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OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boys' opens today, Blum bringing Frankie Valli back

OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boys' opens today, Blum bringing Frankie Valli back

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
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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Eight is Enough: Gentleman's Rule, minus two, ready for new tour and PBS TV special

Eight is Enough: Gentleman's Rule, minus two, ready for new tour and PBS TV special

It was a year ago when Gentleman's Rule, a new a cappella group with a unique style, sound and youthful look, launched to a legion of audience fans during their two-week successful run at Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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OFFBEAT: PBS Lakeshore TV celebrating 25, 'Streetlamp' ready for new special

OFFBEAT: PBS Lakeshore TV celebrating 25, 'Streetlamp' ready for new special

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Star Plaza's 'Streetlamp' singer Shonn Wiley ready for Broadway

OFFBEAT: Star Plaza's 'Streetlamp' singer Shonn Wiley ready for Broadway

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 25, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Charlie Blum inks deal to bring Frankie Valli back to Chicago Theatre

OFFBEAT: Charlie Blum inks deal to bring Frankie Valli back to Chicago Theatre

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 15, 2013 12:00 am
These Gentlemen rule

These Gentlemen rule

There's a new musical entity on the scene.

November 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Gentleman's Rule

Gentleman's Rule

The new singing group Gentleman's Rule will launch in Chicago in November, as well as tour with the quartet Under the Streetlamp as a future double-bill act.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum and Dan Ponce producing new singing group

OFFBEAT: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum and Dan Ponce producing new singing group

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am
Fans still love Frankie Valli

Fans still love Frankie Valli

Original Jersey Boy Frankie Valli was in the house and cranking out the hits June 2 at The Chicago Theatre.

June 05, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Under the Streetlamp a sizzling success with tour launch, Chicago Park West concerts

OFFBEAT: Under the Streetlamp a sizzling success with tour launch, Chicago Park West concerts

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 13, 2012 5:00 pm
OFFBEAT: 'Hair-raising' winners announced in 'Hairspray' contest

OFFBEAT: 'Hair-raising' winners announced in 'Hairspray' contest

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 05, 2011 12:00 am
Hairspray stars honored to take advice from a 'Monkee'

Hairspray stars honored to take advice from a 'Monkee'

MERRILLVILLE | Not long before 'The Monkees' took center stage for their 45th Anniversary Tour at Star Plaza Theatre on June 30, Micky Dolenz took the time to give pointers to the two leads of Star Productions regional theater production of 'Hairspray.'

July 29, 2011 9:51 am
Gina Guarino, Charlie Blum and Frank Hattula star in Star Productions' "Hairspray"

Gina Guarino, Charlie Blum and Frank Hattula star in Star Productions' "Hairspray"

"Hairspray" cast (from left): Gina Guarino, who plays Tracy Turnblad; Charlie Blum, who plays Tracy's father; and Frank Hattula, dressed in drag and playing Tracy's mom Edna, pose for a family photo on Wednesday during a dress rehearsal for the musical opening July 30 at the Star Plaza Theat…

July 24, 2011 12:00 am
Strong audience hold: Star Plaza stage all set for 'Hairspray' run showcasing local talent

Strong audience hold: Star Plaza stage all set for 'Hairspray' run showcasing local talent

Gina Guarino considers playing plucky Tracy Turnblad, the teased-hair heroine of funny stage and screen story "Hairspray," as "her role of a lifetime." Guarino is one of the starring cast members for Star Plaza Theatre and Star Productions two-weekend run of "Hairspray," playing July 31 and …

July 24, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Star Plaza offers hair-raising contest, dining with princesses

OFFBEAT: Star Plaza offers hair-raising contest, dining with princesses

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 15, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Star Productions nets deal with 'Jersey Boy' stars for reinvented concert tours

OFFBEAT: Star Productions nets deal with 'Jersey Boy' stars for reinvented concert tours

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 24, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Auditions for 'Hairspray' set for this Sunday

OFFBEAT: Auditions for 'Hairspray' set for this Sunday

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 05, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Star Plaza Theatre once again looking for another Annie, auditions today

OFFBEAT: Star Plaza Theatre once again looking for another Annie, auditions today

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 14, 2010 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Star Plaza production of 'Annie' offers high-talent cast for a low-cost ticket

OFFBEAT: Star Plaza production of 'Annie' offers high-talent cast for a low-cost ticket

It's not easy to corral an all-ages cast of 20-plus actors with experience ranging from grade school shows to the professional stage.

August 03, 2010 12:00 am Related
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