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'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyles while Chris Jones beatboxes in Chicago

Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off his shoes (to show off his “Sunday in the Park with George” socks), Chris Jones picked up a mic to beatbox and a few thousand lucky “Hamilton” fans gathered together in the sold-out room to hear where the conversation happened between Miranda and Jones on Friday. The...

'City of Conversation': Politics get personal, beginning in 1979

At some point, in the dim and distant past of Washington, D.C., the profession of politics could be pursued without resorting to personal destruction. Or — to put that another way — senators and their staffers of different parties could fight like dogs on the Senate floor and then repair to some...

Mike Daisey to perform 'The Trump Card' in Chicago

Mike Daisey, monologist and the creator of "The Trump Card," will perform the piece for one night only in Chicago to kick off the run of Theater Wit's production. Daisey will perform his monologue examining the rise of the nation's potential next commander-in-chief on Sat. Oct. 15 at the Athenaeum...

Get Cast in BET Series ‘Being Mary Jane’ and 6 More Gigs

This week’s casting roundup has something for everyone! BET’s Gabrielle Union–starring series, “Being Mary Jane,” seeks background talent, as do two network dramas. Plus, we have an opportunity in a currently-running Broadway show! Check...Show More Summary

Now Casting: Hugh Jackman’s ‘The Greatest Showman on Earth’ and More!

Today’s Backstage casting notices include the chance for you to get up close and personal with Hugh Jackman in his upcoming feature, “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” We also have three other fantastic on-camera opportunities. Check them...Show More Summary

President Obama and Others Featured in PBS’ ‘Hamilton’ Doc

It was the musical heard ’round the world, and now it’s coming straight to your living room! PBS just released the first trailer for its anticipated documentary on Lin-Manuel Miranda and his award-winning “Hamilton,” titled “Hamilton’s...Show More Summary

Jerry Seinfeld to perform three shows at Chicago Theatre in December

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is set to perform three shows at the Chicago Theatre in December. Seinfeld, who hosts the Emmy-nominated "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," is scheduled for sets Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets, which cost $86-$175 plus fees, are slated to go...

Charlize Theron Captivates in ’93 Martini Commercial

Before “Mad Max: Fury Road,” before her Oscar-winning turn in “Monster”—even before “The Cider House Rules,” Charlize Theron was a working actor like any other. Born in South Africa, she modeled in Italy, studied ballet in New York City, and after a knee injury shut down her dancing career, moved to Los Angeles to get into TV and film. Show More Summary

'Cheers' to Sam and Diane, a pair whose names you know

Do the great James Burrows and the scribes behind the NBC sitcom "Cheers" ever question whether their professional lives had lasting meaning? Twenty-three years after America stopped cold for the final episode of "Cheers," do they now sometimes find themselves in bars where nobody knows their names?...

Review: Amour (Black Button Eyes Productions)

Adapted from the Frebcg short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Ayme, this Tony Award-nominated musical is a Chicago premiere. And with Amour, Black Button Eyes Productions and Director Ed Rutherford have lovingly brought our city a charming, winning production. Highly Recommended! (read Mark Davidsons' entire review...)

Robert Bathurst to star in 'King Charles III' at Chicago Shakespeare

Robert Bathurst, known as Sir Anthony Strallan on "Downton Abbey," will star in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of "King Charles III," it was announced Thursday. The complete cast features Jordan Dean as Prince William, Amanda Drinkall as Kate Middleton, Alec Manley Wilson as Prince Harry,...

Casting announced for Steppenwolf's 'Christians' and 'Straight White Men'

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced casting for "The Christians" and "Straight White Men" on Thursday. Lucas Hnath’s megachurch-set "The Christians," to be directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman, features ensemble member Tom Irwin as Pastor Paul and ensemble member Robert Breuler as Elder...

Texas Now Casting: Robert Rodriguez’s Feature Film and More

Director Robert Rodriguez (“Sin City,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”) seeks Texas-area talent for his upcoming feature film. The project, set “in a futuristic society,” seeks female actors, aged 18–30, to serve as a stand-in, as well as male...Show More Summary

Now Casting: Nonunion ‘Mamma Mia!’ and 3 More Gigs

Here I go again! An upcoming production of the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!” is currently seeking nonunion actors for leading roles, including that iconic mother-daughter duo. We also have three more awesome and eclectic gigs. Check them...Show More Summary

'Hamilton's' heartland shot

Barack and Michelle Obama wave goodbye to their guests, smile at each other, put on their pajamas and yawn. The first lady heads toward bed. But first, the president of the United States pauses to pull out a recording from his collection. As the most powerful couple in the world fall asleep, they...

Winners of 2nd Annual Oscars for Character Actors Announced

Great character actors go unsung no longer. For the second year running the Carney Awards are recognizing the performers whose faces we know from well-remembered bit parts in films and television but who rarely get the awards recognition...Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting: Dramatic Feature ‘Until Now’

A young actor is sought for a supporting role in “Until Now,” an upcoming feature film about the struggle between a boy and his father. The piece, dealing with what it means to become a man, is casting a male actor aged 9–12 to portray the younger version of the protagonist. Show More Summary

What's on tap for 'Hamilton' star Lin-Manuel Miranda's Chicago visit?

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway hit "Hamilton," recently arrived in Chicago and has already started to take in the sights. Miranda and his crew visited Rick Bayless' Topolobampo on Wednesday. A rep for the River North restaurant said Miranda dined there years ago with his mother....

Reclaim Your Screen Performance With VR

Any actor who’s done their share of film work is familiar with the debilitating fear that comes before seeing their performance with an audience for the first time. Which takes did the director go with? Did your favorite scene get cut?...Show More Summary

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