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The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 133 productions offered by 56 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 62 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 62 Jeff Recommended productions, 46 received nominations, representing 23 theatre companies.
Emceeing the festivites are Karl Hamilton, well-known Chicago actor who has performed at Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Porchlight Music Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago and First Folio, and Chicago actress and Jeff nominee Sarah Hayes, an artistic associate at Porchlight Music Theatre who has appeared with several Non-Equity companies, including Bailiwick, City Lit, Theo Ubique and Strawdog.
The Blue Man Group has paved the way for many nonconventional productions such as Stomp, Tap Dogs, and De La Guarda. Since they opened in New York City in 1991, audiences from all over the world have seen their show. Smart silliness, neon-colored paint, cereal, and other wildly inventive props add to their visual appeal. This production opened at the Briar Street Theatre in October 1997 to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception
Artists Lounge Live presents Heidi Kettenring: Something Wonderful. Chicago's favorite leading lady captivates, lending her signature warmth to classics from Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hammerstein, The Beatles and more.
In honor of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday in 2015, the Auditorium Theatre is thrilled to bring back to the city one of Chicago's longest running shows for this special one-night-only performance – "His Way" – Sinatra's Centennial Celebration starring Ron Hawking. Called "a don't miss performance" by the Chicago Sun-Times and "a critical triumph" by ABC Radio, His Way is an audience favorite that promises to be a ring-a-ding good time!
Charlene Brooks is the rare artist who has sold out every performance at the Skokie Theatre. She now returns to the Skokie stage in an all-new show that continues to stretch and evolve her musical talents. Celebrating the music of Stephen Sondheim, the man who changed the direction of musical theatre, Brooks will perform such greats as "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "The Little Things You Do Together," "Something's Coming," "No One is Alone," "Children Will Listen," "Some People," "Move On" and "Old Friends." Brooks is known for her very personal and professional performances where she interacts with the audience throughout the performance creating an intimate and emotional connection.
Set in the techno-heavy modern day, ZIG: EDM Suicide introduces audiences to EDM (Electronic Dance Music) superstar ZIG who craves to make any type of real connection with the youth of this generation, not with their cell phones. While ZIG searches for the song that will connect his millennial fans to rock 'n' roll music, his label only wants him to be trending no matter the cost. Drawing inspiration from rock legends of the 1970s, particularly David Bowie and his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, ZIG ventures on a drug fueled fantasia receiving help from cosmic characters such as Space Jesus Neil Degrasse Tyson, Sarah from Labyrinth and Major Tom. Join ZIG on his odyssey into 1970s arena rock and roll.