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The Return Of 'Dear Evan Hansen'
FOUR world premieres from the winners of the Joffrey Academy of Dance 2019 “Winning Works Choreographic Competition” will be presented March 9-10 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The featured performances will showcase the creations of Tommie-Waheed Evans, Marissa Osato, Xiang Xu and Edgar Zendejas, each of whom has choreographed original works. "Winning Works" recognizes talented and emerging ALAANA (African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native American) artists and provides them with a platform to showcase original and innovative works. For more information and tickets, go to 
NLEN Sweet Beginnings Tea Celebration
'Winning Works' Performances
THE 19th anniversary of the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) was celebrated during the “Sweet Beginnings Tea” at the Four Seasons Hotel, where a number of personalities from the media, political and business arenas were in attendance. Since its beginnings, NLEN has been on a mission to provide innovative employment initiatives that result in economic advancement for residents in the North Lawndale community. Those in attendance included (above, left to right) Cheryl Cooke of Allstate, Amy Rule (Chicago’s first lady), and media personalities LeeAnn Trotter and Robin Robinson, who served as emcees. Other notable supporters included (below, left to right) reception emcee and iHeart Radio personality Bionce Foxx, Ald. Michael Scott of the 24th Ward, iHeart Media President Matt Scarano, NLEN Executive Director Brenda Palms-Barber, Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Adam Kurtz, iHeart Media Vice President Angela Ingram, and iHeart Talk Show Host and News Director Darryl Dennard.
BEFORE the end of its initial run in Chicago on March 10, the Tony Award-winning best musical Dear Evan Hansen already is scheduled to return to Chicago for a limited 12-week engagement from July 7 through September 27, 2020, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards has been described as “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” and focuses on a youngster’s social obstacles that make it difficult for him to connect with other people and make friends. "Chicago audiences love Dear Evan Hansen, and we are thrilled and thankful Chicago will be the very first city to have a return engagement," said Eileen LaCario, vice president of Broadway in Chicago. Go to for more information and tickets.
Tommie-Waheed Evans         Marissa Osato                  Xiang Xu                 Edgar Zendejas