‘Hamilton’ announces Chicago principal casting
Miguel Cervantes and Karen Olivo lead, but Burr and Washington are still TBA
Pride Films and Plays takes over former Profiles Theatre spaces
To be known as Pride Arts Center
17 Chicago theater shows to see in July
A pair of Broadway divas cast long shadows over the July theater calendar. The Goodman Theatre’s world premiere of War Paint, a new musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics business rivals Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, is the hot ticket of the summer. But it’s far from the only show on offer this month. Three of the most highly acclaimed storefront shows of the past year—Oracle Theatre’s The Hairy Ape, Definition Theatre Company and the New Colony’s Byhalia, Mississippi, and Raven Theatre’s Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys—return for remounts with their full original ensemble casts. And July is when the summer slate of outdoor theater gets into full swing, with alfresco stagings of Shakespeare and more across the city and suburbs (including an intriguing Twin Cities import at Morton Arboretum).