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Reviews of Chicago’s stage shows and news from the actors and actresses putting on the performances.

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The Mix: Cool things to do in Chicago July 9-15

There are a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online and in the city in the week ahead.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda: Renewed criticism of musical ‘Hamilton’ is ‘all fair game’

With a staged production of the mega-popular show now streaming on Disney+, there is a fresh effort to look at the musical’s portrayal of the Founding Fathers and their complicated history with slavery.

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Broadway star Nick Cordero dies from coronavirus complications

Cordero died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai hospital after more than 90 days in the hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. "God has another angel in heaven now," she posted on Instagram.

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David Zak resigns as executive director of Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays

The theater’s board of directors announced the news Friday following social media outcry calling for Zak’s removal from the company he founded 10 years ago.

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The Mix: Cool things to do in Chicago July 2-8

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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‘Hamilton’: Not a shot wasted as cameras immerse you in the great musical

Film version gets the job done, presenting Lin-Manuel Miranda and the brilliant Broadway cast in exhilarating, streamlined fashion.

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Chicago’s theaters finding little light at the end of the tunnel amid COVID-19

For some theaters, digital content has been a means of keeping audiences engaged in lieu of COVID-19-canceled shows. But no matter how many views these streams get, they don’t even come close to making up for lost revenue generated by traditional live runs.

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The Mix: Cool things to do in Chicago June 25-July 1

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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Red Tape, BoHo theaters top Non-Equity Jeff Award honors in online ceremony

Awards were announced in a first-ever online ceremony for productions staged during the abbreviated 2019-2020 season, a result of the mandated shutdown of all theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Details revealed of Chicago’s move on Friday into Phase 4 of reopening plan

Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the cautious reopening is possible because the seven-day average number of new COVID-19 cases in Chicago has dropped to 167 a day, putting it in the "moderate-high risk" category.

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The Mix: Cool things to do in Chicago June 18-24

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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Chicago’s iO Theater owner says comedy hub will not reopen

Charna Halpern, also the company’s co-founder, says the closing is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic mandated shut-down.

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Chicago’s Mercury Theater closing permanently, due to fallout from COVID-19 pandemic

The theater’s executive director cited extreme loss of revenue due to the mandated shutdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago cancels 2020 fall season due to pandemic

The Lyric has canceled the fall portion of its 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that eliminates four of its 10 productions and delays opening night from Sept. 17, 2020, to Jan. 15, 2021.

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Joffrey Ballet cancels all performances through the end of 2020

The company’s fall productions would have marked the debut of the Joffrey at the Lyric Opera House, part of a new seven-year rental agreement between the two cultural arts entities.

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The Second City agrees to institutional changes: ‘We are prepared to tear it all down and begin again’

The legendary Chicago company agreed to demands made earlier this week by a group of former staffers and alumni concerning allegations of racism, discrimination and other trauma-inducing misconduct experienced by black artists at Second City.

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The Mix: A John Prine tribute and more Chicago things to do June 11-17

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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The Second City names Anthony LeBlanc interim executive producer amid turmoil

Andrew Alexander, the company’s co-owner and its longtime executive producer, earlier stepped down amid accusations of institutional racism.

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Black alumni demand investigations at Second City

Chris Redd, Amber Ruffin, Sam Richardson and other prominent actors and writers say staffers guilty of racist acts and sexual abuse must be uncovered and ousted.

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Erica Daniels exits Victory Gardens Theater posts following uproar

The move comes in the wake of weeks of tumult over the theater’s board of directors’ restructuring of the company’s leadership team.

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Dance for Life 2020 will be an online gala

The annual event at the Auditorium Theatre (this year originally scheduled for Aug. 15) will take place online Aug. 10-15.

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Andrew Alexander, co-owner of The Second City, steps down amid accusations of racism

His departure followed accusations of institutional racisim within the company, one of the most high-profile improv troupes in the world.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda group pulls movie release in solidarity with protesters

"We Are Freestyle Love Supreme" won’t premiere Friday on Hulu while "collective attention" is on other issues.

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Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony postponed

The rescheduled date will be announced in the coming weeks.

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DePaul alum Kevin Bigley loves being on ‘Upload,’ a sci-fi comedy with ‘so much going on’

His character on the Amazon Prime series, Luke Crossley, is a habitual line-stepper who shepherds the show’s hero through the ins and outs of their new reality — a virtual afterlife.

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The Mix: Cool things to check out online May 28-June 3

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

The playwright, whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, died Wednesday in Manhattan of pneumonia.

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Steppenwolf Theatre names Brooke Flanagan new executive director

Flanagan becomes the first woman to hold the post in the company’s 45-year history.

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Steve Earle digs deep to tell coal miners’ stories on stage

The alt-country legend’s new album features songs from his recent musical — and he’s eyeing Broadway next.

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The Mix: A Nathan Lane-Robert Falls chat and more things to check out online May 21-27

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online in the week ahead.

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Fred Willard, comedian and ‘Modern Family’ actor, dead at 86

The Second City alum’s many film credits included "A Mighty Wind" and "Best in Show."

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‘Frozen’ musical on Broadway won’t reopen when theaters get back on track

This marks the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic.