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(Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago)

What brought about the new business arrangement of two of Chicago’s most prominent cultural institutions? We speak with two of the driving forces behind each company.

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“Million Dollar Quartet” stars, from left: Gavin Rohrer as Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, Kavan Hashemian as Elvis Presley and Adam Wesley Brown as Carl Perkins. (Credit: Liz Lauren)

The fall theater season is in full swing. Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss joins us with highlights from the Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera and more.

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Actors Alexandra Henrikson and Crystal Lucas-Perry in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Barbara Gaines directs. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater founder and artistic director, talks about the wild twist on a classic that opens their 31st season.

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Donica Lynn performs at the Chicago Actors’ Call to Action’s May event. (Ingrid Bonne)

Actors take action by taking the stage once a month to raise money for organizations that could lose funding under the Trump administration. Meet the program’s founder and find out what’s on tap in September.

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(Courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Choreographer John Neumeier is in the sixth decade of a career that’s still going strong, and his latest project marks an unprecedented Chicago collaboration.

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Stacy Stoltz performs in “Walk A Mile.” (Credit: Mali Anderson)

A new theater festival takes the stage in September to share true stories about addiction, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues related to mental health. 

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Actors John Mahoney, left, and Francis Guinan. (Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre)

The veteran actors join us to discuss a new show opening Sept. 7 at Steppenwolf Theatre.

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(Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil)

The French Canadian circus rolled into town this week, and Chicago Tonight got a backstage pass to meet the performers.

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The national tour of “An American in Paris” visits Chicago starting next week. Hedy Weiss joins us with a preview of that Tony Award-winning production. 

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A recent review by Hedy Weiss of the Steppenwolf production “Pass Over” has gotten the Chicago Sun-Times theater critic of more than 30 years in some hot water.

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What does it take to adapt a classic Disney musical for a live audience? We sit down with the award-winning composer to talk about remaking “Aladdin,” and the “keys” to his success.

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Liz McArthur, left, and Jill Valentine, right, co-founded the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. (Courtesy of Stage 773)

When two local comedians launched the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival in 2012, they were regularly asked: “What’s it like to be a woman in comedy?” Find out what’s in store for this year’s fest—and how the business of comedy is evolving.

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Roger C. Sullivan High School students from Chicago and around the world will share their stories June 13. The school has the highest number of refugee students of any high school in the city. (Courtesy of Lifeline Theatre)

Students at Roger C. Sullivan High School will share stories of community and identity from local and international perspectives this week, in collaboration with Lifeline Theatre.

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Daniel Kyri performs in Charles Smith’s “Objects in the Mirror.” (Credit: Liz Lauren)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic gives us her take on highly recommended shows from the Goodman Theatre, TimeLine, Paramount and Marriott.

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Chicago actor Jonathan Weir rehearses for the role of Jafar in “Aladdin.” (Justin Barbin / Broadway in Chicago)

A conversation with actors Anthony Murphy and Chicago’s own Jonathan Weir from the production “Aladdin.”

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(Credit: HMS Media and Chicago Shakespeare)

It’s not often that an Oscar winner for best picture gets translated to the stage. “Shakespeare in Love” is getting its U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.