Full Line-Up Announced for CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Full Line-Up Announced for CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Michael Warrell and Lisa Kuhnen in CPA Productions’ DAPHNE’S SUNSET. Photo by Jenny Anderson. Underscore Theatre Company has announced the full line-up for its third annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, featuring 14 new musical productions. Created to showcase and support Chicago’s burgeoning field of musical theatre creators, this year’s festival will be held August 9 – 28,...

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Caroline Neff Joins Steep’s WASTWATER

Caroline Neff Joins Steep’s WASTWATER

Caroline Neff joins Peter Moore, Melissa Riemer, Nick Horst, Kendra Thulin, Joel Boyd, Richard Costes, Bernadette Santos Schwegel, and Allison Anderson in Steep Theatre’s upcoming U.S. Premiere of WASTWATER. Neff, a Steep company member, was recently named to the Steppenwolf ensemble. WASTWATER is written by Tony Award winner and Steep...

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Lake Forest Theatre Takes Ambitious First Steps

Lake Forest Theatre Takes Ambitious First Steps

Photo:  Steve Malone, Managing Artistic Director The new Lake Forest Theatre announced its inaugural three-show season, including THE SECRET GARDEN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and A CHORUS LINE in the 309-seat John & Nancy Hughes Theatre at the Gorton Community Center, which just underwent a 1.5 million dollar renovation. It’s an ambitious first season...

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Archive of Filmed Chicago-Area Theater Productions Launches

Archive of Filmed Chicago-Area Theater Productions Launches

Through agreements with Chicago Public Library and Actors’ Equity, the Chicago Film Archive of Performance, or C-FAP, announced its permanent home in Chicago Public Library’s Special Collections and Preservation Division.

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Saints Award $125,000 to Chicago Performing Arts Groups

Saints Award $125,000 to Chicago Performing Arts Groups

The Saints, Chicago’s Volunteers for the Performing Arts, have announced $125,000 in grants to 28 performing arts groups in the Chicago metropolitan area for 2016. The grants, ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $7,500, were awarded to theater, dance, and music organizations. Over the last two decades, the Saints have given almost $800,000 to many different performing arts groups.

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Emerald City Announces 20th Anniversary Season

Emerald City Announces 20th Anniversary Season

Photo: The 2011 production of JUNIE B. JONES IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS will be revisited as part of the upcoming season.  Emerald City Theatre has announced its upcoming 2016 – 2017 season, which will include adaptations of ‘DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY’, ‘JUNIE B. JONES IN...

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Off-Broadway Hit THE BARDY BUNCH is Headed to Chicago

Off-Broadway Hit THE BARDY BUNCH is Headed to Chicago

THE BARDY BUNCH: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady, a musical parody by Stephen Garvey that gained cult status during its Off-Broadway run in 2014, is coming to Chicago, beginning a limited engagement September 15th at the Mercury Theater in Chicago’s Southport neighborhood. A mash-up of Shakespeare and...

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Albany Park Theatre Project’s FEAST Makes Television Debut

Albany Park Theatre Project’s FEAST Makes Television Debut

Albany Park Theatre Project makes its television debut with their production of FEAST on WTTW.

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VIDEO: First Look – The Design of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

VIDEO: First Look – The Design of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

Scenic and Costume Designer David Zinn takes us inside the making of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, along with Director Tina Landau and Choreographer Christopher Gattelli.

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Red Orchid Extends Ike Holter’s SENDER

Red Orchid Extends Ike Holter’s SENDER

A Red Orchid Theatre will add six performances to the run of the world premiere of SENDER by Ike Holter, directed by Ensemble Member Shade Murray. Our Tonika Todorova says SENDER is “a hot summer plate of Chicago-hipster-rooftop-realness strewn with beer cans and honesty, lost in its desire to reject...

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