Chicago: Industry News 9/30/17


THE CHER SHOW, Broadway Bound, starts in Chicago – The musical, The Cher Show, is making its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre with previews beginning on June 12, 2018, for a limited engagement through July 15. The musical is based on her life and six decade career. “My life as a musical on Broadway. It seems crazy, exciting and bizarre – but that’s probably how my life seems to most people,” said Cher. The musical is produced by Flody Suarez (What’s New Pussycat) and Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton).

♦ The IMAX Theater At Navy Pier Reopens – After being renovated, the IMAX Theater at Navy Pier will reopen its doors on Thursday. Added were plush rocker seats, food options like stone-fired pizza bread, a 1½-pound Bavarian pretzel, over 100 Coca-Cola products, gluten-free snacks and a dual 4K laser projection system. The theater closed last year after it was purchased by AMC Theaters. John McDonald, executive vice president for U.S. Operations at AMC said, “The Navy Pier IMAX at AMC is an iconic destination and the theater’s amenities now truly reflect its status as the crown jewel of movie-going in Chicago. IMAX with laser takes movie-going to a whole new level and together with the new plush seating, we’re excited to offer our Chicago guests this one-of-a-kind IMAX experience they won’t find in their homes or any other movie theater in the Midwest.”

Coming Soon…”Criticism in a Changing America” – Criticism in a Changing America is a new program for theatre writers and critics at The Goodman Theatre. Encompassed in the training will be workshops, keynotes, panels, readings and staged productions. Willa J. Taylor, the director of education and community engagement for Goodman said, “Given the recent controversies surrounding theatrical productions in New York and here in Chicago, we strongly recognize the need for the empowerment of a diversity of critical voices. With the launch of our intensive, we hope to be part of the solution by providing an opportunity to discuss the nature of criticism in our changing society — and what is lost, or missing, for the arts and audiences when there is not a diversity of critical voices.” It will be a two part series on October 5-7 and October 13-14 at Goodman Theatre. Applications are available now and due on September 25. This program is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

♦ ‘Theater On The Lake’ in Lincoln Park Opens Doors to its Newly Renovated Theatre  – 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially cut the ribbon on Thursday for the new theatre on the lake space. The project, at a cost of around $7 million dollars, enclosed the 330 seat theatre and added a restaurant, bar and outdoor patio. When the space was built in 1920 it was not enclosed and used as a sanitarium. After World War 2 it became a summer theatre for 64 years. The Lakefront Hospitality Group paid for the renovation.


Things to do in Chicago this weekend

Friday – September 29 – At – Eataly
Second annual all-access Italian food fest.
Cost: $85-$95

Friday – Saturday, September 29-30 – At – Milwaukee Avenue, between Fullerton & California
Revolution is having its annual Oktoberfest. Bands include Real Estate, Jeff Rosenstock, and Meat Wave.
Cost: $5 suggested donation

Friday – Sunday, September 29-Oct 1 – At – Metro/Smartbar
Cool Waves Music Festival. Bands including Front 242, KMFDM, and Stabbing Westward, plus dance after-parties downstairs at Smartbar. (The festival is also a fundraiser for suicide prevention charities and honors local hero Jamie Duffy)
Cost: $12-$48 per day

At – St. Alphonsus Church
“Church Party” with craft beer tastings, plus pretzel necklaces and live music including Beatles and Dave Matthews cover bands.
Cost: $40

Saturday – September 30 – At – Daley Plaza
Bacon and Beer ClassicCome to the Picasso for drinking and bacon with 50+ regional craft beers and 25+ original bacon dishes, including unlimited bacon strips, giant Jenga, and a bacon-eating contest.
Cost: $55-$65

At – Plumber’s Hall
Chicago Mojitofest
Cost: $50-$100

Sunday – October 1 – At – Morgan Manufacturing
14 pigs and 14 chefs conclude their 14-city food tour in Chicago for this year’s Cochon 555 with 42 epicurean chef/competitor dishes and 2,500 pounds of pork, spirit tastings, a food symposium, charity dinner, and the crowning of this year’s “King or Queen of Pork.”
Cost: $55-$400

By Jason Teresi

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Jason Teresi
Jason Teresi was born and raised in Chicago. He attended DePaul Theatre School and Columbia College Theatre School. After graduating in 1995 Jason moved to Los Angeles. Wanting to work somewhere in the industry and avoid waiting tables he started working at Showfax, which was soon bought-out by Breakdown Services. He was employed by both companies for over 8 years which gave him a unique look at other aspects of the entertainment industry and a better working knowledge of how Talent Agents and Casting Directors operate. In 2006, Jason moved back to Chicago and became the Director of Regional Services for Breakdown Services, his current role.


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