Compiled by C. Ryanne Laratonda
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The Addams Family (Musical) This show tells the story of the fateful night when the quirky Addams family hosts a dinner for their daughter’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise. Casting: Walter Stearns, Executive Director, Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. Last EPAs: May 19 and 20. Runs Aug. 20–Nov. 9, 2014.
All My Sons Two men who were partners in a manufacturing plant during World War II find out that their plant made defective airplanes that resulted in the death of many men. While one is sent to prison, the other is exonerated and goes on to have a successful career. When their son and daughter fall in love years later, the bitterness and guilt of the two men is revealed through their children. Written by Arthur Miller. Casting: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Chicago, IL 60660. Runs Sept. 16–Nov. 15.
Annapurna When a man becomes terminally ill, his estranged wife tracks him down for a final reckoning. Their reunion, some twenty years after she initially walked out on their marriage, brings with it charged emotions and rekindles the bond that united them years ago. Written by Sharr White. Directed by Eric Burgher. Casting: Two Birds Casting, [no office info available]. Previews June 6 prior to a June 12 opening at the Alley Stage of Profiles Theatre. Closes July 20, 2014.
Antony and Cleopatra Drunk with passion, the Roman war hero and leader chooses to focus on Egypt and its beautiful ruler while the Roman Empire hangs in the balance. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Kevin Rich. Casting: Leah Cassella, Casting Associate, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Campus Box 5700, Normal, IL 61790. Runs July 18–Aug. 9, 2014.
Ball at the Savoy (Operetta) When the Marquis Aristide de Faublas attempts to meet with an old lover behind his wife’s back, the evening turns into a night of revenge and mistaken identities. Music by Paul Abraham. Libretto by Fritz Löhner-Beda and Alfred Grünwald. Directed by Kristin Barrett. Casting: Chicago Folks Operetta, 512 S. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60304. Runs July 18–Aug. 3 at Stage 773.
Brigadoon (Musical) When American tourists Tommy and Jeff get lost on vacation in Scotland, they stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Book and lyrics by Alan J Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell. New York Casting: Rachel Hoffman, Telsey + Company, 311 W. 43rd St., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10036. Chicago Casting: Adam Belcuore, Director of Casting, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601. Previews June 27, 2014, prior to a July 7 opening. Closes Aug. 3 with a possible extension through Aug. 17, 2014.
Brighton Beach Memoirs This play chronicles playwright Neil Simon’s life as a young teen in 1937, living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Written by Neil Simon. Casting: John Gawlik, Artistic Director, Chicagoland Theater Company Inc., 4052 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Previews Aug. 28 prior to a Sept. 6 opening at Fox Valley Repertory. Closes October 19.
Carousel (Musical) This show follows a carousel barker whose romance with a millworker comes at the price of both their jobs. When he botches a robbery to provide for their unborn child, he only has one chance to make things right. Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Rob Ashford. With Denyce Graves. Casting: Christoph Ptack, Associate Artistic Administrator, Lyric Opera Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606. Runs in April 2015.
Carrie: The Musical (Musical) Carrie is an outcast at school and at the mercy of her over-protective mother while at home, but she’s just discovered a special power that might solve everything. Book by Lawrence D. Cohen. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Music by Michael Gore. Adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Christopher Pazdernik. Musical direction by Aaron Benham. With Katherine Condit and Kate Garassino. Casting: Harmony France, Bailiwick Chicago, P.O. Box 13468, Chicago, IL. 60613. Runs May 29–July 12, 2014, at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theatre.
Catch the Fish In this show, three LA twenty-somethings meet a mid-thirties divorced reporter for “Vanity Fair” who is writing about Hollywood wannabe life. When Alison chooses to write a story about their lives, sexual attraction burns down professional walls and the kids expose more than they may mean to. Written by Jonathan Caren. Directed by Will Crouse. Casting: the Poor Theatre, 3251 N. Broadway St., Apartment 3B, Chicago, IL 60657. Previes July 18 and 19 prior to a July 20 opening at the Rivendell Theatre. Closes Aug. 10.
Coraline (Musical) This show is based on the Neil Gaiman fantasy novel of the same name. Written by Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan. Directed by Ed Rutherford. Casting: Ed Rutherford, Black Button Eyes Productions, [no office info available]. Runs Aug. 8–Sept. 6.
Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale (Musical) This show tells the story of a heavy metal bar band hoping to make it big by selling their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest dreams. The problem is that every time they try to seal the pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Written by Dee Snider. Directed by Adam Hunter. Casting: Claire Simon, 1512 N. Fremont, Ste. 204, Chicago, IL 60622. Previews Nov. 4 prior to a Nov. 18 opening at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago. Closes Jan. 4, 2015.
The Half-Life of Memory When Salek, a scientist who helped construct the atom bomb used in Hiroshima, recovers in an old folks home, he is confronted and coerced by his former, now deceased colleagues to do one more dangerous task. Written by Jason Linder. Casting: Liz Siedt, 1436 W. Thorndale, Apt. 1B, Chicago, IL 60660. Runs June 1–29, 2014, at the Storefront Theater.
Hamlet A young prince plans revenge against the uncle who murdered his father. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Lavina Jadhwani. Casting: Lucy Carr, Oak Park Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 4114, Oak Park, IL 60303. Runs June 12–July 19, 2014, in the Austin Gardens.
I Have Been to the Wild Wood (Musical) This show is an original work that explores our basic fears through the use of text, music, and shape note music. It is based on pieces from the collection of traditional English and Scottish folk ballads known as the “Child Ballads.” Music by Pamela Maurer. Created by Duplicity Ensemble. Runs June 5–13 at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival.
The Importance of Being Earnest Two young gentlemen use the same pseudonym to bend the truth, which works until they both fall in love with women using that name, resulting in a comedy of mistaken identities. Written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Kevin Theis. Casting: Lucy Carr, Oak Park Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 4114 Oak Park, IL 60303. Runs July 24–Aug. 23, 2014, in the Austin Gardens.
Jim and Dave (‘s Blood Meets Jupiter) (Musical) Two 30-something lifelong friends are having a typical night out at their favorite Seattle bar when they are suddenly whisked away by aliens and find themselves on an intergalactic musical adventure to save the universe. Book by Kalena Victoria Dickerson. Music and lyrics by Steve Clark and Ed Plough. Directed by Michael Rashid. Casting: Michael Rashid, Project 891 Theatre Company, 1439 W. Albion #1A, Chicago, IL 60626. Runs June 12–July 6, 2014, on the West Stage of the Raven Theatre Complex.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce an unwanted marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Frank Farrell. Casting: Scott Phelps, Artistic Director, Citadel Theatre Company, 825 S. Waukegan Rd., A8 PMB123, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Next audition: May 10. Runs July 19, 25, 26, 27 and Aug. 1–3 in Lake County, Ill.
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Musical) This show tells the story of America rebuilding itself from the ashes of an apocalypse by exploring the enduring power of Bart Simpson and investigating how we can rediscover our humanity through the most unlikely agency. Written by Anne Washburn. Directed by Jeremy Wechsler. Casting: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs Jan. 20–March 1, 2015, with a possible extension through April 5, 2015.
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oak Brook) Short on money, John Falstaff begins a quest to seduce two wealthy married women, but they decide to turn the tables on Falstaff and teach him a lesson in fidelity and honesty instead. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Nick Sandys. Casting: Alison C. Vesely, Artistic Director, First Folio Theatre, 146 Juliet Ct., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Previews July 9 prior to a July 12 opening at the First Folio Theatre. Closes August 10, 2014.
Porgy and Bess (Musical) This show tells the story of a disabled black beggar living in the slums of Charleston, S.C., and his attempts to rescue a woman from her violent lover and dangerous drug dealer. Music by George Gershwin. Libretto by DuBose Heyward. Lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Casting: Chorus Auditions Coordinator, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 860, Chicago, IL, 60606. Runs Sept. 27–March 15, 2014.
The Qualms A group of friends gather for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs, and partner-swapping, but when Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. Written by Bruce Norris. Directed by Pam MacKinnon. Casting: Erica Daniels, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 758 W. North Ave., Fourth Fl., Chicago, IL 60610. Runs July 3–Aug. 31, 2014, in the Downstairs Theatre of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
The Road Less Traveled This improvised show will explore the fictionalized life of an audience member, and find out what might have happened had they made a different life choice at some point in the distance past. Casting: Tony Rielage, Artistic Director, Theatre Momentum, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave #111A, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs June 13–July 26.
Seussical (Musical) The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing little creatures known as Whos. Directed by Scott Weinstein. Casting: Bob Mason, Casting Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Avenue on Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611. Runs July 5–Aug. 17.
Sweet Charity (Musical) This show tells the story of an optimistic young woman who is repeatedly scorned by love, until she finds a claustrophobic tax accountant who sweeps her off her feet. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Book by Neil Simon. Casting: Wendy Kaplan, Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077. Next auditions: June 8 and 9. Runs Sept. 12–28.
Victims of Change Staci Meadows is a single mom forced to choose between stripping or smuggling drugs to pay for her disabled child's tuition. Written by Sabrina Nixon. Produced by Palm Tree Productions. Casting: Sabrina Nixon, c/o Gorilla Tango Theatre Chicago (Bucktown), 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. Performs May 31.
What to Listen For A play about cultural history and the challenge of modern music, interwoven with encounters with famous musical figures and renegades. A world premiere written by Kathleen Tolan. Directed by Adam Goldstein. Casting: Elliott Friedman, the side project, 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL 60626. Runs June 1–July 6, 2014.
The Who’s Tommy (Aurora) (Musical) After witnessing a traumatic act of violence, a young boy is sent into a nearly catatonic state, becoming deaf, dumb, and blind. Eventually, his only form of communication becomes the game pinball. Music and lyrics by Pete Townshend. Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Directed by Jim Corti. Casting: Jennette Nohl, Broadway Company Manager, Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506. Runs Jan. 14–Feb. 15, 2015.
The Winter’s Tale This play tells the mysterious story of a man consumed by an inexplicable jealousy that destroys his family, his kingdom and himself. Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Brian Pastor. Casting: Promethean Theatre Ensemble, 3580 W. Belden, Ste. 3, Chicago, IL 60647. Runs Nov. 7–Dec. 13 at the Athenaeum Theatre.
The World of Extreme Happiness This show follows the journey of a woman born in rural China, whose parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she's not a boy. She survives, and at age 14 leaves for the city, in pursuit of a coveted office position. Written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Directed by Eric Ting. New York casting: Nancy Piccione, 311 W. 43rd St., Eighth Fl., New York, NY 10036. Chicago casting: Adam Belcuore, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601. Runs Sept. 9–Oct. 12 at the Goodman Theatre.