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Spamalot keeps ‘em Laughing at Mercury Theater; In the Heights keeps ‘em Smiling at The Miracle Center; Equus keeps ‘em Holding Their Breath at The Edge Theater

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with three great shows on Chicago stages. First up, Spamalot at Mercury Theater Chicago brings the madcap humor of Monty Python to the stage in a fresh presentation of this Broadway hit. Lead actors Jonah Winston (King Arthur) and Meghan Murphy (Lady of the Lake) join director Walter Stearns to talk about another hit show with an interesting fact about the costumes you won’t want to miss! The show runs until December 29thwith […]

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Spamalot keeps ‘em Laughing at Mercury Theater; In the Heights keeps ‘em Smiling at The Miracle Center; Equus keeps ‘em Holding Their Breath at The Edge Theater

Comprehensive Lincoln Biography Continues with Volume 3 from Author/Scholar Sidney Blumenthal

This week Paul goes behind the curtain with author and Lincoln scholar Sidney Blumenthal who discusses the newly released Volume 3 of his 5 part epic biography (called “The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln) of our nation’s greatest president. This volume is titled: “All the powers of Earth: 1856-1860” and takes a look at the Lincoln’s rise to power through his famous debates against Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln achieves the presidency thru strategy, political savvy and sheer determination. Lincoln built […]

-1 s1 weeks ago
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Comprehensive Lincoln Biography Continues with Volume 3 from Author/Scholar Sidney Blumenthal

Disney’s Newsies “wowing” audiences at Aurora’s Paramount Theater; Timeline’s “Oslo” the story of Mideast Peace Accords you Never Knew at Broadway Playhouse

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain for two great theatrical productions. First up is “Disney’s Newsies” at Paramount Theatre. This production is as strong as any on Broadway of this wonderful and inspiring show. A strong cast, wonderful staging and music that will stick in your head, are just a few of the reasons to catch this show prior to October 20th. Actors Alex Prakken (Jack Kelly), Koray Tarhan (Davey) and Justine Cameron (Katherine) along with Paramount Artistic Director […]

-1 s2 weeks ago
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Disney’s Newsies “wowing” audiences at Aurora’s Paramount Theater; Timeline’s “Oslo” the story of Mideast Peace Accords you Never Knew at Broadway Playhouse

“Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater” by Mark Larson: An inside look at the Chicago Theater Community

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with author Mark Larson to discuss his new book: “Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater.” The book tells the story of Chicago theater from its roots in 1953 thru today and all through the memories and words of those who lived through it all. Steppenwolf to Goodman, Wisdom Bridge to Timeline Theater, from Alan Arkin to Regina Taylor and Jim Belushi to John Mahoney….they are all here! How did Larson select the […]

-1 s3 weeks ago
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“Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater” by Mark Larson: An inside look at the Chicago Theater Community

Highland Park Players Present “Mama Mia” and Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina” at Pride Arts Center

This week,Paulgoes behind the curtain with the cast and director of “Mama Mia” presented by the Highland Park Players at Northbrook Theatre thru September 22nd. Only two weekends to catch this high quality producction presented by one of our fine community theaters. Hannah Rose (Donna), Geoff Isaac (Bill), Emma Widlowski (Sophie) and Executive Producer Brad Rose talk about the challenge of putting up a demanding show musically and production-wise. Whether you’ve seen the show many times, or have never seen […]

-1 sSEP 17
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Highland Park Players Present “Mama Mia” and Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina” at Pride Arts Center

Teatro Zinzanni takes Chicago By Storm for an Unusual Night of Dinner, Show and Fun!

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat with the creator and cast members of Teatro Zinzanni, currently playing on the 14thFloor of the Cambria Hotel. The newly renovated space is set in an old and gorgeous tent with original stain glass and wooden floors intact. Created in 1998 by Norman Langill, you will hear about the history of the show and how it ended up in Chicago. Then the fun begins with cast members Frank Ferrante (who plays […]

-1 sSEP 5
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Teatro Zinzanni takes Chicago By Storm for an Unusual Night of Dinner, Show and Fun!

Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5th) on Political Issues; and Lips the Ultimate Drag Experience Premieres in Chicago!

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to talk with Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL 5th) about the status of climate and environment issues coming out of the G-7, Congress’ inquiry into impeachment and Russia’s efforts to interfere with our 2020 elections, and even the impact of former Congressman Joe Walsh’s Republican challenge to President Trump…that and more! Then, (starting at 24:32 into the show), a real turn from politics as you meet the owner and one of the wonderful performers […]

-1 sAUG 30
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Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5th) on Political Issues; and Lips the Ultimate Drag Experience Premieres in Chicago!

Chicago’s Kevin Pollack releases a new Single called “Man About Town”; plus, “All that He Was” at Pride Plays: meet the cast and director

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Chicago songwriter/singer/actor Kevin Pollack who discusses the process behind his new single, “Man About Town.” Known all over as one of the Blooze Brothers, Kevin is frequently seen on Chicago stages and soon to appear in Las Vegas. Then (starting at 13:04 into the show), the cast and director/writer of “All That he Was” talk about the powerful play currently on stage at Pride Films and Plays on North Broadway. Matt Huston […]

-1 sAUG 23
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Chicago’s Kevin Pollack releases a new Single called “Man About Town”; plus, “All that He Was” at Pride Plays: meet the cast and director

Windy City Playhouse Founder Amy Rubenstein on Immersive Theater; Authors of “Clear it with Sid-Life of Sidney Yates:” Michael Dorf and Mayor George Van Dusen; “The Search for Aliveness” series host: Chad Gabriel

This week,Paulgoes behind the curtain with variety! First up, Windy City Playhouse has truly made a name for itself in immersive theater meaning the audience becomes part of the scenery so to speak, although the actors pay no mind. The audience moves along from a dorm room to a jail cell to a sauna in The Recommendation, and moves from room to room in Southern Gothic (sharing in treats along the way), and the latest play offering called “Every Brilliant […]

-1 sAUG 21
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Windy City Playhouse Founder Amy Rubenstein on Immersive Theater; Authors of “Clear it with Sid-Life of Sidney Yates:” Michael Dorf and Mayor George Van Dusen; “The Search for Aliveness” series host: Chad Gabriel

Theater Arts in Chicago: Broadway in Chicago Presents: “Come From Away,” Kokandy’s “Head over Heels,” the 55thAnniversary Release of a new Ides of March recording; and “Now & Then” at Pride Arts Center

This week Paul goes behind the curtain for a fun-filled show in theater and music. First up,“Come from Away” star James Earl Jones II talks about the power of this 9-11 related musical and the positive light is sheds on what is GOOD with humanity (Playing at Cadillac Palace Theater Thru 8/11). Then (beginning at 14:47 into the show, the director and cast members from the fresh from Broadway premiere of“Head over Heels,”talk about this musical that puts the music […]

-1 sAUG 6
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Theater Arts in Chicago: Broadway in Chicago Presents: “Come From Away,” Kokandy’s “Head over Heels,” the 55thAnniversary Release of a new Ides of March recording; and “Now & Then” at Pride Arts Center

Latest Episodes

Spamalot keeps ‘em Laughing at Mercury Theater; In the Heights keeps ‘em Smiling at The Miracle Center; Equus keeps ‘em Holding Their Breath at The Edge Theater

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with three great shows on Chicago stages. First up, Spamalot at Mercury Theater Chicago brings the madcap humor of Monty Python to the stage in a fresh presentation of this Broadway hit. Lead actors Jonah Winston (King Arthur) and Meghan Murphy (Lady of the Lake) join director Walter Stearns to talk about another hit show with an interesting fact about the costumes you won’t want to miss! The show runs until December 29thwith […]

-1 s6 days ago
Comments
Spamalot keeps ‘em Laughing at Mercury Theater; In the Heights keeps ‘em Smiling at The Miracle Center; Equus keeps ‘em Holding Their Breath at The Edge Theater

Comprehensive Lincoln Biography Continues with Volume 3 from Author/Scholar Sidney Blumenthal

This week Paul goes behind the curtain with author and Lincoln scholar Sidney Blumenthal who discusses the newly released Volume 3 of his 5 part epic biography (called “The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln) of our nation’s greatest president. This volume is titled: “All the powers of Earth: 1856-1860” and takes a look at the Lincoln’s rise to power through his famous debates against Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln achieves the presidency thru strategy, political savvy and sheer determination. Lincoln built […]

-1 s1 weeks ago
Comments
Comprehensive Lincoln Biography Continues with Volume 3 from Author/Scholar Sidney Blumenthal

Disney’s Newsies “wowing” audiences at Aurora’s Paramount Theater; Timeline’s “Oslo” the story of Mideast Peace Accords you Never Knew at Broadway Playhouse

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain for two great theatrical productions. First up is “Disney’s Newsies” at Paramount Theatre. This production is as strong as any on Broadway of this wonderful and inspiring show. A strong cast, wonderful staging and music that will stick in your head, are just a few of the reasons to catch this show prior to October 20th. Actors Alex Prakken (Jack Kelly), Koray Tarhan (Davey) and Justine Cameron (Katherine) along with Paramount Artistic Director […]

-1 s2 weeks ago
Comments
Disney’s Newsies “wowing” audiences at Aurora’s Paramount Theater; Timeline’s “Oslo” the story of Mideast Peace Accords you Never Knew at Broadway Playhouse

“Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater” by Mark Larson: An inside look at the Chicago Theater Community

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with author Mark Larson to discuss his new book: “Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater.” The book tells the story of Chicago theater from its roots in 1953 thru today and all through the memories and words of those who lived through it all. Steppenwolf to Goodman, Wisdom Bridge to Timeline Theater, from Alan Arkin to Regina Taylor and Jim Belushi to John Mahoney….they are all here! How did Larson select the […]

-1 s3 weeks ago
Comments
“Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater” by Mark Larson: An inside look at the Chicago Theater Community

Highland Park Players Present “Mama Mia” and Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina” at Pride Arts Center

This week,Paulgoes behind the curtain with the cast and director of “Mama Mia” presented by the Highland Park Players at Northbrook Theatre thru September 22nd. Only two weekends to catch this high quality producction presented by one of our fine community theaters. Hannah Rose (Donna), Geoff Isaac (Bill), Emma Widlowski (Sophie) and Executive Producer Brad Rose talk about the challenge of putting up a demanding show musically and production-wise. Whether you’ve seen the show many times, or have never seen […]

-1 sSEP 17
Comments
Highland Park Players Present “Mama Mia” and Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina” at Pride Arts Center

Teatro Zinzanni takes Chicago By Storm for an Unusual Night of Dinner, Show and Fun!

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to chat with the creator and cast members of Teatro Zinzanni, currently playing on the 14thFloor of the Cambria Hotel. The newly renovated space is set in an old and gorgeous tent with original stain glass and wooden floors intact. Created in 1998 by Norman Langill, you will hear about the history of the show and how it ended up in Chicago. Then the fun begins with cast members Frank Ferrante (who plays […]

-1 sSEP 5
Comments
Teatro Zinzanni takes Chicago By Storm for an Unusual Night of Dinner, Show and Fun!

Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5th) on Political Issues; and Lips the Ultimate Drag Experience Premieres in Chicago!

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain to talk with Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL 5th) about the status of climate and environment issues coming out of the G-7, Congress’ inquiry into impeachment and Russia’s efforts to interfere with our 2020 elections, and even the impact of former Congressman Joe Walsh’s Republican challenge to President Trump…that and more! Then, (starting at 24:32 into the show), a real turn from politics as you meet the owner and one of the wonderful performers […]

-1 sAUG 30
Comments
Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5th) on Political Issues; and Lips the Ultimate Drag Experience Premieres in Chicago!

Chicago’s Kevin Pollack releases a new Single called “Man About Town”; plus, “All that He Was” at Pride Plays: meet the cast and director

This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with Chicago songwriter/singer/actor Kevin Pollack who discusses the process behind his new single, “Man About Town.” Known all over as one of the Blooze Brothers, Kevin is frequently seen on Chicago stages and soon to appear in Las Vegas. Then (starting at 13:04 into the show), the cast and director/writer of “All That he Was” talk about the powerful play currently on stage at Pride Films and Plays on North Broadway. Matt Huston […]

-1 sAUG 23
Comments
Chicago’s Kevin Pollack releases a new Single called “Man About Town”; plus, “All that He Was” at Pride Plays: meet the cast and director

Windy City Playhouse Founder Amy Rubenstein on Immersive Theater; Authors of “Clear it with Sid-Life of Sidney Yates:” Michael Dorf and Mayor George Van Dusen; “The Search for Aliveness” series host: Chad Gabriel

This week,Paulgoes behind the curtain with variety! First up, Windy City Playhouse has truly made a name for itself in immersive theater meaning the audience becomes part of the scenery so to speak, although the actors pay no mind. The audience moves along from a dorm room to a jail cell to a sauna in The Recommendation, and moves from room to room in Southern Gothic (sharing in treats along the way), and the latest play offering called “Every Brilliant […]

-1 sAUG 21
Comments
Windy City Playhouse Founder Amy Rubenstein on Immersive Theater; Authors of “Clear it with Sid-Life of Sidney Yates:” Michael Dorf and Mayor George Van Dusen; “The Search for Aliveness” series host: Chad Gabriel

Theater Arts in Chicago: Broadway in Chicago Presents: “Come From Away,” Kokandy’s “Head over Heels,” the 55thAnniversary Release of a new Ides of March recording; and “Now & Then” at Pride Arts Center

This week Paul goes behind the curtain for a fun-filled show in theater and music. First up,“Come from Away” star James Earl Jones II talks about the power of this 9-11 related musical and the positive light is sheds on what is GOOD with humanity (Playing at Cadillac Palace Theater Thru 8/11). Then (beginning at 14:47 into the show, the director and cast members from the fresh from Broadway premiere of“Head over Heels,”talk about this musical that puts the music […]

-1 sAUG 6
Comments
Theater Arts in Chicago: Broadway in Chicago Presents: “Come From Away,” Kokandy’s “Head over Heels,” the 55thAnniversary Release of a new Ides of March recording; and “Now & Then” at Pride Arts Center