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BWW Morning Brief August 16th, 2017: Live #Ham4Ham Returns for HAMILTON LA Opening and More!
by Danielle Ashley - Aug 16, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: Lin-Manuel Miranda will be hosting a live #Ham4Ham in celebration of opening night of HAMILTON in LA and more! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 16, 2017
by - Aug 16, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

TO MY UNBORN CHILD Opens Next Month at Philadelphia Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Forgotten by many and underexplored by current social justice movements, Fred Hampton was the exemplar of compassionate protest and humane policy. He found common ground between groups without compromising his values. He spoke out on education, revolution, racism, and more. (more...)

VIDEO: Brandy Norwood Talks Return to CHICAGO: 'Broadway Completely Changed My Life'
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2017

Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood stopped by NBC's TODAY to discuss her return to Broadway's Chicago in the role of Roxie Hart. 'I love Broadway,' shared the singer. 'It completely changed my life.' Watch the appearance in full below! (more...)

Secret Trysts, Swordfights and Drama Coming to Cleveland Play House in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

"I will have poetry in my life.  And adventure.  And love. Love above all." The Cleveland Play House produces the Academy Award-winning romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, complete with swordfights, secret trysts, and backstage drama. (more...)

Ben Rimalower's PATTI ISSUES to Play Provincetown
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Producer Mark Cortale will present writer and performer Ben Rimalower's celebrated autobiographical comedy Patti Issues for one show only on Monday, August 28 at 9:30 PM at The Art House in Provincetown, MA.  (more...)

Oliver Release New Track 'Chemicals' ft. MDR
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Producer/DJ duo Oliver release a new single, ¬ďChemicals,¬Ē featuring singer-songwriter MNDR, available via all digital retailers. Listen HERE. (more...)

Tickets on Sale This Friday for WICKED's Winter Run in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Broadway In Chicago and WICKED have announced that individual tickets for the return of WICKED will go on sale on Friday, August 18, 2017. WICKED will fly back to the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) during the holiday season for a limited seven-week engagement December 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018. (more...)

Tyler Childers' 'Purgatory' Debuts at #1 on Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Tyler Childers' Purgatory debuts this week at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart with over 6,000 equivalent albums sold. The album also lands at #17 on the Country Albums chart and #4 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart. (more...)

Slow Dancer Re-Issue 'Surrender' LP, Watch 'Took The Floor Out' ATO Studio Session
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Melbourne, Australia's Slow Dancer - aka the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Simon Okely - is thrilled to be following the June release of his ATO Records debut In A Mood with his first-ever headlining US tour, beginning at NYC's Mercury Lounge on September 18. He will also be sharing the stage with ATO label mates Margaret Glaspy at sets in Boston and Holyoke, Massachusetts as well as a run of European shows with Hurray For The Riff Raff in October. (more...)

Breaking: Jin Ha & More Join Clive Owen in M. BUTTERFLY; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Producers Nelle Nugent, Steve Traxler, Kenneth Teaton, Benjamin Feldman, Doug Morris and Spencer Ross today announce full casting for the first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award¬ģ-winning play, M. BUTTERFLY, directed by Tony Award¬ģ winner Julie Taymor. (more...)

BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM
by Michael Dale - Aug 15, 2017

'If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life?' (more...)

MIC Chorale Announces Season, Hosts Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg, announces its 31st season of three concerts, along with its 2017-18 season auditions. (more...)

Netflix Renews Original Series OZARK for Second Season
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Netflix has renewed the original series OZARK for Season 2, with 10 new episodes. In Ozark, This money-centric present day story revolves around financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family's sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. (more...)

Legendary Soprano Kathleen Battle to Make Auditorium Theatre Debut
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle makes her debut at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, the Theatre for the People, on Saturday, September 30, with the program Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey. (more...)

AstonRep Theatre to Launch 2017-18 Season with 1984 This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

AstonRep Theatre Company will launch its 2017-18 season with 1984, a chilling view of a world controlled by a totalitarian government, based on George Orwell's classic novel, adapted for the stage by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr. and William A. Miles and directed by Artistic Director Robert Tobin*.  (more...)

Stephanie Miller's SEXY LIBERAL RESISTANCE TOUR to Stop at Athenaeum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Ridicule, satire and comedy have always been one of the most important elements of political protest, and as a result, Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour makes a stop in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2136 N. Southport Ave., Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.  (more...)

'L7: Pretend We're Dead' Documentary Film 10/13 Release Date Announced
by Movies News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The L7: Pretend We're Dead documentary, produced by Blue Hats Creative will be released worldwide October 13 on VOD and Blu-ray / DVD. A multi-city theatrical screening tour of the film will kick off on September 1, with over a dozen dates and more to be announced in select markets this Fall. Excitement around L7: Pretend We're Dead has catalyzed a widely anticipated reunion which unleashed their high-octane energy and anthemic chops upon stages worldwide. The band will play a stint of West Coast dates next month with more chances to experience the electrifying onslaught coming soon. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre Announces 2017-18 Season; Tickets on Sale Now!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak have just announced BrightSide Theatre's 2017-2018 Season. (more...)

Taco Bell' Turns Breakfast Inside Out With Naked Egg Taco Debuting On August 31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

No stranger to shell innovation, Taco Bell today revealed its latest game-changing breakfast offering the Naked Egg Taco. Created with a masterful shell made entirely of a fried egg, the Naked Egg Taco flips the breakfast classic inside out. The reimagined breakfast taco delivers a mouthful of crispy potatoes, bacon or sausage, and cheese tucked in a fried egg available nationwide beginning August 31. (more...)

Stephanie Miller's SEXY LIBERAL RESISTANCE Tour Makes a Stop in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Ridicule, satire and comedy have always been one of the most important elements of political protest, and as a result, Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour makes a stop in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2136 N. Southport Ave., Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.  The tour, featuring Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang, Frangela and special guest United States Representative Jan Schakowsky, hears the cries of America and stands with all Americans protecting our rights and demanding our government act for the benefit of us all.   The Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour is a show for every American who's uneasy with putting a landlord with a reality show in charge of fighting ISIS.  Tickets for the Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour range from $52 - $92 and may be purchased at Tickets to the performance that includes a VIP meet and greet reception following the performance are $150.  (more...)

Madeline Kennedy Shares New Toro Y Moi-Produced Track via The Fader
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Seattle born and Oakland based multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Madeline Kenney will release her Toro Y Moi-produced debut album next month, and today she previews it with another excellent track. (more...)

Applications are Now Open for 2018 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Stage 773 announces applications are now open for The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival's 17th anniversary.  The nation's largest and most highly anticipated sketch comedy festival takes place January 11th through 21st, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. "SketchFest" continues to grow and evolve year after year, cementing the city's reputation as the comedy hub of the nation. The festival "whose laughs are right on track," says the Chicago Sun Times, features every form of sketch comedy imaginable, from perverted musical puppets to high-brow political satire. (more...)

Midwest Premiere of Conor McPherson's THE VEIL Opens This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Idle Muse Theatre Company's season eleven, which features plays exploring women achieving self-definition in a world that tries to define them in relationship to the men around them, opens the Midwest premiere of The Veil written by playwright Conor McPherson directed by guest artist Ann Kreitman this month. (more...)

Stage Left Theatre to Present Chicago Premiere of Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Stage Left Theatre announces the upcoming Chicago premiere of Building the Wall, written by Robert Schenkkan and directed by co-artistic director Amy Szerlong. Building the Wall is the first production of Stage Left's 36th season. Press opening is Thursday, September 21, at 8 PM at Athenaeum Theatre Chicago, 2936 N. Southport Ave. The show runs through October 22nd. (more...)

THE FULL MONTY Continues at The Sauk
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Performances of the Tony-nominated musical 'The Full Monty' continue this weekend at The Sauk in Jonesville. (more...)

North Coast Brings Hip-Hop Improv Musical to The Connelly Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

ANYBODY: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera, created by the critically-acclaimed improv group, North Coast, will play at the Connelly Theater in the East Village starting on September 20. The fully improvised hip-hop musical is directed by Jody Shelton (Baby Wants Candy) and will run for five performances through Saturday, September 23. (more...)

Casting Announced for NightBlue's BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Woody Allen's stage musical based on his Academy Award-winning film - a hilarious and high stepping homage to both the gangster films and movie musicals of the 1930's - will be staged for the first time by a Chicago company when NightBlue Performing Arts opens its production of the musical on Monday, September 11, following previews from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10.  Press opening is Monday, September 11 at 7:30 pm. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY will run through Sunday, October 8 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (more...)

Blue Man Group to Celebrate 20 Years at Briar Street with Birthday Show, More Performances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Blue Man Group, continuing its open run at Chicago's Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted), is celebrating 20 years in Chicago with an expanded fall performance schedule. The schedule includes a second autism-friendly performance Sunday, October 1 and a special 20th birthday performance Thursday, October 12.   (more...)

Architecture and Design Reimagined at the Art Institute
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

On September 12, the museum opens its new permanent collection of modern and contemporary architecture and design. Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art  Institute is a dynamic, issue-driven installation drawn from the museum's world-class holdings. From visionary architectural drawings and innovative industrial designs to user-generated products and speculative research, the exhibition explores the many fundamental roles of architecture and design in our history and culture. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/8/2017 - 8/15/2017
by - Aug 15, 2017

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GREASE Led By Pretty Little Liars' Janel Parrish To Play Toronto This November
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Irregular Entertainment producers David Galpern and Charles Roy, announced today that they are producing a new production of Grease: The Musical starring Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars) as Sandy, Katie Findlay (How to Get Away with Murder) as Rizzo, and introducing Dylan S. Wallach (Summer Blink, (Blank) My Life) as Danny, directed by Josh Prince (Beautiful, The Carole King Musical; Shrek, The Musical), this fall at The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto. Previews begin November 1, 2017, with Opening Night on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Tickets go on sale September 5, 2017. (more...)

Don't Throw Away Your Shot! HAMILTON to Release New Block Of Tickets On Broadway Through August 2018 with Ticketmaster Verified Fan
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller announces that a new block of tickets for the Broadway production will be made available on¬†Monday, August 21 at 10:00 AM ET exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan¬ģ. (more...)

Death From Above Unveil New Album 'Outrage! Is Now'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Death From Above have announced that their third full-length album Outrage! Is Now will be released September 8, 2017 via Warner Bros. Records/Last Gang Records. The album is available to pre-order as of today (more...)

Highlights from Broadway In Chicago's Annual Summer Concert at Millennium Park
by Rachel Weinberg - Aug 15, 2017

Broadway In Chicago's Summer Concert on Monday drew probably the largest crowd for the event I have seen in several years of attendance (and they were definitely a fired-up bunch). Musical theater fans across Chicago clamored to see Broadway In Chicago's showcase of ten upcoming touring shows (with a bonus appearance from HAMILTON's Chris De'Sean Lee, who co-hosted with usual emcee Janet Davies of ABC7). Here's my take on the highlights of the concert and which touring musicals should top your must-see list for the coming season. (more...)

Lesley Heller Workspace Announces September Exhibitions
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Lesley Heller Workspace has announced the openings for the September exhibitions! (more...)

Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. Leaves Goose Island for City Warehouse-Style Building
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The curtain has risen on a fresh new fabrication venue for Chicago's premier theatre, entertainment, television, and event scene and set experts. (more...)

Way Off Broadway will Rock the Pews with SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will welcome the "Sunday Morning Fever" this fall when its production of the Heavenly musical comedy Sister Act takes to the stage beginning September 8th. (more...)

Los Lobos, David Crosby, Teedra Moses & Betches of Comedy Coming Up at City Winery Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces City Winery favorite Los Lobos returning for a four-night stand, a second night with David Crosby and more. (more...)

Amazon Music Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Classic Garth Brooks Albums
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Reigning CMA ¬ďEntertainer Of The Year¬Ē Garth Brooks is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of his worldwide smash-hit albums THE CHASE and IN PIECES this year, and to mark the occasion Amazon Music is offering a free download of both releases. (more...)

Michael McGrath, Michael Mastro, Leslie Kritzer and Laura Bell Bundy to Headline THE HONEYMOONERS at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, has announced casting for the world-premiere production of the new musical comedy The Honeymooners, based on the CBS television series, with book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, music by Stephen Weiner, and lyrics by Peter Mills. (more...)

Theater Critic at Theater Camp: A Return Visit to French Woods
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

How do you take hundreds of kids (ages 7 to 17) and put up over a dozen shows (mostly musicals, plus a few plays) in as little as three weeks, with rehearsals limited to maybe just 12 or 13 days, with all or most of the cast rehearsing just slightly more than two hours each day, and many campers working on multiple shows at once? And I'm talking about completely staged shows with full production values, including sets, lighting, sound, costumes and live orchestras. Not only that, imagine repeating this same frenzied process four times over the course of a single summer. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 15, 2017
by - Aug 15, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

MARION BRIDGE Set for West Coast Premiere at Son of Semele Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

SJB Productions presents the West Coast Premiere of 'Marion Bridge' by award-winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor. The guest production runs September 8 through September 24 for a limited Los Angeles engagement at Son of Semele Theater in Los Angeles. (more...)

FOX Sports Announces Broadcast Teams for 2017 NFL Season
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

FOX Sports today announces its broadcast teams for the network's 24th season of NFL coverage. The award-winning lineup touts seven distinguished crews featuring an exceptional mix of veteran voices and new personalities. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports. (more...)

LELA & CO Extends Again at Steep Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

This summer's runaway hit is Steep Theatre's Lela & Co. This powerful U.S. premiere will run through September 16. Steep is adding eight new chances to hear Lela's passionately told story of resilience and hope in the face of overwhelming adversity, featuring Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel and Chris Chmelik, whose performances have been described as 'stunning,' 'fantastic,' and 'extraordinary empathetic.' (more...)

The Countdown Is On Until The Magic Of PIPPIN Arrives In Manchester
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The countdown is now on until Manchester audiences are taken on a magical journey with the talented cast of musical PIPPIN, which opens in less than two weeks. (more...)

Photo Flash: Greenhouse Theater Center presents MACHINAL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to launch its 2017-18 season with Artistic Director Jacob Harvey and Elizabeth Margolius' bold reimagining of Sophie Treadwell's most celebrated play, MACHINAL. Inspired by the surreal life and trial of famed murderess Ruth Snyder, MACHINAL will play August 11 - September 24, 2017 at The Greenhouse Theater Center (Upstairs Main Stage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Single tickets and season subscription packages are currently available at, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336.   (more...)

Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE Comes to Rorschach Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

Rorschach Theatre announces the cast and designers for its revival of NEVERWHERE (2013), Robert Kauzlaric's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's modern cult classic about a man who stumbles upon adventure in a dangerous and magical world that exists below the streets of London. The ensemble cast will include returning cast members Sarah Taurchini as Door and Daniel Corey as Richard Mayhew. The design team will include cutting-edge set and projections design collective Pixelumen Lab. (more...)

SISTER ACT Concludes the 2017 Music Circus Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season continues with the feel-good musical comedy Sister Act, featuring an infectious score by Tony and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken. Based on the hit 1992 film, this musical will fill the round stage with saintly sisters for the first time in Music Circus history. Performances of Sister Act are Tuesday, August 22 through Sunday, August 27 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

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