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…
Chicago-based performer Gerry Grossman is not one to describe his “Human Jukebox Reloaded” music and comedy show as art.
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."
Ross Music Theatre’s production of “Spamalot” is a bittersweet affair for the region-based theater company.
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.
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.
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.
Julianne and Derek Hough 'Move' in high energy show
Actor John Stemberg never realized how important rope could be to the functioning fashion of a wardrobe.
There aren't many performers like Terry Fator.
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.
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.
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.
Michael McNamara ranks lighting as his favorite "character" in a stage production.
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.
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 …
One of the most anticipated musicals of the year has sailed into the Windy City.
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.
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.
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.
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…
The large-scale stage musical story "Brigadoon" is not a tale theaters often bring to audiences.
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.
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.
JUN 12-15 I Hate Hamlet 8pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun, Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. Shakespeare fans and foes alike will enjoy the witty and exciting stage action of this comedy. The story rev…
It was four years ago when Patty Bird decided to work with Theatre at the Center in Munster to create a summer opportunity to foster young new talent.
Hugh Jackman hopping his way into the theater, Neil Patrick Harris licking the eyeglasses of Samuel L. Jackson. A little history, and a slew of genuinely heartfelt speeches. The Tonys are often the most entertaining awards show of the year, a…
Sting's 'Last Ship' to sail in Chicago
Broadway in Chicago will present the world premiere pre-Broadway run of Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" beginning next week in the Windy City.
A love story for the ages, "Romeo and Juliet" is one of the world's best-known plays. Thousands of performances are undertaken each year by theater companies around the world.
Stage praise: Chicago southsider Matt Raftery leading new run of 'Godspell' opening this week at Marriott Theatre
While completing a two-month run of the musical "Cats" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Ill., actor Brian Bohr was faced with a two-week overlap for the start of rehearsals for the stage space's next production of "Godspell," which featur…
There's limited time for Chicago audiences to see the comedy hit "Buyer & Cellar" starring Michael Urie of "Ugly Betty" fame.
'Second' is First for Laughter: Chicago's famed sketch comedy artists performing June shows in Munster
Liz Reuss admits she realized as soon as she decided to make comedy her career, Chicago's legendary sketch comedy theater The Second City was her first and most important destination.
Joe Culley, Crown Point Community Theatre board president, described their production of the cult comedy "Sordid Lives" as a “black comedy about white trash.”
David Pera, director of Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Rabbit Hole,” found some startling news when doing his research for the acclaimed drama.
A creative and innovative mix of theater and movement took center stage last weekend in Chicago.
A year isn't so much time in the world of theater projects.
Actor Mark A. Harmon is convinced fans of the Broadway musical "Mamma Mia!" rank in dedication and enthusiasm at a level comparable to no other stage show following.
"Motown the Musical" officially launched its first national tour last week at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.
Humor has long been at the forefront of Billy Gardell's life. As a kid, the comedian took notice of the classic comics, particularly his idol Jackie Gleason.
Actor Chris Lemmon is happy to continue to make his father proud while carrying on the family trade of entertainment.
Tragic lovers Romeo and Juliet are fully alive on stage this week at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.
Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'
Actor Michael Urie welcomed a range of noted names backstage in New York while starring in last year's Off-Broadway run of the smash-hit "Buyer & Cellar."
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for "Michael Jackson, The Immortal" World Tour, scheduled to play June 27 and 28 at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The show is presented by The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil.
Mark Baer, director of Hammond’s Towle Theater’s production of “The Nightmare Room,” was immediately drawn to the psychological thriller the first time he read the script.
The beloved ballet "Romeo and Juliet" receives an updated look as The Joffrey Ballet presents the work through May 11 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.
Faith in Family: Theatre at the Center presents Chicagoland stage premiere of 'Miracle on South Division Street'
Actress Marilynn Bogetich is convinced playwright Tom Dudzick could have easily spent time in Northwest Indiana when creating his stage story "Miracle on South Division Street."
Mary Lee Hoganson, director of Chicago Heights’ Drama Group’s production of “Ragtime,” says the tales told in the turn-of-the-century set bestselling tome and award-winning musical are still relevant nearly a century later.
After being cast on stage in the role of the Tin Man, Broadway actor Mike Jackson realized an interesting musical detail about beloved 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz."
Since its debut on stage in 1959 and its 1965 film premiere, the iconic musical production "The Sound of Music" has been a beloved favorite with theater and music fans.
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