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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Chicago debut of 'Djembe! The Show' announces a Broadway cast and official run dates by Kt Hawbaker

“Djembe! The Show,” which makes its U.S. debut at Chicago’s Apollo Theater, announced its official cast and run dates on Tuesday, amending the show’s previously announced schedule. C…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Firebrand sets cast for 'Queen of the Mist' by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Firebrand Theatre announced full casting for its Chicago premiere of “Queen of the Mist,” directed by Elizabeth Margolius with music direction by Charlotte Rivard-Hoster. The …

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The Artistic Home's 'Requiem for a Heavyweight' is cast by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, full casting was announced for the Artistic Home’s February production of “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” a drama about a punch-drunk fighter long past his prime. Ensemble memb…

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Hell in a Handbag casts 'Poseidon!' revival by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Hell in a Handbag Productions announced casting for its revival of “Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical,” a parody of classic 1972 film, The Poseidon Adventure. The production wi…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Strawdog announces major leadership changes by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Strawdog Theatre Company announced the appointment of Leda Hoffmann as the company’s new artistic director and Charlotte Thomas as its new managing director. Hoffmann succeed…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Drury Lane casts Rebecca Hurd as Sophie in 'Mamma Mia!' by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Drury Lane Theatre announced casting for its production of “Mamma Mia!” The show will be directed by artistic director William Osetek and choreographed by Jane Lanier with mus…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Theatre at the Center casts 'Million Dollar Quartet' by Kt Hawbaker

Theatre at the Center has announced casting for its production of “Million Dollar Quartet,” under the direction of Daryl Brooks. The show will star Zack Sorrow as Elvis Presley, Michael …

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Chicago premiere of Steven Levenson's 'If I Forget' to close out Victory Gardens' 2018-19 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Victory Gardens’ artistic director Chay Yew and managing director Erica Daniels announced an addition to the 2018-2019 season — the Chicago premiere of “If I Forget,” wr…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Second City casts 'e.t.c.'s 43rd Revue' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Second City announced casting for “The Second City e.t.c.’s 43rd Revue.” Under the direction of Anneliese Toft with music direction by Jacob Shuda, the show features …

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Broadway's Corey Cott and Mikaela Bennett to star in Lyric Opera's 'West Side Story' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Lyric Opera announced that Broadway performer Corey Cott will headline its production of “West Side Story” as Tony with Mikaela Bennett as Maria. Francesca Zambello directs…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Jackalope Theatre Company casts 'Dutch Masters' by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Jackalope announced casting for the Midwest premiere of “Dutch Masters,” written by Greg Keller and directed by Wardell Julius Clark. The cast features Patrick Agada and Sam …

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Janet Ulrich Brooks cast in Steppenwolf's 'The Children' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the casting of Janet Ulrich Brooks in “The Children,” written by Lucy Kirkwood and helmed by director Jonathan Berry. She will play the r…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Raven casts Chicago premiere of 'Yen' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Raven Theatre announced casting for its Chicago premiere of Anna Jordan’s drama “Yen.” Elly Green will direct Jesse Aaronson, Tiffany Bedwell, Reed Lancaster and Netta Wal…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Casting announced for Prop's world premiere of '2 Unfortunate 2 Travel' by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Prop Thtr set casting for its world premiere of “2 Unfortunate 2 Travel,” a cabaret-style evening of live performances devised from Thomas Nashe’s novella “The Unfortun…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Chicago Fringe Festival to end programming in 2019 by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, the Chicago Fringe Festival announced its end after 10 years of avant-garde performances. According to its organizers, the fest has presented 367 shows and returned $231,654 to th…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Promethean casts its remount of 'Gross Indecency' by Kt Hawbaker

Promethean has cast its remount of “Gross Indecency,” with artistic director Brian Pastor at the helm again. Ensemble member Jamie Bragg will reprise her leading role as Oscar Wilde. Als…

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Pride Films and Plays casts 'Southern Comfort' by Kt Hawbaker

Pride Films and Plays has announced casting for the musical “Southern Comfort.” The musical will be directed by JD Caudill, while all five transgender members of the show’s “family…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The New Colony announces casting of 'Small World' by Kt Hawbaker

The New Colony announced casting for its world premiere of “Small World,” co-written by Jillian Leff and Joe Lino and directed by Andrew Hobgood. The Disney-driven dark comedy will featu…

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Chicago's Black Box Acting under new ownership by Kt Hawbaker

Black Box Acting has announced a change in ownership. Andrew Cutler, Amanda Fink and Eric Gerard will succeed co-founders Audrey Francis and Laura Hooper. Founded in 2009, Black Box Acting h…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Casting set for Factory Theater's 'May the Road Rise Up' by Kt Hawbaker

The Factory Theater announced its cast for “May the Road Rise Up,” written by ensemble member Shannon O’Neill and directed by ensemble member Spenser Davis. Davis will direct Loretta R…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Practical Theatre returns with 'Theatre on the Air' this December by Kt Hawbaker

The Practical Theatre will return to the Chicagoland area with a two-night classic radio show featuring comedy, live music and handmade sound effects. The comedy troupe was founded in the 19…

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Gary Sinise to make a Steppenwolf stop on new book tour by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Steppenwolf announced that co-founder Gary Sinise will make a stop at the theater to promote his new book, “Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.” Sinise will be …

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Marriott Theatre announces cast for 'Million Dollar Quartet' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Marriott Theatre announced casting for “Million Dollar Quartet,” directed by James Moye, with music direction by Ryan T. Nelson. The musical revue stars Christopher J. Essex…

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City Lit sets cast for 'Fuente Ovejuna' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, City Lit Theater artistic director Terry McCabe announced the cast for “Fuente Ovejuna,” a classic Spanish drama published 400 years ago by Lope de Vega. McCabe will direct …

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Raven Theatre casts 'How I Learned to Drive' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Raven Theatre announced casting for its production of Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive.” Under the direction of artistic director Cody Estle, the show will feature Je…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Randall Arney returns to Steppenwolf's 'True West', this time as director by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that longtime ensemble member Randall Arney will direct its upcoming revival of Sam Shepard’s “True West,” the production that first…

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30th annual Rhinofest lineup announced by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, Curious Theatre Branch and Prop Thtr announced the 30th annual Rhinoceros Festival. The lineup will include six weeks of new plays, dance, devised works, variety shows, comedy, l…

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Paramount names cast for 2019 revival of "The Producers" by Kt Hawbaker

On Tuesday, the Paramount Theatre announced casting for its revival of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Helmed by artistic director Jim Corti, music direction will be led by Tom Vendafredd…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

'Les Mis' to hit Chicago in 2019 for one tour more by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Broadway in Chicago announced the return of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical “Les Miserables” — direct from a two-and-a-half year ru…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

About Face Theatre casts Peter Parnell's 'Dada Woof Papa Hot' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, About Face Theatre announced casting for its Chicago premiere of “Dada Woof Papa Hot,” written by Peter Parnell and directed by Jeff Award-nominated AFT artistic associate K…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

'Act(s) of God' from Lookingglass sets its cast by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, Lookingglass Theatre Company set casting for the world premiere of “Act(s) of God” written by ensemble member Kareem Bandealy and directed by ensemble member Heidi Stillman…

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