Lauren Paris Joins PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Tonight at Pride Films and PlaysLauren Paris Joins PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT Tonight at Pride Films and Plays
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Pride Films and Plays has announced the addition of Lauren Paris to the cast of its critically acclaimed and Jeff-recommended Chicago premiere of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards NominationsChristine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends COMPANY Through Aug 7Writers Theatre Extends COMPANY Through Aug 7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

Firebrand Theatre to Host JUKE JOINT Benefit Concert at The Den TheatreFirebrand Theatre to Host JUKE JOINT Benefit Concert at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Firebrand Theatre is pleased to present JUKE JOINT, an evening of gritty blues songs performed by some of Chicago's best female talent on Monday, July 25 at 9 pm at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANYWriters Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

BWW Review: Marriage is Good COMPANY PolicyBWW Review: Marriage is Good COMPANY Policy
by Teresa Budasi - Jun 24, 2016

To be or not to be … married. That is the question facing Robert throughout COMPANY, the Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical that concludes Writers Theatre's current season at its spiffy new venue in Glencoe. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Conclude 2015-16 Season with Sondheim's COMPANYWriters Theatre to Conclude 2015-16 Season with Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show runs June 15 - July 31, 2016 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Stage Sondheim's COMPANY, 6/15-7/31Writers Theatre to Stage Sondheim's COMPANY, 6/15-7/31
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Writers Theatre concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company was originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, and features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo, and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show runs June 15, 2016 - July 31, 2016 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre: 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DON'T TAKE ME OVER at Black Ensemble TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at DON'T TAKE ME OVER at Black Ensemble Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continue the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with DON'T MAKE ME OVER (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick), written by Jackie Taylorand directed by Rueben Echoles. DON'T MAKE ME OVER (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick) runs at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, now through May 15, 2016. The official press opening is Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Black Ensemble Theater to Continue 40th Anniversary with DON'T MAKE ME OVER Tribute to Dionne WarwickBlack Ensemble Theater to Continue 40th Anniversary with DON'T MAKE ME OVER Tribute to Dionne Warwick
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continue the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with DON'T MAKE ME OVER (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick), written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Rueben Echoles. (more...)

Black Ensemble Theater to Continue 40th Anniversary with DON'T MAKE ME OVER Tribute to Dionne WarwickBlack Ensemble Theater to Continue 40th Anniversary with DON'T MAKE ME OVER Tribute to Dionne Warwick
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor continue the 40th Anniversary Season (The Season of Greatest Hits) with DON'T MAKE ME OVER (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick), written by Jackie Taylor and directed by Rueben Echoles. (more...)

CHF Announces FOUR WOMEN CastCHF Announces FOUR WOMEN Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) presents Four Women: Josephine, Eartha, Nina, and Tina, this year's William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert, an annual cabaret performance, Monday, Nov. 2 as part of the 26th Fall Festival: Citizens, Oct. 24-Nov. 8. (more...)

Photo Flash: CHICAGO SINGS THE BEST OF MOTOWN Raises Record Funds for Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: CHICAGO SINGS THE BEST OF MOTOWN Raises Record Funds for Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre launched its 21st season with CHICAGO SINGS THE BEST OF MOTOWN, Monday, Aug. 17 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. The annual fundraiser shattered previous records with nearly 350 people in attendance and more than $30,000 raised for Porchlight Music Theatre's educational and artistic programming. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 29, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Pippin' performs at the Cadillac Palace and Sidetrack, dueling showtune concerts on August 17, and a summer 'Altar Boyz.' Plus local premieres of 'The Boy From Oz,' 'American Idiot' and 'Dogfight,' 'Gypsy' in Lake County, and 'The Producers' in true rep with 'Victor/Victoria!' (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 15th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 15th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 16, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Into The Woods,' 'Company,' 'Oklahoma!' and 'South Pacific' receive local stagings, as do 'Loving Repeating' and 'Goblin Market.' New shows include 'Stanley In The Name Of Love' and the musical episode of 'Buffy.' Plus the latest on new screen versions of 'Lucky Stiff,' 'The Wiz' and 'Grease!' (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Host 2016 CHICAGO SINGS THE BEST OF MOTOWN, 8/17Porchlight Music Theatre to Host 2016 CHICAGO SINGS THE BEST OF MOTOWN, 8/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce Chicago Sings The Best of Motown, Monday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Single tickets are on sale now at citywinery.com or by calling the City Winery Box Office at 312.733.9463. (more...)

Writers Theatre Announces Casting for 2015-16 SeasonWriters Theatre Announces Casting for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce casting for the Inaugural Season in the company's new theatre center. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 6th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 6th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 6, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The 'Jersey Boys' return, '[title of show]' premieres and CPaz hosts a belt-fest! Plus new works everywhere! Piven Theatre, Northlight Theatre, The Music Theatre Company, Chicago Children's Theatre, FWD Theatre and Porchlight Music Theatre show us our future, plus the world premiere of 'Sense And Sensibility' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater! (more...)

Howard Brown Health Center Benefit Concert Set for The Cab at Stage 773, 5/10Howard Brown Health Center Benefit Concert Set for The Cab at Stage 773, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Option Up!, the acclaimed musical theater cabaret and talk-show, celebrates co-host Christopher Pazdernik's birthday with Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a concert to benefit Howard Brown Health Center on Sunday, May 10 at 7:30 in The Cab at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be music directed by co-host Aaron Benham. Tickets are $10 and available by calling 773.327.5252 or by visiting www.stage773.com (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 10th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 10th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 10, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Cinderella' and 'Lucy' hit town, 'Hansel And Gretel' play on the Mag Mile, a BC/EFA benefit at Sidetrack, 'Porgy' and Redmoon make splashes, two shows named 'Nativity' ready to open, and 'Rudolph' and Big Red return! (more...)

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