Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Revisits 1776Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Revisits 1776
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its sixth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits 1776, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone with direction by Artistic Director Michael Weber, musical direction by Jeremy Ramey and musical staging by Michelle Lauto. Porchlight Revisits 1776 is presented for only three performances Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for 1776 are available now for $37, subscriptions to the three performance series including 1776, Can-Can, March 6 and 7, 2019 and Minnie's Boys, May 22 and 23, 2019 are $90/per person and available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884. (more...)

Porchlight Announces Its Largest Cast For Porchlight Revisits The 50th AnniversaryPorchlight Announces Its Largest Cast For Porchlight Revisits The 50th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its sixth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits 1776, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone with direction by Artistic Director Michael Weber, musical direction by Jeremy Ramey and musical staging by Michelle Lauto. (more...)

Review Roundup: Circle Theatre Presents Chicago Premiere THE VIEW UPSTAIRSReview Roundup: Circle Theatre Presents Chicago Premiere THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, a musical by Max Vernon, whose musical KPOP won Best Musical honors in off-Broadway's Lortel Awards and was also nominated for seven Drama Desk awards, is inspired by real life events of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant gay bar in New Orleans. Now accepted as a targeted anti-gay attack, the arson resulted in the deaths of 32 people and was, until the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest assault on a gay club in U.S. history. The show is inspired by and pays tributes to many of the patrons that frequented the venue. (more...)

BWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Circle TheatreBWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Circle Theatre
by Patrick Rybarczyk - Jul 9, 2018

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Winner And Finalists Announced for City Theatre's National Award For Short Playwriting Contest 2018Winner And Finalists Announced for City Theatre's National Award For Short Playwriting Contest 2018
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2018

City Theatre, now in its 23rd season, is the only professional theater in the country that produces 10 minute plays and musicals in a variety of year-round programming. The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest furthers the Company's mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in dramatic writing. City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford said, "This year's Winner and Finalists were selected from a fierce pool of over 800 talented writers from around the country. The plays are an exciting mix of dramatic storytelling, some of which are plays we are already producing, or we will be presenting as readings, that we will recommend to our arts partners, and otherwise promote to bring visibility to the writers and this uniquely theatrical and versatile genre." (more...)

Circle Theatre Announces Cast of Chicago Premiere of THE VIEW UPSTAIRSCircle Theatre Announces Cast of Chicago Premiere of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2018

Complete cast and crew were announced today for Circle's Chicago premiere production of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, a musical by Max Vernon, whose musical KPOP last week won Best Musical honors in off-Broadway's Lortel Awards and is also nominated for seven Drama Desk awards. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, which opened off-Broadway in February 2017, is inspired by real life events of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant gay bar in New Orleans. Now accepted as a targeted anti-gay attack, the arson resulted in the deaths of 32 people and was, until the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest assault on a gay club in U.S. history. The show is inspired by and pays tributes to many of the patrons that frequented the venue. (more...)

GayCo. Opens the Second Week of 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION TonightGayCo. Opens the Second Week of 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2017

GayCo preforms the second week of Tis the Seasonal Depression tonight. Tell your husband, mom, or goldfish that you need to get out of the house and laugh! This show will remind you of why our community loves this crazy time of year. (more...)

GayCo. Opens the Second Week of 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION TonightGayCo. Opens the Second Week of 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2017

GayCo preforms the second week of Tis the Seasonal Depression tonight. Tell your husband, mom, or goldfish that you need to get out of the house and laugh! This show will remind you of why our community loves this crazy time of year. (more...)

Porchlight's BILLY ELLIOT Announces Second Extension at The Ruth Page Center For The ArtsPorchlight's BILLY ELLIOT Announces Second Extension at The Ruth Page Center For The Arts
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second extension of Billy Elliot the Musical through Sunday, Dec. 31. Billy Elliot the Musical with music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall is directed and co-choreographed by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Co-Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. The current and extendsion performance schedule is included below. (more...)

GayCo to Present 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION this Holiday SeasonGayCo to Present 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION this Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Can't find that perfect tree? Emotionally drained by those extra AF relatives? There is no way Santa can bring you peace on earth? Uh oh, you know what that means? The diagnosis: 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION. (more...)

GayCo Productions presents 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSIONGayCo Productions presents 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

Can't find that perfect tree? Emotionally drained by those extra AF relatives? There is no way Santa can bring you peace on earth? Uh oh, you know what that means? The diagnosis: 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION. (more...)

Garrett Allain's One-Man Show ALTERED BOY to Play Pride Arts CenterGarrett Allain's One-Man Show ALTERED BOY to Play Pride Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

He's Catholic, he's gay - what could go wrong? (more...)

Photo Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Dances Into Porchlight Music TheatrePhoto Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Dances Into Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

 Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first mainstage production it its 2017 - 2018 season Billy Elliot the Musical, music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, with direction and choreography by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Associate Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Previews are Friday, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Sunday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. The regular run performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. (October 22, October 29 and November 5) and at 2 p.m. (November 12 and 19) with an open captioned performance, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. and a weekday matinee Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Please note: there is no 7:30 p.m. performance Thursday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $33 - $60 and available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre  box office, 773.777.9884. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Launches 2017 - 2018 Season with BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Launches 2017 - 2018 Season with BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

 Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first mainstage production it its 2017 - 2018 season Billy Elliot the Musical, music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, with direction and choreography by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Associate Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Previews are Friday, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.  (more...)

SHOCKHEADED PETER and 'NEVERMORE' Slated for Black Button Eyes' 2017-18 SeasonSHOCKHEADED PETER and 'NEVERMORE' Slated for Black Button Eyes' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to announce its 2017-18 season, kicking off in late summer 2017 with the Chicago storefront premiere of SHOCKHEADED PETER, the silly and sinister musical based on Heinrich Hoffmann's popular German children's book The Struwwelpeter. (more...)

Porchlight Announces BILLY ELLIOT Cast and Creative TeamPorchlight Announces BILLY ELLIOT Cast and Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the first mainstage production it its 2017 - 2018 season Billy Elliot the Musical, music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, with direction and choreography by Porchilght Artistic Associate Brenda Didier, with Associate Choreographer Craig V. Miller and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Linda Madonia at Porchlght's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street.  (more...)

A Chicago Theatre Marathon Comes to Strawdog
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

The Chicago Theatre Marathon is a weekend-long, new work marathon event celebrating the diversity of Chicagoland theatre artists. The Marathon, subtitled "I Am Indomitable," will acknowledge the variety of identity characteristics and categories that make individuals unique, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression, socio-economic status, age, physical, mental and learning abilities, religious beliefs and political views. (more...)

Five New Musicals to Debut at MCL Chicago's PREMIER PREMIERES
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Festival Coordinator Courtney Fontaine and MCL Chicago Executive Producer Alex Garday are thrilled to announce the diverse lineup for MCL Chicago's third annual Premier Premieres! A Weekend of New Musical Comedies festival, June 22-24, 2017. (more...)

Ghostlight to Celebrate Pirandello with SIX AUTHORS IN SEARCH OF A CHARACTER
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Join Ghostlight Ensemble as we celebrate the ongoing impact Luigi Pirandello has on theatre 150 years after his birth with Six Authors in Search of a Character. This one-night festival showcases new works inspired by Pirandello's final, unfinished play, The Mountain Giants. (more...)

SHOCKHEADED PETER and 'NEVERMORE' Slated for Black Button Eyes' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to announce its 2017-18 season, kicking off in late summer 2017 with the Chicago storefront premiere of SHOCKHEADED PETER, the silly and sinister musical based on Heinrich Hoffmann's popular German children's book The Struwwelpeter. (more...)

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