Chi-Town Sings Lady Gaga March 4th at The Den TheatreChi-Town Sings Lady Gaga March 4th at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019

Award-winning performers Robert Deason (dueling pianist extraordinaire) and Lauren Paris (most recently seen in a critically acclaimed performance as Percy in THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Refuge Theatre Project) are back with another round of Chi-Town Sings, after their sold-out performances of CHI-TOWN SINGS SARA BAREILLES and CHI-TOWN SINGS DEMI LOVATO. CHI-TOWN SINGS LADY GAGA will be performed at 8PM on March 4th at The Den Theatre. Previously, the series occupied the beloved 100 seat Haven Cabaret space, but have been upgraded to a 300 seat venue: The Heath. An anonymous producer has also signed on to the project. (more...)

Lauren Paris and Robert Deason Present TELL ME YOU LOVE ME: CHI-TOWN SINGS DEMI LOVATOLauren Paris and Robert Deason Present TELL ME YOU LOVE ME: CHI-TOWN SINGS DEMI LOVATO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

Award-winning performers Lauren Paris (most recently seen in a critically acclaimed performance as Percy in THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Refuge Theatre Project) and Robert Deason (dueling pianist extraordinaire) are back with another round of Chi-Town Sings, after their sold-out performance of BETWEEN THE LINES: CHI-TOWN SINGS SARA BAREILLES. They now present TELL ME YOU LOVE ME: CHI-TOWN SINGS DEMI LOVATO (more...)

Christopher Pazdernik's Annual CHRIS'S BIRTHDAY BELT FEST Returns Monday, May 14 At Uptown Underground Raising Funds For Howard Brown HealthChristopher Pazdernik's Annual CHRIS'S BIRTHDAY BELT FEST Returns Monday, May 14 At Uptown Underground Raising Funds For Howard Brown Health
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

Jeff Award-nominee and HIV+ director/producer Christopher Pazdernik is pleased to announce the 4th annual Chris's Birthday Belt Fest, a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets are $30, in advance; $40, at the door on the night of the performance, and are available at uptownunderground.net or by calling 773.867.1946. Uptown Underground is a 21 years old and older venue and advance reservations are strongly recommended. (more...)

Announcing the 3rd Annual CHRIS' BIRTHDAY BELT FEST: Duets Edition!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Jeff Award-nominee and HIV+ director/producer Christopher Pazdernik is pleased to announce the 3rd annual CHRIS' BIRTHDAY BELT FEST, a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health on Monday, May 15 at 8 pm at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway in Chicago. Featuring 40 award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago and musical direction by Aaron Benham, this year's benefit will feature a record number of performers and a brand new theme: Duets! Tickets, priced at $25, are currently available at uptownunderground.net or by calling (773) 867-1946. Uptown Underground is a 21+ venue; advance reservations strongly recommended. (more...)

BWW TV: How Very... Watch Highlights from Kokandy Productions' HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 29, 2016

Kokandy Productions launches its 2016 season with the Chicago premiere of the dark 'mean teen' comedy HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, based on the hit 1980s cult film of the same name, from the award winning-team of creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives) and Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde). Directed by James Beaudry, with music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Sawyer Smith, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL will play now through April 24, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kokandy Productions' HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

 Kokandy Productions is pleased to launch its 2016 season with the Chicago premiere of the dark "mean teen" comedy HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, based on the hit 1980s cult film of the same name, from the award winning-team of creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives) and Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde). Directed by James Beaudry, with music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Sawyer Smith, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL will play February 28 - April 24, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL are currently available at www.kokandyproductions.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Friday, March 4 at 8 pm. (more...)

Kokandy's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL to Run 2/28-4/24 at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

?Kokandy Productions is pleased to launch its 2016 season with the Chicago premiere of the dark "mean teen" comedy HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, based on the hit 1980s cult film of the same name, from the award winning-team of creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives) and Laurence O'Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde). Directed by James Beaudry, with music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Sawyer Smith, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL will play February 28 - April 24, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL are currently available at www.kokandyproductions.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. The press opening is Friday, March 4 at 8 pm. (more...)

Kokandy Announces Cast of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

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HEARTSTRINGS AND BROKEN RECORDS Set for Feinstein's/54 Below, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jordan Scott Taylor's original cabaret 'Heartstrings and Broken Records' today, November 6th 2015. Join Jordan as he makes a splash in NYC with the east coast debut of this cabaret about Break-ups. The sorrow, hilarity, and tragedy of relationships are a mutual experience. Join Jordan along with performers from New York and Chicago (some recently single), for a night of remembering the memories we wish we could erase.  (more...)

HEARTSTRINGS AND BROKEN RECORDS Set for Feinstein's/54 Below, 11/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jordan Scott Taylor's original cabaret 'Heartstrings and Broken Records' on Friday, November 6th 2015. Join Jordan as he makes a splash in NYC with the east coast debut of this cabaret about Break-ups. The sorrow, hilarity, and tragedy of relationships are a mutual experience. Join Jordan along with performers from New York and Chicago (some recently single), for a night of remembering the memories we wish we could erase.  (more...)

Raven Theatre Sets 'SHERLOCK HOLMES' Cast, Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

Michael Menendian, co-Artistic Director of Raven Theatre and co-author (with John Weagly) of the script, has announced Rachel Edwards Harvith will direct Raven's dramatization with music of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's only Sherlock Holmes mystery set around the holidays. The play, based on Conan Doyle's 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle', follows Holmes' investigation into the disappearance of a precious gem owned by a countess and its reappearance in the cooked holiday goose of an ordinary Londoner. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight's CITY OF ANGELS Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels will be presented again tonight, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a look at last night's opening festivities below! (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only tonight, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 14th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 14, 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 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration was great! Now onward to '50 Shades,' 'Mr. Burns' and 'Book Of Merman,' plus two from Christopher Pazdernik,' 'Ordinary Days,' 'First Wives Club,' tributes to John Hughes and Stephen Sondheim and a showtune film cameo! (more...)

Brandon Dahlquis, Brian Zane & More to Star in Porchlight Revisits... Production of CITY OF ANGELS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the next production in the second season of Chicago's hit 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... City of Angels, featuring book by Larry Gelbart (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, M*A*S*H), music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum) and lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Disney's Mulan) with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham. City of Angels is presented for two-nights-only Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Sondheim on Sondheim (February 6 - March 15) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 12th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 12, 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. The 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award nominations are announced, Lyric presents 'Porgy' and 'Carousel,' 'Camelot' opens, 'Ring Of Fire' and 'Annie' return, 'Annie' and 'Ani' hit screens, parodies of 'Guffman,' the Merman/Mormon thing, Rudolph and Tupperware, and a suburban 'Garden!' (more...)

Photo Flash: Kokandy Productions' ASSASSINS Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Kokandy Productions present their Season 2014 closer - ASSASSINS, directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith with music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Mike Ford. ASSASSINS opened on Saturday, June 14 at 8:00pm, and runs at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont in Chicago, and continues through Sunday, July 20, 2014. Scroll down for photos from the show's opening night celebrations! (more...)

Theo Ubique's Original (But Very Brief) A VERY MERRY MADRIGAL
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 27, 2013

Most theater companies try to mount something during the holiday season. And so it is that the powers that be at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, that most storefront of all of the Chicago area non-Equity musical theater companies, has mounted a clever idea and unique holiday entertainment called "A Very Merry Madrigal," directed by David Heimann. (more...)

Theo Ubique's A VERY MERRY MADRIGAL Opens 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2013

Chicago's selection of seasonal shows this winter will include the exciting addition of Theo Ubique's updating of the Madrigal Dinner tradition for all audiences. Song, food, poetry and variety acts will combine into a most festive feast for A Very Merry Madrigal. Weekend matinee performances plus reduced ticket prices for children under12 will make the event accessible and affordable for families as well as adults. Conceived by David Heimann and Fred Anzevino, A Very Merry Madrigal will offer yuletide folk music from the 15th Century to the 21st, with a cast of six singers and instrumentalists performing new arrangements by Aaron Benham. A wassail (non-alcoholic hot mulled cider) and a figgy pudding dessert will be served to all and an optional dinner entree will be available for an additional charge. Mixed in between the songs, food, and drink will be readings of poems by Shakespeare, Dante and Robert Frost as well as variety acts and selection of a King and Queen from the audience. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 30th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 30, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Big local openings ('Miss Saigon,' 'Hello, Dolly!' and 'Mary Poppins'), holiday fare like Menken's 'A Christmas Carol,' the return of 'We Three Lizas' and more, season announcements from MTC and LOW, plus the Season Of Concern CD and a BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards deadline! (more...)

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