Saturday, May 14, 2022

REVIEW: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Broadway Playhouse Now Extended Through May 29, 2022

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

WILL WREAK HAVOC IN CHICAGO ONCE AGAIN 

$25 Digital Lottery tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong entry link and details below



              BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE

     Now Extended Due To Popular Demand 

Through May 29, 2022

Runtime: 2 hours with an intermission


Guest Review by 
Dugan Kenaz-Mara

The Play That Goes Wrong at Broadway Playhouse is a masterpiece. From the excellent writing and hilarious execution by the actors to the marvel of a set and comical program, the entire show is amazing from start to finish. 

Before taking your seat or at intermission you might notice that the program includes some comedic gems. Not only is the graphic design offset, but the actors included a fake program for the fake play they are putting on. It includes introductions and headshots in the style of their characters and even has fake advertisements to round the whole thing out. 

Before the show starts it is evident that things will go wrong. One of the characters playing a stage manager is out on stage freaking out over lost items, props start breaking before they get to be used, and the board operator character asks audience members about a misplaced DVD. As people find their seats they’ll notice the curtain isn’t drawn and there are still props strewn around the stage, not set for the top of the show. 

This play feels like watching a comedic rendition of an actor’s worst nightmare. I know I’ve certainly had a bad dream or two about forgetting my lines or having to go on as an understudy with no idea what to do, but this play takes it to the next level. What do you do when the stage door doesn’t unlock? What about when one of the leads gets knocked out and you have to get them off stage? Or when the replacement for that lead also gets knocked out? How about when both of them regain consciousness and have to fight for who actually gets to play the role? It probably feels like that’s the point where everything is going wrong, but that’s just the beginning. 

The actors do an amazing job of putting real stakes into their play and the characters play it up to another level. One of my favorite parts is how much fun they put into their performance. Because they realistically play people who are in a performance themselves it makes the little moments where they ‘break’ by interacting with the audience or whispering to each other that much more hysterical. 

My plus one had this to say, “I thought the whole cast did an excellent job at making both the actor and murder mystery’s characters shine through. The growing exasperation in some of them combined with the panic in others added to the hilarity. I could barely catch my breath from one bout of laughing before being thrust into another. With comedic timing tuned better than a German clock and physical feats that would make the best film stars jealous, I can’t imagine any theatergoers would walk away without their lungs being sore from laughing.”  Ben Jouras

I would recommend this show to anyone who has experience in theatre. There are fun references and puns on well-known musicals. There are jokes about different theater styles and elements, and there are even moments of physical comedy making fun of bad acting practices that anyone in the field will instantly recognize. Because my friend and I are both actors, many of them hit close to home, cracking us up the entire show!

Dugan Kenaz-Mara is an actor, designer, and photographer studying theatre and psychology at Northwestern University. Contrary to popular belief, he is not a time traveler.


THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is one of our favorites here at ChiIL Mama, so we were jazzed to hear that Broadway in Chicago is bringing it back to Broadway Playhouse with a talented Chicago cast. We caught the Broadway touring company in 2018 and laughed so hard our abs hurt for days. Check out past review here

The producers of the international hit comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG are pleased to announce the cast for a Chicago production coming to the Windy City for a limited seven-week engagement. Tickets are on sale now at www.BroadwayInChicago.com for performances running December 14, 2021 through January 30, 2022 at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.).

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is recommended for ages 8 and older.

The Chicago-based company will include Colton Adams as Trevor, Joseph Anthony Byrd as Jonathan, Ernaisja Curry as Annie, Michael Kurowski as Dennis, Matt Mueller as Chris, Kelly O’Sullivan as Sandra, Jarred Webb as Max, and Jonah D. Winston as Robert. Standbys include Caroline Chu, Drew Johnson, Russell Mernagh, and Brenann Stacker.

*Updated cast for the extension features: Brenann Stacker as Sandra and Standby Blair Baker

Producer Kevin McCollum said, “More than anything right now, we need to laugh. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG brings audiences of all ages and backgrounds together through comedy. And we are thrilled to return to Chicago with an incredible cast of extraordinarily talented Chicagoans.” 

Co-written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces ‘The Cornley University Drama Society,’ which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.

“So much goes right…it’s tough to beat ‘The Play That Goes Wrong.’” – Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times

Entertainment Weekly raves THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is “hilarious, non-stop pandemonium.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-busting hit,” and Huffington Postproclaims it “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen!” The New York Post says, “Nothing is as fall down funny. GO.”

The Broadway production of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017 and by its closing on January 6, 2019 played 27 previews and 745 performances, making it the second longest running show in the history of the Lyceum Theatre. Not yet done with New York, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG officially opened Off-Broadway on February 20, 2019 at New World Stages – Stage 4, where it resumed performances in October 2021 after being suspended due to the pandemic. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG received a Tony Award® for Best Set Design, Broadway.comAudience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play.


“UPROARIOUS! A hearty laugh-a-thon for the holiday season.” – Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald

Winning the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is now in its eighth year in the West End, having played to over two million people in more than 30 countries on six continents. It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play that started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance and has gone on to play to an audience of over two million people around the world.

“This is a data-driven observation: People laughed all night.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Mischief Theatre Ltd. was founded in 2008 by a group of acting graduates of LAMDA and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief performs across the UK and internationally with original scripted and improvised work and also has a program of workshops. Their previous West End production was The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre). In September 2019, the company started a residency at the Vaudeville Theatre with Groan Ups followed by Magic Goes Wrong, which is currently running in the West End until February 2022. Other Mischief productions, including Peter Pan Goes Wrong, regularly tour in licensed productions in the UK, USA and worldwide. Mischief was first seen on television in the Royal Variety Performance of 2015 and subsequently in two BBC One Christmas specials, “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” (2016) and “A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong” (2017). Their recent six-part TV series called “The Goes Wrong Show” was aired on BBC One. The company is owned and controlled by its original members and is led by a creative group and its directors Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer. 

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is directed in Chicago by Matt DiCarlo with original Broadway direction by Mark Bell, featuring set design by Tony Award winner Nigel Hook, lighting design in Chicago by Jeremy Cunningham based on the original Broadway design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design in Chicago by Beth Lake based on the original Broadway design by Andrew Johnson, and costume design by Roberto Surace.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is produced in Chicago by Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions / deRoy- Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover, and Lucas McMahon.

For more information, visit www.BroadwayGoesWrong.com or follow

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @BwayGoesWrong

 

CHICAGO CAST BIOGRAPHIES

COLTON ADAMS (Trevor). Theatre credits include Six Degrees of Separation (Redtwist Theatre), Scapin (Citadel Theatre), Goldfish (u/s, Route 66 Theatre Company). Received BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and studied at Acting Studio Chicago. TV/film credits include “61st Street” (AMC), Pardoned by Grace, and Driftless. Colton is represented by Big Mouth Talent. 

JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD (Jonathan). Chicago: And The World Goes Round at Marriott, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera, Emmett Till in The Ballad of Emmett Till at Goodman, and Emcee in Cabaret at Paramount. Broadway/National Tour: Kinky Boots, The Lion King, and Mamma Mia! (LV). TV: “4400,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Proven Innocent.”

ERNAISJA CURRY (Annie). National tour debut! The Florida native received her BFA from Adelphi University and completed Cincinnati Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship. Recent credits: Skeleton Crew (Ensemble Theatre), The Ballad… (MFP Productions). Thank you so much to God, family, friends, mentors, and the TPTGW team! ernaisjacurry.com. @ernaisjacurry.

MICHAEL KUROWSKI (Dennis). Chicago performer for almost ten years. Recent credits: Crutchie (Newsies, Paramount Theatre), Jerry Lee Lewis (MDQ, Theatre at the Center), and Once (national tour). Screen: “Chicago Med,” Lovecraft Country, Gran Torino, and the upcoming series “Ripple Effects.” Musician in his free time and father all the time. Love to Mary, JoAnn, and Paonessa Talent. MichaelKurowski.net.

MATT MUELLER (Chris). Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Regional: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Lyric Repertory Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and multiple productions of Woody Guthrie’s American Song. Television: “Chicago Justice” (NBC). Film: Popper Baxton’s Sickly Stew. 

KELLY O’SULLIVAN (Sandra) is an actor, writer, and director. Theatre: Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Writers, among many others. Film/TV: two seasons of USA’s “Sirens;” features Cha Cha Real Smooth, The Graduates, Henry Gambles’ Birthday Party, and South by Southwest Award winner Saint Frances, for which she was the screenwriter/lead actor. 

JARRED WEBB (Max). Credits include The Brothers Size (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Julius Caesar (Prague Shakespeare Company), The Death of Kings (Southwest Shakespeare Company, AZ), and the world premiere of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 (LaunchPad, UCSB). Education: BFA, University of California, Santa Barbara. 

JONAH D. WINSTON (Robert) is overjoyed to join TPTGW family! He earned his BA in Theatre from Butler University and furthered his education at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Jonah has performed at The Goodman, Lyric Opera, Cleveland Playhouse, and The Mercury Theatre Chicago. Commercial/TV credits: “Chicago Fire,” Skittles, McDonald's, and more! He is represented by Gray Talent Group.

CAROLINE CHU (u/s Annie, Sandra) is thrilled to be part of TPTGW! Credits: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, First Floor Theater, Jackalope Theatre, Raven Theatre. Graduate of Northwestern University and company member at First Floor Theater. Massive thanks to Stewart Talent and the most supportive family and friends in the world. @carolinechu_

DREW JOHNSON (u/s Robert, Jonathan, Trevor, Dennis, Max) Chicago: Love’s Labor’s Lost (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Flamingo & Decatur (Block St Theatre Co); Turtle (Redtwist Theatre); Crimes of the Heart (Step Up Productions). Regional: Shakespeare in Love, Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical (TheatreSquared). TV: Chicago Fire; Chicago P.D. Education: M.F.A. in Acting (University of Arkansas).

RUSSELL MERNAGH (u/s Chris, Max, Dennis, Robert, Jonathan) is thrilled to be a part of TPTGW. Favorite Chicago credits include Ride the Cyclone and The Comedy of Errors at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Rock of Ages at Drury Lane Theatre and Wonderful Town at The Goodman. Russell studied acting at Western Michigan University and is represented by Stewart Talent. 

BRENANN STACKER (Sandra) Regional Theater: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, TheatreSquared, Williamstown Theatre Festival. TV/Film: “Chicago Med,” “Sirens,” “Easy,” Banana Season. Education/Training: BA Drama Tufts University, O’Neill National Theater Institute, Russian State Institute of Performing Arts and The School at Steppenwolf. Much gratitude to Stewart Talent, my family and Ezrie.

BLAIR BAKER (u/s Annie, Sandra, Trevor) (she/ they) is an actor, director, and writer. Theatre: The Humans (Broadway, Roundabout Theatre Company), The Play that Goes Wrong (The First National Tour, Off-Broadway), Oleanna (Broadway, Mark Taper Forum, Bristol Riverside Theater), title role in Hvmlet (SheNYC), and The Soap Myth (opposite Ed Asner). TV/Film: “Billions,” “Blue Bloods,” “Harlem,” “Jules.” www.blairbaker.info

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM with select Wednesday matinees at 2:00 PM. Visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com for the detailed performance schedule.

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual tickets for THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG are on sale now and start at $30 with a select number of premium tickets available. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing GroupSales@BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information, visit  www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

ABOUT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 21 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining more than 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the  Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, James M. Nederlander Theatre, Auditorium Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway  Playhouse at Water Tower Place.





Until further notice, audience members will need to be masked and fully vaccinated with FDA authorized vaccine. For those with exemptions or unable to be vaccinated (including children) you need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter our Broadway In Chicago Theatres.  Audience members must show proof of vaccination (either through electronic copy, photocopy, or photo) along with a photo ID and valid ticket at their time of entry into the theatre. “Fully vaccinated” means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 Vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Children 5 – 11 will be allowed admittance with one vaccine that was administered 14 days prior to performance.  Tests that are accepted are either PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. No home tests are accepted and due to COVID 19 protocol children under 2 are not allowed into the theatre.

All Broadway In Chicago schedules, productions, and protocols for attendance will continue to be reviewed as further guidance and recommendations are provided by the CDC, Illinois State, and Chicago Departments of Health. For the latest health and safety procedures and guidelines, visit BroadwayInChicago.com/COVID19.


For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.


$25 Digital Lottery tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong
A digital lottery for a limited number of $25 seats will be held for the performance of The Play That Goes Wrong. Seat locations and the number of tickets awarded by the lottery are always subject to availability.



What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A GUT-BUSTING HIT” (The New York Times) and “THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES” (HuffPost) and “COMIC GOLD” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!



Monday, May 9, 2022

REVIEW: Murder On Horizon: An Immersive Sci-Fi Noir Via Otherworld Theatre Now Extended Through May 15th, 2022

 ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar

Murder On Horizon: An Immersive Sci-Fi Noir

 is out of this world!

EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 15TH DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

*Recommended for ages 13+ due to themes of crime, murder, and drug usage. Half price tickets for those under 16.


ChiIL Mama’s ChiIL Picks List: 

Otherworld Theatre's Murder On Horizon: An Immersive Sci-Fi Noir

All photos by B. Kenaz-Mara


REVIEW:

By Bonnie Kenaz-Mara


Here at ChiIL Mama, we're huge fans of immersive, interactive theatre, and Otherworld is a favorite of ours. With theatre openings in full swing, my schedule was so packed I thought I'd have to miss out on reviewing Murder On Horizon. Thanks to another production shutting down due to a plethora of covid cases in the cast, I was able to squeak in the 2nd to last weekend of the extended run and catch this fantastically fun murder mystery. I'll try to write this review as spoiler-free as possible so players can come in unbiased and surprised at the complicated plot twists, red herrings, white flowers, mods and magic. 




If you're still easing back into indoor shows in these strange days, Otherworld caps the audience at 8 masked/vaxxed people, so it feels like a low(ish) covid risk. We loved the stellar writing, 1920's style stage entertainment, characters, and attention to detail. 

Bonus points for the bar on site with a first drink on the house, and of course the inimitable eye candy of this funky, pop culture filled space. At Gorgine's Bar, we enjoyed the Viking's Blood Mead (honey wine) and the Horizon's Manhattan along with a shot of clues and character intros. 




When we first docked on this alien planet, we were pleased to be offered our choice of wristbands indicating whether we wanted characters to interact with us or whether we preferred a "fly on the wall" experience. We were also thrilled to be able to shoot photos throughout the show. The mystery was difficult and unpredictable enough that we weren't easily able to solve it, and the characters were exceptional guides to keep each segment of the plot on schedule. We even had to dig deep and reach a group majority among the detectives, on a complex and thought provoking ethical dilemma. Of course we always appreciate clever playbill designs, too. 

The set design is such fun, and the costumes are quite impressive. Kudos to Otherworld for truly stellar world building all around. We had a blast! Best off world adventure we've ever been on, and we were still home in time for dinner, with a solved murder under our space belts. 

All in all, we loved this space noir production and are eager to see what Otherworld productions are up next. Highly recommended. Don't miss this!

Bonnie is a Chicago based writer, theatre critic, photographer, videographer, actress, artist and Mama. She owns two websites where she publishes frequently: ChiILLiveShows.com (adult) & ChiILMama.com (family friendly). 




CHICAGO READER RECOMMENDED!

"The attention to detail behind each element of the Horizon universe is superb. The ensemble, under the direction of Otherworld artistic director Tiffany Keane Schaefer, has created fully realized characters and does an excellent job of displaying their desires, eccentricities, and relationship to the case at each point of the show... the world feels authentic, and the mission remains clear, the stakes feel high, and the audience involvement feels meaningful." -Katie Powers, Chicago Reader

3.5 STARS, HOLLYWOOD CHICAGO

"As the live stage scene starts to rev up again, “Murder on Horizon” is a great way to ease back into it, where you’re part of the action. Gorgine the bartender will be there to serve you, and the crew of Horizon is there to mystify you. In space, no one can hear you name the murderer in advance." - Patrick McDonald, Hollywood Chicago



MURDER ON HORIZON brings audiences to the distant future, to a time when humans are genetically and technologically enhanced, or “modded.” Val Tramel, a mysterious scientist conducting secret research is found murdered on the Horizon Space Station. The famously unmodded Detective Symin Stone is dispatched to investigate. Although it’s clear Horizon authorities want to sweep this under the rug, Symin and their team quickly learn there is more to this case than meets the eye.

Audiences will explore the Horizon Space Station, visiting key features of the station including the Med-Bay, Engineering, the Greenhouse, and the Bar where they will enjoy a themed cocktail (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) as they interview suspects and gather evidence to unravel the mystery of who killed Val Tramel. 

Each performance is limited to 8 audience members, allowing unique opportunities to interact with the set pieces and content, while maintaining a COVID-safe environment.

MURDER ON HORIZON: AN IMMERSIVE SCI-FI NOIR runs approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets:

$50 for adults and $25 for children (up to age 16), and each ticket includes a coupon for a themed beverage at the Otherworld bar (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available). 

Show times are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 10 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. 





COVID-19 Notice:

All attendees including audience members, media, staff and volunteers, and performers are required to show proof of full vaccination, and masks are required to be worn over the mouth and nose at all times, unless actively eating or drinking.




Saturday, April 30, 2022

Make Your Mother's Day Cards Pop With Lovepop Magical 3D Pop-Up Greeting Cards Online

Mother's Day Is May 8th, 2022

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BROADWAY IN CHICAGO ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 11TH ANNUAL ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS

The Jimmy Awards®/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) 

Are Back In Person for 2022

Come check out the future famous!

Both of my kids were in their high school musicals, as was I, so we know what a great experience shows can be for the young people involved. Every year since it's inception, we've been happy to spread the world about The Jimmy Awards®/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®). They're back in person for 2022 on Monday, May 23rd, so get your tickets today.

Broadway In Chicago is thrillified to announce the 24 nominees for the 2022 Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards (IHSMTA), which celebrates excellence in high school theatre throughout the State of Illinois and is the regional program that feeds into the National High School Musical Theatre Awards also known as The Jimmy Awards®.

NOMINEES FOR BEST ACTRESS

From Benet Academy: Madeline (Dee) Pace

From Coal City High School: Chloe Peacock

From Deerfield High School: Juliet Simon

From East Leyden High School: Athiana Moran

From James B. Conant High School: Emma Schuth

From Lane Tech High School: Charlotte Weissman

From Maroa-Forsyth High School: Katelyn Beller

From Prairie Ridge High School: Claire Jansen

From Prairie Ridge High School: Abby Malina

From Romeoville High School: Tiara Green

From Wheaton North High School: Isabella Diaz

From York Community High School: Regan Wright

 

NOMINEES FOR BEST ACTOR:

From Barrington High School: Josh Fermin

From Cary-Grove High School: Nicholas Anchetta

From Coal City High School: Derek Carlson

From Coal City High School: Aiden Kostbade

From East Leyden High School: Joel Arreola

From Harry D. Jacobs High School: Jesse Iroanyah

From Harry D. Jacobs High School: Alex Quast

From Lincoln-Way East High School: Joseph Kotze

From Mother McAuley high School: Aidan Edwards

From Mundelein High School: William Gonzalez

From Oak Park & River Forest High School: Joshua Bonds

From York Community High School: Owen Espinosa

The nominees (24 high school performers) selected from over 200 student applicants from 76 participating schools across the state of Illinois have been invited to participate in the Awards program, which will be held at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 6:30 PM, hosted by Program Sponsor NBC 5’s entertainment reporter LeeAnn Trotter. Additionally the ceremony will feature a student group number number and Broadway workshop supported by WICKED. The students are taught the music number and are staged by a show representative and given the experience to work with a Broadway professional on a Broadway stage. Additionally, the show representative sits on the panel of judges made up of industry professionals in the city of Chicago to adjudicate and select the top 6 finalists along with Best Actor and Best Actress.

The 2022 program will be in person on the Broadway Playhouse stage for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic lead to 2 years of virtual events. This year, from the twenty-four nominees, two Illinois award recipients (one Best Actor, one Best Actress) will go on an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to represent the State of Illinois at The Jimmy Awards® and participate in a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only showcase on Broadway, where a panel of judges crowns the nation’s top performers. The Jimmy Awards® are named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. Broadway In Chicago is a Nederlander presentation and is excited to be a part of the network of theatres across the country participating in The Jimmy Awards®.

The Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards have proven to be a stepping stone for young performers, with several appearing in Broadway productions. Nathan Salstone (2012 IHSMTA Best Actor) made his Broadway debut in HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD and recently appeared in the National Tour of HADESTOWN, John Clay III (2013 IHSMTA Best Actor) made his Broadway debut in CHOIR BOY. Jack Cahill-Lemme (2016 Best Actor) is currently in the North American tour of MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL which premiered in Chicago in March 2022. Additionally, Wren Rivera (2017 IHSMTA Nominee) made their Broadway debut in JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and Joy Woods (2018 IHSMTA Finalist) made her Broadway debut in March 2022, joining the Broadway cast of SIX.

Other Illinois winners have also been successful at The Jimmy Awards®: Jonah Rawitz (2014 IHSMTA Best Actor) was awarded the 2014 Jimmy Award® for Best Performance by an Actor, Cecilia Trippiedi (2016 IHSMTA Best Actress) was awarded the 2016 Jimmy Award® for Best Dancer, Darian Goulding (2018 IHSMTA Best Actor) was a 2018 Jimmy Award® finalist, and Jacob Simon (2019 IHSMTA Best Actor) was the recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award from The Jimmy Awards®.

The 76 participating high schools involved in the program are given opportunities to see Broadway In Chicago shows and receive invitations to special events throughout the year. In years past, students performed with the casts of DEAR EVAN HANSEN and HAMILTON at Broadway In Chicago’s Summer Concert at Millennium Park, and performed with HAMILTON Chicago Company’s Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton) at the Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party at Navy Pier. Most recently students performed at Sunday’s On State, the Chicago Loop Alliance activation inviting people back to the loop after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on The Jimmy Awards®, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, visit www.JimmyAwards.com. For more information on both awards and complete rules and regulations, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com/about/IHSMTA/.


ABOUT THE JIMMY AWARDS®

The Jimmy Awards®/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) program impacts more than 140,000 students who participate in 46 regional high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $5,000,000 in educational scholarships. Presented by The Broadway League Foundation, the NHSMTA invites one Best Actress and one Best Actor nominee from each local regional ceremony to New York City for a week-long theatre intensive that includes coaching, training, and rehearsing led by some of Broadway’s most accomplished professionals. Nominees will spend one week in New York City from Monday, June 20, 2022, through Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and their combined efforts throughout the week will lead to one extraordinary talent showcase performed live in front of an audience on a Broadway stage. The thirteenth annual Jimmy Awards will take place on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Minskoff Theatre. For more information, please visit www.JimmyAwards.com.


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About WICKED

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED —the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

Single tickets will go on sale on May 23, 2022. However, you can purchase group tickets now by visiting https://www.broadwayinchicago.com/tickets/groups/

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

CHICAGO DANZTHEATRE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS “ART.HEALS.,” MAY 6 – 14, 2022 AT THE AUDITORIUM at EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH

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CHICAGO DANZTHEATRE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS 

“ART.HEALS.,” MAY 6 – 14

AT THE AUDITORIUM at EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH

“Art.Heals.” Includes Exhibitions, Music and Performances to 

Help Audiences Heal and Connect 


Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) is proud to announce the  latest addition to its two-year 20th Anniversary retrospective season, “Art. Heals.,” May 6 – 14, gallery opens at 7:30 p.m. with performances starting at 8 p.m., in the Auditorium at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. The evening’s running time is currently two hours including an intermission. Tickets are on sale now for $20 general admission (adult non-students), $13 student general admission (high school students over the age of 16 and college students) and free general admission (under the age of 16). Ticket sales online end two-hours before the performance but will be available at the door for $30. Information on participants and tickets are available at Danztheatre.org.

“Art. Heals.” is a curated performance and visual art exhibition featuring music, dance, theater, poetry, multimedia and visual art created to bring the arts and the Chicago community together to help heal and connect after the effects of the global pandemic over the last two years.

Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 

Gallery opens at 7:30 p.m., Performance at 8 p.m.


GALLERY MUSIC:

House of DOV - Drew Lewis – “Anatomy”

“Anatomy” is a durational solo installation, which deals with working through and breathing with trauma caused by dance training. “Anatomy” is a glacial solo, a "living sculpture,” moving slowly across an empty space. The solo flips through images, much like a photo album: anatomy of disintegration, anatomy of a line, anatomy of depression, of the plow, of a beam of light. These are images of the past and present: references to our shared history as a community of dancers, images from historical modern dance and memories of childhood training which shaped who we are and how we think about our bodies and movement. Ultimately, “Anatomy” is meditation, a series of breaths which act to heal and bring the performer and audience into their body in the here and now.

VISUAL ARTISTS:

“Oceans Between”

An exhibition from “Oceans Between,” a cultural exchange between Germany and the United States of America featuring the work of  Hans-Ulrich Buchwald,  Marianna Buchwald, Katrin Hamann, NIgel Packham and Simon Parfrement. 

In addition to “Oceans Between,” other artists represented in “Art.Heals.” are Rhea Godot, mixed media painting; Olivia Hunter, photography; Jeffrey Allen Mendenhall, media art and Shauntrice, sculpture, Jean Parisi art sculpture installation. 

 

SPECIAL EXHIBITION: 

AAP(I Belong) & Creative Action Posters from CIRCA Pintig's Dismantling Hate COmmunity Workshop Series


PERFORMANCES:

Poets and Storytellers:

Emily Calvo from the Guild Literary Complex

Ada Cheng from the Guild Literary Complex


Multidisciplinary/Danztheatre: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble – Letters of Healing

Letters of Healing is a danztheatre piece created by Artistic Director Ellyzabeth Adler based on her journey of healing from domestic abuse and understanding how she ended up in this relationship.  Commissioned in 2017 by Between Friends, a Chicago area social service agency dedicated to the prevention and healing support of domestic abuse victims and their families. It was performed for the agency’s annual gala and for several solo and women’s festivals and Columbia College in the Chicago area.  Adler believes that this piece is not only her story, it is at the same time, the voice of all survivors of trauma with the desire of creating empathy, understanding and healing. When artists create from a place of vulnerability, sometimes going against the grain, we find our artistic voice and follow our passion to inspire positive change in the world. 


Re/Dance Group presenting “Tiny Memories”

“Tiny Memories” is a dance theatre work centered on storytelling. It is performed by the full Re/Dance ensemble and weaves text and movement phrases together to share imagery from each dancers past. 


Paweł Grajnert (member, UEIR) with Arlo Wholgenant, bassist, presenting “Two Poems”

Two poems from a collection called, "Trauma in the Language Contraption."


DANCE:

Bekah Norwood – Untitled

This work uses breath to examine the incredible pressure in ballet to be perfect. Drawing inspiration from yoga, the piece explores the differences between moving without attention to breath and allowing breath to motivate the movement. It also investigates how a lifelong pursuit of perfection leads to tension settling deep in the body and how the healing nature of breath can lead to acceptance and release.


Kaleigh Dent -“Father, Father”

“Father, Father” explores how guilt lives in the body and the ways we can overcome it. 


The Meltdown Collective presents “Ode to Frankie” 

(Saturday performances only)

This piece is an uplifting work meant to bring joy to anyone viewing it. After such a tough two years, The Meltdown encourages all to celebrate.


THEATRE:

CIrca-Pintig - Panther in the Sky

Panther in the Sky is a play written by Lani T. Montreal about four mothers who are dealing with the murders of their teenage sons on the streets of Chicago.  The sons meet each other in the afterlife and grapple with the reality of their abrupt demise. They talk and banter as teenage boys do, as their mothers cope with grief, and struggle to make sense of it all. 

Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14

Gallery opens at 7:30 p.m., Performance at 8 p.m.


GALLERY MUSIC:

Davin Youngs

In the long-standing tradition of sound as a modality for healing, Davin Youngs stands out as a true musical innovator. He is a master of sonic enlightenment; mixing beats, electronic loops, gongs, tuning forks, crystal bowls and his own voice to create soundscapes that will take audiences on a transformative journey into the far reaches of your mind.

Youngs’s one-of-a-kind, ambient-electro-acoustic-sound healing concerts are heavily influenced by his passions for singing and meditation. By staying present in his body, Young is able to amplify his voice, layering the perfect harmonies for awakening.


VISUAL ARTISTS:

“Oceans Between”

An exhibition from “Oceans Between,” a cultural exchange between Germany and the United States of America featuring the work of  Hans-Ulrich Buchwald,  Marianna Buchwald, Katrin Hamann, NIgel Packham and Simon Parfrement. 

In addition to “Oceans Between,” other artists represented in “Art.Heals.” are Rhea Godot, mixed media painting; Olivia Hunter, photography; jeffrey allen mendenhall, media art and Shauntrice, sculpture.

 

SPECIAL EXHIBITION:

AAP(I Belong) & Creative Action Posters from CIRCA Pintig's Dismantling Hate COmmunity Workshop Series


PERFORMANCES:

Poets and Storytellers:

Ada Cheng from the Guild Literary Complex

Bianca Thompson from the Guild Literary Complex


Multidisciplinary/Danztheatre:

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble – Letters of Healing

Letters of Healing is a danztheatre piece created by Artistic Director Ellyzabeth Adler based on her journey of healing from domestic abuse and understanding how she ended up in this relationship.  Commissioned in 2017 by Between Friends, a Chicago area social service agency dedicated to the prevention and healing support of domestic abuse victims and their families. It was performed for the agency’s annual gala and for several solo and women’s festivals and Columbia College in the Chicago area.  Adler believes that this piece is not only her story, it is at the same time, the voice of all survivors of trauma with the desire of creating empathy, understanding and healing. When artists create from a place of vulnerability, sometimes going against the grain, we find our artistic voice and follow our passion to inspire positive change in the world. 


Re/Dance Group presenting “Tiny Memories”

“Tiny Memories” is a dance theatre work centered on storytelling. It is performed by the full Re/Dance ensemble and weaves text and movement phrases together to share imagery from each dancers past. 


Paweł Grajnert (member, UEIR) with Arlo Wholgenant, bassist. presenting “Two Poems”

Two poems from a collection called, "Trauma in the Language Contraption.""


DANCE:

Bekah Norwood – Untitled

This work uses breath to examine the incredible pressure in ballet to be perfect. Drawing inspiration from yoga, the piece explores the differences between moving without attention to breath and allowing breath to motivate the movement. It also investigates how a lifelong pursuit of perfection leads to tension settling deep in the body and how the healing nature of breath can lead to acceptance and release.


Kaleigh Dent -“Father, Father”

“Father, Father” explores how guilt lives in the body and the ways we can overcome it. 


Ishti Collective presenting “Prakriti II”

“Prakriti II” is about how we, as individuals and as a collective, sustain and move forward in the current socio-political polarized world. We are guided by hope and trust in humanity that we can do better; we deserve better than the anxiousness and rage caused by the divisiveness.


The Meltdown Collective presents “Ode to Frankie” 

(Saturday performances only)

This piece is an uplifting work meant to bring joy to anyone viewing it. After such a tough two years, The Meltdown encourages all to celebrate.


THEATRE:

CIrca-Pintig - Panther in the Sky

Panther in the Sky is a play written by Lani T. Montreal about four mothers who are dealing with the murders of their teenage sons on the streets of Chicago.  The sons meet each other in the afterlife and grapple with the reality of their abrupt demise. They talk and banter as teenage boys do, as their mothers cope with grief, and struggle to make sense of it all


The creative team for “Art.Heals.” includes Ellyzabeth Adler (performance curator); Siobhan Kealy, (art gallery curator) and Joshua Paul Weckesser (lighting design and technical director). 

 


COVID PROTOCOL FOR ALL PERFORMANCES

Following current guidelines from federal, state and local government and its agencies, audience members must show proof of vaccination or wear a mask at all times during the performances. All performers and participants in this CDE performance are vaccinated and will perform without masks.



ABOUT CHICAGO DANZTHEATRE ENSEMBLE

Founded in 2001, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is Chicago’s only multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to social justice and socially conscious work that builds community through the arts “one voice, one story, one person at a time.” CDE’s mission is to engage, inspire and challenge the community, both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary storytelling to illuminate aspects of social issues. This is done in the genre of Tanztheatre, "which unites all art media to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind.” Through its school-based art and performance programs, CDE helps students in Chicago schools explore their own creativity, supporting their social and emotional learning. CDE provides a physical and emotional space where community conversation and cultural change can happen.

For its performance series, CDE is dedicated to creating performances that blend together dance, theatre and visual art to tell stories about the human condition. They give an artistic voice to those who are not always heard.

Dedicated since its founding to diverse casting of age, body type and ethnicity

Consistently listed as a “Top Theater and Dance Performance to See” by New City and Chicago Reader

Unique collaborations with the Veterans Art Museum, Poetry Center Chicago, Cantigny Museum, Neighborhood Writing Alliance, Voice of the City and numerous dance and theater companies

MacArthur Award Grantee for International Collaborations.  

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is supported by The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Department of Cultural Affairs Chicago (DCASE) The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Innovation 80; smART Growth of the Chicago Community Trust; Farny Wurlitzer Foundation; Mardi Gras Fund and the annual support of individual donors.

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