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!
- Jeannie Tanner's Words & Music at Andy's Jazz Club - August 11th & 12th - Come early.
- Writers Theatre - TREVOR the musical (In previews) Opens August 16th
- Marriott Theatre - The Bridges of Madison County through August 13th
- Drury Lane - The Gin Game through August 13th
- Goodman Theatre - La Havana Madrid Through August 20th
- Steppenwolf Theatre - Hir through August 20th
- Grippo Stage Company - The God of Isaac Piven Theatre through August 27th
- Mercury Theater - Hair through September 17th
- Chicago Shakespeare Theater - Shakespeare in the Parks through August 27th and Madagascar
- Lookingglass Theatre – Moby Dick through September 3rd
- Cirque Du Soleil - Luzia at the United Center through September 3rd
- Black Ensemble Theater - Last Dancer Standing through September 3rd
- Royal George Theatre - Spamilton through forever
- Music, movies, dance at Millennium Park
- Monday Night Live at Petterino's with Denise McGowan Tracy & Beckie Menzie
- Drury Lane - Rock of Ages August 24th
- Theater Wit- Bonnie and Clyde August 27th
- Paramount Theatre - Million Dollar Quartet September 13th
- Victory Gardens Theater - Fun Home September 19th
- Porchlight - Billy Elliot October 6th
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