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by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018
The Cognac Geographical Indication will debut its popular Cognac Classic Crawl for the first time in the Windy City and City of Angels on October 1st, 2018. Running until the end of October, this program offers cocktail lovers a taste of several classics mixed with the iconic spirit, at some of the cities' best and most inventive bars.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018
The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) a production of The Present Company presents Striking Out, a gay baseball musical comedy with book and lyrics by Adam Levin and Ryan Ford and music by Ryan Ford.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2018
SPRING AWAKENING is currently on stage at Blank Theatre Company! SPRING AWAKENING features music by Duncan Sheik, book & lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt, vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo, and string orchestrations by Simon Hale.
by BWW - Sep 20, 2018
Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2018 for Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018
Returning for the holidays, The Agency Theater Collective is proud to once again present the Chicago classic HELLCAB by Will Kern, directed by Cordie Nelson, playing November 30 - December 30, 2018 at The Raven Theatre 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2018
Red Bull Music will launch the latest installment of their critically acclaimed international music series in Chicago this November, bringing with it a month-long slate of expertly curated original programming spanning the city's diverse music genres. Red Bull Music Festival Chicago will explore and celebrate Chicago's rich cultural heritage while spotlighting its modern music landscape. Red Bull Music Festival (RBMF) makes its midwest debut after six acclaimed installments in New York City and a 2017 Los Angeles festival, and will feature live performances, club nights and lectures at some of Chicago's most unique venues. The festival also marks Red Bull Music's return to the Windy City after 2017's 30 Days in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2018
Returning for the holidays, The Agency Theater Collective is proud to once again present the Chicago classic HELLCAB by Will Kern, directed by Cordie Nelson, playing November 30 - December 30, 2018 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018
Windy City Playhouse today announced that the theater's smash hit "Southern Gothic," the recipient of six Jeff Award nominations, will be moving to a new satellite performance space in the South Loop's Motor Row for an open-ended run with shows beginning January 2, 2019, running simultaneously with the Playhouse's production of the comedic classic "Noises Off" at the theater's Irving Park location. The 2020 programming will bring the recent New York smash-hits "Boys in the Band" and "Every Brilliant Thing" to the Playhouse, each produced in the signature style which brings the audience up close to the action of the play.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018
16th Street Theater announces their Season Twelve 2019: Shadows and Light featuring three new plays by Chicago authors Steven Strafford, Julie Ganey and Loy A. Webb, as well as a one-nighter of The South Side by WBEZ's Natalie Moore and a new play series curated by 16th Street's 2018-2019 NNPN Producer-in-Residence Nancy Garcia Loza.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018
Matt Campbell : The Man With Everything Release Date : November 9th Flour Sack Cape Records
by TV News Desk - Oct 3, 2018
 Buffy Summers has officially left the streets of Sunnydale and made her way to slay in the Windy City. Just in time for Halloween, Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield, is launching a 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' themed pop-up bar experience. Opening on Friday, October 12, the pop-up bar will offer guests the opportunity to 'live a day in the life of a true vampire slayer,' complete with doing (dreaded) research at the Sunnydale High Library, enjoying a night out at The Bronze nightclub, and even getting the chance to patrol the cemetery. On October 27, aspiring slayers are invited to dress up in their best Buffy attire for the ultimate Chicago Halloween Costume Party.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018
Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to present the return of the hit musical comedy THE BOOK OF MERMAN, featuring a book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, direction by DC Cathro, music direction by Tyler Miles and choreography by Jenna Schoppe. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018
"Send Me on My Way"… to Hey Nonny for some killer performances! The newest live music destination and gastropub in Chicagoland, Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave, proudly adds three amazing acts to its November lineup. Front man for the multi-platinum group Rusted Root, Michael Glabicki, is set to rock out with Dirk Miller, the band's guitarist, at 8:30 p.m. on November 9. Chicago native and internationally-loved musician David Davis hits the Hey Nonny stage for his hometown album release concert at 8:30 p.m. on November 16. On Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m., Chicago favorite JC Brooks Band will bring down the house.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018
Award-winning vocalist, Broadway star, and recording artist Karen Mason returns in concert to celebrate Chicago's premier cabaret Davenport's 20th anniversary. Karen was the first performer to headline the club when it opened it's doors in November, 1998. Karen is taking time off from her current role as Madame Giry in the North American premier of LOVE NEVER DIES - Andrew Lloyd Webber's epic sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018
Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to announce casting for the Chicago storefront premiere of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, a parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead horror films, with book and lyrics by George Reinblatt and music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018
WaistWatchers The Musical! is extending its run at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., through Monday, December 31, 2018. Produced by Dana Matthow and currently featuring two time Grammy Nominee, multi-Gold and Platinum recording artist, Martha Wash, known for singing the powerful anthem "It's Raining Men," and "Everybody Dance Now," the musical takes a lighthearted and hilarious look at women dealing with their relationship to food, friendship and fitness, while celebrating the transformative power of female friendship on the journey to self-acceptance.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018
Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to launch its 2018-19 Season with the world premiere of J. Nicole Brooks' dazzling new play HeLa, directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green* and presented in partnership with the Greenhouse Theater Center. HeLa will playNovember 18 - December 23, 2018 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018
Black Button Eyes Productions concludes its 2018-19 season with the Chicago storefront premiere of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, a parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead horror films, with book and lyrics by George Reinblatt and music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford with music direction by Oliver Townsend and choreography by Derek Van Barham, the spooky send-up will play January 11 - February 16, 2019 at Pride Arts Center (The Broadway), 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018
Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the World Premiere of Rightlynd, written by Ike Holter and directed by Lisa Portes with original music by Charlie Coffeen. Rightlynd runs November 9 - December 23, 2018, with press performances on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
by Walter McBride - Oct 17, 2018
After a sold-out run at Hamilton Stage in New Jersey last season, HIT HER WITH THE SKATES will get its official Off-Broadway debut this fall. The cast met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld was there! Check out the photos below!
by Walter McBride - Oct 17, 2018
After a sold-out run at Hamilton Stage in New Jersey last season, Hit Her With The Skates will get its official Off-Broadway debut this fall. The cast gave a preview of the show yesterday and BroadwayWorld was there! Check out the photos below!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018
American Idols and real-life couple, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young we be part of a special industry presentation of the upcoming musical, HIT HER WITH THE SKATES, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli, on Tuesday, October 16 at 4:30pm at Bowlmore Times Square / POP Room.
by Broadwaysted - Oct 10, 2018
This week the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to be coming to you from the Windy City of Chicago with our new Friend of the Show, Broadway star and TV Doctor Colin Donnell! We're pouring out Casamigos Reposado Tequila and Hendrick's Gin while Colin spills about his love of Sondheim musicals, his experience operating on a panda, and his wife Patti Murin's rose expertise.
by Roy Berko - Nov 30, 2018
As the red-jacket usher guided us to our seats before the opening curtain of 'Chicago' at the Connor Palace she said, 'I love musical theater, especially if the show has a Fosse influence.'
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2018
Cooking Channel is kicking off the new year with new seasons and episodes of your favorites shows. On Monday, January 21st at 9pmET/6pmPT, Alton Brown reloads his pressure cooker favorites on the season finale of Good Eats: Reloaded. On Friday, January 25th at 10pmET/7pmPT, Cooking Channel goes behind the scenes of the country's most extravagant bakeries on the season premiere of Crazy Cakes. Also, in January, catch new episodes of The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Burgers, Brew and 'Que, Delicious Destinations, Extreme Cake Makers, Food Paradise, Food: Fact or Fiction?, Man's Greatest Food and Man v. Food. CookingChannelTV.com is ready to help with New Year's resolutions with healthy recipes and cooking tips. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2018
Kick off New Year's Day with back-to-back HGTV premieres. On Tuesday, Jan. 1 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV will premiere 10 new episodes featuring fun, fan-favorite programming. Episodes include an escape to paradise on Caribbean Life, the series premiere of Windy City Rehab starring Alison Victoria and all-new episodes of My Lottery Dream Home. See below for the full line-up and more dreamy destinations.
by BWW - Nov 20, 2018
Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/20/2018 for Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018
Kokandy Productions is pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Van Barham as the company's new Producing Artistic Director, succeeding Allison Hendrix, who served in the position since Kokandy was founded in 2010. Barham is joined by three new Artistic Associates: Adrian Abel Azevedo, Leda Hoffmann and Nik Whitcomb. The new artistic team is supported by Kokandy's Board of Directors, which includes: Preston Cropp, Allison Hendrix, Gitta Jacobs, Scot Kokandy and Katie Svaicer.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2018
The Holiday Hootenanny Radio Hour is pleased to announce Nick Thornton's heart warming new radio play CRICKET ON THE MANTLE, with music directed and arranged by Mike Mazzocca, as its inaugural presentation. All proceeds from this pay what you will production will go to benefit the Chicago chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018
American Blues Theater announces the addition of five new Ensemble members and one new Artistic Affiliate to the Blues family. Joining the Ensemble is director, designer and Associate Producer Elyse Dolan, who directed several works in past Ripped and Blue Ink festivals; designer Jared Gooding, lighting designer of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story; actor Philip Earl Johnson, who is slated to appear in the upcoming Chicago premiere of Steven Dietz's On Clover Road; director Chuck Smith, director of the recent American Blues production of Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West; and actress and playwright Wandachristine, who won many awards for her solo performance Beauty's Daughter. Actor Zachary Stevenson has been named an Artistic Affiliate. Stevenson recently made his Chicago debut as 'Buddy Holly' in American Blues Theater's Joseph Jefferson Award-winning musical Buddy - the Buddy Holly Story, in which he also won a Jeff Award for Performance in a Musical.
by TV News Desk - Nov 13, 2018
High-risk investments, messy renos and big pay offs are the name of the game for designer and real estate developer Alison Victoria in her new series Windy City Rehab. Premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT during the HGTV All Premiere New Year, the series follows Alison as she spends megabucks to score fixer uppers in the city's historic neighborhoods. Armed with sharp business savvy, knowledge of the local market and a drive to transform the homes with modern layouts and luxurious style, Alison must attract high-end buyers or risk losing it all. Despite costly structural damage, permit delays, failed inspections and other challenges, Alison is determined to create gorgeous homes and earn top profit.
by TV News Desk - Nov 1, 2018
Red Bull Music will launch the latest installment of their critically acclaimed international music series Red Bull Music Festival this Saturday, November 3rd in Chicago with Opening Night at Wintrust Arena. Chicago is the home to some of hip hop's most cutting edge artists and the event series will celebrate many of them, kicking the festival off with one of the largest RBMF events to-date. Legends, luminaries, and rising stars in rap and R&B will come together for an unprecedented ensemble performance and REVOLT will be on hand to capture it as a livestream.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2018
Returning for the holidays, The Agency Theater Collective is proud to once again present the Chicago classic HELLCAB by Will Kern, directed by Cordie Nelson, playing November 30 - December 30, , playing Cordie Nelson, directed by Will Kernby HELLCAB  is proud to once again present the Chicago classic The Agency Theater CollectiveReturning for the holidays, 2018 at The Raven Theatre (West Stage), 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. All performances are pay-what you-can (suggested $20 donation). Tickets are currently available at wearetheagency.org or by calling (773) 680-4596. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2018
16th Street Theater announces the Midwest premiere of SMALL JOKES ABOUT MONSTERS by Steven Strafford directed by Kristina Valada-Viars January 10 - February 16, 2018 at North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th Street in Berwyn with a press opening of Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 PM.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018
Victory Gardens Theater announces the extension of the critically-acclaimed hit Rightlynd, written by Ike Holter and directed by Lisa Portes with original music by Charlie Coffeen. With six additional performances, the production now runs through December 30, 2018, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.
by Audition Roundup - Dec 30, 2018
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, December 30, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018
There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2018
The Chicago theatre community will ring in 2019 with major events, getting the Year of Chicago Theatre off to an exciting start.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2018
Sideshow Theatre Company continues its 2018-19 season with the Midwest premiere of Wolfram Lotz' shocking and surreal satire THE RIDICULOUS DARKNESS, translated by Daniel Brunet and directed by artistic associate Ian Damont Martin*, playing March 24 - April 28, 2019 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018
It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by Audition Roundup - Dec 23, 2018
Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, December 23, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition!
by TV Scoop - Dec 20, 2018
Get all the scoop on Disney's January 2019 Programming Highlights, airing on ABC on Saturday, January 5, 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018
Black Box Acting, Chicago's premier actor training program, today announced a change in ownership. Andrew Cutler, Amanda Fink and Eric Gerard will succeed co-founders and longtime co-owners Audrey Francis and Laura Hooper. Black Box will remain at its current headquarters at 2625 W. North Ave. near Chicago's Logan Square, Wicker Park and West Town neighborhoods. Francis and Hooper will remain active in the organization.
by BWW - Dec 20, 2018
Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/20/2018 for Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018
Random Acts has announced the next #SafeSpace variety event for Today, December 18 at 7:30pm. The fundraiser, which will be held at Pride Arts Center (4139 N Broadway) will be hosted by Roy Samra. There is a suggested donation of $5 with proceeds benefiting Project Fierce Chicago.
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018
There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018
Random Acts has announced the next #SafeSpace variety event for Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30pm. The fundraiser, which will be held at Pride Arts Center (4139 N Broadway) will be hosted by Roy Samra. There is a suggested donation of $5 with proceeds benefiting Project Fierce Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2018
Black Button Eyes Productions concludes its 2018-19 season with the Chicago storefront premiere of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, a parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead horror films, with book and lyrics by George Reinblatt and music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt.
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018
There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.