Truth Through Choreography: Inside “Spamalot” with Shanna VanDerwerker

Truth Through Choreography: Inside “Spamalot” with Shanna VanDerwerker

Shanna VanDerWerker takes us inside her process as choreographer for “Spamalot.”

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Ingersoll’s Judy Garland Show to Play Venus Cabaret over Pride

Ingersoll’s Judy Garland Show to Play Venus Cabaret over Pride

Angela Ingersoll will bring her GET HAPPY: ANGELA INGERSOLL SINGS JUDY GARLAND to Mercury Theater Chicago’s Venus Cabaret space this June to commemorate the 50th anniversary of both Garland’s passing and the birth of the Pride movement.

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Review | LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Mercury Theater Chicago

Review | LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Mercury Theater Chicago

L. Walter Stearns’ superb production boasts an excellent cast and terrific music, and moves far beyond the limits of traditional musical theatre.

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Understanding the Monster: Inside LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with Puppet Coach Matthew Sitz

Understanding the Monster: Inside LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with Puppet Coach Matthew Sitz

Our “Inside” series takes you behind the scenes of productions through blog posts written by the artists in the trenches. To read past “Inside” pieces, click here.  By Matthew Sitz I’ve been a part of eight productions of Little Shop of Horrors at a myriad of theaters – and no...

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Off to Camp: Inside LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with Costume Designer Serena Sandoval

Off to Camp: Inside LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with Costume Designer Serena Sandoval

There are some designers, some theaters, that don’t dare to embrace the tacky. But there are some shows where tacky just works. In the case of “Little Shop of Horrors,” one of the most famous campy-horror films ever created, leaning into the nature of the tacky, of the camp itself, is essential for pulling off the production.

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Mercury Sets Closing Date for Long-Running AVENUE Q

Mercury Sets Closing Date for Long-Running AVENUE Q

Mercury Theater Chicago’s acclaimed production of AVENUE Q is slated to close on December 30, after playing to over 40,000 patrons over 355 performances in 2014 and 2018. 

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Inside PIPPIN: Video Design with G. “Max” Maxin IV

Inside PIPPIN: Video Design with G. “Max” Maxin IV

Photo: Sawyer Smith and the cast of PIPPIN | Brett Beiner By G. “Max” Maxin IV Traditionally, theater is rooted in suspension of belief. When an audience walks into a theater, they check in with the box office, they might see the set before the actors come on stage, they...

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Inside PIPPIN: Filling the Space with Brenda Didier

Inside PIPPIN: Filling the Space with Brenda Didier

Choreographer Brenda Didier talks spacial awareness, as she glides PIPPIN in Mercury’s new 65-seat Venus Cabaret.

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PIPPIN To Play Mercury’s Cabaret, Cast Announced

PIPPIN To Play Mercury’s Cabaret, Cast Announced

The immersive production will feature Donterrio Johnson as the Leading Player. L. Walter Stearns directs, with Eugene Dizon providing musical direction and Brenda Didier offering the choreography.

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theTEN with Leah Morrow

theTEN with Leah Morrow

Jump inside the brains of Chicago theater artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

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