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2017 Tony Award Nominations – Chicago Connections!

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by B.I. C.

The Tony Awards are always the most anticipated theatre event of the year, and we always love discovering if there are any nominees that have connections to Chicago to share in their excitement.  This year we have quite a few to celebrate!

One of these connections involve Laurie Metcalf, a veteran Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member, who was nominated for her portrayal of Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, Part 2. The show, currently nominated for 8 Tony Awards, is playwright Lucas Hnath’s take on what happened to Nora Helmer, 20 years later from where Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House left off.

The musical War Paint, which premiered here in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre last July 2016, is also being showcased in the Tony Award nominations.  Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, who originated the roles of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, are both nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.  The show also features several Chicago actors in supporting roles, including Mary Ernster and David Girolmo.

Ben Platt, who is currently leading the company of Dear Evan Hansen, was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.  He’s no stranger to the Chicago theatre scene since you may remember him as Elder Cunningham in the First National Tour of the hit musical The Book of Mormon from December 2012 – October 2013 at the Bank of America Theatre (now known as The PrivateBank Theatre).

Kate Baldwin, a Northwestern University graduate who was last seen in Chicago as Sandra Bloom in the Chicago premiere of Big Fish at the Oriental Theatre April – May 2013, will be competing for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly.

Stephanie J. Block, who is also nominated for Best Featured Actress in a musical for her work in Falsettos, has spent a good amount of time in Chicago herself.  She played Elphaba in the Chicago premiere of Wicked at the Oriental Theatre back in June 2005, which ended up running until January 2009.  She also played Grace O’Malley in The Pirate Queen at the Cadillac Palace Theatre October – November 2006.

Lynn Nottage, the playwright of Sweat, which is now nominated for Best Play, has also recently received this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  You may recognize her work from the play Ruined, which premiered at the Goodman Theater in 2007.  Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009 for Ruined, making her the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice!

Come From Away, the new musical which has landed 7 Tony Award nominations, has nominees for Best Director of a Musical Christopher Ashley and Best Choreography Kelly Devine, who will also be a part of the Escape To Margaritaville creative team set to premiere here in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre beginning November 9, 2017!

Make sure to tune in to the 71st annual Tony Awards hosted by CBS on Sunday, June 11, 2017  beginning at  7 p.m. CT!

WICKED is flying back to Chicago!

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by B.I. C. No Comments

Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster and Chicago’s most popular musical, will return to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W Randolph) during the holiday season for a limited seven-week engagement Dec. 6, 2017- Jan. 21, 2018.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething”), WICKED is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Vagina Monologues) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…). The musical is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.

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

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.”

Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.

TICKET INFORMATION
Group tickets for 15 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for WICKED will go on sale at a later date.

Tony Awards 2015 – Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play / Musical

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by B.I. C. No Comments

Here are the men nominated for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play” and “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical”:

 

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Matthew Beard, “Skylight”

Todd Freeman, “Airline Highway”

Richard McCabe, “The Audience”

Alessandro Nivola, “The Elephant Man”

Nathaniel Parker, “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two”

Micah Stock, “It’s Only a Play”

 

Here are a few fun facts:

– You may recognize Matthew Beard from his recent work in the Academy nominated film, “The Imitation Game.”

– K. Todd Freeman’s first Tony nomination came in 1993 for his portrayal of the title character in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s transfer of “The Song of Jacob Zulu.”

– Alessandro Nivola worked with Bradley Cooper on the 2013 film “American Hustle,” and apparently spent the whole time on set talking about their future work together in “The Elephant Man.”

– Micah Stock performed in Terrence McNally’s play last fall called “And Away We Go,” which Nathan Lane and Jack O’Brien saw and loved Micah’s performance, helping him gain his role in “It’s Only a Play.”

 

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Christian Borle, “Something Rotten!”

Andy Karl, “On the Twentieth Century”

Brad Oscar, “Something Rotten!”

Brandon Uranowitz, “An American in Paris”

Max von Essen, “An American in Paris”

 

Here are a few more fun facts:

– Christian Borle has been in the last two live musicals featured on NBC: 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” and last year’s “Peter Pan Live!”

– Andy Karl’s first Broadway productions included “Wicked” in which he was the Fiyero replacement and “Jersey Boys” where he was the Tommy DeVito replacement.

– Brad Oscar was the original Uncle Fester in the Broadway production of “The Addams Family.”

Interview with WICKED’s Jesse JP Johnson

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments

WICKED’s Jesse JP Johnson told us what it’s like to have your dream come true after answering your questions on Twitter last week. If it happens, you might be so happy you could melt!

WICKED Actor Jesse JP Johnson Can’t Stay Away From Chicago For Long

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by broadwayinchicago No Comments
Jesse JP Johnson as Boq

Jesse JP Johnson as Boq
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Chicago has always had a special place in my heart. Not only did I spend summers here as a kid but Chicago was also where my Mother grew up. I am also lucky to call Chicago my first workplace as it was where I debuted my first leading role in a national tour (Doody in Grease) about 9 years ago. We opened at the Chicago Theater and my entire family was able to attend. It was such a magical and special evening! Since then I have worked here five times and it has only gotten better.  The audiences, for one thing, continue to blow me away. They have such an amazing energy along with a great appreciation for the arts.  They remind me of audiences in New York but with a warm mid-western charm!

The city itself is so energetic and there are almost too many areas and things I love to do here that it is hard to pick a favorite.  Whenever I’m here I find myself going to the museums, the Shedd Aquarium, shopping on Michigan Avenue and taking in the incredible architecture. Unfortunately, I usually find myself here during the winter so those are the main things I am able to enjoy without freezing my pants off. I will say, though, that the weather is the perfect excuse to explore all of the amazing restaurants and eat EVERYTHING! All the food is great but nothing has compared to the chocolate cake I have destroyed at Gilt Bar, an incredible restaurant I discovered within walking distance of our theater. As far as going out, I love to explore the Wicker Park area. So far it has the most interesting places to go out in, from The Violate Hour speakeasy to the Emporium arcade bar! It reminds me a lot of the Village in NYC or Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A home away from home, I will always look forward to an excuse to visit Chicago… and being able to perform in one of the most beautiful and intricately designed theaters I’ve ever seen is just the topper on the cake!

We’ll be doing a Twitter Q&A with Jesse on Thursday, November 21 at 1 p.m. Be sure to tweet your questions here using #WickedBIC and he’ll respond with his answers! 

You can see Jesse perform as Boq in WICKED at the Oriental Theatre now through December 21st. Click here to buy your tickets now.