SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with THE FUTURE KINGZ Co-Founder ZAYA SOSHO

Choreographer/Co-Founder ZAYA SOSHO discusses THE FUTURE KINGZ evolution leading up to their sensational appearance on NBC/Universal’s 13th Season of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT where they won over all four judges. Zaya also talks about the being part of a creative brotherhood and importance of bringing dance to underprivileged children in Chicago.  For more information visit thefuturekingz.com Read more

MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S Associate Artistic Director May Adrales Receives the 2018 Alan Schneider Director Award

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Associate Artistic Director May Adrales is the recipient of this year’s Alan Schneider Director Award. The award was presented late yesterday at Theatre Communications Group‘s national conference in St. Louis, MS.  The award is designed to identify and assist exceptional directors whose talent has been demonstrated through work in specific regions, but who may not be well known nationally.   With it comes a cash prize of $7,500, which may be used for travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the directing craft or related career opportunities. Read more

About Face Youth Theatre Presents SCARY STORIES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE July 14-22

The About Face Theatre Youth Theatre Ensemble is pleased to present the world premiere of SCARY STORIES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, horror-inspired tales informed by the social and political anxieties facing today’s LGBTQ+ youth, devised and performed by members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by Associate Director of About Face Youth Theatre Donny Acosta and special guests. SCARY STORIES will play July 14 – 22, 2018 at The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets for ($20 or pay-what-you-can) go on sale Monday, June 18, 2018 at aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.  Read more

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! Interview with Chicago Blues Icon MS. TRYSH

Chicago’s very own Blues/R&B artist, Ms. Trysh discusses winning over all four judges with her rendition of “Never Stop Loving You”. Ms. Trysh also dishes on her fabulous catering career and performing in some of Chicago’s greatest Blues venues. Read more

Victory Gardens Theater Announces Lineup for 10th Anniversary IGNITION Festival of New Plays 2018 Festival runs August 3 – 5, 2018

Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Director Chay Yew, Managing Director Erica Daniels and Director of New Play Development Skyler Gray announce the lineup for the 10th Anniversary IGNITION Festival of New Plays, including Prosthesis by Robert AskinsUntitled Road Trip Play by Lauren Yee;White History by Dave HarrisHow to Defend Yourself by Lily PadillaSeeing Eye by Nick Malakhow; and The First Deep Breath by Lee Edward Colston II. The 2018 Festival runs August 3 -5, 2018 at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue. Read more

“Get on Up” at Navy Pier’s Inaugural Chi-Soul Fest June 27-June 30

Navy Pier is paying homage to Chicago’s longstanding history of soul music with the inaugural Chi-Soul Fest, a free, four-day music festival, kicking off on Wednesday, June 27. Jammed-packed with talented intergenerational artists, the festival honors and celebrates Black Music Appreciation Month and pays musical tributes to the city’s soulful roots, with a nod to the genre’s past, present and future. Read more

THE JOFFREY BALLET BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 2017-2018, ACHIEVES HIGHEST GROSSING SEASON IN COMPANY HISTORY

he Joffrey Ballet set a new attendance record in 2017-2018 and achieved the highest grossing season in its 62-year history, breaking the previous record established during the 2016-2017 season. Total attendance in 2017-2018 exceeded 100,000, with ticket revenue surpassing $7.7 million. The record numbers come at a time of growth for the Joffrey, which recently received a $1 million grant from the Alphawood Foundation to fund a transformational three-year project aimed at audience expansion and sustainability. Read more

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