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Friday, February 22, 2019

Black Button Eyes sets 2019-20 season by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Black Button Eyes Productions announced its 2019-20 Season, featuring two Chicago premiere musicals. The season kicks off this summer with “Ghost Quartet” by Broadway composer…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Booked It! Chicago casting announcements for Feb. 21 by Kt Hawbaker

Mercury Theater announced the cast and creative team of “Little Shop of Horrors,” running on the main stage from March 1 through April 28. Under the direction of Walter Stearns, musical …

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John Cameron Mitchell on the shamanic powers of 'Hedwig,' contemporary queerness and his favorite nun by Kt Hawbaker

I remember the miracle of watching “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” for the first time. I was sitting on a couch in St. Louis with the person I thought I loved most in the world. He’d just …

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Court Theatre announces 2019-20 season, complete with an 'Oedipus' complex by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Court Theatre announced its production lineup for 2019-20, marking its 65th season. Things kick off with a staging of August Wilson’s “King Hedley,” directed by Ron O…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Steppenwolf adds longtime stage manager Malcolm Ewen to ensemble by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Steppenwolf announced the addition of longtime stage manager Malcolm Ewen into its ensemble. He is the first stage manager in Steppenwolf’s history to do so. Ewen has worked at …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rick Bayless' Family Foundation awards 2019 'Stepping Stone' grants to three Chicago theaters by Kt Hawbaker

On Wednesday, the Bayless Family foundation announced the winners of its 2019 “Stepping Stone” grants, along with the funding of theater programming in Millennium Park. The grants — $1…

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'Hamilton: the Exhibition' delays opening to April 27 on Northerly Island by Kt Hawbaker

The world premiere of "Hamilton: the Exhibition," scheduled to debut in Chicago on Northerly Island this spring, has announced a new opening, with its first public admissions now set for Apr…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Booked it! Chicago casting announcements for Feb. 7 by Kt Hawbaker

Perhaps the biggest casting news of the week lies in the images of the Oriental being physically recast as the Nederlander — a perfect metaphor for the state and direction of Chicago theat…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Milwaukee Rep announces 2019-20 season, including 'West Side Story' and 'Hedwig' by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced its 2019-20 season, marking Mark Clements’ 10th anniversary as artistic director. Kicking things off in the Stackner Cabaret will be …

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Paramount announces 2019-20 Broadway season by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, Paramount Theatre in Aurora announced the four musicals lined up for its 2019-20 Broadway season. Things take off with “Newsies,” the Disney musical pulled from the headlines …

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Raven announces 2019-20 season, including 'Hoodoo Love' directed by Wardell Julius Clark by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Raven Theatre announced the lineup of its 2019-20 season, including two Chicago premieres. The season will kick off this fall with the Chicago premiere of Rachel Bonds’ drama …

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Joshua Harmon's 'Admissions' to hit Chicago's Theater Wit this spring by Kt Hawbaker

On Friday, Theater Wit announced the Midwest premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “Admissions,” to be directed by Jeremy Wechsler. In the bleak satire, Bill and Sherri Mason, the very liberal l…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hell in a Handbag announces 2019 season, with the 'Golden Girl'-realness we need in these dark times by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Hell in a Handbag Productions announced its 2019 Season, launching this winter with a revival of “POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical,” an unauthorized musical parody of 1972…

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Booked it! Chicago casting announcements for Jan. 31 by Kt Hawbaker

Greetings from Hoth or #Chiberia or whatever you want to call this fresh winter mess. With the onslaught of theater closings this week — Broadway in Chicago actually shut down Wednesday’…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Wednesday performances of 'Hamilton' Chicago canceled — here's how to reschedule by Kt Hawbaker

Cold weather has officially squelched the city’s hottest show. Due to extreme weather conditions, the Jan. 30 matinee and evening performances of “Hamilton” in Chicago have been cancel…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Chicago's record-low temperatures offer a shot to see 'Hamilton' for less than $70 by Kt Hawbaker

Look, we know you should stay in on Wednesday. History has its eye on some record-low temps for Chicago, and several institutions have already announced closures due to the anticipated tempe…

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Black Ensemble Theater announces 2019 season, including 'The Other Cinderella' and a tribute to Lena Horne by Kt Hawbaker

On Monday, the Black Ensemble Theater’s founder and CEO Jackie Taylor announced the company’s 43rd season, “Legends and Lessons.” The season will begin with “Mahalia Jackson: Movin…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Booked it! Casting for Chicago theaters this week by Kt Hawbaker

Is it too late to get in on the whole “New Year, New Me” shtick? Sure hope not. This week, the Theater Loop rolls out a new approach to Chicago casting announcements. Loyal readers (and …

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Timeline to open 2019-20 season with Midwest premiere of 'Oslo' by Kt Hawbaker

On Thursday, Timeline Theatre Company announced that it will open its 2019-20 season with the Midwest premiere of J.T. Rogers’ Tony Award-winning play “Oslo.” “We are thrilled to fur…

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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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