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Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Theater

THE DAYS ARE SHORTER, by Evanston’s Corinne J. Kawecki, to conclude Pride Films and Plays’ 2017-18 season

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In THE DAYS ARE SHORTER, by Evanston resident Corinne J. Kawecki, 53-year-old Julia is afraid of getting older. Despite attempts to recapture her youth, her body keeps reminding her of her advancing years. With the help of her younger female lover’s magic act, Julia creates a new, magical life to help her accept the inevitability of aging through finding out who is she is and who really needs her love. The play was an entrant in Pride Films and Plays’ annual “LezPlay” competition in 2016 and was produced by Queer Theatre Kalamazoo this past January.

The Joffrey Ballet Announces 2018-19 Season

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Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, proudly announces an impressive 2018-19 season featuring the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s historic reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina, presented as part of a first-time collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet and the renowned Australian Ballet, along with a world premiere by rising urban dance star Andrea Walker, the Chicago Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Kairos and the return of two popular works by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. The Joffrey Ballet kicks off its 63rd season with Wheeldon’s modern re-telling of Swan Lake, October 17-28, followed by his reimagined The Nutcracker, December 1-30. For its winter engagement, the Joffrey presents Possokhov’s new full-length ballet Anna Karenina, February 13-24 and concludes its season with a mixed repertory program that includes the Company premiere of McGregor’s Kairos, a world premiere (untitled) from Walker and the Company Premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s iconic Symphonic Variations, April 24- May 5.

Lyric Opera Announces 2018/19 Season

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Thrilling music, powerhouse international casts, company premieres, and stirring new productions to experience in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2018/19 Season, "La bohème", "Idomeneo", "Siegfried", "Il trovatore", "Cendrillon", "Elektra", "La traviata", "Ariodante", and "An American Dream". Next season also includes a new coproduction and Lyric premiere of "West Side Story", plus special performances: Anna Netrebko in Recital and The Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert and Gala.

THIS SUMMER, STACY KEACH RETURNS AS ERNEST HEMINGWAY IN THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RESCHEDULED PAMPLONA

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Goodman Theatre announces the Summer 2018 return of Jim McGrath’s Pamplona starring stage and screen veteran Stacy Keach as Ernest Hemingway, directed by Artistic Director Robert Falls. Originally scheduled for Spring 2017, Pamplona appeared for 11 preview performances but closed prematurely after its star suddenly fell ill on Opening Night and doctors ordered recuperation. Keach’s return to Pamplona marks the stage and screen actor’s second exploration of the literary legend: he earned a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Hemingway in the eponymous 1988 television mini-series.

PARAMOUNT THEATRE’S FIRST WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL, AUGUST RUSH, CAPS 2018-19 BROADWAY SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

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For the first time in its history, Aurora’s Paramount Theatre will present a brand new musical. "August Rush", a world premiere co-production with Arlington Virginia's Signature Theatre, was announced today as the thrilling finale of Paramount’s 2018-19 Broadway series.

TOOTSIE Pre-Broadway World Premiere in Chicago

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Broadway In Chicago and Scott Sanders Productions has announced that the world premiere of the new comedy musical, TOOTSIE, will play a pre-Broadway engagement this fall at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL) from September 11 – October 14. TOOTSIE will come to Broadway in spring 2019.

HEARTBREAK HOTEL Chicago Premiere

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Broadway In Chicago, the producers of HEARTBREAK HOTEL, and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises today, announce a musical premiere that will ignite the stage of the Broadway Playhouse. HEARTBREAK HOTEL, the live musical, will make its debut at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) for a limited engagement, running from June 30 through September 9, 2018.