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VIDEO: Ian McKellen Talks Playing HAMLET at Theatre Royal Windsor Photo VIDEO: Ian McKellen Talks Playing HAMLET at Theatre Royal Windsor
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021

Ian McKellen is set to play Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor later this year. The age-blind production is notable because the role is usually played by an actor under 40.

Ian McKellen Joins HAMLET and THE CHERRY ORCHARD at Theatre Royal Windsor Photo Ian McKellen Joins HAMLET and THE CHERRY ORCHARD at Theatre Royal Windsor
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2021

Sir Ian McKellen will join a company of talented actors for runs in Hamlet and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in 2021 at Theatre Royal Windsor.

The Youngstown Playhouse Announces The Streaming Premiere Of CALL ME ELIZABETH Photo The Youngstown Playhouse Announces The Streaming Premiere Of CALL ME ELIZABETH
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2021

Written by Kayla Boye and directed by Erin Kraft, the production may be viewed on-demand March 19-28, 2021.

Virtual Theatre This Weekend: June 20-21- with Jessie Mueller, Tonya Pinkins and More Photo Virtual Theatre This Weekend: June 20-21- with Jessie Mueller, Tonya Pinkins and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2020

This weekend (June 19) in live streaming: Jessie Mueller sings with Seth Rudetsky, and so much more!

A 2020 Pride Guide- When & How to Celebrate Virtually! Photo A 2020 Pride Guide- When & How to Celebrate Virtually!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2020

While the world will celebrate a bit differently this year, June is still a month for Pride. Social distancing might keep the LGBTQ+ community physically apart, but many organizations are providing ways to come together... virtually.

Review: Pride Arts' GRINDR: THE OPERA Worth a Hook Up Photo Review: Pride Arts' GRINDR: THE OPERA Worth a Hook Up
by Misha Davenport - Jun 29, 2019

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 BWW News Desk - 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.

Porchlight Closes 'Lost' Musicals Series with MINNIE'S BOYS Photo Porchlight Closes 'Lost' Musicals Series with MINNIE'S BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre's final production in its 2018 - 2019 "lost" musicals in staged concert series is Porchlight Revisits Minnie's Boys,  with book by Groucho Marx's son Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher, music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by Christie Chiles Twille.  Porchlight Revisits Minnie's Boys is presented for three performances Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and  7:30 p.m. at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street.

Photo Flash: Refuge Theater Project Presents THE LAST SESSION Photo Photo Flash: Refuge Theater Project Presents THE LAST SESSION
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2018

Refuge Theater Project is proud to announce the cast and production team for its first production in its 2018 - 2019 season, The Last Session, October 26 - December 2, book by Jim Brochu, with music and lyrics by Steve Schalchlin, additional lyrics by John Bettis and Marie Cain directed by Refuge Theatre Project's Artistic Director Christopher Pazdernik and music directed by Erik Pearson. The Last Session runs  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. at Atlas Art Studio, 4809 N Ravenswood Ave. Previews are Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. with opening/press night Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. There are two additional performances Monday, Nov. 12 and 26 at 8 p.m. Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets are $30 each and available at RefugeTheatre.com.

Refuge Theatre Project Announces Cast For THE LAST SESSION Photo Refuge Theatre Project Announces Cast For THE LAST SESSION
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Refuge Theater Project is proud to announce the cast and production team for its first production in its 2018 - 2019 season, The Last Session

Second City Partners with Howard Brown, Extends SHE THE PEOPLE Thru Nov 11 Photo Second City Partners with Howard Brown, Extends SHE THE PEOPLE Thru Nov 11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2018

Learn and laugh with the ladies of The Second City and Chicago's premiere women's health organizations at the first-ever Second City Women's Health Fair, hosted by She the People & Women's Health Services at Howard Brown Health. Representatives from groups including Planned Parenthood of IL, Chicago Women's Health Center, Early to Bed, Empowered Therapy and Howard Brown Health will be on hand Thursday, September 6 to empower guests before they take in a performance of Second City's juicy comedy hit The Second City's She the People: Girlfriends' Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves, a sketch show created, designed and performed entirely by the women of Second City.

CHRIS & DAVID'S TOP 40 SHOWTUNES YOU'VE (PROBABLY) NEVER HEARD Comes to Davenport's  Photo CHRIS & DAVID'S TOP 40 SHOWTUNES YOU'VE (PROBABLY) NEVER HEARD Comes to Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2018

Terrific but little known musical theatre gems will be given the spotlight in Chris & David's Top 40 Showtunes You've (Probably) Never Heard, performed at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret from July 9-30 on Mondays at 8 PM.  Reservations can be placed at davenportspianobar.com.

Navy Pier Pride Celebrates LGTBQ Community Photo Navy Pier Pride Celebrates LGTBQ Community
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2018

Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines is coming through with flying colors this year! Kicking off Monday, June 18, the third annual free event will consist of a full week of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community, culminating in a daylong grand celebration on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to midnight. As part of its Pride Month tribute, the Pier will also be decked out with Pride flags all month and feature the symbolic rainbow colors in the center digital screen of the iconic Centennial Wheel in celebration of diversity and inclusion, two essential tenants of Navy Pier's mission and values.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Revisits Celebrates Opening Night of DO RE MI Photo Photo Flash: Porchlight Revisits Celebrates Opening Night of DO RE MI
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its fifth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, starring Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber and Nancy Voigts, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin, with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by David Fiorello. Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 22 through Thursday, May 24 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Memphis (previews begin April 19) at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street.

Photo Flash: DO RE MI Takes the Stage at Porchlight Music Theatre Photo Photo Flash: DO RE MI Takes the Stage at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its fifth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, starring Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber and Nancy Voigts, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin, with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by David Fiorello.

Christopher Pazdernik's Annual CHRIS'S BIRTHDAY BELT FEST Returns Monday, May 14 At U Photo Christopher Pazdernik's Annual CHRIS'S BIRTHDAY BELT FEST Returns Monday, May 14 At Uptown Underground Raising Funds For Howard Brown Health
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

Jeff Award-nominee and HIV+ director/producer Christopher Pazdernik is pleased to announce the 4th annual Chris's Birthday Belt Fest, a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health, Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets are $30, in advance; $40, at the door on the night of the performance, and are available at uptownunderground.net or by calling 773.867.1946. Uptown Underground is a 21 years old and older venue and advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Porchlight Announces Cast And Team For Porchlight Revisits DO RE MI Photo Porchlight Announces Cast And Team For Porchlight Revisits DO RE MI
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre concludes its fifth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi, starring Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber and Nancy Voigts, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin, with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by David Fiorello.

Porchlight's Final New Faces Sing Broadway Of The 2017 - 2018 Season Photo Porchlight's Final New Faces Sing Broadway Of The 2017 - 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in its 2017 - 2018 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. New Faces Sing Broadway 1975, hosted by Donica Lynn with direction by Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by David Fiorello, is Tuesday, June 5 at The Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 6 at The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario Street, at 6:30 p.m. (The Arts Club presentation also includes a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. with performance at 7:30 p.m.). In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 - 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre created the Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway as a showcase for the best emerging music talent now performing on Chicago stages. Each edition is a "time-machine" journey from the start to the finish of an entire musical season from the classic days of Broadway, peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation with a favorite Chicago theatre veteran like Donica Lynn hosting and introducing the next generation of music theatre artists while acting as your guide through a vintage year on the Great White Way. General admission tickets at Skokie Theatre are $22 and at The Arts Club of Chicago are $35 and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or at the Porchlight Music Theatre box office, 773.777.9884.

Porchlight Announces Extension of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Now Through 3/17 Photo Porchlight Announces Extension of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Now Through 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre announces Merrily We Roll Along, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, with direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, associate direction and musical staging by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham has been extended through March 17 at Porchlght's home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Merrily We Roll Along is based on the play by the same name written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. 

Refuge Theatre To Stage THE SPITFIRE GRILL In A Working Diner Photo Refuge Theatre To Stage THE SPITFIRE GRILL In A Working Diner
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2018

Refuge Theatre Project, the three-year-old company that staged HIGH FIDELITY: THE MUSICAL twice in makeshift record stores, BARE: A POP OPERA in a church sanctuary and LYSISTRATA JONES in a gymnasium; will continue its practice of performing in found spaces with THE SPITFIRE GRILL, opening on March 25.

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