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July 10th is BroadwayWorld Chicago's SUMMER BIRTHDAY SHOWTUNE BLOWOUT: Musical Theater Trivia and More!


Did you have fun with BroadwayWorld Chicago's Tony Award Viewing Party on June 9th? The fun continues in July, with the "Summer Birthday Showtune Blowout" on Wednesday night, July 10th, from 9:00 pm until midnight! Come on down!

Paul W. Thompson, Chicago Regional Editor for, author of the weekly column, "The Showtune Mosh Pit," and owner of Paul W. Thompson Music in the Chicago Loop, is hosting three fun summer events at The Call Bar for 2013, one for each month!

The Call Bar, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago, between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue, is home to Andersonville's largest dance floor. But readers of BroadwayWorld Chicago know it as the home of the annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration every winter, hosted for the last three years by BWW's Paul W. Thompson and The Call's Ashley Morgan.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (9:00 pm-12:00 midnight) The Call is the site of the SUMMER BIRTHDAY SHOWTUNE BLOWOUT.

Paul W. Thompson turns 52 this summer, and his popular column, the "Showtune Mosh Pit" turns four years old, also passing its milestone 200th weekly edition!

Many Mosh Pit readers may share summer birthdays, too, the kind that were never quite remembered in your homeroom at school the way that fall, winter and spring birthdays were celebrated. So this is your chance to change all that!

Anyone with a birthday or other occasion to celebrate in the summertime can come to The Call and celebrate in style, with showtune videos from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. We'll have cake! Got an anniversary? An out-of-town guest? Sounds like a reason to party!

A feature of this event will be "Stump The Chump" trivia. If Thompson's knowledge of musical theater and showtune trivia is less than your own, prove it and win a prize! Just be able to prove your answer for the event staff on their smartphone or laptop, and you've Stumped The Chump! Written questions only, please, submitted to staff during the event, just moments before Thompson hears your challenge!

There will also be trivia questions that you can answer! Thompson will ask questions based on popular Showtune videos and other musical theater topics, and the first correct answer submitted to the event table will win a prize. Better hurry, though, as a new question will be coming up, spaced in between VJ Michael Hogan's amazing collection of videos old and new.

Around midnight, a grand prize winner will be selected, based on the participation and accuracy of contestants throughout the evening. It's a summer event prize, too, and you will want to be in the running!

And don't forget that Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (8:00 pm-12:00 midnight) is the FALL THEATER PREVIEW PARTY.

On the last Wednesday of August, August 28, 2013, The Call will be the site of the "Fall Theater Preview Party," from 8:00 pm-12:00 midnight. Chicago area theater companies will be invited to bring information about their fall seasons, so that everyone in attendance can plan out their nights at all the "Super September" shows that happen every year in the Chicago theater community. Some theaters may be giving away chances for tickets, and some may even perform excerpts (details to be announced later). And theaters--you don't have to wait to be invited to participate, just let Thompson know you're coming! He'll host the party, keep the information flowing and let you know who's in the room. Did anyone say, "networking?"

This event will be a fun way to welcome folks back from their summer activities, and to focus on the great Chicago theater scene that explodes in the weeks after Labor Day. With showtune videos on the screens and theater people on hand, what's not to love? See you there!

The Call, Andersonville's neighborhood video and dance bar, is Andersonville's newest (since 2009) and largest GLBT neighborhood nightspot. With Andersonville's largest dance floor, it is located just steps west of the corner of Clark Street and Bryn Mawr Avenue (between Clark & Ashland) in Chicago's fastest growing neighborhood: Andersonville. It is proud to be part of the GLBT and Andersonville communities! The Call is open every day at 4PM--and closes at 2AM (3AM Saturday's) And of course, on every Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon, "Curtains Up!" brings you your favorites Broadway and Silver Screen hits on the video screen, starting at 9:00 pm. It is a 21 and over venue. And there are drink specials every day! NO COVER.

BroadwayWorld Chicago is one of the largest and most active of the over 100 regional sites that form, the largest theater site on the net. Founded in New York City by Editor-in-Chief Robert Diamond in 2003, BroadwayWorld soon expanded to major cities in North America, and then to Europe and around the world. Paul W. Thompson has been a contributor to BroadwayWorld Chicago since 2007, and became Regional Editor in 2009.

"The Showtune Mosh Pit" is the Midwest's leading weekly column devoted exclusively to musical theater and showtune news, for and about the Chicago theater community and Chicago area audiences. It includes "the latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars," The Call and Sidetrack. From its first appearance on August 5, 2009, "The Showtune Mosh Pit" has attracted over 3,000 engaged weekly subscribers, and become a must-read for students, theater professionals and theater fans in Chicago and around the country. "The Showtune Mosh Pit" Subscrption Thread.

Paul W. Thompson Music, located in Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 417, and licensed by the City of Chicago, is the center of Paul W. Thompson's career as a performer, teacher and writer for the theater, church and concert hall. Thompson is a professional singer, actor, pianist, musical director, vocal coach, teacher, composer and commentator. With a bachelor's degree in theater, and master's degrees in both music and business, he moves easily between the worlds of classical music, religious music, classic pop and musical theater. He has appeared onstage or in the orchestra pit in concerts, musicals, operettas and operas in 30 states, in a career spanning more than 40 years. He composes music for the church and the theater, and is excited to teach the great songs of Broadway to the next generation of musical theater performers. If you would like to study voice, or purchase or commission new music for your theater or congregation, contact Paul W. Thompson Music on Facebook or e-mail him today!(

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