks the opening event of the 2014 Ravinia Season Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6 st 7:30 p.m. in Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall Ravinia is located at 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park and gates to the event open at 6:30 p.m. Regularly commissioned by Ravinia to present new works, the CDI performance includes the world premiere of "Four Last Songs" choreographed by Artistic Director Venetia Stifler and uses dancers and live vocals, piano and violin accompaniment in a new compositional reduction inspired by songs written shortly before Richard Strauss' death, Reserved seating tickets are available for $10 and may be purchased at www.ravinia.org or via phone by calling 847.266.5100. No lawn seating will be available. For more information on CDI and the Ruth Page Festival of Dance, please visit www.ruthpage.org (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 30th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 30th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 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. 'The Sound Of Music' and 'The Wizard Of Oz' live, a local 'Ragtime' and 'Avenue Q,' premieres of 'Juno' and 'The Next Thing,' 'Hit The Wall' and 'Waa-Mu' return, CCT announces two world premieres, and Illinois has its high school musical theater champs--plus even more! (more...)

Ron De Jesus Dance Brings HYPER HUMAN to Ruth Page Center for the Arts This WeekendRon De Jesus Dance Brings HYPER HUMAN to Ruth Page Center for the Arts This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Ron De Jesus Dance presents its first full evening of dance in Chicago this weekend, April 25 and 26 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 North Dearborn Street, Chicago). 'Hyper Human' is a mixed repertory program of six works, by notable guest choreographers Arte Phillips and Benjamin Millepied, in addition to RDJD artistic director and Chicago native Ron De Jesus. Acclaimed Chicago jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro performs live the score for a world premiere suite of dances by De Jesus, Without a Song... Mic Check 1, 2. (more...)

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