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Like the creeping tinsel at the mall, holiday shows in Chicago seem to start earlier each year. This season, it was “White Christmas” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire even before the trick-or-treaters had ventured forth from their...
Tags: Music Theater, Theater, Christmas, Celebrities, Goodman Theatre
Touring productions of the musicals "American Idiot," "Bring it On" and "Fela!" are the highlights of the spring 2012 season at Broadway in Chicago. They join the previously announced blockbuster, "The Book of Mormon." The presenter said Thursday that...
Tags: Music Theater, Theater, Music, Lincoln Center, Palace Theater
It's difficult to tell who should be more excited NBC officially picked up “Chicago Fire” for a second season Friday: The cast and crew of the firefighter drama or the Illinois Film Office. The good news allows the Dick Wolf-produced show to...
The 2008 Broadway musical "In the Heights," the story of a mostly Latino community struggling to both move up and stay together, is now in its waning days as a touring attraction. Since the show last was in Chicago — in late 2009 — the...
For all their Berkeley punk-rock bona fides — unassailable and enough to send a certain kind of ill-prepared theatergoer headed for an early exit — Green Day songs are actually filled with hope and longing. They may rail hard, loud and long...
After completing a frenetic, yule-themed dance number that would be taxing for someone half his age, Donny Osmond had a moment Tuesday night where he clearly needed to catch his breath. "You've got 23 shows to go," boomed a voice from the audience at the...
With British and Irish yarns so dominant at the higher end of Broadway, time surely is ripe for an American family musical, at once fantastical and emotional, with its heart in family reconciliation and its roots in the florid storytelling culture of...
Tags: Music, Movies, Petroleum Industry, Fishing, Human Interest
A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films). They'...
NEW YORK — A man in a Manhattan rehearsal room asks a young boy a question: "No soccer game this week?" A look crosses the kid's face. You can read love, loneliness, contempt. "It's not soccer season anymore, Dad." Chastened, the man talks of...
By Chris Jones, Tribune theater criticThe first national tour of "Once," the Tony Award-winning musical based on the movie of the same name about an Irish street musican and his Czech angel, is headed to Chicago. "Once" will play the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St.) for three weeks,...
Here are some of the high-profile Ideas Week speakers and Talks: Colin Powell and Tom Brokaw, both on Monday's 4:30 p.m. program "Military: From the Front Lines to the Home Front" at the Goodman Theatre. "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory, Time...
Tags: Edward Norton, Museums, Music Industry, Tom Brokaw, Artists
The Broadway musical "Wicked," which ran for more than three-and-a-half years in a dedicated Chicago production from 2005 to 2009, is making another return visit to the city that so embraced it. "Wicked" will have a hefty, eight-week engagement this...
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