Windy City

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


Victoria Palace Theatre

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Victoria Street
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 30, 2019
By popular demand an additional show for Sebastian Maniscalco You Bother Me Tour has been added to DPAC on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2019
After charming audiences last winter, Strawdog Theatre Company's holiday hit HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS returns December 7 a?" 29, 2019
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 M. William Panek - Sep 26, 2019
A perfect night of theatre it ain't, but for Meghan Murphy's powerhouse diva and a communal bout of well-earned chuckles, SPAMALOT will leave you choosing wisely.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2019
Fresh off a wildly successful, two-year-plus run on his Stay Hungry Tour, Billboard's 2018 Comedian of the Year Sebastian Maniscalco returned this month with his new You Bother Me tour.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019
Windy City Playhouse will present the Chicago premiere of Duncan Macmillan's critically-acclaimed “Every Brilliant Thing” in a brand-new third performance space at the Playhouse's South Loop location (2229 S. Michigan Ave.).
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019
Theater Latté Da presents 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 with Music Direction by Denise Prosek and choreography by Kelli Foster Warder.
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 BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019
Black Button Eyes Productions is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of WHISPER HOUSE, featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), book and additional lyrics by Kyle Jarrow (Spongebob Squarepants Musical), with direction by Artistic Director Ed Rutherford, music direction by Micky York and choreography by Derek Van Barham.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019
Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of Kevin Artigue's SHEEPDOG, a love story that investigates the blurred lines between duty and passion in the face of police brutality, directed by Wardell Julius Clark.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019
Raven Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of the heartwarming, family-friendly comedy COLD TOWN/HOTLINE: A Chicago Holiday Story, written and directed by Eli Newell, playing November 30 a?" December 22, 2019 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm.
by TV News Desk - Oct 24, 2019
Maureen McCormick, best known as Marcia Brady of The Brady Bunch and star of HGTV's hugely successful series A Very Brady Renovation, will join home renovation expert and star of Windy City Rehab Alison Victoria to co-host White House Christmas 2019. Cameras will follow Maureen and Alison as they take an exclusive room-by-room tour with staff and volunteers to see the magnificent holiday transformation of the White House. The one-hour special will premiere in December.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2019
The 51st Annual Jeff Awards Ceremony took place on October 21, 2019, during a spirited evening at Drury Lane Oakbrook. 'Frankenstein,' produced by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, took home five awards, including Best Production a?' Play in the Midsize category. Court Theatre also took home five awards, including the coveted Ensemble Award for 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf' and four awards for a?oePhotograph 51.a?? Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of 'Downstate' received the Jeff Award for Best Production - Play in the Large category. The award for Best Production - Musical in the Large category went to 'Six' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the award for Best Production - Musical in the Midsize category went to 'Caroline, or Change,' produced by Firebrand Theatre in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Haven is pleased to present its fifth DIRECTORS HAVEN, the company's ever-growing initiative annually showcasing the talents of three rising directors. This season, Lauren Katz directs Caryl Churchill's ambitious surrealist work THIS IS A CHAIR; Aaron Mays helms Sonia Sanchez's lyrical drama 2 x 2; and AJ Schwartz directs Dan Giles' tender yet challenging one-act HOW YOU KISS ME IS NOT HOW I LIKE TO BE KISSED. 
by TV News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Deadline reports that upcoming thriller 'Broadcast Signal Intrusion' has cast its leads: Harry Shum Jr. and Chris Sullivan.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2019
Chicagoland romance author Dania Voss explores the challenges of young love while dealing with the pressures of wealth and professional sports, in her latest release, new adult novella 'Off the Hook' (ISBN: 978-1773399911; Ebook).
by TV News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
HGTV has raised the stakes for its female-led, super-charged home reno competition series Rock the Block, premiering Monday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The grand prize winner of the competition still gets bragging rights and a street named after her, but now each weekly challenge winner will score a showcase episode of her own HGTV series immediately following the one hour airing of Rock the Block. Home renovation/design experts Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will go head-to-head in an explosive showdown to max-out four identical properties and add the most property value to each home. With just four weeks and an individual budget of $175,000, the competitors must renovate and design such spaces as a master suite, kitchen, great room and outdoor living space.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
'Tis the season! InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, located at 505 N. Michigan Ave., is bringing the North Pole to the Magnificent Mile with a variety of unique holiday packages and programming. An in-room milk and cookie amenity, special a?oeLetters to Santaa?? activation in the lobby, a pop-up marketplace featuring Illinois makers and more will be available throughout the holiday season for names on both the naughty and nice list to take advantage of.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
Porchlight Music Theatre announces the next production in its 25th Anniversary season: the New Faces Sing Broadway series. New Faces Sing Broadway 1956, hosted by Angela Ingersoll, directed by Brianna Borger and music directed by Chuck Larkin, returns to Evanston at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and to The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario Street, Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
by TV News Desk - Nov 7, 2019
Suspense is now at a fever pitch in HGTV's Rock the Block competition series—and the winner will claim her victory on Monday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Throughout the series, the four challengers Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) faced-off to max-out identical properties in the Los Angeles area—with the goal to add the most property value to each home. In the final nail-biting episode, the fierce competitors work down to the wire to finish the remaining spaces in the homes, including bedrooms, bathrooms and exteriors. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
CMS continues its 50th anniversary celebration with its annual holiday Baroque festival throughout the month of December. Bach's a?oeGoldberga?? Variations, composed near the end of his life, will be performed on December 3rd by Jeffrey Kahane, one of a handful of masters of this work. Kahane will begin the performance with remarks on this monumental piece, which is an immersive experience during which the listener journeys through time and space. The next day, Kahane will give a free master class on solo piano works by Bach and other composers (December 4th).   
by TV News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Journey member Jonathan Cain is joined by GRAMMY®-nominated, Platinum®-selling Newsboys frontman Michael Tait for his newest Christmas single, “Wonder of Wonders.” Available now from Identity Records at iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, iHeartRadio and more outlets globally, the song is also going for adds at radio and is available to radio via Play MPE.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2019
After a remarkable inaugural season of its Second Century, which welcomed more than 350,000 theatregoers, The Muny announced today its blockbuster seven show lineup for its 102nd Season.
by TV News Desk - Nov 13, 2019
On November 13th, TuneIn will debut its latest original podcast - Place In Sound. The series will focus on the musical DNA of one city, exploring its history, trailblazers and current landscape. On the first season of Place in Sound, DJ and radio host Anthony Valadez (KCRW, FUSE TV, TuneIn) explores the musical DNA of Chicago. The entire series can be heard now on TuneIn or listen to episodes released weekly via Apple Music, Spotify, and Stitcher.
by TV News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “For over 30 years, one of the major factors that has built and sustained MerleFest has been the quality of the artists and performances that our guests see over the 4-day festival,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. “People truly feel that the festival is a great value and that is why music fans and families return year after year. We feel that the 2020 lineup again reflects the diversity and quality of performers, and we look forward to another successful festival in April.” The complete lineup for MerleFest 2020 will be announced over the next few months. 
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 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 - Dec 2, 2019
Let's face it: You probably have enough stuff. While deals on vacuums and toothbrushes can feel satisfying in the moment, wouldn't you rather get tickets to an unforgettable theatrical experience? That's where we come in. This Cyber Monday (i.e. today!) deals on theater tix are so good they feel like a steal. Whether it's a show you've been planning to see forever, or a deal that's just too good to pass up, today's the day to buy those tickets.
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.