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Trap Door Theatre to Present FANTASY ISLAND FOR DUMMIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Trap Door Theatre presents Fantasy Island For Dummies (low cut daydream too near, too near), written by Ruth Margraff and directed by Kate Hendrickson, with original music composed by Nikos Brisco. The production opens Today, September 29, 2016 at 8 p.m. and runs through Saturday, November 5, 2016. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS Extends Again at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced a second extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Nov. 19, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

Victory Gardens Extends HAND TO GOD Again Through October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Victory Gardens Theater announces the second extension of its critically-acclaimed production of Hand To God by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin due to overwhelming ticket demand. Hand To God now runs through October 30, 2016, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/30/2016 for San Francisco (more...)

Charm City Fringe to Host Festival Launch Party, New Events This November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Charm City Fringe is launching its fifth annual festival of new and emerging independent theatre Nov. 3 to 13 at venues across Hampden and Station North.  (more...)

Courtney Crouse Announces Cast for Chicago Premiere of HONKY TONK ANGELS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Director Courtney Crouse has announced his cast for the Chicago premiere of Honky Tonk Angels - a book musical by Always… Patsy Cline writer Ted Swindley incorporating some of country music's greatest hits into a story of three women who form a country music singing trio. The three-woman cast will be a power trio of Chicago musical theatre performers all coming off high profile roles in past months. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Agency Theater Collective Presents CHAGRIN FALLS at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

The town's major employers are a cattle slaughterhouse and a penitentiary where lethal injection is administered. Whether they work at the slaughterhouse, play preacher or guard to death row inmates, or merely offer a bed and a hot meal to those visiting the prison, each resident of Chagrin Falls makes their living off of death and captivity. (more...)

John Reeger's CHANGING CHANNELS Next Up in Route 66 Theatre's 'Driver's Seat' Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Route 66 Theatre Company continues its 'Driver's Seat' Monthly Reading Series at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave) with CHANGING CHANNELS by John Reeger on Monday, November 7th at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Betsy Morgan and Nicholas Rodriguez Star in CAROUSEL, Beginning Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents Carousel, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. (more...)

Gene Weygandt Will Star in UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center will continue its popular Solo Celebration! series with the Chicago premiere of UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT, Matty Selman's hilarious and heartbreaking show about a Jewish man's search for his place in his family's history, starring veteran Broadway and Chicago actor and three-time Jeff Award-winner Gene Weygandt. (more...)

VH1 to Premiere MARTHA & SNOOP'S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY, 11/7
by TV News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

VH, in partnership with Sequential Brands Group, MERRY JANE and 495 Productions, today announced Monday, November 7th at 10PM ET/PT as the premiere for its new weekly series MARTHA & SNOOP'S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY where each will put a personal spin on dishes for a themed meal. (more...)

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers to Release Two Companion Vinyl Box Sets Featuring Entire Studio Album Repertoire
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will commemorate the 40 th anniversary of their self-titled debut album by releasing two companion vinyl box sets featuring their entire studio album repertoire via UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. (more...)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Release Two Vinyl Box Sets with Entire Repertoire
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will commemorate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album by releasing two companion vinyl box sets featuring their entire studio album repertoire via UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. Several of these albums have been out of print on vinyl for years and all albums have been remastered for this release except where noted. All LPs in each of the limited-edition box sets will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl with replica artwork. (more...)

Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret to Present GIRLS LIKE US: Barbra, Bette, and Bernadette
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

Ultimate Divas of Stage, Screen and Popular music, Barbra, Bette and Bernadette have made their mark from the Baths to Broadway and beyond! With their fifth collaboration, Girls Like Us (Cabaret favorites Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy Orland), bring you the music and lives of Streisand, Midler and Peters with humor, history and song. (more...)

The Agency Theater Collective to Stage Capital Punishment Drama CHAGRIN FALLS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2016

The Agency Theater Collective is pleased to announce the fall production of Chagrin Falls, written by Mia McCullough and directed by Sommer Austin, October 22 - December 4, at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. (more...)

The Agency Theater Collective of Chicago to Present CHAGRIN FALLS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2016

The Agency Theater Collective is pleased to announce the fall production of Chagrin Falls, written by Mia McCullough and directed by Sommer Austin, October 22 - December 4, at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. (more...)

CAMELBACK RESORT Beckons Leaf Peepers and Thrill Seekers
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Check out some of the fall adventures at Camelback Resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. The resort is very convenient to New Jersey and the New York metro area. (more...)

Jonathan Bennett to Host New Season of Food Network's HALLOWEEN WARS, Premiering 10/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2016

HALLOWEEN WARS is back for a spooky sixth season filled with chilling new challenges, premiering on Sunday, October 2nd at 9pm ET/PT (more...)

The Chicago Inclusion Project Announces Partnership with The Hypocrites
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

The Chicago Inclusion Project Founder and Producer Emjoy Gavino is thrilled to announce a new partnership between The Chicago Inclusion Project, a collective dedicated to championing inclusion and diversity in Chicago theater, and The Hypocrites, the off-loop theater company known for mounting bold productions that challenge preconceptions, re-interpreting classics and tackling ambitious new works.  (more...)

Joseph Drummond, Goodman Theatre Production Stage Manager To Receive 2016 Corona Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Eclipse Theatre Company announces its Eighth Annual Corona Award, to be presented to Joseph Drummond, Goodman Theatre Production Stage Manager. The Corona Award honors an individual who has played an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago theater community as well as small- to medium-sized ensembles such as Eclipse Theatre. The Corona Award derives its name from the Latin word, meaning crown, as well as outer atmosphere of the sun most easily seen during a total eclipse. (more...)

ProfNet Experts Available on Pharmacists, Loneliness, Halloween and More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

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ProfNet Experts Available on Pharmacists, Loneliness, Halloween and More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

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IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Third and Final Time at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec.3, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Naughty and Nice Retrotainment at Uptown Underground Presented New Years Eve
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, celebrates the holiday season with steamy retrotainment in a cozy speakeasy environment. Perfect for date night, holiday party or out-of-town guests, Uptown Underground is home to The Kiss Kiss Cabaret and Chicago Magic Lounge as well as other regular performers from burlesque to drag, cabaret to circus. (more...)

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...)

Echo International Aid Pop Up Bar Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

In June this year, Melbourne based charity Echo International Aid held a pop-up bar fundraiser at the Old Melbourne Goal. The night was a huge success, with DJs, live music, food trucks and pop-up bar, raising almost $30,000 to build a much needed library for a school on the Thai-Burma border. (more...)

Alhambra to Look Back, Look Forward with 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Looking back. Looking Forward. That is the theme for the year-long anniversary celebration at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, the nation's longest running professional dinner theater. In late July of 1967, there was but one table - on an empty lot on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida, an unlikely spot 50 years ago for what would become an icon in the Jacksonville cultural landscape and within the national theater scene. (more...)

VH1 to Premiere MARTHA & SNOOP'S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY, 11/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

VH, in partnership with Sequential Brands Group, MERRY JANE and 495 Productions, today announced Monday, November 7th at 10PM ET/PT as the premiere for its new weekly series MARTHA & SNOOP'S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY where each will put a personal spin on dishes for a themed meal. (more...)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Release Vinyl Box Sets 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will commemorate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album by releasing two companion vinyl box sets featuring their entire studio album repertoire via UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros. Records on December 9. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/06/2016 for San Francisco (more...)

Dottie Rexford Releases SONGS IN THE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

'Songs In The Night' is a heart wrenching account of a woman, who after the loss of her husband, and with him her very purpose for living, returns home to search for meaning amidst the memories of her youth. 'Songs In The Night' is the creation of published author, Dottie Rexford, recipient of the 2014 Writer's Digest Self-Published Awards in the inspirational category and the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Awards in the categories Women's Fiction and Book of the Year. (more...)

Charm City Fringe to Host Festival Launch Party, New Events This November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Charm City Fringe is launching its fifth annual festival of new and emerging independent theatre Nov. 3 to 13 at venues across Hampden and Station North.  (more...)

THE TALL GIRLS to Take the Court at Shattered Globe This Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre will continue its 2016-17 season with the Chicago premiere of Meg Miroshnik's drama THE TALL GIRLS, an ensemble piece about five young women in the 1930s rural Midwest who discover a way to escape their crumbling town - by playing basketball. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

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PHEDRE at Trap Door Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Cast: Tiffany Bedwell, Dennis Bisto, Abby Blankenship, Halie Ecker, John Kahara, Emily Lotspeich, Ann Sonneville, Carl Wisniewski (more...)

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: A RADIO PLAY to Run December 12/10- 12/18 at The Artistic Home
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy's Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to be believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for six performances only. Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy's as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter's refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?  (more...)

Alison Vesely of First Folio Theatre Dies at the Age of 59
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Alison C. Vesely, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of First Folio Theatre, passed away Friday at the age of 59 of ovarian cancer. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fourth and Final Extension for IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec.31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular scheduled performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 - 75. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

The Revival (Hyde Park) Announces December Programming
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

The Revival, a new comedy theater in Hyde Park, announces its lineup of shows and events playing in December 2016. Inspired by the legacy of the Compass Players, The Revival brings improvisational comedy back to the same corner where it was invented in 1955! Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.the-revival.com. The Revival is located at 1160 E. 55th St. in Hyde Park. (more...)

Greenhouse Theater Center Presents the World Premiere of HER AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to continue its Solo Celebration! Series with the world premiere of Brett Neveu's haunting drama HER AMERICA (formerly titled MISS AMERICA), starring veteran Chicago and Broadway actress Kate Buddeke and directed by Linda Gillum. HER AMERICA will play January 6 - February 12, 2017 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Solo Celebration! flex passes and single tickets are currently available at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336. The press opening is Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Theo Ubique to Stage HONKY TONK ANGELS at No Exit Cafe
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Honky Tonk Angels - a book musical by Always... Patsy Cline writer Ted Swindley, incorporates some of country music's greatest hits into a story of three women who form a country music singing trio. The three-woman cast will be a power trio of Chicago musical theatre performers all coming off high profile roles in past months. (more...)

THE EIGHT Opens for Holiday Run at Music Valley Event Center
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 15, 2016

Music Valley Event Center continues its recently launched 'After Dark' series of shows with Jeff Goode's The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, starring eight actors as Santa's reindeer dishing about "the real Kris Kringle." The Eight runs November 26-December 17. (more...)


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Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Presents the World Premiere of WINTER by Julie Jensen
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core, announces the world premiere of Winter by Julie Jensen. The production, co-directed by RTE members Megan Carney and Mark Ulrich,runs January 7 - February 11, 2017, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago.  The press opening is Monday, January 16, 2017 at 7:00pm. (more...)

BWW Dance Interview: Mark DeGarmo
by Barnett Serchuk - Dec 7, 2016

Entering its 30th anniversary year, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a not-for-profit that integrates three focal concerns: educate underserved New York City communities, especially children, through dance arts; create, perform and disseminate original dances, artistic and scholarly work; and build intercultural community. The organization's vision is to enliven bodies, shift perspectives and change lives. With programming that has been called 'a national model' by the National Endowment for the Arts, Mark DeGarmo Dance has maintained New York City Department of Education contracts for arts education services since 1987. MDD's artistic pillar in particular presents original artist-scholar works that reflect and celebrate the multicultural experience of our communities. Mark DeGarmo has created and produced over 100 dances and 28 international tours involving cultural diplomacy and exchange in 12 countries across Latin America and Europe. In 2015, DeGarmo received the Martha Hill Dance Fund's 15th Anniversary Mid-Career Award and the Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation's Recognition. (more...)

Brett Neveu's HER AMERICA to Make World Premiere at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center will continue its Solo Celebration! Series with the world premiere of Brett Neveu's haunting drama HER AMERICA (formerly titled MISS AMERICA), starring veteran Chicago and Broadway actress Kate Buddeke and directed by Linda Gillum. (more...)

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Announces 'The Mind/Body Connection' 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble announces its 2017 Season, 'The Mind/Body Connection.' The season includes three new plays linked under this mind/body connection and told from distinctly female perspectives. These bold works explore how we separate our primal, instinctive physical beings from our intellectual and emotional selves. The season will be performed at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

Jon Steinhagen's BLIZZARD '67 to Open 16th Street Theater's 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

16th Street Theater's 10th anniversary season begins with BLIZZARD '67 by JON STEINHAGEN directed by ANN FILMER January 12 - February 18, 2017 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn, with a press opening of Thursday, January 19 @ 7:30 PM.   (more...)

Jamie Lloyd to Direct Immersive Philip Ridley Double Bill at Shoreditch Town Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Today Shoreditch Town Hall announces an immersive double-bill of Philip Ridley plays, including the world premiere of Killer and a new production of Ridley's contemporary classic The Pitchfork Disney, his first stage play which premiered in 1991. The productions will both be directed by Jamie Lloyd and run in 'The Ditch' basement spaces of Shoreditch Town Hall in spring 2017. (more...)

Porchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final Time
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec. 31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

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