CHICAGO – The fourth installment of Pride Films and Plays’ His & His.’ cabaret series – entitled “Broadway at the Broadway” will be performed on Thursday, June 8 in The Broadway at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. The His and His series follows the development of LGBT characters on Broadway, and celebrates the artists who wrote the great works of musical theater.
Broadway at the Broadway will reprise some of the greatest hits performed in the series, including numbers from Applause, La Cage Aux Folles, Falsettos, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rent, Hedwig & Fun Home…and more! Some of the openly gay songwriters to be celebrated will include Jerry Herman, William Finn and Andrew Lippa.
Christopher Pazdernik curates and directs. Nick Sula is the musical director. The cast of Broadway at the Broadway is James Nedrud (Xanadu – American Theatre Company, Under a Rainbow Flag – Pride Films and Plays), Max De Togne (Jeff nominee for High Fidelity The Musical by Refuge Theatre Project and Jesus Christ Superstar by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre), Lauren Paris (Things to Ruin by Refuge Theatre Project, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert by Pride Films and Plays, Into the Woods by The Hypocrites), and Stephen “Blu” Allen (In the Heights, The Scottsboro Boys by Porchlight Music Theatre and Jesus Christ Superstar, Paramount Theatre).
Tickets for Broadway at the Broadway on June 8 at 7:30 are $25 for Reserved Center Section Seats, or $20 for general admission. They can be reserved at 1 800 737 0984 or here.
Christopher Pazdernik (Curator and Director) is a director/choreographer with “a near encyclopedic knowledge of musicals” (NewCity Stage). Christopher’s recent Chicago credits include The Rink, Anyone Can Whistle, City of Angels and Applause (Porchlight Revisits), Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop), Planted (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Make Me a Song (Eclectic Theatre Co.), High Fidelity (Refuge Theatre Project), Story of A Story (The Untold Story) (Underscore Theater Co.), Bette, Live at the Continental Baths (Hell in a Handbag) and a Jeff Award nomination for co-choreographing Spamalot with Nightblue. An openly HIV+ artist, Christopher was named a 2016 Windy City Times 30-Under-30 honoree for his contributions to Chicago’s LGBT community.
Nick Sula (music director) Nick Sula’s credits include Porchlight Music Theatre (music director: Applause, New Faces Sing Broadway 1972, and pianist: Ragtime, Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd), Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (Myths and Hymns, Pippin, Hello Again, The Glorious Ones [Jeff Nomination], La Cage aux Folles, Jekyll & Hyde), Chicago Opera Vanguard (Orpheus & Euridice, Reagan’s Children), Light Opera Works (Chorusmaster: The Music Man, Oklahoma),White Horse (Merrily We Roll Along [Jeff Citation for music direction]).
Broadway at the Broadway
Directed and Hosted by Christopher Pazdernik
Music Direction by Nick Sula
Featuring James Nedrud, Max De Togne, Lauren Paris, Stephen “Blu” Allen
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center
4139 N. Broadway, Chicago
Thursday, June 8, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25 reserved VIP seats, $20 general admission
Visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call .800,737,0984 to order.
ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER
The Pride Arts Center consists of two performance spaces – The Buena at 4147 N Buena which has 50 seats, and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats. Since taking over the lease on August 1, PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in our Buena Park neighborhood and beyond, providing free space for events including After Orlando, staged readings responding to the Orlando tragedy, Broken Noses Bechdol Fest and other community meetings and events. We have hosted performances by Red Tape Theater, Clock Productions, and Give A Thought Theater. Upcoming tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, Underscore Music Theater, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course the Pride Films and Plays productions of For The Love Of (or the Roller Derby Play) and The Nance.
For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit www.prideartscenter.com, or www.pridefilmsandplays.com.
ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS
Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.” The company acquired its two performance spaces at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in July 2016, renaming the spaces the Pride Arts Center.
Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation and Alphawood Foundation.
PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and The League of Chicago Theatres.
For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.800.737.0984.