Thursday, August 21, 2014

Second City's Depraved New World Received 4 Jeff Award Nominations

Congratulations to Mick Napier (Director), John Hartman (Actor), Tawny Newsome (Actress) and the entire Depraved New World (Revue) cast and crew on their Jeff Award nominations. So exciting!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shop Old Town’s Shop Wells Showcase

We love our Old Town neighborhood and all that thrives within it. Please join us this weekend and get your shop on at the Shop Wells Showcase, this Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. A bunch of boutiques are participating and have great deals and discounts available!

Adelaide Boutique | 1704 N. Wells Street
30% off of new Fall merchandise + a gift with purchase!

Luxury Garage Sale | 1658 N. Wells Street
Sip and shop with complimentary mimosas!

 Handle With Care | 1706 N. Wells Street
Sale up to 70% off + 15% off all full-priced merchandise!

Mercy Beaucoup | 1545 N. Wells Street
10% off full-priced merchandise + sale merchandise up to 75% off!

Sara Jane | 1343 N. Wells Street
Additional 40%-off sale + $25 gift card for purchases of $100 or more.

Remembering Fred Kaz, the "Captain of Cool"

Please join us in Chicago to celebrate the life of the inimitable Fred Kaz, an extraordinary man who touched and influenced the lives of so many. The Second City is presenting a Celebration of Life for Fred at UP Comedy Club on Tuesday, September 30th. A reception with light appetizers and beverages will take place from 6:00-7:00pm with the service from 7:00-9:00pm.

We hope you can join us. Please click here to RSVP.

UP Comedy Club
230 W. North Avenue (inside Piper's Alley)
3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60614

Click here for directions or additional location information

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Air & Water Show This Weekend in Chicago

The Chicago Air & Water Show returns to the lakefront Saturday, August 16 - Sunday, August 17. If you're coming to the theater this weekend, come a little early to check out the show. Click here for more information. The Air & Water show tends to draw big crowds. You may want to consider taking public transportation or grabbing a taxi if you're not within walking distance. Google Maps has a great public transportation feature if you're not sure which train or bus to catch. Click here to find your route.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Comedy World Lost A Legend Today: Robin Williams

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Robin Williams' death. He was an enormously talented performer and a good friend of The Second City. On several occasions we had an opportunity to perform with him and it was always a pleasure. In the late 70's, Robin and Martin Short spent a week on The Second City stage doing the most extraordinary improvising I have ever witnessed. He also was superb as a guest on SCTV. Our thoughts are with his friends and family."

- Andrew Alexander, CEO & Executive Producer, The Second City

SC Alum, Christina Anthony, Lands Role in "Found" Off-Broadway

Found features a book by Tony Award nominee Hunter Bell ([title of show]) and Lee Overtree and original music and lyrics by Eli Bolin.

The ensemble cast of ten includes Christina Anthony ("The Second City," "Key & Peele"), Nick Blaemire(Godspell, Glory Days), Andrew Call (Rock of Ages, American Idiot),Daniel Everidge (Grease, Fat Camp), Orville Mendoza (Peter and the Starcatcher, Pacific Overtures), Betsy Morgan (Les Misérables, A Little Night Music), Molly Pope (Molly Pope, Okay?; Introducing Molly Pope), Danny Pudi ("Community," "Gilmore Girls"), Sandy Rustin (Rated P [for parenthood], Modern Orthodox) and Barrett Wilbert Weed (Bare, Heathers).

"Found is an original musical based on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been 'found' in the real world by every-day people," press notes state. "Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy (Blaemire) who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his compatriots on a wild, comedic journey. This raucous and insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in all of us."

For the full article, click here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Enjoy the Seward Park Jazz Fest in Old Town

Come out and enjoy this year's Jazz in the Park. Located in the beautiful Seward Park that has grown in Community and Residents with live Jazz and Food. Feel free to bring your Family and Friends to enjoy this year's Free Concert Series, hosted by Near North Unity Program. (Held every other Friday from June thru August.)

Jazz begins at 6:30 pm in Seward Park, 364 W. Elm.  Prior to the jazz music beginning, at 4:30pm, Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, Near North Unity Program, and Old Town Triangle Association, in conjunction with Redmoon, will be hosting an event featuring grilling, music and a photobooth.

Additional talents include The Jesse White Tumbling Team!  Come on out for both events, you are guaranteed a great summer evening!

More details here:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Second City Alumnus, Jackie Hoffman, to star in Broadway revival of On the Town

Hairspray star and SC alum, Jackie Hoffman, has been cast as Madame Dilly in the Broadway revival of On the Town. The show, which is being produced by Howard and Janet Kagan, will reach its 70th anniversary with this production. Not only does it have a talented cast, but set design and costume design are led by Tony Award winners Beowulf Boritt and Jess Goldstein. Jackie Hoffman and the rest of the cast will begin performances on September 20 at the Lyric Theatre. The production will officially open October 16.

For more details, click here.

Second City's Bob Curry Fellowship featured on ABC7's Heart and Soul Special

ABC 7 featured Second City's Bob Curry Fellowship in its Heart and Soul segment, which aired on July 26. While The Second City has long had an Outreach and Diversity program, this year it launched the Bob Curry Fellowship, a free fellowship for diverse actors.The segment features the head of Second City's Outreach and Diversity program, Dionna Griffin-Irons, and gives an inside look at the program and the 16 actors within it. The Second City will offer the fellowship again in 2015.