Wednesday, June 8, 2022







Marquette Management Opens their Newest Fulton Market Residences, Equipped with Premier Fitness Centers, Rooftop Lounges, Pools, and Designer Interiors

Marquette Management is thrilled to announce the grand openings of two new luxury apartment buildings in Fulton Market- Parq Fulton, located at 1400 W. Randolph Street, and Evo Union Park, located at 1454 W. Randolph Street. Both buildings are now available for occupancy and will be celebrated with an opening special event to be held on Friday, June 10 from 4-8 p.m. featuring guided tours, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment.

These buildings offer designer finishes and bright, open spaces in both individual units and shared resident amenities. Each apartment includes quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, wood plank flooring, and artistic backsplash. Both residences boast boutique amenity spaces: pools with private cabanas, rooftop courtyards with lounge seating and grills, complimentary co-working spaces with individual workstations and conference rooms, resident lounges with space for entertaining, and fitness centers with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. Pets have not been forgotten, as both new buildings have special amenities for your furry friends so they can be just as happy in their new home as well. These apartments were designed to elevate the day-to-day lives of those working from home who want to be sure their workspace is perfectly curated to foster maximum comfort, featuring vacation-like spaces where residents can live, work, play and rejuvenate.

Parq Fulton is a 25-story high-rise designed with an emphasis on wellness and relaxation. Catered to those who thrive in a tranquil home environment, Parq Fulton not only offers residents access to an Olympic-grade fitness center with Technogym equipment, but also a Spin and Pilates Studio, a Free Weight and Strength Studio, and a Meditation and Yoga Studio complete with a private terrace. Details like premium soft close cabinetry and custom built-in island extensions have been implemented to make the home a unique, restorative space. On the property there is an expansive dog park with a pergola to protect pets from the elements and a 24-hour concierge to make sure residents are attended to at all times. A heated outdoor lounge allows residents to enjoy downtown views all year round. Parq Fulton also has a rooftop pool with private poolside cabanas. Select apartment homes have premium Kohler bathroom fixtures, electronic shower controls, double vanities, Kohler touchless kitchen faucets, and a 28-bottle wine refrigerator.

Evo Union Park was designed so that residents could plan less and live more. Evo uses smart technology that features secure, keyless building entry and apartment access as well as innovative in-home amenities. The pool deck is unparalleled with private cabanas, Union Park views, and one of the most uniquely shaped pools in Chicago. A gaming room, private co-working spaces, and a rooftop lounge with grill stations and fire features ensure that residents feel like they are enjoying a luxury vacation. Healthy habits are made easy at the expansive Technogym fitness center with sliding doors opening to enjoy temperate breezes from outside. Evo has multiple functional and spacious layouts to choose from, including studio, convertible, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom floorplans, all with vibrant finishes. Each apartment was carefully curated to have a modern yet timeless feel, and select units have a built-in tech desk, a custom wood top Parsons table, glass walk-in showers with premium tile, and a Bluetooth shower head.

Living in Fulton Market means being located steps away from some of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, breweries, and cocktail bars. It also means easy access to an abundance of chic boutique shopping and being only a quick walk away from public transportation. The close proximity to Union Park gives Parq Fulton and Evo Union Park residents easy access to live music, local sports teams, community events, or to simply enjoy a picnic, right in their own backyard.

Monday, June 6, 2022

HELP OUT: GLOBAL ARTISTS FOR PEACE Benefit Concert at Marriott Theatre July 15

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Musical theater artists from Poland, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to tell their stories through song in GLOBAL ARTISTS FOR PEACE benefit concert at Marriott Theatre July 15

Broadway Across Borders, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating and connecting emerging artists across borders and empowering their artistic and social entrepreneurship, will present its first Chicago-area benefit concert on Friday July 15 at 8 pm at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Broadway Across Borders co-founder Aaron Thielen, who is also Marriott Theatre’s former Artistic Director, announced the event today. The 75-minute multi-media concert featuring musical theatre artists from Poland, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, will tell the stories of the life experiences of these central and eastern European artists through a program of musical theater numbers as well as original songs written and composed by the artists. The musical performances will be enhanced by video projections and the singers will be accompanied by a five-piece band. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization Global Citizens and their program “Stand Up for Ukraine,” to provide grants to help Ukrainian artists tell their stories.

Marriott Theatre’s Aaron Thielen and Ryan Nelson are co-founders of sponsoring organization 

Broadway Across Borders

The featured performers are Adrian Kieroński of Warsaw, Poland; Nikolina Vujić and Sanjin Arnautović of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Lucia Miorin of Augsburg, Germany. Repertoire will include songs from the musical HAIR (which Broadway Across Borders will present in concert in three cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2022), from SPRING AWAKENING (produced by BAB online during the COVID lockdown in October 2020), the musical film THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, and original songs written by the artists. While these performers have previously collaborated with each other in virtual productions, the July 15th concert will be the first time the four will have performed together in person.

Arnautović is a musical theater actor and singer and a teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. Vujić is one of the leading musical theater performers in Sarajevo and has performed on television, in theatre at the Sarajevo War Theatre, and in films. She has studied at the Sarajevo Music Academy. Miorin has trained professionally in schools in Augsburg and Berlin, Germany. Kieroński is a graduate of the Fredryk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied voice and acting. He has performed in musical theater productions in Warsaw, Lublin, and Lodz, Poland.

Tickets are $55 (plus tax and service fee) and are on sale now at,, or the Marriott Theatre Box Office (847-634-0200). VIP tickets, which include after-performance reception with champagne and desserts, and intimate conversations with the artists, are also available for $150 (plus tax and service fee).

Broadway Across Borders Presents


Friday, July 15, 2022, 8 pm

Marriott Theatre, Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL

Tickets: $55 (plus tax and service fee), VIP Tickets: $150 (plus tax and service fee)

VIP tickets include after-performance reception with champagne and desserts, and intimate conversations with the artists.

Tickets and further info available at, or at Marriott Theatre Box Office 847-634-0200 or

Four Broadway Across Borders alumni artists from Poland, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina come together for one night to share their stories, talents, and their passion for connecting with artists from around the world. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will be donated to the charitable organization Global Citizens and their program Stand Up for Ukraine to help refugees from Ukraine and around the world.


Broadway Across Borders is a non-profit arts organization that builds international and cross-cultural collaborations through musical theatre performance that create a shared understanding of humanity by cultivating and connecting emerging artists across borders and empowering their artistic and social entrepreneurship. Broadway Across Borders was co-founded by former Marriott Theatre Artistic Director Aaron Thielen and Ryan T. Nelson (Marriott Theatre Resident Music Director).

Thursday, June 2, 2022

REVIEW: Hand to God Via Paramount’s New BOLD Series at The Copley Theatre Through JULY 10, 2022

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MAY 25-JULY 10, 2022 


 August Forman (left, they/them/theirs) as Jason, Jason’s potentially satanic puppet, Tyrone, and Monica West in the driver’s seat as Margery. Credit for all production photos: Liz Lauren

Everybody loves puppets! Even puppets that may or may not be possessed by Satan. Right?

**Hand to God is suggested for ages 18 and up due to strong adult language, sexual harassment, simulated sex and simulated sexual violence.**

(from left) Adam Wesley Brown plays Pastor Greg, Monica West is Margery, August Forman is Jason/Tyrone, and Felicia Oduh plays Jessica. 


By Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

Nuclear Family Meltdown

August Forman (they/them/theirs) is Jason, seen here puppeteering Tyrone

Paramount's Hand to God is epic storytelling by true masters of the craft. The cast killed it at the press opening last night and I can't think of a truer tale for our times. Hand to God is a perfect microcosm of our society, where we wake up to daily mass shootings, eroding human rights, safety nets that strangle, and a failure of religion as a support system for the vulnerable. Chicago has endured 971 shootings, just 5 months into this year, and the south is rapidly going full on Gilead, ala Handmaid's Tale.

Jessica (Felicia Oduh, left) and Jason (August Forman) are members of a church puppetry club 

In intense times like these, theatre can be a great escape, with big song and dance numbers and colorful costumes, but it can also be a powerful tool for empathy, understanding, and revolutionary change. It's easy to get numb to the news, but theatre is uniquely poised to cut through the static. If you pay for a seat in a show, you're primed to listen for a chunk of time, without interjecting. Playwrights and actors are the canaries in the coal mine and can use their platform for deep truths on politics, religion, and the human condition where other mediums fail. Here at ChiIL Mama, we're so impressed that Paramount is launching edgy, controversial, thought provoking offerings, in addition to the Broadway style crowd pleasers that usually dominate in the suburbs. This psychological deep dive into loss, lust, and losing it is an absolute must see. Highly recommended. Four out of four stars. 

Adam Wesley Brown (left) plays Pastor Greg and August Forman plays Jason/Tyrone

August Forman (they/them/theirs) is Jason, seen here in a small town church basement sparring with the potentially possessed puppet, Tyrone

Props to the props and set design team, sound design and lighting, for designing a devilishly delightful playground for this drama to unfold on. It's truly spectacular. I'm also jazzed this show has a diverse cast and a non-binary director and lead in Trent Stork, Associate Artistic Producer and Casting Director at Paramount, and August Forman as Jason/Tyrone. 

Paramount’s entire cast for Hand to God deserves all the acclaim and awards. We've seen August Forman in numerous productions over the years, and what they deliver as Jason/Tyrone is nothing short of career defining. Adam Wesley Brown as Pastor Greg, Jordan Moore as Timmy, Felicia Oduh as Jessica, and Monica West as Margery are all stunningly good at bringing this dark comedy to life.  

August Forman (left, they/them/theirs) is Jason, seen here with the potentially satanic puppet, Tyrone, and Felicia Oduh plays Jessica

(from left) Jordan Moore plays Timmy, August Forman is Jason/Tyrone, and Felicia Oduh plays Jessica

Paramount's profanity riddled production isn't for the prudish, but it's perfect for those offended by the myriad ways our society lets down veterans, widows, women, children, the poor, the grieving, the sexually abused, gay and non-binary youth, and the mentally ill. This is the train wreck we can't look away from. It's the child of desperation with no reprieve. It's the nuclear family meltdown. It's misplaced guilt, blame, and loathing, turned to self harm and questionable life choices. It's the desperate cry for help that finally gets results, when being good just isn't cutting it anymore. And did I mention it's fucking hilarious. Playwright Robert Askins has gifted us some of the most raw, real characters out there, and Paramount's cast nailed it. 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: (adult) & (family friendly). 

A small church ministry therapy group in Texas is the unlikely setting for Hand to God, a darkly humorous horror shocker guaranteed to leave your sides sore from laughter and your face soaked in tears. Brilliantly written by Richard Askins, Hand to God creates a funny, striking and poignant exploration of the deeply human journey of loss and the demons (both mythical and subliminal) that accompany the voyage. If God works in mysterious ways, wait until you see what Satan has up his, or at the end of your, sleeve. 

Avenue Q meets Little Shop of Horrors  in Hand to God, the Tony-nominated, darkly humorous horror shocker, puppets included, running May 25-July 10, 2022, at the new Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., right across the street from Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora.

The second play in Paramount’s new BOLD Series, Hand to God promises to deliver again on Paramount’s pledge to bring fearless, thought-provoking and unexpected new forms of live theater to downtown Aurora. 

Paramount Theatre BOLD Series
Hand to God character portraits

August Forman (they/them/theirs) plays Jason/Tyrone 
Photo credit for all: Amy Nelson

Felicia Oduh plays Jessica

Monica West plays Margery 

Adam Wesley Brown plays Pastor Greg 

Jordan Moore plays Timmy 

The Copley Theatre, a sleek, state-of-the-art, 165-seat theater with a modern new lobby bar, reopened in March as downtown Aurora’s newest live theater space following a two-year, $2 million, top-to-bottom renovation. Since then, the Copley has been welcoming new audiences with a critically acclaimed staging of Lynn Nottage’s working class drama, Sweat, Paramount’s inaugural BOLD Series opener.


Photos of new Copley Theatre by Thomas J. King.

Sock it to me: Behind-the scenes of Paramount’s BOLD Series production, Hand to God

Paramount’s BOLD Series production of Hand to God features (from left) August Forman as Jason/Tyrone, with Adam Wesley Brown as Pastor Greg, Jordan Moore as Timmy, Felicia Oduh as Jessica, and Monica West as Margery. 

Paramount’s cast for Hand to God features August Forman as Jason/Tyrone, with Adam Wesley Brown as Pastor Greg, Jordan Moore as Timmy, Felicia Oduh as Jessica, and Monica West as Margery. All are making their Paramount debut except Brown, who performed a memorable turn as Carl Perkins in Paramount’s 2017 Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet.

Trent Stork, Associate Artistic Producer and Casting Director at Paramount, directs. Stork made their Paramount directing debut in 2018 at the helm of Legally Blonde ( Award – Best Direction of a Musical), followed by Paramount’s 2021-22, smash hit season opener, Kinky Boots. They have worked on the directing team for 19 productions at Paramount, 13 of those alongside Artistic Director Jim Corti. Outside of Paramount, Stork has worked at the Kaufman Center in New York City, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Angels Theatre Company and The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, among others. They also started their own casting company, Trent Stork Casting, and was the Chicago casting director for the new West Side Story adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Hand to God production team includes Jonathan Berg-Einhorn, scenic designer; Yvonne L. Miranda, costume designer; Cat Wilson, lighting designer; Jeffrey Levin, sound designer; Paul Deziel, projection design; Aimee Plant, properties designer; Jon Beal, fight choreographer; Jyreika Guest, intimacy director; Catherine Miller, dramaturg; Susan Gosdick, dialect coach; Spencer Lott, puppetry coach; Sara Gammage, stage manager; and Lanita VanderSchaaf, assistant stage manager.

Robert Askins (playwright) was born in Cypress, Texas in 1980. He moved to New York in 2005. His play Hand to God was first produced off Broadway in 2011 and 2014, then on Broadway in 2015, the latter receiving five Tony Awards nominations, including for Best New Play. The New York Times wrote “Askins’ darkly delightful play really inspires goose bumps as he unleashes a reign of terror…But he’s also flat-out hilarious, spewing forth acid comedy that will turn those goose bumps into guffaws.” Askins’s other plays include The Squirrels, Permission, Princes of Waco, Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife and The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef. Askins is an alumnus of I-73, Youngblood, and a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has received two E.S.T./Sloan grants, an Arch and Bruce Davis Award and the Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights. 

Hand to God performance schedule and ticket information

Previews start Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Press openings are Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m. Hand to God runs through July 10. Show times are Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $67 to $74.

The Copley Theatre is located at 8 E. Galena Blvd., in the North Island Center, directly across the street from Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. For tickets and information, visit, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Note:  

Pay What You Can performances

In order to break down barriers to experiencing live theater, Copley Theatre will offer two Pay What You Can performances of Hand to God:  Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m.

Both days, starting at 10 a.m., visit the Paramount Theatre box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in-person to request tickets. Customers will be asked how much they’d like to pay and will simply pay what they can. Limit four tickets per person. Offer not valid toward previous purchases. Online or phone purchases are not permitted. The Pay What You Can initiative is part of Paramount’s new program, REACH (Resources Expanding the Arts and Connecting Humanity).

Access Services

Paramount will offer an open and closed captioning performance on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

If you require wheelchair or special seating or other assistance, please contact the box office at (630) 896-6666 or in advance.

Paramount offers assistive listening devices free of charge at all performances. Check in at the coat room before the show to borrow a listening device.

Paramount Theatre’s Covid-19 commitment to and safety and protocol

Paramount Theatre has followed, and will continue to follow, the requirements of the State of Illinois and the Kane County Health Department. Therefore, Paramount is following the guidance of the State of Illinois and recommends, but no longer requires, masks, proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for patrons. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged, but will be optional. For complete details, please read Paramount’s full Covid Policy. 

About Paramount Theatre's new Bold Series

Paramount Theatre’s inaugural BOLD Season opener, Sweat by Lynn Nottage, directed by Andrea J Dymond, features (front, from left) Shariba Rivers, Linda Gillum, Emmanuel K. Jackson and Gage Wallace, with (back) Jordan Anthony Arredondo and Randy Steinmeyer. Photo by Liz Lauren. Sweat press kit here.

After two years of waiting, Paramount Theatre launched its inaugural BOLD Series in February with Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed modern-day drama about life in an American Rust Belt town. The Daily Herald awarded Sweat four stars, adding “if director Andrea J Dymond's scorching revival that inaugurated Paramount Theatre's BOLD Series at the newly remodeled Copley Theatre is any indication of productions to come, audiences are in for a treat.” The Chicago Reader agreed, calling Sweat a “stellar revival…launching a new direction for Aurora’s Paramount Theatre.” Performances are still running through April 24, 2022. For tickets and information, visit, or call the Paramount box office, (630) 896-6666. 

Fun Home

Book by Lisa Kron

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

Directed by Jim Corti and Landree Fleming

August 3-September 18, 2022

Press openings: Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11, 2022 at

7 p.m.

Welcome to a funeral home unlike any other you’ve seen. Memories linger in the air like snowflakes, and the truth is always opaque. Where finding yourself means looking to the past and seeing yourself reflected in your father, who is exactly the same and still so different than you. It’s a place filled with humor, secrets, anger, unexpected joy, self-revelation and the most confounding thing of all: family. Welcome to Fun Home — a musical like no other. Suggested rating 13+

BULL: a love story

World Premiere

Written by Nancy García Loza

Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker

October 5-November 20, 2022

Press opening: Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Bull dealt drugs, got caught, and served his time. For a decade, he’s thought about one thing: coming home. On the day Bull is released from prison, he returns to his old Chicago neighborhood, Lakeview, now unrecognizable. Hopeful and eager, he is ready to resume life with his family, only to discover how much has moved on without him. His dream now within grasp, what will it take to get home? Find out in BULL: a love story, a world premiere drama, originally presented as a virtual staged reading via Paramount’s new play development program, The Inception Project, in January, 2021. Suggested rating 13+

Four-show BOLD Series subscriptions are still on sale, ranging from just $134-$148. That’s a “buy two shows, get two shows free” offer. Single tickets to individual performances are $67-$74. To purchase subscriptions, single tickets or for more information, visit, call

(630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All four BOLD Series performances are staged in Copley Theatre, located in the North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., in downtown Aurora. 

About Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., is the center for performing arts and education in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. The beautiful, 1,843-seat theater, graced with a strong 1930s Art Deco influence and original Venetian décor, nationally known for its high-quality productions, superb acoustics and historic grandeur, has been downtown Aurora’s anchor attraction since 1931.

After launching its own Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount Theatre grew to be the second largest subscription house in the U.S. Before Covid, more than 41,000 subscribers from all over Chicagoland and the Midwest were enjoying Paramount’s critically acclaimed, 2019-20 Broadway-caliber productions. In addition, Paramount also presents an array of internationally known comedians, musicians, dance troupes and family shows annually.

Paramount Theatre is one of four live performance venues programmed and managed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority. ACCA also oversees downtown Aurora’s newly renovated 165-seat Copley Theatre, home to Paramount’s new BOLD Series, along with the Paramount School of the Arts, RiverEdge Park, the city’s 6,000-seat outdoor summer concert venue, and Stolp Island Theatre, an immersive space opening in summer 2023. 

Paramount Theatre continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Tim Rater, President and CEO, Aurora Civic Center Authority; Jim Corti, Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre; a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater and music professionals.

For the latest updates, visit or follow @ParamountAurora on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

August Forman (they/them/theirs) is Jason, seen here puppeteering Tyrone, in Paramount Theatre’s BOLD Series production of Hand to God, the Tony-nominated, darkly humorous horror shocker, puppets included. Performances are May 25-July 10, 2022, at the new Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., in downtown Aurora. Tickets: or (630) 896-6666. Credit: Liz Lauren

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Blue Man Group Chicago Mochi Donut & 20% Show Discount Available Throughout June at 2D Restaurant

Blue Man Group Chicago will kick off its 25th anniversary festivities by partnering with 2D Restaurant to launch a specialty “Blue Man Group” mochi donut. The donut will be available at 2D Restaurant (3155 N. Halsted) throughout the month of June.  

Celebrating the iconic theatrical phenomenon performing steps away from the restaurant, 2D’s Blue Man Group donut will feature fresh blueberry puree sprinkled with colored cocoa powder and topped with a marshmallow. Guests who purchase the “Blue Man Group” donut will receive a special ticket code for 20 percent off tickets to upcoming performances of Blue Man Group Chicago at the Briar Street Theatre.  

Blue Man Group originally debuted at the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood in 1997. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, Blue Man Group encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child in order to see the world through a new perspective. Three bald and blue men explore today’s cultural norms with wonder, poking fun at the audience’s collective quirks and reminding them how much they all have in common. The show is continually refreshed with new music, stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.  


About Blue Man Group 

Blue Man Group is a global entertainment phenomenon, known for its award-winning

theatrical productions, iconic characters and multiple creative explorations. Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and World tours, reaching more than 50 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and continually injected with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and sensory stimulating graphics. Blue Man Group is owned and operated by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. For more information, please visit  


About 2D Restaurant 

2D Restaurant is Chicago’s first two-dimensional mochi donut and Asian fusion chicken sandwich restaurant, transporting its guests into their own comic universe using monochrome illusions. 2D is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Vanessa Thanh Vu and Kevin Yu. In partnership with Chicago artist Mia Larson, the couple spent about two years attending to every detail of the 1,600 square-foot space, ultimately crafting an immaculate 22-seat Parisian fantasy world complete with a balcony view of the Eiffel Tower, a 1920s-style en-suite hotel bathroom complete with a bubble-filled clawfoot tub, and a cozy library stocked with tall bookshelves around a lit fireplace. 

Friday, May 27, 2022

OPENING: Steel Magnolias at Drury Lane Theatre June 10 – August 7, 2022

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Drury Lane Theatre announces cast of

Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling

Directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller 

June 10 – August 7, 2022


 Steel Magnolias is rated PG

Drury Lane Theatre announces the cast for its production of the empowering story of love and friendship, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller. Due to demand, Steel Magnolias has been extended and now runs June 10 – August 7, 2022, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. I'll be out for the press opening, June 16th, so check back soon for my full review.

The cast of Steel Magnolias includes Janet Ulrich Brooks (Ouiser), Amy J. Carle (M’Lynn), Lillian Castillo (Annelle), Cordelia Dewdney (Shelby), Elizabeth Ledo (Truvy), Susie McMonagle (Clairee), McKinley Carter (u/s Truvy, M’Lynn), Hannah Fernandes (u/s Shelby, Annelle), and Meighan Gerachis (u/s Ouiser, Clairee).

The all-female creative team bringing this story of friendship to life includes Angela Weber Miller (Scenic Designer), Jessica Pabst (Costume Designer), Lindsey Lyddan (Lighting Designer), Sarah Ramos (Sound Designer), Cassy Schillo (Properties Design), Emily Young (Hair & Wig Design), and Sammi Grant (Dialect Coach). The Production Stage Manager is Juli Hrovat-Walker.

In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life’s challenges together and find comfort in one another. Embracing both laughter and tears, this story celebrates the power of female friendship.

Tickets, priced $64-$79, are available by phone at (630) 530-0111 or online at

About the Artists

JOHANNA McKENZIE MILLER (Director) is making her Drury Lane directing debut with Steel Magnolias. Ms. McKenzie Miller most recently directed the 91st Annual Waa-Mu show at Northwestern University A Peculiar Inheritance. Previous directing credits include world premiere musical Sherw’d (First Folio Theatre), New Faces Sing Broadway, Now! (Porchlight Music Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Marriot Theatre), Junie B Jones & Madagascar, A Musical Adventure (Marriot Theatre for Young Audiences) where she will be directing The Wizard of Oz this summer. Armed with a Bachelors of Music from NIU she has appeared onstage at Drury Lane as Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Katie Nana in Mary Poppins.

JANET ULRICH BROOKS (Ouiser) has appeared previously at Drury Lane in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; and Crazy For You. A Company Member of TimeLine Theatre, Janet has performed in over 15 productions including the role of Maria Callas in Master Class (Joseph Jefferson Award - Performer in a Principal Role). Other Chicago credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Northlight, and Theatre at the Center. Regional theatre credits include Woolly Mammoth, Milwaukee Rep, Kennedy Center, and Theatre Squared in Fayetteville, AR. Films include: Divergent, Conviction, One Small Hitch, and Fools. T.V. credits include Work In Progress (Showtime), Fargo (FX), Sense8 (Netflix), Proven Innocent (FoxTV), and Boss (STARZ). Janet was the first recipient of the Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award from University of Central Missouri. A proud member of AEA & SAG/AFTRA.

AMY J. CARLE (M’Lynn) and is thrilled to be at Drury Lane! Chicago credits include: A Doll's House (Writers Theatre); Harvey, Orlando (Court Theatre); The Book of Joseph (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Wonderful Town, The Sins of Sor Juana, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Desire Under the Elms (Goodman Theatre); The Book Thief, The Internationalist, Animals Out of Paper, Sex With Strangers, Hedda Gabler (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Hard Times, North China Lover, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Peter Pan, Trust (Lookingglass Theatre); Season’s Greetings (Northlight); Noises Off, Chapter Two (Windy City Playhouse); Luce (Next Theatre), Gidion’s Knot (Profiles); Refuge (CollaborAction); SubUrbia, The Lights, Ecstasy, WAS, and The Planets (Roadworks Productions). Off-Broadway National Tour: The Vagina Monologues. Regional: The Profane (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Fully Committed, The Diary of Anne Frank (Madison Rep.); Or, (Forward Theatre); Morning Star (Kansas City Rep.). Television: Soundtrack (Netflix), Boss (STARZ), Chicago Code (FOX), Law & Order, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, CRISIS (NBC). Film: Who Gets the Dog?.

LILLIAN CASTILLO (Annelle) returns to the Drury Lane stage where she appeared as Tracy in Hairspray and Rosalia in West Side Story. Other Chicago credits include: Mamma Mia, Sister Act, Kiss Me Kate at Marriott Theatre; Seussical, Taming of the Shrew, Ride the Cyclone (US premiere) at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Music Man at Goodman Theatre. Regional credits: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, In the Heights, and Titanic at Milwaukee Rep; Glorious at Arkansas Rep; H.M.S. Pinafore, School for Wives, Macbeth at Utah Shakes; In the Heights at Seattle Rep and Portland Center Stage; Ride the Cyclone at ACT, The Alliance Theatre, and MCC. She voices Jocasta Stormwood on “Mythic Thunderlute,” a D&D musical podcast. 

CORDELIA DEWDNEY (Shelby) is making her Drury Lane debut. Chicago credits include Mr. Dickens' Hat at Northlight Theatre and Moby Dick, Hard Times, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at the Lookingglass Theatre where she is thrilled to be an Artistic Associate. Regional credits include Moby Dick at The Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, and South Coast Repertory as well as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (The McCarter Theatre in association with Lookingglass Theatre). Television credits include Chicago Med. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG.

ELIZABETH LEDO (Truvy) has previously appeared at Drury Lane in Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, and Mamma Mia. Chicago credits: All’s Well That Ends Well, The King's Speech, Tug of War, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Amadeus (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Secret Garden, Titus Andronicus, The Illusion, Tartuffe, Uncle Vanya (Court Theatre), The Matchmaker, Boleros for the Disenchanted, A Christmas Carol (The Goodman Theatre), Homebody/Kabul, Morning Star (Steppenwolf Theatre), Isaac’s Eye, Arms and the Man (Writers Theatre), The Chalk Garden, Charm (Northlight Theatre). Chicago credits include productions with About Face Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Timeline Theatre and First Folio Theatre. Regional credits include productions with American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Indiana Rep, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage and over 20 productions with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. National Tour: The King's Speech. Elizabeth is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.

SUSIE MCMONAGLE (Clairee) was last seen at Drury Lane as Donna in Mamma Mia. Other Drury Lane credits include: Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot and Diana in Next to Normal for which she won a Jeff award. Ms. McMonagle's Chicago credits include: Gretta in James Joyce’s The Dead, Man of La Mancha (Court Theatre), Candida in Rock ‘n’ Roll (Goodman Theatre), Suzannah in Black Pearl Sings, Jane Grant in At Wits End, Daisy in Sideshow (Northlight Theatre). Additional Chicago credits include: Flora in Indian Ink, Mae in Dirty Blonde, Shelby in Spitfire Grill, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Reno in Anything Goes, Grizabella in Cats, Eva Perón in Evita and Florence in Chess. First National tours include: Mrs. Wilkinson and Mum in Billy Elliot. Other National Tours include Donna in Mamma Mia!, Fantine in Les Miserables and The Secret Garden. McMonagle appeared on Broadway as Fantine in Les Miserables. Susie has appeared on Chicago Med in several episodes. She is a recipient of After Dark Awards, Critics’ Circle Awards, Joseph Jefferson Award as well as eleven Joseph Jefferson nominations. She received her BFA from Stephens College.

MCKINLEY CARTER (u/s Truvy, M’Lynn) previous work at Drury Lane includes Mamma Mia, The Sound Of Music, Deathtrap, Something’s Afoot, Ragtime, and Tintypes. Other Chicago credits include: Spring Awakening, Sunset Blvd, Putting It Together, Porchlight Music Theatre; Into The Woods, Parade, Writers Theatre; Fun Home, Victory Gardens; The Book of Will, Title Of Show, Northlight Theatre; Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, Ragtime, Drury Lane Theatre; The Merry Widow, Carousel, Lyric Opera; Macbeth, Road Show, Julius Caesar, Sunday In The Park With George, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Blind Date, Turn Of The Century, The Visit, Floyd Collins, Goodman Theatre; The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, Mercury Theatre; John and Jen, Assassins, Apple Tree Theatre; Forbidden Broadway, Royal George Theatre; Winesburg Ohio, Steppenwolf Theatre; James Joyce’s The Dead, Cymbeline and Pericles, Court Theatre.

HANNAH FERNANDES (u/s Shelby, Annelle) is thrilled to be back on the Drury Stage so soon after making her debut in The King and I as Ensemble and Anna u/s! In addition to performing, Hannah has taught acting at Viterbo University and is on her way to becoming a certified Intimacy Director. Notable credits include: MTWichita- Carousel (Carrie); Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma- Disney’s When You Wish (Jasmine), West Side Story (Rosalia/Maria u/s). Hannah studied at Wichita State University, Maggie Flanigan Studio, and IDC Professionals. Many thanks to the original inhabitants of this land, the Indigenous tribes: Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Bodwéwadmi, Myaamia, Hoocąk, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ.

MEIGHAN GERACHIS (u/s Ouiser, Clairee) has appeared in Chicago in Roe, The Wolves, A Christmas Carol, New Stages Blue Skies Process and Graveyard Shift (Goodman); Admissions, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Theater Wit), Small Mouth Sounds, Solstice (A Red Orchid Theater); Domesticated, Our Town and The House on Mango Street (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Electric Baby, Precious Little, The Walls, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, Indulgences at the Louisville Harem, Factory Girls, My Simple City, Wrens (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); Measure for Measure (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Cloud Nine (About Face Theatre); Cigarettes and Moby Dick and Che Che Che (Latino Chicago); The Underpants (Noble Fool Theatricals). Regional: Charm (Mixed Blood Theatre); Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (Stageworks). Film /TV: Somebody Somewhere, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, At Any Price, Virginia. Chicago P.D., Crisis, Bobby & Iza, Sirens and Battleground.

Dates:                         June 10 – August 7, 2022

Press Opening:         Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Schedule:                   Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m.

                                   Thursdays: 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

                                   Fridays: 8:00 p.m.

                                   Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

                                   Sundays: 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.


Location:                    Drury Lane Theatre at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace


Tickets:                      Single Tickets: $64 – $79*

Wednesday and Thursday matinees: $64*

Thursday evenings: $74*

Friday and Saturday and Sunday matinees: $79*

Sunday evenings: $74*

*Prices do not include taxes or fees


$5 discount available for Senior Citizens on Wednesday and Thursday matinees

Group discounts available to groups of 15 or more

Dining and show packages available


Box Office:                100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace

                                   (630) 530-0111

                                   Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm or visit

Season and Subscription Information 

The remainder of the Drury Lane 2022/2023 Mainstage season includes Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (August 31 – October 23, 2022); Elf the Musical (November 9, 2022 – January 8, 2023); and A Chorus Line (January 25 – March 26, 2023).

The performance schedule for the 2022/2023 season is: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $170. This includes priority seating and great dining discounts at Lucille Restaurant and The Lounge, dedicated theatre entrances, discounts at partner hotels, exclusive presale opportunities and much more. For more information, visit Group tickets start as low as $40 and Senior Citizens start at $59 for matinee performances. Dining and show packages are also available. To book a group of 15 people or more, call Group Services at (630) 570-7272 or email For individual ticket on-sale dates and ticket reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre Box Office at (630) 530-0111 or visit


About Drury Lane Theatre  

Built from scratch. Built in Oakbrook. Built for you. 

Founded by Anthony DeSantis over 60 years ago, Drury Lane remains a family-run organization under the leadership of President Kyle DeSantis. Drury Lane Theatre continues as a major force in the Chicagoland theatre scene, producing world-class theatre in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading actors, directors, and creative minds. Drury Lane Theatre produces the highest quality theatrical experience that immerses and supports our artists and audiences in the exploration of what it means to be human and to experience the transcending power of the performing and visual arts. Drury Lane strives to create an environment in which every individual or group is welcomed, respected, supported, valued and able to fully experience and participate in this transformative art form. 

The theatre has staged more than 2,000 productions and has been nominated for over 360 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Drury Lane proudly employs thousands of professional actors, musicians, designers, and crew members to entertain upwards of nine million audience members and counting. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

REVIEW: Broadway Revival of Fiddler on the Roof One Week Only at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre May 17 - May 22, 2022.

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The Company of the North American Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
All photos by Joan Marcus


By Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

The Tony Award®-nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof is a multigenerational crowd pleaser and a must see. The dance numbers by acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter are fantastic and the dream scene is a macabre delight with creepy masks, elongated fingers, and a far larger than life Fruma Sarah. 

The Company of the North American Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

The sets are simple yet effective and the entire cast shines in this high energy crowd pleaser with timeless themes of love, loss, family, and community. Yehezkel Lazarov is a particular stand out as Tevye, punching up the humor in an endearing, charismatic way.

Yehezkel Lazarov (Tevye) 

The Company of the North American Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Fiddler on the Roof holds a special place in my heart since I was cast in my high school's production. Decades later my daughter's school performed Fiddler on the Roof, and as a limber gymnast she was cast as The Fiddler, and did the Russian dance and the bottle danced. 

Ali Arian Molaei (The Fiddler) and the Company

Scott Willits (Villager) and Eddieomar Gonzalez-Castillo (Villager)and Honza Relichovsky 

The musical Fiddler on the Roof is based on the story "Tevye and his Daughters" written by Sholem Aleichem in 1905 (and set then). Jerry Block and Sheldon Harnick wrote the musical version in 1964, yet as the decades pass this show still has staying power and universal appeal. It's amazing how little has changed, with Russia once again invading and attacking small towns in Ukraine near Kiev, the region where Fiddler on the Roof is set. We were pleased that during the curtain call, the cast dedicated this run to the people of the Ukraine who are still evacuating their homes and fleeing as refugees.  Don't miss this short, 8 performance Chicago run. Fiddler on the Roof is recommended.

Noa Luz Barenblat (Chava) and Kelly Gabrielle Murphy (Tzeitel) and Ruthy Froch (Hodel)

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

The Company of the North American Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF


-New York Magazine

Broadway In Chicago announced that tickets for the tour of the Tony Award®-nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof are now on sale and range in price from $31 - $111 with a select number of premium tickets available. Fiddler on the Roof will play eight performances at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St.) from May 17 through May 22, 2022. Individual tickets are available at Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing

Yehezkel Lazarov (Tevye) and Andrew Hendrick (Lazar Wolf)


-The New York Times

A beloved theatrical classic from Tony-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, this critically acclaimed production is directed by Tony Award®-winner Bartlett Sher (To Kill a Mockingbird, South Pacific, The King and I) and choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter. 

Noa Luz Barenblat (Chava) and Jack O'Brien (Fyedka)

Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” "Sunrise, Sunset,” "Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.”

Kelly Gabrielle Murphy (Tzeitel) and Daniel Kushner (Motel) 


-Time Out New York

Ruthy Froch (Hodel) and Solomon Reynolds (Perchik)

The cast features Israeli theatre and film star Yehezkel Lazarov as Tevye joined by Maite Uzal as Golde, Andrew Hendrick as Lazar Wolf, Brooke Wetterhahn as Yente, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy as Tzeitel, Ruthy Froch as Hodel, Noa Luz Barenblat as Chava, Daniel Kushner as Motel, Solomon Reynolds as Perchik, Jack O’Brien as Fyedka and Jason Thomas Sofge as Constable. 

The ensemble includes Danny Arnold, Nick Berke, Andrea Marie Bush, Morgan Cohen, David Scott Curtis, Eddieomar Gonzalez-Castillo, Ansley Grace Hamilton, Jenna Harwood, Jonathan Hashmonay, James Jude Johnson, Elliot Lazar, Randa Meierhenry, Carlye Messman, Ali Arian Molaei, Jacob Nahor, Max O’Connell, Carly Post, Lauren Blair Smith, Alex Stone, Rosie Webber, Scott Willits and Audrey Rose Young.

The Company of the North American Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF


-Chicago Sun-Times

The original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opened in 1964, was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards that year. This acclaimed revival proudly introduces a new generation to the iconic musical adored across the globe.

The Company of the North American Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF


-NY Daily News

Fiddler on the Roof has musical supervision by Tony Award®-winner Ted Sperling, scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Michael Yeargan, costume design by Tony Award®-winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Donald Holder, sound design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Lehrer and Alex Neumann and hair and wig design by Tom Watson. Casting is by Jason Styres, CSA.  

The Company of the North American Tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 


Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 18 at 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 189 at 7:30 pm

Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 21 at 2 pm and 8 pm

Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm

 Yehezkel Lazarov (Tevye) and Maite Uzal (Golde)


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