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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Peninsula Players sets 2018 summer season by Morgan Greene

Peninsula Players, Wisconsin’s mainstay resident summer theater, announced its 2018 season Thursday. Opening the season is Sean Grennan’s “Now and Then” (June 12-July 1), a world pre…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Paramount Theatre is the big winner at 2017 Equity Jeff Awards by Morgan Greene

Paramount Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd” won top honors at the 49th annual Equity Jeff Awards, a close shave of a competition between this season’s union-affiliated theater productions in …

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Cody Estle named Raven Theatre artistic director by Morgan Greene

Cody Estle has been named Raven Theatre’s artistic director, effective immediately, the company’s board of directors announced Monday. Estle has served as Raven’s associate artistic di…

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Porchlight's 'Billy Elliot' extends again by Morgan Greene

Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Billy Elliot” is extending through Dec. 31, it was announced Monday. The production, based on the 2000 film about a boy who makes his way from…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

3Arts awards grants to more than 90 Chicago artists by Morgan Greene

More than 90 Chicago artists will receive grants Monday at the 10th annual 3Arts Awards, a yearly celebration held by the Chicago-based nonprofit organization that advocates for artists of c…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

A Red Orchid announces 'Traitor' cast by Morgan Greene

A Red Orchid Theatre has announced the cast of “Traitor,” a world premiere adaptation by Brett Neveu to be directed by Michael Shannon. The production will feature Dado, Kirsten Fitzgera…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler to perform cabaret concert by Morgan Greene

Chicago musical theater divas E. Faye Butler and Felicia P. Fields will perform together in a new cabaret concert “Lettin’ the Good Times Roll,” Steve Abrams and Kicky Productions anno…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Griffin Theatre announces 'Violet' cast by Morgan Greene

Griffin Theatre Company announced the cast of “Violet” Wednesday. “Violet,” the 1997 Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley musical about a disfigured woman who heads south with hopes of t…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tavis Smiley's 'Death of a King' coming to Chicago by Morgan Greene

Tavis Smiley will bring “Death of A King: A Live Theatrical Experience” to Chicago in January, it was announced Tuesday. Based on Smiley’s best-selling book, “Death of A King” comb…

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'Pine,' set in a Christmas tree lot, opens in December by Morgan Greene

Get out your gloves and grab a hot chocolate. A play about seasonal workers selling Christmas trees will open in December — in an actual Christmas tree lot outside of Uncommon Ground in Ed…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda is coming Wednesday to Chicago’s Puerto Rican museum by Morgan Greene

Lin-Manuel Miranda will make an appearance in Chicago at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, it was announced Monday. The “Hamilton” creator is slated to speak at 11 a.…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Chicago 'Hamilton' cast members 'Rise Up for Puerto Rico' by Morgan Greene

Cast members from the Chicago production of “Hamilton” will “Rise Up for Puerto Rico” this Monday at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Spearheaded by Jose Ramos, a Chicago Academy for t…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What do Chicago theater actors make? A new study looks at inequality in pay, race and gender by Morgan Greene

The majority of Equity acting jobs across Chicago theaters are going to men, white performers are often paid higher salaries than performers of color, and women are paid less than men on com…

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Larry Yando back as Scrooge in Goodman's 'Christmas Carol' by Morgan Greene

Larry Yando will take his tenth turn as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 40th year of “A Christmas Carol,” the Goodman Theatre announced Wednesday. Returning cast members in the Dickens’ holida…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'The Humans' national tour cast announced by Morgan Greene

Casting is complete for the national tour of the Tony Award-winning play “The Humans,” Broadway in Chicago and producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller announced Tuesday. The production, l…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

'Violet' in Griffin's 30th season by Morgan Greene

Griffin Theatre Company announced its 30th season Monday. First up is “Violet” (Nov. 26-Jan. 13), the rock-folk-gospel-infused musical about a young disfigured woman who boards a bus and…

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Chita Rivera in Steppenwolf's winter LookOut by Morgan Greene

Broadway legend Chita Rivera is coming to Chicago as part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series, the company announced Monday. Rivera, a two-time Tony winner, will appear in concert with pianist…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Video: 'Stars' from 'Les Miserables' by Morgan Greene

Do you hear Josh Davis sing?  This week's Showcase features one of the many ballads from "Les Miserables," now playing at the Cadillac Palace in a 4-star touring production. In the video, …

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Theatre at the Center announces 'Wonderful Life' cast by Morgan Greene

Munster’s Theatre at the Center has announced the cast of “A Wonderful Life: The Musical,” based on the 1946 Frank Capra film. David Sajewich and Allison Sill will star as George and M…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Paramount announces 'Elf' cast by Morgan Greene

Paramount Theatre has announced the cast of “Elf,” the holiday musical based on the hit 2003 Will Ferrell movie about an oversized elf on a Christmas quest. Kyle Adams will star as Buddy…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Strawdog announces cast of Ibsen's 'Pillars of the Community' by Morgan Greene

Strawdog Theatre Company announced the cast for its upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Pillars of the Community” Monday. The production will feature Nicole Bloomsmith, Kamille Dawk…

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Steppenwolf to host public memorial for Mariann Mayberry by Morgan Greene

A public memorial celebrating Mariann Mayberry will be held next month at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, it was announced Monday. The memorial for the ensemble member of 24 years will take pl…

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Video: 'Changing My Major' from 'Fun Home' by Morgan Greene

This week's Showcase features a song from the Chicago premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Tony-winning musical "Fun Home," based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, now playing at Vic…

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Theo Ubique to produce 'Sweeney Todd' this spring by Morgan Greene

Meat pies will be served on stage and off this spring at the No Exit Cafe, where Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre will present an environmental staging of “Sweeney Todd” set in a pie shop. Th…

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Steve Scott to receive special Jeff Award by Morgan Greene

Steve Scott will receive a special Jeff Award at the Equity ceremony in November, the Jeff Awards committee announced Monday. Scott, a longtime artistic associate of Goodman Theatre, will be…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Luke Burbank's 'Live Wire' comes to Chicago by Morgan Greene

Luke Burbank, a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!,” will bring a live taping of his radio show "Live Wire” to Chicago. Guests for the Chicago stop include Cards Aga…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Meet Tara Aisha Willis, a well-timed new curator for the MCA Stage by Morgan Greene

On the night of the presidential election, Tara Aisha Willis was in New York with a few friends as the results barreled in. One friend turned to her. “You have to take the job,” she said…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chicago actors to perform in Puerto Rico benefit concert by Morgan Greene

A number of Chicago theater performers will appear in a one-night-only concert to benefit Puerto Rico. The lineup will include performances by E. Faye Butler, Donica Lynn, Alexis J. Roston, …

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Broken Nose Theatre announces 2018 season by Morgan Greene

Broken Nose Theatre has announced its 2018 season, which will include three world premiere productions. First up on the lineup is Michael Allen Harris’ “Kingdom” (March 2-31), a comedy…

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Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder step down as New Colony's co-artistic directors by Morgan Greene

The New Colony’s founding members and co-artistic directors Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder will step down from their positions in January at the end of the company’s current season, it w…

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Drury Lane sets '42nd Street' cast by Morgan Greene

Come and meet those dancing feet. Drury Lane Theatre announced the complete cast of “42nd Street” Wednesday. The production will star Suzzanne Douglas as Dorothy Brock, Gene Weygandt as …

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