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This wonderful musical 'Wicked' and Chicago go way back

There is a history. L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” — the stage version, which came long before the Judy Garland movie — had its world premiere in Chicago in 1902 at the Grand Opera House, which was located just a couple of blocks from the Oriental Theatre, where the national touring company...

Mike Birbiglia at the Chicago Theatre is a man with stories to tell

“I’m gonna tell you a story tonight,” says comedian-storyteller-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia as he takes the stage at the Chicago Theater on Friday night. “But first I’m gonna tell you about my couch.” He does tell us about the couch — extensively — but he also tells us about creating a new life, beginning...

Riveting 'Indumba' frees Deeply Rooted from what they’ve always done

“They dance to give voice to the voiceless,” said education director Nicole Clarke-Springer at the top of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s 20th anniversary season finale, a weekend of performances at the Logan Center under the umbrella title “Deeply Free.” She was speaking about the group’s Youth...

Review: The Minutes (Steppenwolf Theatre)

When Tracy Letts' newest play, The Minutes, is good, it’s very, very good, and that’s the case for the play’s first 90-95 minutes. As a small-town transplant myself, I can verify the hilarious and almost heartbreaking accuracy of the drama within a small town's city council. Show More Summary

19 shows to see now

"42nd Street" ???? Think you've seen "42nd Street" before? Not with jazz-funk orchestrations and a rock drum set and a truly diverse cast, not with choreography closer to Savion Glover than Gower Champion. Yes, I'm talking "42nd Street," the retro stage musical that premiered on Broadway in 1980...

5 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Actors

As the holiday season becomes less and less avoidable, you might be wondering what gift to buy the actor in your life. Here are some practical presents they’d appreciate, whether they’re students, greenhorns, or professionals. A Helpful Resource for Accents and DialectsFor actors, a region-specific voice can be a fun but intimidating challenge. Show More Summary

‘The Post,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Insecure’ Among 2017 AFI Awards Picks

Celebrating achievements in film and television, American Film Institute (AFI) announced the official selections of its annual awards Dec. 7. The prestigious institute honors 10 big- and small-screen programs in a noncompetitive ceremony. Among the 10 movies of the year, most have already garnered their fair share of Oscar buzz. Show More Summary

These 5 Gigs Are Paid + Casting Talent Right Now

Are you looking for a gig and looking for one right now? That’s what we thought! Check out these five projects below, all of which are paid and casting talent like you! “DATE WITH DESTINY”Student film “Date With Destiny” currently seeks voice actors for some ADR work. Show More Summary

‘Big Little Lies’ Adding Additional Characters for Newly Announced Season 2

HBO announced today that they’re moving forward with a second season of its Emmy-winning series “Big Little Lies” and that much of the team will be returning for round two. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will, of course, be back to produce and star, and David E. Show More Summary

You’ll Be Waiting a While for the Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Season + More News

Brace yourselves, “Game of Thrones” fans.The HBO megahit won’t return until 2019, according to Sansa Stark herself. (Variety) The 2018 Writers Guild of America Awards nominees are out.Among the contenders are “GLOW,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Stranger Things.” Winners will be announced Feb. Show More Summary

Hubbard Street devotes an evening to the exquisite snapshots of Crystal Pite

Here’s the most remarkable thing about the choreography of Crystal Pite: She individualizes and dehumanizes the human body, both at the same time. The Vancouver-based choreographer is a great favorite of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which has dedicated its winter performance at the Harris Theater...

As arts icons fall, where should we draw the line?

In an interview given in support of “Michael Jackson’s This is It,” the 2009 documentary about the London concert series that was never performed due to Jackson’s death weeks before it began, leading Hollywood choreographer Kenny Ortega recounted something he had told his rehearsing dancers: “We...

Still 'Beautiful,' still with a former Chicagoan as Carole King

When I last saw Sarah Bockel, she was performing on Belmont Avenue in Chicago in “Parade,” a production of the BoHo Theatre Ensemble. If you live in Highland Park, you might have seen her in “The Pajama Game,” a production of the sadly defunct Music Theatre Company. Or maybe you caught her in 2014...

Black Ensemble Theater announces 2018 season

Black Ensemble Theater has announced its 2018 season, featuring tributes to Chuck Berry, Patti LaBelle, blues artists and the women of soul. First up is “Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry” (Feb. 17-April 1), written by L. Maceo Ferris. Daryl Brooks will direct the revue featuring rock-’n-roll...

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