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Kokandy Productions Announces 5th Anniversery Season

Kokandy Productions is pleased to celebrate its fifth anniversary with an expanded season featuring four fully produced musicals, including two Chicago premieres and two guest directors. The 2017/18 Season will also include numerous readings and workshops – adding fresh voices to Kokandy’s “New Works Initiative” and emphasizing the company’s commitment to becoming an increasingly relevant part of Chicagoland's musical theater and new work development communities. The new season also marks Kokandy’s transition to a not-for-profit organization.Kokandy’s fifth season will ...

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From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando Celebrates The Healing Force Of Theatre

Photo Credit: Ian SuarezI have always maintained that a theatre is a living, breathing thing.  It is the only performance art form that allows for the instantaneous reaction and bond between an audience and the players on both a visceral a spiritual level.   In the almost two decades I have been covering theatre and doing interviews with those that have chosen the boards as their career, every interviewee can remember their first time stepping into a ...

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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview Actor/Musician MICHAEL MALARKEY from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.The Vampire Diaries star and singer/songwriter Michael Malarkey is set for his only Chicago live performance on April 17 at Schubas Tavern. For tickets, please click hereIn late 2014, Malarkey released his debut album Feed The Flames through Cap on Cat Records with the title track, Feed the Flames, making its debut mid-September.  The album quickly soared to top 20 download status on iTunes.American actor ...

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Hollywood's Musical Dubber, Marni Nixon Dies at 86

Marni Nixon, the singing voice of the leading actresses in films THE KING AND I, WEST SIDE STORY and MY FAIR LADY, passed away from breast cancer at the age of 86 according to the New York Times.Ms. Nixon explained her Hollywood singing arrangements to ABC's "Nightline" in 2007, "Twentieth Century Fox, when I did 'The King and I,' threatened me. They said, if anybody ever knows that you did any part of the dubbing for Deborah ...

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Darren Criss and More Join From Broadway with Love Benefit at Dr. Phillips Center

From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando announces new additions to the sold-out concert line-up. The benefit concert will take place on July 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.Joining the previously announced cast of Broadway favorites are Darren Criss (Emmy®-nominee, Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, “Glee”), Lila Crawford (Annie, Disney’s “Into the Woods,”), Wilson Cruz (Rent, “My So-Called Life”), and Priscilla Lopez (created the ...

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Broadway In Chicago Announces THE KING AND I Coming to Chicago June 13 - July 9, 2017

Broadway In Chicago, Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC  are pleased to announce that the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I will play Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W Randolph) for four weeks, June 13 through July 9, 2017. Casting will be announced at a later date.Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett ...

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Featured Interview: Patti Lupone & Christine Ebersole Discuss War Paint

Stars of the upcoming World Premiere production of WAR PAINT at the Goodman Theatre Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole discussed the process of working on the show. Check out the video here!War Paint is a world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, choreographer Christopher Gattelli and director Michael Greif. The musical is inspired by the book, War Paint, by Lindy Woodhead, and the documentary film, The Powder & the ...

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Tony winner LaChanze Headlines Chicago Theatre Workshop Benefit

Our friends at Chicago Theatre Workshop have an exciting benefit featuring Tony award winner LaChanze. Friends of Pride Films and Plays who purchase at the $150 premium seat level will receive two free tickets to CTW’s season opener, Wicked City by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar.(Offer valid on tickets purchased before July 31. CTW will contact you about your free tickets after your purchase.)Buy your tickets now!LaChanze is one of Broadway’s most treasured voices. She ...

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Goodman Theatre Extends New Musical WAR PAINT Starring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole

Due to high demand for tickets, a second and final extension week has been added for War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively.Eight additional performances are now on sale for the world premiere musical by librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel and lyricist Michael Korie, directed by Michael Greif. Preview performances begin tonight; opening night is Monday, July 18. ...

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Drury Lane Theatre launches The Cabaret Room series with Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre featuring top Chicago artists

Drury Lane Theatre premieres The Cabaret Room at Drury Lane with Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre, a two-night event that gives audiences exclusive access to some of Chicago’s top talent in an intimate setting. The Leading Ladies of Chicago Theatre cabaret series includes E. Faye Butler, Heidi Kettenring, Christine Mild, Meghan Murphy and Leryn Turlington,with Jeremy Kahn as a featured accompanist. Roberta Duchak is the musical director. Faye Butler, Roberta Duchak, and Heidi Kettenring take the ...

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Groundbreaking Art AIDS America exhibition has Midwest debut at new Alphawood Gallery

Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art, culminates its U.S. tour here at the Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago). This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest venue.  Admission to the exhibition will be free with timed tickets; it opens on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, 2016, ...

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Andre DeShields' Confessions of a P.I.M.P. to play at Victory Gardens

Dennis Začek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., will present Confessions of a P.I.M.P., written and performed by André De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Začek. The cast also includes Kim Lawson and Donica Lynn. Confessions of a P.I.M.P. runs August 25, 26 and 27, 2016 at 8pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at ...

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KAREN OLIVO, who electrified audiences with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, returns to the stage as the brilliant and beautiful Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of HAMILTON, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller.  Joining Ms. Olivo in Chicago are Broadway veterans MIGUEL CERVANTES as Alexander Hamilton, and ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI as King George III. Mr. Cervantes’ Broadway roles include in the musicals IF/THEN, AMERICAN ...

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Kokandy Productions' TOMORROW MORNING runs through August 28, 2016 at Theater Wit

Kokandy Productions is pleased to conclude its 2016 season this summer with the funny, intimate and moving musical TOMORROW MORNING with book, music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe, directed by Co-Artistic Director John D. Glover, music direction by Kory Danielson and choreography by Cameron Turner. TOMORROW MORNING will play July 9 – August 28, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.  TOMMOROW MORNING will feature Carl Herzog, Teressa LaGamba, Tina Naponelli and Neil Stratman. TOMORROW MORNING follows ...

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After a seven-year absence, Fellowship for Performing Arts makes its triumphant return to Chicago with an all-new original production, starting next Friday, July 22. Equity Jeff Award winner Max McLean (Mark’s Gospel, The Screwtape Letters) stars in the one-man/one-act show C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, July 22-August 14 at Chicago’s Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets, $55-$59, are on sale now at “$30 under 30” tickets will be available to audience ...

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