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Nathan Allen leaves House Theatre of Chicago after nearly 20 years as leader

Nathan Allen, the founding artistic director of the House Theatre of Chicago and its principal public face and creative force for the last almost 20 years, is leaving his post.

“I am not going to stop making art,” Allen said, noting that money factored into his decision. “But I have two school-age kids and my wife is working a lot of overtime.”

As with many other theater companies, the pandemic has had an acute impact on House, a company founded by a group of college friends in 2000 and known for its innovative original theater, its interest in popular culture and its longstanding determination to attract millennials and Gen-Xers who do not typically attend theater. Allen, known for his exuberant curtain speeches (“let’s make some noise”) and his warm-centered personality, was a big part of that appeal, as was his work.

Unlike most non-profit theaters, House made an impressive 70%

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The Garden Theatre at The Eagle to Present Open Air Production of NEXT THING YOU KNOW

The production will run Tuesday 20 – Saturday 31 October.

The Garden Theatre at The Eagle to Present Open Air Production of NEXT THING YOU KNOW

The Garden Theatre at The Eagle will present an open air production of Next Thing You Know featuring a book Ryan Cunningham, music and Lyrics by Joshua Salzman, and directed by Robert McWhir.

Next Thing You Know’, hailed by The New York Times as “‘Rent’ for this generation”, follows the story of four New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps:

Does marrying a really nice guy mean you’re settling down or just settling?

Does taking a 9-to-5 equal giving up or growing up?

Does a decade in the city break you down or break you in?

‘Next Thing You Know’, Book by Ryan Cunningham and Music and Lyrics by Joshua Salzman, looks at a time in life where one

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Hugh Jackman Visits The Winter Garden Theatre, Future Home of THE MUSIC MAN

“When Broadway is ready for us … we will be ready for you!” he writes in the caption.

Hugh Jackman visited the Winter Garden Theatre where the upcoming production of The Music Man will be staged, and posed for a photo, shortly after the announcement was made that the Broadway shutdown will be extended through May 2021.

“When Broadway is ready for us … we will be ready for you!” he writes in the caption.

Check out the photo below!

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, THE MUSIC MAN starring Jackman and Sutton Foster, will now begin previews December 20th, 2021 and an opening night has been set for February 10th, 2022.

The production, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, will also star Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell as Mrs. Shinn, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays as Mayor Shinn, Tony Award winner

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UGLY LIES THE BONE Now Open At Garden Theatre

In this new work by Lindsey Ferrentino, a war veteran struggles with her physical and emotional scars as she returns home.

UGLY LIES THE BONE Now Open At Garden Theatre

Ugly Lies the Bone is a powerful new work that showcases the struggles of a dying town, a broken family, and a shattered veteran trying to put her life back together after returning from combat. As Jess’ world continues to crumble, can virtual reality therapy help her pain? Directed by Trudy Bruner, Ugly Lies the Bone brings Garden audiences a glimpse of the issues that many veterans face when returning home. The production runs live on the Garden Theatre stage October 7 – 18, 2020.

The production includes Scenic Design by Shawn Boyle*, Lighting Design by Erin Miner, Costume Design by Eryn Brooks Brewer, Makeup Design by Alan Ostrander, and Sound Design by Anthony Narciso*. The Stage Manager is Sherri Cox.
*Member, United Scenic Artists

The cast features Tricia

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Sue Kelvin Performs BETTE MIDLER AND ME at The Garden Theatre at The Eagle

Performances take place from Tuesday 3 November.

“When I’m on stage – it’s a party!” quipped Bette Midler. So come join the party as West End star and leading lady Sue Kelvin takes a roller-coaster ride through the Divine Bette Midler’s fabulous career.

‘Bette Midler and Me’, which opens at The Garden Theatre at The Eagle (now with outdoor heating), 349 Kennington Lane London SE11 5QY (nearest tube/train: Vauxhall) from Tuesday 3 November, explores how Bette Midler inspired Sue to don seven-inch platform shoes, and become a musical diva herself!

All of Bette’s biggest hits are in the show, including ‘From a Distance’ ‘The Rose’, ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, ‘I’m A Woman’, ‘Chapel of Love’, ‘The Glory of Love’, ‘I Think it’s Gonna Rain Today’, ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ and ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’.

The show also features highlights from famous Midler comedy routines, and an outrageous three-minute puppet version

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PIPPIN Announces Third and Final Extension at The Garden Theatre

PIPPIN will now run through Saturday 17 October.

PIPPIN Announces Third and Final Extension at The Garden Theatre

There’s more magic to do… critically acclaimed ‘Pippin’ has announced a final week’s extension at London’s exciting new outdoor theatre venue, The Garden Theatre.

‘Pippin’, which has received 4 Off West End Award nominations – Best Musical Production (Steven Dexter), Best Ensemble, Choreography (Nick Winston) and Musical Director (MIchael Bradley) – will now end its run on Saturday 17 October.

Producer Peter Bull, Lambco Productions and The Garden Theatre at The Eagle in Vauxhall have also received the first OneOFF Award from the Off West End Awards, celebrating the creation of a new venue against the odds and launching with the first Off West End production since lockdown began in March 2020.

The press night for ‘Naked Boys Singing’, that launches the new Eagle Late slot, will move a week to Friday 16 October at 8.30pm to comply with the new 10pm

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