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Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Chicago, IL)
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL

Schedule

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

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A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners. A visionary director and Tony Award-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters. Turn them all loose on Broadway and what do you get?

Acclaimed Steppenwolf director Tina Landau and the groundbreaking designers behind Fun Home, Hedwig, and Spring Awakening have brilliantly reimagined Bikini Bottom for the Broadway stage, bringing the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. With an original score from some of the biggest names in

pop and rock, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL explodes with energy.

Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.


New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD Extends at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Due to an overwhelming demand, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations will extend for two additional weeks. Originally scheduled to close on October 8, the popular musical will now run through Sunday, October 22. (more...)

Complete Lineup Announced for MADAME MATHIEU'S SOIREE at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Hosted by five-time MAC Award nominee Drew Fornarola (off-Broadway's STRAIGHT) and directed by Tyler Spicer, this edition of the soiree will also feature poet Kirkwood Adams, dancer Ali Dietz, writer Eric Tipler, comedian John Griswold, actors Rachel Towne and Priyanka Krishnan, drag personality Chelsea Piers and singer Joseph Townsend. This is the 11th edition of the show, which has already featured over 150 individual artists and 25 Broadway guests. (more...)

New Block of Tickets Released for Immersive KPOP Run This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Due to popular demand, Ars Nova, in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, has released a new block of tickets and has added performances (September 16 & 30 at 3pm) to the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory. (more...)

Immersive KPOP Extends Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2017

In response to overwhelming demand and critical acclaim, Ars Nova, in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, extends the world premiere of KPOP until October 21. KPOP is a high-octane immersive event that audiences a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory. (more...)

2018 Artios Awards Nominations in Television, Theatre, Short Form Series and Short Film Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

The Casting Society of America announced nominees for the 2018 Artios Awards for all Television, Theatre, Short Films and Short Form Series categories. Congratulations to all the nominees!! (more...)

Ethan Slater, Katie LaMark to Headline MADAME'S MATHIEU'S SOIREE This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Spongebob himself, Ethan Slater (The Spongebob Musical), and actress Katie LaMark (RENT, Mr. Robot) as guests of honor at the September edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

Complete Lineup Announced for MADAME MATHIEU'S SOIREE at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Hosted by five-time MAC Award nominee Drew Fornarola (off-Broadway's STRAIGHT) and directed by Tyler Spicer, this edition of the soiree will also feature poet Kirkwood Adams, dancer Ali Dietz, writer Eric Tipler, comedian John Griswold, actors Rachel Towne and Priyanka Krishnan, drag personality Chelsea Piers and singer Joseph Townsend. This is the 11th edition of the show, which has already featured over 150 individual artists and 25 Broadway guests. (more...)

Ethan Slater, Katie LaMark to Headline MADAME'S MATHIEU'S SOIREE This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Spongebob himself, Ethan Slater (The Spongebob Musical), and actress Katie LaMark (RENT, Mr. Robot) as guests of honor at the September edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

Complete Lineup Announced For Madame's Soiree, 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Zachary Noah Piser (Wicked), and MiMi Scardulla (Gigantic) as guests of honor at the November 9 edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

Nick Blaemire, Jessica Vosk and More Set for Amas Readings of BREAD AND ROSES Musical
by BroadwayWorld JR - Oct 27, 2017

Based on the film inspired by true events, BREAD AND ROSES is the story of a young undocumented Mexican woman who crosses the U.S. border and risks it all in her fight for a living wage, equality and justice. (more...)

BWW Interview: Getting to Know the Stars of BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL
by Taylor Long - Oct 24, 2017

An electrifying new musical has roared into the Ed Mirvish Theatre. BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL, based on Jim Steinman's critically acclaimed album, became one of the best-selling albums in history. Broadway World's Taylor Long sat down with four of the show's leads, Rob Fowler (Falco), Sharon Sexton (Sloane), Andrew Polec (Strat) and Christina Bennington (Raven) to talk about the journey of getting cast, rehearsing and bringing BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL to Toronto. (more...)

Zachary Piser, MiMi Scardulla to Headline Final 'MADAME'S SOIREE' of 2017
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Zachary Piser (Wicked), and MiMi Scardulla (Gigantic) as guests of honor at the November 9 edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. It will be the final soiree of 2017, with 2018 dates announced at the event. (more...)

Emily Klein and CJ Eldred Headline 9th MADAME'S SOIREE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Broadway's Emily Klein (Parade) and CJ Eldred (Book of Mormon - Tour) as the guests of honor at the March edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

Lindsey Brett Carothers, Josh Walden Headline Next Madame's Soiree
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Lindsey Brett Carothers (Bring it On, Wicked), and Josh Walden (Ragtime, A Chorus Line) as guests of honor at the May 17th edition of Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame's Soiree. The Broadway duo will be joined on the program by a distinguished group of emerging artists from a variety of disciplines. (more...)

Tony Yazbeck, Christopher Jackson, Tituss Burgess, Julia Murney and More Sing Broadway Lullabies on New Album
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

This June, Broadway babies Vasthy Mompoint (Rocky; The Spongebob Musical) and Jen Malenke (Into The Woods; Disney's High School Musical), the founders and creators of the much-needed industry service Broadway Babysitters, will release an album of children's lullabies entitled 'Broadway Lullabies.' (more...)

Carlos Lopez, Madison Claire Parks, and More Lead the Cast of TUTS' GUYS & DOLLS
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

Theatre Under The Stars' (TUTS) introduces the cast of its final Mainstage show of the 49th Season, Guys & Dolls! (more...)

MOMENTUM '17: City Theatre presents Festival of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

City Theatre is excited to announce the plays and events included in Momentum '17: New Plays at Different Stages, the South Side theater company's annual festival of new play development. The annual festival will run from May 31 - June 4, 2017 and will include three public presentations of plays - plus one musical - at different stages in the development process, a closed reading of new work by a Young Playwrights Festival Alumnus, a Happy Hour/Artists Meet & Greet with Urbanist Pittsburgh, and an interactive opportunity to participate in conversation with local playwright Tami Dixon for an upcoming project. The readings and events are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly encouraged to guarantee seating and can be made at CityTheatreCompany.org or by calling the box office at 412-431-CITY (2489). (more...)

BWW TV: BAGHDADDY's Ethan Slater, Brennan Caldwell and More Perform 'Das Man' in the Kitchen
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 12, 2017

Here's a follow-up to BAGHDADDY ensemble member Ethan Slater, who will soon star in The Spongebob Musical on Broadway, singing in the kitchen with his co-stars. Click below to watch Brennan Caldwell - with Slater on guitar and Brandon Espinoza and Claire Neumann on backup - performing an acoustic version of the song 'Das Man' from the musical by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo, currently playing at the Theatre at St. Lukes! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Singer, Writer, and Now Actor- Sara Bareilles Gets Ready to Add to Already Impressive Resume with Her Stage Debut!
by Daniella Parcell - Mar 31, 2017

Last year, Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles made history as the composer for WAITRESS, the first musical ever to hit Broadway while boasting an all-female creative team. Now, as reported by BWW last month, Bareilles will once again take the spotlight, stepping into the lead role of Jenna Hunterson on Friday, March 31, succeeding Tony winner Jessie Mueller. (more...)

SPONGEBOB's Ethan Slater Signs on for BAGHDADDY Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

Ethan Slater will join the cast in the role of Jerry Samuel in the well-reviewed, NY Times Critic's Pick Baghdaddy (formerly known as Who's Your Baghdaddy?) as it returns to Off-Broadway this April. (more...)

The New Disney Musical FREAKY FRIDAY Puts a Contemporary Spin on a Beloved Classic
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Cleveland Play House will close out their 2016-17 season with the joyful new musical romp, Freaky Friday. Based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers which spawned two hit Disney films, Freaky Friday tells the story of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours. The contemporary update of this American classic includes a hilarious new book by Bridget Carpenter ("Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights"), and a pop?rock score by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then). Directed by Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, it has been hailed as "a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale" by The Washington Post. With high-energy choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), this vivacious production is "delightfully spunky" with "timeless appeal" (Variety). (more...)

Charlie Franklin, Emily Rogers Premiere New Ryan Scott Oliver Songs At Next Madame's Soiree
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Charlie Franklin (The Book of Mormon, The Bridges of Madison County), and Emily Rodgers (If/Then) as guests of honor at the March 15th edition of Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. The Broadway duo will premiere new songs by award winning composer Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper in Deadland, 35MM) and will be joined on the program by a distinguished group of artists from a variety of disciplines. (more...)

Former Mormon Jason Michael Snow Will Star In Upcoming ABC Comedy Pilot
by Stephanie Wild - Mar 16, 2018

Broadway alum Jason Michael Snow will star in ABC's upcoming Justin Noble comedy pilot, according to Deadline. The project is currently untitled but will star Kat Dennings opposite Snow. (more...)

Dean John Wilson to Join Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in THE KING AND I; Three Week Extension Announced
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 15, 2018

Looks like the West End will be getting to know Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE KING AND I 'has its eye on the London Palladium for a limited season next year.' (more...)

STRANGEST THINGS! and THE WIZ Lead 2017 Chicago Theatre Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Today, The Hawk Chicago announced nominations for the inaugural Chicago Theatre Awards, a contest in which all winners are chosen entirely by audience vote. The first round, which invited write-in submissions, ended June 23rd. The official nominees were decided by almost 1,600 voters. (more...)

Lauren Elder, Mike Hot-Pence Headline 10th MADAME'S SOIREE, 7/13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu celebrates her 10th show at The Duplex by selecting Broadway's Lauren Elder (Sideshow, HAIR) and political personality Mike Hot-Pence as guests of honor at the July edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. An additional guest of honor will be named in the coming days. (more...)

Bay Street Theater Slates Summer Theater Camps & Workshops for Kids & Teens
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have announced Summer Theater Camps and Teen Workshops & Master Classes, beginning July 2017. (more...)

TREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

As previously announced, Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. (more...)

Bay Street Theater Announces August Workshops, Master Classes for Teens
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have announced Teen Workshops & Master Classes and Summer Theater Camps, continuing in August 2017. (more...)

Josh Radnor, Gideon Glick, Lilli Cooper, and More to Sing SONGS BY ELI BOLIN at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017

As part of it's New Writers at 54! summer series, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present SON OF SCHMOLIN: MORE SONGS FROM ELI BOLIN on Wednesday, August 2nd at 9:30pm.  (more...)

Cast Complete for New Temptations Musical AIN'T TOO PROUD at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of AIN'T TOO PROUD-THE TEMPTATIONS MUSICAL. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening). (more...)

Lauren Elder, Mike Hot-Pence Headline 10th MADAME'S SOIREE, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu celebrates her 10th show at The Duplex by selecting Broadway's Lauren Elder (Sideshow, HAIR) and political personality Mike Hot-Pence as guests of honor at the July edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. An additional guest of honor will be named in the coming days. (more...)

Julia Abueva, Peter Cormican Join 10th MADAME MATHIEU'S SOIREE at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu celebrates her 10th show at The Duplex by adding Broadway's Peter Cormican (Follies, Phantom of the Opera) and the West End's Julia Abueva (Miss Saigon) to the previously announced Lauren Elder (Sideshow, HAIR) and political personality Mike Hot-Pence as guests of honor at the July edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

Julia Abueva, Peter Cormican Join 10th MADAME MATHIEU'S SOIREE at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2017

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu celebrates her 10th show at The Duplex by adding Broadway's Peter Cormican (Follies, Phantom of the Opera) and the West End's Julia Abueva (Miss Saigon) to the previously announced Lauren Elder (Sideshow, HAIR) and political personality Mike Hot-Pence as guests of honor at the July edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. (more...)

Natalie Charle Ellis and F. Michael Haynie Headline Next Madame's Soiree, January 18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2018

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has selected Natalie Charle Ellis (School of Rock, Les Miserables), and F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked) as guests of honor at the January 18th edition of the Bistro Awards Critics' Pick Madame Mathieu's Soiree. The duo will perform alongside a distinguished group of artists from a variety of disciplines in the first edition of Season 3 of the show. The winners of the first ever Denovan Residencies, the most comprehensive development grants in New York cabaret, will be announced at the event. (more...)

Rainn Wilson to Lead Cast of Steppenwolf's THE DOPPELGANGER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2018

Iconic star of The Office actor and comedian Rainn Wilson will return to the stage in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production ofThe Doppelg nger (An International Farce). Wilson leads the cast as Thomas Irdley/Jimmy in the world premiere production. (more...)

GREATEST SHOWMAN, LADY BIRD Among ARTIOS AWARD Winners; Full List
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

The Artios is awarded to those CSA members who receive primary screen (or program) credit for casting on the winning project. Location Casting Directors, Casting Executives and Department Heads who are CSA members and who receive credit on winning projects also receive an Artios Award. CSA Associates on those projects are recognized in the press and with a certificate. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY, HELLO, DOLLY! Among Winners of 33rd Annual ARTIOS AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

The 33rd Annual Artios Awards for Television, Theatre, Short Films and Short Form Series were held in Los Angeles and New York on January 18, 2018. Click here for a full list of winners and check out the theater-related winners below (more...)

Voting Open for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Album Awards; DEAR EVAN HANSEN Leads Best New Cast Album 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

Voting is open for the 2018 BWW Albums/CDs Awards, recognizing the best releases from the 2017 calendar year. (more...)

Last Chance To Vote For the 2018 BroadwayWorld Album Awards; Ends Tomorrow!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018

Voting  has opened for the 2018 BWW Albums/CDs Awards, recognizing the best releases from the 2017 calendar year. (more...)

Winter Storm Warning: Meet the Cast of FROZEN- Now in Previews!
by Danielle Gutierrez - Feb 24, 2018

FROZEN had its first preview last night, February 22 at the St. James Theater! Starring Patti Murin and Caissie Levy as beloved Disney heroines Anna and Elsa, the musical is set for a March 22 opening. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances! (more...)

Voting Open for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Album Awards; GREAT COMET Passes DEAR EVAN HANSEN in Best New Cast Album!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

Voting is open for the 2018 BWW Albums/CDs Awards, recognizing the best releases from the 2017 calendar year. (more...)

Voting Open for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Album Awards; GREAT COMET and DEAR EVAN HANSEN Tie For Best Design!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2018

Voting is open for the 2018 BWW Albums/CDs Awards, recognizing the best releases from the 2017 calendar year. (more...)

Dive Down to Bikini Bottom and Meet the Full Company of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Dec 4, 2017

SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway officially opens tonight, December 4th, at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway - Broadway at 47th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch interviews with the cast and get a peek at them in rehearsal in the video below! (more...)

TREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

As previously announced, Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. (more...)

New Block of Tickets Released for Immersive KPOP Run This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

Due to popular demand, Ars Nova, in association with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective, has released a new block of tickets and has added performances (September 16 & 30 at 3pm) to the world premiere of KPOP, a high-octane immersive event that gives you a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory. (more...)

Josh Radnor, Gideon Glick, Lilli Cooper and More to Sing 'SONGS FROM ELI BOLIN' Tomorrow at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2017

As part of its New Writers at 54! summer series, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present SON OF SCHMOLIN: MORE SONGS FROM ELI BOLIN tomorrow, today, August 2, at 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW TV: BAGHDADDY's Ethan Slater Sings in the Kitchen with Brandon Espinoza & Claire Neuman
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 25, 2017

Baghdaddy (formerly known as, Who's Your Baghdaddy?) by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo returned to NYC beginning April 6 for an opening on Monday, May 1, 2017 and an initial run through June 18, 2017 at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street). Ensemble member Ethan Slater, who will star in The Spongebob Musical on Broadway, took a moment to sing in the kitchen with co-stars Brandon Espinoza and Claire Neuman. Check it out below! (more...)

Jennifer Damiano, Sean Allan Krill, Kelli Barrett, Jessica Phillips and More Tapped for Zack Zadek's DEATHLESS at Goodspeed
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

In a not-too-distant future where no one dies, a family navigates life's big questions during an annual road trip in Zack Zadek's new musical Deathless. (more...)

Sergio Trujillo Brings Underground World of Buenos Aires to A.R.T. in ARRABAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, will present Arrabal, with a book written by John Weidman, music by Gustavo Santaolalla / Bajofondo, choreographed by Julio Zurita, and directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. (more...)

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