Tony Awards: Best Lighting Design

Broadway In Chicago is gearing up for the excitement of the 2014 Tony Awards on June 8th! We’ll be highlighting the nominees here on the blog and revealing fun facts. Keep checking back daily and make your predictions of the winners in the comments!

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

Japhy Wiedeman – Of Mice and Men

Natasha Katz – The Glass Menagerie

Jane Cox – Machinal

Paule Constable – The Cripple of Inishmaan

DID YOU KNOW?: Japhy Wiedeman designed the lighting for La Scala’s production of “Bluebeard’s Castle” in Milan, Italy

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Best Lighting Design (Musical) (Clockwise L to R)

Kevin Adams – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Christopher Akerlind – Rocky

Donald Holder – The Bridges of Madison County

Howell Binkley – After Midnight

DID YOU KNOW?: Donald Holder is a previous Tony Award-winner for designing the lighting for “The Lion King”.

Christopher Akerlind is the lighting designer for Broadway In Chicago’s upcoming pre-Broadway world premiere “The Last Ship”!

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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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Get On Your Feet, Chicago!

ON YOUR FEET - Emilio & Gloria Estefan with director Jerry Mitchell

ON YOUR FEET – Emilio & Gloria Estefan with director Jerry Mitchell

PRE-BROADWAY WORLD PREMIERE IN CHICAGO
SUMMER 2015

THE NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
BASED ON THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF
SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER & INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR
GLORIA ESTEFAN
AND
NINETEEN-TIME GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER, MUSICIAN & ENTREPRENUER
EMILIO ESTEFAN

OnYourFeet Temp LogoDIRECTED BY TWO-TIME TONY AWARD® WINNER
JERRY MITCHELL
CHOREOGRAPHED BY FOUR-TIME DRAMA DESK NOMINEE
SERGIO TRUJILLO
WRITTEN BY TWO-TIME DRAMA DESK NOMINEE
ALEXANDER DINELARIS
WILL OPEN ON BROADWAY
FALL 2015

CHICAGO (May 20, 2014) – Broadway In Chicago, The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises, Inc are pleased to announce that ON YOUR FEET! – a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY® winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – will have its Pre-Broadway World Premiere in Chicago in Summer 2015 with Broadway In Chicago theater and performance schedule to be announced. It will open on Broadway in Fall 2015 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced.
ON YOUR FEET! will be directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), and choreographed by four-time Drama Desk nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) with a book by two-time Drama Desk nominee Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard Musical, Zanna Don’t). ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the
American dream—showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria’s chart-topping, smash hits such as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, “1-2-3,” “Mi Tierra,” and “Conga,” in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
ON YOUR FEET! is produced by The Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises, Inc. in partnership with Bernie Yuman. Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Nederlander Organization, led by James L. Nederlander, President, continues the tradition of operating historic theatres, as well as producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert events. Bernie Yuman, an illustrious figure in the entertainment industry and long-time friend and business associate of the Estefans, will serve as Executive Producer. Mr. Yuman produced and managed Siegfried & Roy, one of the most successful and longest running shows in Las Vegas history.
Additional creative team members and casting will be announced at a later date.
With seven Grammy Awards and over 100 million albums sold worldwide, GLORIA ESTEFAN is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music. In addition to her chart-topping hit songs “Conga,” “The Rhythm is Going To Get You” and “1, 2, 3,” among others, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song “Music Of My Heart,” and has received numerous honors and awards over the course of her illustrious career. She has been presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, named BMI Songwriter of the Year, and received an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an MTV Video Music Award, two ACE Awards, and multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits. Gloria has also been honored with the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (the highest award that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen), the Hispanic Heritage Award, and the National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.
EMILIO ESTEFAN is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada among many others. With a resume that includes over 30 Grammy nominations and 19 Grammy Awards, Emilio has experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating a unique style and personality that has created chart-topping worldwide hits. It is this vision that transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels and restaurants, among other business endeavors including being the first Cuban-born couple to own a minority stake in the Miami Dolphins, a major NFL Franchise.
JERRY MITCHELL received the Tony Award in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, for which his direction was also recognized with a Tony nomination. In the 33 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with over 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. His Broadway debut as a choreographer, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (Tony nomination), Gypsy, Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (Tony nomination), which he also directed, and Catch Me If You Can. Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers. Twenty-three years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as Executive Producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, in a five year run) and London (West End Bares).
SERGIO TRUJILLO is an internationally-recognized choreographer whose work has been seen all across North America, Europe and Asia. In 2011, Mr. Trujillo had the honor of having four shows simultaneously running on Broadway: Tony Award® winning Best Musical Memphis (OCC Award, Astaire, Drama Desk Award noms.), Tony and Olivier Award® winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, OCC Award nominations), The Addams Family and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal (Lucille Lortel Award nomination). Additional Broadway credits include Hands On A Hardbody, Leap of Faith (Drama Desk, Astaire nominations), All Shook Up and Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nomination). In 2010, he made his
debut as a director with the rock musical White Noise at Chicago’s Royal George Theater, and directed and choreographed Flashdance: The Musical, currently on national tour. His Off-Broadway work includes Saved (Lucille Lortel nom.), The Capeman, Romeo & Juliet (Public), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Kismet (Encores!). His international credits include Disney’s Tarzan (World Theatre Award nom.), West Side Story, The Sound of Music (Stratford) and Peggy Sue Got Married (West End). In 2012, Mr. Trujillo was chosen by the Colombian government as one of the top 100 Colombians in the world.
ALEXANDER DINELARIS is currently represented in London’s West End by the hit musical production of The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. Other recent works include his plays Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop), Still Life (Manhattan Class Company), In This, Our Time (59e59) and The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theater). Alexander was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards for his work on the additional book and lyrics of the Off-Broadway hit, Zanna Don’t! Alex has recently written the screenplay for Birdman, the latest film by Academy Award nominated director Alejandro González-Iñarrítu, as well as the original screenplay The Year of the Monarchs. Dinelaris is also currently writing and co-producing a new dramatic television series with Mr. Iñarrítu entitled, “The One Percent”. Alex attended Barry University, where he was the winner of the Mac McKindree Scholarship for theatre. Mr. Dinelaris is a member of the Writer’s Guild, the Dramatists Guild and NYTW’s Usual Suspects.
For more information, please visit http://www.BroadwayInChicago.com or http://www.OnYourFeetMusical.com.

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Spring Road Conference Highlights

Last week, members of our team were able to attend the Spring Road Conference in New York City.

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The conference opened with a surprise appearance by Tommy Tune!

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Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”) delivered the keynote address, stating about live theatre: “Why am I here? Here’s why…I can sit. And turn next to the person next to me and say ‘That was wonderful.'”

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Presentations, speeches and discussions followed with (from L to R): Tyne Daly and Bobby Steggert of “Mothers & Sons”, Chicago actress Jessie Mueller of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel and the creative team of “If/Then”, the creative team of Bullets Over Broadway, Bryan Cranston of “All the Way”. A performance from “Aladdin” with stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed took place as well.

A fantastic time was had by all attendees and we’re excited to see some of these shows hit the road and come to Chicago in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Urie Twitter Q&A

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Michael Urie, the award-winning actor from the hit show “Buyer & Cellar”, will be joining Broadway In Chicago for a LIVE Twitter chat on Wednesday, May 21! Want to know what he’s been getting up to while he’s in Chicago? What about how he prepares before going onstage? Ask him on Twitter using #BuyerCHI and he’ll respond to your questions in the hour he’s with us.

We’re incredibly excited to have this talented actor chatting with us and we hope you will have lots of good questions about what it’s like to work in Barbra Streisand’s basement for him!

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“MythBusters: Behind the Myths” is Now On Sale!

Mythbusters_OnSaleToday Attention all science geeks and budding experimentationalists! The worldwide tour of MythBusters: Beyond the Myths, starring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, will be in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on December 6th, 2014 and tickets are now on sale! You can visit bit.ly/mythbusters14 to purchase them, including a VIP Meet-and-Greet option to get your photo taken with the MythBusters.

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BUYER & CELLAR reviews are in…

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It’s a HIT! The critics here in Chicago are loving the show, starring Michael Urie of “Ugly Betty”, which opened on May 8th at the Broadway Playhouse.

“”Buyer and Cellar” manages to probe the darker side of our collective celebrity obsession: our seemingly insatiable need to fully know the very people whom you cannot fully know, the way we mercilessly critique their fish-bowl lives from positions of pathetically limited knowledge and yet also turn to jelly when these living icons afford us the time of day.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Read more

Jones gives the show 3 1/2 stars and calls it “a lot of laugh-out-loud fun, replete with an engaging performance from Urie”.

“Urie takes us through 100 minutes of rapidfire, emotionally charged but oddly warped “interaction” between employee and star. And as he recounts his own experiences, he also brilliantly conjures the eccentric, needy, intimidating star herself; her movie-star husband James Brolin; Sharon, the all-business manager of Streisand’s estate; and his own boyfriend, Barry” – Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times Read more

Weiss says the show is “too good to pass up” and it comes “highly recommended”.

“Urie makes a tour de force tour guide, rendering his tale in fluid, charmingly conspiratorial tones and stocking this Cellar with equal parts in-jokes and insights.” – Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago Read more

Vire calls the show “blisteringly funny” and rates it 4 stars.

“Throughout the ninty-minute work, Mr. Urie masterfully narrates the story then begins inhabiting the different characters that affect each other in profound ways.   The initial interaction between Alex and his employer is hysterical as she tries to barter for “FiFi” the doll whose backstory he instantly creates.  As both begin to get to know each other, a tacit bond of trust starts to form as they each understand the loneliness and isolation the other is feeling.” – Michael Roberts, Showbiz Chicago Read more

Roberts calls Michael Urie’s performance a “tour-de-force” and rates the show “highly recommended”.

“Without the need for countless props, vast set or scenery, any costume changes or a plethora of projections and video, it is Urie alone on stage who seamlessly morphs in and out of character with ease and distinction for each voice and identity.

He has the gift of not only the acting craft, but also as a masterful storyteller able to punctuate with humor and emotion.” – Phil Potempa, Northwest Indiana Times Read more

Potempa says the play “offer[s] insight not only about happiness and the price tag of reality but also lessons about friendship and the fleeting need for fame and recognition by others.”

Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the show that has the critics writing raves! Buyer & Cellar performances continue at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place through June 15, 2014.

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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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Curtain Call with Hedy Weiss: Michael Urie

Michael Urie talks to Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss

Michael Urie spoke to Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss last month about Barbra, her basement, Brooklyn and being alone onstage for 100 minutes.

Watch the video here!

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Michael Urie’s First Time in Chicago

Buyer & Cellar star Michael Urie spent his first day (ever!) in Chicago last Friday.

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Michael Urie soaks up the sunshine in Chicago

He made appearances on Windy City Live! and WGN Morning News, with stops at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

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Clockwise from lower left: Windy City Live! interview with Ryan Chiaverini and Ji Suk Yi; signing the green room wall at Windy City Live!; performing a scene from the show for the Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Showcase; being interviewed by Chicago Sun-Times Theater critic Hedy Weiss; joining the WGN Morning News crew at the newsdesk

 

He also met with Broadway In Chicago groups ticket buyers at a special VIP cocktail event.

MichaelUrieEventWe are so excited to welcome Michael back to Chicago when Buyer & Cellar opens on May 6th!

 

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