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TheatreWorks Raises Funds at 'A Muse Ball' Event

Donned in aviation attire, nautical garb, and their vacation finest, some 175 guests took to the skies as they gathered at Hiller Aviation Museum to honor TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at its spring fundraiser A Muse Ball: Take a Journey with TheatreWorks, a high-flying celebration of art and inspiration.

Cast Announced For Peninsula Players Theatre's Play Reading CHANGING CHANNELS

Peninsula Players Theatre  has announced the cast for its second play reading of The Play's the Thing, a winter play reading series presented to Door County audiences.  

Cast Announced For Reading of PAINTED DESERT at Peninsula Players Theatre

Peninsula Players Theatre has announced the cast for the first play reading of The Play's the Thing, a winter play reading series presented to Door County audiences.  

Peninsula Players Theatre Announces 2023 Winter Play Reading Series

​​​​​​​Peninsula Players Theatre announces the 2023 season of The Play's the Thing, a winter play reading series presented to Door County audiences. Readings of the plays will be performed at Björklunden at 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor, on Mondays, February 6, March 6 and April 3 at 7:00 p.m. There is no admission fee, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Donations are welcome. Masking is encouraged but not required. There will be no virtual option in 2023.

Jessie Mueller and James Monroe Iglehart Lead Studio Cast Recording Of THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER, Available Now!

Tony Award winners Jessie Mueller (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Waitress, The Minutes) and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton, Freestyle Love Supreme), lead the brand-new studio cast recording of the beloved holiday musical, THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER, now available on all major digital music platforms.

Source One Five Announces Cast and Creative Team For THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER

Source One Five Theatre Company announces cast and creative team for THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER. Performances will be Dec. 16th at 7pm, Dec. 17th at 2 and 7pm, and Dec. 18th at 2 pm. Performances will be at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center.

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER to be Presented at Beverly Arts Center This Holiday Season

Chicago’s Beverly Arts Center will present a new production of the perennial Chicago holiday favorite musical THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER, for five performances only, from Thursday, December 8 through Sunday, December 11.

BWW Review: CHANGING CHANNELS at The Fulton Theatre

Changing Channels, by John Reeger, is a story of 1950's television, the Red Scare, and the costs of standing your ground. Peter Bisgaier and Kate Fahrer star as Eddie Gilroy and Maggie Carlin, stars of 'For Pete's Sake' (the play's equivalent of The Honeymooners). When their show gets transferred to the CBS network, everyone involved is destined for fame and fortune, with one small hitch. Maggie is accused (inaccurately) of being a Communist sympathizer during the height of McCarthyism.

Fulton Theatre Opens World Premiere Of CHANGING CHANNELS

Fulton Theatre continues the Ellen Arnold Groff Series produced in the Tell Studio Theater with the World Premiere of Changing Channels. Written by John Reeger (The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, The Christmas Schooner) the play is set backstage at the DuMont Television Network in New York City. Comedy actress Maggie Carlin has her integrity questioned during Cold War turmoil when actors are being blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Jessie Mueller & James Monroe Iglehart to Lead THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER Studio Cast Recording

A brand-new studio cast recording of the beloved holiday musical, The Christmas Schooner, featuring Tony Award-winners Jessie Mueller (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; Waitress) and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin; Hamilton), will be released in 2022.

The Fulton Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season

A year ago, it was “The Impossible Dream,” now, the nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to announce a marquee season in the theatre's 169th year. The Fulton invites audiences to “Return to LIVE,” beginning this summer with a concert series that will ease back into full audiences.

Photo Flash: Chicago-Area Premiere Of ALMOST HEAVEN: JOHN DENVER'S AMERICA

The Chicagoland premiere of Almost Heaven: John Denver's America opened Sunday night February 16 to an enthusiastic crowd. Theatre at the Center Artistic Director Linda Fortunato cast Shannon McEldowney, Steven Romero Schaeffer, Andrew Mueller, Sara Geist and Tommy Malouf in the musical revue Almost Heaven: John Denver's America to kick off its 30th Anniversary Season. The cast was joined on stage by musicians William Underwood, Malcolm Ruhl and Alison Tatum. Fortunato is the director and William Underwood is the music director. The now Jeff Recommended production continues through March 22.

VIDEO: The South Bend Civic Theatre Brings THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER to South Bend

The show, directed by Gary Oesch, is set to close December 23, 2018. 

Photo Coverage: First look at CATCO's THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER

The crew of a Great Lakes schooner risks everything to bring the Christmas spirit to German immigrants in Chicago homesick for their motherland during the late 19th century. Families and kids of all ages will be touched by this heartwarming musical that reveals the real meaning of Christmas. Includes songs such as 'We All Have Songs,' 'Pass it On,' 'What is it About the Water?' and 'Hardwater Sailor.' Performances are November 28th thru December 16th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit:

BWW Review: MSMT'S Opulent BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Offers Pure Enchantment

With what is arguably the largest production in Maine State Music Theatre's history, the company brings a level of opulence, sophistication, and magic to the Pickard stage that makes this production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast a fitting jewel in the Diamond Jubilee Crown. It is no secret that the company has used every single ounce of its resources (and overcome a number of unforeseen obstacles along the way) to create this magnificent production, but the result has been entirely worth the effort. This beloved fairytale dazzlingly comes to life in all its heartfelt beauty.

Maine State Music Theatre Invites All To 'Be Our Guest' At BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Maine State Music Theatre steps back in time for its second show of the season, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. This revered fairytale runs from June 27 - July 14. Due to popular demand, the theatre has added performances on July 7 and July 14 at 2 PM.

Photo Flash: Theatre at The Center's Production Of STEEL MAGNOLIAS Celebrates Opening Night

The red carpet was full of beauty and style at the Opening Night of Steel Magnolias at Theatre at the Center on Sunday, February 25.  Cory Goodrich, in the role of M'Lynn, Landree Fleming, as Shelby, and Heidi Kettenring as Truvy, lead the cast of Theatre at the Center's Steel Magnolias with Joslyn Yvonne Jones as Ouiser, Jeannie Affelder as Clairee and Myesha-Tiara as Annelle.  The show continues through March 25.

BWW Review: THE MOUSETRAP at Fulton Theatre

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap marks the welcomed return of drama to the Fulton Theater's mainstage. For far too long, the company has produced one big, splashy musical comedy after another. It is good for a theater to have some variety, something different now and then, and The Mousetrap fits the bill.

Fulton Theatre Opens Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to present the classic murder mystery Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, January 16 through February 11. Check in to the Monkswell Manor and stay the night as murder is the name of the cruel game played with inside these walls.

Photo Flash: Mercury Theater Chicago presents THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER will be sailing for its seventh year at Mercury Theater Chicago, from November 24 through December 31, 2017. Press opening is Friday, December 8th at 8:00pm. We are pleased to welcome new cast members to the Schooner family including Nicole Armold, Harter Clingman, Jared Rein, Ron Keaton, Ryan Stajmiger and Holly Stauder with Don Forston returning at the helm as 'Gustav Stossel.' The cast will be led by the Jeff-award winning team of L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Director) and Brenda Didier (Choreographer). Whether it is your first or tenth time seeing The Christmas Schooner, this heartwarming Chicago-centric story never fails to remind us what the holidays are all about: sharing love.

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