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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.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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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.

July 16, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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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

July 10, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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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.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

July 09, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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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.

July 03, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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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.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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 …

June 26, 2014 10:31 am Video Photos

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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.

June 25, 2014 9:55 pm Photos

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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.

June 24, 2014 1:45 pm Photos

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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…

June 19, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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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.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

June 12, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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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…

June 12, 2014 1:00 am

Workshops and free public performances allow young talent to shine

Workshops and free public performances allow young talent to shine

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.

June 11, 2014 11:08 pm Photos

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Tony night had humor, music and a hopping host

Tony night had humor, music and a hopping host

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…

June 10, 2014 1:00 am

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Sting's 'Last Ship' to sail in Chicago

June 06, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Sting's 'Last Ship' to sail in Chicago

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.

June 05, 2014 5:45 pm

Gary Shakespeare Co. brings the bard to Steel City

Gary Shakespeare Co. brings the bard to Steel 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.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Stage praise: Chicago southsider Matt Raftery leading new run of 'Godspell' opening this week at Marriott Theatre

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…

June 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Two weeks left for 'Buyer & Cellar'

Two weeks left for 'Buyer & Cellar'

There's limited time for Chicago audiences to see the comedy hit "Buyer & Cellar" starring Michael Urie of "Ugly Betty" fame.

May 30, 2014 1:00 am

'Second' is First for Laughter: Chicago's famed sketch comedy artists performing June shows in Munster

'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.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Crown Point stages 'Sordid' comedy

Joe Culley, Crown Point Community Theatre board president, described their production of the cult comedy "Sordid Lives" as a “black comedy about white trash.”

May 28, 2014 1:00 am

Chicago Street presents ‘Rabbit Hole’

Chicago Street presents ‘Rabbit Hole’

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.

May 23, 2014 1:00 am

Baryshnikov shines in 'Man in a Case'

Baryshnikov shines in 'Man in a Case'

A creative and innovative mix of theater and movement took center stage last weekend in Chicago.

May 21, 2014 3:00 pm

Set Designer Michael Yeargan stages a 'Sound' success for Chicago's Lyric Opera

Set Designer Michael Yeargan stages a 'Sound' success for Chicago's Lyric Opera

A year isn't so much time in the world of theater projects.

May 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fathers' Day: Actor enjoying time as stage family fun for latest 'Mamma Mia!' Broadway tour

Fathers' Day: Actor enjoying time as stage family fun for latest 'Mamma Mia!' Broadway tour

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.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cheers to Motown: Gordy and Smokey walk the red carpet in Chicago

Cheers to Motown: Gordy and Smokey walk the red carpet in Chicago

"Motown the Musical" officially launched its first national tour last week at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

May 14, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Bringing on the laughs: Billy Gardell set to perform at Blue Chip Casino

Bringing on the laughs: Billy Gardell set to perform at Blue Chip Casino

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.

May 08, 2014 2:00 am

Like Father, Like Son: Chris Lemmon launching new stage show in Chicago playing father Jack Lemmon

Like Father, Like Son: Chris Lemmon launching new stage show in Chicago playing father Jack Lemmon

Actor Chris Lemmon is happy to continue to make his father proud while carrying on the family trade of entertainment.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Joffrey Ballet offers passionate 'Romeo and Juliet'

Joffrey Ballet offers passionate 'Romeo and Juliet'

Tragic lovers Romeo and Juliet are fully alive on stage this week at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

May 05, 2014 4:45 pm

Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'

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."

May 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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