Don’t like the idea of PRETTY WOMAN the musical? Blame Netflix.

Don’t like the idea of PRETTY WOMAN the musical? Blame Netflix.

By granting the rights to producer Paula Wagner, Touchstone has a lot to gain in royalties, renewed interest in the film, and subsidiary rights — and virtually nothing to lose.

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Tom Williams Quits Because There’s No Good Chicago Theater Coming Up

Tom Williams Quits Because There’s No Good Chicago Theater Coming Up

Apparently, Williams believes that other critics in this town are too nice. “They are out there to mooch tickets,” and “after me being gone, and Hedy’s gonna retire, you’re going to have no one saying ‘don’t go to the shows’ anymore.”

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Why Must the Chicago Reader Embarrass Itself Every Year

Why Must the Chicago Reader Embarrass Itself Every Year

Here we go again. The Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” list is out. This year, one company was nominated for both “Best Established Theater Company” AND “Best New Theater Company.”

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What the Hell Is Happening with PASS OVER?

What the Hell Is Happening with PASS OVER?

You would think that Steppenwolf just produced the very first play ever about race to be performed in Chicago. Jesus.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Chicago Theater

New Year’s Resolutions for Chicago Theater

‘It is one of the most important functions of both art and entertainment to help us transcend such times, sometimes by helping us to think things through, sometimes by helping us not to think at all.’ – Sheldon Patinkin

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Hamilton Shows Its Power to Pence – 8 Thoughts

Hamilton Shows Its Power to Pence – 8 Thoughts

VIEW FROM THE MEZZANINE PerformInk Publisher Jason Epperson’s take on the business and life of producing theater. In case you missed it … Vice-President Elect Mike Pence was booed before Friday night’s Broadway performance of HAMILTON by the audience. During several moments relevant to our current political discourse, the actors...

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The Goldstar Problem

The Goldstar Problem

We’ve created a monster. This is a company with no product of its own, that instead takes our product, which we willingly hand over, sells it at half-price publicly, and takes a decent chunk of the sale.

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