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Sideshow Theatre Company Welcomes New Ensemble Members and Artistic Associates Photo Sideshow Theatre Company Welcomes New Ensemble Members and Artistic Associates
by BWW News Desk on January 22, 2021 in Chicago

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to welcome eleven new ensemble members and artistic associates. Ensemble members include Wardell Julius Clark, Greg Geffrard, Arti Ishak, Krystal Ortiz, Gabrielle Randle-Bent and Netta Walker. Artistic Associates include Patrick Agada, J. Nicole Brooks, Brynne Frauenhoffer, Jyreika Guest and Sarah Price.
PrideArts Announces Repeat Performance of TWELFTH NIGHT Photo PrideArts Announces Repeat Performance of TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk on January 22, 2021 in Chicago

Pride Arts’ live virtual reading of an adaptation of Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by Peter Vamvakas and originally performed on January 12, will give a second live performance on February 2 at 7 pm. A cast of seven will play all roles, providing the opportunity for intriguing double casting.
Underscore Theatre Announces UNDERSCORE DEVELOPS - New Virtual Musical Developme Photo Underscore Theatre Announces UNDERSCORE DEVELOPS - New Virtual Musical Development Initiative
by BWW News Desk on January 21, 2021 in Chicago

Underscore Theatre Company is offering UNDERSCORE DEVELOPS, a new initiative as part of its readings and workshop development series. While in-person productions are not possible, Underscore continues its mission to support writers by offering new musicals in progress the opportunity to explore the development process virtually.
Luft Balloons Offers Valentine Pop Up Experience Photo Luft Balloons Offers Valentine Pop Up Experience
by BWW News Desk on January 21, 2021 in Chicago

The wildly popular Luft Balloons, 345 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago’s premier store for balloon décor, presents the “Luft Love Hug”, a spectacular Valentine’s immersive experience from Jan. 25 to Feb. 14, as well as numerous balloon bursts and bouquets for the Valentine’s holiday.
A Red Orchid Presents MISSED CONNECTIONS, A Live, Interactive Play With Magic Photo A Red Orchid Presents MISSED CONNECTIONS, A Live, Interactive Play With Magic
by BWW News Desk on January 19, 2021 in Chicago

A Red Orchid Theatre presents Missed Connections, a live, interactive play with magic, conceived for virtual experience, co-written by Jon Tai & Alex Gruhin, performed by magician Jon Tai, and produced by Alex Gruhin. Missed Connections runs February 2-February 28, 2021.
Laura Bell Bundy to Teach 'Acting Through Song' Masterclass on BroadwayWorld's S Photo Laura Bell Bundy to Teach 'Acting Through Song' Masterclass on BroadwayWorld's Stage Door
by Team BWW on January 19, 2021 in Chicago

Laura Bell Bundy is the first Broadway star to take her teaching talents to our Stage Door site with her 6-week intensive!
Joffrey Ballet Announces World Premiere of BOLERO Photo Joffrey Ballet Announces World Premiere of BOLERO
by BWW News Desk on January 19, 2021 in Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet has announced the world premiere of Boléro, named after the acclaimed orchestral piece by composer Maurice Ravel and choreographed by Joffrey Company Artist Yoshihisa Arai February 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Boléro, to be performed by 15 members of the Company.
9 Jessica Vosk Videos We Can't Get Enough Of! Photo 9 Jessica Vosk Videos We Can't Get Enough Of!
by Team BWW on January 21, 2021 in Chicago

Jessica Vosk is stopping by the Seth Rudetsky Concert Series this weekend! We're looking back at past performances before her show on Sunday!
Illinois Arts Council Supports Launching Of Black Voices In Cabaret Photo Illinois Arts Council Supports Launching Of Black Voices In Cabaret
by BWW News Desk on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

Working In Concert, the two-year-old performing arts collaborative, has been awarded $9,200 by the Illinois Art Council to underwrite a premiere concert by Black Voices in Cabaret to launch this network of African-American performers. The concert “Healing through Song” has distinct 30-40 minute episodes that will stream on three consecutive Sundays in March: the 14th, 21st, and 28th, at 3pm.
PrideArts Announces Cast for Live Virtual Reading of MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SW Photo PrideArts Announces Cast for Live Virtual Reading of MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET
by BWW News Desk on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

Full casting was announced today for PrideArts’ January 26 reading of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET. Curtain time will be 7 pm. Christian Helem, who recently directed Stage Left Theatre’s virtual production of THE PROJECT(S), is directing.
BWW Blog: Falling in Love with Teaching Theatre -- Over Zoom Photo BWW Blog: Falling in Love with Teaching Theatre -- Over Zoom
by Student Blogger: Emily Brooks on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

It was 2020 -- the year of zoom teaching – that showed me that such work would be a part of my career not just to make ends meet, but to fulfill a deep love for the practice of theatre teaching itself. 
Exclusive: Adam Pascal Sings from CABARET in Clip from SO FAR: AN ACOUSTIC RETRO Photo Exclusive: Adam Pascal Sings from CABARET in Clip from SO FAR: AN ACOUSTIC RETROSPECTIVE
by Team BWW on January 22, 2021 in Chicago

Adam Pascal stopped by The Space for his virtual concert So Far: An Acoustic Retrospective. Check out this clip from his performance as he sings 'Maybe This Time' from Cabaret and buy the concert On Demand here!
Exclusive: Adam Pascal Sings from CHESS in Clip from SO FAR: AN ACOUSTIC RETROSP Photo Exclusive: Adam Pascal Sings from CHESS in Clip from SO FAR: AN ACOUSTIC RETROSPECTIVE
by Team BWW on January 20, 2021 in Chicago

Adam Pascal stopped by The Space for his virtual concert So Far: An Acoustic Retrospective. Check out this clip from his performance as he sings 'Pity the Child' from Chess and buy the concert On Demand here!
Exclusive: Adam Pascal Sings from RENT in Clip from SO FAR: AN ACOUSTIC RETROSPE Photo Exclusive: Adam Pascal Sings from RENT in Clip from SO FAR: AN ACOUSTIC RETROSPECTIVE
by Team BWW on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

Adam Pascal stopped by The Space for his virtual concert So Far: An Acoustic Retrospective. Check out this clip from his performance as he sings 'No Day But Today' from Rent and buy the concert On Demand here!
M.A.D.D. Rhythms Shares Video for Martin Luther King Jr Day and Announces 20th A Photo M.A.D.D. Rhythms Shares Video for Martin Luther King Jr Day and Announces 20th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

M.A.D.D. Rhythms has announced its 20th Anniversary Season. In 2021, M.A.D.D. Rhythms continues to make a difference dancing rhythms with its yearlong celebration featuring video premieres, special events coinciding with a new documentary and M.A.D.D Rhythms publishing debut, social media happenings, classes and the Chicago Tap Summit.
Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer, Santino Fontana, Christy Altomare, and More Join Photo Jordan, Spencer, Fontana, Altomare, and More Join The Seth Concert Series Lineup
by Team BWW on January 19, 2021 in Chicago

Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer, Santino Fontana, and Christy Altomare are the latest Broadway stars to join Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, and Jessica Vosk on The Seth Rudetsky Concert Series!
FAME's Jesse Borrego to Join IT'S SHOWTIME WITH RIKKI LEE Photo FAME's Jesse Borrego to Join IT'S SHOWTIME WITH RIKKI LEE
by BWW News Desk on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

Actor Jesse Borrego, who starred on the television series Fame will be the featured guest on the January 22, 2021 episode of Chicago radio’s It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee. The radio program airs every Friday at 3 PM Central on 101.5 FM.
Chicago Detours Hosts BADASS WOMEN OF HISTORY Interactive Virtual Event Photo Chicago Detours Hosts BADASS WOMEN OF HISTORY Interactive Virtual Event
by BWW News Desk on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

Chicago Detours today announced the “Badass Women of History,” live and interactive virtual event, highlighting diverse historical women with Chicago ties that forged groundbreaking paths in science, business, culture and social justice that span the globe and continue to impact us today.
9 Shows Streaming on BroadwayWorld Events This Week! Photo 9 Shows Streaming on BroadwayWorld Events This Week!
by Team BWW on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

BroadwayWorld Events is bringing you incredible talent right into your home!
Exclusive: Kelli O'Hara Sings from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY as Part of the Photo Exclusive: Kelli O'Hara Sings from THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY as Part of the Seth Concert Series; Re-Airs Today at 3PM!
by Team BWW on January 18, 2021 in Chicago

Kelli O'Hara's performance as part of The Seth Concert Series, re-airs today at 3 PM ET. Check out an exclusive clip from the concert, which premiered last night, featuring Kelli singing Always Better from The Bridges of Madison County.
American Blues Kicks Off New Music Series With Zachary Stevenson Photo American Blues Kicks Off New Music Series With Zachary Stevenson
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2021 in Chicago

American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announces the first-ever event in the new music series, “The Garage.” 
Hell in a Handbag Productions Presents OUT, DARN SPOT! Photo Hell in a Handbag Productions Presents OUT, DARN SPOT!
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2021 in Chicago

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to present the campy comedy Out, Darn Spot!, written by and starring ensemble member Tyler Anthony Smith* and directed, filmed and edited by Stephanie Shaw. The Shakespearean send-up will stream February 12 – March 21, 2021 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturday at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm) via Vimeo.
PlayMaker's Laboratory Celebrates MLK Day, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Photo PlayMaker's Laboratory Celebrates MLK Day, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day and More
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2021 in Chicago

PlayMakers Laboratory will welcome 2021 with all new performances of its popular online revue That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, celebrating Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, and more.
Chicago Humanities Festival to Host Bill Gates on Climate Change Photo Chicago Humanities Festival to Host Bill Gates on Climate Change
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2021 in Chicago

Bill Gates will join Chicago Humanities Festival on February 25th to discuss his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, in a special livestreaming event. Dax Sheperd and Monica Padman, hosts of the podcast Armchair Experts, will conduct the conversation.
Raven Theatre Cancels Full 2020-21 Season; Programming Set To Resume Fall 2021 Photo Raven Theatre Cancels Full 2020-21 Season; Programming Set To Resume Fall 2021
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2021 in Chicago

Raven Theatre today announced it will cancel its full 2020-21 Season due the COVID 19 pandemic. Cancelled productions include Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, directed by Mikael Burke (February 11 – March 28, 2021); the world premiere of Eden Prairie, 1971 by Mat Smart, directed by Henry Wishcamper (May 6 – June 20, 2021) and more.