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Bio:
Eric Backus is a composer and sound designer based in Chicago. He works nationally, specializing in live sound design and original music composition for plays and musicals. Recently, he designed the Off-Broadway and touring productions of SoloChicago Theatre's Churchill. Additional credits include ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Eric Backus is a composer and sound designer based in Chicago. He works nationally, specializing in live sound design and original music composition for plays and musicals. Recently, he designed the Off-Broadway and touring productions of SoloChicago Theatre's Churchill. Additional credits include ... (read complete bio)
Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, September 25- with SPELLING BEE Reunion, Next On Stage Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, September 25- with SPELLING BEE Reunion, Next On Stage: Dance Edition, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2020

Today (September 25) in live streaming: Meet the Next On Stage: Dance Edition Top 5, Spelling Bee reunites on Stars in the House, and so much more!

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its schedule for fall 2020, offering a variety of free and pay-to-view options for virtual experiences.

Victory Gardens Theater Presents DHABA ON DEVON AVENUE World Premiere Photo Victory Gardens Theater Presents DHABA ON DEVON AVENUE World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2020

Victory Gardens Theater continues its 45th season with the World Premiere of Dhaba on Devon Avenue by Madhuri Shekar and staged by Artistic Director Chay Yew.

BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Raven Theatre Photo BWW Review: A DOLL'S HOUSE at Raven Theatre
by Patrick Rybarczyk - Feb 11, 2020

Classic plays provide us a snapshot of the time period in which they were written. They can show us how far we may or may not have progressed as a society. Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' is one such classic. Now in production at Raven Theatre, this new take offers up a sharp, refreshing look. Raven Artistic Director Cody Estle remarks in a program note that what is addressed in 'A Doll's House' 'remain issues in our own time.'

Photo Flash: Raven Theatre's Chicago Premiere Adaptation of A DOLL'S HOUSE Photo Photo Flash: Raven Theatre's Chicago Premiere Adaptation of A DOLL'S HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020

Raven Theatre is continuing its 2019-20 season with a revival of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece A DOLL'S HOUSE, in a vibrant and progressive new adaptation making its Chicago premiere. Directed by Lauren Shouse, the new work features translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and adaptation by Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt. A DOLL'S HOUSE will play February 6 โ€“ March 22, 2020 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Monday, February 10 at 7:30 pm.

Chicago Shakespeare Presents THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Photo Chicago Shakespeare Presents THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2020

a??a??a??a??a??a??a??Chicago Shakespeare Theater invites audiences to spend their Saturday with Shakespeare in this cleverly abridged, 75-minute production of Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors on Saturdays at 11:00am, January 25a?"February 29, 2020 in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Filled to the brim with acrobatics and mayhem, the hilarity and hijinks of Shakespeare's comedy are larger-than-life in this vibrant and fast-paced production, making it the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for audiences of all ages.

First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of PLANO Photo First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of PLANO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2020

First Floor Theater is pleased to continue its eighth season with the Chicago premiere of Will Arbery's dark comedy PLANO, directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Audrey Francis. Presented as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series, PLANO will play February 16 a?" March 28, 2020 at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650. The press opening is Thursday, February 20 at 8 pm.

Raven Theatre to Present Chicago Premiere of a New Adaptation of A DOLL'S HOUSE Photo Raven Theatre to Present Chicago Premiere of a New Adaptation of A DOLL'S HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2020

Raven Theatre will continue its 2019-20 season with a revival of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece A DOLL'S HOUSE, in a vibrant and progressive new adaptation making its Chicago premiere. Directed by Lauren Shouse, the new work features translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and adaptation by Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt. A DOLL'S HOUSE will play February 6 - March 22, 2020 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company to Host Two Visiting Companies as Part of LookOut Photo Steppenwolf Theatre Company to Host Two Visiting Companies as Part of LookOut
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host two bold visiting companies as part of LookOut, a year-round series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre will be the home to two productions from impressive Chicago storefront theatres next year: First Floor Theater and Definition Theatre.

Casting Announced For Raven Theatre's A DOLL'S HOUSE Photo Casting Announced For Raven Theatre's A DOLL'S HOUSE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019

Raven Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its a revival of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece A DOLL'S HOUSE, in a vibrant and progressive new adaptation making its Chicago premiere.

First Floor Theater's PLANO to Premiere in Chicago at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre Photo First Floor Theater's PLANO to Premiere in Chicago at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2019

First Floor Theater will continue its eighth season with the Chicago premiere of Will Arbery's dark comedy PLANO, directed by Steppenwolf Ensemble Member Audrey Francis. Presented as part of Steppenwolf's LookOut Series, PLANO will play February 16 - March 27, 2020 at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13, 2019 at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650. The press opening is Thursday, February 20 at 8 pm.

Raven Theatre Presents the World Premiere of  COLD TOWN/HOTLINE: A Chicago Holiday St Photo Raven Theatre Presents the World Premiere of COLD TOWN/HOTLINE: A Chicago Holiday Story
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019

Raven Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of the heartwarming, family-friendly comedy COLD TOWN/HOTLINE: A Chicago Holiday Story, written and directed by Eli Newell, playing November 30 a?" December 22, 2019 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm.

American Blues Theater To Premiere ROAN @ THE GATES Photo American Blues Theater To Premiere ROAN @ THE GATES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019

American Blues Theater continues its 2019-2020 Season with the Chicago Premiere of Roan @ The Gates, written by Christina Gorman* and directed by Lexi Saunders. Roan @ The Gates runs January 31, 2020 a?' February 29, 2020 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  The official press opening is February 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Cast Announced for Brown Paper Box Co.'s IF/THEN Photo Cast Announced for Brown Paper Box Co.'s IF/THEN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2019

Following their sold-out run of Come Rain or Come Shine: A Judy Garland Cabaret at Mary's Attic, Brown Paper Box Co., announces the cast, staff, and design team behind Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Tony Award-nominated musical, If/Then.

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019

Photo Flash: Raven Theatre Presents The Chicago Premiere of SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON Photo Photo Flash: Raven Theatre Presents The Chicago Premiere of SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019

Raven Theatre is pleased to launch its 2019-20 season with the Chicago premiere of Rachel Bonds' drama SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, featuring music and lyrics by The Bengsons, directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle with music direction by Andra Velis Simon. This warm and delicate play with music is an honest look at the hard work of holding a family together and reconnecting with what we've left behind.

Raven Theatre Presents SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON Chicago Premiere! Photo Raven Theatre Presents SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON Chicago Premiere!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019

Casting Announced For LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE at Lifeline Theatre Photo Casting Announced For LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE at Lifeline Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019

Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries presents Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, based on the children's book by Bernard Waber, with adaptation by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Christina Calvit, music and lyrics by George Howe, and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Amanda Link. While the Primm family is busily moving into their new home on East 88th Street, they are shocked to discover a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh, he only eats Turkish caviar. The Primm's are quick to welcome Lyle into the family, but not everyone is so thrilled about a crocodile living on the block. Discover the meaning of family in this musical based off the beloved classic by Bernard Waber. This production is recommended for children ages five and up and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile runs Saturday, Oct. 19 a?" Sunday, Nov. 24 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Press Opening is Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children (2-18), and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.

WORKING Opens At FLMTF Photo WORKING Opens At FLMTF
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (FLMTF) opens its fourth production this season, Working, A Musical. The show runs September 4 through September 21 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park.

Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards Photo Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2019

Eleven world premiere plays and musicals seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by the Jeff Awards, announced today. A total of 192 nominations were made in 34 categories that honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. During the 2018-19 season, Jeff Awards judges attended opening nights of 132 Equity productions offered by 43 producing organizations and from these openings, 112 productions were a?oeJeff Recommendeda?? and eligible for award nominations.

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