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"His and His III" follows development of gay characters on Broadway
From a press release
2017-03-30

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CHICAGO: The third installment of Pride Films and Plays' His & His.' cabaret series will be performed on Tuesday, April 11 in The Broadway at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Over the course of this season, His and His has 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. Some of the musicals to be represented in this part are Witches Among Us ( by Chicago's Scott Free and former longtime Chicagoan Rick Karlin ), Days Like Today ( which premiered at Writers Theatre in 2014 ), Leo Schwartz's Pen and Jeff Bouthiette's Planted ( both of which premiered at last year's Chicago Music Theatre Festival ) and A History of Summer, which had a reading by PFP in 2016.

Andrew Lippa

Part II celebrates famed Broadway composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa ( The Wild Party, John and Jen, The Addams Family, Big Fish ). Some of the songs to be performed in this tribute to Lippa will include "Life of the Party" ( The Wild Party ), "Crazier Than You" ( The Addams Family ), and "Fight the Dragons" ( Big Fish ).

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.

Top row: Scott Gryder, Jordan Dell Harris, Lower row: Stephen Schellhardt, James Nedrud

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 online at www.pridefilmsandplays.com .

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 Folles to Fun Home.

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.

His and His III

Directed by Christopher Pazdernik

Music Direction by Nick Sula

Featuring Scott Gryder, Jordan Dell Harris, James Nedrud, and Stephen Schellhardt.

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center

4139 N. Broadway, Chicago

Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 reserved VIP seats, $20 general admission

Visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 800.737.0984 to order.

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 .

ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER

Pride Arts Center ( PAC ) opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats, and it is run by Pride Films and Plays. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional 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 Pride Films and Plays.

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