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Photo Flash: First Look at THE CAKE at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Photo Flash: First Look at THE CAKE at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary,­ even earning her a spot as a contestant on the 'Great American Baking Show.' (more...)
The Artistic Home's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Extended To 5/20 The Artistic Home's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Extended To 5/20
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

???????The Artistic Home's production of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, featuring Elizabeth Birnkrant and John Mossman, has been extended an additional two weeks due to audience demand and will now close on Sunday, May 20 rather than the originally announced closing of May 6. Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra made the announcement today. The production opened to raves on March 25. NEW CITY said "this strong production of an important play … has the delicate combination of intimacy, directness and imagination that gives live theater its magic..." The CHICAGO READER called the production "intense and devastating, shocking, and human." (more...)
The Goodman to Examine the Ferguson Unrest and Aftermath in Two Plays The Goodman to Examine the Ferguson Unrest and Aftermath in Two Plays
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

A collective of perspectives. A public outcry. The establishment of a movement. This month, two new plays- Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Neel Keller and florissant & canfield by Kristiana Rae Colon, directed by Derrick Sanders-bring a national dialogue to the stage. (more...)
Raks Inferno to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Raks Inferno to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the bellydancers and fire performers of Raks Inferno are teaming up with singer-songwriter Dawn Xiana Moon to present a celebration of Asian-Americans in the performing arts: The one-night cabaret show will feature live firespinning and bellydance at Uptown Underground on Thursday, May 3 from Chicago-based dancers who have performed all over the world, as well as premiere Moon's latest music video, an original arrangement of a traditional Chinese folk song. (more...)
Chicago Tap Theatre to Premiere TAPPED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME Chicago Tap Theatre to Premiere TAPPED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

???????Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) present Tapped for the Very First Time at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.,  Saturday, June 23 and Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)
Photo Flash: SOUTH PACIFIC Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane Photo Flash: SOUTH PACIFIC Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

Drury Lane Theatre presents its first production of its 2018/2019 season, the Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Josh Logan, and adapted from Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener. (more...)
Trap Door Theatre Announces New Show MONSIEUR D'EON IS A WOMAN Trap Door Theatre Announces New Show MONSIEUR D'EON IS A WOMAN
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

"Monsieur D'eon is a Woman" is a madcap romp following the extraordinary life and adventures of the Chevailere D'eon, an eighteenth century French diplomat, soldier, spy and a celebrated figure for Transgender and Women's rights. (more...)
CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY: LATE NIGHT WRITERS ROOM Returns To Greenhouse Theater Center - One Night Only! CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY: LATE NIGHT WRITERS ROOM Returns To Greenhouse Theater Center - One Night Only!
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

The wildly popular, sell-out hit CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY: Late Night Writers Room returns once again for one night only on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10 pm at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. The evening will be co-hosted by Chicago comic artists Kevin Budnik and Sage Coffey.  (more...)
For Youth Inquiry (FYI) Performance Company At Icah Presents World Premiere of THIS BOAT CALLED MY BODY For Youth Inquiry (FYI) Performance Company At Icah Presents World Premiere of THIS BOAT CALLED MY BODY
by BWW News Desk on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

For Youth Inquiry (FYI), the participatory theater company of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), proudly presents the World Premiere of "This Boat Called My Body", May 31 - June 17. This multidisciplinary performance explores reproductive freedom for youth in the natural amphitheater at Palmisano Park, 2700 S. Halsted. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at OKLAHOMA! at the Marriott Theatre Photo Flash: First Look at OKLAHOMA! at the Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

From the sun baked Oklahoma Territory at the turn of the 20th century comes the Broadway classic, Oklahoma!, beginning April 11 with an opening on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (more...)
Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago Shakespeare Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

???????Chicago Shakespeare Theater welcomes back Ireland's Druid theatre company-"one of the world's greatest acting ensembles" (The Guardian)-with its critically acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, the production will be presented for a limited engagement in the Courtyard Theater as part of WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare, May 23-June 3, 2018. (more...)
Strawdog Theatre Company Announces 2018 - 2019 Season Strawdog Theatre Company Announces 2018 - 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Directors Michael Dailey, Heath Hays and Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the company's 31st Season, "Bravery."  The 2018 - 2019 season includes: Masque Macabre, October 4 - 31, a world premiere immersive theatrical experience based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by ensemble members Aly Greaves Amidei, John Henry Roberts and company member Cara Beth Heath; The Revolutionists, November 15 - December 29, by Lauren Gunderson, which explores the role of artist during the French Revolution; Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Jacob Combs and Michael Dailey, December 1 - January 5, 2019, an original musical adaptation of Eric Kimmel's Caldecott Award-winning children's book; and Take Me, a world premiere musical by Mark Guarino and Jon Langford of The Mekons and The Waco Brothers, May 10 - June 22, 2019. (more...)
The Art Institue Of Chicago Announces Major Philanthropy Of $70 Million The Art Institue Of Chicago Announces Major Philanthropy Of $70 Million
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago announced today a $50 million unrestricted gift from Janet and Craig Duchossois and a $20 million gift from Robert and Diane v.S. Levy for acquisitions and operations. These historic gifts advance the museum's civic mission and enable bold planning for the future. (more...)
BWW Blog: And the Oscar Goes to... BWW Blog: And the Oscar Goes to...
by Student Blogger: Nolan Robinson on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

One great part of Northwestern is that it is a campus filled with people who have a plethora of stories to tell: lessons they've learned, tips and tricks they've found useful in surviving college, and crazy and exciting adventures they've been able to experience in their life. (more...)
VIDEO: It's A Beautiful Mornin' at Marriott Theatre with OKLAHOMA! VIDEO: It's A Beautiful Mornin' at Marriott Theatre with OKLAHOMA!
by Stage Tube on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

From the sun baked Oklahoma Territory at the turn of the 20th century comes the Broadway classic, Oklahoma!, beginning April 11 with a press opening on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Due to high demand, an additional week is now on sale through June 10. Featuring a powerful score by legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs, Oklahoma! will be directed by Artistic Director and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Thielen (She Loves Me, Spring Awakening). Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez (Marriott Theatre: Newsies, Evita, On the Town, Mary Poppins) will choreograph, with Musical Direction and orchestrations by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson. (more...)
45th Annual BACH WEEK Festival To Open 4/27 In Evanston 45th Annual BACH WEEK Festival To Open 4/27 In Evanston
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

The 45th annual Bach Week Festival, with concerts April 27 and 29 in Evanston, Ill., and May 4 in Chicago, will feature new twists on presenting music by the event's namesake, German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. (more...)
The Comrades Present Free Staged Reading Of NATURAL SHOCKS On Friday, April 20 The Comrades Present Free Staged Reading Of NATURAL SHOCKS On Friday, April 20
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

???????The Comrades are pleased to be taking part in the theatrical movement and staged reading of NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson. The reading features Adrienne Matzen in the role of She. The director is Carol Ann Tan and staged directions will be read by Mike Newquist. (more...)
BWW TV: Witness the Hilarity of THE DOPPELGANGER BWW TV: Witness the Hilarity of THE DOPPELGANGER
by BroadwayWorld TV on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated world premiere comedy, The Doppelganger (an international farce) written by Chicagoland native Matthew-Lee Erlbach. Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau, this hilarious farce features an 11-member cast led by actor and comedian Rainn Wilson, well-known for his role as "Dwight Schrute" on NBC's award-winning comedy The Office, in the role of Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson. Get a preview of the show below! (more...)
Photo Flash: THE DOPPELGANGER Celebrates Opening Night Photo Flash: THE DOPPELGANGER Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the highly anticipated world premiere comedy, The Doppelganger (an international farce) written by Chicagoland native Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Showtime's Masters of Sex, Off-Broadway's Handbook for an American Revolutionary). (more...)
VIDEO: HAMILTON Chicago Issues the HAMILTON Dance Challenge VIDEO: HAMILTON Chicago Issues the HAMILTON Dance Challenge
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

The cast of HAMILTON Chicago has kicked off a new challenge that will have everyone dancing away. Check out their moves below! (more...)
One Woman Show BETTE DAVIS AINT FOR SISSIES Returns One Woman Show BETTE DAVIS AINT FOR SISSIES Returns
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

???????Jessica Sherr is proud to announce she is returning to Chicago with a limited engagement of her smash hit one-woman show Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies, May 24 - June 17, at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. (more...)
The Gift Theatre's 'giftLit' Returns Tuesday, May 1, 2018 At Community Tavern The Gift Theatre's 'giftLit' Returns Tuesday, May 1, 2018 At Community Tavern
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

Join The Gift Theatre for a line-up of local writers, actors and musicians at giftLit, an evening of stories, wine and entertainment in the grand tradition of a Parisian salon on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8 pm at Community Tavern, 4038 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood. May giftLit writers include Maggie Andersen, Katherine Bourne, Sherman Edwards and Shaina Warfield. Tickets, priced at $10, are currently available at thegifttheatre.org. Advance reservations are highly recommended. (more...)
Reporter's Notebook: PASS OVER Advance Screening Reporter's Notebook: PASS OVER Advance Screening
by Rachel Weinberg on April 18, 2018 in Chicago

PASS OVER was by far one of the best productions to grace a Chicago stage last season, and now anyone with an Amazon account will have the privilege to see this searing, timely, and extraordinarily necessary production come Friday. It is nothing short of remarkable that now so many will have access to this beautiful interpretation of Nwandu's play. This is compulsory viewing for all, and it is an incredible opportunity to see a filmed version of PASS OVER that truly represents the immediacy of live theater. (more...)
Cher, Cher, Cher Everywhere! Meet the Leading Ladies of Broadway-Bound THE CHER SHOW! Cher, Cher, Cher Everywhere! Meet the Leading Ladies of Broadway-Bound THE CHER SHOW!
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

Alongside Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), The Cher Show will star Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland), and Micaela Diamond (Broadway debut) in the role of the iconic singer and actress at various times in her life and career. Get to know the three leading ladies with some of their past performances below! (more...)
BREAKING: Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, and More Will Star Alongside Stephanie J. Block in THE CHER SHOW; Full Cast Set BREAKING: Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, and More Will Star Alongside Stephanie J. Block in THE CHER SHOW; Full Cast Set
by BWW News Desk on April 17, 2018 in Chicago

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller announced today complete casting for the Pre-Broadway Premiere of the new musical The Cher Show at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre. (more...)