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Victory Gardens & Emerald City Theatre Announce 'Play Pals' Workshop DatesVictory Gardens & Emerald City Theatre Announce 'Play Pals' Workshop Dates
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater and Emerald City Theatre will continue to provide Play Pals, a theater experience for the whole family, throughout the 2017-2018 Season. During designated matinees, children ages 4-11 will engage in critically-acclaimed theater education workshops from Emerald City Theatre while their parents attend performances at Victory Gardens Theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Closes Out Their Season Opener, LIFE X 3Photo Flash: Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Closes Out Their Season Opener, LIFE X 3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

After a run interrupted by Hurricane Harvey, Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. closes out their season opener, Life X 3 by Yasmina Reza, this weekend. Remaining performances are Thursday at 7:30pm (followed by a talk back with the director and cast), Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm.  (more...)

Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Chicago ShakespeareQ BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Back by popular demand, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the highly anticipated return of the cheeky holiday classic Q Brothers Christmas Carol, from hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective and developed with CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton. After three wildly successful runs in 2013, 2014, and 2015 to sold-out houses, the raucous and irreverent musical event now takes the stage of the Theater's innovative third venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, November 21-December 31, 2017. (more...)

Review Roundup: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS at The Marriott Theatre in ChicagoReview Roundup: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS at The Marriott Theatre in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS opened at The Marriott Theatre in Chicago on August 23 and runs until October 15. The cast features Michael Mahler as Jack Singer, Samantha Pauly as Betsy Nolan, Sean Allan as Tommy Korman, Cole Burden as Buddy Rocky / Roy Bacon, Marya Grandy as Bea Singer, and Steven Strafford as Johnny Sandwich. (more...)

BWW Flashback: Looking Back on the 'Some Kind of Wonderful' Leading Ladies of BEAUTIFUL!BWW Flashback: Looking Back on the 'Some Kind of Wonderful' Leading Ladies of BEAUTIFUL!
by Danielle Ashley - Sep 2, 2017

From the Great White Way to across the pond on the West End, the story of Carole King has continued to inspire audiences to find their true voice with the timeless music sung by talented leading ladies. (more...)

Photo Flash: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Celebrates Opening Night at The Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Celebrates Opening Night at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017

Led by the original Broadway powerhouse team, including ten-time Jeff Award-winning director Gary Griffin, Tony Award-nominated choreographer Denis Jones, and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Brian Hemesath (PBS's 'Sesame Street', NBC's 'SNL'), HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, a loving throwback to the classic American musical, makes its Regional Premiere at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire. The production opened last night, August 30, and BroadwayWorld has photos of the festivities below! (more...)

BWW TV: Get A First Look at Marriott Theatre's HONEYMOON IN VEGASBWW TV: Get A First Look at Marriott Theatre's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 29, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS now on stage at the Mariott Theatre in Chicago! (more...)

Spend an Evening with FUN HOME Composer Jeanine Tesori at Victory Gardens TheaterSpend an Evening with FUN HOME Composer Jeanine Tesori at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces the one-night-only special event, An Evening with Tony Award-Winning Composer Jeanine Tesori. The event will be held on Monday, September 25 at 7:30 pm at the Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HONEYMOON IN VEGAS at The Marriott TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at HONEYMOON IN VEGAS at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Led by the original Broadway powerhouse team, including ten-time Jeff Award-winning director Gary Griffin, Tony Award-nominated choreographer Denis Jones, and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Brian Hemesath (PBS's 'Sesame Street', NBC's 'SNL'), HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, a loving throwback to the classic American musical, makes its Regional Premiere at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, currently in previews for an opening August 30, and running through October 15. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Nia Vardalos to Return for TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Encore at The Public Theater; Cast Announced!Nia Vardalos to Return for TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Encore at The Public Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2017

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the encore engagement of the acclaimed production of Tiny Beautiful Things, part of The Public's Astor Anniversary Season at their landmark downtown home on Lafayette Street, celebrating 50 years of new work at 425 Lafayette Street and the 50th Anniversary of HAIR. (more...)

Chicago's Jeff Awards Equity Nominations for 2016-2017 Productions AnnouncedChicago's Jeff Awards Equity Nominations for 2016-2017 Productions Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2017

Seven world premiere plays seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards. 158 nominations in 33 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. (more...)

Casting Announced for FUN HOME, FADE, 'BREACH' and DOING IT at Victory GardensCasting Announced for FUN HOME, FADE, 'BREACH' and DOING IT at Victory Gardens
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Victory Gardens Theater, under the direction of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces complete casting for its upcoming productions. (more...)

THE MINUTES, TREVOR THE MUSICAL, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Among League of Chicago Theatres' Fall 2017 Picks in the Windy CityTHE MINUTES, TREVOR THE MUSICAL, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Among League of Chicago Theatres' Fall 2017 Picks in the Windy City
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Fall 2017 will see Chicago continue to produce some of the most exciting theater in the country. Offerings from the city's more than 250 producing theaters include a range of special fall programming, featuring everything from the latest musicals to highly anticipated world premieres.    (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of LIFE X 3 at Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of LIFE X 3 at Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. (DDTCo.) dishes out Sancerre and Cheez-Its as the starter to its 2017-18 season, with the gritty comedy, Life X 3, by Yasmina Reza. DDTCo. Executive Director, Trevor B. Cone, is at the helm of the witty and acerbic play, which presents three versions of the same story, and runs for three weeks at MATCH. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below! (more...)

Original Broadway Team to Bring HONEYMOON IN VEGAS to Life at Marriott TheatreOriginal Broadway Team to Bring HONEYMOON IN VEGAS to Life at Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2017

Led by the original Broadway powerhouse team, including ten-time Jeff Award-winning director Gary Griffin, Tony Award-nominated choreographer Denis Jones, and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Brian Hemesath (PBS's "Sesame Street", NBC's "SNL"), HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, a loving throwback to the classic American musical, makes its Regional Premiere at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire with previews August 23, opening August 30 at 8 pm, and running through October 15. (more...)

BWW Review: The MUNY's Uproarious and Delightful A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMBWW Review: The MUNY's Uproarious and Delightful A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by Chris Gibson - Jul 9, 2017

Brimming with painfully amusing puns, by gag writers Larry Gelbart and Bert Shevelove , who bring a bit of borscht belt humor and a sprinkling of vaudeville to the proceedings, and adorned with the wonderful music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is an incredibly engaging and entertaining show, and it's the current attraction at The MUNY. It's a great match, and a perfect show for a summer evening, filled with sparkling, bawdy jokes, and brought to life with considerable energy by a stellar cast. I highly recommend this classic musical! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - The Muny Channels Rome with A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM!Photo Flash: First Look - The Muny Channels Rome with A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

The Muny just celebrated the opening night performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Supported by a sensational company of Muny and Broadway stars, Jeffrey Schecter (Pseudolus), gave an awe-inspiring performance after stepping into the lead role just 3 days before opening. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Jeffrey Schecter, John Tartaglia and More in Highlights from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO FORUM at The MunyVIDEO: Watch Jeffrey Schecter, John Tartaglia and More in Highlights from A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO FORUM at The Muny
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the third production of The Muny's 99th season, playing now through July 11. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights from the show below! (more...)

Social: Spend A Day at THE MUNY with John TartagliaSocial: Spend A Day at THE MUNY with John Tartaglia
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Check out highlights from our Twitter takeover last week with John Tartaglia, who's currently gearing up to open A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at The Muny! (more...)

Muny Announces Cast Change for A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUMMuny Announces Cast Change for A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2017

 The Muny announced today Jeffrey Schecter will star as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the third production of its 99th season, which plays July 5-11. Schecter replaces Peter Scolari, who struggled with allergies during rehearsals that resulted in extreme vocal stress and a severe sinus infection. (more...)

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