Windy City

Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur


Walnut Street Theatre

(Philadelphia, PA)
Philadelphia, PA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2019
Random Acts Presents SCARY STORIES: ARE YOU AFRAID?, featuring ten world premiere tales by some of the country's most exciting playwrights. Performances take place at Otherworld Theatre (3914 N. Clark).
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Turning 100 is a rare thing in this world and is definitely something to be celebrated - even if you're a piano. This September Tortoise Supper Club (TSC) owners Keene & Megan Addington will be hosting an epic celebration inspired by one very special musical instrument. While the River North restaurant is primarily known for its critically acclaimed food and outstanding hospitality, it's also a destination for after-dinner entertainment. On weekends, the Lounge at TSC is transformed into a classic cabaret, where Sinatra-style jazz music is performed live on a beautiful Grand Piano. The Steinway Concert Grand Piano that sits in TSC's Lounge has been in the Addington family since 1919 and, over the course of the past 100 years, become a piece of Chicago history. Keene's grandmother, Sarah Armour, received the impressive instrument for her 10th birthday and went on to become an accomplished musician as well as passionate supporter of Ravinia Festival, Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Chicago-based family's philanthropic support of Ravinia Festival has resulted in a multi-generational friendship between the family and the organization: Welz Kauffman, President/CEO of Ravinia, actually played the family's Steinway Concert Grand Piano at the funeral of Mrs. Sarah Armour and Keene is a third-generation board member of Ravinia. In honor of the piano's 100th birthday, Tortoise Supper Club will be hosting a week-long celebration of music, food, drinks and Windy City history. In addition to six nights of dazzling musical performances from some of Chicago's most talented artists, guests will also enjoy a variety of dinner and drink specials that hearken back to 1919 (the year the TSC piano was made.) The week's festivities will be as follows: Monday, September 16 Entertainment: Performance by Ravinia Festival's President/CEO Welz Kauffman and Soprano Michelle Areyzaga Plus Father & Son Duo Leo Radosavljevic (baritone & Julliard Graduate) George Radosavljevic (pianist) Show Time: 6:45pm - 9:00 pm with a 30-minute break between acts. Menu: Three Course Prix-Fixe Menu Cost: $89.95/person for dinner and show. Reservations required. ***A portion of proceeds benefit Ravina's Reach, Teach, Play program, which works to ensure that music education remains accessible to ALL children.*** Tuesday, September 17 Entertainment: Performance by The Ladies of Lyric Opera Stage Artists Ensemble Show Time: 6:45pm - 9:00pm Menu: Three Course Prix-Fixe Menu Cost: $89.95/person for dinner and show. Reservations required. Wednesday, September 18 Entertainment: The Marshall Vente Trio Show Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm Menu: A La Carte. Cost: A La Carte. No minimum spend. Thursday, September 19 Entertainment: Frank Lamphere and his Trio Show Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Menu: A La Carte. Cost: Reservations - $50/person minimum (food & beverage spend.) Bar seats are first come, first serve with no minimum spend. Friday, September 20 Entertainment: The Tom Muellner Trio with Jim Cox and Phil Gratteau Show Time: 7:30pm - 11:30pm Menu: A La Carte. Cost: A La Carte. No Minimum Spend. Saturday, September 21 Entertainment: The Mark Burnell Trio Show Time: 8:30 pm - Midnight Menu: A La Carte. Cost: A La Carte. No Minimum Spend.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
Rehearsals are underway for Theater Latté Da's re-imagined production of CHICAGO, Broadway's longest-running American musical. Winner of 7 Tony awards including Best Musical Revival, CHICAGO features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The musical, based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, is directed by Theater Latté Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein [1] with Music Direction by Denise Prosek and choreography by Kelli Foster Warder.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2019
Eleven world premiere plays and musicals seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by the Jeff Awards, announced today. A total of 192 nominations were made in 34 categories that honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. During the 2018-19 season, Jeff Awards judges attended opening nights of 132 Equity productions offered by 43 producing organizations and from these openings, 112 productions were a?oeJeff Recommendeda?? and eligible for award nominations.
by Abigail Charpentier - Sep 14, 2019
Since creating and starring in In the Heights and Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda has become one of the most influential creators on Broadway. His work has earned him great acclaim and he's collected too many awards to count, including a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy Award, three Grammy Awards, three Tony Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor.
by TV News Desk - Sep 10, 2019
Prepare for the ultimate showdown between the fiercest women in the home renovation and design business when Rock the Block, HGTV's newest competition series, premieres on Monday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. With only four weeks and $175,000 each, HGTV stars Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will face-off to max-out identical properties in the Los Angeles area—with the goal to add the most property value to each home. Hosted by Property Brothers: Forever Home star and real estate expert Drew Scott, the series will boast bold build and design challenges; in-show surprises; and special guest judges. The winner will walk away with the ultimate reward—bragging rights and a street named after her on the most rocking block in the country.
by TV News Desk - May 30, 2019
The third edition of MOGA Festival, a tasteful mix of electronic music and local culture, returns to Essaouira on October 11th, 12th and 13th 2019. Once again investing in the picturesque and richly cultural city of Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Game of Thrones filming location, festival-goers will be invited to live a timeless experience, an unprecedented trip to the old 'Mogador', punctuated by strong musical moments and memories and a link between traditional and electronic cultures. The Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa will host acts from the forefront of the international and Moroccan scene, with phase one including Bradley Zero, Praslea, DJ W!ld, Louise Chen, Konstantin Sibold, Behrouz, Terekke and more.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
Windy City Playhouse, known for presenting unique and immersive theater pieces that create an intimate audience experience, is set to debut its newest immersive production with the Chicago premiere of Jonathan Caren's "The Recommendation" at its Flagship location (3014 N. Irving Park Road).  Fresh off successful productions at The Old Globe (in San Diego) and the Flea Theater in New York, the psychological thriller follows two friends through the trials and tribulations of life and tests just how far they will go to get what they want. The cast of "The Recommendation" includes Michael Aaron Pogue as Iskinder Iodouku, Julian Hester as Aaron Feldman and Brian Keys as Dwight Barnes.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019
The House Theatre of Chicago announces its productions for the 18th season. The 2019 - 2020 Season will include the 10th anniversary production of The House's original ballet-free production of The Nutcracker, November 7 - December 29; the world-premiere of Brett Neveu's Verboten, January 16 - March 8, 2020; Shakespeare's Henry V, directed by The House's Artistic Director Nathan Allen, March 19 - May 10, 2020. The Magic Parlour, featuring magician Dennis Watkins, will continue its open run at The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019
Celebrating 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre, Chicago will continue to produce some of the most exciting work in the country this summer. Offerings from the city's more than 250 producing theaters feature everything from the latest musicals to highly anticipated world premieres.   
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
As Drew's on Halsted's new Entertainment Director, Russ Goeltenbodt has created an exciting musical lineup for Gay Pride Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
Steppenwolf Theatre's Ms. Blakk for President is now on stage! What did the critics think? Read all the reviews!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
Grammy-nominee Ron Hawking will headline at Drury Lane Theatre's intimate Cabaret Room. His newest production Ron Hawking: The Song is You will run for three performances: Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10 at 7:30pm and Sunday, August 11 at 6:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2019
Amy Rubenstein, Artistic Director and Evelyn Jacoby, Managing Director of Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Rd.) announce the promotion of Carl Menninger to Associate Artistic Director and welcome David H. Bell as an Artistic Associate for the Playhouse effective immediately.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019
The Chicago Reader celebrates the city's rich and diverse 50 years of honoring LGBTQ+ community legacy at its first-ever all-day, all-ages block party in partnership with Marz Community Brewing Sunday, June 23, 1-9 p.m, presented by Nue Vodka.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2019
Cody Dericks, is a graduate of Hofstra University whose Chicago credits include HOLDING THE MAN and JERKER for Pride Films and Plays, has has stepped into the role of Alex, the graduate student who along with his husband Josh (Marc Prince), welcomes a third young man, Darius (Jesse James Montoya) into their bed.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
2019 has been a year full of momentous change for Theater Schmeater. The theater recently embarked on its first season without a physical space after five years in the former Belltown location. And now, the theater's leadership team is excited to welcome a new addition to the Theater Schmeater family: Artistic Director Christopher Kidder-Mostrom. After a multiple-month search, Kidder-Mostrom was selected from a field of highly qualified candidates to shepherd Theater Schmeater on a new path. Kidder-Mostrom's theatrical knowledge will be indispensable to the organization at it enters this time of transition. Board President Rachel Sorrels notes that as Theater Schmeater shifted to a nomadic company, it was important for us to hire an Artistic Director with a strong background in leadership experience and the ability to be artistically nimble. We are so thrilled to have found both those qualities in Chris.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Babes With Blades Theatre Company (BWBTC) announces its 22nd Anniversary Season, "Take Control. Take Action. Make History.," consisting of two full productions and three developing scripts as part of the Fighting Words Festival 2020, all reflecting how women take ownership of their circumstances and how they manage to prevail.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2019
AstonRep Theatre Company, under the artistic leadership of Derek Bertelsen and Sara Pavlak McGuire, announces its 2019-20 season, to be presented at its new artistic home, The Edge Theater in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2019
EgoPo Classic Theater in Philadelphia announces the hiring of Associate Producer, Dane Eissler, and Managing Director, Katrina Foy, arriving in July at the start of the 2019-2020 "Shepard Country" Festival Season, joining founder and Artistic Director Lane Savadove in leading the organization.  Foy succeeds Shayna Freed as Managing Director, who served in the role since 2015.  Eissler is the first in the Associate Producer role, marking a time of growth and opportunity for EgoPo's future.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2019
Black Button Eyes Productions launches its 2018-19 season with the Chicago premiere of GHOST QUARTET, an intriguing and entertaining song cycle by Dave Malloy, directed by Artistic Director Ed Rutherford, with music direction by Nick Sula and choreography by Derek Van Barham.
by Stage Tube - Jun 1, 2019
Zaena x Jason Maek have dropped a new music video for their summer single 'Seat Laid Back.'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2019
Shattered Globe Theatre announces its 2019-20 Season, featuring two Chicago premieres: BE HERE NOW by Deborah Zoe Laufer, directed by Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner* a?" a bittersweet comedy about searching for happiness; and SHEEPDOG by Kevin Artigue, directed by Wardell Julius Clark a?" a love story colliding with today's headlines; followed by WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING by Andrew Bovell, directed by Elizabeth Margolius a?" a stunning mystery of love and loss that reverberates through four generations.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2019
Iris Sowlat and Allison Fradkin, in collaboration with Otherworld Theatre Company, present Violet Surprise, a festival of femslash fanfiction parodies.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
Following the departure of Jefferson Park standby, Windy City Performs, former WCP teacher, Alicia Winton, creates a new youth summer camp for ages 7-13 under the name White Rabbit Theatre Company. The camp will feature acting workshops by prominent Chicago actors and will culminate in a final performance of a full length script by Juan Muñoz.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
There is a definite relationship between rap and jazz. Musicians improvise with notes. Rappers improvise with words. Many of the great hip-hop recordings featured samples from some of the greatest jazz albums. So it should be no surprise that there are rappers who are not only comfortable in post-bop sonic settings, but can also deliver some swinging verses themselves. The result of this fusion of styles, motifs, and genres is a corps of instrumentalists who are influenced by rappers, who in turn, are influenced by musicians. 
by BroadwayRadio - Jul 28, 2019
On this episode of BroadwayRadio's 'Tell Me More,' Matt Tamanini talks to scholar and author Mark Larson whose book 'Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater' is available now. In this 650 page tome, Larson chronicles the rise of the Second City's theatre community starting with Second City and the Compass Players in the 1950s and 60s, and via over 300 interviews tells the story to Chicago's gritty climb to theatrical prominence.
by TV News Desk - Jul 25, 2019
The whole world is getting hip to Bobby Rush.  After decades of tearing up the chitlin' circuit on a nightly basis with his sweaty, no-holds-barred funkfests, Bobby has thoroughly broken through to the mainstream. He won a long-overdue 2017 Grammy Award for his spectacular album Porcupine Meat and consistently tours the globe as a headliner. What's more, Bobby's brand-new album Sitting on Top of the Blues on his own Deep Rush imprint (distributed by Thirty Tigers), due out August 16, 2019, promises to further spread the news that this revered legend, well past 80 years of age even if his stratospheric energy level belies the calendar, is bigger and badder and bolder than ever.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2019
Sideshow Theatre Company opens its 2019-20 season with the U.S. premiere of Alistair McDowall's mind-bending sci-fi thriller X, directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green*. X will play September 22 a?" October 27, 2019 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2019
Sideshow Theatre Company announce sits 2019-20 Season, launching this fall with the U.S. premiere of Alistair McDowall's mind-bending sci-fi thriller X, directed by artistic director Jonathan L. Green. The season concludes next spring with the world premiere of Brynne Frauenhoffer's brash, incisive comedy PRO-AM, directed by artistic associate Regina Victor.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2019
Broadway In Chicago has premiered the first episode of it's new talk show series IN TOO DEEP hosted and created by T.J. Pieffer.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2019
Theater Latte Da today announced casting for CHICAGO, Broadway's longest-running American musical. Winner of 7 Tony awards including Best Musical Revival, CHICAGO features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The musical, based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, is directed by Theater Latte Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein with Music Direction by Denise Prosek and choreography by Kelli Foster Warder.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2019
The whole world is getting hip to Bobby Rush.  After decades of tearing up the chitlin' circuit on a nightly basis with his sweaty, no-holds-barred funkfests, Bobby has thoroughly broken through to the mainstream. He won a long-overdue 2017 Grammy Award for his spectacular album Porcupine Meat and consistently tours the globe as a headliner. What's more, Bobby's brand-new album Sitting on Top of the Blues on his own Deep Rush imprint (distributed by Thirty Tigers), due out August 16, 2019, promises to further spread the news that this revered legend, well past 80 years of age even if his stratospheric energy level belies the calendar, is bigger and badder and bolder than ever.
by Emily McClanathan - Jul 16, 2019
Upon arrival at Windy City Playhouse's flagship venue in Irving Park, audience members are handed an acceptance letter welcoming them to Brown University's class of 2011. Thus begins an intimate journey through the world of THE RECOMMENDATION, written by Jonathan Caren and directed by Jonathan Wilson. For its Chicago premiere, Windy City Playhouse artistic director Amy Rubenstein has overseen a revised script and a new concept that stages Caren's play in the theater's signature immersive style. Audiences follow the actors from room to room and even drink alongside them, from slurping Jello shots in a college dorm to sipping sake in a Hollywood lounge.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2019
Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, has announced casting for August Wilson's King Hedley II, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. King Hedley II runs September 12 - October 13, 2019 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. The press opening is Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019
Haven Theatre, newly rebranded as "Haven," announces its 2019-20 Season, kicking off this fall with its fifth consecutive DIRECTORS HAVEN, three short plays showcasing the talents of early career directors, each with razor-sharp and inspiring visions for their work and our industry. Helming this year's productions are Lauren Katz, Aaron Mays and AJ Schwartz.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2019
And they're off! Today HGTV launched production on its newest home renovation competition series, Rock the Block, filming in the greater LA area. With just four weeks and a budget of $175,000 each, four of the network's powerhouse renovation experts will face-off in a design battle royale. Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will take identical properties and morph them into the ultimate suburban oasis.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2019
Porchlight Music Theatre announces the appointment of Alex Rhyan as the company's first full-time production and operations director.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2019
Windy City Playhouse will present the Chicago premiere of Duncan Macmillan's critically-acclaimed a?oeEvery Brilliant Thinga?? in a brand-new third performance space at the Playhouse's South Loop location (2229 S. Michigan Ave.).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2019
The Second City announces casting for The Second City's 108th Mainstage Revue. The brand new ensemble includes Mary Catherine Curran, Sarah Dell'Amico, Andrew Knox, Asia Martin, Jordan Savusa, and Adam Schreck. Resident Second City director Ryan Bernier returns to direct his seventh resident stage production, and Nick Gagewill be taking over the keys as the musical director.
by TV News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
With a lineup of celebrities including a supermodel, a former White House press secretary, a Bachelorette, pro-athletes from the NFL and NBA, a Supreme and a TV icon to name a few, 'Dancing with the Stars' is waltzing its way into its highly anticipated upcoming 2019 season. The new celebrity cast is adding some glitzy bling to their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the show kicks off MONDAY, SEPT. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. For the first time ever, viewers will have to tune in to the season premiere to find out with whom their favorite professional dancers are paired. This season also features the return of a loved pro, Peta Murgatroyd, and two new professional ballroom dancers. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on, the ABC app and Hulu.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
Just in time for the debut of the highly-anticipated Andy Warhol a?oeA to B and Back Againa?? exhibit, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, has introduced a range of immersive guestroom packages offering visitors an inside look at the iconic Art Institute of Chicago. From curious to the connoisseur, packages offer a range for all levels of interest, including the a?oeArtista?? which includes VIP admission, the a?oeMasterpiecea?? which boasts a private, 90-minute tour, and the a?oeIcona?? which offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime afterhours tour with one of the institution's expert curators.
by Linnae Medeiros - Aug 16, 2019
Audiences are getting ready to head to Skid Row this fall! As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's classic sci-fi musical Little Shop of Horrors is returning to New York at the Westside Theatre, with previews beginning September 17th and opening night set for October 17th. The production is set to run for a limited engagement through November 24th. To prepare you to go somewhere that's green, we're getting to know the show's cast, including Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, Christian Borle, and more. Check it all out!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
In celebration of the Year of Chicago Theatre, Hot Tix is doing a special, limited time only promotion offering $20 tickets to fall shows in advance. The performance dates are for anytime this fall and the tickets are half-price or at a greater discount than half-price. Please note that a service charge will be added. These special, limited time $20 prices will only be available Thursday, August 15 a?" Sunday, September 8, or while supplies last. In addition to these special $20 ticket offers, Hot Tix has many half-price shows that are less than $20! Additional information is available at
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Victory Gardens Theater announces the 2019/20 Season Directors Inclusion Initiative Assistant Directors including Alexander (Lex) Turner (Tiny Beautiful Things), Lanise Antoine Shelley (The First Deep Breath), Christina Casano (How To Defend Yourself),  Jeremy Ohringer (Dhaba On Devon Ave) and Aliza Feder (The Right To Be Forgotten).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Rescripted is thrilled to announce the third session of The Key: Young Critics Mentorship Program, September 25 a?" December 4 and hosted for the second year at Steppenwolf Theater, 1650 N. Halsted. Regina Victor, founder of the online arts journalism platform Rescripted, and entertainment critic Oliver Sava created the 10-week training program for Chicago youth in arts criticism. In league with The Chicago Inclusion Project, The Key has successfully held two sessions, educating young writers on the skills and industry knowledge needed to pursue careers in arts criticism. Alumni of The Key have written for outlets like Chicago Reader, Howlround, The Windy City Times, and Rescripted. 
by Jini Rooney - Aug 14, 2019
Writers Peter McGann & John Morton have let loose The Roaring Banshees, part two of their Ripping Yarn Trilogy. The trilogy celebrates the centenary years of Ireland's independence. Part one: The Hellfire Squad successfully premiered in 2016 and told the tale of Micheal Collins' assassins. They are currently working on their final installment, The Folklore Commission. The Roaring Banshees are a fictionalised branch of Cumann na mBan, an Irish republican women's paramilitary organisation active during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War. Outlawed by the Irish Free State and sorely betrayed by both the Irish and English factions, the clan of 7 cross the pond and set up shop in Chicago.