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Meet Your New Aladdin + More Industry News 7/14-7/21

Disney has an Aladdin (and Jasmine and Genie). After a long, public search to cast its live-action “Aladdin,” Disney announced Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith would star at their D23 Expo last weekend. The movie is set to start shooting in August. Show More Summary

6 Theatre Productions Looking for Actors Around the U.K. This Week

Hello and welcome to our weekly roundup of what’s casting. This time around we have a long list of stage opportunities from around the U.K., and it seems like Christmas has come early. (Or perhaps there are just some very organised people...Show More Summary

Cirque du Soleil takes a sensual dive into a Mexican pool with 'Luzia'

A quarter century ago, a sensual Russian aerialist named Vladimir Kekhaial turned up the heat of a Chicago summer by flying around a tent, his undulating, glistening muscles hardly confined by the tiny scraps of leather that claimed to be a costume. As this Vladimir, who became famous in his day,...

'Tim and Eric Awesome Tour': They're not afraid to go beyond funny

I don't think it's a spoiler to tell you that Tim Heidecker — the Tim half of alt-comedy duo "Tim and Eric" — ends the "Tim and Eric 10th Anniversary Awesome Tour" parading across the stage wearing only black dress socks and padded flesh-toned underwear. In fact, there's not much in this madcap...

Soccer tricks with Cirque du Soleil

This week's Showcase video features two football dancers from Cirque du Soleil's "Luzia," now playing to Chicago crowds under the Grand Chapiteau. In the video, Abou Traore and Laura Biondo show off some tricks featured in the latest Cirque production, promising a dream world rooted in Mexican...

Get Cast in a 1950s-set Amazon Series + 4 More Gigs

Amazon is casting background actors for its 1950s-set series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” We also have four more on-camera gigs of all sorts you can’t miss in this week’s roundup! AMAZON’S “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL”Amazon’s upcoming series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Show More Summary

17 shows to see now

"Ah, Wilderness!" ??? Director Steve Scott's summer revival of "Ah, Wilderness!," the 1933 Eugene O'Neill comedy, is about members of the Miller family as they celebrate the July 4th holiday of 1906 by the sea. The author's heart is with the idealistic teenage bookworm Richard (played by the eminently...

Lighter moments are the hardest in devastating 'Lela & Co.'

The little theater under the "L" is set up like a voyeuristic European cabaret: little tables, shaded lamps, intimate fabrics, dark corners into which an amorous couple might try to disappear. But the bill of fare at the Steep Theatre this summer is neither chansons nor Lotte Lenya, not Sally Bowles...

Now Casting: Background Roles on Amazon’s ‘Red Oaks’ + 2 More Gigs

Cap off your week with a last-minute opportunity on Amazon’s “Red Oaks!” The coming-of-age comedy is seeking male actors for featured background roles for its upcoming season. There is also a role available on a comedy web series and...Show More Summary

Felicity Jones to Play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Biopic + More Projects Announced

With dozens of castings announced and new projects coming down the pipeline each week across television, film, and theater, it can be near-impossible to keep up. Luckily, Backstage is here to help. Every Friday, we’re rounding up the...Show More Summary

U.K. Now Casting: Tour in ‘Oedipus’ and ‘Antigone’ + 3 More Gigs

In today’s roundup, act in the classics this season and tour the U.K. in “Oedipus” and “Antigone” with Beyond the Horizon Theatre Company! There are also roles available in a crossover period drama, a collaborative musical, and a hyper-realistic...Show More Summary

WATCH: Lakeith Stanfield Stars as Wrongfully Convicted Man in ‘Crown Heights’

After a teenager is killed in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn in 1980, the police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. Based on the testimony, Colin Warner, an 18 year old from Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of the...Show More Summary

What a Swell Party. Wonder Why we Were There?

What a swell party it was, to be sure. Our taxi driver asked the armed policeman whether he could drive through the front gate of Buckingham Palace? He was told no, so he made a virtuoso U-turn and deposited my wife and me at the head of the queue, where we showed the guards our […]

‘Bubbly Black Girl’ Bows at Encores! + More NYC Events 7/21–7/27

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Get “Bubbly” at Encores!Tony winner Nikki M. Show More Summary

Harvard blues: Why high tuition for arts education is a lousy idea

Under the Obama administration in 2015, the Department of Education toughened up a set of rules known as the Gainful Employment Regulations. The rules were designed to protect students from being buried in debt by for-profit trade school programs that created far more student indebtedness than...

Review: Lela & Co. (Steep Theatre)

Steep Theatre's Lela & Co. is a difficult but vital watch. The title character presents her life story through the eyes of the men in her life as compared with what she actually experienced. Not surprisingly to any female audience members, the two are very different. Show More Summary

First Floor Theater announces 2017-18 season

First Floor Theater announced its 2017-18 season featuring three new-to-Chicago plays Thursday. Opening the company's sixth season is Leah Nanako Winkler’s "Two Mile Hollow" (Oct. 8-Nov. 4), a satirical take on dramas about affluent white families with no white actors playing the white characters....

Theater openings July 21-27

Friday "Fight City": Women dominate a dystopian future in this Factory Theater production. Through Aug. 26 at Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St.; thefactorytheater.com "Luzia": Cirque du Soleil presents a dream-world spectacle inspired by Mexican culture. Through Sept. 3 at the United Center,...

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