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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 05:01 pm

Muni brings gritty drama Rent to the Springfield stage

When Mac Warren submitted Rent to the Muni’s play reading committee, he knew the edgy show would be a tough sell. The Tony and Pulitzer winning musical, based loosely on La Boheme, depicts New Y...
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 03:25 pm

Springfield’s summer theater continues its strong season with Peter Pan

If there’s one thing the cast and crew of the Muni’s latest production want you to know, it’s this: their Peter Pan is more than just a kids’ show. And while the husband-and-wi...
Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:25 pm

For many first-timers, life on the Muni stage is an unforgettable experience

It’s more than you,It’s more than me,No matter what we are,We are a family.This dream is for all of us, This one can be real,And you can’t stop us now,Because of how you feel. &nbs...
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:45 am

An eclectic 2013-14 season is waiting in the wings

Sangamon Auditorium’s upcoming season, starting in September, is a heady mix of surefire crowd-pleasers and boundary pushing one-offs, finding Broadway touring companies rubbing shoulders with c...
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 08:10 am

Hedwig is a “transformative” rock musical

“The word of the day is ‘immersion,’” says Legacy Theatre owner Scott Richardson, and truthfully there are few more appropriate terms to describe the Legacy’s production ...
Thursday, July 19, 2012 02:55 am

Civil War Journeys continues at New Salem’s Theatre in the Park July 19-22

The stories we tell and the songs we sing help us make sense of the past, understand the present and build the future. Civil War Journeys, which opened last weekend at New Salem’s Theatre in the...
Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:24 pm

Scott Richardson’s theatrical labor of love brings eclectic culture to Springfield

“I would say buying real estate is an emotional decision,” says Scott Richardson. “It’s probably not the wisest move, but sometimes you follow the heart. So we bought a theater...
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 04:01 pm

And don’t miss Den of Thieves by the Less is More Theatre Company

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, the head of the UIS theatre department these last 10 years, is taking a sabbatical this semester, but he is staying home in Springfield. As head of an academic program, he do...
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 02:55 am
The new year begins with exciting theater in Springfield, with the now-playing Chess, a musical by Benny Anderssen and Bjorn Ulvaes (of ABBA fame) with lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evit...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:55 am

On New Year’s Eve come downtown for a bargain celebration of the arts

On Dec. 31, 1987, Springfield became the first city in Illinois to host a First Night event celebrating the new year through the arts. Penny Wollan-Kriel, executive director of the Springfield Area Ar...


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