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Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR This SpringChicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Barbara Gaines' TUG OF WAR This Spring
by Louisa Brady - Apr 30, 2016

On the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016, Chicago Shakespeare Theater  (CST) prepares to begin an epic theatrical endeavor-Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' Tug of War, which distills six Shakespeare histories into two action-packed dramas. Adapted and directed by Gaines as the Theater's centerpiece of the yearlong Shakespeare 400 Chicago festival, the Tug of War saga traces the injustice and intrigues of war from the perspectives of both kings and common soldiers through two, six-hour marathon productions-Foreign Fire (Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1) in the spring and Civil Strife (Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III) in the fall. Featuring some of Chicago's most celebrated actors, the dynamic ensemble cast of 19 performs over 100 characters throughout the electrifying drama. The musicality of Shakespeare's text is complemented with live music performances ranging from Bach and the blues, to contemporary pop and folk anthems. Songs from P!nk, Pete Townshend and Tim Buckley are accompanied onstage by a band of ensemble members on electric guitar, cello, keyboard, ukulele and percussion. Tug of War: Foreign Fire debuts on the Courtyard Theater stage for a limited run of only 18 performances, May 12-June 12, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Children's Theatre Company World Premiere of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE MUSICAL is IrresistibleBWW Review: Children's Theatre Company World Premiere of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE MUSICAL is Irresistible
by Jill Schafer - Apr 26, 2016

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE MUSICAL - I've got an animal heart for you. Even though I have no familiarity with the successful book series or movies, I felt obliged to see Children's Theater Company's world premiere musical adaptation because of the talk about a possibly Broadway run, and producer Kevin McCollum also produced my favorite musical RENT. But all sense of obligation quickly went out the window as the show won me over with it's clever and musically diverse score, universally relatable story of a kid trying to find himself in middle school, and most of all this incredible cast of mostly Twin Cities youth. Whether you're a kid stuck in the middle (school), or a jaded grown-up, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE MUSICAL is simply irresistible, and I think it's going to go far. (more...)

23rd Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration Set for 5/1623rd Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration Set for 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The 23rd Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 16th, at Loyola University Chicago.    5:00pm-10:00pm   (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Children's Theatre Company's DIARY OF A WIMPY KID World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Children's Theatre Company's DIARY OF A WIMPY KID World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) ends its 50th Anniversary Season with the much anticipated world premiere of the musical based on the blockbuster, best-selling DIARY OF A WIMPY KID. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Children's Theatre Company to Close 50th Anniversary Season with DIARY OF A WIMPY KIDChildren's Theatre Company to Close 50th Anniversary Season with DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) will end its 50th Anniversary Season with the much anticipated world premiere of the musical based on the blockbuster, best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The famous book series by Jeff Kinney has been sold worldwide, has been brought to the silver screen through three films, and for the first time ever, is being developed into a new musical by CTC in conjunction with Fox Stage Productions and Kevin McCollum (producer of Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q, and Something Rotten!). This is CTC's fifth and final world premiere in a single season. (more...)

BWW Review: The Rep's World Premiere Sizzles in SIRENS OF SONG and Woos Women to UniteBWW Review: The Rep's World Premiere Sizzles in SIRENS OF SONG and Woos Women to Unite
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Mar 31, 2016

Women of the World unite for Milwaukee Rep's poetic, powerful world premiere titled Sirens of Song featuring the musical history through a women's perspective sung through familiar melodies of the 20th century. While the music begins in December 1901 with the Daughters of Freedom, the Stackner Cabaret provides the ultimate setting for Scenic Designer Scott Davis' abandoned clothing shop filled with manikins dressed in period costumes-all surrounded by a grand, gilt broken picture frame where these three actors make their Rep debuts. A revue written by Kevin Ramsey and his niece Pearl Ramsey, the two collaborators weave world events through a century worth of popular music. Woo a women's heart at Milwaukee Rep's poetic, powerful world premiere titled Sirens of Song featuring  history tuned to a women's perspective and sung through familiar melodies of the 20th century. While the music begins in December 1901 with the 'Daughters of Freedom', the Stackner Cabaret provides the ultimate setting for Scenic Designer Scott Davis' abandoned clothing shop filled with manikins dressed in period costumes-all surrounded by a grand, gilt fragmented picture frame where these three actresses open their Rep debuts. A  world premiere revue written by Kevin Ramsey and his niece Pearl Ramsey, the two collaborators weave world events through a century worth of popular music. (more...)

The Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX to Return as Highlight of Shakespeare 400 ChicagoThe Q Brothers' OTHELLO: THE REMIX to Return as Highlight of Shakespeare 400 Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents a highlight of Shakespeare 400 Chicago -The Q Brothers' 90-minute hip-hop adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy, OTHELLO: THE REMIX, spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

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Tony Winner John Guare to Lead Discussion on Tennessee Williams at Playhouse Creatures Theatre CompanyTony Winner John Guare to Lead Discussion on Tennessee Williams at Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company will host a post-show discussion centered on the later work of Tennessee Williams following the March 5, 3pm performance of Tennessee Williams 1982. The participants include Tony-winning playwright John Guare, scholar and writer David Savran, scholar and current Tennessee Williams' editor Thomas Keith, and professor and writer Annette J. Saddik. (more...)

BWW Review: ORLANDO from Looking for Lillith Theatre - An Unexpected TransformationBWW Review: ORLANDO from Looking for Lillith Theatre - An Unexpected Transformation
by Keith Waits - Feb 29, 2016

BWW Review: Orlando-An Unexpected Trandsformation (more...)

BWW Review: ROAD SHOW At Signature Theatre - Take the JourneyBWW Review: ROAD SHOW At Signature Theatre - Take the Journey
by Charles Shubow - Feb 25, 2016

Stephen Sondheim would be thrilled at this wonderful production. (more...)

BWW Review: Signature Theatre's ROAD SHOW Gets It RightBWW Review: Signature Theatre's ROAD SHOW Gets It Right
by Benjamin Tomchik - Feb 24, 2016

With Road Show, Signature Theatre once again proves why they are DC's leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim's work. (more...)

Could Signature Theatre's ROAD SHOW Move from DC to Broadway?Could Signature Theatre's ROAD SHOW Move from DC to Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

D.C.'s Signature Theatre is currently presenting Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Road Show directed by Gary Griffin (Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, Signature's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), and according to the Washington Post, the creative team hopes it could have a future on Broadway. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Lamon & Noah Racey in Signature Theatre's ROAD SHOWPhoto Flash: First Look at Josh Lamon & Noah Racey in Signature Theatre's ROAD SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

Signature Theatre presents Road Show directed by Gary Griffin (Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, Signature's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical, about the real-life Mizner brothers and their quest for the ever elusive American dream, was praised as "fierce, funny, lean and heartbreaking" by the Chicago Sun-Times when Griffin's production premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2014. Road Show will run from February 16 - March 13 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Josh Lamon & Noah Racey Lead ROAD SHOW, Beginning Tonight at Signature TheatreJosh Lamon & Noah Racey Lead ROAD SHOW, Beginning Tonight at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Signature Theatre presents ROAD SHOW, directed by Gary Griffin (Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, Signature's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). ROAD SHOW runs tonight, February 16, through March 13, 2016 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

SHORT SHAKESPEARE! TWELFTH NIGHT Set for Chicago ShakespeareSHORT SHAKESPEARE! TWELFTH NIGHT Set for Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) debuts the newly abridged Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night , a 75-minute production of William Shakespeare's tale of mistaken identity and unexpected love. In the midst of the 2016 celebration of Shakespeare 400 Chicago, this new adaptation by director Kirsten Kelly makes an outstanding introduction to Shakespeare for audiences of all ages. In addition to public performances each Saturday, this production welcomes 1,000 students each day during its four-week run in the Courtyard Theater, followed by an extensive tour to schools across the Midwest through May 6, 2016. Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night will be performed for the public Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.-March 5, 12, 19 & 26 and April 2 & 9, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: MURDER Afoot with Mercury's Charming SHERLOCK HOLMESBWW Review: MURDER Afoot with Mercury's Charming SHERLOCK HOLMES
by Patrick O'Brien - Feb 1, 2016

By jove, Mercury Theater cracks the case in adapting a Sherlock Holmes musical! (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night Celebration of Mercury Theater Chicago's THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMESPhoto Flash: Opening Night Celebration of Mercury Theater Chicago's THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Mercury Theater Chicago's production THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES celebrated its opening night performance this week. The production is running from now through March 20th. Check out photos here! (more...)

Lifetime Original Movie TONI BRAXTON: UNBREAK MY HEART Delivers Over 3.5 Million ViewersLifetime Original Movie TONI BRAXTON: UNBREAK MY HEART Delivers Over 3.5 Million Viewers
by TV News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Saturday's world premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie TTONI BRAXTON: UNBREAK MY HEART sang to 3.6 million Total Viewers, according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings. (more...)

Josh Lamon & Noah Racey to Lead ROAD SHOW at Signature TheatreJosh Lamon & Noah Racey to Lead ROAD SHOW at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Road Show directed by Gary Griffin (Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas, Signature's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical, about the real-life Mizner brothers and their quest for the ever elusive American dream, was praised as 'fierce, funny, lean and heartbreaking' by the Chicago Sun-Times when Griffin's production premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2014. Road Show will run from February 16 - March 13 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

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