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Marriott Theatre (Lincolnshire, IL, )
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL,

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Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

THE MOUNTAINTOP to Launch People's Light's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

On the eve of a day that would forever change America, an irreverent and mysterious maid visits Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, and inspires the civil rights leader to reexamine his strongest beliefs and dearest hopes. In the Olivier Award-winning drama The Mountaintop, playing on the Steinbright Stage at People's Light from September 28-October 30, 2016, playwright Katori Hall guides us to the summit of MLK's historic life to offer a stunning new view of his dream for our nation. (more...)

Photo Flash: TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING Celebrates Opening Night Nuptials in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago's longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, returns to the Windy City, running through December 30 only with a press opening last night, September 29. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

Nation Building with HAMILTON's David Korins
by Misha Davenport - Sep 30, 2016


STAR-SPANGLED SITCOMS Set for City Lit Theater This November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Star-Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah & John Adams is written and produced by Cody Melcher and directed by Otherworld Theatre's director of development/actor Dylan Schaefer. See Every Monster, LLC's production comes to City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, this November. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 9/27/2016 - HAMILTON Hits the Windy City and More!
by Jessica Khan - Sep 27, 2016

Today's big news: HAMILTON begins tonight in the Windy City, CINDERELLA launches its national tour in Grand Rapids, Laura Benanti makes her Cafe Carlyle debut, and Sarah Jones's SELL/BUY/DATE starts at MTC! (more...)

Photo Flash: THE BARDY BUNCH Celebrates Opening Night at Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, runs in a limited engagement in Chicago, September 16 through November 20, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. The show's all-star cast will portray the Brady and Partridge families, just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles in 1974, in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Starring Allan Harris Comes to the MAC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

 The acclaimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) starring Allan Harris bring an the music of Nat King Cole and other pop/jazz favorites to the McAninch Arts Center Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. A free MAC chat will take place at 7 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Bardy Bunch at The Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, the musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is excited to announce casting for its limited engagement in Chicago, September 16 through November 27, at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. The show's all-star cast will portray the Brady and Partridge families, just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles in 1974, in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. (more...)

Sebastian Maniscalco Comes to Paramount Theatre This April
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Sebastian Maniscalco's WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? TOUR comes to Denver's Paramount Theatre on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 30th at 10 AM, one day in advance of the premier of his highly anticipated SHOWTIME special of the same name.  Tickets are $39.75 - $59.75 with a limited number of VIP tickets available at $250, and can be purchased online at or by phone at 303-893-TIXS. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING in Chicago Return
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago's longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n' Tina's Wedding, returns to the Windy City through December 30 only with a press opening on Thursday, September 29. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Announces Fox Theatre Show
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Sebastian Maniscalco is the 2016 Just for Laughs Stand Up Comedian of the Year, and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after funny men in the business today. A frequent guest on networks such as Showtime and Comedy Network and host of the wildly popular podcast, "The Pete and Sebastian Show", Maniscalco has announced a performance at the Fox Theatre on Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in support of his newest comedy special Why Would You Do That?  (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyles with Chicago's Chris Jones
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

While in the Windy City to preside over the rehearsals and previews for the first out-of-town production of his cultural juggernaut, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda took to the stage at the Lyric Opera to freestyle and chat with the Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Darryl Maximillian Robinson and John Ruskin
by Stage Tube - Sep 24, 2016

Actor Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( Los Angeles-based theatre artist and Founder, Artistic Director And Producer of The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago ) and Actor John Ruskin ( Founder and Authorized Instructor of The Meisner Technique at The Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica ) were the guests Monday Septemper 19th on THE ACTOR'S CHOICE, the informational arts program hosted by noted entertainment and performing arts journalist Ron Brewington and which is currently streaming on (more...)

TORCH, SASS AND SWING Hits Steppenwolf's LookOut Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Torch songs, smoky clubs and great music... The 70's in Chicago was a time of amazing people and music for a fresh young face out of Minnesota.  Suzanne Petri, Bobby Schiff, Jim Cox and Robert Breuler share fantastic stories of the great Chicago clubs such as Mr. Kelly's, The London House, Chez Paree and The Happy Medium. (more...)

2017 Chicago Theatre Week Slates February Dates in the Windy City
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Chicago Theatre Week (#CTW17), an annual celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago, will take place February 9 - 19, 2017, spanning a week and two full weekends. (more...)

Diamond-Selling Band Journey's Jonathan Cain To Release 'What God Wants To Hear' Oct. 21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016


THE GREAT LOVE DEBATE Announces 6-City October Slate
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

 The Great Love Debate tour, which has made 218 stops in 79 different cities across the United States and Canada since 2014, has announced 6 cities and dates as part of its 'Fall In Love' series for October.   (more...)

BWW's On This Day - September 18, 2016
by - Sep 18, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on September 18 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

#HamiltonCHI Takes Over Twitter
by Kailey Hansen - Sep 15, 2016

These days, Chicago might just be 'the greatest city in the world.' Why? #HamiltonCHI. (more...)

ICWP Announces Record-Breaking Number of 50/50 Applause Awards This Year
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is thrilled to report that a record-breaking number of recipients will receive the 2016 50/50 Applause Awards, which recognizes theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their 2015/16 season of shows. ICWP defines 50/50 by the number of qualifying performances in a theatre's season. This allows a concrete measurement of the resources being devoted to women playwrights. (more...)

Casting Announced for Sideshow Theatre Company's World Premiere of GIVE IT ALL BACK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for the second production in its 2016/17 season: Calamity West's wry and subversive world premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK, directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons. (more...)

Simon Pagenaud and Will Power Duel for the 2016 VERIZON INDYCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
by TV News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

This weekend's motorsports coverage on NBCSN is highlighted by a duel for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, as Team Penske teammatesSimon Pagenaud and Will Power battle for the season title at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. (more...)

Cave Theatre Co. to present Bertolt Brecht's THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at UNDER St. Marks
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present Cave Theatre Co.'s production of Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui: A Gangster Spectacle at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) October 6-16 with performances Thursday through Saturday at8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets ($17) may be purchased in advance at The performance runs approximately two hours, with a 15-minute intermission.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Joanna Connor Returns with 'Six String Stories'
by Tory Gates - Sep 10, 2016

'It was pretty hardcore, you sink or swim; I went into the deep end of the pool, but I was determined and I was just thrilled to be jamming with these guys. Meeting Otis Rush; playing with Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Junior Wells. I can't believe I'm actually doing all this! I was 22, 23 years old.' (more...)

Jason Aldean Tour Featured on CMT's CONCERT OF THE SUMMER, 9/3
by TV News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Fans will get an up close and insightful look at RIAA's top digital Country male artist of all time Jason Aldean as his 2016 SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR takes the spotlight for the first-ever "CMT Concert of the Summer." (more...)

Love, Lust & Literature to Collide in SEX WITH STRANGERS at Cleveland Play House
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

The digital revolution has changed the way that people work, create, and even the way they find love. Laura Eason's smart two-person comedy Sex With Strangers explores the internet's impact on writers Ethan and Olivia, and its effect on them both professionally and personally. (more...)

E.V. Stephens Pens ACCOUNTABLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

E.V. Stephens has completed her new book 'Accountable': a powerful tale of a killer seeking retribution against his victims. (more...)

Lyra Theater to Stage Election-Year Satire THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Lyra Theater presents the U.S. Premiere of Jennifer Wise's translation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in 1941 by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latinx, community and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for "Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall For Action" Thursday, Oct. 20. The event will focus on education, coalition building and action. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Robert Petkoff Discusses the Meaningful Magic of FUN HOME
by Kailey Hansen - Oct 24, 2016

For two weeks only, the biggest musical of 2015 takes up residence in the Windy City. Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel's acclaimed graphic novel, brings a woman's memories to life as she looks back on her relationship with her father. Joining Broadway World for an exclusive interview is stage and screen actor, Robert Petkoff, who tackles the dynamic role of Bruce Bechdel. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bryan Cranston Attends Final Performance of THE BARDY BUNCH in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

After a successful run at the Mercury Theatre, The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady closed their doors on Sunday, October 23 to an excited crowd that included Bryan Cranston, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his role in Breaking Bad. 'I loved the show! A really fun, foot-tapping time in the theater,' said Cranston. Scroll down for photos of the cast and creative team posing outside the theater with the Oscar-nominated actor! (more...)

Northlight Theatre Continues 2016-17 Season with The World Premiere of MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS IN PEMBERLEY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the World Premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Jessica Thebus, runs November 10 - December 18, 2016 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, November 18 at 8 pm. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Company Presents GIVE IT ALL BACK
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 2016/17 Season with thewry and subversive world premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK by artistic associate Calamity West, directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons, playing November 20 - December 18, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.  (more...)

Route 66 Theatre Company Announces Appointment of Managing Director and New Play Development Director
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Route 66 Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment Rachel Wendte and Deborah Blumenthal as its new Managing Director and New Play Development Director, respectively.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Winter Is Coming! Comedian Ali Brice Discusses Bringing GRAEME OF THRONES to the Windy City
by Kailey Hansen - Oct 18, 2016

'Winter is coming' a little early this year. Graeme of Thrones, West End's hilarious parody of George R.R. Martin's smash-hit series, arrives in Chicago for a run that's as short as the lives of many characters on Game of Thrones. (more...)

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center to Present Angie McMonigal Paris Photography Exhibit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts present a special, one-night exhibit on Wednesday, October 26th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., celebrating award-winning photographer and Midwest native, Angie McMonigal, whose striking images of Paris are now on permanent display throughout the brand's first-ever hotel, the newly redesigned flagship, Le Meridien Etoile. (more...)

Famous Dave's Founder Celebrates Chicago Barbeque with Historic Tour on Facebook Live on October 14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

On October 14, 2016, Famous Dave's of America Founder Dave Anderson, one of Chicago's original pitmasters, is joining forces with the Windy City's 'Who's Who' in barbeque on an insider's bus tour of the city's rich barbeque history. The tour will be broadcast on Facebook Live. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

With the holidays just around the corner, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has the perfect antidote to seasonal stress: THE SECOND CITY'S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE, which offers riotous send-ups of holiday traditions from Nov. 5 through Dec. 31. (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Open 16-17 Season with MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

???????Musical Theatre West (MTW) opens its 2016-2017 season with Broadway's smash hit musical Memphis, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center October 21 - November 6.  (more...)

BWW Review: RIVER CITY at Theatre [502]
by Keith Waits - Oct 10, 2016

Diana Grisanti's River City has been a long time coming, years in development and the winner of the Rolling World Premiere through the National New Play Network; it is both a tribute to and critical commentary on Grisanti's home town of Louisville, Kentucky. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. (more...)

La Strada Ensemble Theater Announces 3rd Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

La Strada Ensemble Theater's 3rd season reveals 5 World Premiers (A.J. Cicotelli's Fab & Ren, Mike Sockol's Bris, Robert Scott's The Amateur Killer, A.J. Ciccotelli's Drowning in Euphoria and Gerry Ringwald's Not Curing Cancer), two East Coast Premiere's of Tom Cavanaugh's one acts Poker Night & Last Remnants of Cops, Robbers and Hollywood Cowboys and 12 one acts each by our company of writers and others in our Crazy Love and Rainbow 2017: LGBT festival.  Dates and times will be announced in weeks to come.  Tickets will go on sale when show dates are announced.  (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Casting for APARTMENT 3A
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's most sophisticated theater, presents the Chicago premiere of Apartment 3A by Emmy award-winning, twice Tony award-nominated actor/musician Jeff Daniels. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tiffany Engen Talks Shoes and the Magic of KINKY BOOTS
by Kailey Hansen - Aug 29, 2016

For one week only, the mega-hit musical Kinky Boots returns to its hometown. Known for sweeping the 2013 Tony Awards (where it won Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography), this popular Broadway smash originally took flight in Chicago back in 2012. The pre-Broadway run premiered at the Bank of America Theatre, and four years later the show is returning to the Windy City for a newly-minted national tour. Broadway star and Kinky Boots cast member, Tiffany Engen, gives an inside look at what makes this show so dazzling: (more...)

BWW Interview: Lauren Molina Dishes on Broadway, The Skivvies, and Goodman's WONDERFUL TOWN
by Kailey Hansen - Aug 25, 2016

In the upcoming revival of Leonard Bernstein's 1953 classic, Lauren Molina plays a young woman who dreams of making it big in New York City. In reality, she's swapped the Big Apple for the Windy City to star in Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman's production of Wonderful Town, premiering at the Goodman this September. Though portraying an aspiring actress, Molina has already belted Sondheim on the Broadway stage and tours as one-half of a popular musical duo. Between rehearsals, she took some time for an exclusive BroadwayWorld Q&A: (more...)

Playwright Philip Dawkins' Family History Brought to Life in THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH at Greenhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave ) and Sideshow Theatre Company present the world premiere of "The Happiest Place on Earth," written by and starring Joseph Jefferson Award-winning playwright and Sideshow Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins and directed by Sideshow Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green.  The show runs Sept. 17 - Oct. 23 with the press opening on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.  (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for 'Thrones! The Musical Parody' at Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" sweeps through the Windy City once again this fall at Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N Lincoln Ave) with a talented ensemble of Chicago up-and-comers bringing the "Game of Thrones" send-up to life. Under the direction of Hannah Todd, the cast of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" includes Caitlyn Cerza, Nick Druzbanski, Madeline Lauzon, Beau Nolen, Victoria Olivier and Christopher Ratliff. This all-Chicago cast combines comedic talents and "knockout vocal harmonies" (Chicago Reader) to bring all six seasons of the HBO hit to the stage, recounting the journey of well-known characters such as Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, the Stark family, Daenerys Targaryen and more. Performances for the fall run of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" begin September 15; tickets ($29-$59) are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 773.935.6100. The press performance takes place on September 21. Headshots and imagery can be accessed here. (more...)

National Gay Media Association Announces Inaugural Ad POP Awardees
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre to Premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK by Calamity West
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Sideshow Theatre Company will continue its 2016/17 Season with Calamity West's wry and subversive world premiere GIVE IT ALL BACK, directed by artistic associate Marti Lyons, playing November 20 - December 18, 2016 at Victory Gardens.  (more...)

WERQ! LGBTQ Job Fair Set for September in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

More than 30 major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits will participate in the Windy City Times WERQ! LGBTQ job fair Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago. (more...)

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