The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University has announced the new season of workshop readings written by award-winning music theater creators, directed by leading regional theater and Broadway directors and performed by students in the Music Theatre program.
Prop Thtr is pleased launch its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of NEVERLAND, a new devised riff on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, written and directed by the Prop’s new Artistic Director Olivia Lilley and devised by the Ensemble. This riff on the Peter Pan Myth chronicles the final days of Peter’s reign in Neverland, as seen from three wildly different perspectives: Peter’s, Wendy’s and Hook’s. NEVERLAND will play October 26 – November 25, 2018 at 3502 N. Elston Ave. (near Kedzie and Addison) in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 1, 2018 at www.propthtr.org.
Yippee Productions LLC, a new partnership between lead producer Drew DeSantis (Producer at Drury Lane Productions), Jim Jensen (Drury Lane, Royal George, Commercial Theater Producer and General Manager), Mark Michelson (MJA Ventures Chicagoland Theatre Fund, Founder) and the Board of Directors of the former storefront comedy theater MCL Chicago (2014-2018), announces an expanded version of the hit holiday musical Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical Parody. The book and score is conceived by Michael Shepherd Jordan, Alex Garday and Stephanie McCullough with direction by Tiffani Moore Swalley,
The Madison Square Garden Company announced today that two-time Tony Award®-nominated Broadway actor Gavin Lee will steal Christmas this season in the title role of the Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. This limited holiday engagement will run at The Chicago Theatre from November 16 through November 25, 2018. Tickets are on sale now.
Broken Nose Theatre is to announced casting for its world premiere dark comedy PLAINCLOTHES, written by company member Spenser Davis* and co-directed by Kanomé Jones and Davis. PLAINCLOTHES will feature BNT company members Elise Marie Davis* and David Weiss*, artistic associates Kim Boler^, Teresa Kuruvilla^, RjW Mays^ and Adam Soule^ with Rob Frankel, Ben Locke, Carmen Molina, Stephanie Shum and Alejandro Tey.
Raven Theatre is pleased to present a one-night-only benefit reading of Terrence’s McNally’s romantic comedy FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm (6:30 pm reception) on Raven’s 99-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Artistic Director Cody Estle directs Jeff Award-nominated actor Kelli Strickland and Noah Simon in this touching look at what happens when two people finally begin to let love back into their lives. Tickets include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.
The Gift Theatre is pleased to conclude its 17th season with the Midwest premiere of Tony Award-winning playwright and ensemble member David Rabe’s* COSMOLOGIES, directed by Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton*, playing October 19 – December 9, 2018 at 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available by calling the Gift’s box office at (773) 283-7071 or visiting thegifttheatre.org.
Four guest vocalists and the 100-voice Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus join New Philharmonic for “Show Boat and Show Tunes,” a showcase of popular songs coming from the partnerships of Hammerstein and Kern and Rodgers and Hart, at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd.; Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.
First Floor Theater is pleased to launch its seventh season with the Chicago premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s wild, social commentary HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES, directed by Mikael Burke, playing October 20 – November 17, 2018 at FFT’s resident home, The Den Theatre (2B), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at firstfloortheater.com.
Strawdog Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its production of THE REVOLUTIONISTS, Lauren M. Gunderson’s brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, directed by Denise Yvette Serna. THE REVOLUTIONISTS will feature ensemble members Kamille Dawkins*, Sarah Goeden* and Kat McDonnell* with Izis Mollinedo.