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  • Leila Sales' 'This Song Will Save Your Life' gets optioned Jan 7, 2015 3:00 PM
    Leila Sales' 'This Song Will Save Your Life' gets optioned for stage, screen by Kevin McCollum

  • Sting unable to save his musical ‘The Last Ship’ on Broadway Jan 6, 2015 8:11 AM
    Sting is going down with his ship. Producers said early Tuesday that the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter’s Broadway musical “The Last Ship” will close when he leaves the show Jan. 24. Sting, who wrote the songs, jumped into the show in December, playing a shipyard foreman, played by Jimmy Nail. While that improved sales, they didn’t skyrocket. “The Last Ship” is a semiautobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns to his northern England shipbuilding town to reclaim the girl he abandoned when he fled years before.

  • Annie Baker's play 'The Flick' to return to New York City Jan 6, 2015 2:10 PM
    Annie Baker's play 'The Flick' to return to New York City in May at Barrow Street Theatre

  • Sting unable to save his musical 'The Last Ship' on Broadway Jan 6, 2015 2:44 PM
    Rock star Sting is unable to save his musical 'The Last Ship' on Broadway; it closes Jan. 24

  • The brilliant mind behind the play 'Every Brilliant Thing' Jan 6, 2015 10:18 AM
    Jonny Donahoe, of 'Every Brilliant Thing,' talks about Robin Williams and his own math skills

  • Sketch comedy fest welcomes groups from near and far Jan 5, 2015 6:21 AM
    When the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival launched in 2002, only half of the 33 groups that performed had ever done more than one show. “When we first started sketch wasn’t a true booming art form,” founder Brian Posen said. Things have changed. This year’s festival, which runs from Jan. 8 to 18 at Chicago’s Stage 773, will feature 167 groups, chosen from nearly 300 applicants from around the country with acts ranging from musicals to solo shows to political satire.

  • Weekend picks: TruTV's Mo Mandel comes to Rosemont Jan 8, 2015 12:25 PM
    If you're a fan of the truTV show “Barmageddon,” then don't miss host Mo Mandel performing standup comedy locally at Zanies in Rosemont. The All Canada Show starts Thursday at the Pheasant Run Mega Center, showcasing all the that Canada has to offer an outdoorsy vacationer. And speaking of outdoors, bundle up and head for an evening of winter family activities at Frosty Fest at Bittersweet Golf Course in Gurnee.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Jan 2, 2015 12:40 PM
    If you have any energy left from the busy holiday season, you might want to set aside time this weekend to see one of two departing suburban musicals or to get ideas at a camping show for when winter finally gives way to spring. Here are five ideas of things to do this weekend in the suburbs.

  • Theater news: Lifeline hosts Fillet of Solo Jan 2, 2015 6:00 AM
    Lifeline Theatre hosts its 18th annual Fillet of Solo festival; former Chicago public school teacher Nathan Craig performs at Zanies in Rosemont; and The Side Project premieres "Push Button Murder" this week in Chicago-area theater.

  • World premiere musicals highlight suburban theater scene in 2015 Jan 7, 2015 1:10 PM
    The 2015 Chicago-area theater forecast calls for world premiere musicals with Broadway aspirations, new dramas from acclaimed playwrights and updated versions of old favorites. Among the world premiere musicals scheduled this year are several partly inspired by films, including “Beaches,” which will play at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

  • At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the 'Spirit' Dec 30, 2014 6:12 AM
    Angela Lansbury has moved yet again. This time, home is the Ahmanson Theatre, where the 89-year-old Tony winner and honorary Oscar recipient has settled in for a six-week run of Noel Coward's comedy “Blithe Spirit.” This is Lansbury's third time around with Coward's 1941 farce. Now, she's taking the character on the road for a four-city North American tour.

  • Guitarist doesn’t miss day of Vegas Cirque work Dec 27, 2014 4:32 PM
    “This is not work for me,” he said days before he would be feted Saturday with confetti canons and an onstage finale bow where a Guinness Book of World Records judge is expected to say Rickerd has broken the record for most theatrical performances by a male musician.

  • 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.

  • 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."

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