Showbiz Nation LIVE! Interview with playwright CHARLES BUSCH

CHARLES BUSCH is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tribute Artist and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Read more

Showbiz Nation LIVE! Interview with ‘HAMILTON’S’ MONTEGO GLOVER

TONY Award Nominee MONTEGO GLOVER discusses playing Angelica Schuyler in the hit Chicago company of “Hamilton” as well as her critically acclaimed roles in “Memphis”, “The Color Purple” “Les Miserables”and the recent Toronto World premiere of “Sousatzka”. For more information on the Chicago production of “Hamilton”, including tickets, visit

Showbiz Nation LIVE! Episode Guest: “Billy Elliot” Director/Choreographer BRENDA DIDIER

One of our favorite creative ladies of the stage, Brenda Didier returns to the broadcast to discuss Porchlight Music Theatre’s smash hit production of Billy Elliot: The Musical for which she serves as director and choreographer. Tickets are available at or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office, 773.777.9884. Read more

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Episode Guest: “School Of Rock’s” MATT BITTNER

Fresh off the smash Broadway run of Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” opposite Kevin Kline, MATT BITTNER discusses his role of Ned in the newly launched National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “SCHOOL OF ROCK” which comes to the Cadillac Palace Theatre Nov. 1- 19th. 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), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at Read more

Showbiz Nation LIVE! Episode Guest: Director/Conductor Andreas Mitisek 2007

Director Andreas Mitisek discusses Chicago Opera Theatre’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul”. Andreas also talks about his successful tenure as COT’s Artistic Director and how opera companies are adapting to a new social media culture. Read more

Showbiz Nation LIVE! Episode Guest: Magician STEPHEN HANTHORN

Magician Stephen Hanthorn discusses this upcoming show “The Best Magic Show” at IO Theater. Stephen and I also explore how acting impacts magic as well as the connection between audience and performer.  Visit Stephen’s Facebook page here.  Tickets for “The Best Magic Show” available here. Read more

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Playwright/Poet/Performer MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH

Marc Bamuthi Joseph discusses his multi-disciplinary performance piece /peh-LO-tah/ – a futbol framed freedom suite… that recounts personal stories of playing soccer mixed with social commentaries about the business of the sport. /peh-LO-tah/ will be presented by the MCA in association with the Chicago Humanities Festival October 5 – 8, at the MCA Stage. Tickets for the performances are $30 and are available at the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or www.mcachicago.orgRead more

Showbiz Nation LIVE! Interview with Creative Jazz Legend KAHIL EL’ZABAR

Dr. El’Zabar discusses his upcoming compositions for HERE HEAR CHICAGO, a new site-specific project series that incorporates art, design and performance; also showcasing works by world-renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave and international architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. Performances are Sept. 13, 16 & 17, 2007. Read more

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