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  List Of Children's Shows Now Playing
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly  
Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
 
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.
 
   
Saturday Morning Funnies  
Edge Theatre Saturday Morning Funnies
 
This new sketch comedy show from Li'l Buds Theatre Company is made up of short plays aimed at children, inspired by children, and even performed by children. With professional young actors ranging in age from 10 to 17, each episode of the Saturday Morning Funnies is written by Li'l Buds -- a group powered by imagination and dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through the performing arts -- inspired by the ideas and stories of students ages 5-15. So whether you have young ones of your own who would love to see their peers perform, or whether nothing warms your own heart more than a show filled with comedic kids, be prepared to laugh along with Saturday Morning Funnies at The Edge Theater in Chicago.
 
   
Seussical, the Musical  
Prairie Lakes Theatre Seussical, the Musical
 
The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, the Whos of Whoville and the grouchy Grinch in this whimsical production of Seussical. The famous stories of Dr. Seuss are linked together in the show by JoJo, a young boy who's a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Each charming story is backed by a myriad of musical styles, from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. Dr. Seuss's trademark sense of fun and wonder come through loud and clear, making this a musical that appeals to all ages. Bring the whole family and join the fun when the show comes to Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes.
 
   
UniverSoul Circus  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
Celebrating 20 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see a high-wire act from Colombia, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, trained dogs from Chile and much more. Led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity.
 
   
  List Of Children's Shows Coming Soon
The Kid Who Ran For President Opens Oct 6  
Merle Reskin Theatre The Kid Who Ran For President
 
When sixth grader Judson Moon runs for President of the United States under the guidance of his campaign manager and best friend Lane, the campaign trail is turned upside down. Can Judson deliver on his promises once he is elected? This musical comedy full of hope and song brings some common sense and a rockin' pizza party to the White House, if only for a few days. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
 
   
Little Red Riding Hood Opens Oct 20  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Little Red Riding Hood
 
Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma’s house. Will she listen to her Mama’s warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out? Little Red’s adventure is full of twists and turns, with catchy music you’ll be humming all the way to Grandma’s. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Opens Oct 22  
Apollo Theater Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
 
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, this critically-acclaimed Emerald City Theatre remount explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. "Dear Santa, I really hope you were watching me just now. That's all I hope. Love, Junie B. -Giver."
 
   
Thumbelina Opens Oct 22  
Lifeline Theatre Thumbelina
 
Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale comes alive in this magical musical adaptation. After growing from a seed into a miniature person, Thumbelina is worried that she's too different to ever fit in. But when a fairy prince flying on a bee suddenly appears on her window ledge one day, Thumbelina's entire world opens up. Now she's on an adventure through an oversized world meeting all kinds of fantastical creatures -- like mother Toad and her sons, a helpful swallow, Mr. Mole, Ms. Mouse and more. Filled with songs that kids are bound to love, this musical is perfect for young ones.
 
   
Moon Shot: A Race to Space Opens Nov 1  
Ruth Page Center For Arts Moon Shot: A Race to Space
 
Seven actors squeeze onto a 21 square-foot stage nearly as tight as NASA's original Mercury capsules to recreate the story of America's Apollo 11 lunar landing. With only their bodies and voices, the astounding troupe portrays humanity's incredible journey into the unknown. From the Cold War to Sputnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings comedy and high-stakes drama in its depiction of the Space Race, one of the most daring times of human exploration. Moon Shot: A Race to Space will captivate the imaginations of young and old alike in its brave voyage at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.
 
   
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Out Of This World Opens Nov 4  
Allstate Arena and United Center Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Out Of This World
 
Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experience launches into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World transports your entire family on an unforgettable journey as the circus Star Seeker battles to bring the most spectacular and talented performers back to Earth after years in outer space. Children of all ages will be amazed by the cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns.
At Allstate Arena from Nov 4 - Nov 13
At United Center from Nov 17 - Nov 27
 
   
Annie Opens Nov 9  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Annie
 
Leapin' Lizards! The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro's 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Opens Nov 11  
Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Opens Nov 17  
Chicago Theatre Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
 
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. The longest-running and highest-rated television special comes to life, live on stage with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" featuring the world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour this holiday season.
 
   
Disney's The Little Mermaid Opens Nov 23  
Paramount Theatre Disney's The Little Mermaid
 
Ariel lives 20,000 leagues under the sea with her royal family and father, King Triton. Despite the beauty of her aqua surroundings, the young mermaid only dreams of what lies above. During one of her top-side expeditions with her loyal companions - Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull - the turbulent waters cause some precious cargo, Prince Eric, to be tossed into sea. Ariel swims to his rescue and gets the Prince to safety. When he awakens, he has no recollection of how he got ashore. Determined to risk it all for her chance at true happiness, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula the sea witch. She uses her black magic to transform the love-struck princess into a human. But Ariel has only three days to get her true love to kiss her. As part of the deal, while on land, Ariel will not have the ability to make a sound. If she fails at her quest, her soul and her beautiful voice become the property of Ursula.
 
   
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue Opens Feb 11  
Chicago Theatre PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue
 
It's the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! For the mission, Ryder summons Chase, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, Rubble, Rocky, and the newest pup, Everest. Their mission is to rescue Mayor Goodway and help her to finish the race. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.