Cirque Shanghai: Year Of The Dragon

After a successful run on Broadway, Cirque Shanghai returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a magnificent new show, Year of the Dragon.

Year of the Dragon is a spectacle for audiences of all ages, featuring performers direct from China who are leaders in their craft of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more. China’s finest daredevil motorcycle troupe, “Imperial Thunder,” returns with not two, not four, but five motorcyclists riding at break-neck speed within a steel globe, more than ever before in this death-defying feat.  For more information, including performance schedule and ticket purchasing, please visit http://www.navypier.com/cirqueshanghai/

 

American Idol’s David Hernandez Headlines ‘Dancing Queen’

Riverfront Theater, Chicago’s newest entertainment destination, is pleased to announce the second production in their summer series, Dancing Queen, starring American Idol’s David Hernandez, June 14 – 24, 650 West Chicago Ave. The performance schedule is Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m.  Tickets for Dancing Queen are $35 – $75 and may be purchased online, www.RiverfrontTheater.com, or by phone, 888.556.9484. To learn more about Riverfront Theater, visit www.RiverfrontTheater.com.  Read more

Brian Henson Brings ‘Stuffed & Unstrung’ to Bank Of America Theatre

Produced by WestBeth Entertainment and Henson Alternative, STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG is created by award-winning director, producer, and writer Brian Henson and actor and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow and features the Miskreant puppets and The Jim Henson Company’s renowned puppeteers.

STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG is a wild romp in which the skilled art of puppetry and spontaneous comedy collide. Unpredictable and irreverent, it’s never the same show twice. Expert puppeteers create twisted scenes and songs on the fly, as suggestions from the audience prompt the improvised storylines unfolding on stage. This production delivers “two shows in one” as the hilarious puppet action is projected live on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers race around below – displaying their skills in full view of the audience. With live musical accompaniment and Bristow as host, STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG boasts a cast of six world-class puppeteers in an uninhibited live puppet performance, as never seen before. Read more

Broken Nose Theatre Announces Chicago Premiere of ‘My First Time’

Broken Nose Theatre is proud to announce the Chicago premiere of the Off-Broadway hit, My First Time at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 North Lincoln Ave., June 8 – July 28.  Directed by Chicago’s Broken Nose Theatre Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson and written by Ken Davenport and real people just like you, My First Time runs Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.  Opening Night/Press Opening is Saturday, June 9 at 11 p.m. (Preview performance is June 8).  For tickets to My First Time visit www.greenhousetheater.org or call 773.404.7336.   Read more

Showbiz Chicago Favorite Ann Hampton Calloway Headlines Mercer Celebration

The stars are out for an evening of musical enchantment, sharing songs by the writers who have most inspired them from George Gershwin to Paul McCartney. Featuring one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook and “the singer who stills the room”: Tony-nominated Broadway star Ann Hampton Callaway (SWING!), this one-night-only concert will also include performances from Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Craig Carnelia, Grammy-nominated composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Lari White, emerging songwriters from the 2012 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project and an appearance by the great Johnny Mercer himself through audio and video recollections where he reveals the writers who most inspired his prolific career. Read more

Drury Lane Presents The 39 Steps, Previewing July 5th

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, presents the Tony Award-winning Broadway and West End smash hit THE 39 STEPS, previewing July 5, opening July 12 at 8 p.m. and running through August 26.  THE 39 STEPS stars Peter Simon Hilton as “Richard Hannay.”  A U.K. native, Hilton starred as “Curly” in the multi-million dollar production of OKLAHOMA!, directed by Tony Award-winning director Christopher Renshaw, which had a year-long National Tour in the U.K., and was “Enjoras” in the U.K.’s first National Tour of LES MISERABLES.  Hilton appeared in the U.S. National Tour of FROST/NIXON with Stacey Keach, and starred as “Professor Higgins” in MY FAIR LADY at Maine State Music Theatre, as “King Arthur” in SPAMALOT at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, as “Mark Anthony” in JULIUS CAESAR, and “Benedick” in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  He also sang “Henry Higgins” in concert with a full 47-piece symphony orchestra at the American Music Theater, directed by Marc Robin.  THE 39 STEPS is directed by multi-Jeff Award nominee David New (Drury Lane Theatre’s BROADWAY BOUND, Sarah Siddons Award Winner and former Associate Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre). Read more

Goodman Theatre Presents Free Staged Readings

In June, Goodman Theatre presents four free staged readings developed as part of the Playwrights Unit, the Goodman’s season-long residency program for playwrights who meet once a month to discuss their plays in progress.

The readings include The Solid Sand Below by Martín Zimmerman (June 15), Work of Art by Elaine Romero (June 16), Stutter by Philip Dawkins (June 16) and For Her as a Piano byNambi  E. Kelley (June 17). Playing an essential role in the Goodman’s efforts to commission and develop new works for the American theater, the Playwrights Unit continues the Goodman’s tradition of fostering new work such as American Buffalo,Seven GuitarsSpinning Into Butter and Ruined, and is facilitated by Tanya Palmer, director of new play development.

All FREE readings take place in the Polk Rehearsal Room; reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.443.3800 or visiting GoodmanTheatre.org.

Light Opera Works Presents North shore Rhythms & Blues

Midwest New Musicals presents North Shore Rhythms and Blues, the 2012 Mini-Musicals Project on Sunday, July 22, 3:00 PM at the McGaw YMCA Children’s Center Auditorium at 1420 Maple (at Lake) in Evanston. Tickets for the general public are $10 at the Light Opera Works box office: (847) 920-5360 or at the door.

North Shore Rhythms and Blues is comprised of four teams: Patrice Peltier (book and lyrics) and Johanna Drew (lyrics and music); Graziano Marcheschi (book), John David Nelson (lyrics) and Jessica A. Hunt (music); Jordy Williams (book and lyrics) and Rachel Morgan (lyrics and music); Barbara Georgans (book and lyrics) and Bruce Warden (music). Read more

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