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Chicago Children's Theatre Introduces New X-MARKS THE SPOT Podcast Photo Chicago Children's Theatre Introduces New X-MARKS THE SPOT Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2021

Chicago Children's Theatre continues to expand its free, at-home virtual theater and learning programs with a new podcast series for kids and families.

Chicago Children's Theatre Adds DOLL FACE HAS A PARTY! to CCTv Line-Up Photo Chicago Children's Theatre Adds DOLL FACE HAS A PARTY! to CCTv Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2020

Who doesn't love a party with music, dancing and sweet cake? You're cordially invited to enjoy Doll Face Has a Party!, a world premiere virtual puppet show now streaming for free on CCTv: Virtual Theatre and Learning from Chicago Children's Theatre, the company's new YouTube channel.

Milwaukee's First Stage Begins New Year With THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA  Photo Milwaukee's First Stage Begins New Year With THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2019

The magic and wonder of a snowy day will come to life in First Stage's production of THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS, based on the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book by acclaimed author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston and Co-Directed by Samantha Montgomery and Kat Wodtke. An imaginative ode to childhood, audiences will delight in encountering Peter who is eager to explore the winter wonderland outside - throwing snowballs, making snow angels and experiencing the crunch, crunch, crunch of the fresh snow. Adventure with Peter as he grows up and explores the wide and wonderful world around him! THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS is a First Stage First Steps production offered to introduce children ages 3 to 7 to theater in an engaging, interactive and lively environment. The First Steps Series is sponsored by PNC.

Northlight Presents The World Premiere Of THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY Photo Northlight Presents The World Premiere Of THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2019-2020 season with the World Premiere of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Jessica Thebus. The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley runs November 7 a?" December 15, 2019 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8pm.

The House Theatre Celebrates 10 Years Of THE NUTCRACKER Photo The House Theatre Celebrates 10 Years Of THE NUTCRACKER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019

The House Theatre of Chicago will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the annual hit production The Nutcracker, an all-original, ballet-free and family-friendly production playing at The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, November 8 a?" December 29. Company Members Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell and Tommy Rapley created the adaptation based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story with original direction and choreography by Rapley.

PARIS! THE SHOW Kicks Off US Tour At The Town Hall, October 17th Photo PARIS! THE SHOW Kicks Off US Tour At The Town Hall, October 17th
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2019

Gil Marsalla & Directo Productions are thrilled to announce their newest musical, PARIS! THE SHOW, which will tour 7 US cities, for One-Night-Only performances, this October. Following the worldwide success of Piaf! Le Spectacle, which sold out Carnegie Hall in 2017 and just completed a tour of China, Paris! The Show also features the sensational Anne Carrere, who '...can miraculously capture Piaf's soul and timbre...' wrote Kevin O'Donnell in the New York Times (1/5/17).

Northlight Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLE Photo Northlight Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2019

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2019-2020 season with the World Premiere of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Jessica Thebus. The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley runs November 7 a?" December 15, 2019 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8pm.     

The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces the Cast of THE NUTCRACKER Photo The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces the Cast of THE NUTCRACKER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

The House Theatre of Chicago brings back the hit holiday production with its annual engagement of The Nutcracker, an all-original, ballet-free and family-friendly production playing at The Chopin Theatre upstairs theatre, 1543 W. Division, November 8 - December 30. Company Members Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell and Tommy Rapley created the adaptation based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story with original direction and choreography by Tommy Rapley. Previews take place Thursdays, November 8 and 15, Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. The press opening is Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an added Sunday 6 p.m. performance on December 9, 16 and 23. Note: There are no performances on Nov. 9 or 17 and there are additional added performances on Friday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Chi Children's Theatre Announces Cast and Crew of FREDERICK Photo Chi Children's Theatre Announces Cast and Crew of FREDERICK
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

Chicago Children's Theatre's kicks off its thirteenth season with its own, smash hit family musical Leo Lionni's Frederick, based on Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse.

Kansas City Rep Presents the Classic Drama OF MICE AND MEN Photo Kansas City Rep Presents the Classic Drama OF MICE AND MEN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2018/19 season with John Steinbeck's classic story OF MICE AND MEN at Copaken Stage in the Power & Light District, from October 19 through November 11. The play, directed by KCRep's Interim Artistic Director, Jason Chanos, explores the decay of the American dream and the enduring threads that bond friends together for life.

Writers Theatre Presents VIETGONE Photo Writers Theatre Presents VIETGONE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2018/19 season with Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, directed by Lavina Jadhwani, featuring original music and music direction by Gabriel Ruiz and choreography by Tommy Rapley. Vietgone runs August 15 - September 23, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Today, August 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Chi Children's Theatre Announces Cast and Crew of FREDERICK Photo Chi Children's Theatre Announces Cast and Crew of FREDERICK
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2018

Chicago Children's Theatre's kicks off its thirteenth season with its own, smash hit family musical Leo Lionni's Frederick, based on Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse.

Writers Theatre Presents VIETGONE Photo Writers Theatre Presents VIETGONE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2018/19 season with Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, directed by Lavina Jadhwani, featuring original music and music direction by Gabriel Ruiz and choreography by Tommy Rapley. Vietgone runs August 15 - September 23, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Today, August 22 at 7:30 p.m.

BWW Review: H.M.S. PINAFORE at Olney Theatre Center - Bring the Kids and Enjoy This S Photo BWW Review: H.M.S. PINAFORE at Olney Theatre Center - Bring the Kids and Enjoy This Spoof of the Famous Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta
by Charles Shubow - Aug 2, 2018

I do not believe I have ever seen a more 'kid-friendly' theatrical event than the Olney Theatre Company's H.M.S. PINAFORE. Olney has welcomed back 'The Hypocrites' Chicago based troupe (they last appeared during the summer of 2016) who have taken their productions of both PINAFORE and PIRATES OF PENZANCE previously to the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Skirball Center in New York. 'The Hypocrites', founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Sean Graney have taken their repertories all over the country. 'The House Theatre of Chicago' has become the fiscal agent of 'The Hypocrites' and now serves as a co-producer.

Writers Theatre Opens 2018/19 Season With VIETGONE Photo Writers Theatre Opens 2018/19 Season With VIETGONE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2018/19 season with Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, featuring original music and music direction by Gabriel Ruiz, choreographed by Tommy Rapley and directed by Lavina Jadhwani. Vietgone runs August 15 - September 23, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Writers Theatre Opens 2018/19 Season With VIETGONE Photo Writers Theatre Opens 2018/19 Season With VIETGONE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2018/19 season with Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, featuring original music and music direction by Gabriel Ruiz, choreographed by Tommy Rapley and directed by Lavina Jadhwani. Vietgone runs August 15 - September 23, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Extends Due to Overwhelming Demand Photo THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Extends Due to Overwhelming Demand
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

Due to overwhelming demand, The Wilbury Theatre Group announces additional performances of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE OR, THE SLAVE OF DUTY; now running through Sunday, June 17. Running to popular acclaim and sold-out houses since previews, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE OR, THE SLAVE OF DUTY is the wild adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece by Sean Graney and Kevin O'Donnell from Chicago's famed Hypocrites Theatre.

The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces 17th Season Photo The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces 17th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

The House Theatre of Chicago announces its 17th season of creating "Amazing Feats of Storytelling" with productions taking place at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. The 2018 - 19 Season features three world premiere titles, and two returning audience favorites, creating a diverse slate of epic stories and stagecraft.  The season opens with a brand-new work written by guest artist Bennett Fisher, and helmed by guest artist Monty Cole. Borealis is a brother/sister adventure story offering a heartfelt look at the way we fail each other by building narratives to support our pre-existing worldviews. Borealis plays at the Chopin August 30 to October 21. In the spring, The House will premiere Pinocchio adapted for the stage by Company Members Joseph Steakely and Ben Lobpries, and directed by Company Member Chris Mathews. Pinocchio's wish to become a 'real boy' invites us to reconsider definitions of identity. Pinocchio plays at the Chopin from March 28 to May 19, 2019. 

The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces 17th Season Photo The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces 17th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

The House Theatre of Chicago announces its 17th season of creating "Amazing Feats of Storytelling" with productions taking place at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. The 2018 - 19 Season features three world premiere titles, and two returning audience favorites, creating a diverse slate of epic stories and stagecraft.  The season opens with a brand-new work written by guest artist Bennett Fisher, and helmed by guest artist Monty Cole. Borealis is a brother/sister adventure story offering a heartfelt look at the way we fail each other by building narratives to support our pre-existing worldviews.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE OR, THE SLAVE OF DUTY At Wilbury G Photo Photo Flash: First Look at THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE OR, THE SLAVE OF DUTY At Wilbury Group
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

This subversive, loopy, and fantastically eccentric take-think banjos, beach balls, and guitars-on Gilbert and Sullivan's preposterous musical took audiences in Chicago by storm when presented by rebel theatre-makers The Hipocrites. Frederic was mistakenly apprenticed as a young boy to a band of sentimental pirates. Now 21, he falls head-over-heels for the Major-General's daughter and forswears the buccaneer's life forever, or so he thinks. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Sean Graney and Kevin O'Donnell and featuring just 12 actors (who also serve as the orchestra) is an irrevent and fresh homage to a world turned upside-down for Gilbert and Sullivan diehard fans and newcomers alike.

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