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Major revision in Non-Equity Jeff nominations list as Hypocrites deemed Equity theater

Major revision in Non-Equity Jeff nominations list as Hypocrites deemed Equity theater

April 25, 2015 / Stage

The ever-scrupulous Jeff Awards Committee was confronted with a highly unusual situation Friday — the very morning after they had announced the list of Non-Equity Jeff nominations in which The Hypocrites received the largest number of nominations (a total of 12). Here is the statement from the Committee, as well as a statement by Sean Graney, the recently returned artistic director of The Hypocrites. A fully revised list of nominations follows those statements.

Chicago Children’s Theater to feature new play about the Civil Rights Movement

Chicago Children’s Theater to feature new play about the Civil Rights Movement

April 24, 2015 / People, Stage

If both you and your kids start to feel a bit hyperactive during the 2015-2016 season you might want to blame it on the Chicago Children’s Theater (CCT). The company plans to produce seven different shows (as opposed to the four of this season), with three consecutive presentations with shorter runs in the middle of the season embracing the theme of “snow.” A new play by Nambi E. Kelly dealing with the Civil Rights Movement will be part of the mix.

Sarah Siddons Society honoring Jessie Mueller, Chicago’s Broadway diva

Sarah Siddons Society honoring Jessie Mueller, Chicago’s Broadway diva

April 24, 2015 / Music, People, Stage

While enjoying a brief bit of down time between her Tony Award-winning turn in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” and her next project, the world premiere of the musical “Waitress,” Jessie Mueller arrived for an interview in a chic turquoise lace dress and high heels, which she quickly removed in favor of gym shoes. On Monday night at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire she will receive the Sarah Siddons Society’s 2015 Actress of the Year Award.

Joffrey Ballet soars in challenging “New Works” program at Cadillac Palace

Joffrey Ballet soars in challenging “New Works” program at Cadillac Palace

April 23, 2015 / Dance, Music, Stage

The Joffrey Ballet’s spring program of “New Works” has come with a rare change of venue (with the NFL draft being staged at the Auditorium Theatre, the company has had to move to the Cadillac Palace Theatre). What has not changed at all in the process is artistic director Ashley Wheater’s ongoing efforts to bring the troupe’s repertoire catapulting into the 21st century — challenging both his dancers and his audiences with the work of a wide range of contemporary choreographers.

Hypocrites, Griffin and Theo Ubique top Non-Equity Jeff nominations (but this story has changed)

Hypocrites, Griffin and Theo Ubique top Non-Equity Jeff nominations (but this story has changed)

April 23, 2015 / People, Stage

They are the hardest working, most resourceful, and most poorly paid people in Chicago show business. And that just might be why the annual list of nominations for Non-Equity Jeff Awards is so highly prized. The 42nd annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards — honoring excellence in productions by Chicago theaters that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, and did not operate under a union contract — were just announced. The Hypocrites, Griffin Theatre Company and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre garnered the most nominations, but read through the entire list and you will be reminded of how this city’s theater scene continues to flourish from the grass roots up.

Drama Desk Awards nominations include many productions with Chicago links

Drama Desk Awards nominations include many productions with Chicago links

April 23, 2015 / Dance, Music, People, Stage

Nominations for the 2015 annual Drama Desk Awards (which includes Broadway, Off Broadway and ‘Off Off Broadway” productions) were announced Thursday afternoon at New York’s 54 Below by previous Drama Desk winners Judith Light and Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”). Beyond the presence of Evanston-bred Mueller, a number of shows with Chicago connections made the list.