Thursday, October 28, 2021

In Chicago, the musical ‘Paradise Square’ nears its big pre-Broadway opening in a changed world by Chris Jones

Chicago's first big Broadway tryout show in a long time opens soon at the Nederlander Theatre. It's also a big return for Garth Drabinsky, a producer of the old school.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Almost half of Chicago’s small performing arts organizations have yet to return to in-person performances, according to Donnelley Foundation survey by Darcel Rockett

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation surveyed its performing arts grantees and 27% are unable to welcome audiences in-person, and 16% remain uncertain about returning to the stage th…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Watch a Music Video for Broadway-Bound Paradise Square's Opening Number by Talaura Harms

The new musical begins performances in Chicago November 2 before arriving on Broadway in February.

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Review: E. Faye Butler shows us a fuller side of ‘Fannie’ indoors at the Goodman Theatre by Chris Jones

After two extraordinary fresh-air performances in both Chicago and Washington, D.C., the remarkable E. Faye Butler finally gets to take Fannie Lou Hamer indoors.

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Lea Salonga Unveils 2022 Dream Again Tour by Dan Meyer

The Miss Saigon Tony winner will play in Chicago, Las Vegas, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:55AM
Monday, October 25, 2021

FANNIE (THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER) | Extended Through 11/21 | Goodman Theatre by Goodman Theatre

Inspired by the life of famed civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and performed and sung by Chicago’s E. Faye Butler, this passionate rally cry defines what it means to be a true revolu…

SOURCE: YouTube at 04:21PM

Exclusive! Watch Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy & More Sing the Opening Number of Broadway-Bound Paradise Square by Caitlin Moynihan

Here's an exclusive first listen to the opening number of the previously announced Paradise Square. The new musical is playing Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre this fall before begin…

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See Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy & More Perform the Opening From New Musical PARADISE SQUARE by

Get an exclusive first look at PARADISE SQUARE by watching cast members Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, Matt Bogart, Kevin Dennis and Nathaniel Stampley sing out the musical’s opening…

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Photos: New York Governor Kathy Hochul Visits CHICAGO on Broadway

Broadway audience are back at the Ambassador Theatre, where Chicago has officially resumed performances last month. Just last week, the show welcomed a very special guest, the 57th Governor …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:12AM
Friday, October 22, 2021

Fields of Love: A Review of “As You Like It” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Ted C. Fishman

A pastoral comedy is just what the doctor ordered to ease our way out of our recent confinement. Chicago Shakespeare Theater obliges with its bright, energetic tale of souls fleeing death an…

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Watch Lillias White’s Dynamic Rendition of Disney Classic 'When You Wish Upon a Star' by Playbill

Tony and Emmy winner Lillias White, back on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago, released first solo studio album, Get Yourself Some Happy!, July 23 via Old Mill Road Recording. …

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(Chris Jones’s article appeared in the Chicago Tribune, 10/19. Photo: Kelvin Roston, Jr. and Amanda Drinkall in “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice” at Court Theatre in Hyde Pa…

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Richardson & Swindal Save the Palace! – TODAY by Sandi Durell

Rob Richardson (Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, Tale of Two Cities) and Haley Swindal (Broadway: Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde) to head the industry presentations of Roy O’Neil’s Save The Pala…

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Bodily Grace, Spiritual Fire: A Review of Joffrey Ballet’s “Home: A Celebration” at the Lyric Opera House by Hugh Iglarsh

The Joffrey Ballet's triumphal return to live performance is a multi-sensory delight that serves as a joyful homecoming for a crown jewel of Chicago’s cultural scene.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Watch Chita Rivera Honor Bianca Marroquín at Chicago's ¡Viva Broadway! Night by Andrew Gans

Portions of the musical, now starring Marroquín, Ana Villafañe, and Paulo Szot, were presented in Spanish at the October 18 performance.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:19PM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Hangin' on 49th Street with CHICAGO Star, Ana Villafañe by BroadwayWorld

Watch the full interview here: Watch as Ana chats more with Richard about the honor of stepping into such a beloved show and how she got ready for h…

SOURCE: YouTube at 01:03PM

Cast Set for World Premiere of Britney Spears Musical Once Upon a One More Time by Caitlin Moynihan

Casting is set for the Broadway-bound Britney Spears musical Once Upon a One More Time, which will have its world premiere at Washington, D.C's Shakespeare Theatre Company beginning on Nove…

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Broadway's Chicago Presents Special ¡Viva Broadway! Night October 18 by Andrew Gans

Portions of the long-running production, now starring Ana Villafañe, Bianca Marroquín, and Paulo Szot, will be presented in Spanish.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Review: In ‘As You Like It’ at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Beatles meet the Bard and it’s a terrific party by Chris Jones

Director Daryl Cloran has stuffed 23 Beatles songs inside the comedic vessel known as “As You Like It.” At various points, Shakespeare's characters break into everything from “Let it B…

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Friday, October 15, 2021

How Extra Time Gave Court Theatre a Deeper Dive Into ‘Othello’ by American Theatre Editors

Pandemic delays allowed the Chicago theatre to rethink their both production process and the meaning of the play, with strong input from their lead actor.

SOURCE: American Theatre at 09:07AM

Heaven Isn’t Too Far away; It’s in Downtown Houston at TUTS’ “Rock of Ages” by Trevor Boffone

I have to confess something. I haven’t really missed theatre since the Covid-19 pandemic forced theatres to go dark in March 2020. The last time I saw professional theatre was a whirlwind …

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Check Out New Photos of Ana Villafañe, Bianca Marroquín, Lillias White, and More in Chicago on Broadway by Marc J. Franklin

The long-running, Tony-winning revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre September 14.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:35PM

A South Side Story: How Joshua Allen’s “The Last Pair of Earlies” Chronicles the Struggles of the Great Migration by Brian Hieggelke

The play is the story of shoemaker Wayland Early and his wife Della Rose, set in two times and two places: 1921 Mississippi and 1939 Chicago.

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S2 Ep9: Bianca Marroquín by Automatic Episode Import

Bianca Marroquín made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the hit revival of CHICAGO and has return

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Former ‘Hamilton’ actor, part of Chicago’s cast in 2019, files discrimination complaint against the show by Matt Stevens

A former “Hamilton” cast member filed a federal workplace complaint against the show Wednesday, alleging that the show had retaliated and refused to renew a contract after the actor had …

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Opening Up! See Jennifer Nettles as Jenna in Waitress on Broadway by Caitlin Moynihan

It's almost time for Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles to have her first shift at the diner as Jenna in Waitress on Broadway, and here's a first look. As previously announced, Nettles will take…

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Hotcha! Check Out New Photos of Chicago on Broadway by Caitlin Moynihan

The long-running Broadway hit Chicago is back and bringing its timeless razzle dazzle. As previously announced, Chicago resumed performances at the Ambassador Theatre on September 14 and now…

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Photos: First Look Ana Villafañe, Bianca Marroquín & More in CHICAGO on Broadway

Chicago resumed performances on Broadway on September 14 with a new cast and we have your first look at the company in action, including Ana Villafañe as Roxie Hart, Bianca Marroquín a…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 01:38PM

Photos: Ana Villafañe and Bianca Marroquin Take Over Chicago on Broadway

Tony winners Lillias White and Paulo Szot also join the cast of the long-running musical.

SOURCE: TheaterMania at 12:18PM

‘Hamilton’ Trans Actor Claims Retaliation Over Gender-Neutral Dressing Room Request by Greg Evans

Suni Reid, a non-binary performer who appeared in the Broadway, Chicago and Los Angeles productions of Hamilton in both ensemble and principal roles, has filed an Equal Employment Opportunit…

SOURCE: Deadline at 12:02PM

Review: ‘This Wide Night’ invites audiences to open their hearts to pair of women just out of prison by Jerald Pierce

Inspired by real accounts of women in a U.K. prison, this Chicago premiere is presented by Shattered Globe Theatre in association with Interrobang Theatre Project.

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