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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

‘Forbidden Planet’ musical spoof snares local media stars by Bill Zwecker

For the "Return to the Forbidden Planet" musical spoof, the folks at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero are using a number Chicago media personalities as part of the show. The pos…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 10:08AM

Star sightings: ‘Book of Mormon’ at Wrigley; Arianna Huffington by Bill Zwecker

There was some theatrical star power at Wrigley Field Monday night when "The Book of Mormon" stars David Larsen (who plays Elder Price) and Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham) showed up a…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 09:27AM
Monday, April 13, 2015

Star sightings: Columbus Short, St. Louis Cardinals by Bill Zwecker

Former "Scandal" star Columbus Short was spotted in town the other night, dining with Kris D. Lofton ("Empire") at Fulton Market Kitchen — then toured the eatery, admiring the artwork with…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 01:16PM
Monday, April 6, 2015

Loretta Swit, Ed Asner bring Roosevelts to life by Bill Zwecker

While obviously the real Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt won't be able to be present at the big 70th anniversary gala of Roosevelt University Friday night, the school has come up with a prett…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 08:23AM
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nate Torrence loves being part of ‘Weird Loners’ by Bill Zwecker

Actor and comedian Nate Torrence — who stars in the new Fox show "Weird Loners" (premiering at 8:30 Tuesday, WFLD-Channel 32) — credits the years he lived in Chicago and trained at Secon…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 03:01PM
Monday, March 23, 2015

Star sightings: Jessica Lange, Terrence Howard, Paul Sorvino by Bill Zwecker

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Fans of Oscar winner Jessica Lange — to say nothing of her recent star turn on "American Horror Story" — caught their breath when the actress sashayed into RL for lunc…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 03:16PM
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fans can win ‘Book of Mormon’ tickets via scavenger hunt by Bill Zwecker

Want to win a pair of tickets to "The Book of Mormon"? Then you should participate in a social media-driven scavenger hunt. The post Fans can win ‘Book of Mormon’ tickets via sca…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 06:53PM

Seen on the scene: Common, John Legend, Lauren Conrad by Bill Zwecker

SEEN ON THE SCENE: As tipped here first, John Legend indeed was a special guest at the big fundraiser his fellow "Glory" Oscar-winning songwriting partner Common held for his Common Ground F…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 06:17PM
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sarah McLachlan to make Chicago Symphony debut by Bill Zwecker

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan — a three-time Grammy winner, who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide — will make her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 12:12PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pinkprint’ tour hits town in August by Bill Zwecker

The one-and-only Nicki Minaj announced her upcoming tour dates for this summer — and not surprisingly she's going to be in our area. The post Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pinkprint’ t…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 04:06PM
Monday, March 16, 2015

Local cabaret stars to share British tunes by Bill Zwecker

Fans of great show tunes created by British composers and songwriters will want to know about the upcoming "Musical Monday" event — the final program of the 2014-15 season, staged by the C…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 04:48PM
Monday, March 9, 2015

Kelly O’Sullivan tapped for lead in new CBS pilot by Bill Zwecker

Kelly O'Sullivan ("Sirens"), currently starring in the controversial "This Is Modern Art" at Steppenwolf Theatre, will star in the leading role in a new CBS-TV pilot, that is yet to be title…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 05:48PM

Bill Cosby releases video message to fans, but ignores scandal by Bill Zwecker

One would think Bill Cosby releasing a video message to fans would include something of a mention about the huge scandal that has been swirling around him since last fall — but no that was…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 05:03PM
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Billie Holiday centennial celebrated here next month by Bill Zwecker

Frank Sinatra is not the only famous singer who would have turned 100 this year — Billie Holiday's centennial is coming in April. The post Billie Holiday centennial celebrated here next mo…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 05:24PM

Black Ensemble Theater’s ‘Powerful Woman’ to feature top women: Schakowsky, Preckwinkle, Mitchell on board by Bill Zwecker

Black Ensemble Theater's founder and executive director Jackie Taylor has assembled quite the high-profile group of important Chicago women to star in "The Soul of a Powerful Woman," the one…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 05:04PM
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Broadway star Linda Eder headlines Dominican concert by Bill Zwecker

Considering Linda Eder has been pursuing a successful music career for more than three decades, the singer has a good perspective when it comes to the music business in general — and how i…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 07:19AM
Monday, March 2, 2015

Nick Offerman to hit the stage in play based on acclaimed novel by Bill Zwecker

No sooner has "Parks and Recreation" wrapped up its seven-season run then we get news the sitcom's star, Nick Offerman will soon be turning his acting skills back to live theater — where t…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 03:16PM
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Celebs around town: Leighton Meester, Yuri Sardarov, Jimmy Butler by Bill Zwecker

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Fans of Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl," "The Judge") got a kick out of spotted the actress late-night dining at Old Town Social, after her performance at Park West earlie…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 04:25PM
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Joan Allen to topline pilot for TV series by Bill Zwecker

Joan Allen, the longtime Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member, has been tapped for a lead role in an untitled ABC drama pilot — again portraying a politican. The post Joan Allen to topline …

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 05:21PM
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Madonna goes on the record about Lady Gaga by Bill Zwecker

While Madonna does think Lady Gaga did rip her off with "Born This Way," the veteran music icon tells the new Rolling Stone that the so-called "feud" between the two superstars is mostly a m…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 03:51PM

Lindsay Lohan hit with 125 more hours of community service by Bill Zwecker

The judge in the actress' probation case decided only half of the time Lohan already had completed was worth counting. The post Lindsay Lohan hit with 125 more hours of community service app…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 03:36PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Old St. Pat’s annual St. Paddy’s Day fete features big stars by Bill Zwecker

For the 19th year, Chicago's Old St. Patrick's Church will be hosting its "Siamsa na nGael" (Yes, that's proper Gaelic!) — a kickoff to St. Patrick's Day week, featuring a Celtic celebrati…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 06:31PM

Celebs seen: Alicia Silverstone, Ryan Kwanten, ‘Walking Dead’ stars by Bill Zwecker

SEEN ON THE SCENE: After Alicia Silverstone and Ryan Kwanten finished filming "Who Gets the Dog?" here, the stars were joined by members of the Chicago Wolves at RJ Grunts for their wrap par…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 06:13PM
Monday, February 23, 2015

Colm Feore says playing ‘King Lear’ not about age by Bill Zwecker

Considering so many of the world's greatest actors have played the title role in Shakespeare's "King Lear," I had to ask Colm Feore if he was intimidated about tackling the role — which he…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 08:07AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oak Park’s John Mahoney has a lot on his plate by Bill Zwecker

John Mahoney is nothing if not busy these days — something that, frankly, is not unusual for the veteran actor. The post Oak Park’s John Mahoney has a lot on his plate appeared first…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 01:04PM
Saturday, February 7, 2015

‘Hijinx’ comedy marathon includes trolley ride by Bill Zwecker

There truly will be a lot of high jinks happening Saturday as iO Theatre hosts a 12-hour comedy marathon from noon to midnight. The post ‘Hijinx’ comedy marathon includes trolle…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 11:39AM
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard coming to poetry festival by Bill Zwecker

A day-long celebration of the Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival's 15th anniversary will bring Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard and hip-hop composer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, a co-founder of A …

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 06:43AM
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tony winner Sutton Foster to headline Goodman gala by Bill Zwecker

The Goodman Theatre is again bringing in major star power for its annual spring gala. Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will be performing at the theater's "Roaring Twenties" fete, Ma…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 06:19PM
Monday, February 2, 2015

Chris Botti heads here for Chicago Theatre gig by Bill Zwecker

The legion of Chris Botti's fans will want to know the famed trumpeter and composer is coming to town. The post Chris Botti heads here for Chicago Theatre gig appeared first on Chicago Enter…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 03:28PM

Stars sighted in town: Nick Cannon, Fred Willard, Steve Stone by Bill Zwecker

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Fans of music man, TV personality and Mariah Carey's estranged hubby Nick Cannon swamped him at Hubbard Inn the other night. The post Stars sighted in town: Nick Cannon, …

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 01:58PM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Better late than never: Joel Grey says he’s gay — at age 82 by Bill Zwecker

Considering Joel Grey is 82-years-old, it may seem moot that the actor has finally decided to come out of the closet and admit he's gay. The post Better late than never: Joel Grey says he…

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times at 01:18PM

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