Chicago theater openings this week

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BABY Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

BAD TOUCH AND GOOD LIARSAnnoyance Theatre

A COUPLE OF POOR, POLISH SPEAKING ROMANIANS Trap Door Theatre

EURYDICEUniversity Theater at University of Chicago

GHETTONorthwestern University Theater

LA CAGE AU FOLLESBoho Theatre 

THE PODCASTAnnoyance Theatre

UNCLE VANYATUTA Theatre

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Special Ticket Offers

Half Price tickets to Hedwig and The Angry Inch at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Street.  American Theater Company is offering a 50% discount for tickets for the following performance this weekend: Saturday, May 23 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m. Call the Box Office at 773.409.4125 or visit www.atcweb.org and use the code "chicagoplays".

Babes With Blades offers pay-what-you-can admission to Macbeth on Thursdays through May 21.  Enter a Scotland wracked by treachery and possessed by supernatural forces – a kingdom where loyalty is fatal, ambition is madness, and no motivation is pure.  For tickets call 773.880.0016 or visit www.BabesWithBlades.org

Meet the new Kevin Bacon in the ‘Footloose’ remake

I’m not usually in the business of posting Hollywood gossip, but since I was a big fan of ‘Footloose’ while in high school back in South Dakota, I thought I’d make an exception….

Chace Crawford to Star in ‘Footloose’

After weeks of contract negotiations, the ‘Gossip Girl’ star officially signs on to play the lead role in the musical remake.

Photo by Stephen Lovekin, Getty ImagesPer Paramount Pictures, it looks like Chace Crawford will star in the "Footloose" remake, playing the role of Ren mcCormack, first portrayed in 1984 by Kevin Bacon.

The actor has been considering the part for some time but had yet to officially sign until this week. He had been in contract negotiations and was struggling to make filming work around his "Gossip Girl" schedule, which is also due to start shooting its third season, a source told Us.

Crawford was offered the lead role of Ren — portrayed in the 1984 original by Kevin Bacon — after Zac Efron dropped out of the project in March.  The "High School Musical" star said the film "sort of" wasn’t a good fit.

"I want to grow a bit with the types of movies I want to make," he said in April. "It was more along the lines that I was looking for a new challenge, and this was another musical."

"Footloose" will be produced and directed by "High School Musical" alum Kenny Ortega.

Other stars who have auditioned recently for the movie, which is set to begin shooting in March 2010, include Hayden Panettiere, Amanda Bynes and "Dancing With the Stars" pro dancer Julianne Hough.

Two “Legally Blonde” tickets for $99!!

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, GET TWO ORCHESTRA SEATS FOR ONLY $99

BUY BY MEMORIAL DAY AND GET A PAIR ON THE ORCHESTRA LEVEL FOR ONLY $99*

Click HERE and use the code GREEK in the ‘Promotions and Special Offers’ box when ordering to save at any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday performance. Offer only valid through Memorial Day, May 25. Tickets also available by calling 312-902-1400, at any Broadway In Chicago box office or Ticketmaster retail location. Special rates for groups of 20 or more – call 312-977-1710.

Two tickets only $99!!