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Cast & Design Team Revealed For THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Paramount TheatreCast & Design Team Revealed For THE WIZARD OF OZ at The Paramount Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Acclaimed Chicago director Amber Mak dazzled audiences with Paramount's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. She made kids of all ages believe in Santa again with Elf The Musical. Now she's taking audiences over the rainbow and into another fantastical world with The Wizard of Oz, November 14, 2018-January 6, 2019 at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora. Press opening is Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Presents BEEHIVE: THE 60'S MUSICALPhoto Flash: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Presents BEEHIVE: THE 60'S MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2018

Metropolis presents the colorful decade revue Beehive: The 60's Musical through August 25, 2018. A rockin' celebration following six women as they honor the legendary music and performers of the 60's. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Revisits Celebrates Opening Night of DO RE MIPhoto Flash: Porchlight Revisits Celebrates Opening Night of DO RE MI
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its fifth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, starring Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber and Nancy Voigts, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin, with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by David Fiorello. Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 22 through Thursday, May 24 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Memphis (previews begin April 19) at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: DO RE MI Takes the Stage at Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: DO RE MI Takes the Stage at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its fifth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, starring Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber and Nancy Voigts, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin, with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by David Fiorello. (more...)

Porchlight Announces Cast And Team For Porchlight Revisits DO RE MIPorchlight Announces Cast And Team For Porchlight Revisits DO RE MI
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its fifth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, starring Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber and Nancy Voigts, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin, with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by David Fiorello. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Revisits Celebrates Opening Night of THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONGPhoto Flash: Porchlight Revisits Celebrates Opening Night of THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre opened Porchlight Revisits They're Playing Our Song last night at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. They're Playing Our Song features music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and book by Neil Simon, with direction and choreography by Christopher Carter, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon and starring Lorenzo Rush Jr and Sharriese Hamilton.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONGPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre announced that Lorenzo Rush Jr has replaced James Earl Jones II in Porchlight Revisits They're Playing Our Song, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and book by Neil Simon, with direction and choreography by Christopher Carter and musical direction by Andra Velis Simon. Porchlight Revisits They're Playing our Song is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Merrily We Roll Along (previews begin January 26) at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for They're Playing Our Song are $35. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Makes Arts Club Debut!Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Makes Arts Club Debut!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre made its debut at The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario Street, with its hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 1959, hosted by Gene Weygandt, directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo with music direction by David Fiorello, Tuesday, February 27. (more...)

Blank Theatre Company Announces Performers For 'Blank's Sondheim Birthday Party'Blank Theatre Company Announces Performers For 'Blank's Sondheim Birthday Party'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

Over 25,000 turned out for the Chorus of Westerly's Summer Pops on June 24th in Wilcox Park. The main attraction for the event was the premiere of Chorus Alum John Tafone's upcoming new musical the Count of Monte Cristo. Tafone, a Westerly treasure was thrilled to have his work performed in such a fashion. (more...)

Lorenzo Rush, Jr Joins The Cast Of Porchlight Music Theatre's Porchlight Revisits THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONGLorenzo Rush, Jr Joins The Cast Of Porchlight Music Theatre's Porchlight Revisits THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre announced that Lorenzo Rush Jr has replaced James Earl Jones II in Porchlight Revisits They're Playing Our Song, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and book by Neil Simon, with direction and choreography by Christopher Carter and musical direction by Andra Velis Simon. Porchlight Revisits They're Playing our Song is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Merrily We Roll Along (previews begin January 26) at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for They're Playing Our Song are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber that discusses the evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets to They're Playing Our Song and subscriptions for the entire series are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884. (more...)

Sharriese Hamilton and James Earl Jones II Star In Porchlight's THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONGSharriese Hamilton and James Earl Jones II Star In Porchlight's THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre continues its fifth season of Chicago's lost musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits They're Playing Our Song, starring Sharriese Hamilton and James Earl Jones II, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and book by Neil Simon, with direction and choreography by Christopher Carter and musical direction by Andra Velis Simon. Porchlight Revisits They're Playing our Song is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Merrily We Roll Along (previews begin January 26) at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for They're Playing Our Song are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber that discusses the evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets to They're Playing Our Song and subscriptions for the entire series are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884. (more...)

Porchlight's New Faces Series Returns to the Skokie TheatrePorchlight's New Faces Series Returns to the Skokie Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second production in its 2017 2018 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 1959, hosted by Gene Weygandt, directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo with music direction by David Fiorello, Monday, Feb. 26 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie at 7:30 p.m. In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre created the Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway as a showcase for the best emerging music talent now performing on Chicago stages. (more...)

Big Noise Theatre's BIG FISH Opens Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, opens the Spring show Big Fish, the Musical. Join us for an opening night reception this Friday, April 21st beginning at 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided while you mingle, and you'll have a chance to take pictures in front of our amazing, show-inspired backdrop in the lobby. It's a romantic adventure you don't want to miss! (more...)

Big Noise 2017 to Present Romantic Adventure BIG FISH THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2017

Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, announces the Spring show of their 2017 season, Big Fish, the Musical. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Tim Burton film, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest, and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him - most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. Overflowing with humor and heart, Big Fish is an extraordinary recent Broadway musical that's richer, funnier, and BIGGER than life itself! (more...)

BWW Review: An Emotionally Charged BARE
by Misha Davenport - Oct 11, 2016

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Refuge Theatre Project's BARE: A POP OPERA Begins Performances October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Refuge Theatre Project will again perform in a non-traditional space for their production of bare: a pop opera, which will complete the company's second season with a five-week run from October 7 through November 6, 2016. The sanctuary of Epworth United Methodist Church at 5253 N. Kenmore will be the stage for this sung-through musical, set in a private co-educational Roman Catholic boarding school. bare, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2000 and was mounted off-Broadway in New York in 2004, follows gay and straight teenage characters who are dealing with their emerging sexuality. The pastoral guidance they receive from their teachers is not always affirming. (more...)

Amanda Flahive Leads Williams Street Rep's GYPSY, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015

In 1959 Ethel Merman, the prominent musical theatre actress of her time, and David Merrick were searching for their next project. After reading an excerpt from the memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, Merrick felt they had said project and GYPSY was born. (more...)

Amanda Flahive to Lead Williams Street Rep's GYPSY as 'Mama Rose'; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

In 1959 Ethel Merman, the prominent musical theatre actress of her time, and David Merrick were searching for their next project. After reading an excerpt from the memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, Merrick felt they had said project and GYPSY was born. (more...)

Delightful The World Goes Round at Porthouse
by Roy Berko - Jul 13, 2012

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