M. William Panek

M. William Panek William graduated with his BFA in Theatre Direction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Most recently, he directed The Artist's Lab at Stage 773 & the Jeff Recommended [title of show], and was the Casting Associate for Julius Caesar and Spike Heels. Chicago directing credits: A New Brain, Aloha Say the Pretty Girls, Godspell, the world premiere of To Tree, and Reefer Madness! The Musical in 2010 and its subsequent 4/20 remounts in 2011 and 2012. Cabaret: "Mary'z With a 'Z,'" "Proud at Mary's," "BPB Yearbook," & "Character Breakdown: A Miscast Cabaret." William served as an artistic associate with The Orchard Project in Hunter, NY, a production assistant for the 24-Hour Musicals at Joe's Pub, and the business management assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He can be found on Twitter @mwilliampanek.


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June 6, 2018

THE CHER SHOW, the new musical based on the life and six-decade career of the iconic singer and actress, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago with previews beginning on June 12, 2018 at the Oriental Theatre before making its Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre in Fall 2018. We caught up with the cast this morning as they met the press in Chicago! See the video below!

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Love Never Dies' Casey Lyons took some time on his day off to answer questions for BroadwayWorld before the tour hits Chicago February 14 through March 4, 2018.

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Perfectly executed evening of laughs, tears, and outcry makes SOUL BROTHER Second City e.t.c.'s best work in years.

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SMOKEFALL, currently occupying the Goodman's Albert stage following last year's successful run, is absolutely stunning.

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