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Tony Awards: Best Sound Design

We hope you haven’t forgotten about the Tonys after the holiday weekend, because there’s less than two weeks left until the big night! Today we’re going to look at the nominees for Best Sound Design.


Best Sound Design (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Alex Baranowski – The Cripple of Inishmaan

Matt Tierney – Machinal

Dan Moses Schrier – Act One

Steve Canyon Kennedy – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Alex Baranowski has posted examples of his work from “The Cripple of Inishmaan” on his SoundCloud account.


Best Sound Design (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Tim O’Heir – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Brian Ronan – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Mick Potter – Les Miserables

Peter Hylenski – After Midnight

DID YOU KNOW? Brian Ronan was originally a lighting designer who got into sound design thinking it would be easier to find work. He is now a five-time Tony nominee.

Peter Hylenski was the sound designer for Motown the Musical, currently playing at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago through August 9th!

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Short & Sweet: Motown the Musical

Diana Martinez and guest critic Mike Latone review ‘Motown the Musical’. “According to Latone, there was a “buzz in the audience you wouldn’t believe – I swear everybody was ready to jump up out of their chairs and start dancing.”” Read more at the Daily Herald

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Opening Night of Motown the Musical!

Last night, the red carpet was rolled out for the opening night of Motown the Musical in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre. The man behind Motown, Mr. Berry Gordy, was in attendance, along with music legend Smokey Robinson. Director Charles Randolph-Wright, Producer Kevin McCollum and Choreographers Warren Adams and Patricia Wilcox were also in the audience for the launch of the production’s national tour. Photos by Amy Boyle Photography.


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Comcast Newsmakers with Paul Lisnek

Broadway In Chicago Vice President Eileen LaCario appeared with Paul Lisnek on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss upcoming shows, including Motown the Musical, Buyer & Cellar, The Last Ship, Amazing Grace and Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale.

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Tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL are Now On Sale!


Single tickets for the Chicago debut of MOTOWN the Musical are now on sale! Opening April 22nd, this show is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

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Short & Sweet: Introducing MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

Broadway In Chicago is happy to introduce “Short and Sweet,” a quick view of our shows courtesy of Diana Martinez, who will give you the lowdown on Broadway In Chicago productions from the perspective of an audience member. Diana has more than 25 years of experience as an entertainment executive, most recently as President of The Second City. She has directed and produced over 40 live Broadway musical theatre shows and has presented more than 350 world-class Broadway national tours, dance, headline comedians and concert. We hope you enjoy this quick insight into our shows, and since this is all about our audience, share your own thoughts with us in the comments below.

Motown the Musical Made My Day!

The cast of the Broadway hit Motown The Musical swooped into The Hard Rock Café in Chicago on September 16, 2013 to give the press a sneak peak of what is to come next April when the First Broadway National Tour will kick off – right here in the Windy City at the Oriental Theatre.

motownWhat a thrill it was to see a preview by this veteran cast, who was bursting with energy, enthusiasm, and so much talent. I got goosebumps as the first few notes played and the electrifying cast took the stage and performed a powerful rendition of “Get Ready.” The show’s dapper and eloquent producer, Kevin McCollum welcomed the crowd and humbly expressed his gratitude to the city of Chicago for kicking off for the national tour, then described his personal connection to the city, where he began his theatrical career as an actor at the Marriott Theatre and the Drury Lane Theatre, and continued to express his confidence in Chicago as the greatest theater city in the US, adding, “I know the audiences here are fantastic!”

The story revolves around the early days of the Motown label and its founder Berry Gordy’s romance with Diana Ross. Co-producer Doug Morris and long time friend of Gordy  took the stage and explained how the project came about when he was chatting with Gordy one day and encouraged him to write his story – “the real story” – from his own point of view.

Director Charles Randolph-Wright took the stage and explained his perspective on the magic of the Motown music. He explained that during the ’60’s, with the Civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, the country was divided. Motown music provided a unifying and healing force and an opportunity for differences to be put aside and for everyone to “dance together.”

The program ended with an amazing version of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” with young Raymond Luke, Jr. stealing the show complete with all of Michael Jackson’s best moves. The crowd was crazy for this cast, and I’d say, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and ready for more.

Berry Gordy 1I had the privilege of speaking with the legendary record producer and writer Berry Gordon after the program. Since he was such a pro at picking hits , I asked him if there was one special thing he looked for in a song, to which he responded: “I look for songs that moved me, and that I related to in a strong way – you can understand a song – but when you can relate to it – is when you know it’s right.”

Berry certainly knew how to pick ‘em and lucky for us it’s all wrapped up in a fabulous package called Motown The Musical. It’s  coming to Broadway In Chicago April 22 and I can’t wait!

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Chicago Auditions For MOTOWN This Saturday!

Now’s your chance to see if you have what it takes to join the cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL! We are seeking African-American men and women, ages 20 to 40, who can sing and dance. Also seeking African-American boys, ages 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy.

To audition, come to one of the locations listed above prepared with a song from the Motown catalog that shows vocal range. Please bring sheet music for your song and a picture and resume stapled together. If you don’t have a formal headshot, a recent snapshot is OK, too. Please be sure to include your contact information (cell phone number and email address) on your resume so we can reach you.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Oriental Theatre
James M. Nederlander Way
(North Alley of the Oriental Theatre) Stage Door

24 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
11:00am – 2:00pm
(Sign-in starts at 10:00am)

To submit a video audition, click here. For some audition tips, click here.



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MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Launches First National Tour in Chicago

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL has chosen Chicago as the first stop on its national tour. The hit Broadway musical features music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy. Crowned the biggest box office hit of the season by the New York Times, MOTOWN will launch its national tour at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph) from April 22 to July 13, 2014. Since it began performances on Broadway in April 2013, the show has sold every single ticket available and grossed over one million dollars every week. Continue reading

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