PULITZER PRIZE AND TONY-WINNING BEST MUSICAL WILL ROCK THE RIALTO THIS OCTOBER

May 20, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Rialto Square Theatre and VenuWorks announced today that RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will play the Rialto Square Theatre for one night only, Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 24 at 10 AM. Tickets will be available at the Rialto Square Theatre box office (102 N. Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432) or by visiting www.RialtoSquare.com.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Based on original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign re-stages the 20th anniversary tour. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (Choreography), Angela Wendt (Costume Design), and Tim Weil (Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements) are joined by Jonathan Spencer (Lighting Design), Keith Caggiano (Sound Design), MiRi Park (Associate Choreographer), and Matthew E. Maraffi (adapting original scenic design by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour. Casting for the tour is by Wojcik | Seay Casting.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Something Rotten!, and the upcoming tour of the 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK WITH 87.7 METV-FM

May 17, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Rialto Square Theatre and 87.7 MeTV-FM are teaming up to present Woodstock: 50 Years of Music, Memories, & Me, a 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock, on Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 24th at 10 AM. Tickets can be purchased online at www.RialtoSquare.com or in person at the Rialto Square Theatre box office (102 N. Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432). Tickets start at just $20.

50 years ago this summer, a sleepy dairy farm tucked away in the Catskill Mountains of New York played host to a seminal moment in the history of Rock & Roll. Billed as An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music…Woodstock (as it would forever be known) became the definitive nexus of the counterculture generation.

Return to that moment when a generation found its voice as 87.7 MeTV-FM celebrates Woodstock: 50 Years of Music, Memories & Me. You’ll feel what it was like to be on-stage at the iconic festival as official Woodstock photographer Baron Wolman takes you on a musical and psychedelic journey back in time. Through his lens, the world would understand what happened both on-stage and off. How a generation of kids came together and grew up over the course of a weekend. It was historic and Baron Wolman saw it all.

But Woodstock is synonymous with great music. Great Moments in Vinyl, led by Chicago radio veteran Bill Cochran, takes the tribute experience to a new level. The band will also bring first-person perspective of Woodstock and share stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being.
It’s a night of the music of Woodstock with stories told by those who lived it.

A limited number of VIP ticket will include a premium seat, a copy of Baron Wolman’s book “Celebrating Woodstock”, a meet & greet with Baron Wolman (including autograph session), and complimentary beer, wine, soda and light appetizers.

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A CAPPELLA PHENOMS, HOME FREE, WILL PLAY THE RIALTO SQUARE THIS FALL

May 10, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Rialto Square Theatre and NiteLite Promotions welcome back a cappella super group, Home Free, to the Rialto Square Theatre stage on Saturday, October 5, 2019 as part of their Dive Bar Saints World Tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17 at 10 AM. Tickets can be purchased online at www.RialtoSquare.com or in person at the Rialto Square Theatre box office. A VIP upgrade experience is available at www.HomeFreeMusic.com/vip.

For the first time in their wildly successful career, all-vocal Country entertainers HOME FREE are releasing an album chock-full of original music titled DIVE BAR SAINTS on July 26. Available for preorder next Friday (5/17), the 12-track project serves up 10 original songs with band members AUSTIN BROWN (high tenor) and TIM FOUST (bass) among writing credits.

“We’ve been waiting for a special time to release an album like DIVE BAR SAINTS,” shares Foust. “With a couple of us being able to write on it and release it on our own label – we’re so proud of this record.“

Tenor Rob Lundquist adds, “We can’t wait to take this music out on the road and see our Home Fries all over the world this year.”

Penned by tunesmiths Brandon Chase, Arlis Albritton, and Justin Morgan, the grooving title track honors a neon-lit late-night refuge and is available immediately upon preorder, in addition to Foust’s original “Remember This.” Among the dynamic release, Home Free also includes a stirring take of “Go Rest High on That Mountain” (Vince Gill) and a spiritual rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (John Denver). Succeeding TIMELESS (2017) – #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart – this album marks the acclaimed quintet’s debut release off their independent label, Home Free Records, and under The Orchard for distribution.

Home Free’s DIVE BAR SAINTS Track Listing

1. “Remember This” (Tim Foust, Arlis Albritton, Donnie Reis, Chris Chatham)

2. “Leave This Town” (Chris Gelbuda, Chase McGill, Brett Tyler)

3. “Dive Bar Saints” (Brandon Chase, Arlis Albritton, Justin Morgan)

4. “Catch Me If You Can” (Keelan Donovan, Louis Johnson, Anna Rose Menken)

5. “Lonely Girl’s World” (Austin Brown, Steven Martinez, Ava Suppelsa)

6. “Cross That Bridge” (Keelan Donovan, Matthew McVaney)

7. “Dreamer” (Dustin Christensen, Ross Ellis, Dan Fernandez)

8. “What’s the World Coming To” (Tim Foust, Eric Arjes, Mark Nesler)

9. “Go Rest High on That Mountain” (Vince Gill)

10. “Why Not” (Jeffrey Joseph East, Patrick Dodge)

11. “Love Me Like That” (Austin Brown, Steven Martinez, Jeffrey Joseph East)

12. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (John Denver, William Danoff, Taffy Danoff)

Capping over 140 dates in total across more than 14 countries on their multi-year TIMELESS WORLD TOUR this weekend, Home Free will launch their massive DIVE BAR SAINTS WORLD TOUR takeover this fall. Spanning the United States and 14 countries during the initial trek, additional shows are expected to be announced covering Canada and Australia as well. Kicking off on September 18 at the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, CA, they’ll supercharge major cities across the world, including a two-night performance at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

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MUSIC ICONS, THREE DOG NIGHT, WILL PLAY THE RIALTO SQUARE THIS SUMMER

May 10, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Legendary music icons and Vocal Hall of Fame inductees, Three Dog Night will play the Rialto Square Theatre on Friday, August 16 at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17th at 10 AM online at RialtoSquare.com or in-person at the Rialto Square Theatre box office.

Celebrating nearly 5 decades, Three Dog Night, claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. They’ve had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles, 11 Top 10’s, 18 straight Top 20’s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. The hits appeared on best-selling charts in all genres (pop, rock and country).

Their hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio, where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures. Songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize their continuing popularity.

Three Dog Night continue to maintain an aggressive, year-round touring schedule of over 70 dates a year. Members Danny Hutton (founder/lead vocalist) and Michael Allsup (guitar), Paul Kingery (bass/vocals), Pat Bautz (drums), Howard Laravea (keyboards) and David Morgan (vocals) perform the hit-filled concerts for generation-spanning audiences. Since 1986, the band has performed over 2,200 shows including two Super Bowls.

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DIRECT FROM BROADWAY, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN WILL ROCK THE RIALTO SQUARE

May 3, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – The Tony® Award-nominated Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin rocks the Rialto Square Theatre on Monday, October 7th at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th at 10 AM online at RialtoSquare.com or in-person at the Rialto Square Theatre box office.

A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Audiences will enjoy Joplin’s favorites, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and many others.

The New York Times raved that A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” New York 1 cheered, “This will rock your socks off!”

A Night With Janis Joplin is Created, Written and Directed by Randy Johnson. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES WILL PLAY THE RIALTO SQUARE THIS SUMMER

April 29, 2019 (Joliet, IL) – Rialto Square Theatre and VenuWorks will welcome Steve Earle & The Dukes with special guests, The Mastersons to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL on Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 3 at 10am. Tickets start at $30 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased at www.RialtoSquare.com.

Steve Earle & The Dukes return with GUY in 2019. A return to New West Records, the 16-song set is comprised of songs written by one of his two primary songwriting mentors, the legendary Guy Clark. GUY appears ten years after his Grammy Award winning album TOWNES, his tribute to his other songwriting mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Produced by Earle and recorded by his longtime production partner Ray Kennedy, GUY features his latest, and possibly best, incarnation of his backing band The Dukes including Kelley Looney on bass, Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle & mandolin, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel guitar, and Brad Pemberton on drums & percussion. GUY also features guest appearances by fellow Guy Clark cohorts Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Terry Allen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mickey Raphael, Shawn Camp, Verlon Thompson, Gary Nicholson, and the photographer Jim McGuire.

Steve Earle is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation. A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, he quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts. What followed was a varied array of releases including the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007), and Townes (2009). A true Renaissance man, Earle has become a novelist, a film, TV, and stage actor, playwright, record producer, and radio host. Earlier this year, he appeared in the off-Broadway play Samara, for which he also wrote the score that The New York Times called “exquisitely subliminal.” 2018 marked the 30th Anniversary of his legendary album Copperhead Road. GUY is Steve Earle’s 19th studio album.

“It’s no surprise to find that GUY is accomplished, spirited, and utterly complimentary to Clark’s unique songwriting gifts.” – American Songwriter

“Earle is now at the point in his career to give each of these songs the weighty interpretations they deserve.” – American Songwriter

“A winsome tribute.” – The New Yorker

“…a truly sublime homage.” – Stereogum

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