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Are Indie Films the Future of Awards Season?

As the 2016 awards season picks up steam, it’s clear that prestige filmmaking is alive and well. Critics and pundits have not yet been able to pinpoint a best picture front-runner, as “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” or “Moonlight” would easily take top honors in a less competitive year. Show More Summary

Heading to the theater for the holidays? Some ideas

The holidays! Peak theatergoing time! What should you and yours see? Let me walk you through some ideas. Perhaps you'd like to snag some ducats to a little show with some buzz — "Hamilton." Well, the daily ticket lottery aside, it's pretty much sold out for the holidays. I recently imagined I was...

Syfy, Netflix Begin Casting on 3 New Series

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! “Happy!”Christopher Meloni can’t seem to leave his cop roots behind. Having played the hard-nosed Elliot...Show More Summary

Now Casting: ‘Bull’ on CBS and 3 More Gigs

Four distinct on-camera gigs comprise today’s casting roundup, including CBS’s breakout comedy “Bull,” which currently seeks background talent to portray cosplayers! See that and more paid opportunities below! “BULL”CBS’s freshman series “Bull” is currently casting background talent for an upcoming episode. Show More Summary

How to Apply for the ‘Hamilton’ Scholarship

Are you a high school senior in awe of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliance? Now’s the time to show the Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner what you’ve got. Wesleyan University is accepting applications for its inaugural “Hamilton” Prize...Show More Summary

‘Fences’ Features a Superb Ensemble Cast Performance

The following content has been sponsored by Paramount Pictures. Paramount Pictures’ “Fences,” Denzel Washington’s big-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play from August Wilson, features the kind of dramatic material most actors dream of playing. Show More Summary

End of 'Too Much Light' brings a longtime schism in the Neos out into the open

What happens when the father of a long-running theatrical phenomenon, one dependent upon the personal writing and performances of a large extended theater family, just can't let his baby go? He throws it all out with the bathwater, say many of his former collaborators. Greg Allen, the founder of...

The healing power of magic in 'Rosenkranz Mysteries'

"Medicine is not a transaction," Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz observes during his truly unusual and immensely likable magic show at the Royal George Cabaret. "It is," he insists, "the unraveling of a really beautiful story." "Healing," he says, blinking out at his audience, his de-facto medical students,...

Rivendell Theatre announces 2017 season

Rivendell Theatre Company has announced its 2017 season, including three plays new to Chicago audiences.  The season opens in January with Julie Jensen’s "Winter," about a woman with a failing mind who takes control of her life. Megan Carney and Mark Ulrich will co-direct. Up next in April is the "The...

3 Lead Actors With a Shot at Their First Oscar Nom

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment)Sit through director Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” and it’s clear no other actor could play World War II hero Desmond T. Doss as astutely as Garfield. The “Social Network” and “Amazing...Show More Summary

Will the Academy Awards Recognize Casting?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented special Oscars to some of Hollywood’s veteran industry leaders Nov. 12 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. For the eighth year running, the Governors Awards...Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting: Voiceover Roles in Children’s Musical and More

Young, highly skilled vocal talent is needed for voiceover roles in Christian children’s musical, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The production seeks actors ages 9–13 for principal roles, and 8–13 for supporting roles. All talent must be singers with “excellent reading skills.” Rehearsal and production are set for Dec. Show More Summary

The best dance of 2016: Farewell to a beloved fest and why Hubbard Street is underappreciated

An unusual quantity and quality of vintage dance graced Chicago this year. To name just a few items: the Joffrey's reprises of Sir Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella" and Jiri Kylian's "Forgotten Land," Miami City Ballet's pitch-perfect Balanchine revivals, Mark Morris' "Pacific" and Merce Cunningham's...

'Sweeney' cast announced at Paramount

The Paramount Theatre has announced the cast of the upcoming production the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd." Paul-Jordan Jansen will star as Sweeney with Bri Sudia as Mrs. Lovett, Matt Deitchman as Adolfo Pirelli, John Herrera as Judge Turpin, Cecilia Iole as Johanna, Anthony Norman as...

Adrian Aguilar to lead Drury Lane's 'Saturday Night Fever'

Adrian Aguilar will hit the dance floor as Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever," Drury Lane Theatre announced. Joining Aguilar is Erica Stephan as Stephanie Mangano, Landree Fleming as Annette, Nick Cosgrove as Bobby C., Joe Capstick as Joey, Will Lidke as Gus and Brandon Springman as Double J....

Review: This Way Outta Santaland (Theater Wit)

Mitchell Fain is putting his pointy-toed, jingle-belled foot down. Instead of yet another foray into Sedarisland, Fain is offering up his own take on Christmas. Theater Wit's This Way Outta Santaland, directed by Jeremy Wechsler, marks the advent of a brand new, indispensable tradition. Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

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