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“Aladdin” ??? “Aladdin,” the most frenetic and cartoonish of Disney’s screen-to-stage musicals, officially opened its first national tour in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. And Adam Jacobs, his gleaming white teeth, his charming costar Isabelle McCalla as Princess Jasmine and the rest...

Get Cast in These 5 Paid On-Camera Projects

You’ve made it through another week, so reward yourself with some great casting opportunities! Below, we have five on-camera gigs, all of which are paid, and all of which are casting right now. Don’t miss out! “REQUIEM FOR A ROBOT”Male and female voice actors are needed for several roles in “Requiem for a Robot,” a feature film. Show More Summary

9 Money-Saving Hacks Every L.A. Actor Should Know

You’re an actor so you know: when it comes to your finances, each and every penny counts. Seriously, every penny. Los Angeles is not a cheap city, but if you’re in the know, there are ways to cut corners when it comes to the cost of eating, drinking, entertainment, and beyond. Show More Summary

Jessica Chastain Is Done With CBS + More News From This Week

In case you missed it, here’s all the industry news that may have flown under your radar this week. J. M. Barrie just published a new play. Though he’s been dead since 1937, the “Peter Pan” scribe has a new play out. “The Reconstruction of a Crime” was lost in a Texas archive for decades before being unearthed. Show More Summary

'Hair' shows much has changed but it's still great to be young

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and as a counternarrative to our present Summer of Intolerance, "Hair" has sprung up in the friendly confines of the Mercury Theater in the Southport Corridor. That's just to the west of Rickettsville, where one can only hope for a rerun of...

Now Casting: Grab a Role in the Action Film ‘Serpent’ + 3 More Gigs

Today’s casting roundup is filled to the brim with a variety of stage and screen roles! The action feature film “Serpent” is currently casting several supporting, day player, and background roles for its September shoot in L.A. There...Show More Summary

Bway’s ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Sets Cast + More Project Announcements

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: Join the Crowd on an 1800s TV Series + More

Come join the crowd and grab one of the great opportunities in today’s casting roundup! A major period TV series is currently seeking talent to portray crowd members. There also several openings in a short drama, a Wales production of...Show More Summary

‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Episode 8: Jackie Hoffman

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Brought to you by HBO. Jackie Hoffman is a legend. Show More Summary

Bow Down to the ‘Prince of Broadway’ + More NYC Events 8/04–10

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars...Show More Summary

Denzel Washington-Starring ‘The Equalizer 2’ Casting in L.A. + N.Y.

Today in casting news, we have an equal opportunity gig for actors on both coasts! “The Equalizer 2,” a follow-up to the first “Equalizer” film which hit theaters back in 2014 and starred Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz, isShow More Summary

William Petersen joins cast of Steppenwolf's 'Minutes'

William Petersen is joining the cast of the much-anticipated new Tracy Letts play "The Minutes," Steppenwolf Theatre announced Friday. Also added to the cast are ensemble members Kevin Anderson, James Vincent Meredith and Sally Murphy, joining the previously announced Francis Guinan and Ian Barford....

Report from Stratford Fest: Women directors capture fervor of the moment

Thomas Middleton, whose co-authored 1622 play “The Changeling” was the most compelling and timely show I saw at the Stratford Festival of Canada this summer, wrote about lusty sex, crude male power and raw female desire. He has been a target for the censor for nearly 400 years. Middleton was in...

Review: The Food Show (The Neo-Futurists)

The Neo-Fururists' The Food Show is an original work centered around the culture of food: why we eat it, how we eat it, who we eat it with, and includes music and dance, and a hands-on, interactive aspect. Unfortunately, rather than interesting and creative, we find an excuse for five performers to largely gaze at their own navels while cooking. Show More Summary

Review: The Food Show (The Neo-Futurists)

                   The Food Show  Created by Dan Kerr-Hobert, Caitlin Stainken Metropolitan Brewing, 3031 N. Rockwell (map) thru Sept 2  |  tix: $10-$25  |  more info         Check for half-price tickets                   Trite and indulgent         The Neo-Futurists presents      The Food Show Review by Lauren Whalen Watching The Food Show on […]

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer Have a Summer Fling in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

During the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, 17-year-old Italian-America Elio Perlman spends the season playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia in his family’s 17th century villa. When Oliver, a charming...Show More Summary

Everything NYC Comedians Need to Know for August 2017

Summer may be moving fast, but there’s always time to stop and check out all the comedy happening in New York. With so many options, though, it’s hard to decide which show to go to and which casting call to apply for. Here are Backstage’s...Show More Summary

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