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  Quiz program 'Wait, Wait' to start taping June 16 at the Studebaker

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program, will resume live audience recordings Thursday, June 16, in a new Chicago home: the historic Studebaker Theater at the Fine Arts Building, 401 S. Michigan Ave. ...


  SHOWBIZ Queer playwright, LGBTQ+ films, BMI Pop Awards, new superhero

Jeremy O. Harris, the queer Tony-nominated author of Slave Play, has been named the presiding playwright for the 2023 Yale Drama Series Prize—one of the theater world's most prestigious playwriting honors, Deadline noted. Harris joins the ...


  THEATER 'The Secretaries: A Parable' running through June 11

First Floor Theater returns to live production with the world premiere of company member Omer Abbas Salem's The Secretaries: A Parable following the script's 2021 development as part of Goodman Theatre's Future Labs. The production will ...


  THEATER Underscore's 'Notes & Letters' running through May 28

Underscore Theatre Company celebrates its 10th-anniversary season with the world premiere of the musical Notes & Letters, which features book, music and lyrics by Annabelle Lee Revak (she/her) and is ...


  FILM 'The Adventures of Priscilla' to show nationwide on June 2

Iconic Events Releasing will kick off Pride Month with a special nationwide rerelease of MGM's classic 1994 Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Screenings will take place in select theaters nationwide on ...


  Kokandy Productions to present 'Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical' June 9-Aug. 7

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 10, 2022) — Kokandy Productions is launching its 10th-anniversary season this summer with the Chicago storefront premiere of Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical—a flirty and fun, nostalgia-packed show ...


  Tonys: Queer-themed 'A Strange Loop' leads nods; 'Paradise Square,' 'MJ' close behind

Nominations for the 75th Tony Awards were announced May 9—and a Pulitzer Prize-winning original musical and a play that recounts the 2008 financial crisis led the nods, CNN reported. Leading the nominations was A Strange Loop, ...


  THEATER Performers Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young skate into the Windy City

The popular television show American Idol brought Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young together, even though they actually competed on separate seasons. Fate and destiny are also parts of the storyline in the duo's latest project Skates. ...


  THEATER Silk Road co-founders talk about journey from medical setback

Malik Gillani co-founded Silk Road Rising—a theater company focused on sharing the life stories of the overlooked and underrepresented people living along the Silk Road in Asia and the Middle East—with his husband, Jamil Khoury, almost ...


  Actors 30 and older needed for Bronzeville murder-mystery production

Actors and actresses who are at least 30 years old are needed for a murder-mystery production that revolves around a historical Bronzeville development. Wooley's Place will involve a murder that will take place in Chicago's Bronzeville ...


  Raven Theatre announces 40th Anniversary Season

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (May 2, 2022) — Raven Theatre is pleased to announce its 40th Anniversary Season, kicking off this fall with a fresh take on Noel Coward's iconic 1930 comedy Private Lives, directed by Ian Frank. The ...


  DANCE A&A Ballet to offer Family Dance Series starting May 14

A&A Ballet (A&A), under the artistic direction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, announced a new Family Dance Series at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave., premiering Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. Fresh from ...


  Refracted Theatre to launch inaugural Chicago season with queer production

Refracted Theatre Company has announced its inaugural Chicago season, featuring a launch event and a world-premiere queer-themed production where curiosity is rewarded with the unexpected, and an open heart is met with a colorful display of ...


  THEATER 'At the Vanishing Point' running through May 22

The Gift Theatre is welcoming back live audiences with the Chicago premiere of Naomi Iizuka's drama At the Vanishing Point, directed by Lavina Jadhwani. It runs through Sunday, May 22, at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee ...


  'Moulin Rouge' performance canceled after Loop shooting

Broadway In Chicago canceled the May 1 performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, following the nearby shooting in The Loop, ABC 7 Chicago reported. A 27-year-old man and a 55-year-old ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Broadway Rising,' Webby Awards, 'Kinky Boots,' Tom Ford

The upcoming documentary Broadway Rising will have its world premiere on June 13 at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, Playbill noted. The documentary follows theater subjects—ranging from stage doorman to actors—on their journeys back to the ...


  PASSAGES Playwright/disability-rights activist Susan Nussbaum dies

Susan Nussbaum—a Chicago playwright, novelist and longtime disability-rights activist—died April 28 at age 68. Nussbaum won the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Social Engaging Fiction for her novel Good Kings Bad ...


  Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's 'RE/UNION' to take place May 12-15

After reconnecting with audiences this spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) has announced the program for the company's return to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph ...


  PrideArts to present cabaret nights in May and June

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — PrideArts Artistic Director Jay Espano (he/him/his) today announced a series of four Monday night cabaret performances by Chicago area musical theater and cabaret artists at the Pride Arts ...


  'Rasheeda Speaking' now running through June 4 at Theater Wit

Shattered Globe Theatre is now running the workplace production Rasheeda Speaking through June 4 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. The production was supposed to run Feb. 25-April 9 but was pushed back due to ...


  THEATER Otherworld hosting sci-fi drag fantasy cabaret 'Hyperfantasia' on May 11

Otherworld Theatre Company, 3914 N. Clark St., has announced a special one-night-only performance of the sci-fi fantasy drag cabaret show Hyperfantasia, to be staged Wed., May 11. Employing original music ...


  THEATER 'Rock of Ages' at Paramount through May 29

Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages will run through Sunday, May 29, at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., in downtown Aurora. According to a press release, Rock of Ages is ...


  Northlight Theatre announces 2022-23 season

-- From a press release

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 2022-2023 season, opening with the buddy comedy The Garbologists by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Cody Estle; followed by ...


  Steppenwolf Theatre announces 2022-23 season in its expanded campus

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 19, 2022)—Steppenwolf Theatre Company Artistic Directors Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis and Executive Director E. Brooke Flanagan announced the 2022-23 season today. With six Steppenwolf Membership Series productions ...


  Chicago Circus & Performing Arts Festival on April 21-24

The multidisciplinary event Chicago Circus & Performing Arts Festival, produced by Yes Ma'am Circus, will run April 21-24 at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Performances from 10 Chicago-based companies include traditional circus acts, avant-ga ...


  Chicago theater actress Hollis Resnik dies at 66

Chicago theater actress Hollis Resnick, who had a glittering resume, has passed away at age 66. The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones tweeted, "Sad to report that Father Jim Heneghan tells me that the great Chicago actress ...


  THEATER 'When We Were Young and Unafraid' May 13-June 12 at The Edge

AstonRep Theatre Company will conclude its season with the Chicago premiere of Sarah Treem's drama When We Were Young and Unafraid. Directed by Sara Pavlak McGuire, it will run May 13-June 12 at The Edge Off-Broadway ...


  CircEsteem's youth-led 'Spring Circus' on May 7, 14 and 21

CircEsteem's Spring Circus is back in-person for the first time since 2019. The CircEsteem Spring Circus will take place on May 7, 14 and 21 at CircEsteem, 4730 N. Sheridan Rd., at 2 and 6 p.m. ...


  Black LGBTQ+ community leaders honored at Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala

Social-justice agency Lorde, Rustin & Bates and Fahrenheit Chicago hosted the Art & Soul Salon and Sneaker Gala April 13 at Theater on the Lake (2401 N Lake Shore Dr.). The event featured performances from singer ...


  'Alan Turing,' 'King Roger' part of Chicago OperaTheater's 2022-23 season

-- From a press release

April 14, 2022 (Chicago) — In anticipation of 2023 marking the 50th year of Chicago Opera Theater (COT) producing vital art in the Chicago community, the company proudly announces its 2022/23 season under the direction of ...


  Bisexual comedian Hannah Einbinder ('Hacks') now at The Den on July 15

Bisexual comedian/actress Hannah Einbinder has announced a new date for her stand-up engagement at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Originally scheduled to perform on Friday, June 17, Einbinder will now appear Friday, July 15, ...


  THEATER 'Skates,' with 'Idol' alums, to have world premiere May 24

American Idol alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young lead the cast of the new musical Skates. The production also features Adam Fane, Kelly Felthous, Cory Goodrich, Emma Lord, Jason Richards, Kelvin Roston, Jr., Michelle Lauto, Zach ...


  THEATER 'Seagull' opening Steppenwolf's new space April 28-June 12

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will open its new in-the-round Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell—the centerpiece of its recently unveiled Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center—with ensemble member ...


  MUSIC Gay composer's historic 'Emancipation' at Harris Theater on April 29

The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance will present Emancipation, by gay composer Adrian Dunn, with The Adrian Dunn Singers and Rize Orchestra on the Mainstage on Friday, April 29, at ...


  THEATER Tony-nominated 'Hand to God' in Aurora on May 25-July 10

Hand to God—the Tony-nominated production (with puppets) that's been described as "Avenue Q meets Little Shop of Horrors"—will run May 25-July 10 at the new Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., right across the street from ...


  Mary Lynn Rajskub: Actress/comedian discusses acting, sexuality in new book

Emmy-winning actresses and stand-up comedians who just finished publishing their new memoirs, while simultaneously embarking on their stand-up tours, rarely have moments to themselves. Thankfully, Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known for her work on the TV ...


  SHOWBIZ JoJo Siwa, Indigo Girls, singer Bitch, 'Shahs of Sunset'

The Fox show So You Think You Can Dance unveiled its new judging lineup, and LGBTQ Dancing with the Stars runner-up JoJo Siwa will be part of it, per Out Magazine. Siwa will be joined at the judge's table by Glee ...


  FILM/TV Molly Shannon talks about her gay father, LGBTQ projects and new book

Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting a very special night at Harris Theater with entertainers Molly Shannon and Jonathan Van Ness in two separate appearances. While Van Ness has a Queer Eye, Shannon has played queer and ...


  Shattered Globe Theatre and Chicago Dramatists to host 'Remembering Joel Drake Johnson' on April 30

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 8, 2022) — Shattered Globe Theatre and Chicago Dramatists will celebrate the life and legacy of longtime Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson—a member of the LGBTQ+ community—at a ...


  Victory Gardens Theater to present 'cullud wattah' June 11-July 17

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Victory Gardens Theater concludes its 2021/22 Mainstage Season with the regional premiere of cullud wattah, written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Lili-Anne Brown. cullud wattah runs June 11 — ...


  THEATER Drury Lane running 'The King and I' through May 22

Oakbrook Terrace's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, has opened its 2022-23 season with the celebrated Tony-winning musical Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which is expected to run through Sunday, May 22. Based on ...



Title: Laced. Playwright: Sam Mueller At: About Face Theatre at the Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $5-$35. Runs through: April 16 At the entrance to the Den's Bookspan cabaret, people are handed a flyer advertising ...


  OPERA REVIEW Fire Shut Up in My Bones

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's outstanding premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones continues to build upon this new work's historic importance. Last September, Fire Shut Up in My Bones was given pride of place ...


  THEATER REVIEW It's Just Like Coming to Church (Welcome to the Church of YOU)

Don't be fooled by the title. The Gospel of Jackie Taylor is not constructed on Old Rugged Crosses, Poor Wayfaring Strangers or Walks Through Lonesome Valleys. To be sure, there's a collection box at the entrance, ...


  Kokandy Productions announces 10th-anniversary season

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (April 1, 2022) — Kokandy Productions will toast its tenth anniversary with two fully produced musicals, plus a celebratory concert of the company's greatest hits. It's a cruel summer as Kokandy goes all the way ...


  Queer, sex-positive 'Hot Clown Sex' at Newport running April-June

Following the completely sold-out and extended run of Hot Clown Sex: The Second Coming, the Hot Clown Company has announced a new artistic residency with longtime host venue The Newport Theater, 955 W. Newport Ave. The ...


  Court Theatre announces 68th season

-- From a press release

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the continuing leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, announces its 68th season. The company's 2022/23 season will feature Arsenic and Old Lace ...


  THEATER Theater-on-the-Hill to show 'The Drowsy Chaperone' on April 1-3

Bolingbrook's Theatre-on the-Hill will debut its 21st season with The Drowsy Chaperone. Winner of five Tony Awards, this "musical within a comedy" is an homage to the musicals of the Jazz Age. A man in a ...


  PERFORMANCE Senior-focused 'All the Sex I've Ever Had' at MCA on March 24-30

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), 220 E. Chicago Ave., will host the Chicago premiere of All the Sex I've Ever Had, a trailblazing performance that features six real-world Chicagoans older than 62 sharing their most ...


  THEATER Out producer Bill Damaschke debuts 'Moulin Rouge' in Chicago

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is kicking off its North American tour in the Windy City, with an eight-week run at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. This 10-time Tony Award winner plans to immerse Chicago audiences into ...


  THEATER National tour of 'MJ' to premiere in Chicago in 2023

Producers Lia Vollack Productions, The Michael Jackson Estate and Broadway in Chicago announced that Broadway musical MJ will run technical rehearsals and premiere at Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. The ...


  SHOWBIZ Lizzo, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Michael, Met Gala, Pixar

Singer Lizzo showed her support for the trans community recently, per LGBTQ Nation. In her keynote speech at the South by Southwest Festival, the Texas-native spoke out against her home state for its recent move to ...


  'Werq the World Tour' at Rosemont July 23 and at Hard Rock Aug. 12

The "RuPaul's Drag Race Werq the World Tour" will stop at the Rosemont Theater on Saturday, July 23, and the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana on Friday, Aug. 12. ...


  Life Is Work announces performer lineup for the Chicago Trans Visibility Pageant 2022-2023

-- From a press release

Life Is Work has announced its performer lineup for the Chicago Trans Visibility Pageant 2022-2023. The March 31 event will highlight the talent, accomplishments and vitality of the LGBT+ community at a time when it is ...


  THEATER A Red Orchid to present 'Last Hermanos' starting April 21

A Red Orchid Theatre will present the world premiere of Last Hermanos, written by Exal Iraheta and directed by Ismael Lara Jr.. Last Hermanos runs April 21-June 12 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells St. ...


  BOOKS Janelle Monae in Chicago April 22 to discuss 'The Memory Librarian'

Singer-songwriter, actor, fashion icon and author Janelle Monae will visit Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., as part of the tour for her new book, The Memory Librarian and Other Stories ...


  The Sandra Delgado Experience May 1, 2022 at Joe's on Weed Street

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 14, 2022) — Following her smash hit La Havana Madrid, Chicago writer, actor, singer and producer Sandra Delgado returns to the stage with The Sandra Delgado Experience (The SDE), a big band music spectacular ...


  Writers Theatre running 'Wife of a Salesman'

Glencoe's Writers Theatre is running Wife of a Salesman, written by Eleanor Burgess, through Sunday, April 3. What if a 1950s housewife from a particularly well-known play drove from Brooklyn to Boston to confront her husband's ...


  THEATER 'King James' at Steppenwolf through April 10

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is presenting its world-premiere production of King James—by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph and staged by acclaimed Tony- and Obied-winning director Kenny Leon—in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theater, 1650 N. ...


  SHOWBIZ Copyright lawsuits, 'Power of the Dog,' 'Survivor,' Kacey Musgraves

Sam Smith and Normani are facing a copyright lawsuit over their 2019 hit "Dancing With a Stranger," filed by three songwriters who say the song is "strikingly similar" to an earlier track with the same name ...


  THEATER REVIEW Sons of Hollywood

Title: Sons of Hollywood. Playwright: Carl Menninger and Barry Ball At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: $55-$75; . Runs through: April 16 If you google video clips of the seminal 1925 ...


  Strawdog Theatre Company shifts to free theater model

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 10, 2022) Strawdog Theatre Company announced today it has shifted to a Free Theater Model, offering free admission to all of its productions. The move, guided by the company's mission toward equity, anti-racism ...


  Sideshow Theatre Company announces 2022 season

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 9, 2022) Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce its 2022 season featuring the world premiere of Artistic Associate Brynne Frauenhoffer's brash, incisive comedy Pro-Am, directed by ...


  Paramount Theater announces 2022-23 Broadway series

-- From a press release

AURORA, March 8, 2022 — Aurora's Paramount Theatre enters its second decade with today's announcement of the four blockbuster musicals on tap for its 2022-23 Broadway Series: Meet the Dreamgirls - Effie, Lorrell and Deena - ...


  Shawn Banks finds a new home in the Windy City

Chicago-based stand-up comedian Shawn Banks is making an appearance at the World Comedy Expo. This talented performer is sure to have audiences rolling in the aisles with some quick banter and hot takes on life at ...


  'An Evening with Renee Elise Goldsberry' April 9 at the Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., will host "An Evening with Renée Elise Goldsberry" on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Making her Chicago concert debut at the Auditorium, Goldsberry is best known ...


  Cloris Leachman LGBTQ+ movie 'Jump, Darling' coming to theaters, DVD

The Breaking Glass Pictures LGBTQ+ family drama Jump, Darling—starring the late actress Cloris Leachman—is coming to select theaters, DVD/Blu-Ray and On Demand. Jump, Darling will open in Los Angeles on March 18, and Palm Springs and ...


  SHOWBIZ Lesbian film, Broadway items, 'The Batman,' Jonathan Groff

Kino Lorber is presenting the U.S. theatrical release of the 4K restored lesbian-themed film I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, a film written and directed by Patricia Rozema, per a press release. Winner of the Prix de ...


  New date announced for trans comedian River Butcher's performance

Comedian River Butcher has announced a new date for his spring stand-up engagement at The Den Theatre. Butcher, originally scheduled to perform Friday, March 11, will now appear Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. on The ...


  Broadway's Courtney Reed to receive Sarah Siddons Society's 'Leading Artist Award'

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 3, 2022) — The Sarah Siddons Society will present its 2022 Leading Artist Award to Broadway star Courtney Reed, who is currently leading the North American tour of the Tony-winning musical Moulin Rouge. Reed ...


  THEATER The Black Knight

Title: The Black Knight. Playwright: Angeli Primlani At: Lifeboat Productions at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $38; Runs through: April 2 The pre-curtain music is Wagner at his most narcotic, the chronological ...


  THEATER The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. Adapted and Created by: Mary Zimmerman At: Goodman's Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; 312-443-3800, Runs through: March 20 If you remember just one fact about Leonardo da Vinci, ...


  Hell in a Handbag Productions presents 'The Drag Seed'

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (February 25, 2022) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to continue its 20th anniversary season with a revival of its popular comedy The Drag Seed, an unauthorized parody of the 1956 psychological horror-thriller ...


  The Gift Theatre announces 2022 season

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (March 2, 2022) — The Gift Theatre is pleased to announce its 2022 season, launching this spring with a return to live performances with the Chicago premiere of Naomi Iizuka's drama At The Vanishing Point, ...


  THEATER 'Good Night, Oscar,' with Sean Hayes, running March 12-April 17

This spring, the nostalgia of 1950s late-night talk shows takes the stage in the world premiere of Good Night, Oscar—Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright's exploration of the nexus of humor ...


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