Sun. August 3, 2014

Podcast with Photographer/Author KYLE FROMAN

Podcast with Photographer KYLE FROMAN from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.


KyleFromanKyle Froman has quickly become one of theatre's most sought after photographers capturing shows such as Billy Elliott, The Phantom of The Opera, Flashdance and Les Miserables with a unique flare for intimacy. In this fantastic interview, Kyle discusses how he transitioned from dancing with the New York City Ballet to a career in photography. Kyle is also the author of "In The Wings" showing the behind the scenes life at the fabled ballet company. To purchase Kyle's amazing photos, visit his official website





Sat. June 28, 2014

Podcast with Broadway's ARLO HILL

Podcast with ARLO HILL from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Broadway’s ARLO HILL discusses his cabaret show I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF FRANK LOESSER which he will perform at New York City’s 54 Below on July 2, 2014. For more information visit and

Arlo, winner of the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition, is an actor and singer on Broadway and off. A graduate of Harvard University, Arlo appears in the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera and in the cabaret Jacques Brel Returns! at the Triad. He was recently seen singing “Standing on the Corner” in the Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella at City Center. Other credits include Little Me, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Where’s Charley? (Encores), and the televised, Emmy-nominated Carousel with the New York Philharmonic. A resident artist with Sightline Theater, Arlo has devised and performed in Hold Music (Ars Nova; Culture Project), One Arm and a Leg (HERE), and that time… (Dixon Place). Regional work includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Henry Spofford) and Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka).

 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents ARLO HILL in I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF FRANK LOESSER on Wednesday July 2nd. I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE goes behind the scenes with the man who wrote Guys & DollsHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, “Baby it’s Cold Outside,” and much, much more.  A brash college dropout journeys from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way — and through two marriages, five Broadway shows, and over 700 songs of life and love.  

Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the OperaThe Most Happy Fella, Jacques Brel Returns!) sings with pianist and music director Rick Hip-Flores (Rocky, Beautiful, We Will Rock You), joined by guest artists from the cast of The Most Happy Fella at Encores! 

ARLO HILL in I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019) on Wednesday, July 2nd at 7pm. There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.    


54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife.  A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.  The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage.  In their description of 54 BELOWThe New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.”  Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.

Wed. June 25, 2014


D.J. JOE GAUTHREAUX discusses his amazing and innovative career including the launch of his own label PROP D RECORDS. Joe also premieres his new recording BYE, FELCIA on our podcast. Joe will be in Chicago on Sunday, June 29th to spin LOVE REVOLUTION at the Chicago History Museum and on July 4th at the Dunes in Saugatuck, MI.

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DJ and remixing/producer dynamo Joe Gauthreaux is adding record mogul and artist to his resume this week with the launch of his own music label, Prop D Recordings, and its first single release, “Bye Felicia.” “Bye Felicia”, an expression of dismissal that was first heard in the motion picture, Friday, and made popular by Nene Leakes on the Bravo TV show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is a throwback to nineties house.  The song features vocals by Mitch Amtr@ck, an artist best known for his recordings with late house music great, Peter Rauhofer. “Bye Felicia” from Prop D Recordings is available on iTunes and all major online retailers now.

“I wanted a way to cut through the red tape and avoid third parties from interfering with my creativity,” explains Joe Gauthreaux on his decision to launch Prop D Recordings (the name is short for Proposition Dance).   “It’s so easy to make music now, and quality music at that. Goyete created “Somebody That I Used To Know” all by himself in his basement.  He inspired me to take my music into my own hands.”

Joe Gauthreaux plans to unleash a diverse range of dance music through Prop D Recordings: everything from vocal, tribal house, to EDM, to crazy club bangers.   ”I genuinely love all kinds of dance music,” he says. “I’m always incorporating new beats and sounds to keep the momentum up on my floor. I’ll do the same with the label.  The worst thing a DJ or record head can do is get stuck in a certain sound for too long. Music is constantly changing and evolving. If you don’t change with it, you’ll get left behind.”

He’s already proven his willingness to adjust.  The label was originally scheduled to release “All This Time”, a song Gauthreaux co-wrote with singer Jared Bradford, as its debut.  But friends and colleagues convinced him to shelve it temporarily in favor of “Bye Felicia”.  “I was outvoted,” Gauthreaux admits.

joebyefeclicaOn the street and in the clubs, “Bye Felicia” is a term a person might call someone they don’t care enough about to call by name.  Gauthreaux’s track, however, redefines the term, turning its negative connotation into a positive one. Instead of making Felicia someone no one wants around, he makes her a person being sought after.  “I often try to do the opposite of what listeners are expecting,” he says.  “That really defines everything I do.  I always want to keep people guessing.”

He also strives to keep everyone having a good time.  “When I go into the booth or a recording studio, I always remind myself to keep it fun. Club music should be an escape.”

Gauthreaux has brought his unique sound to parties throughout the world, headlining nearly every major festival event including White Party Miami, Winter Party, and NYC Pride – earning him the title of “Hottest DJ of the Year” from Out Magazine.

He began releasing his own remixes eight years ago and in that time, has worked with many of the leading dance artists including Kristine W, Jeanie Tracy, and Tony Moran.  Three years ago, Joe Gauthreaux began taking on mainstream projects with pop acts like NeYo, The Wanted, Melanie Amaro, and even Justin Bieber.

He sees Prop D Recordings as the next step in his evolution as a dance artist.  He expects obstacles, including making money in an industry consumed by free streaming, but he’s not worrying about it  – yet. “Right now I just want my music to be out there. I’ll figure out a way to get rich later,” he laughs.joe6

Prop D Recordings will work with a distribution company to push its singles to iTunes, Beatport, Amazon, Spotify and over one hundred online retailers around the world. Physical releases will be added in the near future.

No new artists are being signed to the label, but Gauthreaux would like to see that happen in time.  For now, efforts will be concentrated on upcoming collaborations with heavy hitting producers like Tony Moran.

“In the end, just making quality music and having my own label is what make the most sense for me right now,” he says.



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Sat. May 10, 2014

Podcast with Mamma Mia's GEORGIA KATE HAEGE



Podcast with Mamma Mia's GEORGIA KATE HAEGE from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.




Australian born Georgia Kate Haege has certainly taken the United States by storm and is now touring the country as Donna in the mega-musical hit MAMMA MIA.  In addition to her theatre career, Georgia was the founding member of Whore's Mascara and currently Liquid Diet.  In this interview, Georgia discusses her role in Mamma Mia, her musical influences and life on the road with a mega musical. For more information visit, and

GEORGIA KATE HAEGE (Donna) hails from the stunning harbour city of Sydney, Australia, where she studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and earned her Bachelor of Music. Georgia has sung backup for renowned artists including Meat Loaf, La La Brooks (of Phil Spector’s The Crystals), multi-platinum pop-rock band Wheatus, and R&B?singer?Shontelle. Georgia’s had several original bands in NYC:?currently she fronts/co-writes for disco-pop act Liquid Diet who recently released their EP?Daddy Issues. She was a founding member of the glam group Whore’s Mascara, the electro-pop outfit Pop Smear, the electro-rock duo Die Kinder, and pop-punk band The Strines, all of whom released full-length albums. Georgia’s musical theater highlights:?Lost in Love:?The Air Supply MusicalDate Me Do Me Dump MeHell Hole HoneysEuropaSave the RobotsLizzie Borden. Georgia starred in the horror feature Late Fee, which was released nationally. She’s also appeared in programs for Discovery Network. Georgia can be seen/heard singing the Sleepy’s jingle, voicing a national Trojan Condom commercial, and shaking her booty in the Brazil Butt Lift infomercial.


hermirabella103013_11770584_8colBroadway In Chicago is pleased to announce that individual tickets forBenny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, go on sale to the public Thursday, March 13 at 10 AM. MAMMA MIA! will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited one-week engagement from May 13 through May 18, 2014.


Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.0000-en-1254735213

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

MAMMA MIA! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions includeAmerican IdiotIrving Berlin’s White ChristmasNice Work If You Can Get It, and Chaplin.

The original production of MAMMA MIA! was produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn UlvaeusMAMMA MIA! is written byCatherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design byAndrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements byMartin Koch.

The special edition cast recording of MAMMA MIA! is available on Decca Broadway.

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Tickets for MAMMA MIA! at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $18-$85. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances.  Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at

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