Category: Theater in Chicago

Broadway in Chicago suspends productions due to COVID-19

Broadway in Chicago suspends productions due to COVID-19
Broadway in Chicago has just announced the rescheduling (and cancellations) of upcoming shows due to COVID-19 saying, “The safety and health of our patrons, staff and theatrical companies is our top priority.” In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) here is the rescheduling (and cancellations) for the following performances: THE BACHELOR LIVE ON STAGE, CADILLAC... Read more »

Update on Theater closings in Chicago due to COVID-19 pandemic

Update on Theater closings in Chicago due to COVID-19 pandemic
Chicago theatres suspend productions due to Coronavirus and at guidance of Governor and Mayor Although in New York, Broadway has gone dark because of COVID-19, in Chicago at this point individual theaters are making individual decisions. According to Deb Clapp, Executive Director, League of Chicago Theatres, “The safety and health of our audiences, artists and... Read more »

Emma comes to life in a new musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Emma comes to life in a new musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages a new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel  Jane Austen (1775–1817) did not anticipate that readers would like Emma Woodhouse, the heroine in her 1816 novel “Emma,” saying “I do not expect readers to like the protagonist of Emma. I’m going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” Spoiled, headstrong, self-satisfied, privileged... Read more »
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Roe at the Goodman Theatre explores the personal stories behind Roe vs Wade

Roe at the Goodman Theatre explores the personal stories behind Roe vs Wade
“You didn’t give a damn about Roe the person—all you cared about was Roe the case!” –Norma; Act II, Scene II Smart, witty and at times funny, “Roe” made its Chicago Premiere Monday night at Goodman Theatre. The show tackles a very serious and highly emotional subject–legalized abortion–that has caused a divide in America since... Read more »

Grease returns to its Chicago roots at the Marriott Theatre

Grease returns to its Chicago roots at the Marriott Theatre
Grease, the iconical coming of age high school musical, that was born in Chicago in 1971 then went on to Broadway glory in 1973 and following that became the highest-grossing musical film of its time in the Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta 1978 film version, is back in a new revival at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. It seems that... Read more »

Windy City Playhouse announces plans for a culinary farce with Rick Bayless

Windy City Playhouse announces plans for a culinary farce with Rick Bayless
Windy City Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein announced today that the theater will be collaborating with James Beard Award-winning chef Rick Bayless on a theatrical project to be presented at the theater in early 2021. The yet to be named project will team Bayless with Rubenstein and Associate Artistic Director Carl Menninger  to create what the theater is calling a... Read more »
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The Kings Speech at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The Kings Speech at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
“You can’t call me Bertie, only my family calls me Bertie” The North American Premiere of David Seidler’s “The King’s Speech” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the remarkable story that inspired the 2010 Academy Award-winning film, “The King’s Speech” to the stage. The battle to overcome a chronic stammer by Albert, Duke of York–the man who becomes King George VI (Harry Hadden-Paton)... Read more »

Oslo: a remarkable story of humanity at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse

Oslo: a remarkable story of humanity at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse
A true story about how a human approach can mend high fences The Timeline production of “Oslo,” a remarkable story about the unlikely friendships between countries, makes its Chicago premiere at Broadway Playhouse. This true story showcases the path two longtime enemies–Israel and Palestine–follow to find a way that no one thought possible to reach an agreement that... Read more »

The Band's Visit: an uplifting story of human kindness

The Band's Visit: an uplifting story of human kindness
“Once not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt, you probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important” …the introduction to “The Band’s Visit” Sometimes music speaks louder than words. That is the case when an Egyptian Police Band find themselves in a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert–where... Read more »
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The time is right for 'Come From Away' at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre

The time is right for 'Come From Away' at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre
I’m pretty sure I’m that I was the only person in the opening night audience for the Chicago premiere of “Come From Away” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre that didn’t love it. I’m not sure what that says about me. I wanted to love it, I tried. I didn’t hate it. I just didn’t love... Read more »
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