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America's Music Catalog: 'Motown the Musical' ready to groove in Chicago

America's Music Catalog: 'Motown the Musical' ready to groove in Chicago

The Motown sound stands on its own for not only its great creativity and mirthful messages but also for its ability to connect people of all races, backgrounds and ages.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Jay Leno to perform at Four Winds Casino

Comedian and former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno will bring his stand-up act to Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. next month.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am

'Peter and the Starcatcher' features clever, humorous theatrics

'Peter and the Starcatcher' features clever, humorous theatrics

Fans of the tale of Peter Pan will no doubt be curious about the production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" running through April 13 at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago.

April 10, 2014 5:15 pm

Epic audience experience: Drury Lane Theatre celebrating 30th anniversary with stage run of 'Les Mis'

Epic audience experience: Drury Lane Theatre celebrating 30th anniversary with stage run of 'Les Mis'

During the 19 years actor Ivan Rutherford toured and starred in productions of the legendary musical "Les Miserables," having logged more than 2,000 performances as the lead Jean Valjean, he never played any of the famed stages and marquees o…

April 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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'Aladdin' comes to life on TAC stage

'Aladdin' comes to life on TAC stage

The tale of Aladdin traditionally blends magic, mystery, love and fun. Beginning today and continuing through Sunday, the merriment surrounding the Aladdin story will have all of that while receiving a slightly different treatment on stage at…

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Chicago Street to ‘Play it Again’

Chicago Street to ‘Play it Again’

For Jason Utesch, helming Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Play it Again, Sam” is an ideal fit.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Sing a song: Sesame Street Live dances onto Star Plaza Theatre stage

Sing a song: Sesame Street Live dances onto Star Plaza Theatre stage

The star characters of Sesame Street are set to create a musical adventure on stage in Merrillville.

April 09, 2014 11:43 pm Photos

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Hooked on it: New Broadway tour of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is prequel to 'Pan' story

Hooked on it: New Broadway tour of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is prequel to 'Pan' story

There's a reason Peter Pan's arch nemesis Captain Hook became the dapper pirate villain of the lagoons of Neverland, even before the infamous sea crocodile chomped off his left hand.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Holbrook's 'Mark Twain' show reaches 60th year

Holbrook's 'Mark Twain' show reaches 60th year

Hal Holbrook is in the midst of a marathon of theater and has no intention of stopping.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

Actor Jake Klinkhammer ready for next life in 'Cats' run

Actor Jake Klinkhammer ready for next life in 'Cats' run

It was in 2010 when Chicago actor Jake Klinkhammer last sported ears, a tail and lots of fur cast in the musical stage story of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats."

March 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Three of a Kind: 'Saturday Night Live' trio Schneider, Meadows and Lovitz laughing it up at Blue Chip

Three of a Kind: 'Saturday Night Live' trio Schneider, Meadows and Lovitz laughing it up at Blue Chip

Comedian Rob Schneider is happy to be spending his weekends with some funny familiar faces from his days as a favorite cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

March 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

High schoolers look forward to spring as a time for prom, time for baseball and time to sing. Spring musicals fill local school auditoriums with song and dance, showcasing the triple threat for students who can act, sing and dance.

March 23, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Magical dance: Houston Ballet brings 'Aladdin' to Chicago

Magical dance: Houston Ballet brings 'Aladdin' to Chicago

One of the most adventurous and enchanting tales will come to life in a dance format this weekend in Chicago.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Area thesps make ‘Time Stand Still’ in Crown Point

Area thesps make ‘Time Stand Still’ in Crown Point

Kate Ryan, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s “Time Stands Still,” saw an immediate connection with the four actors and their respective characters in her production of the acclaimed drama.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Arts instructors nurtured area talent

Arts instructors nurtured area talent

The Northwest District of the Federation of Women's Clubs & Indiana Federation of Clubs annual art contest for area students in their senior year of high school is now a talent-tapping tradition.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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NWI troupes boast long runs across region

NWI troupes boast long runs across region

Earle Howe, vice president of Hammond Community Theatre, is proud of the support and dedication of both the collected talent on stage and the eager audiences who make his productions a success.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Penn and Teller conjure up magical moments in Hammond

Penn and Teller conjure up magical moments in Hammond

The atmosphere at Penn and Teller's March 7 show at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino was indeed magical. The production showcased the duo's award-winning stage antics and polished comedic skills.

March 13, 2014 7:30 pm

An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

Charlie Blum, president, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, still recalls the first "big stage entertainers" he ever purchased a ticket to see on stage.

March 12, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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New favorite faces of Disney: 'Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure' a treasured stage ticket

New favorite faces of Disney: 'Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure' a treasured stage ticket

Kausha Campbell, who hails from Lehi, Utah, just finished earning her college degree from Utah Valley University studying dance, with a resume that includes doing competitive cheerleading for four years.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers fascinating program

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers fascinating program

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is no stranger to Chicago audiences as it's graced stages in the city often over the last few decades. The troupe, founded by Alvin Ailey in the late '50s, is known for its dynamic choreography and soulful p…

March 04, 2014 12:00 am

Best Bet: Joffrey Academy presents 'Winning Works'

If you're looking for entertainment this weekend, head to The Joffrey Academy of Dance's show "Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Award."

February 28, 2014 1:45 pm

World of Dance: 'Heartbeat of Home' from producers of 'Riverdance' showcases international stage flair for dance styles

World of Dance: 'Heartbeat of Home' from producers of 'Riverdance' showcases international stage flair for dance styles

After a world stage premiere in Dublin last October, director John McColgan realized immediately his new two-hour international salute to dance called "Heartbeat of Home" was meant to tour cities around the world.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Beatniks continues traditional ‘Monologues’ production

Beatniks continues traditional ‘Monologues’ production

Bonnie Johnson, director of Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey’s fundraising production of “The Vagina Monologues,” has an idea why the women-themed play has been a smash with audiences throughout the world.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am

Man in Black Back: Johnny Cash 'Ring of Fire' opens tonight at Theatre at the Center

Man in Black Back: Johnny Cash 'Ring of Fire' opens tonight at Theatre at the Center

Actor and singer Michael Goodman says playing the role of Johnny Cash, "Young Johnny," to be specific, is an intimidating challenge while trying to capture not only the legendary vocal sound, but also a larger-than-life personality.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Joffrey Ballet's latest collection is a contemporary mix

Joffrey Ballet's latest collection is a contemporary mix

The latest program from the Joffrey Ballet offers a blend of works that are not only entertaining but compelling and thought-provoking.

February 18, 2014 4:30 pm

Mike Tyson shares his story in 'Undisputed Truth'

Mike Tyson shares his story in 'Undisputed Truth'

Audience members saw a more thoughtful and even humorous Mike Tyson during his one-man show "Undisputed Truth" Feb. 8 in Hammond.

February 14, 2014 1:45 pm

Jerauld Reinhart, founder of Ross Summer Music Theatre, dead at age 85

Jerauld Reinhart, founder of Ross Summer Music Theatre, dead at age 85

Jerauld Joseph Reinhart, whose Ross Summer Music Theatre has entertained area audiences for decades and served as the stage classroom for generations of theater hopefuls, died Thursday in Merrillville surrounded by friends, family and the mus…

February 13, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Wheel-ality show: Monster Jam truck show ready for Allstate Arena excitement this weekend

Wheel-ality show: Monster Jam truck show ready for Allstate Arena excitement this weekend

The world's premier monster truck series, Monster Jam, is weighing in with more than 100,000 pounds of super-charged engine power for its annual hometown appearance this weekend at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Chicago Street takes trip to ‘Leenane’ in latest play

Chicago Street takes trip to ‘Leenane’ in latest play

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” is often referred to as a dark comedy or adult comedy, but Traci Brandt, co-director of Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Leenane,” sees more to the story than just laughs.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fight of His Life: Mike Tyson's 'Undisputed Truth' one-man show ready to hit Horseshoe Casino in Hammond

Fight of His Life: Mike Tyson's 'Undisputed Truth' one-man show ready to hit Horseshoe Casino in Hammond

When fighter Mike Tyson served his prison sentence in Indianapolis for rape after an incident in Indy while judging a beauty pageant in 1992, his who's who list of approved celebrity visitors made headlines.

January 29, 2014 9:48 pm Photos

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Sisters of Song: Lennon Sisters continue Lawrence Welk's tradition with February concert

Sisters of Song: Lennon Sisters continue Lawrence Welk's tradition with February concert

Kathy Lennon of the legendary sisters singing group The Lennon Sisters is excited to return to Chicago next month with her sisters for a pair of Valentine's Day week concerts.

January 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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A Star is Born: Briana Brooks debuts in “Redemption” at Athenaeum Theater in Chicago

A Star is Born: Briana Brooks debuts in “Redemption” at Athenaeum Theater in Chicago

Eleven-year-old Briana Brooks of Northwest Indiana is rehearsing for her debut as the star of “Redemption,” directed by Mita Vain and opening at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago on February 28th. According to her mothe…

January 23, 2014 2:57 pm Photos

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Actor ready for electrifying performance in Drury Lane's 'Young Frankenstein'

Actor ready for electrifying performance in Drury Lane's 'Young Frankenstein'

Actor Travis Taylor stars as The Monster in the new production of the Mel Brooks Broadway hit "Young Frankenstein" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook opening tonight for a run that continues until March 16.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am

Reason to 'Celebrate': Disney on Ice brings favorite characters for audience icy celebration

Reason to 'Celebrate': Disney on Ice brings favorite characters for audience icy celebration

Professional skater Chad Westgate, a two-time top-10 finisher in Canadian Nationals, is an ice expert.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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L’arc en Ciel kicks off 2014 with more ‘Nunsense’

L’arc en Ciel kicks off 2014 with more ‘Nunsense’

Angie Lowe, co-director of L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group’s production of “Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree,” has an idea why the “Nunsense” series has been a habit with many area theatergoers.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am

Full Stage Stride: Since 1926, Marian Theatre Guild in Whiting has entertained audiences of every age

Full Stage Stride: Since 1926, Marian Theatre Guild in Whiting has entertained audiences of every age

With a performance history dating back more than eight decades, Marian Theatre Guild in Whiting is a stage organization that has produced hundreds of plays and musicals.

January 13, 2014 4:19 pm Photos

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The Royal Treatment: M&M Productions and Ross Music Theatre ready for grand-scale 'Spamalot'

The Royal Treatment: M&M Productions and Ross Music Theatre ready for grand-scale 'Spamalot'

While Mike Reinhart is busy helping finish final touches for the sets of his Northwest Indiana theater group's latest stage production, his wife is busy sewing a school of fish, the scaly, silly props needed for the splashy big opening number…

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Unmasked applause: New Broadway 'Phantom' tour brings chills and song enchantment

Unmasked applause: New Broadway 'Phantom' tour brings chills and song enchantment

Actor Ben Jacoby, who is cast as the hero Raoul in the new Broadway tour of "The Phantom of the Opera," admits he is still striking the needed balance between romance, thrills and chills required for Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Brian Urlacher to appear in 'Christmas Carol'

CHICAGO | Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be taking to the theatrical stage.

December 27, 2013 6:40 am

Stages of Life: Hammond Community Theatre partnership with Beatniks a thriving performance force

Stages of Life: Hammond Community Theatre partnership with Beatniks a thriving performance force

Earle Howe, vice President of Hammond Community Theatre, is proud of the support and dedication of both the collected talent on stage and the eager audiences who make his productions a success.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Spirited Away: Cast of new national tour of 'Ghost The Musical' happy Chicago is next haunt

Spirited Away: Cast of new national tour of 'Ghost The Musical' happy Chicago is next haunt

Actor Steven Grant Douglas said he gets two common questions when others discover he plays the lead in the new Broadway touring production "Ghost The Musical," inspired by the popular film of 1990.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ailey's Rushing, front and center after 2 decades

Ailey's Rushing, front and center after 2 decades

When Matthew Rushing was a young boy growing up in Inglewood, Calif., his mother was concerned he might fall prey to the gang violence that plagued the area. So she signed him up for an afterschool arts program.

December 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Wall to Wall Smile: Actress Betsy Palmer inducted this week for South Shore Wall of Legends

Wall to Wall Smile: Actress Betsy Palmer inducted this week for South Shore Wall of Legends

Editor's note: Times Columnist Philip Potempa, whose third cookbook "Further From the Farm" (2010) was written with help from actress Betsy Palmer, will present her award Thursday when she is inducted to Northwest Indiana's South Shore Wall o…

December 15, 2013 12:00 am

Vintage vocals: Ron Hawking returns with 'Frank' for NYE concert at Theatre at the Center

Vintage vocals: Ron Hawking returns with 'Frank' for NYE concert at Theatre at the Center

Entertainer Ron Hawking is a famous and favorite stage attraction for his vocal stylings, all-star performance repertoire salute to great names.

December 11, 2013 11:33 pm Photos

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'Nutcracker' a family favorite holiday tradition

'Nutcracker' a family favorite holiday tradition

Seasonal shows are lighting up stages across Chicagoland. And for many families, it's a tradition to attend a special show to share in the spirit of the season.

December 08, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Stage Stocking Stuffers: Region offers range of favorite holiday theater ticket triumphs this season

Stage Stocking Stuffers: Region offers range of favorite holiday theater ticket triumphs this season

Janet Drozda of Lansing ranks "The Nutcracker" as her favorite holiday stage show.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Santa's stage helper: New national Broadway tour of 'Elf the Musical' in Chicago

Santa's stage helper: New national Broadway tour of 'Elf the Musical' in Chicago

Actor Will Blum is ready to spend his Thanksgiving in Chicago, but not so ready for the cold.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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