Come & Meet Those Dancin’ Feet!! Theatre at the Center Mounts 42nd Street

Come and meet those dancing feet as Theatre at the Center presents the winner of the 1980 Tony Award for “Best New Musical” and the 2001 Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical”, 42ND STREET.  The biggest production to ever be presented on Theatre at the Center’s stage, this heart pounding, foot stomping spectacular runs September 13 through October 21 at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, with a press performance September 16.  Based on the classic 1933 Busby Berkeley movie musical of the same name, 42ND STREET is one of the longest running productions in Broadway history, having played for a staggering 9 years, for a total of 3,486 performances. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by three-time Academy Award-winning composer Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42ND STREETfeatures a memorable score including the show stopping numbers We’re in the Money, You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me, Lullaby of Broadway, and of course, 42nd Street. Theatre at the Center’s Artistic Director William Pullinsi will direct with Choreography by Linda Fortunato. Read more

Chicago Shakes Announces Casting for Gary Griffin’s ‘Sunday In The Park With George’ & More

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, announces casting for the 2012 Fall Season. The Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine will be staged by CST Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin, September 26–November 4, 2012 in CST’s Courtyard Theater. The production featuresJason Danieley, recently seen on Broadway as Dan in the musical Next to Normal, and Carmen Cusack, known to Chicago audiences through her role as Elphaba in the Broadway tour of Wicked. The season continues with The School for Lies by David Ives, adapted from Moliere’s The Misanthrope and staged by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, December 4, 2012–January 20, 2013 in CST’s Courtyard Theater. Featured in the production are longtime Stratford Shakespeare Festival actors Deborah Hay and Ben Carlson, who was last seen on CST’s stage in the title roles in Hamlet andMacbeth, and veteran CST actor Greg Vinkler. Read more

Lifeline Theatre, Raven Theatre, the side project, andTheo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Offers FLEX PASS

Four Rogers Park-area theatres, Lifeline Theatre, Raven Theatre, the side project, andTheo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, join together for a fifth year to offer a flexible subscription pass to see a variety of Rogers Park productions throughout the season, running from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Dubbed “Chicago’s answer to off-Broadway” by the Chicago Sun-Times, the foursome garnered six Non-Equity Jeff Awards out of twenty-six nominations during the 2011-2012 season and want to share their neighborhood commitment to excellence with the entire community, by offering this discounted pass with up to 35% savings over regular single tickets.  Read more

Debbie Reynolds Returns To Drury Lane Theatre For 3 Performances Only, Sept. 17th & 18th

Iconic Hollywood entertainer Debbie Reynolds will perform in a limited engagement at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, on Monday, September 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m. As the star of more than thirty motion pictures and two Broadway productions, Reynolds continues to captivate audiences around the world with her immensely successful variety show that features Broadway favorites and comedy.  Tickets are already selling quickly. Read more

New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Levin Pays Tribute to Marvin Hamlish

The first time I saw Marvin Hamlisch, he was playing piano at Carnegie Hall. It was May 6, 1972 and the occasion was “An Evening With Groucho.”  My childhood hero, Groucho Marx, was performing a show of reminiscences, comedy and song, and Hamlisch was his accompanist. The audience, jammed with knowledgeable Groucho-philes, responded favorably to his glissandos and general keyboard mastery. Read more

6th Annual Chicago Dancing Festival Launches Will Free Events Aug. 20-25th

The final program line-up is set for the annual Chicago Dancing Festival, taking place at venues across downtown Chicago August 20–25. The Festival, co-produced by renowned choreographer/Chicago native Lar Lubovitch and esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, enters its sixth season, expanded this year to six consecutive days of dance events that are all completely free. Read more

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN BRINGS THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK TO LIFE WITH THE CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA AT AUDITORIUM THEATRE

Multi platinum selling, two time Emmy-nominated and five time Grammy-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein sings his way onto the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (ATRU) stage September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Considered one of the premier interpreters of American standard songs and dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Feinstein unites with Jeff Lindberg’s world-renowned  Chicago Jazz Orchestra to delight audiences and take them on a journey through some of the most beloved music of our time. Tickets ($32 – $92) are on sale now and are available online at ticketmaster.com/auditorium, by phone (800.982.2787) or in-person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E. Congress Parkway). Read more

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