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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Isn’t this loverly? ‘My Fair Lady’ arrives at last in Chicago by Doug George

The tour features Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle and Laird Mackintosh as Professor Henry Higgins.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Writers Theatre’s 2022-23 season includes ‘Once’ and ‘Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol’ by Doug George

Writers Theatre in Glencoe has announced a four-title 2022-23 season, including productions of Manual Cinema’s “Christmas Carol” and the musical “Once.”

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:00PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

NEA gives more than $2 million to Illinois and Chicago arts organizations by Doug George

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced 52 grants to Chicago and Illinois organizations, totaling $2,172,510, as part of nationwide grant-making this week.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 04:15PM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Dance for Life’s star-filled lineup at Auditorium Theatre announced for summer 2022 by Doug George

Chicago Dancers United has announced the lineup for this summer’s Dance for Life, coming to this August to the Auditorium Theatre.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 06:00AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Mike Birbiglia, currently doing a show at Steppenwolf, will fill in as guest host on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ by Doug George

Mike Birbiglia has some schedule juggling to do — he’s filling in as guest host on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week after Kimmel announced Monday he has COVID-19.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:45AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Anastasia’ are returning to Chicago later this year by Doug George

The fan-favorite musicals “Dear Evan Hansen” and ”Anastasia” are returning to Chicago in 2022, says Broadway in Chicago.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 08:55PM
Friday, April 22, 2022

Chicago Shakes announces upcoming slate of shows including ‘The Notebook,’ the final season with Barbara Gaines as artistic director by Doug George

Upcoming titles include a world premiere musical based on “It Came from Outer Space,” the long-anticipated “The Notebook” and Barbara Gaines leading her final show.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 02:01PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Northlight Theatre announces 2022-23 season, including ‘The Porch’ with Appalachian music and a new holiday ‘Pemberley’ play by Doug George

Northlight Theatre's coming season kicks off with a blue collar comedy and also includes "Andy Warhol in Iran."

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

‘Where We Belong’ will be final show of Goodman Theatre season by Doug George

In the solo play, Mohegan theater-maker Madeline Sayet travels to England in 2015 to pursue a Ph.D. and finds a country on the eve of the Brexit vote.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:40PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

‘Hadestown’ opens in Chicago at last. What is this show? by Doug George

This will be the first time this musical has played in Chicago and you have less than two weeks to catch it — what exactly is this show again?

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 06:20AM
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

TimeLine play ‘Relentless’ gets a new run at the Goodman Theatre; ‘Swing State’ postpones by Doug George

TimeLine Theatre Company’s recent, sold-out production of “Relentless” will get a new downtown run.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 02:25PM
Friday, February 11, 2022

Playmakers Laboratory isn’t dead yet: GoFundMe raises $26,000 so far by Doug George

The company, known for its long-running production “That’s Weird, Grandma” that used professional actors and crew to celebrate the creative writing of students in Chicago Public School…

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 06:52PM
Monday, January 31, 2022

Musical ‘Hairspray’ is back in Chicago by Doug George

The touring Broadway musical “Hairspray” arrives in Chicago for a two-week run at the CIBC Theatre in the Loop this week.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 08:05PM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

BoHo Theatre announces Elizabeth Swanson as new artistic director by Doug George

BoHo Theatre Company on Thursday announced that Elizabeth Swanson will be its new artistic director.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 02:52PM
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Black Ensemble Theater announces new shows for 2022 by Doug George

Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater on Thursday announced a new season of shows for 2022, with the first beginning in just a few weeks.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 04:03PM

Joffrey Ballet, Court Theatre in the latest COVID postponements for live shows by Doug George

As Illinois reaches what might be peak omicron, Chicago theaters and performance companies have announced a new round of postponements and schedule changes.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 03:30PM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

With Porchlight and ‘Moulin Rouge,’ new COVID postponements for Chicago theater: Updating list by Doug George

The recent rise in COVID-19 brought more announcements of changes and postponements in Chicago theater. This list will update.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 08:24PM

‘Moulin Rouge’ musical tour will open in Chicago later in March due to COVID concerns by Doug George

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” has postponed its Chicago opening by about a month, according to an announcement Thursday from presenter Broadway in Chicago.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:30PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Chicago Shakespeare joins other theaters in postponing ‘The Notebook’ by Doug George

Wednesday brought a rush of show cancellations, postponements and changes in the upcoming season for the world of Chicago theater and performing arts, all tied to concerns over public health…

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 06:43PM

Redtwist Theatre suspends productions, postpones ‘Collected Stories’ by Doug George

The off-Loop company Redtwist Theatre announced Wednesday it is suspending live productions and postponing “Collected Stories.”

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 05:31PM

Lyric Opera and Raven Theatre cancel productions due to COVID by Doug George

Lyric Opera of Chicago and Raven Theatre both have announced cancellations of upcoming productions due to COVID and public health concerns.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 11:50AM
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Chicago’s Puppet Theater Fest returns for 2022 with old favorites and the wildly new, broadening what you expect from a puppet show by Doug George

For all the things Chicago is famous for, let puppetry be on the list, and puppetry’s biggest event on the calendar is the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 05:08PM
Monday, December 27, 2021

Goodman Theatre cancels the rest of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Doug George

The Goodman Theatre has canceled the rest of the run of its holiday show “A Christmas Carol,” the theater announced late Monday.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 06:55PM
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Joffrey’s ‘Nutcracker’ cancels remaining holiday performances by Doug George

The Joffrey Ballet announced Thursday that it was canceling the remainder of its performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Lyric Opera House because of COVID-19.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:02PM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Drury Lane Theatre announces ‘Chorus Line’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’ for 2022-23 season by Doug George

The titles you’ll likely know — the musicals “The King and I” and “A Chorus Line” and the play “Steel Magnolias” — but that’s with a reason.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 12:47PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Goodman cancels ‘A Christmas Carol’ through Dec. 24 due to COVID by Doug George

The holiday show “A Christmas Carol” has been suspended at the Goodman Theatre through Friday, according to an announcement Tuesday from the theater, after a COVID-19 exposure within the…

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Friday, December 17, 2021

‘Pretty Woman’ cancels the rest of its Chicago performances due to COVID by Doug George

The touring musical “Pretty Woman,” which had been slated to play though Sunday at the CIBC Theatre in the Loop, has had to cancel the rest of its Chicago performances.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 07:00PM

Update: Paramount Theatre and Marriott cancel ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ performances because of COVID by Doug George

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora announced Friday it must cancel its performances of “Cinderella” this weekend because of COVID cases in the cast and crew.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 02:40PM
Thursday, December 16, 2021

‘Skates’ musical will finally debut at Studebaker Theater; ‘Winnie the Pooh’ musical arriving in March by Doug George

“Skates” will be the first show in the newly renovated Studebaker Theater; 'Pooh' is told with puppets.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 11:00AM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

‘Wicked’ is coming back to Chicago for a long run next fall by Doug George

Dim the lights, ready Glinda’s flying soap bubble, cue “Defying Gravity” — the musical Wicked is coming back to Chicago next fall.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 07:00AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

‘Love Actually?’ and ‘Friends!’ are part of a new slate of shows at the Apollo Theater by Doug George

The Apollo Theater Chicago on Lincoln Avenue is lit again with live shows, now with the comedy musical “Love Actually?” and continuing in the spring, including with a show titled “Frie…

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