Brent Barrett discusses his role of Captain Hook in the national tour of “Peter Pan” opposite Cathy Rigby. We also take a look back at some of the famous musicals in which he has starred, including Grand Hotel, Annie Get Your Gun, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago: The Musical and Follies (directed by Gary Griffin). www.BrentBarrett.com. Read more
Writer/Comedian Marc Jaffe discusses his new play “Side Effects May Include…” which is having its Chicago premiere at the Greenhouse Theatre. We also look back at some of the shows Marc has written for including Seinfeld and Mad About You. Read more
R & B superstar Brandy Norwood discusses her incredible music career, her new album and her mentor Whitney Houston.
Brandy will be appearing at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on Saturday, January 19, 2013. For more information, visit click here.
In 1993, Brandy Rayana Norwood signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records, releasing her self-titled debut album a year after, which was a commercial success with two number one singles on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart—”I Wanna Be Down”, and “Baby”. She went on to release the widely successful single, “The Boy Is Mine”, a duet with singer Monica, and her multi-platinum second album Never Say Never in 1998. Norwood garnered critical acclaim with subsequent albums Full Moon (2002), Afrodisiac (2004), Human (2008), and Two Eleven (2012), though experiencing career and commercial turbulence throughout the 2000s. Within pop music, she has become known for her distinctive sound, characterised by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, melodic riffs, and beat-driven R&B. She has since been signed to both Epic Records and RCA Records, where she has acquired a catalogue of hits, with singles such as “What About Us?”, “Full Moon”, and “Put It Down” being her most successful.
Apart from her work in music, Norwood is widely known for her reality series Brandy: Special Delivery (2002) and Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, co–starring her younger brother Ray J, as well as her roles as judge on the premiere season of America’s Got Talent and a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars. She has sold over 8.62 million copies of her first five studio albums in the United States, and over 30 million records worldwide. Additionally, she has won over 100 awards as a recording artist. In 1999, Billboard ranked Norwood among the top 20 of the Top Pop Artists of the 1990s. In 2010, Billboard included Norwood in their Top 50 R&B and Hip Hop Artists list of the past 25 years.
The fabulous foursome; Sierna Irwin, Bill Mendieta, Curtis PettyJohn and Joanna Daniels, discuss their iconic roles in the hit production of I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, now playing at the Broadway Playhouse. For more information visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com
Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the brand new hit musical stage show adapted from the longest-running and most beloved television program in history, starring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel: America’s favorite foursome, is extending by popular demand at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 East Chestnut St.). Tickets for performances through March 3, 2013 are on-sale now.
Returning to the lead iconic roles are BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Winner (Best Actress in a Touring Production) Sirena Irwin (Spongebob Squarepants; San Francisco’s Love’s Labours Lost) and BroadwayWorld Award Winner Bill Mendieta (Smash; The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as the infamous Ricardo couple. Local Chicagoans Curtis Pettyjohn (Chicago production of Shear Madness; My Fair Lady) and Joanna Daniels (LADCC’s Becky’s New Car) continue to star as neighbors Fred and Ethel Mertz.
Ashley Braxton (Pinkalicious: The Musical), Lauren Creel (Romeo and Juliet), Gregory Franklin(Divorce! The Musical), Karl Hamilton (The Three Musketeers), George Keating (Off-Broadway’sSchoolhouse Rock Live!), Peter Kevoian (TATC’s Little Shop of Horrors), Ed Kross (Animal Crackers at The Goodman Theatre), Debbie Laumand-Blanc (Drury Theatre’s Oklahoma), Doug Pawlik (Eastland: A New Musical at Lookingglass Theatre Company), Rebecca Prescott (Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical National Tour), Sara Sevigny (Assassins),Holly Stauder (Annie at Paramount Theatre) and Richard Strimer (West Side Story) complete the cast.
Imagine stepping back in time and into the Desilu Playhouse soundstage! It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh so familiar “I Love Lucy” episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950’s hi-fidelity technology, and this brand new thing called ‘television’. The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say ‘Brylcreem’?!
The iconic television hit sitcom “I Love Lucy” was most recently honored in September 2012 as the “Best TV Show Of All Time” and the “Greatest TV Comedy” by People Magazine and ABC’s “20/20” special “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time.” I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGEis produced under license from CBS Consumer Products.
The Chicago Tribune says I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is “A big variety show for your money! A risk-free evening of music & familiar comedy!” The Chicago Sun-Times exclaims the show is “A sweet 95-minute musical comedy! Those nostalgic for 1950s America will have their internal time clocks rewound!”
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is produced by Stephen Kahn (Executive Producer), David George (Executive Producer) and Hyra George (Producer), Kim Flagg (Co-Adaptor/Producer),Allan Williams (Executive Producer), Dede Harris (Producer), Sharon Karmazin (Producer), andDavid Carpenter (Associate Producer). Staged, directed and co-adapted for the stage by Rick Sparks, the creative team also includes Aaron Henderson (Set Designer), Wayne Moore (Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Special Lyrics), Peitor Angell (Original Music Composer), Noah Mitz (Lighting Designer), Shon LeBlanc (Costume Designer), Cricket S. Myers (Sound Designer),Diane Martinous (Hair /Wig Designer), and Alan Bukowiecki (Music Director).
The performance schedule for I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is as follows:
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 & 6:30 p.m.
Please note: Ticket prices and performance schedule are subject to change.
Tickets are on-sale now and range from $35–$85. A select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets for groups of 10+ start at $25 and can be purchased by calling 312-977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut St.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775‐2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
Broadway In Chicago and the producers of the new musical THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, announced today that tickets will be available for 14 additional weeks of performances of THE BOOK OF MORMON at the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe). A new block of tickets for performances June 4 – September 8, 2013 will go on-sale to the public on Monday, January 7 at 10 a.m. Tickets are sold out through March 3, 2013, with some tickets still available March 5 – June 2, 2013. Read more
Britain’s iconic singer LULU will make her NYC concert debut with a February 16th performance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, backed by an All-Star Band, featuring Will Lee, Jimmy Vivino and Rich Pagano from The Fab Faux, plus Paul Shaffer. Read more
As we close another fantastic year in Chicago theatre, here is our top 10 plays and musicals of 2012, including our favorite performance art piece. We at Showbiz Chicago wish you the happiest of holidays and a healthy New Year. Read more