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Laughter, music, ‘Mystery’ abound in Memorial Opera House production

Laughter, music, ‘Mystery’ abound in Memorial Opera House production

Scot P.J. MacDonald, director of Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House’s staging of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” described the production he’s helming as something of an anomaly.

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Dancing Pros Live launches tour in Chicago

Dancing Pros Live launches tour in Chicago

Television dance competitions have become extremely popular in the last decade. From "Dancing with the Stars" to "So You Think You Can Dance," dance lovers have had the chance to watch and vote for many of their favorite solo performers and troupes.

October 29, 2014 1:00 am

Beatniks celebrates Halloween with ‘Imbalance’ debut

Beatniks celebrates Halloween with ‘Imbalance’ debut

Bonnie Johnson, co-director of Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey’s “Chemical Imbalance,” knows the title of their current production may come off as misleading.

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Oppulent Audience Favorite: Marriott Theatre happy for a new stage reign for 'King and I'

Oppulent Audience Favorite: Marriott Theatre happy for a new stage reign for 'King and I'

Choreographer Tommy Rapley realizes the important connection costuming has to movement and dance steps when planning the many intricate scene sequences for a grand scale production like "The King and I."

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Joffrey offers a splendid 'Swan Lake'

Joffrey offers a splendid 'Swan Lake'

The classic ballet "Swan Lake" remains one of the most beloved of dance works.

October 22, 2014 5:00 pm

Drama Group plays ‘A Little Night Music’

Drama Group plays ‘A Little Night Music’

Billy Vitucci, director of Chicago Heights’ Drama Group’s production of “A Little Night Music,” says the beloved musical’s moral is fitting for viewers young and old.

October 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Chicago Street plans spook-tacular fun for all ages

Chicago Street plans spook-tacular fun for all ages

To Chicago Street Theatre director Mark Baer, “Frankenstein” isn’t just about a mad scientist and his taller, madder monster.

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Cast of 'So You Think You Can Dance' brings show to M'ville

Cast of  'So You Think You Can Dance' brings show to M'ville

Dance fans will want to be in the house when cast members of "So You Think You Can Dance" bust the moves Saturday on stage in Northwest Indiana.

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Harris' atypical life is now atypical book

Harris' atypical life is now atypical book

From starring in two popular TV series, hosting award shows and appearing on Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris has many experiences to fill a book.

October 15, 2014 1:00 am

Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

When comedienne Joan Rivers died last month on Sept. 4 at age 81, Las Vegas entertainer Frank Marino was among the famous invited mourners at her funeral in New York City.

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‘Oliver’ comes to Footlight Theatre

‘Oliver’ comes to Footlight Theatre

Laura Meyer, director of Michigan City’s Footlight Players’ production of the musical “Oliver,” has both personal and professional histories with the classic Charles Dickens-inspired musical.

October 02, 2014 1:00 am

Faces of 'Grace' : New Broadway musical tells about origin of famed song of faith

Faces of 'Grace' : New Broadway musical tells about origin of famed song of faith

When Broadway actor and singer Josh Young was in Chicago last month to do interviews for the pre-Broadway launch of the new musical "Amazing Grace," he was equally excited about his return to the Windy City as he was about the new stage project.

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John Leguizamo captures audience with 'Ghetto Klown'

John Leguizamo captures audience with 'Ghetto Klown'

The laughs were many as actor John Leguizamo presented his latest one-man show to Windy City audiences.

September 22, 2014 1:15 pm

Joffrey opens new season with innovative program

Joffrey opens new season with innovative program

As it celebrates its 20th anniversary in Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet is also opening a new season of works starring dances by eclectic choreographers.

September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Director takes ‘Prisoners’ with Neil Simon play

Director takes ‘Prisoners’ with Neil Simon play

Stephen Sienicki, who is making his Memorial Opera House directorial debut with “The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue,” is as much of a fan of his venue as he is of Neil Simon’s dark comedy.

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Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Editor's note: Actor Bernie Yvon, a talented stage favorite at Theatre at the Center and performance venues throughout Chicagoland, was cast in the role of the narrator for this month's run of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." On S…

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Family-friendly ‘Beast’ at Chicago Street

Eric Brant, marketing director of Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” has an idea why the lesson of “Beauty and the Beast” has resonated with audiences for ages.

September 07, 2014 8:56 pm

'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

Actress Alene Robertson is a true fan of mysteries.

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Character study: John Leguizamo keeps audiences laughing with latest one-man show

Character study: John Leguizamo keeps audiences laughing with latest one-man show

With his talent for storytelling, witty characterizations and fine-tuned comedic timing, actor John Leguizamo is a master at creating and executing the perfect one-man show.

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Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in serious condition

Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in serious condition

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

August 29, 2014 1:51 pm

A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

The management and staff at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa are happy to say their entertainment oasis, on the shores of blue and beautiful Lake Michigan in Michigan City, has had a colorful past while betting on blue skies for a sunny future.

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Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

WHITING | Once a movie palace known for silent films, the Hoosier Theatre is now fitted with equipment to make the sights and sounds of Hollywood pop.

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As Seen on TV: Morning news comical trio returns to center stage at Theatre at the Center

As Seen on TV: Morning news comical trio returns to center stage at Theatre at the Center

After a successful near sold-out one-night performance on the Munster stage in 2012, the three-of-a-kind comedy names are returning for another one-night run at Theatre at the Center at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

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Drama Group brings ‘Reefer Madness’ to Chicago Heights

Drama Group brings ‘Reefer Madness’ to Chicago Heights

Stacy Broutman, director of Chicago Heights’ Drama Group’s production of “Reefer Madness,’ says bringing the cult musical comedy to her stage is a regional rarity.

July 31, 2014 1:00 am

Footlight Players turns 65 with ‘Carnage’

Footlight Players turns 65 with ‘Carnage’

Daulton Dickey, director of Michigan City’s Footlight Players production of “God of Carnage,” sees his production of the acclaimed dark comedy as a balancing act of sorts for his four-member cast.

July 24, 2014 1:00 am

Searching the 'Web:' Lessons and laughter intertwine in Emerald City's new production of 'Charlotte's Web'

Searching the 'Web:' Lessons and laughter intertwine in Emerald City's new production of 'Charlotte's Web'

Actress Tosha Fowler, who has lived in Chicago for eight years, but still has a hint of an accent from her Savannah, Ga. family roots, was considered for a couple roles in the new stage production of "Charlotte's Web" produced by Broadway In …

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Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Having come a long way from the Manhattan apartment they once called home with their loving parents Howell and Elvira Wayans and six other siblings – brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon – are as much an entertainment empire these days as…

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‘Human Jukebox’ brings '60s back to Hammond

‘Human Jukebox’  brings '60s back to Hammond

Chicago-based performer Gerry Grossman is not one to describe his “Human Jukebox Reloaded” music and comedy show as art.

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

Chicago Street Theatre offers ambitious 'Romeo and Juliet'

Just in time to usher in its groundbreaking 60th season, Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso's 60th anniversary season includes an ambitious take on the Shakespearean classic "Romeo and Juliet."

July 22, 2014 12:00 am

Ross Music Theatre pays tribute to founder with musical, film

Ross Music Theatre pays tribute to founder with musical, film

Ross Music Theatre’s production of “Spamalot” is a bittersweet affair for the region-based theater company.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Genesius Guild plays ‘Pajama Game’

Genesius Guild plays ‘Pajama Game’

Andy Leahy, director of Hammond’s Genesius Guild’s production of “The Pajama Game,” issued an important dictum to his cast when beginning production on the musical favorite.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Stage storybooks: CST's 'Seussical' brings favorite Dr. Seuss characters to Navy Pier for summer fun

Stage storybooks: CST's 'Seussical' brings favorite Dr. Seuss characters to Navy Pier for summer fun

Actor George Andrew Wolff, along with so many reading generations, realized long ago that the stories and characters dreamed-up by Dr. Seuss share very important lessons wrapped in whimsical illustrations and whirlwind rhymes.

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Modern ‘Hamlet’ staged in Crown Point

Modern ‘Hamlet’  staged in Crown Point

Grant Fitch, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of “Hamlet,” sees William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as being as relevant today as it was when it was first staged more than 400 years ago.

July 15, 2014 1:00 am

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Julianne and Derek Hough 'Move' in high energy show

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From 'the sticks' to the stage: 'Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical' opens tonight in Munster

From 'the sticks' to the stage: 'Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical' opens tonight in Munster

Actor John Stemberg never realized how important rope could be to the functioning fashion of a wardrobe.

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Terry Fator aims to 'throw' vocal talents in Hammond

Terry Fator aims to 'throw' vocal talents in Hammond

There aren't many performers like Terry Fator.

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Julianne and Derek Hough 'Move' in high energy show

Julianne and Derek Hough 'Move' in high energy show

The world's favorite dance siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will step onto the stage of The Chicago Theatre Friday when they bring their first major production Move Live On Tour to the Windy City.

July 09, 2014 2:30 pm

Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Chicago Street Theatre director Eric Brant attributes his inspiration for their Shakespeare in the Park festival to regular drives he took four years or so ago with his wife through downtown Valparaiso.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

U.K. musical makes U.S. debut ‘Up Here’ at Towle

U.K. musical makes U.S. debut ‘Up Here’ at Towle

Sherry Sweeney, director of Hammond’s Towle Theater’s production of the musical “From Up Here,” appreciates the quality of the story which the musical drama allows her and her cast to present.

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Struck by Lighting: Purdue professor sheds light on stage career and new show at First Folio

Struck by Lighting: Purdue professor sheds light on stage career and new show at First Folio

Michael McNamara ranks lighting as his favorite "character" in a stage production.

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Sting walks 'Ship's' red carpet

Sting walks 'Ship's' red carpet

Musician Sting's first musical "The Last Ship" debuted in Chicago last week at Bank of America Theatre. The pre-Broadway run of the production continues to July 13. "The Last Ship is scheduled to begin previews in New York on Sept. 29.

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Learning letter-perfect lines: Actor ready to spell 'success' in Drury Lane run of 'Spelling Bee'

Learning letter-perfect lines: Actor ready to spell 'success' in Drury Lane run of 'Spelling Bee'

Actor Eli Branson's experience joining the cast of the new production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," opening today at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., shares a few parallels to what his character William Barfee …

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'The Last Ship:' Sting's maiden voyage drops anchor in Chicago

'The Last Ship:' Sting's maiden voyage drops anchor in Chicago

One of the most anticipated musicals of the year has sailed into the Windy City.

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Break dancers soar in 'Flying Bach'

Break dancers soar in 'Flying Bach'

Two audiences people wouldn't expect to come together in a theater are enjoying the work of championship break dancers The Flying Steps in Chicago this week.

June 25, 2014 3:30 pm

Legendary Michael Jackson celebrated in Cirque du Soleil show

Legendary Michael Jackson celebrated in Cirque du Soleil show

The magic of majestic circus arts and the music of the legendary King of Pop combine on stage for the Chicagoland return of a unique production.

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L'arc en Ciel presents teen version of 'Once upon a Mattress'

L'arc en Ciel presents teen version of  'Once upon a Mattress'

When directors Angie and Paul Lowe were deciding on their upcoming musical production, the choice was clear, "Once Upon a Mattress" was an absolute match for their theater.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am

Theater Listings

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JUN 18-21 Crimes of the Heart Festival Players Guild, Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayersguild.org. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play opens on the three Magrath sisters who have gathered in Hazlehu…

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Fanciful musical romance: Goodman's revival of 'Brigadoon' brings back classic stage story

Fanciful musical romance: Goodman's revival of 'Brigadoon' brings back classic stage story

The large-scale stage musical story "Brigadoon" is not a tale theaters often bring to audiences.

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Stellar Shakespearean stage run in Miller continues this weekend

Stellar Shakespearean stage run in Miller continues this weekend

An element of simplicity radiates from almost every aspect of director Morgan McCabe's adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet," produced by Gary Shakespeare Co. and staged at 500 S. Lake St. in Miller. The show continues through Sunday.

June 12, 2014 1:30 am

British theater ensemble ‘Taking Steps’ in Chicago Heights

British theater ensemble ‘Taking Steps’ in Chicago Heights

Tony Labriola, artistic coordinator at Chicago Heights’ Drama Group, described the difference between British and American farcical comedy is it's as vast as the distance between the two lands.

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