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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.

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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.

September 18, 2014 1:00 am
‘Robin Hood’ revisited for family fun at 4th Street

‘Robin Hood’ revisited for family fun at 4th Street

Zachary Gipson, director of Chesterton’s 4th Street Theatre’s production of “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” expects the comedic take on the long-loved tale will appeal to audiences of all ages.

September 11, 2014 1:00 am

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
Crown Point Theatre hosts ‘Spelling Bee’

Crown Point Theatre hosts ‘Spelling Bee’

KeriAnne Valuckis, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” sees the comedy/musical as a perfect fit for her stage.

September 04, 2014 1:00 am

‘Play Dates’ premieres at Towle Theater

Jeff Casey, managing director of Hammond’s Towle Theater, thinks his production of the romantic comedy “Play Dates” will be a tour-de-force for the four-member cast and a memorable experience for theatergoers.

August 28, 2014 1:00 am

Unique short plays showcased at 4th Street’s ‘6X10’

Linda Pauli, a producer of Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater’s “6 X 10 Play Festival,” doesn’t see the half dozen stories that make up their inaugural shorts showcase as mere skits.

August 21, 2014 1:00 am
Hammond Community Theatre brings 'Hell' to stage

Hammond Community Theatre brings 'Hell' to stage

Earle Howe, co-director of Hammond Community Theatre's production of George Bernard Shaw "Don Juan in Hell," says the subjects debated in the play are uncannily relevant to today's audiences.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Hammond musical mainstay sets sights on Vegas

Hammond musical mainstay sets sights on Vegas

Hammond songsmith and singer Fernando Rodriguez admitted to being apprehensive when he advised members of his Titus Rodes Band he would be stepping down as a member and guiding force.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Blue Room’s Beatles Fest celebrates ‘number 9, number 9’

Forty-Five years after its release, “Revolution 9,” the infamous audio pastiche from the Beatles self-titled album, continues to be a source of inspiration – and frustration - for Fab Four enthusiasts.

August 07, 2014 1:00 am
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
Highland Parks group celebrates ‘Oz’ at 75

Highland Parks group celebrates ‘Oz’ at 75

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead,” “We’re Off to See The Wizard” and “If I Only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz” have been pop culture mainstays now for 75 years.

July 31, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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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
‘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
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
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
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
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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Dunes Summer Theatre does the ‘Mash’ with Chicago indie label

Dunes Summer Theatre does the ‘Mash’ with Chicago indie label

Patrick “Sully” Sullivan, vice president of Chicago-based REB Records, sees the grounds of Michigan City’s Dunes Summer Theatre as the perfect locale to host their first Indiana “Micro Music Mash.”

June 27, 2014 1:00 am
Baby boomers celebrated with South Shore exhibit

Baby boomers celebrated with South Shore exhibit

John Cain, executive director of South Shore Arts and curator of its “Baby Boom or Bust!” exhibit, found his inspiration for his show from a personal milestone.

June 18, 2014 10:43 pm Photos

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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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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
Front Porch hosts veteran musical funny man

Front Porch hosts veteran musical funny man

Nearly three decades ago, Frank Zappa released an album titled “Does Humor Belong in Music.”

May 08, 2014 12:00 am
A ‘Nightmare’ premieres at Towle

A ‘Nightmare’ premieres at Towle

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.

May 01, 2014 2:00 am
Drama Group brings ‘Ragtime’ to Bloom Theatre

Drama Group brings ‘Ragtime’ to Bloom Theatre

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.

April 30, 2014 12:00 am
Keeping ‘Company’ at Memorial Opera House

Keeping ‘Company’ at Memorial Opera House

Scot PJ MacDonald, director of Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House’s production of “Company,” expects viewers to leave the theater with their own unique take on the acclaimed musical.

April 24, 2014 4:00 am
Cosy up to acclaimed songsmith at Front Porch Music

Cosy up to acclaimed songsmith at Front Porch Music

“Acclaimed singer-songwriter” is just one of Cosy Sheridan’s many talents and occupations.

April 24, 2014 2:45 am
Acclaimed Twin Cities duo to grace Front Porch stage

Acclaimed Twin Cities duo to grace Front Porch stage

Loretta Simonet, one half of the Minneapolis-based folk duo Curtis and Loretta, considers stops at Valparaiso’s Front Porch Music to be a longtime highlight of their regular touring regiment.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Chicago Street to ‘Play it Again’

Chicago Street to ‘Play it Again’

For Jason Utesch, helming Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Play it Again, Sam” is an ideal fit.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am
Golden era of TV revisited with ‘Laughter’

Golden era of TV revisited with ‘Laughter’

Wayne Puchkors, director of Hammond Community Theatre’s production of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” is admittedly not a fan of plays with gratuitous foul language.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am
Area thesps make ‘Time Stand Still’ in Crown Point

Area thesps make ‘Time Stand Still’ in Crown Point

Kate Ryan, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s “Time Stands Still,” saw an immediate connection with the four actors and their respective characters in her production of the acclaimed drama.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am
Jazz virtuoso entertains, educates in Munster

Jazz virtuoso entertains, educates in Munster

With his Jazz 101 multimedia extravaganza, Big Apple-based composer and pianist Jesse Lynch is doing his part in keeping the music exciting for present and future generations.

March 11, 2014 12:00 am
Towle set ‘Adrift’ in latest production

Towle set ‘Adrift’ in latest production

Jeff Casey, director of Hammond’s Towle Theater’s production of “Adrift in Macao,” has had nothing but fun with his cast being “Adrift" for their latest musical production.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am
Beatniks continues traditional ‘Monologues’ production

Beatniks continues traditional ‘Monologues’ production

Bonnie Johnson, director of Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey’s fundraising production of “The Vagina Monologues,” has an idea why the women-themed play has been a smash with audiences throughout the world.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
'Mousetrap’ set at Beatniks

'Mousetrap’ set at Beatniks

Valerie Wotkun, director of Hammond Community Theatre’s production of “The Mousetrap,” came across Agatha Christie’s beloved murder mystery by unconventional means.

January 31, 2014 5:58 pm Photos

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Chicago Street takes trip to ‘Leenane’ in latest play

Chicago Street takes trip to ‘Leenane’ in latest play

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” is often referred to as a dark comedy or adult comedy, but Traci Brandt, co-director of Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Leenane,” sees more to the story than just laughs.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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L’arc en Ciel kicks off 2014 with more ‘Nunsense’

L’arc en Ciel kicks off 2014 with more ‘Nunsense’

Angie Lowe, co-director of L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group’s production of “Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree,” has an idea why the “Nunsense” series has been a habit with many area theatergoers.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am
‘Rumors’ spreading at Great Oaks

‘Rumors’ spreading at Great Oaks

Angie Lowe, co-director of L'arc en Ciel Theatre Group’s “Rumors,” is putting her own touch on Neil Simon’s acclaimed farcical comedy to make it appealing to a wider audience.

November 11, 2013 12:00 am

Every page tells a (same old) story

Over the course of the last several years, the New York Times bestseller list has regularly read more like Billboard’s album charts, circa 1975.

October 11, 2013 12:00 am

They can tell you. Why?

“History of The Eagles,” a three-hour documentary on the long-beloved classic country rock band, is both the best and worst music documentary released this year.

October 04, 2013 12:00 am

Tunes and Tix: A career in weird

If no one has yet to opine that, in the event of an apocalypse, cockroaches and “Weird Al” Yankovic would pull through, I’m throwing that one out there now.

September 27, 2013 12:00 am

Tunes and Tix: Old favorites, new Atoms

Ever want to upset a musical artist straying outside of the entity he or she is best known for? Call that endeavor a “side project.”

September 20, 2013 12:00 am

Tunes and Tix: North Mississippi Allstars, Stereophonics to perform

While separated by a massive body of water and varying stylistically, North Mississippi Allstars and Stereophonics, at critical junctures in their still-evolving careers, made past musical benchmarks sound like the next big thing.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Confounded by Ke$ha

For better or for worse, Ke$ha has managed to stand out amongst her pop peers at a time where they are manufactured, marketed and managed to where pretty much anything unique has been rung out.

June 07, 2013 12:00 am
Chicagoland offers winning concert roster

Chicagoland offers winning concert roster

From the Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift to Beyonce, many a household name is making their way to venues throughout the country this summer, with Chicago stops on their schedule.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Tunes and Tix: Raise the flag

The Ramones have become trendy with the last few young generations of punk appreciators.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am
Like a Rolling Stone

Like a Rolling Stone

Referring to the Rolling Stones as the “Mt. Rushmore of Rock and Roll” takes on more than one meaning, depending on your point of view.

May 17, 2013 12:00 am

Newsted on the block

Jason Newsted’s tenure with Metallica may have lasted a decade and a half with tens of millions of albums sold, but his input was anything but prodigious.

May 10, 2013 12:00 am
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