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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Julia Sweeney: Monologist, stand-up comic, improvisational tour guide at the Art Institute by Morgan Greene

Have you ever laughed, loudly, in the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago? Probably not. Serious place. But know that if you ever walk past the bronze lions and embark on …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

American Ballet Theatre, Four Seasons, Alvin Ailey in Auditorium's 2018-19 season by Morgan Greene

The Auditorium Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, which will include Chicago premieres, the return of familiar companies and contemporary artists, and a special speaker series showcas…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

'Lightning Thief' tour to launch in Chicago by Morgan Greene

“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” will launch its national tour in Chicago, it was announced Wednesday. The rock-musical adaption of Rick Riordan’s best-selling novel, a…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hubbard Street announces 2018-19 season programming by Morgan Greene

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, with artistic director Glenn Edgerton at its helm, has announced a new season filled with world premieres and international collaborations. The fall series will…

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Three world premieres in Strawdog's 31st season by Morgan Greene

Strawdog Theatre Company’s first season at its new North Center home will include three world premieres, the company announced Tuesday. Kicking off the company’s 31st season will be “M…

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Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks to lead Chicago's 'Cher Show' by Morgan Greene

Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond will star in “The Cher Show” in Chicago, producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller announced Tuesday. Block, previously self-announced …

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Monday, April 16, 2018

E. Faye Butler as Mama Rose in Porchlight's 2018-19 season by Morgan Greene

Chicago stage diva E. Faye Butler will play Rose in “Gypsy” as part of Porchlight Music Theatre’s 2018-19 season, the company announced Thursday. “Gypsy,” featuring music by Jule S…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Martin Scorsese to direct Netflix comedy special about 'SCTV' by Morgan Greene

Martin Scorsese will direct a Netflix original comedy special about the legacy of the Emmy-winning sketch comedy show “SCTV” (Second City TV), Netflix announced Thursday. The reunion spe…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'Byhalia, Mississippi' in Kennedy Center's 2018-19 season by Morgan Greene

Chicago playwright Evan Linder's "Byhalia, Mississippi" will be part of the Kennedy Center's upcoming season, it was announced Tuesday. Linder’s drama, about a young Southern couple naviga…

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Cast of 'Lettie' visits the real Grace House for formerly incarcerated women on West Side by Morgan Greene

On a cold, bright afternoon, just a few blocks from the United Center, a group of actors gather in the sunroom of an unassuming brick building. Aside from the occasional question, or sniffle…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

'Southern Comfort' musical in Pride Films and Plays 2018-19 season by Morgan Greene

Pride Films and Plays will produce five shows in its 2018-19 season, all dealing with chosen families, the company announced Thursday. Kicking off the season will be Jordan Seavey’s “Hom…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Chicago actors in LCT3's 'Pass Over' by Morgan Greene

Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble members Jon Michael Hill and Namir Smallwood will be featured in LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Pass Over,” it was announced Wednesda…

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Goodman co-production of Lucas Hnath premiere, 'Linda Vista' in Center Theatre Group's season by Morgan Greene

Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles has announced its upcoming seasons at the Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre, which will include two productions with Chicago ties. Lucas Hnath’s…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Theatre at the Center announces 'Forever Plaid' cast by Morgan Greene

Munster’s Theatre at the Center announced the cast of its spring musical “Forever Plaid” Monday. The production will feature Matt Edmonds as Sparky, Adam LaSalle as Francis, Yando Lope…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Gift Theatre announces 'Hamlet' cast by Morgan Greene

Daniel Kyri will star in The Gift Theatre’s production of “Hamlet,” the Jefferson Park company announced Thursday. Along with Kyri as the tragic Prince of Denmark, “Hamlet” will fe…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

John Mulaney's new stand-up special coming to Netflix by Morgan Greene

John Mulaney is making a Netflix comeback. On May 1, the 35-year old Chicago native will release his third special: “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.” The special, filmed during…

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Julia Sweeney's one-woman show to run at Second City e.t.c. by Morgan Greene

“Saturday Night Live” veteran Julia Sweeney will perform her one-woman show on the Second City’s e.t.c stage next month, it was announced Wednesday. “Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider,…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Video: Jerry Mitchell and Bryan Adams talk 'Pretty Woman' by Morgan Greene

“Pretty Woman: The Musical,” Chicago’s next pre-Broadway tryout, opens tomorrow at the Oriental Theatre. Here’s a sneak peek at how the new show, based on the Julia Roberts and Richa…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Robert Cuccioli and Samantha Hill star in Drury Lane's 'South Pacific' by Morgan Greene

Robert Cuccioli and Samantha Hill will lead the Drury Lane Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” the Oakbrook Terrace company announced Wednesday. Cuccioli, …

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The Trump tax cuts aren't tax cuts for Chicago actors, who are losing deductions they rely on by Morgan Greene

On Dec. 22, 2017, before leaving for Christmas break, President Donald Trump signed the Republican tax bill into law. The passing of the bill — introduced as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — …

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Loy Webb's 'The Light' in MCC's 2018-19 season by Morgan Greene

MCC Theater will present the New York premiere of Loy Webb’s #MeToo drama “The Light,” it was announced Wednesday. “The Light,” Webb’s debut play inspired by the sexual assault c…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Kathy Griffin coming to Chicago Theatre by Morgan Greene

Comedian Kathy Griffin is coming to the Chicago Theatre, it was announced Tuesday. The Oak Park native, a two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning performer, will bring her Hollywood hot takes…

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Mercury Theater sets 'Company' cast by Morgan Greene

Casting is complete for Mercury Theater Chicago’s “Company,” the Stephen Sondheim musical set to open the company’s new Venus Cabaret space this spring. David Sajewich will star as B…

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Casting announced for Second City e.t.c.'s 42nd revue by Morgan Greene

The Second City announced the cast for its 42nd e.t.c. revue Tuesday. Veteran cast members include Sayjal Joshi, Katie Kershaw, Andrew Knox, Alan Linic and Jasbir Singh Vazquez, who will be …

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Barry DeBois and Tiffany Topol will star in Paramount's 'Once' by Morgan Greene

Aurora’s Paramount Theatre has announced the cast of “Once,” the Broadway musical closing out its 2017-18 season. The Dublin-set serendipitous love story, based on the Oscar-winning fi…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Hannibal Buress stand-up set is interrupted at Loyola after his sex-abuse joke by Morgan Greene

The weekend was not entirely sweet at the Gentile Arena for Loyola University Chicago students. Hannibal Buress’ Saturday night show at Loyola, a Jesuit Catholic university, was almost cut…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Marriott announces 'Oklahoma' cast by Morgan Greene

The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire announced the cast of its summer production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Thursday. Jennie Sophia will star as Laurey with Brandon Sprin…

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TimeLine announces 2018-19 season by Morgan Greene

TimeLine Theatre Company announced its 2018-19 season Wednesday. The Lakeview company’s 22nd slate of shows includes plays by Barbara Lebow, Terrence McNally, Hansol Jung and Jireh Breon H…

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Quest Theatre Ensemble closes after 16 years by Morgan Greene

Quest Theatre Ensemble, a non-Equity Chicago company known for producing free theater performances, has ceased operations. Jason Bowen, president of the company’s board of directors, annou…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bob Mackie, longtime Cher collaborator, will design 'Cher Show' costumes by Morgan Greene

Bob Mackie, the designer of Cher’s iconic costumes, will help bring her headdresses and bodysuits to Broadway. Mackie was announced as the costume designer of “The Cher Show” Wednesday…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Second City partners with John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Morgan Greene

The Second City, Chicago’s storied comedy institution, will partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., it was announced Tuesday. The new collaborat…

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