Thursday, October 18, 2018

Don’t miss ANT-MAN AND THE WASP on Blu-ray and Digital everywhere now!

What We're Watching: 
ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List



Evangeline Lilly, who transforms into The Wasp, 
is the first female character to be featured in the title treatment 
of a Marvel Studios film!


“Thrills, spills and screwball-comedy”              ”Visually spectacular”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone                             - Conner Schwerdtfeger, CinemaBlend


A LAUGH-OUT-LOUD ADVENTURE FOR ALL AGES
FEATURING MARVEL’S FIERCE, PINT-SIZED SUPER HEROES

MARVEL STUDIOS
 “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP”
WATCH INSTANTLY ON DIGITAL OCT. 2 AND ADD TO YOUR BLU-RAY™ COLLECTION OCT. 16


For those in the Chicagoland area…


For a limited time, you can have your photo taken against a custom ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #WaspWings wall at Best Buy Schaumburg, located at 900 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Include #BestBuyXTheWasp, @BestBuy, and #WaspWings in your social posts.



Exclusive Blu-ray and Digital extras include an up-close look at the making of the film, the tiniest Super Heroes in the world’s biggest film franchise, commentary, deleted scenes and more!

Moviegoers are still buzzing about Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” the follow-up to 2015’s “Ant-Man” and the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to debut at No. 1 opening weekend and ranked in the box office top 10 for six consecutive weeks this summer. On Oct. 2, fans can instantly watch the laugh-out-loud super hero adventure Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™, and on Movies Anywhere; and on Oct. 16, take it home on Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™.

Exclusive extras provide an inside look at some of Marvel Comics’ most celebrated characters and the consummate, comedic actors who portray them in “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” Featurettes spotlight Paul Rudd, who returns as good-hearted thief turned hero, Scott Lang, and delivers big laughs both on set and in theaters; Evangeline Lilly, who transforms into The Wasp, the first female character to be featured in the title treatment of a Marvel Studios film; and iconic actors Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer as super couple Hank and Janet Van Dyne.  Viewers can explore more about the visual development artists and effects used to bring the characters to life and drastically alter the size of the Super Heroes and their surroundings. Additional extras include deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes, and audio commentary by “Ant-Man” franchise director Peyton Reed.

OPENING: 50th ANNIVERSARY OF 1776 VIA PORCHLIGHT REVISITS AT RUTH PAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, NOVEMBER 14 – 15 FOR 3 SHOWS ONLY

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar:

ARE YOU READY FOR A REVOLUTION?!

PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE’S PORCHLIGHT REVISITS,“LOST” MUSICALS IN STAGED CONCERT SERIES, BEGINS ITS SIXTH SEASON WITH 
1776, 
AT RUTH PAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, NOVEMBER 14 – 15


Porchlight Revisits Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Tony Award-winner About the Founding of the United States of America with the Largest Cast in Porchlight Revisits History

I'll be out to review for ChiIL Mama. The Porchlight Revisits Series is one of our favorites. It's a short, sweet, and incredibly fun romp through lost musical gems rarely seen on stageIt's here audiences get to discover the 'lost musicals' of Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Kander and Ebb and more when Chicago's finest music theatre talent, with script in hand and fully staged, dust off these treasures and escort you to the world of Broadway’s past.

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its sixth season of Chicago’s “lost” musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits 1776, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone with direction by Artistic Director Michael Weber, musical direction by Jeremy Ramey and musical staging by Michelle Lauto. Porchlight Revisits 1776 is presented for only three performances Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for 1776 are available now for $37, subscriptions to the three performance series including 1776, Can-Can, March 6 and 7, 2019 and Minnie’s Boys, May 22 and 23, 2019 are $90/per person and available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884. 

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Tony Award-winner, Porchlight Music Theatre brings to Chicago the impassioned arguments and world-changing visions that were fought over in those sweltering summer days in Philadelphia nearly 250 years ago. The historic players will be present in the characterizations of Benjamin Franklin, Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson and others, showcasing the compelling debate of what are we willing to compromise to build a new country will ring out louder than the toll of the Liberty Bell.

With special permission from the rights holders, the approach to this production, which has been frequently presented with a primarily Caucasian and male identified cast playing the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the congressional staff, will be an inclusive company of actors, expanding the casting potential both in ethnic and gender identities, in modern dress. 

Every Porchlight Revisits begins with Behind the Show Backstory, an entertaining and informative multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber, introducing the evening’s production including the show’s creative history, juicy backstage gossip and much more.



Top row: Joseph Foronda, “Benjamin Franklin,” Lucy Godinez, “Martha Jefferson;” Michelle Lauto, “Abigail Adams”
Bottom row: Robert Quintanilla, “Thomas Jefferson;” Kelvin Roston Jr, “John Adams” and Heather Townsend, “John Dickinson”

Featuring a cast of 26, the largest ever for a Porchlight Revisits production, the 1776 company includes: 
Micha Astala, “Dr. Josiah Bartlett;” Frankie Leo Bennett, “George Reed;” Jeff Bouthiette, “Samuel Chase;” Erica Chinn, “Col. Thomas McKean;” Cynthia Clarey, “Rev. John Witherspoon;” Jazmín Corona, “Andrew McNair;” Richard Costes, “Leather Apron;” Ryan Dooley, “James Wilson;” William Dwyer,“Edward Rutledge;” Joseph Foronda, “Dr. Benjamin Franklin;” Kim Fukawa, “Charles Thomson;” Lucy Godinez, “Martha Jefferson;” Randolph Johnson, “Stephen Hopkins;” Christopher W. Jones, “Lewis Morris;” Teressa LaGamba,“, “Richard Henry Lee;” Michelle Lauto, “Abigail Adams,” Anne Marie Lewis, “Joseph Hewes;” Cari Meixner, “Dr. Lyman Hall;” Robert Quintanilla,“Thomas Jefferson;” Nolan Robinson, “Courier;” Kelvin Roston Jr., “John Adams;” Jenny Rudnick, “Caesar Rodney;” Peter Ruger, “Robert Livingston;” Heather Townsend, “John Dickinson;” Jessica Vann,  “Roger Sherman” and Nancy Wagner,  “John Hancock.” 

ABOUT MICHAEL WEBER, director
Michael Weber is the artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre where, under his leadership, the company has received the Best Production Equity Jeff Award for the past five consecutive years. He previously served as artistic director for the inaugural season of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (now The Broadway Playhouse) and at Theatre at the Center (1998 – 2004).  Weber recently made his Porchlight stage debut in Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi this past spring. His productions of End of the Rainbow, Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pal Joey, Assassins and Side Show at Porchlight Music Theatre, Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and She Loves Me at Theatre at the Center were each nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production. Directing credits include Living the History-125 Years of The Auditorium Theatre starring Patti LuPone and John Mahoney, Fifth of July and Talley’s Folly at the Oak Park Festival Theatre, The Petrified Forest at Theatre at the Center, Beauty and the Beast at Marriott Theatre, Over the River and Through the Woods at The Mercury Theater, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Pheasant Run Theatre and Cirque du Symphony at Sears Center Arena. The recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards, he has written and directed the past twelve Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremonies. Weber’s regional acting credits include Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy (both starring Patti LuPone) at Ravinia, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio at First Stage Milwaukee, Around the World in 80 Days at Cleveland Playhouse, The Winter’s Tale and Henry V at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, It Had To Be You (starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka) at Little Theatre on the Square, Angel Street at First Folio Shakespeare and The Gifts of the Magi at Indiana Repertory. Weber is proud to serve as a pledge host on WTTW, Channel 11. 

ABOUT JEREMY RAMEY, music director
Jeremy Ramey is a concert pianist, conductor and music director based in Chicago.  He was awarded the non-equity Jeff Award for music direction for his work on Theo Ubique’s Light in the Piazza in 2012 and again in 2013 for the company’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Some of his favorite music directing projects include Altar Boyz at Downtown Drury Lane, Hats! with Grammy award winner Melissa Manchester and Tony-nominated director Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Forever Plaid at Drury Lane Oakbrook and C’est la Vie at Light Opera Works. Ramey was also the music director for both the world premiere and Wisconsin premiere of Adding Machine. He received his training in piano performance at Rhodes College, Northwestern University and The Juilliard School of Music. He has taught at Northwestern University, Columbia College, Loyola University and the University of Memphis. He is also the music director at Unity Church on the Northshore in Evanston, Illinois.

ABOUT MICHELLE LAUTO, musical staging and “Abigail Adams”
Michelle Lauto is Porchlight Music Theatre’s education associate and starred in Porchlight’s hit In The Heights. Lauto is an award winning Chicago based actor, singer, writer and educator having grown up in the Jersey suburbs of New York and begun acting in and around the city at the age of 16. At 21, she moved to Chicago to study her other love: comedy. She is a 2014 graduate of The Second City Training Center's Conservatory program. Since graduating, Lauto has worked at several prominent Chicago area theaters, including appearing in the Original Chicago Cast of Spamilton: An American Parody for which she won a 2017 Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Revue. She also enjoys working as a teaching artist and sharing her love of musical theatre with the next generation. 

ABOUT KELVIN ROSTON JR., “John Adams”
A four-time Jeff Award nominee, three-time BTA Award winner and two-time Black Excellence Award winner, Kelvin Roston Jr. is the winner of the Light in the Darkness Public Education Award from NAMI for his play, Twisted Melodies, written and performed by himself. He is an artistic associate of Congo Square and has appeared at Court Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Northlight Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

ABOUT JOSEPH FORONDA, “Benjamin Franklin”
Joseph Foronda’s Broadway credits include Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon and James Clavell's Shogun: The Musical. His West End credits include Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse). And Chicago credits include productions at Goodman Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Silk Road Rising, American Theater Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Victory Gardens Theater. Foronda’s regional credits include productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse and more. 

ABOUT LUCY GODINEZ, “Martha Jefferson”
Currently appearing as “Serena” in Legally Blonde at The Paramount Theatre, Lucy Godinez burst onto the Porchlight stage receiving rave reviews as “Nina” in In The Heights and in New Faces Sing Broadway 1969. She has appeared in Chicago in Hair at The Mercury Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre and others.

ABOUT HEATHER TOWNSEND, “John Dickensen”
A Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate, Heather Townsend’s Chicago theatre credits includes productions with Mercury Theatre, Shattered Globe, Northlight, Remy Bumppo, Dog & Pony, Theatre Wit, Apple Tree, Next and readings with the Goodman and Steppenwolf.  

ABOUT CYNTHIA CLAREY, “The Reverend John Witherspoon”
In addition to her Porchlight debut in The Scottsboro Boys, Cynthia Clarey has sung leading roles in Thea Musgrave’s Voice of Ariadne, which was her New York City Opera debut, Anthony Davis’ Under the Double Moon, Minoru Miki’s Actor’s Revenge, Myron Fink’s Chinchilla and many more.  She has sung the role of “Carmen” throughout the world and toured in seven countries with Peter Brook’s innovative La Tragedie de Carmen.

ABOUT PORCHLIGHT REVISITS
One of Porchlight’s most popular offerings, Porchlight Revisits celebrates the lost musical gems of The Great White Way. Everyone knows Rodgers and Hammerstein's hits Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. But have they ever had the chance to experience, live on stage, their rarely seen Broadway shows Allegro, Me and Juliet or Flower Drum Song? It's here audiences get to discover the 'lost musicals' of Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Kander and Ebb and more when Chicago's finest music theatre talent, with script in hand and fully staged, dust off these treasures and escort you to the world of Broadway’s past.

The experience begins with Behind the Show Backstory, an entertaining and informative multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Artistic Director Michael Weber, introducing the evening’s production including the show’s creative history, juicy backstage gossip and much more.

Porchlight Revisits is the ticket to go behind the scenes with an introduction to the luminaries who created the greatest musicals of all time and an opportunity to discover a new 'old' favorite all in one big show—plus Porchlight Revisits subscribers are invited to influence the choosing of future titles in the series.

Previous Porchlight Revisits productions include: 
(2017/18) Do Re Mi, They’re Playing Our Song, Woman of the Year;
(2016/17) The Rink, Little Me, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever;
(2015/16) Chess, Applause, Babes in Arms; 
(2014/15) Bells Are Ringing, City of Angels, Mack & Mabel 
(2013/14) Anyone Can Whistle, Golden Boy, Fade Out-Fade In

ABOUT PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE AS RUTH PAGE ARTIST IN-RESIDENCE
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to be a member of the vibrant Ruth Page Center for the Arts community and an Artist In-Residence. Central to the Ruth Page Center for the Arts’ programming is the Artists In-Residence program, which is designed to serve organizations looking for a home base while they grow or expand their artistic and organizational capabilities. The Center is committed to nurturing and assisting dance and other performing artists, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artistic community. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is a destination for quality performing arts, accessible to a wide community regardless of race, gender, age, education or disability. An incubator of artistic energy and excellence, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts carries forward the vision of its founder, legendary dance icon Ruth Page, to be a platform for developing great artists and connecting them with audiences and community.

ABOUT PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
As Chicago’s home for music theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre enters its 24th season and its second as an Artist In-Residence at the historic Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Porchlight Music Theatre is nationally recognized for reimagining classic productions, developing new works and showcasing musical theatre’s noted Chicago veterans and rising stars. Porchlight elevates the genre by providing intimate and powerful theatrical experiences of music theatre through the lens of the “Chicago Style.” Porchlight’s rich history includes the staging of more than 60 productions with 15 Chicago premieres and five world premieres. Through Porchlight’s “Off the Porch” new works program, the musicals of the next generation are developed and given a first audience. The School at Porchlight is Chicago’s center for music theatre training in the areas of performance, writing and appreciation including a youth summer “Make Your Own Musical” camp and a Saturday morning youth program. The company’s many accolades include 28 Black Theatre Alliance nominations and seven awards, as well as a total of 151 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations resulting in 42 Jeff Awards including five consecutive Best Production awards for The Scottsboro Boys (2017), Dreamgirls (2016), Sondheim on Sondheim (2015), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2014) and A Class Act (2013).

The Honorable Julian Frazin and Rhona Frazin and Charles and Diane Laff sponsor Porchlight Revisits 1776.

Porchlight Music Theatre is supported by generous contributions from the Actors’ Equity Foundation, Bayless Family Foundation, Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, Chapman | Spingola, Attorneys at Law, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Elegant Events Lighting, James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Prince Foundation, the Morgan Stanley Foundation, Q Chicago, The Saints and the Topfer Family Foundation. 

The season program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. 

OPENING: PRIVATE PEACEFUL at Greenhouse Theater Center Chicago October 17th to November 11th, 2018

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar:
Pemberley Productions & Verdant Productions
Present
PRIVATE PEACEFUL
by Michael Morpurgo


DIRECTED & ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE by Simon Reade

Chosen as one of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Fall Productions by Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones

This heart-warming account of heroism and history, highlighting the dreadful horrors of war while celebrating the joyfulness of life, has moved audiences across Ireland, England and Scotland, and the tour comes to the United States this fall for the first time.

**All Ages. Run time: 90 minutes**

From Michael Morpurgo, the celebrated author of the international hit War Horse, comes the critically acclaimed production, Private Peaceful. Simon Reade’s stage adaptation of Morpurgo’s award-winning book garnered rave reviews throughout its 2017 and 2018 tours across Ireland, including 5-star reviews from The Guardian, The Sunday Herald, and The Irish Mail. Starring Shane O’Regan, his moving story of Tommo Peaceful’s life, from growing up in rural England to enlisting to fight in the first World War, comes to Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, IL, October 17 through November 11—the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in World War One. The story charts the life of a young soldier, Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful, a Private played by O’Regan, who faces the firing squad for cowardice. As Tommo sits in his cell waiting for sunrise, he thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today. Tommo recounts the fact that he and his elder brother Charlie do everything together- such as reminiscing on memories from their schooldays, sleeping and eating, and facing personal problems - they even fell in love with the same girl. But now they have to face the many facets of war together.

Can loyalty and a bond between two brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all?

The novel Private Peaceful was first published in 2003 and adapted into a stage play by Simon Reade in 2004 when it was first performed at the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol. The production was revived in 2012 where it sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s West End, followed by a tour of the United Kingdom.  A film adaptation of the novel was produced in 2012 and was directed by Pat O’Connor.

Private Peaceful will run at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago from October 17 to November 11. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm with additional matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Tickets range from $40 to $45 plus processing fees. For more information visit https://www.privatepeacefulusa.com/ or call the box office at 773-404-7336.

Facebook  - https://www.facebook.com/PrivatePeaceful1/
Twitter -  @PPeaceful1 
Hashtag -  #PrivatePeaceful


REVIEWS: 

“Full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive...” - The Sunday Times (UK) 

“Heart-warming as well as wrenching.  A timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices” -Edinburgh Evening News (UK) ★★★★★

“Peerless work of reconnecting us with our past” -The Telegraph (UK) ★★★★★

“Movingly told” -The Independent (UK) ★★★★★

“As moving as the poems of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel” -The Sunday Herald 

“Shane O’Regan is a quietly and deeply gifted” -Evening Echo (Ireland)

“A truly astonishing performance” -The Irish Mail (Ireland) ★★★★★

“It should not be missed” -Sunday Independent (Ireland)


October 17 - November 11, 2018
Wed-Sat @ 7:30pm 
Sat & Sun @ 3:00pm

From the celebrated author of War Horse comes the story of Private Peaceful. Tonight, more than any other night Private "Tommo" Peaceful must stay awake and remember everything.

Tommo and his elder brother Charlie did everything together. They went to school together, faced their problems together, slept and ate together; they even loved the same girl. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the war trenches and bring them safely home?

The Irish Times Best Actor Nominee, Shane O'Regan, stars as Tommo Peaceful, in this funny, moving, not-to-be missed adaptation of Micheal Morpurgo's celebrated novel.



ABOUT: 

Michael Morpurgo (Author) is a renowned writer of recent times who has penned award winning books like ‘War Horse’, ‘The Lion Butterfly’ and ‘Private Peaceful’. This prolific writer has inked numerous books which were well acclaimed by readers and critics alike.  He was an acquaintance of renowned poet Ted Hughes and under his guidance he pursued his career as a writer.  These two writers, Hughes and Morpurgo, were the ones who came up with the idea of the ‘Children’s Laureate’.  Michael Morpurgo was the third Briton to be awarded with this honor. 

Simon Reade’s (Direction & Adaptation) plays for theatre include: Pride & Prejudice (Theatre Royal Bath, 2009); Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (2003), Ted Hughes’s Tales from Ovid (both with Tim Supple, 1999) and Epitaph for the Official Secrets Act (with Paul Greengrass, 2009) all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Literary Manager and Dramaturg; Geraldine McCaughrean’s Not the End of the World (2007), Jill Tomlinson’s The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark?  (2003) and Philip Pullman’s Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (with Aletta Collins, 2005) all for Bristol Old Vic, where he was Artistic Director; and Philip Pullman’s The Scarecrow and His Servant (Poonamallee Productions/Southwark Playhouse, 2008).  Simon’s adaptations of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful (2008), The Mozart Question (2008) and Toro!  Toro!  (2010) have been seen on tour throughout the UK, Sweden and North America.  His books include a history of the international touring company Cheek by Jowl and Dear Mr. Shakespeare:  Letters to a Jobbing Playwright. 

Shane O’Regan (Tommo Peaceful) trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, where in 2013, he received the Gaiety Theatre Bursary.

Shane’s Theatre Credits include: All That We Found Here Home (New Theatre) (Smock Alley), The Spinning Heart (Tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Mill Productions), Hamlet (Mill Productions), The Spinning Heart (Articulate Anatomy) Hamlet (AC Productions), The Wise Wound (Smock Alley), The Boys (Smock Alley), Tales from the Woods (Gumption T.C.), King Lear (Mill Productions), Spring Awakening (Ill-Advised T.C.), Trainspotting (Smock Alley), Howie The Rookie (Samuel Beckett Theatre) Off-Key (Ill-Advised Theatre Company), Slender (Reality: Check Productions), Line of Decent (New Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Tour), Othello (Tour), Borstal Boy (Gaiety Theatre), Smock!(Smock Alley), Dirty Laundry (Chris Edmund), The Critic (Rough Magic), Macbeth (Smock Alley), Hamlet (Greystones Theatre), A Midsummers Night’s Dream (Pavilion Theatre), The Bee-Loud Glade (RTE Arena).

Shane’s Film credits include: Summon Her Children (Brick By Stone), The Abandoned House (Edmund Buckley), Tinder (Blueprint Pictures), Do It Now (Viko Nicki), MMA (Viko Nicki) Cura Crises Pregnancy (Kairos).

Pemberley Productions (Producer) is a company founded and run by Andrew D. Hamingson and Tim Smith. They are dedicated to bringing European drama to North America and North American drama to Europe. Next season, as well as co-producing the US tour of Private Peaceful, Pemberley is producing US tours of PW Productions tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of An Inspector Calls directed by Stephen Daldry and the first US tour of the long-running West-End production of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, directed by Robin Herford. Previous projects include a US national tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company / Filter Theatre production of Twelfth Night, a European tour of The Public Theater’s Apple Family Plays and an Irish Tour of the American Players Theatre’s production of James DeVita’s In Acting Shakespeare.  Pemberley also co-produced the US tour of Ensemble Basiani from the Republic of Georgia in 2016 and general managed the US tour of Druid Theatre’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. This season Pemberley Productions is producing the second US national tour of Sancho by and with Paterson Joseph, and have general managed the national tour of Theatre De La Ville’s State of Siege and the NY premiere of Some Old Black Man at 59E59 Theatres. 
  
Verdant Productions (Producer), formed by Donal Shiels in 2011, produces and promotes a diverse range of live theatre, music, comedy, and events in Ireland and internationally. It has also managed and represented other companies and individual artists. Recent work includes the World premiere of Copper Face Jacks the Musical by Paul Howard (The Olympia Theatre); Trainspotting by Irvine Welch & Henry Irvine (Olympia Theatre); The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Gaiety Theatre); The Weir by Conor McPherson (Gaiety Theatre); The Kings of The Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy; Signatories at Kilmainham Gaol & Olympia Theatre (UCD).

Past work includes Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy (Gaiety Theatre), the World premiere of Anglo the musical by Paul Howard (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre), Hamlet & King Lear by William Shakespeare, Agrippina by Handel for Irish Opera Collective (Dublin Fringe Festival, Solpadeine is My Boyfriend by Stefanie Preissner  (Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia), The Field by John B Keane with Brian Dennehy, directed by Joe Dowling (Olympia Theatre), Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (Gaiety Theatre and Irish tour).


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WIN 4 Tickets ($24 value) to Boogers at Beat Kitchen This Sunday at Noon

Bring your Rock Tots, Punk Kin and Banger Babies. ChiIL Mama's favorite weekly series is going full on Ramones-style punk this Sunday, with lyrics your kids can belt out in preschool. 

Enter below to WIN 4 tickets on us.


Back to rock the Beat Kitchen stages, it's the World's Most Dangerous Kid's Band! Move over Dee Dee Ramone, Crusty Booger is going to rock your socks off!

Doors open at 11:30. Brunch menu available, full bar for over 21! This show is all-ages, so bring the whole family and tell your friends!

CHIIL MAMA'S THE PROUD PRESS SPONSOR FOR BEAT KITCHEN'S CONCERTS FOR KIDS SINCE 2010!


There's a chill in the fall air and that means it's time to jam at Concerts for Kids at Beat Kitchen every Sunday at noon (doors at 11:30am)! Food and drinks available and some of the best of Chicago's kindie (kids' indie) musicians.
ChiIL Mama's back as press sponsor and we'll be giving away a FREE family 4 pack of tickets ($24 value) for every show! Pre walkers under age 1 are free. Other kids and adults all need tickets, available in advance or at the door. Concerts are geared toward birth through 8 year olds with an adult along. 
Winners will be announced this Friday on site and on our social media. Upcoming weeks, our concert ticket giveaways will go live on Fridays and run through midnight the following Thursday, so check back with  ChiILMama.com like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often. 





Enter for your chance to WIN 4 Tickets ($24 value) to Boogers via ChiIL Mama.

Enter through noon 10/13/18. Winners will be announced this Saturday on site and on our social media. Upcoming weeks, our concert ticket giveaways will go live on Fridays and run through midnight the following Thursday, so check back with ChiILMama.com like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often. 

*Please check your dates and be sure you can make it to the show before entering. We know kids get sick and last minute things happen, so if you win and can't make it, let us know ASAP so we can choose another winner. No shows who don't let us know will be banned from winning Concerts for Kids tickets for a month.



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

OPENING: It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Via American Blues Theater November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar

American Blues Theater Presents
17th Anniversary Production of
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
From Frank Capra’s film
Directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside
Music Direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler


November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019


American Blues Theater continues its 2018-2019 Season with its 17th Annual Production of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! from Frank Capra’s film and directed by Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! runs November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. 

As the second-longest holiday play in Chicago, the American Blues Ensemble treats Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It’s a Wonderful Life for the 17th year. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls “residents” extend their hospitality after every performance when audiences are treated to milk and cookies served by the cast.  

The cast of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! includes Brandon Dahlquist (George Bailey), Dara Cameron* (Violet), Ian Paul Custer* (Harry), Matt Edmonds (Announcer/Pianist), Shawn Goudie* (Foley), James Joseph* (Uncle Billy), John Mohrlein* (Clarence/Mr. Potter), and Camille Robinson* (Mary Bailey).

The creative team includes Austin Cook* (score composer), Grant Sabin* (scenic), Christopher J. Neville* (costumes), Katy Peterson (lights) Elyse Dolan* (properties) and Paul Deziel* (projection design). The stage manager is Shandee Vaughan*.

*Denotes Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates of American Blues Theater

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! has received Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Best Midsize Production and Best Ensemble.

Dates: November 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Previews: November 15 - November 17, 2018
Press Opening: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Run:November 18, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Schedule: 
Wednesdays:  7:30pm
Thursdays:  7:30pm
Fridays:  7:30pm
Saturdays:  4:30pm & 7:30pm
Sundays:  2:30pm

Additional performances on November 23 at 4:30pm; November 29 at 2:30pm; and January 1 at 7:30pm

No performances on November 17 at 4:30pm; November 22; November 29 at 7:30; or January 5 at 7:30pm

Arrive 10 min early for prizes and audiograms

Holiday Events: Children 12 & under receive keepsakes on December 2 (Hanukkah) and December 23 (Santa visits)

Location: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago

Ticket prices: $19 - $59
Box Office: Buy online at AmericanBluesTheater.com or by calling 773.654.3103.

About American Blues Theater
Winner of the American Theatre Wing’s prestigious National Theatre Company Award, American Blues Theater is a premier arts organization with an intimate environment that patrons, artists, and all Chicagoans call home.  American Blues Theater explores the American identity through the plays it produces and communities it serves. 

The diverse and multi-generational artists have established the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago.  The 35-member Ensemble has 600+ combined years of collaboration on stage. As of 2018, the theater and artists received 204 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater and 35 Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The artists are honored with Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades.  

Monday, October 15, 2018

WIN 4 Tickets ($60 Value) To Bunnicula at Lifeline Theatre Running Saturday Oct. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 25

Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents 
Bunnicula
Musical Adaptation of the Book by Deborah and James Howe
Opens October 21

Carisa Gonzalez as Chester. Photo by Suzanne Plunkett.

**This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.**

Plus Performances with Open Captioning on October 27, 
Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performanceon November 3, 
Performance with Touch Tour and Audio Description on November 4,
and Stories Come Alive! Hour Workshops Every Saturday and Sunday During the Run 

Enter Below For Your Chance To Win 4 Tickets ($60 Value) To Bunnicula at Lifeline Theatre!
Winner's choice of the following show times/dates: Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m Oct 27/28 or Nov 3/4 (pending availability). 

Here at ChiIL Mama, I'm jazzed to partner up with Lifeline Theatre for another great giveaway for my readers. Lifeline Theatre's Kidseries has long been a family favorite of ours. My kids grew up with this stellar series, and I still love catching Lifeline's amazing book based adaptations. They're a colorful, fun filled introduction to theatre for the youngest audiences, and can cultivate a lifelong love for the preforming arts. I'll be out for the press opening on October 21st, so check back soon for my full review. In the meantime, one of ChiIL Mama's lucky readers will win 4 Tickets ($60 Value) To Bunnicula at Lifeline Theatre, so enter early and often and help us spread the word about this fantastically fun seasonal show. 

Lifeline Theatre presents Bunnicula, a family musical based on the popular children’s book by Deborah and James Howe, with adaptation and lyrics by Lifeline Theatre emeritus ensemble member James Sie, music by Doug Wood, and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Anthony Kayer. At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny’s mouth. And as vegetables start turning up mysteriously drained of their juices, even easygoing Harold the dog wonders if they have a supernatural menace on their hands. Brave the night and dare to embrace our differences in this musical adaptation of the 1979 book by Deborah and James Howe. 

Bunnicula runs Saturday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 25 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.  

Accessible Performances: The Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. performances will feature open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. There will be an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. for patrons with social and/or cognitive disabilities. And the Sunday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. performance will feature a pre-show touch tour of the set at 10 a.m. and live audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For more information about Lifeline’s accessibility services, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Erica Foster at 773.761.4477 x703 or at access@lifelinetheatre.com. 

PLUS: Join Lifeline Theatre every Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. during the run of Bunnicula (following the 11 a.m. show, or before the 1 p.m. show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour. Children will enjoy an interactive storytelling session and on-your-feet theatre games. The cost is only $5 per child. Reservations are recommended, though not required. Contact Lifeline Theatre at 773-761-4477 for more information. 

The complete cast and production team for Bunnicula includes:

CAST:        
Guest artists Kyrie Anderson (Mom), Chris Davis (Dad), Whitney Dottery (Petey), Nick Druzbanski (Harold), and Carisa Gonzalez (Chester/Toby). With understudies Megan DeLay, Kyle Mundil Dye, Sierra Schnack, and Matthew Schnitker.

PRODUCTION TEAM:    
Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Andrés Enriquez (Music Director & Casting Director) and Anthony Kayer
(Director); with emeritus ensemble member James Sie (Adaptor & Lyricist) and guest artists Eric Backus
(Sound Designer), Abigail Cain (Properties Designer), Noah Ginex (Puppet Designer), Becca Jeffords
(Lighting Designer), Michelle Lilly (Scenic Designer), Jennifer McClendon (Production Manager), Kate Reed
(Stage Manager), Joe Schermoly (Technical Director), Emily Swanson (Costume Designer), Jonah White
(Master Electrician/A.V. Supervisor), and Doug Wood (Composer).

Bunnicula runs Saturday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 25 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Press opening is Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and
1 p.m., with an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Oct.
20 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com

Lifeline Theatre also offers “Name Your Price” tickets one half-hour before the show (subject to availability), group rates and other discounts available upon request. A party room is available for full-service birthday and special event parties. Lifeline Theatre is accessible by CTA (Red Line Morse stop/busses) and free parking is available at Sullivan High School (6631 N Bosworth Ave., lot located on the corner of Bosworth Ave. and Albion Ave., with the entrance on Albion) with free shuttle service before and after the show. Street parking is also available. Lifeline is accessible to wheelchair users and visitors who need to avoid stairs.

Now in its 36th season, Lifeline Theatre is driven by a passion for story. Our ensemble process supports writers in the development of literary adaptations and new work, and our theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, we are committed to deepening our connection to an ever-growing family of artists and audiences, both near and far. Lifeline Theatre – Big Stories, Up Close.

Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by Alphawood Foundation; A.R.T. League Inc.; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; Chicago CityArts, a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; CIG Management; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; FlexPrint Inc.; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Michael and Mona Heath Fund at The Chicago Community Trust Foundation; Illinois Arts Council Agency; Illinois Humanities Council; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The PAV Grant Fund; The Polk Bros. Foundation; Rogers Park Social; The Saints; S&C Electric Company Fund; The Shubert Foundation; The Steele Foundation; Th Manufacturing; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.


Enter Here For Your Chance To Win 4 Tickets ($60 Value) To Bunnicula at Lifeline Theatre!
Winner's choice of the following show times/dates: Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m Oct 27/28 or Nov 3/4 (pending availability). Enter through midnight October 23rd



Disclosure: Thanks to Lifeline Theatre for partnering up with ChiIL Mama and providing complimentary tickets for our giveaway and for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.


With Chromecast From Best Buy You Can See It Stream It From All Your Devices

As a two teen household, we've got a whole lotta streamin' goin' on. Thankfully Google just made sharing our favorite content on the biggest screen in the room a whole lot simpler with Chromecast!




My family adores movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, songs, games, sports and more, so we're thrilled Chromecast works with all our devices. Here at ChiIL Mama I've been loving my Google Echo Dot, and so I was excited to be asked to partner up on a sponsored post about Chromecast, now available at Best Buy. 

Want to share your favorites with a group or watch on the largest screen in the room? This used to require complicated cords and different connectors for our various iphones, Android phones, and pads. Now it's simple! Chromecast is designed to make the most of the apps and entertainment already on your phone. Shows, movies, live TV, YouTube, photos and more are all just a tap away. 

You don't have to go through circus contortions and working knowledge of electronics to reroute behind your TV. Simply plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV, and you're ready to stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.

The voice commands are one of my favorite features, and so easy you don't even have to remember what channel something's on. Google is more responsive and accurate than other voice recognition devices I've tried. Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.²

“Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV.” ¹

I will say Stranger Things is a family favorite we can't get enough of, and all enjoy watching together.

Features:

All together now
Watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your TV from all your family's devices.¹

Works with the streaming apps you know and love
Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. Find more at g.co/chromecast/¹

Upgrade your TV for less
Expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It's so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house.

High-speed wireless connectivity
Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).

Compatible with your existing HDTV
Easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity.

¹ Subscriptions are required to view some content.

² Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.

Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.

Check out Chromecast for an easy, affordable way to maximize your stream time in a big way! Click here for full details on Chromecast, now available at Best Buy with a pricematch guarantee. 

Disclosure: It's my pleasure to partner up with Best Buy once again, and Google Chromecast, for this sponsored post. I have been compensated for sharing this information with my readers. As always, all opinions are my own.



Friday, October 12, 2018

FLASH GIVEAWAY: WIN 4 Tickets ($24 Value) To Beat Kitchen's Concerts For Kids at Noon 10/14/18

CHIIL MAMA'S THE PROUD PRESS SPONSOR FOR BEAT KITCHEN'S CONCERTS FOR KIDS SINCE 2010!


There's a chill in the fall air and that means it's time to jam at Concerts for Kids at Beat Kitchen every Sunday at noon (doors at 11:30am)! Food and drinks available and some of the best of Chicago's kindie (kids' indie) musicians.
ChiIL Mama's back as press sponsor and we'll be giving away a FREE family 4 pack of tickets ($24 value) for every show! Pre walkers under age 1 are free. Other kids and adults all need tickets, available in advance or at the door. Concerts are geared toward birth through 8 year olds with an adult along. 
Winners will be announced this Saturday on site and on our social media. Upcoming weeks, our concert ticket giveaways will go live on Fridays and run through midnight the following Thursday, so check back with  ChiILMama.com like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often. 

This Sunday Get Ready to Rock Out 
With Jodi & the Jigglejam Band! Wiggle, JIGGLE, & Giggle to imaginative, interactive tunes!


Get ready to rock out with Jodi Koplin's Jigglejam for their first ever Concerts for Kids appearance! Wiggle, JIGGLE, & Giggle to imaginative, interactive tunes as they rock the Beat Kitchen stage. 
Doors open at 11:30. Brunch menu with tons of kids favorites and full bar for the grown ups (with some of the best bloody marys in town). Bring your friends and tell your neighbors, kindie fans!
Jodi & the Jigglejam Band
Hosted by Jodi Koplin's Jigglejam
Sunday at 12 PM – 1 PM
Concerts for Kids: 2100 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618




Enter for your chance to WIN 4 Tickets ($24 value) to Jodi & the Jigglejam Band! via ChiIL Mama.
Enter through noon 10/13/18. Winners will be announced this Saturday on site and on our social media. Upcoming weeks, our concert ticket giveaways will go live on Fridays and run through midnight the following Thursday, so check back with ChiILMama.com like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often. 

*Please check your dates and be sure you can make it to the show before entering. We know kids get sick and last minute things happen, so if you win and can't make it, let us know ASAP so we can choose another winner. No shows who don't let us know will be banned from winning Concerts for Kids tickets for a month.


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