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Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Launches 2017 - 2018 Season with BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Launches 2017 - 2018 Season with BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

 Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first mainstage production it its 2017 - 2018 season Billy Elliot the Musical, music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, with direction and choreography by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Associate Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Previews are Friday, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.  (more...)

Mercury Theater Chicago HAIR Extended By Popular DemandMercury Theater Chicago HAIR Extended By Popular Demand
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - has announced the extension of our rousing rock musical HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL through September 24th due to popular demand. (more...)

BWW Review: HAIR at Mercury Theater ChicagoBWW Review: HAIR at Mercury Theater Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - Aug 6, 2017

Mercury Theater's revival of the iconic rock musical HAIR infuses some peace, love, and sunshine into this Chicago summer. While Gerome Ragni and James Rado's lyrics still resonant today, this production stays firmly rooted in the late 1960s. Brenda Didier's direction, Robert Kuhn's costumes, and Jeffrey D. Kmiec's set design all have a 'traditional' feel-at least traditional by the show's standards. Certainly HAIR's call for peace and embrace of the Tribe's diverse identities echo the present and remind us of the progress yet to be made, but this staging does not underscore that relevance based on production choices. (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIR Celebrates Psychedelic Opening at Mercury TheaterPhoto Flash: HAIR Celebrates Psychedelic Opening at Mercury Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - is pleased to announce HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL, playing from July 27 through September 17. Press opening was Thursday, August 3rd at 8:00pm. (more...)

Porchlight Announces BILLY ELLIOT Cast and Creative TeamPorchlight Announces BILLY ELLIOT Cast and Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first mainstage production it its 2017 - 2018 season Billy Elliot the Musical, music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, with direction and choreography by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Associate Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street.  (more...)

Casting Announced for HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICALCasting Announced for HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - is pleased to announce the cast of HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL, playing from July 27 through September 17. Press opening is Thursday, August 3rd at 8:00pm. A celebration of 50 years since the 1967 "Summer of Love", HAIR will inspire audiences to "let the sun shine in" and stand up for what they believe in. This rousing rock musical will be led by Jeff Award Winners Brenda Didier (Director) and Eugene Dizon (Musical Director) with choreography by Christopher Carter.  A talented cast of Chicago artists featuring Matt Keffer and Liam Quealy will take the stage in this celebration of love, life, and freedom.  (more...)

Kimberly Lawson Named Managing Director of Firebrand TheatreKimberly Lawson Named Managing Director of Firebrand Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Lawson as Managing Director.  (more...)

Broken Nose Theatre and Refuge Theatre Project Take Top Honors at the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards; Full List of Winners!Broken Nose Theatre and Refuge Theatre Project Take Top Honors at the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards; Full List of Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

"At the Table", Michael Perlman's drama of scintillating conversation between diverse friends during a weekend in the country, took home the most honors on Monday, June 5, during the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing excellence in non-union Chicago theatre.  (more...)

Casting Announced for Firebrand Theatre's Inaugural Production LIZZIECasting Announced for Firebrand Theatre's Inaugural Production LIZZIE
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to announce casting for its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 - December 17, 2017 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Single tickets for LIZZIE are currently on sale at firebrandtheatre.org. Season subscriptions (including 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL) are currently available.  (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 4/14 - Once on this Island Auditions!Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 4/14 - Once on this Island Auditions!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed 4/14 - Once on this Island Auditions! (more...)

GRAND HOTEL To Conclude Kokandy Productions' Fifth Anniversary SeasonGRAND HOTEL To Conclude Kokandy Productions' Fifth Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Kokandy Productions is pleased to announce the final production of its fifth anniversary season: the Tony Award-nominated musical GRAND HOTEL, playing April 15 - May 28, 2018 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Featuring a book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest and additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, the Kokandy production will be directed by Artistic Producer John D. Glover, with music direction by Aaron Benham and choreography by Brenda Didier. Tickets will go on sale at a later date. For additional information, visit www.kokandyproductions.com. (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed This WeekRoundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Chicago You Might Have Missed This Week
by - Mar 10, 2017

Check out the top stories from Chicago you might have missed this week and more! (more...)

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Disney's MARY POPPINSMercury Theater Chicago Announces Disney's MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue - is delighted to announce the cast of the high-flying, family-musical MARY POPPINS. The magical nanny Mary Poppins will be played by newcomer Nicole Armold, and the loveable jack-of-all trades Bert will be played by Jeff Award winner Matthew Crowle. The production will be led by Jeff Award Winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Music Director) and Brenda Didier (Choreography). The show plays from March 29 through May 28, and the press opening is Friday, April 7th at 7:30pm  (more...)

Photo Flash: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA Opens at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: MY WAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA Opens at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, a musical revue at Theatre at the Center (TATC) in Munster, relives the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits that span the breadth of his career from the 1950s to the 1990s. The show opened Sunday, February 12, to a packed house for a run that continues through March 19. Scroll down for photos from the festivities! (more...)

MY WAY Musical Revue to Bring Sinatra to Theatre at the Center This WinterMY WAY Musical Revue to Bring Sinatra to Theatre at the Center This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, a musical revue at Theatre at the Center (TATC) in Munster, relives the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits that span the breadth of his career from the 1950s to the 1990s. It begins previews Feb. 9 and opens Feb. 12 for a run that continues through March 19. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Winners Announced - Patti LuPone, Ethan Slater, Alex Weisman and More!2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Winners Announced - Patti LuPone, Ethan Slater, Alex Weisman and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 24, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 Chicago winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

MY WAY Musical Revue to Bring Sinatra to Theatre at the Center This WinterMY WAY Musical Revue to Bring Sinatra to Theatre at the Center This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, a musical revue at Theatre at the Center (TATC) in Munster, relives the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits that span the breadth of his career from the 1950s to the 1990s. It begins previews Feb. 9 and opens Feb. 12 for a run that continues through March 19. (more...)

WAR PAINT Leads 2016 BWWChicago Equity Awards with Eight nomsWAR PAINT Leads 2016 BWWChicago Equity Awards with Eight noms
by Misha Davenport - Jan 3, 2017

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by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 30, 2016

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Porchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final TimePorchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final Time
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec. 31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

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