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Bruce Vilanch Joins Rhona Frazin Live On Zoom For Porchlight's Movie Musical Monday Photo Bruce Vilanch Joins Rhona Frazin Live On Zoom For Porchlight's Movie Musical Monday
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 26, 2021

Porchlight Music Theatre¬†is proud to announce that next¬†Movie Musical Monday¬†discussion about the movie¬†‚ÄúFunny Girl‚Ä̬†will be hosted by Porchlight Music Theatre Board Member and¬†retired Chicago Public Library Foundation CEO¬†Rhona Frazin¬†with special guest multiple Emmy Award-winner¬†Bruce Vilanch,¬†Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m. CDT.¬†

LEGENDS OF THE 50s AND 60s: GREATEST HITS to be Presented by Music Theater Works In I Photo LEGENDS OF THE 50s AND 60s: GREATEST HITS to be Presented by Music Theater Works In Illinois
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2021

Music Theater Works will present 'Legends Of The 50s And 60s: Greatest Hits' at North Shore Center For The Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from June 18, 2021 through June 27, 2021 as the first production of the 2021 season.

Music Theater Works Announces Updated 2021 Season Photo Music Theater Works Announces Updated 2021 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 5, 2020

Music Theater Works has announced the updates to its current production season. The 2021 season is to be performed at its new home at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd.

Music Theater Works Presents MAMMA MIA!; Creative Team Announced Photo Music Theater Works Presents MAMMA MIA!; Creative Team Announced
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 27, 2020

Music Theater Works presents MAMMA MIA! at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, June 6, through June 14, 2020.

Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young & More to Star in Live-Stream Fundraiser Thursday Night Photo Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young & More to Star in Live-Stream Fundraiser Thursday Night
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2020

With nearly all of Chicago's theatre productions shuttered, one of the first fundraisers primarily aimed at a streaming audience is being put together by The Beautiful City Project, a Chicago-based musical theatre company that exists solely as a fundraising arm for local charities and non-profits.

Steven Strafford's METHTACULAR Comes to 16th Street Photo Steven Strafford's METHTACULAR Comes to 16th Street
by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2020

16th Street Theater will present the limited run of Steven Strafford's METHTACULAR! directed by Adam Fitzgerald performing March 19 - April 4, 2020 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn. Press opening is Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 PM.

Photo Flash: Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS Opens At Theatre At The Center In Munst Photo Photo Flash: Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS Opens At Theatre At The Center In Munster
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 19, 2019

Irving Berlin's White Christmas opened Sunday night November 17 to a packed house at Theatre at the Center in Munster.  The cast gave a thrilling performance for an audience that was teeming with the holiday spirit.  Theatre at the Center Artistic Director Linda Fortunato directed and choreographed the show. 

Photo Flash: Opening Night Of Porchlight Revisits MINNIE'S BOYS Photo Photo Flash: Opening Night Of Porchlight Revisits MINNIE'S BOYS
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 23, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce that its final production in the 2018 - 2019 "lost" musicals in staged concert series Porchlight Revisits Minnie's Boys will now include a special event with Minnie's Boys composer Larry Grossman, "A Conversation with Larry Grossman," Thursday, May 23 at 4:45 p.m. and feature a new song added to this Chicago premiere.

Porchlight Announces New Song And Special Event With MINNIE'S BOYS Original Composer  Photo Porchlight Announces New Song And Special Event With MINNIE'S BOYS Original Composer Larry Grossman
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce that its final production in the 2018 - 2019 'lost' musicals in staged concert series Porchlight Revisits MINNIE'S BOYS will now include a special event with MINNIE'S BOYS composer Larry Grossman, 'A Conversation with Larry Grossman,' Thursday, May 23 at 4:45 p.m. and feature a new song added to this Chicago premiere. Porchlight Revisits Minnie's Boys, book by Groucho Marx's son Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher, music by Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady with direction and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by Christie Chiles Twille, 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. Each Porchlight Revisits production begins with the 'Behind the Show Backstory' multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber, discussing that evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and much more. Single tickets are $37 for the performance and 'A Conversation with Larry Grossman' is free to the public. Both are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Breaks Records For Attendance And Fundraising A Photo Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Breaks Records For Attendance And Fundraising At Its Annual Icons Gala
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 11, 2019

As Porchlight Music Theatre is set to launch its 25th Anniversary Season as Chicago's center for music theatre, it celebrated 24 years and announced its 25th Anniversary co-chairs at the 2019 ICONS Gala Sunday, March 31 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson. The 2019 ICONS GALA set a new attendance record with 300 guests in attendance and raised more funds that directly benefit Porchlight's artistic and educational programs than previous events. The elegant Gala Brunch, chaired by Tamara Sims, included performances from Chicago's leading talents celebrating the legendary career of Jerome Robbins, the presentation of The Luminary Award to Jean Klingenstein, introduced the 25th Anniversary chairs: RIck and Deann Bayless and Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra and silent and live auctions.

Porchlight Closes 'Lost' Musicals Series with MINNIE'S BOYS Photo Porchlight Closes 'Lost' Musicals Series with MINNIE'S BOYS
by Julie Musbach - 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.

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 Julie Musbach - 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.

Photo Flash: 42ND STREET Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre Photo Photo Flash: 42ND STREET Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with 42nd Street, with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, and original Broadway direction and dances by Gower Champion. 42nd Street is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and was originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick. This production is directed by Michael Heitzman with choreography by Jared Grimes. 42nd Street runs now through January 7, 2018 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The show officially opened on November 5, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below!

VIDEO: Watch The Cast and Creative Team of 42ND STREET In Rehearsals at Drury Lane Th Photo VIDEO: Watch The Cast and Creative Team of 42ND STREET In Rehearsals at Drury Lane Theatre!
by Alan Henry - Nov 8, 2017

42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre runs through January 2018! Watch the cast in rehearsals in this video!

Review Roundup: 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre - What Did The Critics Think? Photo Review Roundup: 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre - What Did The Critics Think?
by Alan Henry - Nov 8, 2017

42ND STREET at the Drury Lane Theatre runs through January 2018, and the critics are weighing in!

Photo Flash: A Tappin' First Look at 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre Photo Photo Flash: A Tappin' First Look at 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with 42nd Street, with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, and original Broadway direction and dances by Gower Champion. 42nd Street is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and was originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick. The press opening is scheduled for this Sunday, November 5, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Kimberly Immanuel to Lead Drury Lane Theatre's 42ND STREET; Cast Announced! Photo Kimberly Immanuel to Lead Drury Lane Theatre's 42ND STREET; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with 42nd Street, with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, and original Broadway direction and dances by Gower Champion.

Kimberly Immanuel to Lead Drury Lane Theatre's 42ND STREET; Cast Announced! Photo Kimberly Immanuel to Lead Drury Lane Theatre's 42ND STREET; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with 42nd Street, with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, and original Broadway direction and dances by Gower Champion.

Chicago Talent to Unite for A Puerto Rico Benefit Concert Photo Chicago Talent to Unite for A Puerto Rico Benefit Concert
by Julie Musbach - Oct 10, 2017

Chicago theatre talent comes together for Unidos: Puerto Rico Benefit Concert. This one-night-only charity event will be held at 8:00pm on Monday October 30, 2017 at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway St in Chicago. All proceeds will help aid hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico through the Hispanic Federation.

Cast and Creative Team Announced for Refuge Theatre Project's LYSISTRATA JONES Photo Cast and Creative Team Announced for Refuge Theatre Project's LYSISTRATA JONES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Refuge Theatre Project, the three-year-old company that stunned some observers when their HIGH FIDELITY: THE MUSICAL won the 2017 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Best Musical Production, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Scenic Design, has announced that their next production - the professional Chicago premiere of LYSISTRATA JONES.

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