Broadway In Chicago Announces Waitress’ Eric Anderson To Join Broadway-Bound “Pretty Woman” Musical

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce Eric Anderson joins the cast of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL as ‘Mr. Thompson.’  PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL also stars stage, television and film actress Samantha Barks as ‘Vivian’ opposite Tony Award winner and Grammy Award winner Steve Kazee as ‘Edward,’ with Tony Award nominee Orfeh as ‘Kit,’ and Jason Danieley as ‘Philip Stuckey.’  Read more

Steppenwolf Heartfelt Tribute to Influential and Beloved Chicago Cultural Leader in Public Memorial Event, October 9

Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosted a warm and heartfelt public memorial celebrating the remarkable life and legacy of ensemble member and former artistic director Martha Lavey, who passed earlier this year at the age of 60. On October 9, more than 500 ensemble members, friends, family, co-workers, and collaborators gathered in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre to share in a two hour tribute to the legendary Chicago cultural leader with stories, song, laughter and tears, hosted by current Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz. More than 500 people also tuned into the live stream of the event. Read more

Northlight Theatre to honor actor Harry Lennix with Speak Up! Award

Northlight Theatre will honor actor Harry Lennix with the 2017 Speak Up! Award at the Theatre’s premier fundraising event, “Staging the Future Together,” on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at6:00pm, at The Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster, Skokie, IL. The Speak Up! Award recognizes individuals who “speak up” about important issues impacting our society. Recipients must also have a connection to Northlight Theatre and should exemplify leadership, advocacy, and a deep commitment to community.    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! EPISODE GUEST- 90210: The Musical’s SETH BLUM

90210: THE MUSICAL cast member SETH BLUM discusses his roles in this new musical parody of the hit television show. We also talk about Seth’s run for New York City Mayor and his passion for education reform. 90210: THE MUSICAL will play Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited five-day engagement September 13 through 17, 2017. Visit BroadwayInChicago.com for for tickets. Read more

Showbiz Naiton LIVE: Enuice David Discusses Hal David & Burt Bacharach

Eunice David discusses her new book “BEING HAL DAVID” which explores the history, music, lyrics and magic of her husband and his partnership with songwriting partner Burt Bacharach.

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Mrs. Eunice David is the widow of legendary and celebrated lyricist Hal David, who earned a Tony nomination for Best Musical in 1969 for his lyrics in the musical Promises, Promises.

 

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Her book about her 25 years with the man who brought us such classic hits as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “To All The Girls I Loved Before,” “Magic Moments,” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” is out this month. Hal David: His Magic Moments from Dorrance Publishing, recounts the fun unknown stories behind some of these favorite classics, and celebrates the love story between Eunice and Hal.

Showbiz Nation LIVE! Interview with IHSMTA Best Actor JUSTIN SMUSZ

Sixth Annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards Best Actor Winner Justin Smusz discusses his role in ALL SHOOK UP and being mentored by musical theater icons in NYC.

In celebration of outstanding achievement in high school musical theater performances, Broadway In Chicago announced the award recipients of the Sixth Annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards:  Justin Smusz of Bolingbrook, IL (Benet Academy)as BEST ACTOR for his portrayal of Chad in ALL SHOOK UP.  Justin also represented the state of Illinois at The Jimmy™ Awards in New York. Read more

The Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism Closes July 30th At Navy Pier

The Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism, produced by iEC Exhibitions!, is an extraordinary exhibit showcasing more than 500 rare artifacts covering the bands influence on fashion, film, recording, art, and design, and is now in its final three weeks at Navy Pier through July 30, 2017The Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism is the largest touring exhibition of its kind ever to be staged at nearly 18,000 square feet. Read more

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