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'Once' in Paramount's 2017-18 season

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will present the Broadway hit "Once" as part of it's 2017-18 season, the company announced Monday. Opening the Broadway series, and returning to Chicago after only a short hiatus, is "Million Dollar Quartet." Artistic director Jim Corti will helm the production about...

Review: truth and reconciliation (Sideshow Theatre)

Sideshow Theatre's truth and reconciliation isn’t perfect, but it is incredibly ambitious. On the whole it succeeds, exploring the nuance and humanity behind conflicts small and large. With sure and confident direction, stellar production...Show More Summary

'Sweat' is Lynn Nottage's new Broadway play about working-class frustrations

NEW YORK — The white working-class voters who, conventional wisdom has it, put President Donald J. Trump into office are a dinner-party obsession among progressives. There are two prevailing views. One is primarily sympathetic: These voters were betrayed by NAFTA, not given the resources to retrain...

'By the Water' is about homes and lives washed away on Staten Island

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last week, one-third of Americans say they would struggle to raise $2,000 in the event that they were hit with an emergency. That indication of ongoing financial fragility is especially sobering because such emergencies can and do happen. Imagine,...

Comedian Katt Williams has no interest in traveling light

Katt Williams may have a rocky relationship with the law — the impetuous comedian has been arrested more than a handful of times in the past decade — but judging from the laughter at Saturday night's show at the UIC Pavilion, his relationship with his audience is as solid as ever. Maybe this is...

Theater openings March 24-30

Friday "By the Water": In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, a family loses its home and unlocks long-buried secrets. Through April 23 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie; 847-673-6300 and Sunday "In to America": Griffin Theatre presents a new drama covering hundreds...

U.K. Now Casting: Student Film ‘How to Tie My Shoe Laces’ + More

Actors of all sorts are needed for gigs on-camera and onstage in this week’s roundup of U.K. casting notices. Now you have no excuses—get out there and get to auditioning! “HOW TO TIE MY SHOE LACES”Three male actors ages 16–21 are needed...Show More Summary

Get Cast in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater + 4 More Jobs

World-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is casting talented dancers of all ages to join its company in this week’s casting roundup! We also have jobs for those who may have more than one left foot, including a photo shoot for...Show More Summary

3 New Pilots Prepare to Shoot on the West Coast

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our weekly write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “The Goldbergs Spinoff”The ’80s may be known for great music and rad clothing, but ABC is looking to tease a few more staples out of the following decade with its new spinoff pilot. Show More Summary

Now Casting: Leading Roles in Nonunion ‘The Little Mermaid’ + More

Look at this casting roundup! Isn’t it neat? In today’s notices, a nonunion production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” musical is casting talent for the title role, as well as her love interest, Prince Eric. We’ve also got three (paid!)...Show More Summary

7 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Penélope Cruz is coming to a TV set near you.The academy Award-winning actor has been cast to play Donatella Versace, the sister of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace, in FX’s “Versace: American Crime Story.” (FX) Thandie Newton...Show More Summary

College Television Awards Salute 2017 Student Nominees

The future of the small screen is in good hands. Recognizing excellence in student work, the Television Academy Foundation announced this year’s nominees for the 38th College Television Awards. A nationwide competition highlighting TV writers, directors, producers, and content creators, the CTAs are colloquially known as the Student Emmys. Show More Summary

Texas Now Casting: Poignant Scripted Series ‘Beneath the Stars’ + More

Talent is needed for two leading and a supporting role in “Beneath the Stars,” a timely new series depicting “a young Southern Belle who is convinced by her fiancé to host a TV show defending the prejudicial views of the Trump regime.” The...Show More Summary

WATCH: Bella Thorne is a Young, Chicken-Eating Feminist in This KFC Commercial

She’s the Disney star known for shaking things up with sparkly converse and sassy dance moves, but before triple threat Bella Thorne landed her claim-to-fame role, she starred in commercials. Of the many the young star worked on, weShow More Summary

What if we tried truth-and-reconciliation talks with gang members in Chicago?

The Oscar-nominated "Manchester by the Sea" made the point that some things happen from which people cannot really recover. In the case of that film's central character, a Massachusetts janitor named Lee Chandler, as written by Kenneth Lonergan and played by the Oscar-winning Casey Affleck, the...

Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Auditorium Theatre, 2017)

Always teeming with enthusiastic and grateful fans, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a belated Christmas gift to Chicago. Dancers who defy gravity, choreographers who make thoughtful and stirring pieces, and the masterpiece that is Revelations make for an unforgettable evening. Show More Summary

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