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Review: Chicago the Musical (Drury Lane Theatre)

After over a decade of pursuing the elusive rights to the show, Drury Lane finally got the green light to put their stamp on John Kander’s and Fred Ebb’s classic musical. Director William Osetek has done away with the concert-style staging and gussied the whole thing up with period costumes and sets. Show More Summary

9 Hollywood Landmarks Every Actor Should Visit in L.A.

Los Angeles is the epicenter of the film industry due mainly to its many lots and studios, able to accommodate countless on-camera projects every day. However, the city is also prime for on-location shooting, thanks in no small partShow More Summary

Get Cast in these 5 Stage and Screen Gigs

Perhaps you’ve got your sights set on the long weekend ahead. Before you head off into the sunset, though, you shouldn’t miss this week’s roundup of acting gigs, all of which are casting talent just like you! “TRACY: H.I.T.S.”Feature...Show More Summary

Review: Pip's travels are long but worth the trip in 'Great Expectations'

In "Great Expectations," Charles Dickens crafted an indelible portrait of a young man of no means whose desires to be a "gentleman" almost come true — but with tragic consequences. At its most basic level, it's a tale of personal ambitions and assimilation gone wrong. Tanika Gupta's 2011 adaptation...

Now Casting: Nonunion ‘Inflight: The Musical’ + 3 More Paid Gigs

It’s 2017, so of course, there is a musical in the works about flight attendants—and it’s casting nonunion talent for a run in Las Vegas right now! We also have three more paid gigs on stage and screen in today’s roundup, casting around...Show More Summary

Rihanna + Lupita Nyong’o Will Team for a Film + More Upcoming Projects

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: Athletic Actors for Feature Film + More Gigs

Today’s roundup of casting notices is bursting with opportunities for U.K. actors of all sorts. The casting team behind such films as “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Red Sparrow” seek talent for an upcoming feature; a nonunion production...Show More Summary

Let Helen Mirren and Nicole Kidman Help You Make Conversation This Weekend + More Industry News

Equity takes a stand against a government that continues to prove it does not care about the arts.In response to a proposed cut to all NEA funding (leaving just enough money to cover the closure of the association), Kate Shindle, president...Show More Summary

WATCH: Julia Roberts + Jacob Tremblay Will Make You Weep in ‘Wonder’ Trailer

“It takes a lot of work to look this good,” says Jacob Tremblay in the newly-released trailer for “Wonder.” In the film, which will be released by Lionsgate Nov. 17, Tremblay plays Auggie, a boy learning to cope with severe facial deformity. Based on the novel by R.J. Show More Summary

Review: 'T.' has Tonya Harding but no Nancy — and no point

In 1994, an American skater named Nancy Kerrigan was whacked on the thigh with a baton wielded by Shane Stant, a thug hired in part by Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan's fiercest domestic competitor, Tonya Harding. Aside from the bizarre intrusion of naked aggression into the world of...

Bow Down to Queen Bey in BK + More Events 5/26–6/1

This week in New York City, you can pay tribute to not one but two queens of music: Brooklyn Bowl will host a Beyonce tribute night, while the I Love New York series will honor Amy Winehouse in the East Village. See these and more great...Show More Summary

The 2017 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Play

The 20 Tony-nominated actors below gave performances this Broadway season—soaring, stunning, often gut-wrenching performances—that linger in our minds. From “The Little Foxes” to “Oslo,” here are your 2017 nominees for actors in plays. LEADING...Show More Summary

Texas Now Casting: Principal Roles in ‘Soul Alley’ Bar Scenes + More

Talent is needed for multiple roles in a scene for “Soul Alley,” set in a bar. Production is slated for June 18 in New Braunfels, Texas. A female actor aged 14–31 is needed to portray the operator of a Saigon bar who’s also the love interest of an American G.I. Show More Summary

Bonnie Brooks departs Columbia's Dance Center

Bonnie Brooks, the presenting series director and lead curator for the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, will depart the center effective May 31, concluding 18 years of leadership with the Dance Center and the college. Brooks, also a Columbia College Dance Department Associate Professor,...

Review: 'Ideation' give us a high-stakes seat at the conference table

When the leading management consulting firms — the likes of McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group or Mercer — want to recruit top MBAs, their standard operating procedure is to wine and dine them at steakhouses or maybe observe them at a little team-building exercise at a place such as WhirlyBall....

Now Casting: Nonunion Dinner Theater Gig in NYC + More Paid Jobs

Today’s Backstage casting roundup includes opportunities for stage performers, singers, and gigs in an industrial and a short film. They’re also all paying jobs, seeking talent just like you! “TRUFFLES: JAZZ, MURDER & DINNER THEATER”Nonunion...Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting: Music Video for ‘Lullaby’ Song and More

You may want to bring tissues for today’s casting notices for kids. Two young talents are needed for “Lullaby,” a music video to accompany a song “about a mother and her love for her child” that will see “the child grow up and start his own family.” A male actor aged 7–10 is sought for a supporting role. Show More Summary

Summer theater guide 2017: 30 must-see shows

Summer in Chicago focuses on outdoor fun, whether it's at music festivals, street fairs, ballgames or beaches. But Chicago's red-hot theater scene also has plenty of option. Here are 30 shows for summer, from the big hits to family shows to, yes, Shakespeare under the stars. LONG-RUNNING HITS "The...

Live Your Own ‘Twin Peaks’ Fantasy + Other L.A. Events to Check Out This Week 5/25-5/32

Forgo your Memorial Day plans and pencil these five events into your planner—we guarantee they’re better than any barbecue. Designed to inspire and entertain, explore parts of the acting industry of the past with a collection of wigs and theater memorabilia, play voyeur with “found footage,” and step inside the Red Room. Show More Summary

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