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  • The top 10 theater shows of 2014 Dec 27, 2014 7:22 AM
    This year’s best-in-theater list includes a musical with multiple murders, another with a cross-dressing German, one that’s set in a decadent Berlin nightclub, the revival of an America masterpiece and we celebrate someone who broke an important barrier. Our Top 10 list of the best in theater in 2014.

     
  • Some suburban theaters soar, but others take a final bow Dec 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    2014 proved to be a tumultuous year in Chicago theater, as suburban playhouses like the Paramount in Aurora and Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace soared in 2014, while others took their final bow.

     
  • Elgin Theatre Company to present “Leading Ladies” Dec 26, 2014 8:02 PM
    The Elgin Theatre Company will present “Leading Ladies,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, on Jan. 9-25, at Kimball Street Theater in Elgin. The play, directed by Madeline Franklin, will explore how far would you go for three million dollars.

     
  • Theater events: Sasheer Zamata plays Zanies Rosemont Dec 26, 2014 10:48 AM
    End the year and begin 2015 with laughs at Zanies in Rosemont, Chicago Iimprov in Schaumburg and the Metropolis in Arlington Heights. Chicago's Annoyance Theatre hosts post-Christmas and New Year's Eve performances, so does iO Chicago and the Chicago Fringe Festival seeks applicants this week in Chicago area theater.

     
  • Short & Sweet critic Melanie Andreani reviews Newsies with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Melanie Andreani shares her perspective on Newsies with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

     
  • Short & Sweet critic Linda Rosen reviews Cinderella with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Linda Rosen of Buffalo Grove reviews Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

     
  • Music director from Arlington Heights on Broadway this holiday Dec 23, 2014 5:48 AM
    Broadway doesn't really take a Christmas break, so neither does music director and conductor James Moore, a native of Arlington Heights. Instead of celebrating in the suburbs with family, Moore will be working — directing and conducting one of 2014's biggest hit musicals, a revival of Leonard Bernstein's “On the Town” at New York's Lyric Theatre.

     
  • It’s time to put a bullet in Metropolis Dec 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Clifford Salzmann says Arlington Heights should close the book on Metropolis.

     
  • Martha Plimpton: ‘I don’t want to be just famous’ Dec 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    To the audience watching the opening act of “A Delicate Balance” on Broadway, a gentle word of warning: Martha Plimpton is listening to you. The actress is backstage at the Golden Theatre with some time to kill before she appears in Act 2 and she likes to hear the way the crowd is sounding as she puts on her wig and gets into costume. “I try to get a feel for how they are responding and what they’re like."

     
  • NYC theater plans live reading of ‘The Interview’ Dec 22, 2014 3:29 PM
    Sony may have scrapped the release of the movie “The Interview,” but it will be in at least at one theater in New York City — onstage, that is. Treehouse Theater said Monday it will put on a free reading of the film’s script on Dec. 27, giving “an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it.”

     
  • 5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend Dec 19, 2014 1:04 PM
    Unless you’ve gone all Grinch on the holidays, you can still enjoy a number of seasonal shows this weekend designed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Options include an alternative take on “A Christmas Carol” in Naperville, a multimedia Christmas concert in Rosemont and a Irish-themed musical celebration in Grayslake.

     
  • Revised 'Cinderella' still makes musical magic Dec 19, 2014 10:53 AM
    The show must go on. And at Wednesday's opening of “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella,” it went on with understudy Audrey Cardwell in the titular role. Taking over for Paige Faure, who became ill shortly after the performance began (after a sweet rendition of one of Richard Rodgers' finest waltzes, the lilting “In My Own Little Corner”), Cardwell transitioned seamlessly into the iconic role, reinterpreted for the 2012 Broadway version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1957 made-for-television musical.

     
  • With ‘Diner,’ Sheryl Crow segues to the stage Dec 19, 2014 6:01 AM
    Getting to compose the musical version of the cult movie "Diner" was a hugely meaningful moment for Sheryl Crow. “I just never thought that it was an option,” the Grammy-winning Crow, 52, says when asked about a Broadway segue. “There were people who wrote musicals, and then there were people that were in the pop or rock world.” Her faith in crossovers was bolstered by the Broadway success of her own hero and early champion, Elton John, to whom she owes a lot.

     
  • Metropolis director was a Second City producer, also Glencoe trustee Dec 19, 2014 7:35 PM
    New Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Executive Director Joe Keefe said Friday he wants the Arlington Heights theater to become a “greenhouse” for the development of original productions — just one idea he has to make the financially struggling venue sustainable. Keefe said original productions at Metropolis would build upon the facility's existing school of performing arts that involves actors, musicians, playwrights and directors.

     
  • Theater events: Light Opera Works updates ‘Widow’ Dec 19, 2014 10:11 AM
    Light Opera Works stages an updated version of "The Merry Widow," and Laugh Out Loud Theater pokes fun at the holidays this week in suburban theater.

     
  • Make-A-Wish puts Washington teen on Chicago stage Dec 19, 2014 6:32 AM
    An 18-year-old girl from Washington state is getting the chance to live one of her dreams by acting in a production of “A Christmas Carol.”

     
  • Bold, engaging ‘Airline Highway’ a show worth seeing Dec 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    If there is an heir apparent to the late Lanford Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who chronicled society’s fringe dwellers, Lisa D’Amour might be it. Fluidly staged with clear-eyed empathy and voraciously acted by some of the Chicago area’s best, "Airline Highway," now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre, is a bold, engaging work by a playwright on her way to becoming an American master.

     
  • The Grinch makes the children laugh during Gavin Central School drama club performance Dec 17, 2014 5:30 PM
    The Grinch ran from Who child to Who child to steal their presents during the Gavin Central School drama club’s performance Wednesday of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

     
  • Brilliant choreography part of 'Newsies' undeniable appeal Dec 16, 2014 5:41 AM
    Everything you need to know about the allure of “Newsies,” an exuberant, feel-good show in its first national tour, was obvious from the excited expressions of the children who arrived by the busload to Chicago's Oriental Theatre for Friday's opening. The show is a classic David-and-Goliath story, inspired partly by New York City's newsboy strike of 1899.

     
  • Des Plaines school’s ‘Mulan’ production a learning experience Dec 15, 2014 1:20 PM
    This December, students from Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines brought the 1998 Disney classic “Mulan” to their performance stage. Friendship students performed a morning matinee for fifth-grade students from Brentwood and Devonshire elementary school in Des Plaines and Robert Frost elementary school in Mount Prospect as a way of introducing the students to their future school.

     
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