| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:00 PM
The daily ticket lottery for the Broadway production of "The Book of Mormon" is a show in itself. Each day, theatergoers gather outside the Eugene O'Neill theater and submit their names for a random drawing. The lucky winners score tickets to cheers...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 1:50 PM
NEW YORK — The Chicago cast of the satirical musical "The Book of Mormon" will feature Nic Rouleau, the current star of the Broadway company, in the central role of Elder Price, along with Ben Platt (known for his work in the movie “Pitch...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 9:33 AM
When Joseph Smith Jr. published The Book of Mormon in 1830, he likely wasn't expecting that an outrageously profane musical that purloined his golden title would dominate the 2011 Tony Awards. Then again, he probably wasn't anticipating "South Park"...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 9:17 AM
If any show could make the case that you can have fun with absolutely anything in the oft-painful run of human experience — AIDS, genocide, genital mutilation, poverty, religion, "The Lion King" — then that show is "The Book of Mormon," the...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 11:14 AM
It's time, dear reader, to raise a glass to Mick Napier, improv queen Susan Messing, wild Joe Bill, hard-toiling Jennifer Estlin, restless Mark Sutton and the Annoyance Theatre, which have, improbably, survived together for 25 years.
On Aug. 18, the...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 5:38 PM
The last time the trio of Si Osborne, Lia D. Mortensen and Brad Armacost performed Brian Friel's "Faith Healer" in Chicago, they all were 18 years younger and working in a short-lived venue, the Turnaround Theatre, named, with a note of optimism, for...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 6:00 AM
"The Book of Mormon" is releasing another 12-week block of tickets for its Chicago engagement. The new tickets, which go on sale Sept. 21, cover performances through June 2.
This is not expected to be the last "extension," although it remains an open...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 2:12 PM
At one point in "From Doo Wop to Hip Hop," a Black Ensemble show that just tickled me pink, one of the characters says something along these lines: "We're not the same color. But we're all brothers. The proof is in the music." That's pretty much the...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Oscar hosts are supposed to be irreverent and edgy, otherwise they are instantly accused of boring us silly. So Seth MacFarlane must have been surprised by the rolling backlash from his performance at last week's Academy Awards.
In a gathering storm...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 5:25 AM
The much-anticipated Chicago company of the hit Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" has its first preview performance tonight at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.
Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt star, along with Stephanie Umoh and James...
| Jun 30, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Charles Newell's conception for his new Court Theatre production of Moliere's "Tartuffe" took some guts. The deluded family at the heart of this famous 17th century French comedy has been cast as an affluent, African-American household that lives in...