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  • In 'Farinelli and the King' on Broadway, Mark Rylance leads a deep exploration of opera
    Chicago Tribune

    With “operatic” now a synonym for excessive grandiosity, and the demanding diva de rigueur for any opera, it is easy to forget the primal, visceral nature of the early years of the art. To paraphrase what is said in the fascinating new Broadway p

  • Cast members of 'Hamilton,' 'Beautiful' and 'Wicked' sing carols
    Chicago Tribune

    Cast members of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," "Hamilton" and "Wicked" sing carols together in the CTA Washington Blue Line station Dec. 15, 2017, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

  • Congo Square announces 'Jitney' cast
    Chicago Tribune

    Ensemble members Ron Conner and Anthony Irons will star as Booster and Turnbo in Congo Square Theatre Company’s upcoming production of August’s Wilson’s “Jitney,” it was announced Friday. As previously announced, Cheryl Lynn Bruce will dire

  • Best Chicago theater of 2017: These shows gave voice to our moment
    Chicago Tribune

    The year 2017 was a year of disruption. This was not the best of times, but a season of justified outrage, of mealy-mouthed apology, of communicative disarray. No surprise, then, that the best Chicago shows of the year tended to tell stories of talki

  • Marriott announces 'Ragtime' cast
    Chicago Tribune

    Casting is complete for “Ragtime,” the Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens Tony-winning turn-of-the-century musical, the Marriott Theatre announced Thursday. “Ragtime” will star Nathaniel Stampley as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and Katherine Thomas as

  • Broadway's Ciara Renee joins 'Lizzie' extension
    Chicago Tribune

    Firebrand Theatre’s bloody hit “Lizzie,” a rock musical inspired by the alleged axe murderess, will extend with new cast member Ciara Renee, the company announced Thursday. Renee, who appeared in the Broadway production of “Pippin” as the L

  • Best dance in Chicago in 2017: Those who dared, won
    Chicago Tribune

    For dance, 2017 was about taking risks. Companies tried new things, celebrated milestones and took on ambitious projects. The year had a “go big or go home” feel to it, and for these productions, those risks paid off. “Red Giselle” by Eifman

  • What Chicago show should I see now for the holidays?
    Chicago Tribune

    The holidays are almost here. You know that Chicago is known for its theater and you finally have more time to see a show. But which are the best ones right now? I’ve seen most of them. So let me try and break it down. Of course, it all depends who

  • Best of Broadway in 2017: My top 10 begins with Bruce and Bette
    Chicago Tribune

    You could escape the lousy times of 2017 on Broadway, whether that was by descending to Bikini Bottom or rising up on your feet, with everyone around, in praise of all that is Bette Midler. But there also were many well-timed meditations on strife, s

  • Porchlight announces 'Merrily' cast
    Chicago Tribune

    Porchlight Music Theatre announced the cast of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Merrily We Roll Along” Wednesday. The production will star Matt Crowle as Charley Kringas, Jim DeSelm as Franklin Shephard and Neala Barron as Mary Flynn, with Keely Vas

  • House Theater announces cast of 'Hatfield & McCoy'
    Chicago Tribune

    Casting is complete for the new production of “Hatfield & McCoy,” the House Theatre of Chicago announced Tuesday. The Hatfields include: Robert D. Hardaway as Devil Anse Hatfield, Marika Mashburn as Levicy Hatfield, Jeff Mills as Bad Lias Hatfiel

  • 'Nutcracker'-palooza! An insider guide to the holiday dance classic
    Chicago Tribune

    Whether your household is filled with serious dance enthusiasts or you’re a once-every-couple-of-years kind of family, “The Nutcracker” has crept its way into Chicago’s holiday traditions like ZooLights and the State Street window displays.