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  • Tupac Shakur musical to close Sunday on Broadway Jul 15, 2014 11:01 AM
    Tupac Shakur fans, keep ya head up: The Broadway musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” that uses songs from one of hip-hop’s greatest artists is closing after less than two months.

  • Paramount Theatre brings Broadway, Vegas to suburbs Jul 14, 2014 9:13 AM
    Three years ago, skeptics criticized the decision for Aurora's Paramount Theatre to produce it's own Broadway-style shows, president and CEO Tim Rater says. But 20,000 fans already have purchased series tickets for the 2014-15 season, and thousands more will visit the theater this summer for touring music and comedy acts.

  • ‘Oliver!’ opens Thursday at St. James in Arlington Hts. Jul 14, 2014 12:23 PM
    A high-emergy version of the musical, "Oliver!" opens July 17 at St. James Theatre Productions in Arlington Hts. The show is directed by Peter Buckley, who played the role of Oliver more than 40 years ago, was Fagin 20 years ago and played Mr. Brownlow in the national touring production. “I guess you could say I’ve hit for the cycle,” Buckley said.

  • Weekend picks: See Carlos Mencia in Schaumburg Jul 17, 2014 1:17 PM
    Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. The all-female Serendipity Band performs in a Fridays on the Green Concert in front of Mount Prospect Village Hall. Musician and vocalist Ralph Covert takes to the Ravinia stage with a children's concert Saturday morning.

  • Theater events: Lounge Devils, "Little Red" and a cancer fund-raiser Jul 11, 2014 5:00 AM
    Pheasant Run Resort hosts its second annual "For the Girls" fundraiser for Fox Valley Repertory and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center; the Chicago Kids Company brings its musical adaptation of "Little Red Riding Hood" to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre; Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Seven of Chicago remount the dark comedy "Principal Principle" this week in Chicago area theater.

  • ‘Kinky Boots’ star prepares for high-kicking tour Jul 11, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man — but staying in 6-inch heels. The performer who has been in “Kinky Boots” since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter’s formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of “Kinky Boots,” which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.

  • Waukegan’s Clockwise Theatre announces new season Jul 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Subscription tickets are now on sale for Clockwise Theatre's 2014-15 season in Waukegan. Clockwise, a Waukegan-based company devoted to presenting works by and about Midwesterners, recently announced an expanded four-play season.

  • A-list creative team, top-notch performers make for stellar 'Brigadoon' Jul 9, 2014 6:28 PM
    It took about a decade for director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell to make her Goodman Theatre directorial debut. I don't expect she'll have to wait long for another invitation, not if her gorgeously sung and exquisitely danced revival of “Brigadoon” is any indication.

  • ‘Cats’ gets rap twist for West End revival Jul 7, 2014 9:41 AM
    “Cats” is back — and now one of the felines raps. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical returns to London’s West End in December in a revamped production with a hip-hop flavor. Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats,” the musical opened in London in 1981, running for 21 years there and 18 years on Broadway.

  • Goodman extends magical ‘Brigadoon’ Jul 7, 2014 7:00 PM
    Goodman Theatre has, for a second time, extended its spirited, emotionally charged revival of “Brigadoon.” A 1947 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, it’s about a Scottish village that appears for only one day every century, and the two American men whose lives are transformed after they stumble upon it.

  • Award-winning playwright meets with Harper College theater students Jul 7, 2014 9:41 AM
    "Driving Miss Daisy" playwright Alfred Uhry shared his inspirations and offered some feedback to Harper College theater students. The Academy Award winner's recent visit comes as Harper's troupe prepares to stage his Broadway play, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo."

  • Weekend picks: Fests, bands and Paul Reiser Jul 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Mad About You” comedian Paul Reiser returns this Saturday to do standup comedy at Zanies in Rosemont. Catch Smash Mouth amid the rides and carnival games at the Northwest Fourth-Fest Saturday night at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect Lions Club hosts its annual Village Festival in Melas Park this weekend. The Eyes to the Skies Festival promises a carnival, fireworks and its famous array of colorful hot air balloons.

  • Rockwell hand-picked for Goodman's revival of 'Brigadoon' Jul 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    “So, do you want to direct and choreograph ‘Brigadoon’”? Rachel Rockwell didn’t ponder the question long before accepting the offer from Liza Lerner, daughter of legendary lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, to helm a revival of the 1947 musical. “Our ideas aligned,” Rockwell said. And thus the stage was set to bring the rarely staged musical to Chicago's Goodman Theatre, running now through Aug. 10.

  • Man files ADA complaint against Fox Valley Repertory Jul 3, 2014 7:57 PM
    A Schaumburg man has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging his 90-year-old father was discriminated against while attending a recent performance at the Fox Valley Repertory. The complaint says the theater does not meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act to accommodate low-mobility seniors with vision problems.

  • Theater events: ‘Merry Wives’ opening at First Folio Jul 3, 2014 6:39 AM
    This week in suburban theater, Falstaff tries to seduce two wealthy, happily married women in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at First Folio Theatre and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre tickles audiences funny bone with its revival of Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." Coming up, Steel Beam welcomes folk singer Mark Dvorak July 11.

  • District 214 performs all-district musical next week Jul 3, 2014 12:26 PM
    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will present its first all-district musical at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10, at Wheeling High School’s Robert Sang Theatre. The all-district musical gives an opportunity to bring together talented students from across District 214 to share the stage and work together.

  • Diana Martinez reviews the world premiere of The Last Ship Jul 1, 2014 2:52 PM
    Short and Sweet host, Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago, reviews The Last Ship.

  • Weekend picks: Fests, fireworks and more fests for the 4th Jul 4, 2014 10:18 AM
    Catch bands like Smash Mouth and Modern Day Romeos amid the rides and carnival games at the Northwest Fourth-Fest this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect Lions Club hosts its annual Village Festival in Melas Park this weekend. And “Mad About You” comedian Paul Reiser returns this Saturday to do standup comedy at Zanies in Rosemont. The Eyes to the Skies Festival promises a carnival, fireworks and its famous array of colorful hot air balloons.

  • Buffalo Grove teen wins National High School Musical Theater Award Jul 1, 2014 1:27 PM
    Jonah Rawitz, of Buffalo Grove, who sang an aching Jason Robert Brown song and another teen from Georgia who chose to sing “Raise the Roof” — and almost did so — have won top honors at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York. Rawitz got the best-actor crown and Atlanta resident Jai’Len Josey was named best actress Monday night at the sixth annual “Glee”-like competition. “I can’t emphasize enough how humbled I am to be within this crowd of such amazing actors and individuals," Rawitz said.

  • ‘Billy Elliot’ regional premiere set for Drury Lane Jul 1, 2014 1:09 PM
    Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook will stage the regional premiere of the hit musical "Billy Elliot" in April 2015.

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