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White Whine and Cheese

March 18, 2017 No Comments

Phantom Pain, a new play by Barbara Lhota

A conversation play, generally recognized by the action focusing on two or more characters with

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They Like to Move It, Move It!

March 5, 2017 No Comments

Madagascar—A Musical Adventure – Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences 

 

Following a typical day of crowd-pleasing performances at the Central Park Zoo, Marty the zebra is

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The Prodigal Father

March 3, 2017 No Comments

American Hwangap –  Halcyon Theatre 

In Korean culture a man’s Hwangap, his sixtieth birthday, is a huge milestone in his life. He not only

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The Chosen Ones

February 23, 2017 No Comments

Jesus the Jew as told but his Brother James – Greenhouse Theatre 

 

What would it be like to grow up with the Son of God? For James (Steven Stafford), son and Joseph

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Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

January 25, 2017 No Comments

 

Paw Patrol Live based on the Nickelodeon series comes to the Chicago Theatre February 11 and 12.  These pips will take you on an action packed, high energy, musical adventure.

 

This is interactive show will give the guests the chance to participate and become part of the PAW Patrol Cheer Team.

 

This show how is making its debut in Chicago and is a co-production from Vstar entertainment group and Nickelodeon.

 

Tickets can can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000.

For more info visit www.pawpatrollive.com


Chicago Travel and Adventure Show

January 17, 2017 No Comments

 

The 13th annual Chicago and Adventure Show its landing January 21-22 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

This years speakers include Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg and Johnny Jet. They will present seminars as well as answer questions.
There are several different theatres with travel experts discussing topics that include how to pack (something I could always use), where to go, what to see, and for the very adventurous person how to stay safe off the beaten path. Top Chefs will be cooking cuisine from all around the world and one can experience dancing from different cultures.

There will be information on local places to visit as well as international and plenty of raffles to win trips and other prizes.

This is definitely a hands on experience. Guests will have a chance to climb rocks, take a virtual bike ride, ride a camel and practice their scuba and snorkeling skills in a large heated pool.

What better time of year then the middle of winter in Chicago to start planning that exotic vacation you have always dreamed of.

For more information visit www.travelshows.com/shows/chicago


Favorite Stories Come to Life

November 7, 2016 No Comments

Another Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter & Friends – Chicago Childrens Theatre

 

Any young child, for whom books have been an important part of growing up, will no doubt be familiar with the

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A Deluge of Talent, A Flood of Entertainment

November 3, 2016 No Comments

Singin’ in the Rain – Marriott Theatre

 

In this era of adapting movies into theatrical productions, many have made the transition from film to stage with

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Live From Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace!

October 19, 2016 No Comments

The 48th Annual AEA Jeff Awards

 

Monday evening, October 17, 2016, the Joseph Jefferson Awards once again honored the outstanding theatre artists in Chicago for the previous year. It was a star-studded event, with cocktails and appetizers at 6:00, the ceremony, production numbers and award presentations from 7:00-9:45 and a sumptuous late night buffet that followed. Recipients, participants and the press attended, all dressed to the nines and bubbling over with joy and pride for Chicago’s finest.

The 55+ members of the Jeff Awards committee, presently under the direction of Chairman David Liesse, has been celebrating the vitality of area theatre by honoring excellence in Chicago since 1968. The organization proudly proclaims that “the Awards fosters artistic growth of area theatres and theatre artists and promotes educational opportunities, audience appreciation and civic pride in the achievements of the theatre community.” The Jeff members evaluate over 250 productions annually, also honoring the best in non-Equity theatre in a separate celebration held earlier in the year.

Last night’s festivities were hosted by talented emcees and AEA actors Janet Ulrich Brooks and James Earl Jones II. Nicole Lambert, Demi Zaino and Jos N. Banks presented the beautiful Jeff statuettes to the recipients, between the live and recorded highlights presented from the past year’s best musical productions.

A special award honored Writers Theatre Artistic Director, Michael Halberstam, who received this accolade with his usual articulate dignity and tasteful good humor. In addition, this year, the Jeff Award for “Production—Musical—Large” was renamed the Dr. Harlan Haimes Award, in memory of the late avid supporter of Chicago theatre. His wife Susan and two daughters presented this award for the first time to the winning theatre.

The AEA Jeff Awards went to the following Chicago theatre artists:

PRODUCTION – PLAY – LARGE

“The Tempest” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater

 

PRODUCTION – PLAY – MIDSIZE

“United Flight 232” – The House Theatre of Chicago

 

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – LARGE

“West Side Story” – Paramount Theatre

 

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – MIDSIZE

“Dreamgirls” – Porchlight Music Theatre

 

DIRECTOR – PLAY

Aaron Posner and Teller – “The Tempest” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater

 

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL

Rachel Rockwell – “Ride the Cyclone” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater

 

ENSEMBLE

“United Flight 232” – The House Theatre of Chicago

 

ACTOR IN A PRINICPAL ROLE – PLAY

Dexter Zollicoffer – “Charm” – Northlight Theatre

 

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL

Nathaniel Stampley – “Man of La Mancha” – Marriott Theatre

 

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY

Mary Beth Fisher – “Domesticated” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

 

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL

Donica Lynn – “Dreamgirls” – Porchlight Music Theatre

 

ACTOR OR ACTRESS IN A REVUE

Shari Addison – “Dynamite Divas” – Black Ensemble Theater

 

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Brian Quijada – “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” – Teatro Vista in association with the

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Victory Gardens Theater

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY

Mike Nussbaum – “The Price” – TimeLine Theatre Company

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL

Eric Lewis – “Dreamgirls” –  Porchlight Music Theatre

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY

Jacqueline Williams – “The House That Will Not Stand” – Victory Gardens Theater

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL

Mary Antonini – “West Side Story” – Paramount Theatre

 

NEW WORK

Philip Dawkins – “Charm” – Northlight Theatre

John Reeger, Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler – “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes”

– Mercury Theater Chicago

 

NEW ADAPTATION

Robert Falls and Seth Bockley – “2666” – Goodman Theatre

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

William Carlos Angulo – “West Side Story” – Paramount Theatre

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A PLAY

Diego Colon and Christopher Kriz – “The Grapes of Wrath” – The Gift Theatre

 

MUSIC DIRECTION

Ryan T. Nelson – “Man of La Mancha” – Marriott Theatre

 

SCENIC DESIGN – LARGE

Jeffrey D. Kmiec – “Deathtrap” – Drury Lane Productions

 

SCENIC DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Sarah E. Ross – “The Rainmaker” – American Blues Theater

 

LIGHTING DESIGN – LARGE

Thom Weaver – “The Tempest” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater

 

LIGHTING DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Mike Durst – “Adding Machine: A Musical” – The Hypocrites

 

COSTUME DESIGN – LARGE

Catherine Zuber – “War Paint” – Goodman Theatre

 

COSTUME DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Bill Morey – “Dreamgirls” – Porchlight Music Theatre

 

SOUND DESIGN – LARGE

André Pluess – “Treasure Island” – Lookingglass Theatre Company and

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

SOUND DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Brian Quijada – “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” – Teatro Vista in association with the

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Victory Gardens Theater

 

PROJECTIONS / VIDEO DESIGN

Shawn Sagady – “2666” – Goodman Theatre

 

ARTISTIC SPECIALIZATION

Johnny Thompson – Magic Design – “The Tempest” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater

2015-2016 EQUITY STATISTICS

In its 48th Equity season, August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016, the Jeff Awards Committee judged the opening nights of 158 productions from 58 producing organizations.  Of these, 112 productions were “Jeff Recommended”, which made them eligible for award nominations.

MULTIPLE RECIPIENTS

THEATRES

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

5

Porchlight Music Theatre

4

Goodman Theatre

3

Paramount Theatre

3

The House Theatre of Chicago

2

Marriott Theatre

2

Northlight Theatre

2

Teatro Vista in association with the

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and

Special Events and Victory Gardens Theater

2

 

 

PRODUCTIONS

 

“Dreamgirls”

4

“The Tempest”

4

“West Side Story”

3

“2666”

2

“Charm”

2

“Man of La Mancha”

2

“United Flight 232”

2

“Where Did We Sit on the Bus?”

2

 

 

INDIVIDUALS

 

Brian Quijada

2

And with the 48th annual Jeff Awards now part of Chicago’s theatrical history, we’re off to another brand new, exciting season of artistry and entertainment in and around the Windy City. A big congratulations to all the nominees and recipients of last night’s awards, a special thanks to both the Jeff Committee and Drury Lane Oakbrook as well as to all the wonderful people involved.

Long Live Theatre!

Chicago Theatre and Concert Reviews would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners. Your tireless work and creativity make Chicago Theatre second to none.

 


The Saga Continues

September 28, 2016 No Comments

Tug of War: Civil Strife – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

 

Just four months ago, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, as part of its yearlong Shakespeare 400 Celebration, produced

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