PBS show to feature 15 minutes of 'Hamilton'

NEW YORK (AP) — Time has nearly run out to see the original "Hamilton" cast on Broadway, but a PBS special this fall on the Tony Award-winning musical will feature at least 15 minutes of footage with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team.

Studio Visit: Jessica Elliott

Jessica Elliott, 21, Urbana, will be a University of Illinois senior this fall in theater studies and is the director of CUTC's Kathy Murphy Student Production of "Oliver!" The final show will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Parkland College.

How do you feel "Oliver!" is going?

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Music scene

Krannert event to feature African ensemble

The music ensemble Jean Ren Balekita and Bomoyi, who perform African music tinged with gospel, jazz and Congolese rumba, will perform at Krannert Uncorked on Thursday and in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church on July 19.

Entertainment listings, June 23-30, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

'Hamilton' antagonist also ready to exit

NEW YORK (AP) — A week after winning a best-leading-actor Tony Award, Leslie Odom Jr. has announced he will join other key principals in leaving the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" next month.

Ask 'Mimi,' June 19, 2016

Do you know anything about a hip-hop event last week at the IMC in Urbana?

Yes, I stopped by the family event, a festival called "Good Vibes Only." It ended the weeklong workshop at IMC called "The Miseducation of Hip-Hop" for 50 students, roughly ages 13 to 18, put on by Mother Nature — local hip-hop artists TRUTH and Shasta "Klevah" Knox.

Review: Stealing the show

It's been said that "Oliver!" has been steadfastly popular because of "four blockbuster songs and good little tunes in between."

That observation is alive and well in the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's youth production at Parkland.

'Leaving Iowa' a lovely trip down memory lane

By Tricia Stiller/For The News-Gazette

"Are we there yet?"

"I have to go to the bathroom."

"Don't make me turn this car around!"

If those phrases conjure up fond memories for you, then the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre's current offering, "Leaving Iowa" needs to jump to the top of your must-see list.

Entertainment listings, June 16-23, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

A Little reminiscing

SULLIVAN — Guy Little remembers how he was told, when he started the Little Theatre on the Square here nearly 60 years ago, that it just couldn't be done.

"Guy, this will never work in Sullivan," the owner of a bistro in the Moultrie County seat told him.

"Two years later he told me, 'You've made me a rich man,'" Little recently said.