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Firebrand Theatre is preparing for their inaugural production of LIZZIE at the Den Theatre in November. In June, we spoke with Co-Founder & Artistic Director Harmony France as plans were just getting underway. The new Equity theatre company has recently announced the appointment of Managing Director Kimberly Lawson, launched a new website and has an impressive roster of artistic associates.  There is much more to know about Firebrand Theatre -- the first musical professional musical theatre company dedicated to enhancing the role of women -- in our Conversation this week. PODCAST

Also featured this week is a visit to the backstage area of Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico now playing in Chicago through September 3rd. We got an inside view of the staging area and spoke with Artistic Director Gracie Valdez and Aerial Strap Artist Benjamin Courtney about the extraordinary production. PODCAST

This week: TREVOR the musical opens at Writers Theatre, Hair at Mercury Theater, it is the last weekend for Bridges of Madison County at Marriott Lincolnshire and The Gin Game at Drury Lane. Rock of Ages opens August 24th. Lots of music around including two nights at Andy's Jazz with Jeannie Tanner's Words and Music featuring Paul Marinaro, Tammy McCann, Typhanie Monique, Rose Collela and more. Be sure to buy or download the CD. Jeannie Tanner makes every note count. -- our PicksInSix this week!

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HAVEN THEATRE 2017-18 Season October 16 – November 1, 2017 DIRECTORS HAVEN Featuring work by Kristen Johnson, Ian Martin and Lexi Saunders All performances are pay-what-you-can Also announced, Lili-Anne Brown (pictured) directs Haven Theatre’s Midwest premiere of THE TOTAL BENT during the 2018-19 season, a dynamic new rock show about fathers, sons, social upheaval and the choice between salvation and selling out. The new musical features text by Stew and music and lyrics by Stew and Heidi Rodewald – the creative team behind the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Passing Strange. WEBSITE

HAVEN THEATRE 2017-18 Season
October 16 – November 1, 2017

DIRECTORS HAVEN
Featuring work by Kristen JohnsonIan Martin and Lexi Saunders
All performances are pay-what-you-can

Also announced, Lili-Anne Brown (pictured) directs Haven Theatre’s Midwest premiere of THE TOTAL BENT during the 2018-19 season, a dynamic new rock show about fathers, sons, social upheaval and the choice between salvation and selling out. The new musical features text by Stew and music and lyrics by Stew and Heidi Rodewald – the creative team behind the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Passing StrangeWEBSITE

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