By Wesley James
Phillip Dawkins Happiest Place on Earth occupies a very strange, very rare theatrical niche. The show is autobiographical and, in many ways, based in time – it won’t work well without Phillip performing it, and much more strangely, it won’t work as well in a year, or ten years. It could, of course, be revised to stay current; but tone and message and existence of the piece thrive on the fact that, more even than most theater, they are dying as they are created.
(Highland Park, IL) Additional casting has been announced for Musically Human Theatre’s production of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical Passion, according to David Norwood, the company’s producing artistic director and director of Passion. As previously announced, Kelli Harrington - a two-time Jeff Award winner as leading actress in a musical for The Light in the Piazza and Aspects of Love, both for Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre - will play Fosca, the gravely ill and deeply troubled woman who has a romantic obsession with a handsome military officer in a remote 19th Century Italian garrison. Playing the officer Giorgio will be Matthew Keffer. Keffer was a Jeff Award winner as Leading Actor in a musical for Bailiwick Chicago’s The Wild Party and has won over many fans for his roles in musicals like Side Show andSondheim on Sondheim for Porchlight. Laura McClain, a three-time Jeff Award nominee who has earned raves for her roles in musicals including The Adding Machine (Hypocrites), Titanic (Griffin) and The Full Monty (Kokandy), will play Giorgio’s married lover Clara.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago, IL - Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre of Center on Halsted in Chicago.
By Wesley James
Sarah Meyers’ I Do Today is the charming and deceptively complex journey of a family tree into a map of the human mind. While billed as a one-woman-show about a Jewish bisexual’s life and relationships, I Do Today is more of a seminar on our relationship to relationships, using one life as an example.
RETURN ENGAGEMENT: After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli) are bringing “JUDY & LIZA — ONCE IN A LIFETIME” back to the Uptown Underground on Sunday, October 9th at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented by the legendary mother-daughter duo of Judy Garland and an 18-year-old Liza Minnelli in 1964 at the London Palladium. This tribute features the classic songs, costumes, dialogue and dance steps to help the audience re-live the historic occasion, with solos like “The Man That Got Away”, “Just in Time” and “Gypsy in My Soul” and duets like “Chicago” and “Get Happy/Happy Days”, backed by a jazz combo with orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (music director and pianist).
The fun starts at 6 pm on Monday, November 7 at Uptown Underground.
Chicago - Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, celebrates the greatest songs written for women in the Broadway canon, with Broadway great Capathia Jenkins headlining. Descend the stairs below 4707 N Broadway to the speakeasy cabaret at Uptown Underground and hear Broadway’s greatest songs for women performed by the best women – and men – in Chicago’s musical theater scene.
Female “narrators” to play Oscar Wilde, Lord Alfred Douglas and Edward Carson in Promethean’s December production
CHICAGO – Moisés Kaufman’s enduring drama of Oscar Wilde’s three trials for homosexual behavior in late 19th Century England will be presented through a new lens with the casting of female actors in some of the roles traditionally played by men. Promethean’s Artistic Director Brian Pastor, will who direct the production, made the announcement today.
Leading the cast as Wilde will be Jamie Bragg** (left), known for her roles with Oracle Productions (Circle-Machine, This House Believes the American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro, the Jeff-winning The Mother (original and remounted productions),Woyzeck and The Castle) as well as Tiger at the Gates for Promethean.
Acclaimed Playwright to Star in his Autobiographical Work as Part of Greenhouse’s “Solo Celebration!” Series, running 9/17-10/23.
CHICAGO –Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave ) and Sideshow Theatre Company present the world premiere of “The Happiest Place on Earth,” written and starring Joseph Jefferson Award-winning playwright and Sideshow Artistic Associate Philip Dawkins and directed by Sideshow Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green. The show runs Sept. 17 – Oct. 23 with the press opening on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The World Premiere of "I Do Today" will run at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave) Sept. 2 - Oct. 9. Co-produced with The Other Theatre Company, written by Sarah Myers and starring Carin Silkaitis, "I Do Today" will be directed by Greenhouse's Artistic Director Jacob Harvey, making his Chicago directorial debut. The press opening will be on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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