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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.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents CHICAGO SINGS ROCK AND ROLL BROADWAY Photo Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents CHICAGO SINGS ROCK AND ROLL BROADWAY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 19, 2021

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced a line up including more than 50 Chicago artists performing, greetings and well wishes from Broadway stars including E. Faye Butler, Sean Allan Krill, Telly Leung, LaChanze, Susan Moniz and Kathy Voyto, a new raffle prize for a weekend in the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and more as a part of its annual Chicago Sings fundraising concert.

Felicia P. Fields Receives 2021 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Photo Felicia P. Fields Receives 2021 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 19, 2021

Each year, Porchlight Music Theatre celebrates an individual who has made an exceptional and lasting contribution to the state of the art of Chicago music theatre with the prestigious Guy Adkins Award. This year, Felicia P. Fields is the recipient.

Porchlight Presents CHICAGO SINGS ROCK & ROLL BROADWAY Photo Porchlight Presents CHICAGO SINGS ROCK & ROLL BROADWAY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 28, 2021

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced Chicago Sings Rock & Roll Broadway, premiering Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m. CDT.

Taylor Louderman, Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young and More to Take Part in Winter Wondergram Photo Taylor Louderman, Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young and More to Take Part in Winter Wondergram: Valentine's Day Edition
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 25, 2021

The holiday experience, Winter Wondergram, is back to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day!  After raising $10,000 that was divided up amongst different arts organizations and artists, Winter Wondergram is now focusing its fundraising efforts on the National Endowment for the Arts.

Highland Park Players, Big Noise Theatre and BC/EFA Team Up for 'Winter Wondergram: T Photo Highland Park Players, Big Noise Theatre and BC/EFA Team Up for 'Winter Wondergram: The Ultimate Holiday Card Experience'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 24, 2020

What happens when a bunch of performing artists are stuck at home because of a pandemic? They get creative! This holiday season, Highland Park Players, Big Noise Theatre, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS have teamed up to bring you Winter Wondergram: The Ultimate Holiday Card Experience.

The 52nd Annual Equity Jeff Awards Celebrate Excellence in Chicago Theatre; Winners A Photo The 52nd Annual Equity Jeff Awards Celebrate Excellence in Chicago Theatre; Winners Announced
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 9, 2020

In its 52nd annual celebration of theater excellence, the Jeff Awards has recognized 39 recipients for the 2020 awards, selected from among 142 theater artist nominees across 30 artistic and technical categories.

Michelle Lauto To Host 52nd Annual Equity Jeff Awards Photo Michelle Lauto To Host 52nd Annual Equity Jeff Awards
by Stephi Wild - Oct 28, 2020

Award-winning actress and singer Michelle Lauto is host of this year's Jeff Awards celebrating Equity theater in a virtual program scheduled to stream Monday, November 9, 2020. With theater stages dark and the pandemic preventing live gatherings, the Jeff Awards follows its move online for the annual recognition program that began with the Non-Equity awards last June.

BWW Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's BROADWAY BY THE DECADE Photo BWW Review: Porchlight Music Theatre's BROADWAY BY THE DECADE
by Rachel Weinberg - Sep 28, 2020

Porchlight's streaming program BROADWAY BY THE DECADE provides some much needed musical theater cheer in this unprecedented and challenging year for Chicago theater.

Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, September 25- with SPELLING BEE Reunion, Next On Stage Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, September 25- with SPELLING BEE Reunion, Next On Stage: Dance Edition, and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 25, 2020

Today (September 25) in live streaming: Meet the Next On Stage: Dance Edition Top 5, Spelling Bee reunites on Stars in the House, and so much more!

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its schedule for fall 2020, offering a variety of free and pay-to-view options for virtual experiences.

Porchlight Music Theatre's PorchlightPalooza Was A Success! Photo Porchlight Music Theatre's PorchlightPalooza Was A Success!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 9, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre held PorchlightPalooza, a three-day virtual festival Friday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 23,  in lieu of its cancelled March 23 ICONS GALA.

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces PORCHLIGHTPALOOZA, a Three-Day Virtual Festival Fe Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Announces PORCHLIGHTPALOOZA, a Three-Day Virtual Festival Featuring Joel Grey and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 5, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced a new three-day celebration and fundraiser in honor of its 25th Anniversary, PorchlightPalooza, Friday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 23, which will include performances from Chicago's best talents, an exclusive interview hosted by legendary newsman Bill Kurtis with the 2020 ICON Award recipient Joel Grey and more.

Ensemble Cast Announced For CHILDREN OF EDEN in Chicago Photo Ensemble Cast Announced For CHILDREN OF EDEN in Chicago
by Stephi Wild - May 27, 2020

Academy and Grammy Award Winning composer, Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics), John Caird (Book), and an A-list Chicago artistic team are in collaboration to mount a revamped production of Children of Eden, a musical freely based on the Book of Genesis, in the Chicago area, scheduled to open Summer 2021.

CHICAGO OFFSTAGE! Live Virtual Benefit Concert to Air 4/19 Photo CHICAGO OFFSTAGE! Live Virtual Benefit Concert to Air 4/19
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 14, 2020

Join WGN-TV's a?oeAround Towna?? correspondent Ana Belaval and a star-studded line-up of more than 20 top Chicago stage performers for Chicago Offstage! Live at Home, a virtual streaming event debuting live on Season of Concern's new YouTube channel (https://tinyurl.com/soctube) on Sunday, April 19, at 6 p.m. CST.

BE MORE CHILL Announces All-Chicago Cast for Apollo Theater Run Photo BE MORE CHILL Announces All-Chicago Cast for Apollo Theater Run
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 27, 2020

On the heels of its opening in London, the Broadway musical Be More Chill has announced an all-Chicago cast for its the first North American post-Broadway production at the Apollo Theater.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents NEW FACES SING BROADWAY NOW Photo Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents NEW FACES SING BROADWAY NOW
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 25, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the star of Porchlight's spring production, the Chicago premiere of Disney's Freaky Friday, A New Musical Cory Goodrich as the host of New Faces Sing Broadway NOW, directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller and music directed by Tom Vendafreddo; at The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario Street, Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets to each New Faces are $37 at SPACE and $60 at The Arts Club. The Arts Club performances include a pre-performance cocktail hour starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office, 773.777.9884.

Photo Flash: Take a Look at Opening Night Photos From Marriott Theatre's GREASE Photo Photo Flash: Take a Look at Opening Night Photos From Marriott Theatre's GREASE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2020

Marriott Theatre opened the smash hit GREASE on Wednesday, January 22nd! The production will close Sunday, March 15th. The Tony Award-nominated musical is directed by four-time Jeff Award winner, Scott Weinstein (Something Rotten!, Murder for Two, Shrek), with musical direction by Jeff Award winner Ryan T. Nelson and choreography by Jeff Award winner William Carlos Angulo.

BWW Review: GREASE at Marriott Theatre Photo BWW Review: GREASE at Marriott Theatre
by Emily McClanathan - Jan 25, 2020

The Marriott Theatre opens its 45th season with director Scott Weinstein's staging of GREASE, the 1971 musical that was born in Chicago and became a Broadway hit, a famous film and a perennial favorite of theaters across the country. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the show follows sheltered Sandy Dumbrowski (Leryn Turlington) as she navigates social life at Rydell High School, where she's the new girl in the class of 1959. Befriended by a world-wise clique called the Pink Ladies, Sandy soon discovers that her boyfriend of the previous summer, Danny Zuko (Jimmy Nicholas) also attends Rydell and is the leader of a leather-clad gang of a?oegreasers.a?? Can innocent Sandy and tough-guy Danny rekindle their summer romance in the complicated social scene of Rydell High?

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