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Christine Sherrill, Kimbre Lancaster, Sean Allan Krill and More Star in MAMMA MIA! in Las Vegas, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

The highly anticipated Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia! begins performances at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas tonight, May 8. The talented cast features Mamma Mia! alumni, including all three Dynamos as well as several Las Vegas locals who will join the company. (more...)

Photo Flash: BUYER & CELLAR's Michael Urie Throws First Pitch at Wrigley Field
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2014

Michael Urie will launch the first national tour of Buyer & Cellar at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place beginning Tuesday, May 6, 2014, through Sunday, June 15, 2014, followed by an engagement at Washington D.C.'s Harman Center for the Arts from Friday, June 20, 2014 through Sunday, June 29, 2014. Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie will then play Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum for six weeks from Wednesday, July 9, 2014 through Sunday, August 17, 2014. Urie kicked off his stay in the Windy City at Wrigley Field last night, where he threw the first pitch for the Chicago Cubs. Check out photos below! (more...)

The Windy City Burlesque Fest Returns to Stage 773, 6/18-22
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2014

The 4th Annual Windy City Burlesque Festival is going to add even more sizzle to Chicago's summer. Join us for a cavalcade of feathers, rhinestones, fans, sparkle, sass, and sexy fun as performers from all over the world descend on the Windy City to strut their stuff. This year's headliners are Seattle's Iva Handfull, Portland's Russell Bruner, and St Louis's Jeez Loueez. Featured Performers include Kitten Deville (Los Angeles), Penny Starr Jr (Los Angeles), Paris Green (Chicago), Lady Jack (Chicago), Red Rum (Chicago), and Tiffany Carter (Las Vegas). (more...)

HGTV LOVE IT OR LIST IT's Hilary Farr to Solve Design Dilemmas at Art Van Furniture
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2014

Gotta love it! Hilary Farr, international home designer and cohost of Love It or List It on HGTV, will lend her design expertise to help solve the home decorating dilemmas of guests at Art Van Furniture in Orland Park (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Presents World Premiere of TYRANT, Now thru 6/29
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2014

Sideshow Theatre Company concludes its 2013-14 season with the world premiere of TYRANT by Artistic Associate Kathleen Akerley, co-directed by Kathleen Akerley and Ensemble Member Megan A. Smith, playing today, May 24 - June 29, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 21st, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - May 21, 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. Our very own Tony Award Viewing Party (you're invited), new takes on 'Hair' and 'Myths And Hymns,' tryouts of 'Amazing Grace' and 'On Your Feet!,' that reading of 'Bedknobs And Broomsticks,' Chicago originals 'Mister Kelly' and 'Caged Dames,' more film news, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and more! (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Sabotage
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Arnold Schwarzenegger (Expendables 2, the Terminator series) stars as the leader of an elite DEA task force whose members are targeted by a mysterious killer in Sabotage, an edge-of-your-seat action thriller coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray , DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on July 22, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Sabotage will also be available on Digital HD on July 8, 2014. (more...)

Activist's Book Tells Why It's Time to Get Angry Again About AIDS
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

A generation is growing up thinking an AIDS diagnosis is no big deal, but the Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 1 in 2 young gay men will be HIV-positive by the time they're 50 years old. The second book in Victoria Noe's award-winning series on grieving the death of a friend, Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends, revisits a time when people with AIDS were targets of bigotry and discrimination. (more...)

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Sets New Summer Packages
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park offers a variety of summer packages to experience the best of the Windy City. From attending outdoor concerts and festivals in Millennium Park to strolling along the Magnificent Mile to relaxing at Oak Street Beach, there is an array of warm-weather activities for travelers who wish to explore Chicago during this time of year. (more...)

A LITTLE TOUCH OF COWARD IN THE NIGHT Comes to the Met Room, 6/21
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

SuzBo Entertainment Inc. presents 'A Little Touch of Coward in the Night', the Words and Music of NO╦L COWARD. Starring Suzanne Petri and John Eskola with director Bob Breuler and musical director Bob Moreen. (more...)

Chicago Commercial Collective's HIT THE WALL to Close 5/25 at the Greenhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

The Chicago Commercial Collective today announced that its production of "Hit the Wall," originally produced by The Inconvenience, will have its final performance at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, on Sunday, May 25. (more...)

VH1 Greenlights Tyra Banks Docuseries TRANSAMERICA Featuring Transgender Cast
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2014

VH1 has greenlit the Tyra Banks and Gay Rosenthal-produced docuseries 'TransAmerica' (working title), chronicling a group of beautiful Chicago women united by the shared experience of being transgender. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Chicago Looks Back: Reviews of Tony-winner Jessie Mueller's Chicago Stage Performances!
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 9, 2014

Between graduating from Syracuse University in 2005, and getting her Broadway break opposite Harry Connick, Jr., in 2011, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller was a Chicago-based actress, following in the steps of her Evanston-based parents, Roger Mueller and Jill Shellabarger. And what a career she had in the Windy City! (more...)

BITE THIS WITH NADIA G Among Cooking Channel's July Highlights
by TV News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

Cooking Channel takes a bite out of summer with new series Bite This with Nadia G premiering Monday, July 14th at 10:00pmET/7:00pmPT. (more...)

Scoop: Checkerboard Programming on CNBC - Week of July 21, 2014
by TV Scoop - Jun 30, 2014

Get all the scoop on Checkerboard Programming, airing on CNBC for the week of July 21, 2014! (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Presents STUPID FUCKING BIRD,8/16-9/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 2014/15 season with the Midwest premiere of STUPID FUCKING BIRD, Aaron Posner's comic spin on Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green, playing August 16 - September 21, 2014 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Segerstrom Center Announces Casting for GHOST, 7/29-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

The supernatural power of love is taking Orange County by storm as the new Broadway and West End musical GHOST - THE MUSICAL, adapted from the Academy Award«-winning film, opens at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, July 29 - August 10. GHOST - THE MUSICAL features Steven Grant Douglas as Sam Wheat, Katie Postotnik as Molly Jensen, Carla R. Stewart as Oda Mae Brown and Robby Haltiwanger as Carl Bruner. Featured ensemble are Fernando Contreras, Brandon Curry, Evette Marie White, Lydia Warr, Hana Freeman and Shannan E. Johnson. Rounding out the ensemble are Susan Leilani Gearou, Tony Johnson, Beth Stafford Laird, Andrea Laxton, Ben Laxton, Jake Vander Linden, Michael McClure, David Melendez, Jack O'Brien and Maria Cristina Slye. (more...)

UP Comedy Club Presents THE SECOND CITY'S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER: NOW IN 4-D!, Runs Through 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

UP Comedy Club presents the most hilarious way to beat the heat this summer with The Second City's Summer Blockbuster: Now in 4-D! This new show combines classic material from The Second City archives to celebrate the best of what the Windy City has to offer in the summer. The Second City's Summer Blockbuster: Now in 4-D! runs through August 31, 2014 at UP Comedy Club, located at 230 W North Ave, 3rd Floor of Piper's Alley, Chicago. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Two-Hander Sketch Comedy, Anyone? DATING: ADULTS EMBRACING FAILURE Opens at the Royal George Theatre
by Paul W. Thompson - Jun 23, 2014

Chicago's improv and sketch comedy scene is justifiably world-famous, and attracts young talents from across the country as surely as sugar attracts bees. Such institutions as The Second City, iO and the Annoyance Theatre train, entertain and inspire performers, writers and audiences with a variety of styles, venues and opportunities. (more...)

Windy City Gay Idol Finals Set for Mayne Stage, 6/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Windy City Gay Idol, now in its 12th year, marches to the finals in search of the best amateur LGBTQ singer in the Chicago area. The finals will be at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Tom Lister to Join Jodie Prenger in CALAMITY JANE National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

The Watermill Theatre Newbury, Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon are delighted to announce full casting and further touring dates for the forthcoming new production of the musical 'CALAMITY JANE', opening at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury on Thursday 17 July 2014 where it will play until Saturday 6 September 2014 prior to embarking on a national tour that opens at the Plymouth Theatre Royal on Thursday 16 September. Tour schedule attached. More dates to be announced. (more...)

Windy City Times Launches Books on Marriage Equality, Vernita Gray, and LGBT Cinema
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is the focus of a new book from Windy City Times writers Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim. The book looks at the financial and political pressure from the LGBT community and its allies to pass the marriage-equality law in 2013, including heated internal battles and intense heat put on elected officials in the final days of the legislative session. The book also includes more than 100 photos from the historic push for marriage, including photos and documents from the 1950s through the 2013 demonstrations. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's Newest Equity Theater, to Launch in March 2015 with END DAYS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's newest Equity theater, will premiere in March of 2015. Partnering with Chicago's own Henry Godinez, Chuck Smith, and William Brown, the Playhouse promises to combine high level artistry with highly accessible material. The mission of the new theater is to reinstate live performance as an entertaining and largely social experience. Its first season, featuring four full-length productions, will focus on contemporary, non-musical pieces that embrace a new era of theater audience. (more...)

The Humana Healthier Choices Program Returns to Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

The Humana Healthier Choices program is returning to the Windy City for its seventh consecutive year at Taste of Chicago. Working with a panel of local physicians, health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) identified 52 healthy foods from 29 Chicago restaurants - the largest number of menu items in the program's history - representing 44 percent of all vendors at this year's food festival. (more...)

WOW! to Provide Fiber Backhaul for Hundreds of Wireless Cell Towers in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, CO - WOW! Business, a communications and cloud service provider, today announced it has been selected by multiple wireless operators to provide fiber backhaul for more than 500 cell towers in the Chicago metropolitan area. (more...)

The Neo-Futurists and Salonathon to Present INFILTRATION on Fridays, Aug-Sept 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Catch some of Chicago's hottest independent performers before Too Much Light... on Fridays at INFILTRATION. All performances take place at The Neo-Futurarium at 5153 N. Ashland. (more...)

Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center Opens Today in the Windy City
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center, a Rockbridge Portfolio property, following a $25 million transformation. Managed by Wischermann Partners Inc., Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center provides a new lens on Western Chicago's sophisticated Oak Brook area, home to a multitude of upscale shopping and dining options as well as Fortune 500 business headquarters. (more...)

PFP's LezFest Raises Funds and Awareness for Women's Words, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present LezFest: A One Night Fling, a celebration in words, songs, music and theater on July 28 at 7 pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 North Clark. Join PFP for an evening all about ladies who love ladies who are artists, showcasing a vast mix of Chicago's best and brightest women taking the stage and sharing their talents. Featured performers include Christy Hasselson (2006 winner of Windy City Gay Idol), renowned storyteller Lauren Sivak, singers Liz Pazik and Libby Lane, performances artists Angelica Roque and Rebecca Kling, and Chicago stage star Ali Hoefnagle. Our MC for the evening is Shanna Brown. (more...)

Windy City Playhouse Announces Season's Final Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Windy City Playhouse is proud to announce and welcome to the team our premiere season's fourth and final director: Jessica Thebus! (more...)

Windy City Playhouse to Welcome Joanie Schultz as Second Season Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Windy City Playhouse has announced the first of its 2016 season directors: JOANIE SCHULTZ is a Chicago-based freelance director who was recently called by the Chicago Sun-Times, "one of the city's strongest and most stylistically adaptable directors." (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 6th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 6, 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. Special nights at the Marriott and Stage 773 this weekend, plus three shows opening ('Coraline,' 'Reefer Madness' and 'Fiddler') and four shows closing ('Motown,' 'Big Fish,' 'Godspell' and 'Hillbillies'). We'll tell you the three shows that have one additional week, plus a Christmas movie has us all a-buzz!! (more...)

FIBA 3x3 World Tour Chicago Masters Featured in Nike World Basketball Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

The Chicago Masters, the third stop of the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour, has been added to the Nike World Basketball Festival on Aug. 15-16. (more...)

Marriott Theatre to Celebrate the Life of Former Artistic Director Dyanne Earley, 8/11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 11, 2014 honoring the life and work of former Marriott Theatre Artistic Director Dyanne Kathleen Earley. The event will be held at Marriott's Lincolnshire Resort, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL from 6:30 to 10 PM. A brief performance featuring Musical Director Kevin Stites, singers Kevin Earley, Dave Earley, Felicia Fields, and Alene Robertson, and speakers from Dyanne's personal and professional life will begin at 7:30 PM. (more...)

The 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby Benefits Special Olympics, 8/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

CHICAGO, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ 60,000 rubber duckies will drop off the Columbus Bridge into the Chicago River on August 7, 2014 at 1 p.m.! The 9 th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby to benefit Special Olympics Illinois enthralls people of all ages who watch the ducks 'race' to the finish line. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 27th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 27, 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 Equity Jeff Award nominations are out, and 'On The Town' is open. Peck and Lindley, Jessie Mueller and more are set for concerts here, and 'I Love Lucy' and the Grinch will return. Plus Theo Ubique's Andrews Sisters and Kurt Weill in rep, 'Titanic' and 'In The Heights' prepare, Munster announces 2015, and NBC flies its 'Peter Pan' cast. Ahh!! (more...)

SIDE SHOW's Josh Walker Pens and Stars in Workshop of New Musical About Toulouse Lautrec, 8/29-31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Josh Walker, a cast member of the upcoming Broadway revival of Side Show and its recent Kennedy Center staging, has written a new musical about Post-Impressionistic French painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse: A New Musical has a score composed by Walker, with a book by John David Nelson, and lyrics by both Walker and Nelson. A workshop is currently taking place in Chicago with presentations scheduled for August 29 - 31, 2014. Walker will also play the title role of Toulouse Lautrec. (more...)

SALVE REGINA to Play United Solo Theatre Festival, 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

UNITED SOLO presents Javier Rivera's one-man show, SALVE REGINA: A COMING OF GAY STORY. Coming to us from Puerto Rico (via the Windy City), SALVE REGINA is written and performed by Javier Rivera and will play the 2014 UNITED SOLO Festival on Saturday, October 18th at 7:30 pm. (more...)

The 78 Project Movie Heads to Theaters Nationwide
by Movies News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Fresh off the success of its New York premiere August 5 as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Sound + Vision series, The 78 Project Movie is headed this weekend to the Windy City for its Chicago premiere (more...)

The Auditorium Theatre Selected as Fifth Star Honoree
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, celebrating their 125th Anniversary Season, has been chosen as one of five honorees for the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) inaugural Fifth Star Awards, celebrating the city's creativity through artists, arts advocates and cultural institutions. The free public celebration, also honoring dancer Lou Conte, artist Richard Hunt, Grammy-winning composer, pianist and radio personality Ramsey Lewis and arts advocate Lois Weisberg, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and will feature live performances and tributes throughout the evening. (more...)

Innovative Chefs Set for Season 2 of MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

This fall, travel to a plantation in the Louisiana bayou, a mussel farm on the coast of Maine, a lakeside camp in Michigan, and into the heart of New York City?s Little Italy when the Emmy«-nominated food and travel series Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking series returns. (more...)

Richard Engling to Premiere THE AFTERLIFE TRILOGY, 4/23-5/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Playwright Richard Engling and The Polarity Ensemble Theatre are adapting the work of the late Fern Chertkow, combining two of her novels to create 'The Afterlife Trilogy.' (more...)

Nike Hyperdunk 2014 City Pack to Debut at World Basketball Festival, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2014

The Nike Hyperdunk 2014 City Pack will make its on-court debut at the 2014 World Basketball Festival (WBF) in Chicago Aug.13-17. Set to be featured during the Tournament of Champions, when four summer city all-star teams face off, each shoe represents the pride, passion and culture of the game in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. (more...)

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Announces New Summer Packages for Chicago Visitors
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

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Ringwald Theatre to Present SALVE REGINA: A COMING OF GAY STORY, 8/22
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

The Ringwald Theatre has announced the One Night Only performance of Javier Rivera's one-man show, SALVE REGINA: A COMING OF GAY STORY. Coming to us from the Windy City, SALVE REGINA is written and performed by Javier Rivera and will play at The Ringwald on Friday, August 22nd at 8pm. (more...)

Route 66 Theatre Presents Chicago Premiere of CICADA, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Route 66 Theatre Company is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of Cicada, by Jerre Dye, directed by Route 66 Theatre Company's Associate Artistic Director, Erica Weiss. This coming of age ghost story deeply rooted in the life of a small southern family on the verge of transformation plays today, April 9 - May 25, 2014 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

Great Burlesque Exposition Now Accepting Applications for The Brassy Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Great Burlesque Exposition, one of the most prestigious burlesque festivals in the world, in partnership with Brown Paper Tickets, the world's leading ticketing partner for burlesque productions, are now accepting applications for 'The Brassy Award,' to acknowledge creativity in burlesque production. A cash grant, a mentorship with some of the nation's most successful burlesque producers and other prizes will support the production of an ultimate burlesque event. (more...)

PAUL MCCARTNEY Confirms Five Additional Shows for Summer 'Out There' Tour
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Paul has confirmed another five shows on the 2014 U.S. 'Out There' tour. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Bloodlines' Episode of The CW's SUPERNATURAL
by - Apr 23, 2014

On the next episode of The CW's SUPERNATURAL titled 'Bloodlines,' the Windy City gets blown away. The episode airs Tuesday, May 29th at 9/8c on The CW. Get a sneak peek below! (more...)

PAUL MCCARTNEY Confirms Additional 5 Shows for Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney's universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another five shows on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. (more...)

The Neo-Futurists Set 2014-15 season, Welcome New Artistic Leadership Team
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

The Neo-Futurists announce their 2014-15 season to include a TML pre-show event INFILTRATION, curated by Jane Beachy, Joseph R. Varisco and Malic White; Pseudo-Chum written by Sean Benjamin and directed by Carolyn Shoemaker-Benjamin; Redletter, created by Lisa Buscani and directed by Jen Ellison, Trust Us/Screw You, created by Dan Kerr-Hobert and Phil Ridarelli, and another great year of the smash hit, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. The Neo-Futurists also welcome the addition of Artistic Director, Kurt Chiang. (more...)

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