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In the spirit? What's coming up, 'Lion King' to 'Christmas Carol'

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which opens the Bruce Norris play "Domesticated" on Dec. 13, is the Chicago theatrical equivalent of REI, which enjoyed all kinds of publicity after declaring its stores will be closed on Black Friday. No sugar plums will dance in December at the Steppenwolf; no...

'Coma Show': Dave Maher wakes up with strange-but-true comedy act

The Annoyance Theatre moved into its new venue about a year-and-a-half ago, a terrific second-floor space on Belmont with a large barroom lined with a bank of windows offering views of the bustle down on the street below. That said, every time I go to see a show there, it's chaos. The Annoyance...

Chicago Human Rhythm's tap tribute to Billy Strayhorn is spirited, sublime

A warm room, convivial company, everyone clearly an individual but sharing a history, a tradition, in the pointed manner of jazz music and tap dance: Like the best Thanksgiving ever, Chicago Human Rhythm Project's one-night show Wednesday at the Jazz Showcase epitomized an openhearted family. Part...

‘Hamilton’ Is Taking Over Backstage’s Instagram!

Want to go behind-the-scenes of Broadway’s hottest show? “Hamilton” ensemble member Jon Rua is taking over Backstage’s Instagram on Saturday, Nov. 14! Follow @backstagecast or #HamiltonBackstage to see what happens before, during, and...Show More Summary

Chicago theater openings for the week of Nov. 13-19

FRIDAY | "Never the Sinner": Gary Griffin presides over John Logan's courtroom drama about the Leopold-and-Loeb murder case. Through Dec. 6 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-871-3000 and SATURDAY | "Agamemnon": Nicholas Rudall's world-premiere translation...

Get Cast in Feature Film ‘The Hour’ and 3 Other Awesome Gigs!

Want to be one of the seven actors starring in the new play “The Hour” or Walt Disney World’s newest dancer? Maybe this well-paid commercial is more your speed? See which acting gig is right for you! “THE HOUR”This play tells the story...Show More Summary

Patti Lupone, Christine Ebersole to star in pre-Broadway musical at Goodman

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, two of Broadway's most acclaimed divas, will come to Chicago's Goodman Theatre in June to star in a new, likely Broadway-bound musical about the famous rivalry of two giants in the cutthroat world of cosmetics: Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Titled "War...

Apply to Be 1 of B’way’s Young Professionals

Applications are now being accepted for the 58-member Young Professional and Student Programs in “The Loft” as a part of TEDxBroadway. This one-day event is integral to forming the future of theater in New York City and beyond, and will...Show More Summary

15 Actors Who Physically Transformed for a Role

Preparing for a role can be demanding, psychologically, emotionally, even physically. In fact, some actors put so much preparation into a role that they render themselves completely unrecognizable on screen. From Oscar winners to some...Show More Summary

Texas Now Casting ‘Privileged’ and Other Auditions

Talent is currently being sought out of Texas for the drama series pilot “Privileged.” “Privileged” follows a woman who will do anything to defend the deceitful life she has created for herself. Auditions for several lead and supporting roles will be held Dec. Show More Summary

Kids Now Casting ‘Middle School’ and Upcoming Auditions

Whoever called them the wonder years clearly wasn’t privy to CBS Films’ latest feature length venture, “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.” Based on the hit “Middle School” book series by James Patterson and featuring a script...Show More Summary

The 5 TV Characters We’ll Miss the Most

This year saw some long-running favorites close out their stories (farewell, “Mad Men”!) and some new series get axed too soon (“Hindsight,” anyone?). Regardless, here are five performances from ending shows that we’ll always treasure. Josh...Show More Summary

How did this plotless goon-show wind up at the Royal Court?

One of the challenges of art is to know the difference between innovation and error. I wonder sometimes if the… The post How did this plotless goon-show wind up at the Royal Court? appeared first on The Spectator.

'The Raid': Story of abolitionist John Brown's fight needs more immediacy

Few of us would crave a memorial song that begins with an image of our body "a-mouldering in the grave," but that was the fate of abolitionist John Brown in the prelude to the Civil War, whose corpse and soul became the subject of a march especially popular with the Union army, and, for generations...

Goodman announces cast of 'Another Word for Beauty'

The Goodman Theatre has announced casting for Jose Rivera's “Another Word for Beauty.”  The cast includes Stephanie Andrea Barron as Yolanda, Helen Cespedes as Xiomara, Monique Gabriela Curnen as Marilin/Magnolia, Dan Domingues as Danny/Maurico/Arturo, Danaya Esperanza as Luzmery, Zoe Sophia Garcia...

iO West Launches Scholarships for Diverse Comedians

“Comedy Club Seeking Diverse Talent. Must Be Willing to Make People Laugh,” reads a statement from iO West Theater, Los Angeles’ world-famous hub for improv and comedy. If that headline applies to you, it’s worth checking out the theater’s...Show More Summary

#ICastIt Heidi Montague’s #1 Reason Diverse Casting Matters

Casting director Heidi Montague was drawn to casting “Real Gurl Advice” because of the diversity and female-centric nature of the project; “it was my cup of tea,” she says of the project. Montague searched in many different venues including...Show More Summary

4 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

Lena Dunham’s “Girls” are taking on the women’s movement. The HBO darling is reteaming with the network for new comedy pilot “Max.” “Orange Is the New Black” CD extraordinaire Jennifer Euston will cast the story centered on a young woman...Show More Summary

A Pixar Casting Director’s Secret to Getting Hired

Twenty years ago, Pixar, Tom Hanks, and Tim Allen brought Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the world of “Toy Story” to life. Since then, Pixar Animation Studios has spawned some of the film industry’s most memorable voice actor work of all time. Show More Summary

How do you solve a problem like Leontes?

    Kenneth Branagh fits the mould of one of the famous actor managers, so it is a happy accident that his new rep company is being housed at London’s Garrick Theatre. We were treated to a double bill on the formal first night of the new venture, with The Winter’s Tale rounded off by […]

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