Saturday, February 4, 2023

TBT: Randy Newman Can't Afford to Do Theatre by Rob Weinert-Kendt

It wasn't a one-on-one, alas, but I well remember the day I was ushered into a South Coast Rep rehearsal room for a sort of four-way interview: myself, another reporter, the press rep (Crist…

SOURCE: The Wicked Stage at 11:18AM
Friday, February 3, 2023

'This Time, the Applause Is for You': Watch Bebe Neuwirth Welcome Audience to Teachers Night on Broadway at Chicago by Andrew Gans

The Tony-winning revival welcomed 500 New York City public school educators February 2 to the Ambassador Theatre.

SOURCE: Playbill at 03:24PM

Photos: Bebe Neuwirth Visits Jinkx Monsoon Backstage at CHICAGO For Teacher's Night on Broadway

Bebe Neuwirth stopped by Chicago to visit Jinkx Monsoon, who currently stars in the production, for Teachers' Night on Broadway. Teacher's Night on Broadway celebrated 500 New York City pu…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 06:32AM
Thursday, February 2, 2023

CAMELOT, A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, CHICAGO & More to Take Part in Broadway Bridges 2023 Spring Season

The Broadway League has announced the 21 Broadway shows participating in the 2023 spring season of Broadway Bridges, including Camelot, A Beautiful Noise and many more.

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 04:59PM

VIDEO: Jinkx Monsoon Talks Gender-Blind Casting in CHICAGO on Broadway on CBS MORNINGS

Jinkx Monsoon appeared on CBS Mornings to discuss breaking down barriers starring as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago on Broadway. Monsoon also opens up about her personal life and recent attac…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 10:25AM

Dead romantics by Kerry Reid

Every time I hear someone describe Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights as a “romance,” I die a little inside. It’s a portrait of dysfunction, abuse, codependency, and revenge. Which, s…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:07AM

Toxic claustrophobia by Irene Hsiao

Jasmine Sharma’s Radial Gradient, directed in its world premiere at Shattered Globe Theatre by Grace Dolezal-Ng, is the story of two students and their bid to enter a sorority at their uni…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 09:39AM

Toni Stone Montage | On Stage Through Feb. 26 | Goodman Theatre by Goodman Theatre

⚾ Play ball! Lydia R. Diamond's TONI STONE knocks it out of the park. Directed by Chicagoan of the Year for Theater (Chicago Tribune) Ron OJ Parson, this sensational true story about the f…

SOURCE: YouTube at 09:27AM

Celtic conflicts by Kelly Kleiman

Ann Noble’s play about an Irish family decompensating after the mother’s death had its premiere in Chicago nearly 30 years ago, and it’s showing its age. There are plots and subplots a…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 09:22AM

Eleri Ward Brings Acoustic Sondheim to City Winery February 2 by Logan Culwell-Block

The NYC performance launches her concert tour with dates planned in Boston, Chicago, and more.

SOURCE: Playbill at 09:12AM

An Examination of Trauma: A Review of Wuthering Heights at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Amanda Finn

This is an inventive and gorgeous retelling of Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.”

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Black History Month 2023 by Trav S.D.

Black History Month is when I typically have done posts honoring black performers for whom I don’t know the birthdate, of which there have been a relatively high percentage. Case in point,…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 12:42PM

Tehran tête-à-tête by Kerry Reid

Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol on June 3, 1968, out of anger that he wouldn’t produce her play/manifesto Up Your Ass. Sirhan Sirhan shot Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968, out of anger a…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:40PM

REPLACEMENTS: PART THREE by Ron Fassler

Latecomer Larry Kert with the original cast of “Company” (1970).Theatre Yesterday and Today, February 1, 2023, by Ron Fassler. To continue with more on replacements, the story of how La…

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 08:41AM
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

“Al Capone the musical” à la Francaise by Lisa Monde

The Italian American gangster – Al Capone (Alphonse Gabriel Capone), who reigned as a crime boss in 1920-1930s during the Prohibition Era in Chicago – even one hundred years later, his p…

SOURCE: thetheatretimes.com at 05:22PM

2023 Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations: Theo Ubique and Kokandy’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ lead the way by Doug George, Chris Jones

The nominations are in for the most recent season of theater productions by Chicago’s non-union theaters.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 11:00AM

Review: Chicago, Where the Foul Stench of Infamy Is Still Fresh

TheaterMania re-reviews the long-running Broadway show for the first time in a decade.

SOURCE: TheaterMania at 10:36AM
Monday, January 30, 2023

Broadway League to hold Teachers Night on Broadway by Caitlin Hornik

The Broadway League, in partnership with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), has announced Teachers Night on Broadway.   Five-hundred New York City public school educators will gather…

SOURCE: Broadway News at 06:13PM

REPLACEMENTS: PART TWO by Ron Fassler

Elaine Stritch as she appeared on Broadway as Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1963).Theatre Yesterday and Today, January 30, 2023, by Ron Fassler. Due to a warm response…

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 09:14AM

Review: Finally, international theater returns with epic ‘Wuthering Heights’ at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Chris Jones

How truly wonderful it is to see major international theater return to Chicago after the pandemic disruption.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 06:00AM
Saturday, January 28, 2023

REPLACEMENTS: GUTS & GLORY by Ron Fassler

Tovah Feldshuh (left) and Lea Michele (right) as Mrs. Brice and Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” (2022).Theatre Yesterday and Today, January 28, 2023, by Ron Fassler. When an original cast …

SOURCE: ronfassler.medium.com at 10:42AM
Friday, January 27, 2023

Waves of memory by Kerry Reid

Christina Anderson’s luminous and wise the ripple, the wave that carried me home (now at the Goodman in a coproduction with Berkeley Rep, where it played in fall 2022) unfolds in mesmerizi…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:00AM

The great con by Boutayna Chokrane

Redtwist’s rolling world premiere of The Great Khan with the National New Play Network couldn’t be better timed. When Florida’s Department of Education had just rejected an Advanced Pl…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:00AM

An emotional willkommen by Dan Jakes

Like many of the American musical theater greats, Cabaret is one of those shows that can suffer from style-creep, wherein an unwritten but generally agreed-upon aesthetic tradition grows int…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:00AM

Don’t miss this Birthday Party by Kelly Kleiman

If you were concerned that Chicago’s storefront theaters lost their mojo during the pandemic, get thee to Terry McCabe’s gripping production of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. It’…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:00AM

Viking rock by Dmitry Samarov

In a world . . . where Norse mythology meets prog rock on a set seemingly built by precocious middle-schoolers, brothers Jorik and Jarl battle one another and several deities (best known to …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:00AM

Your Broadway Spring Preview! 2023 Edition - A guide to 20 upcoming musicals and plays by Raven Snook

A guide to 20 upcoming musicals and plays --- Get your calendar out: There are 17 productions opening on Broadway this spring, plus three big musicals bowing in early summer after the season…

SOURCE: TDF at 12:00AM
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Audience Testimonials | the ripple, the wave that carried me home | Thru Feb 12 | Goodman Theatre by Goodman Theatre

Christina Anderson's new play "soars amid a tidal wave of emotion" (Chicago Sun-Times) On stage through February 12—get tickets at GoodmanTheatre.org/Ripple

SOURCE: YouTube at 12:57PM

Aszure Barton will be Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s next resident choreographer by Lauren Warnecke

Aszure Barton’s appointment follows a long vacancy after resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s departure in 2018.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 12:09PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Washington National Opera presents "Blue" | Mar. 11 - 25, 2023 by The Kennedy Center

https://www.kennedy-center.org/wno/home/2022-2023/blue/ How do you protect a child born into danger? In the D.C. premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s new contemporary oper…

SOURCE: YouTube at 10:24PM

Odds & Ends: James Monroe Iglehart to Star in Louis Armstrong Bio-Musical A Wonderful World by Lindsey Sullivan

Here's a quick roundup of stories you might have missed. James Monroe Iglehart to Play Louis Armstrong in A Wonderful World The new musical based on the life of music legend Louis Armstrong…

SOURCE: Broadway.com at 08:24PM

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