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Broadway in The Broadway

Chris Pazdernik works his magic to create a sizzling cabaret of Broadway proportions! The first part of the evening will feature work from new musicals, or musicals with a Chicago connection.  Part II celebrates famed Broadway composer Andrew Lippa. Christopher Pazdernik curates and directs. Tickets for Broadway In The Broadway on Thursday, 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. On March 30, 1970, the history of musical theater was changed forever with just two words from Lauren Bacall on opening night of Applause, the musical version of All About Eve. When she said “Bring him!” to her hairdresser Duane, Broadway finally had its first openly gay character in a musical paving the way for shows from La Cage Aux Follies to Fun Home.   Don’t miss this one night only special event!

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For The Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) – a world premiere

When Joy, a driftless young woman, gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you’re willing to sacrifice – or lose – in order to follow your heart. This world premiere play by Gina Femia, a Brooklyn born and based playwright whose work has been presented in more than 30 festivals locally, nationally and internationally, will open March 16 under the direction of Rachel Edwards Harvith. Press opening is March 20, 2017. Pride Films and Plays Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez says, “In an era when women’s rights and autonomy are threatened, I am thrilled for PFP to present For the Love Of. Femia’s superb writing, diverse all-female cast of characters, and representation of contemporary queer women is anchored by Joy’s journey of realizing she has the authority, confidence, and passion to find fulfillment in herself. This play is one hell of ride in which we see that love and roller derby are both contact sports.” For the Love Of”s design team includes Elyse Balogh (Set), G. Max Maxin IV (Lights), Uriel Gomez (Costumes), Melanie Vitaterna (Props), Heath HaysMore…

Films

‘Counting’ is winning prizes on the festival circuit!

Our first short film, Counting, directed by company member Dan Pal and written by Kari Morris, is currently enjoying success on the film festival circuit. It recently won the 2017 award for 1st Place Short Feature at the North By Midwest Microbudget Film Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Other upcoming festivals include:  Show Me Justice Film Festival at the University of Central Missouri (April 7), MiFo – Miami (April 24), My True Colors Festival, New York, (June.)  Previous screenings:  Big As Texas Short Film Festival (Best LGBT Short Film Nominee), Equality Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, Desperado LGBT Film Festival in Phoenix, AZ. We are thrilled with the performances of Joan McGrath, Kenzie Siebert, and Carolyn Reynolds, and the work of the entire production team whole production team!  

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His & His III

Over the course of  his season, His and His followed the development of gay characters on Broadway. If you missed the first two parts, no worries. Chris will catch you up on what you need to know. The first part of the evening will feature work from new musicals, or musicals with a Chicago connection.  Part II celebrates famed Broadway composer Andrew Lippa. Christopher Pazdernik curates and directs. Nick Sula is the musical director, and the all-star cast includes Scott Gryder, Jordan Dell Harris, James Nedrud, and Stephen Schellhardt.Tickets for His & His III on April 11 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. On March 30, 1970, the history of musical theater was changed forever with just two words from Lauren Bacall on opening night of Applause, the musical version of All About Eve. When she said “Bring him!” to her hairdresser Duane, Broadway finally had its first openly gay character in a musical paving the way for shows from La Cage Aux Follies to Fun Home.   Don’t miss this one night only special event!

Company News, Plays

PRISCILLA: Queen of the Desert Must Close March 12!

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of John Nasca costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” Hot Stuff,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love the Nightlife,” this wildly funny and touching musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Based on the smash-hit movie of the same name, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert enjoyed a 16-month run on Broadway. The performance is at The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center, at 4139 N Broadway. Honey West, Jordan Phelps, and Luke Meierdiercks lead a cast of 16 all-stars, and Music Director Robert Ollis will lead a band of 5! David Zak and Derek Van Barham co-direct, with choreography by Jon Martinez. TICKETING INFORMATION! Regular performances are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 and SundayMore…

Benefits, Events

Save the Date NOVEMBER 6 for PFP’s Simply Sensational

Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, has featured amazing artists over he last three years, including Donna McKechnie, Alexandra  Billings, Rayvon Owen, and Capathia Jenkins. Save the date for the first time we do this event in our new home!  For tickets call 1 800 737 0984 or purchase on line here. Simply Sensational features musical direction by Robert Ollis, and is directed by David Zak. The evening benefits the programming of Pride Films and Plays, and the renovation of the Pride Arts Center.  

Benefits

Nominee Night

Chicago’s Most Lauded Singers Perform Together For One Night Only at NOMINEE NIGHT Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM at Pride Arts Center! Chicago’s best musical theater performers gather for one night only on the same stage when the 2017 Jeff Award Nominees are honored at Nominee Night, May 23 at 7:30 PM at The Broadway in Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway. Pride Films and Plays brings you an exciting evening showcasing musical performances from the Best Actors and Actresses, and Best Supporting Actors and Actresses nominated for the 2016/17 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson (“Jeff”) Awards. All proceeds from the evening benefit the New Musical Initiative at Pride Films and Plays. General Admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets are available for $30 and include reserved seating and program recognition (if purchased by May 12). Door prize tickets will be available for purchase win bottles of wine, and $400 in gift certificates from Southwest Airlines. The Broadway at Pride Arts Center is at 4139 N Broadway.   ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS The mission of Pride Films and Plays is to change lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters orMore…

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Charles Busch in ‘That Girl, That Boy’

Pride Arts Center presents Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy in The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2017. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. The performance is at The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center, at 4139 N Broadway. Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, brings an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote, “He has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent, he also has claws. For an audience, the possibility of being scratched, although remote, lends his humor a bracing edge.” Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. Performances are on Sunday and Monday, January 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm in The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center at 4139 N Broadway. Busch will fittingly perform on the set of PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT which will be PFP’s first productionMore…

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Support PFP This Holiday Season

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”                     -Maya Angelou Dear Friend, Chicago has always been home to Pride Films and Plays, but this year, we made the big step of creating a physical artistic home at Pride Arts Center in Buena Park. While this is a huge move for us, we did it because of you. Yes, you. We saw there was a need for a permanent space where people from all different walks of life could be joined together to enjoy amazing and inspiring theater that is inclusive and a force for good. A place where the stories of the LGBTQ community could be heard and celebrated. Sadly, we are often reminded that our voices are ones that some want silenced, and this year has been no different. It’s more important than ever that we have these spaces available and waiting for us when we need them most. To be frank, Pride Arts Center is a huge undertaking. It will cost us $15,000 per month, every month, to continue this project, which we all know is desperately needed. There’s no other way toMore…

Plays

525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret

Pride Films and Plays and the members of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals celebrate the end of the year and the birth of a new music Pride Films and Plays is delighted to welcome members of the Chicago Cabaret Project to the Broadway as we introduce another venue for great music on Chicago’s north side. On Friday, December 30, the singers perform works that look back on 2016 and ahead to 2017 in 525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret. The performance is at The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center, at 4139 N Broadway. The host for the evening is Denis McGowan, with Beckie Menzie at the piano. Cabaret singers confirmed for the evening are Joan Curto, Tom Michael, Hilary Feldman, Anna Besserud, Julia Hawkins, Amy Cole, Cynthia Cleary, Patrick Davis, and Stephen Edwards. They will be joined by musical theater performers Jordan Phelps, currently one of the stars of PFP’s production of PRISCILLA: Queen of the Desert, Peter Rugar, Sarah Conrad, Filipe Carrasco, and Joseph Alvey. And there will be a special performance guitarist Derek Duleba.  The evening is produced by PFP Board Members Elizabeth Bertucci and Robert Bailey. VIP tickets for the evening are $35 and include the performance andMore…