Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” set to play Off-Broadway in 2010

 It has been announced that Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes will fly again in New York — but off-Broadway.

FILE - In this April 30, 2009 file photo, Tony Kushner is shown during a breakThe mammoth, two-part drama by Tony Kushner will be presented by the Signature Theatre Company during its 2010-2011 season as part of a yearlong celebration of the playwright.  The play’s two parts, “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika” will be performed in rep, says artistic director James Houghton.

The play, a tale of AIDS in the Age of Reagan, will be directed by Michael Greif, who also directed "Rent" and "Next to Normal."   As of yet, casting has not been announced.

The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels" was first seen on Broadway in 1993 and later was made into an HBO film starring Al Pacino and Meryl Streep.

“Addams Family” announces creative team

addams family musical logo The creative team for the Broadway production of The Addams Family, to be directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, will include two-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (lighting), Acme Sound Partners (sound), Obie Award-winner Basil Twist (puppetry), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (music direction), Larry Hochman (orchestrations), Greg Meeh (special effects), and Rick Sordelet (fight direction).

Addams Family, the Musical, based on the bizarre family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, is holding its pre-Broadway run here in Chicago from November 13, 2009-January 10, 2010 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts’ Oriental Theater in Chicago.  The show has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo

bebe_neuwirth_blankandwhiteOnce the production moves to Broadway, Addams Family – the Musical will play the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with previews beginning March 4, in anticipation of an April 8 opening.

As previous mentioned in this blog, the production will star Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth (photo on right) as Gomez and Morticia Addams, with Terrence Mann and Carolee Carmello as Mal and Alice Beineke, a couple who come to dinner at the family’s residence. The cast will also feature Kevin Chamberlin (Uncle Fester), Jackie Hoffman (Grandmama), Zachary James (Lurch), Adam Riegler (Pugsley), Krysta Rodriguez (Wednesday), and Wesley Taylor (Lucas Beineke). Additional casting will be announced at later dates.

Think Fast – Arts Alliance Awards, Adam Guettel, and uncomfortable seats

artsallianceawards Arts Alliance Awards

Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Among other awards, the event will honor Pamela B. Strobel (Arts Advocate Award), Homer Hans Bryant (Arts Legend Award) and Dance for Life (Special Recognition Award).


Theater Thursday: “Texas Sheen”

Thursday, September 3

Texas Sheen
Chemically Imbalanced Theater
1420 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago

cictexassheenChemically Imbalanced Comedy opens their 10th season with the original parody Texas Sheen based on Harlequin Romance Novels by Anthony Ellison. As WWII is ending, the discharged Elroy McSheen returns to his hometown, Pecos, TX, to pay off his brother’s debts. Lacking the money to repay Jud Lawson, Elroy agrees to work off the debt on Jud’s farm. Jud’s beautiful daughter, Lilly, falls in love and lust with Elroy causing trouble for the whole family.

Show begins at 8 p.m. Followed by a wine and cheese reception and talk-back with the playwright, director and cast.
For reservations call 800.838.3006 or visit