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BWW Review: ROE at Goodman Theatre Photo BWW Review: ROE at Goodman Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - Jan 28, 2020

Lisa Loomer's ROE offers a timely exploration of the history behind the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade and the ongoing political debate around abortion and a women's right to choose. While Loomer's text is not necessarily nuanced in the way that it presents the argument around abortion, ROE does consider both sides of this divisive issue. The play is perhaps most compelling in its capacity to pull back the curtain around the original Roe v. Wade case and reveal the case's history. ROE centers on two critical women, the lawyer Sarah Weddington, who was only in her mid-twenties when she brought this case before the Court, and Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff under the pseudonym 'Jane Roe.' Before I saw this play, I had never heard these women's names before. But now, thanks to Loomer's work, I won't soon forget them. For Loomer interestingly not only presents both sides of the United States' debate over a woman's right to choose but also puts forth Sarah and Norma's two differing perspectives on the events that transpired before and after Roe v. Wade was decided.

*ROE* Makes Its Chicago Premiere January 18 At Goodman Theatre Photo *ROE* Makes Its Chicago Premiere January 18 At Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2020

 Conceived in a pizza parlor and argued in the highest court in the land, the landmark 1973 case of Roe v. Wade legalized abortiona?"and is debated still today. Vanessa Stalling returns to the Goodman to direct the 15-member cast, including emblematic characters of plaintiff Norma McCorvey (a?oeJane Roea??) and Sarah Weddington, the young Texan lawyer who argued the case.

Danni Smith Joins the Cast of ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE for Three Week Extension at The D Photo Danni Smith Joins the Cast of ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE for Three Week Extension at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2019

Due to popular demand, Firebrand Theatre has announced a second extension of its hit revival of ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE, now playing through Saturday, January 25, 2020 at The Den Theatre's Janet Bookspan Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

Casting Announced For ROE And GRAVEYARD SHIFT At Goodman Theatre Photo Casting Announced For ROE And GRAVEYARD SHIFT At Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2019

Goodman Theatre continues its 2019/2020 Season this winter with two new plays.

ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Extends Through January 4, 2020 at The Den Theatre Photo ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Extends Through January 4, 2020 at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2019

Due to popular demand, Firebrand Theatre's hit revival of ALWAYSa?? PATSY CLINE will add three additional weeks of performances, extending through Saturday, January 4, 2020 at The Den Theatre's Janet Bookspan Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

BWW Review: ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE at Firebrand Theatre Photo BWW Review: ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE at Firebrand Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - Nov 22, 2019

Firebrand Theatre's ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE is both a lovely tribute to female friendship and Patsy Cline's iconic song catalog (the musical features more than 25 of Patsy's songs). Ted Swindley's show, here directed by Brigitte Ditmars, is based on the real-life friendship between Patsy and one of her most fervent fans, Louise Seger. After a chance encounter at one of Patsy's concert engagements in 1961, Louise and Patsy struck up a friendship that lasted the rest of the singer's life. Because the musical incorporates so many of Patsy's iconic country songs, however, it manages to avoid becoming too trite in relaying its story. Instead, ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE becomes unquestionably enjoyable as it's presented more as a concert with a storyline. It's a format that works, and works well.

Photo Flash: Check Out Photos From Firebrand Theatre's Production of ALWAYS…. PATSY Photo Photo Flash: Check Out Photos From Firebrand Theatre's Production of ALWAYS…. PATSY CLINE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2019

Firebrand Theatre has launched its 2019-20 season with a limited engage ment of ALWAYS… PATSY CLINE, featuring Artistic Director Harmony France and Christina Hall, who have both previously played the titular music legend. France and Hall will alternate in the roles of Patsy Cline and Louise Seger – so if you love the show, come see it again with the cast flipped!

Firebrand Theatre Presents ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE At The Den Theatre Photo Firebrand Theatre Presents ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE At The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019

Firebrand Theatre is pleased to launch its 2019-20 season with a limited engagement of ALWAYSa?? PATSY CLINE, featuring Artistic Director Harmony France and Christina Hall, who have both previously played the titular music legend. France and Hall will alternate in the roles of Patsy Cline and Louise Seger a?' so if you love the show, come see it again with the cast flipped!

Firebrand Theatre Announces ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Photo Firebrand Theatre Announces ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019

Firebrand Theatre is pleased to launch its 2019-20 season with a limited engagement of ALWAYSa?? PATSY CLINE, featuring Artistic Director Harmony France and Christina Hall, who have both previously played the titular music legend. France and Hall will alternate in the roles of Patsy Cline and Louise Seger a?" so if you love the show, come see it again with the cast flipped!

Firebrand Theatre Presents YOU OUGHTA KNOW: A TRIBUTE TO FIREBRANDS OF THE 90s Photo Firebrand Theatre Presents YOU OUGHTA KNOW: A TRIBUTE TO FIREBRANDS OF THE 90s
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Celebrate the fierce femmes of the '90s with Firebrand Theatre! Firebrand presents YOU OUGHTA KNOW: A TRIBUTE TO FIREBRANDS OF THE '90s on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8 pm at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave. #208, in Chicago.

BWW Review: Chicago Shakespeare Theater's PETER PAN Provides High-Flying Fun Photo BWW Review: Chicago Shakespeare Theater's PETER PAN Provides High-Flying Fun
by Rachel Weinberg - Jul 9, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's summer family musical PETER PAN is chock full of dazzling moments that will delight children and adults alike. With music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe with a new book by Elliot Davis (based upon the book by Willis Hall), this production captures all the magic of the classic story of the boy who refuses to grow up in just 75 minutes. Adult audience members who are fans of J.M. Barrie's original novel or the iconic Disney animated film will find this PETER PAN a refreshing mix of the familiar and the new. And of course, young audiences seeing the story of PETER PAN for the first time will be altogether surprised and amazed by this telling.

Photo Flash: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents PETER PAN ��" A MUSICAL ADVENTURE Photo Photo Flash: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents PETER PAN ��" A MUSICAL ADVENTURE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast and creative team for the summer family musical production of Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure at the Theater's home on Navy Pier, June 27-August 19, 2018. Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn't grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe-the award-winning songwriting duo behind Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit Mary Poppins and the Olivier Award-winning Honk! Amber Mak takes the helm as the production's director and choreographer in this newly updated version by Elliot Davis based on the book by Willis Hall.

Casting Announced For PETER PAN ��" A Musical Adventure Photo Casting Announced For PETER PAN ��" A Musical Adventure
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast and creative team for the summer family musical production of Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure at the Theater's home on Navy Pier, June 27-August 19, 2018. Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn't grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe-the award-winning songwriting duo behind Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit Mary Poppins and the Olivier Award-winning Honk! Amber Mak takes the helm as the production's director and choreographer in this newly updated version by Elliot Davis based on the book by Willis Hall.

Photo Flash: Marriott Theatre's RAGTIME Celebrates Opening Night Photo Photo Flash: Marriott Theatre's RAGTIME Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018

From the volatile melting pot of New York City at the dawn of a new century, comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, RAGTIME, kicking off Marriott Theatre's 2018 Season, January 24 through March 18, 2018 with a press opening yesterday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.

VIDEO: RAGTIME Brings the Turn of the Century to the Marriott Theatre Photo VIDEO: RAGTIME Brings the Turn of the Century to the Marriott Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jan 30, 2018

From the volatile melting pot of New York City at the dawn of a new century, comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, RAGTIME, kicking off Marriott Theatre's 2018 Season, January 24 through March 18, 2018 with a press opening on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Featuring a powerful score by the Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and book by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, RAGTIME is a sweeping musical portrait of America. Seven-time Jeff Award winner Nick Bowling (The Bridges of Madison County, Man of La Mancha, The King and I) returns to Marriott Theatre to direct, with Musical Direction by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson and Choreography by Kenneth L. Roberson.

Photo Flash: First Look at RAGTIME at Marriott Theatre Photo Photo Flash: First Look at RAGTIME at Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

From the volatile melting pot of New York City at the dawn of a new century, comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, RAGTIME, kicking off Marriott Theatre's 2018 Season, January 24 through March 18, 2018 with a press opening on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.

The Marriott Theatre Announces Casting For RAGTIME Photo The Marriott Theatre Announces Casting For RAGTIME
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2017

From the volatile melting pot of New York City at the dawn of a new century, comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, RAGTIME, kicking off Marriott Theatre's 2018 Season, January 24 through March 18, 2018. Featuring a powerful score by the Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and book by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, RAGTIME is a sweeping musical portrait of America. Seven-time Jeff Award winner Nick Bowling (The Bridges of Madison County, Man of La Mancha, The King and I) returns to Marriott Theatre to direct, with Musical Direction by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson and Choreography by Kenneth L. Roberson.

Mildred's Umbrella presents FEATHERS AND TEETH Photo Mildred's Umbrella presents FEATHERS AND TEETH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Reminding us all that Halloween is the best holiday of the year, Mildred's Umbrella (MU) dusts off its spooky side with the fun and bloody dark comedy FEATHERS AND TEETH by playwright and actress Charise Castro Smith.

Skylight Music Theatre Presents SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Skylight Music Theatre closes the 2016-17 season with Stephen Sondheim's Tony-Award winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The musical thriller runs Friday, May 19 through Sunday, June 11, 2017 in the Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee.

Firebrand Theatre Announces Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 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 its inaugural season, featuring two fully-produced musicals. Firebrand's 2017-18 season kicks off this fall with the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, a rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murdereress Lizzie Borden. Directed by Victoria Bussert with music direction by Andra Velis-Simon, LIZZIE feature music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner and book by Tim Maner.

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