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Mercury Theater Chicago to Celebrate its Reopening With July Event Photo Mercury Theater Chicago to Celebrate its Reopening With July Event
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 14, 2021

The Open House will be a joyful event to welcome audiences for live music and cocktails and the opportunity for guests to meet the new leadership team of Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter, Managing Director Shane Murray-Corcoran and newly announced Cabaret Director Honey West, along with Executive Producers Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon.

Betty Buckley, Judith Light & More Take Part in The Lavender Effect Virtual Pride Par Photo Betty Buckley, Judith Light & More Take Part in The Lavender Effect Virtual Pride Parade
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 28, 2021

This year's Virtual PRIDE Parade’s Host & Grand Marshall is Alec Mapa. Mapa’s TV and film credits include Ugly Betty, Switched at Birth, Doom Patrol, You Don’t Mess with The Zohan and Connie and Carla.  He lives in Los Angeles with his husband Jamison and Son Zion. 

Photo Flash: BELTING FOR LIFE, A Howard Brown Health Fundraiser Premieres This Sunday Photo Photo Flash: BELTING FOR LIFE, A Howard Brown Health Fundraiser Premieres This Sunday
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 14, 2021

Jeff Award-winning director and HIV+ activist Christopher Pazdernik presents the 6th annual Belting for Life (formerly known as Chris’ Birthday Belt Fest), an annual benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ organizations. 

BELTING FOR LIFE Premieres May 16 to Raise Funds Virtually For Howard Brown Health Photo BELTING FOR LIFE Premieres May 16 to Raise Funds Virtually For Howard Brown Health
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 15, 2021

Jeff Award-winning director and HIV+ activist Christopher Pazdernik presents the 6th annual Belting for Life (formerly known as Chris' Birthday Belt Fest), an annual benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, one of the nation's largest LGBTQ organizations.

Hell in a Handbag Celebrates Halloween With AIRPORT 1970SOMETHING Photo Hell in a Handbag Celebrates Halloween With AIRPORT 1970SOMETHING
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 9, 2020

Hell in a Handbag Productions once again takes on the classic 1970s disaster film genre with a totally ridiculous twist! Airport 1970SOMETHING is a parody that celebrates the popular '70s Airport disaster film series, edited and dubbed over with new dialogue by Handbag ensemble members and some of Chicago's favorite performers.

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Cast Of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Photo Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Cast Of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 27, 2020

Mercury Theater Chicago announced today the cast and crew of the spectacular musical comedy PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, running in the Venus Cabaret Theater from March 20 through June 28.

Honey West Reunites With Freddy Allen For First Cabaret Performance In Over A Decade  Photo Honey West Reunites With Freddy Allen For First Cabaret Performance In Over A Decade At Drew's On Halsted
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 21, 2019

Chicago LGBT Hall of Famer, two-time After Dark Award-winning entertainer Honey West and two- time After Dark Award winner and Chicago Pressie Award Winner for Best Local Entertainer Freddy Allen, reunite for their first Chicago cabaret performance in over a decade since their Gentry days. This event will take place at Drew's On Halsted, 3102 N. Halsted, on Friday, November 15.

Chris' Birthday Belt Fest Returns To Raise Money For Howard Brown Center Photo Chris' Birthday Belt Fest Returns To Raise Money For Howard Brown Center
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 10, 2019

Jeff Award-winning director and HIV+ activist Christopher Pazdernik presents the 5th installment of Chris' Birthday Belt Fest, an annual benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, Monday, May 13 at 8 p.m. at Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.Tickets are $30, in advance; $40, at the door on the night of the performance, and are available at GreenHouseTheater.org or by calling 773.404.7336. The performance is suitable for all ages and runs two hours with one intermission.

Frog and Peach Theatre Company Returns to Sheen Center with TWELFTH NIGHT Photo Frog and Peach Theatre Company Returns to Sheen Center with TWELFTH NIGHT
by Julie Musbach - Jan 10, 2019

Celebrating more than 20 years of creating Shakespeare for everyone, Frog and Peach Theatre Company follows up their acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with another classic comedy, TWELFTH NIGHT which begins performances Friday, February 22nd and opens Monday, February 25th.

Chicago Theatre Workshop Presents I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Photo Chicago Theatre Workshop Presents I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 7, 2019

Chicago Theatre Workshop (CTW) with permission from authors, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts will present a one-night only LGBTQ performance of their long running off-Broadway hit musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" as a benefit for the company.

Porchlight Music Theatre's GYPSY Starring E. Faye Butler Extends Through December 29 Photo Porchlight Music Theatre's GYPSY Starring E. Faye Butler Extends Through December 29
by Marika O'Hara - Oct 30, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the extension of Gypsy, A Musical Fable, through December 29, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Porchlight Music Theatre's Gypsy stars E. Faye Butler as "Rose," is directed by Michael Weber, music directed by David Fiorello and choreographed/associate directed by Chris Carter.

Flying Elephant Productions' Presents THE BOOK OF MERMAN Photo Flying Elephant Productions' Presents THE BOOK OF MERMAN
by Julie Musbach - Oct 29, 2018

Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to present the return of the hit musical comedy THE BOOK OF MERMAN, featuring a book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by DC Cathro, music direction by Tyler Miles and choreography by Jenna Schoppe. 

BWW Review: GYPSY at Porchlight Music Theatre Photo BWW Review: GYPSY at Porchlight Music Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - Oct 21, 2018

Here she is, boys. Here she is, world. Here's E. Faye Butler as Mama Rose in GYPSY. Butler commands the Porchlight stage with a presence that's both larger-than-life and also at the same time a deeply revealing character study. To say that Butler's portrayal of Mama Rose is a star turn is almost not enough. Butler seems to live and breathe this role; she does not appear to be acting but rather fully inhabiting this iconic character.

Photo Flash: GYPSY Opens at Porchlight Music Theatre Photo Photo Flash: GYPSY Opens at Porchlight Music Theatre
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 17, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre's Mainstage 2018 - 2019 season launches with Gypsy, A Musical Fable, October 12 - November 25, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Porchlight Music Theatre's Gypsy stars E. Faye Butler as "Rose," is directed by Michael Weber, music directed by David Fiorello and choreographed/associate directed by Chris Carter.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents GYPSY Photo Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents GYPSY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 16, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre's Mainstage 2018 - 2019 season launches with Gypsy, A Musical Fable, October 12 - November 25, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Porchlight Music Theatre's Gypsy stars E. Faye Butler as "Rose," is directed by Michael Weber, music directed by David Fiorello and choreographed/associate directed by Chris Carter. Previews are Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night is Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Oct. 14, Nov. 18 and Nov. 25; Sunday at 6 p.m.: Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 with an added matinee performance Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. and an added 4 p.m. performance Friday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m.

Hit Musical THE BOOK OF MERMAN Returns To Chicago - Casting Announced Photo Hit Musical THE BOOK OF MERMAN Returns To Chicago - Casting Announced
by Julie Musbach - Sep 13, 2018

Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out three-month run at Chicago's Apollo Theater in 2015, Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to announce the return of the hit musical comedy THE BOOK OF MERMAN, featuring a book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by DC Cathro, music direction by Tyler Miles and choreography by Jenna Schoppe.  

Porchlight Music Theatre's GYPSY Announces Full Cast Photo Porchlight Music Theatre's GYPSY Announces Full Cast
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 12, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre's Mainstage 2018 - 2019 season launches with Gypsy, A Musical Fable, October 12 - November 25, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Porchlight Music Theatre's Gypsy stars E. Faye Butler as "Rose," is directed by Michael Weber, music directed by David Fiorello and choreographed/associate directed by Chris Carter.

Matthew Huston To Perform IT'S BEEN A F*CKING YEAR Cabaret 9/24 Photo Matthew Huston To Perform IT'S BEEN A F*CKING YEAR Cabaret 9/24
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 4, 2018

Life is a rollercoaster of emotions, a whirlwind of events. Who would have thought that the last 365 days could hold so much? First love, first therapist, coming out, and TWO (!?) award-winning musicals. Join Jeff-award nominee Matthew Huston as he explores coming out as a queer man, first love, and learning how to love and accept himself in "IT'S BEEN A F*CKING YEAR" - directed by Derek Van Barham, with musical direction by Justin Harner.  He will be joined by Chicago gems Honey West and Scott Gryder for a retrospect of the year that was…and wasn't.

Porchlight Announces Cast And Crew For GYPSY Photo Porchlight Announces Cast And Crew For GYPSY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 27, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre's Mainstage 2018 - 2019 season launches with Gypsy, A Musical Fable, October 12 - November 25, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Porchlight Music Theatre's Gypsy stars E. Faye Butler as "Rose," is directed by Michael Weber, music directed by David Fiorello and choreographed/associate directed by Chris Carter.

Porchlight Announces Cast And Crew For GYPSY, A MUSICAL FABLE Starring E. Faye Butler Photo Porchlight Announces Cast And Crew For GYPSY, A MUSICAL FABLE Starring E. Faye Butler
by Julie Musbach - Jun 27, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre's Mainstage 2018 - 2019 season launches with Gypsy, A Musical Fable, October 12 - November 25, at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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