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.
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.
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.
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."
The classic ballet "Swan Lake" remains one of the most beloved of dance works.
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.
To Chicago Street Theatre director Mark Baer, “Frankenstein” isn’t just about a mad scientist and his taller, madder monster.
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.
From starring in two popular TV series, hosting award shows and appearing on Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris has many experiences to fill a book.
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.
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.
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.
The laughs were many as actor John Leguizamo presented his latest one-man show to Windy City audiences.
As it celebrates its 20th anniversary in Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet is also opening a new season of works starring dances by eclectic choreographers.
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.
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…
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.
Actress Alene Robertson is a true fan of mysteries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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