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Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Feb 25 - Apr 15, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.
 
   
Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet Feb 25 - Mar 25, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet
 
Verona burns under summer's heat—and the hatred of two families. The Prince decrees: if Montague or Capulet again disrupts the peace, lives will answer to the law. Violence stains Verona's streets. Against this horror, Shakespeare sets Romeo and Juliet, a tale of true love found—and tragically lost—within an endless cycle of hate. This 75-minute adaptation, told in Shakespeare's own words, speaks to today's youth about their own lives. After the performance, audiences are welcome to join the cast for a post-show discussion. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
 
   
Eugene Onegin Feb 26 - Mar 20, 2017  
Lyric Opera Eugene Onegin
 
The mastermind behind beloved ballet classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker makes audiences swoon at another hugely acclaimed work, Eugene Onegin. Composed in 1878, Tchaikovsky's lyric opera was one of the first of its kind to have dramatic music added and follows the story of a selfish hero and a young woman's love. Based on the Pushkin novel, it portrays the life of Onegin, a dashing and worldly gentleman who comes to regret his blase rejection of impressionable country girl, as well as his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend. Grammy Award winner Ana María Martínez and Seattle Opera 2006 Artist of the Year Mariusz Kwiecien lead this richly layered piece at Chicago's Civic Opera House.
 
   
Skin for Skin Feb 28 - Apr 2, 2017  
The Agency Theater Collective at Rivendell Theatre Skin for Skin
 
Skin for Skin depicts the biblical Job as a Muslim-American contractor in Baghdad who is suspected of aiding Al-Qaeda. He is imprisoned in an Abu Ghraib-type 'black site' and subjected to 'enhanced interrogation' as supervised by an American psychologist. The play explores the unintended consequences of torture in the name of God, country and money.
 
   
The Year I Didn't Go to School: A Homemade Circus Feb 28 - Mar 19, 2017  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Year I Didn't Go to School: A Homemade Circus
 
Join seven-year-old Giselle and her sister Chloe as they spend a year traveling through Italy by truck, performing in their parents' puppet theater company, The Mystic Paper Beasts. Get a glimpse into the childhood that no doubt helped foster her development as an artist.
 
   
The Source Mar 2 - Apr 2, 2017  
Route 66 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Source
 
On the hunt for the biggest story of their careers, two journalists are summoned to travel across the world to meet with The Source: an unidentified leaker of hacked documents and information on the U.S. government. As these strangers probe one another for the truth and information, they find themselves in a thrilling psychological drama that leads them to examine their motives, their country and themselves... all while waiting for The Source.
 
   
Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure Mar 2 - Apr 20, 2017  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure
 
"Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure" takes the audience through one crazy night in the windy city. Morgan and his best friend Katie are both in post-breakup funks, more content to ride the sofa and blog than to go and experience life. However, Morgan's roommate Jason is having none of that! What kind of night will they have? That's completely up to the audience. It is a choose-your-own-adventure, after all! Will this gang have the night of their lives or will they come home early? And, when confronted with choices of their own will you let them make the right call? "Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure" is the comedy ride you have been looking for: filled with drinking games and hilarious twist and turns throughout the evening...I mean, a penguin? Say wha'?!?
 
   
Meatball Seance Mar 2 - Apr 6, 2017  
Mary's Attic Meatball Seance
 
John Michael needs your help with his mom's meatball recipe to raise her from the dead so she can meet his new boyfriend. Join JM, as he learns how to have relationships with the living and the dead.
 
   
Spamilton Mar 3 - May 29, 2017  
Royal George Theatre Spamilton
 
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, the hilarious musical mash-up, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons.
 
   
American Idiot Mar 3 - Mar 19, 2017  
Prop Theatre American Idiot
 
Broadway was rocked like it'd never been rocked before when Green Day's American Idiot arrived in 2010. Based on the band's Grammy-winning (and platinum-selling) concept album of the same name, this high-energy, Tony-winning rock opera uses the songs from the album plus several from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown, to drive the story. Three lifelong friends -- Johnny, Will and Tunny -- must navigate the aimless drift of suburbia in a post-9/11 world. But fear, war and drugs soon prove to be easier choices than freedom, which leads to the erosion of their friendship and dreams. With its timely-as-ever examination of the hearts of young Americans craving purpose in a cynical world, American Idiot now brings its electrifying punk rock pulse to Chicago's Prop Thtr.
 
   
Strangest Things! The Musical Mar 3 - Apr 1, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Strangest Things! The Musical
 
In that magical year of 1983, when parents were nowhere to be found, hair was huge and frozen waffles had the power to change a bald girl's life, something ... strange happened in a sleepy town. Set to the fresh beats of your favorite me-decade hits, Strangest Things! might be familiar if you've seen the Netflix smash hit about a lost boy, his plucky friends and a troubled sheriff whose town is turned upside down. But in the hands of the folks who brought you Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead, this musical mystery is a little twisted. Spell out "L-E-T-S G-O" on your Christmas lights and head to Greenhouse Theater Center for a hilarious take on TV's hottest hit.
 
   
Strike Out with Jake Arrieta Mar 3 - Mar 31, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Strike Out with Jake Arrieta
 
"Strike Out with Jake Arrieta" at its heart is a show about love...hosted by *Jake Arrieta. Jake will interview audience members about bad dates they have gone on and then Jake and the Under The Gun Ensemble will perform Improv based on the stories. *Please note this is not the real Jake Arrieta, this is an actor playing Jake Arrieta.*
 
   
Rhinoceros Mar 3 - Mar 25, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Rhinoceros
 
Eugene Ionesco was the master of the Theater of the Absurd, a dramatic genre wherein the world is incomprehensible and anything a writer can imagine can happen. For instance, in Rhinoceros, it seems like a normal day ... until everyone but the main character begins to turn into a rhinoceros. Written during the aftermath of World War II, the play served as a harsh criticism of the circumstances that led to widespread acceptance of fascism and Nazism. Today it remains a pointed and terribly timely critique of conformity, mass culture and allowing society to set the definition of morality. This production of Rhinoceros at Chicago's Public House Theatre delivers an absurd but eerily accurate commentary on our modern political landscape, in which action comes first and rationalization comes later.
 
   
Brain Candy Live Mar 4  
Ford Oriental Theatre Brain Candy Live
 
BRAIN CANDY LIVE! is an outrageous evening of entertainment from two of the most amazing minds of our times. Adam Savage, one of television's most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube's biggest stars. Together, the two are bringing along more than 3 tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that's been described as a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.
 
   
Heartbreak House Mar 4 - Mar 27, 2017  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Heartbreak House
 
Enjoy an evening of wit, romance and unforgettable characters in George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy Heartbreak House. Just before World War I, a weekend in the English countryside becomes a tangle of unlikely attachments and unwanted complications -- love continually emerges but is never mutual, and the most successful relationships have the least to do with love. The house in question is that of Captain Shotover, a retired ship captain, current inventor and opinionated eccentric. In his eyes, his daughters have married badly -- one to a dim-witted plodder, another to a sharp-witted layabout. Enter into the house one Ellie Dunn. Daughter of a failed businessman and in seek of reparations, if nothing else, she decides to marry the ruthless capitalist who ruined her father. The husbands, the fathers, the wives, the daughters, the aging playboy and even a burglar all come together in "this silly house, this strangely happy house, this agonizing house, this house without foundations." Presented in ShawChicago's classic concert reading style, experience the action at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.
 
   
The Wiz Mar 5 - Apr 16, 2017  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit The Wiz
 
Featuring a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, THE WIZ is an urbanized retelling of Frank Baum's Classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, in the context of 20th century African American culture. Brown's gritty revival puts the focus on "what it means to live with intelligence, compassion and courage in today's tough cities." Follow the yellow brick road with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul. The 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.
 
   
Frindle Mar 6 - Mar 17, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Frindle
 
Nicholas Allen decides to invent a new word: from now on, a pen will be known as a "Frindle"! Before long, to the dismay of his Language Arts teacher Mrs. Granger, Nick's word begins to spread. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words is based on the award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements. Recommended for grades 3-6.
 
   
Hedwig And The Angry Inch Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hedwig And The Angry Inch
 
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is "groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time" (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Chicago by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is "the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!"
 
   
Sycamore Mar 8 - Apr 29, 2017  
Raven Theatre Sycamore
 
In this new drama by Brooklyn-based playwright Sarah Sander, Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in an unnamed Midwestern suburb. Celia is 18, a high school senior who is involved in cheerleading and the drama club. Henry is 16 and active in mathletics. Both Celia and Henry become romantically interested in their new next-door neighbor, John, who recently moved to their town from Los Angeles with his single mom Jocelyn and is also an artistic type (he's a photographer). This is not the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals - their first competition over a boy resulted in incidents which had damaging and lasting impacts on each of them. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John's affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry's parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David's reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.
 
   
The Hard Problem Mar 9 - Apr 9, 2017  
Court Theatre The Hard Problem
 
Court Theatre is proud to bring award-winning and renowned playwright Tom Stoppard's highly-anticipated new play to Chicago. His new work introduces Hilary, a young psychologist working at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. She struggles to bear the burden of her regrets as she works through a troubling issue in her research. Where does our biology end and our personhood begin? If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? Will the computer someday answer all questions psychology can ask? This "hard problem" sets Hilary at odds with her colleagues, but she prays for a miracle to lead her to the solutions.
 
   
Lost in Time Mar 9 - Mar 19, 2017  
Magnified Gift Theater at Madison Street Theatre Lost in Time
 
A story of perseverance, family and faith, Lost in Time follows a woman stuck between home and a hopeful future and an unfortunate past filled with detrimental relationships, abuse and death. Despite her challenges, however, she manages to overcome even while facing the unpredictable nature of life. Magnified Gift Theater Company, which eschews theatrical standards and blockbusters in favor of original productions, will stage Lost in Time at Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre. Written by Chicago-raised theater director and dance teacher Rosette Jarriett, the play makes good on the company's goal -- tackling modern issues and illuminating real-life experiences.
 
   
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden Mar 9 - Apr 16, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater The People's Republic of Edward Snowden
 
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden is a thought-provoking satire that tackles important questions of freedom and privacy. As the play opens, a "press conference" is scheduled in Terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. Audiences are introduced to Edward Snowden (Nick Bryant) by his alluring Russian "minder," Natasha (Lara Dohner). She tells us that Snowden, the infamous former CIA employee who revealed details about classified U.S. government surveillance programs in 2013, is making himself available for questions from the "press" - the audience in the theater - who are encouraged to submit questions for Snowden via social media using their smartphones. So begins an evening of immersive and interactive theater that takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey into the chilling world of global data-gathering and surveillance.
 
   
The Most Happy Fella Mar 10 - May 7, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe The Most Happy Fella
 
Following the success of his 1950 musical comedy Guys and Dolls, composer-lyricist Frank Loesser adapted the 1924 play They Knew What They Wanted into one of the most-song-filled musicals ever written. The Most Happy Fella tells Howard's story of Tony Esposito, an older Italian immigrant and wine grower in California's Napa Valley, through over 40 songs that are Broadway show tunes in their structure but melodious and plentiful enough to fill an opera. Loesser's score is filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful splashy Broadway style numbers.
 
   
Espresso Mar 10 - Apr 2, 2017  
Three Crows at Mckaw Theater Espresso
 
Rosa is beckoned home when her estranged father is involved in an automobile accident. As events unfold and start to suffocate her, Rosa must begin to unravel the story of her family, every bitter and beautiful part.
 
   
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody Mar 11 - Apr 9, 2017  
Edge Theatre Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody
 
Penelope is a 10-year-old girl detective solving crimes big and small with her best friend and sidekick Tillie. In Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody, Tillie begins to feel a little left out after a new friend joins the detective crew. When Penny's diary goes missing, her chance at winning the science fair is threatened! While Tillie seems to be a likely suspect for the theft, it's up to everybody to find out who really dunnit. This fun musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company co-founder Jenny Lamb shows the strength that kids can find within when they need to overcome obstacles. Your entire family can join in the case-cracking, spirit-lifting fun at Chicago's Edge Theater.
 
   
truth and reconciliation Mar 12 - Apr 16, 2017  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph truth and reconciliation
 
South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Bosnia and Zimbabwe. Five devastating conflicts, thirty years, one room and one burning question: can reconciliation be found when the reluctant truth is finally spoken? Twenty-two actors bring debbie tucker green's sixty-minute unblinking exploration of loss to life. Stories from across the world weave together in a search for justice, as victims and perpetrators alike struggle for meaning in the aftermath of crime.
 
   
The Kid Thing Mar 13 - Apr 15, 2017  
Nothing Without a Company at Berger Park Coach House The Kid Thing
 
The Kid Thing proves that sometimes, good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected announcement of one couple’s pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. Darcy (Welch) and Leigh (Nava) find themselves confronting the delayed conversation of having kids of their own following Nate (li-Epstein) and Margot (Craft)’s pregnancy announcement; Leigh is ready to get started and Darcy is… more hesitant. A chance visit brings Margot’s sperm donor, Jacob (Fries)—a college friend of Nate and Leigh’s—to Chicago, and gives Leigh the opportunity to move one step closer to her parenting goal.
 
   
The Naked Magicians Mar 14 - Mar 19, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse The Naked Magicians
 
Following sold-out shows and rave reviews across the world including London's West End, United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the world's naughtiest and funniest magic show "The Naked Magicians" is coming to Chicago. Direct from Australia, the show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to "now you see it." This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. This show proves just that!
 
   
Upright Grand Mar 14 - Mar 26, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Upright Grand
 
Dad tickles the ivories in a dive. His daughter dazzles in concert halls. In between them, the bittersweet dance of parent and child, present and past, dream and disappointment plays out in the key of life. Upright Grand, by Chicago-based playwright Laura Schellhardt, is wonderfully schmaltzy and boldly exposes emotion with old fashioned charm.
 
   
Phantom Pain Mar 15 - Apr 2, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Phantom Pain
 
A pair of true BFFs, Angela, who's black, and Marnie, who's white, grew up together in the racially turbulent Detroit of the '70s, and have managed to remain best buds through jobs, marriages and relocation to the Windy City. But the past returns to haunt them in Phantom Pain, when a visit from another childhood friend unearths lies and long-buried secrets that threaten to tear their relationship in two. This world premiere by Chicago playwright Barbara Lhota comes to the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Goldilocks And The 3 Bears Mar 16 - May 5, 2017  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Goldilocks And The 3 Bears
 
Chicago Kids Company Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, a one-hour musical adaptation! This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
By The Water Mar 16 - Apr 23, 2017  
Northlight Theatre By The Water
 
Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple's beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys' sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.
 
   
Falling Mar 16 - Apr 16, 2017  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Falling
 
It takes a village, and then some. For Tami Martin, raising her 17-year-old severely autistic son Josh, is not only a full time job, it's a labor of love. But Josh's increasingly violent outbursts and pressure from her family threaten to drive Tami's efforts and her sanity to the brink.
 
   
The Scullery Maid Mar 16 - Apr 9, 2017  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theatre The Scullery Maid
 
As King Edward celebrates an uneasy truce with France, the lowliest servant in Nottingham castle, Miriam the scullery maid, initiates a murder plot that will see him dead before the night is done - no matter the cost. Loyalties and conspiracies unravel as a raging tempest sets in, giving rise to new betrayals and unearthing long-buried secrets as Miriam approaches the point of no return. Religious, political and familial identities all clash with storm-like intensity in a medieval thriller that asks: are we defined by our prejudices or can we escape becoming what we hate?
 
   
For the Love Of (or, The Roller Derby Play) Mar 16 - Apr 16, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena For the Love Of (or, The Roller Derby Play)
 
When Joy, a driftless young woman, gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you're willing to sacrifice - or lose - in order to follow your heart.
 
   
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Mar 16 - Apr 22, 2017  
Trap Door Theatre The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
 
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, by Bertolt Brecht is a satire of social and political corruption chronicling Aturo Ui's villainous rise to power during the 1930's in Chicago.
 
   
Picnic Mar 17 - Apr 23, 2017  
American Theater Company Picnic
 
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, ATC Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one's own desire.
 
   
Born Ready Mar 17 - Apr 29, 2017  
Factory Theater Born Ready
 
Marion Kroft, an aging former child film actor turned variety show star in the 1950s, is desperate to get back into the public's eye and show business. Harriet is a new young dancer who befriends Marion and the pair quickly becomes a smash comedy duo, but the truth behind their scenes may not be as funny.
 
   
A Princess of Mars Mar 18 - Apr 1, 2017  
Other World Theatre at Berger Park Coach House A Princess of Mars
 
Known for their imaginative and epic theatrical works of science fiction and fantasy, Chicago's Otherworld Theatre now presents the world premiere of their adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars. A Confederate deserter, John Carter's world is turned upside-down when he finds himself mysteriously transported to the surface of Mars, where he is forced into a colossal conflict between the planet's alien races. Poised on the edge of collapse, the planet's fate comes to rest on Carter's war-weary shoulders -- and now he must choose sides. Filled with swordplay, otherworldly environments, elaborate costuming and more, A Princess of Mars at Berger Park promises to whisk you away on an unforgettable theatrical adventure.
 
   
In To America Mar 18 - Apr 23, 2017  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre In To America
 
IN TO AMERICA is a world premiere drama that traces the American immigrant experience from Jamestown to present day through the stories of ordinary men, women and children who departed their homelands in the hopes of creating a new life. An extraordinary story 400 years in the making that transcends time, space and race to reflect the diversity and commonalities of our shared American experience.
 
   
Giggle, Giggle, Quack Mar 18 - Apr 23, 2017  
Lifeline Theatre Giggle, Giggle, Quack
 
Running a farm is hard work, especially with cows that type, hens on strike, and a duck who's always causing trouble. So Farmer Brown takes off for a well-deserved vacation, leaving his brother Bob, an accountant from the city, in charge. Soon it's no work and all play (and cake, pizza, movies, and bubble baths) as the animals run wild, taking advantage of Bob's lack of experience. Will the animals come clean about their devious tricks, or is there more to Brother Bob than meets the eye? Take a break from the grind with the gang from Farmer Brown's farm with our hit musical adaptation of the 2002 New York Times bestselling book. his production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted).
 
   
Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus
 
In a world premiere event, the producers of the world's biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus has all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist. Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!
 
   
The Women In Black Mar 21 - Apr 23, 2017  
WildClaw Theatre Company at The Den Theatre The Women In Black
 
Chicago's premiere horror theater begins their 2017 season by bringing the award-winning stage play based on Susan Hill's classic 1983 novel to Chicago. In this gothic, spine-tingler, a solicitor hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him. It concerns events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse twenty years ago. There he caught sight of a woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood. Together, the two men recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. WildClaw is proud to present this true horror theater classic with the distinction of being the longest running non-musical in London's famous West End.
 
   
Born Yesterday Mar 22 - Apr 30, 2017  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Born Yesterday
 
Classic American underdog Billie begins to question corruption's stranglehold on the disadvantaged when she awakens to a world full of new possibilities. Playing for over 1,600 performances in its Broadway debut and earning 5 Academy Award and 3 Golden Globe nominations for its film adaptation, Garson Kanin's delightful and dangerous comedy asks who will survive the Washington political machine- brains, beauty, or brawn?
 
   
Beyond Caring Mar 22 - May 7, 2017  
Lookingglass Theatre Beyond Caring
 
This critically-acclaimed piece, most recently produced at the UK's National Theatre and re-imagined for Chicago by writer/director Alexander Zeldin, is a gritty portrait of those who cling precariously to the bottom rung of the ladder. Full of life, humor, and tenderness, it sheds light on America's shadow economy and shines an unflinching spotlight on the incendiary intersection of race and class.
 
   
Mother of Smoke Mar 23 - Apr 15, 2017  
Red Tape Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Mother of Smoke
 
In a city on fire, one woman laments the destruction of her house while another refuses to acknowledge the existence of a threat at all. Created in response to the global crisis of displacement, the promise of safety and the crumbling of the American Dream, Mother of Smoke delves into a mash-up of The Trojan Women and The Cherry Orchard to examine the conflicting forces relevant to violence and disparity present in Chicago now. The performers weave together these stories, original text, music and movement in order to create a new response to this violence and how it exists in our daily lives. Co-created with a team of writers, musicians and performers, Mother of Smoke is an epic performance of remembering, coming together and picking up the pieces.
 
   
Las Meninas Mar 24 - May 21, 2017  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Las Meninas
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's beautiful, rarely-performed memory play recounts a taboo romance in the court of the Sun King Louis XIV. Nabo, an African dwarf, is delivered as a gift to the Queen Marie-Therese, and the two find a deep and unlikely connection mostly erased from history books. On the eve of her wedding, a novice nun, Louise Marie-Therese, narrates this story shadowed in gossip, intrigue, and faith.
 
   
Six Stories Tall Mar 24 - Apr 29, 2017  
Adventure Stage Chicago Six Stories Tall
 
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog, and once again making dreams come true in Six Stories Tall. ASC revives its electrifying 2012 production before embarking on its first-ever national tour. Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop, and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey.
 
   
Defending the Caveman Mar 25 - Mar 26, 2017  
Skokie Theatre Defending the Caveman
 
Defending the Caveman is the longest-running solo show in Broadway history, and now you can see the national touring production of this prehistoric relationship comedy at Skokie Theatre. A hilariously insightful look at the ways men and women relate to one another, Caveman was written by Rob Becker following a three-year informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. The situations are so real (and so funny) that you'll find yourself nudging your partner and friends when you recognize yourself and others in the show. It's the perfect entertainment for date night, girls' night, or any night.
 
   
The Wiz Mar 25 - Jun 11, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The Wiz
 
Your family will "Ease on Down the Road" with the music you know and love in this adaptation of The Wiz, based on the classic tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and popularized by the 1978 film of the same name. Culminating Emerald City Theatre's 20th Season, fans of all ages will follow Dorothy's exploration of love, home, and family through a magical musical mixture of rock, gospel, and soul in a fantastical Chicago setting. "Living here in this brand new world might be a fantasy, but it taught me to love, so it's real - real to me!"
 
   
Rain Mar 28 - Apr 2, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Rain
 
As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
 
   
Linda Vista Mar 30 - May 21, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Linda Vista
 
Wheeler is 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex-complicated, painful and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler is a modern misanthrope who must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
 
   
Chicago Mar 30 - Jun 11, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Chicago
 
Filled with fame, fortune, and all that jazz, this edge-of-your seat story features one showstopper after another. Join Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and all of Cook County Jail's murderess vixens for the sultry "Cell Block Tango," learn what happens "When You're Good to Mama," and watch Billy Flynn work his magic recalling how "We Both Reached For the Gun." Drury Lane Theatre's Artistic Director William Osetek and choreographer Jane Lanier, the Tony-nominated student of Bob Fosse, give a nod to the iconic Fosse flavor in this fiery new take on Chicago.
 
   
Cavalia - Odysseo Apr 1 - Apr 23, 2017  
Under the Big White Top at Soldier Field Cavalia - Odysseo
 
With a production double the size of Cavalia's eponymous creation, which enjoyed a very successful run in Chicago in 2009, Odysseo is a show unlike any other on the planet, an immersive theatrical experience in which horses are still front and center. Imagined by Normand Latourelle - creator of Cavalia and renowned for combining different forms of artistic expression and reinventing the scenic space - Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live performance that makes hearts race. Audiences of all ages will be transported on an epic journey to some of nature's greatest wonders by this breathtaking production that features 65 magnificent horses and 48 talented riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians.
 
   
The Mystery Of Love and Sex Apr 5 - Jul 9, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Mystery Of Love and Sex
 
Charlotte and Jonny have grown up together, and are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what "more" actually entails, however, it comes as a surprise to them both-and to Charlotte's parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. This compelling story of intricate relationships is an explosive and contemporary look at race, sexual identity and family dynamics.
 
   
Angel Street (Gaslight) Apr 5 - Apr 9, 2017  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 Angel Street (Gaslight)
 
Angel Street (Gaslight) opens with a nervous young woman, Bella Manningham, terrified she is losing her mind. Her husband, Jack, is systematically trying to drive her insane by torturing her with petty aberrations he arranged himself. This thriller is set in England 1880, when independent women were rare and few were allowed to make the choices that could free them from an abusive husband. Angel Street (Gaslight) captures the essence of that intangible that makes for a first-rate suspense drama.
 
   
The? Unicorn? Hour? Apr 6 - May 13, 2017  
Neo-Futurists The? Unicorn? Hour?
 
In a world where hate and anger prevail. Where lines between the dark and light can be broken, where night lights are needed to sleep. Where closet doors are shut. Where monsters lurk under the bed. In a world of death and destruction, one creature, and one creature alone can bring joy and adventure. One creature can light the dark corners and glow in the deepest of fogs. One creature, whose single horn can heal sickness and cure disease, whose majestic body glides through the woods, uncaught, spreading laughter to all who seek him. One creature who will save the world. One hour? at a time. Come and see what it is to fight against the no, to find your inner rumpus, to remove the film and seek the beauty that is saying yes to an unbridled lifting of spirit.
 
   
For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday Apr 6 - May 20, 2017  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday
 
In this moving, tender and very personal play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl, the longing for the immortality of Neverland confronts the inevitable passage of time. Five siblings - 2 doctors, 3 Republicans and 1 teacher of rhetoric - move from their father's hospital bed to a Jameson-fueled kitchen table wake, and then head for the "second star to the right and straight on until morning" (J.M. Barrie). In this world of make-believe, now seen through the eyes of these adults, there is still magic and wisdom for the young at heart.
 
   
Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical Apr 7 - Apr 29, 2017  
MCL Chicago Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical
 
Take a musical journey back to the '70s, when mustaches were big, high-speed chases were just around every corner, and Burt Reynolds was king. Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical brings the classic road comedy to the stage, featuring favorite toe-tappin' songs from the film's soundtrack. The Bandit is on a mission: haul 400 cases of illegal beer from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia, in under 28 hours. But his job gets a whole lot tougher when a hitchhiking bride enters the picture and Sheriff Buford T. Justice puts the Bandit in his sights. WeAREproductions, creators of Fleetwood Macbeth and A Nightmare on Backstreet, bring this new musical to MCL Chicago.
 
   
Aladdin Apr 11 - Jul 2, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Aladdin
 
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
 
   
Circle Mirror Transformation Apr 12 - May 14, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre Circle Mirror Transformation
 
When four lost New Englanders enroll in Marty's six-week community center drama class, they begin to experiment with seemingly harmless theatre games, but hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged. In her savvy storytelling, this Pulitzer-winning playwright takes you into the underbelly of the craft of acting and reveals the creative process that allows the actor to access the range of emotions that seem so intensely real on stage.
 
   
Queen Apr 14 - May 14, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Queen
 
PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.
 
   
Forty-Two Stories Apr 14 - May 28, 2017  
City Lit Theater Forty-Two Stories
 
Forty-Two Stories is a comedy about life in a high-rise condominium building where a professional student from the University of Chicago is moonlighting as a janitor, a stressed-out apartment manager is at odds with the residents and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a motley assortment of other staff members struggle with survival in the face of urban pandemonium and the possibility that one of them might be breaking into the units and stealing women's underwear.
 
   
Shakespeare In Love Apr 15 - Jun 11, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Shakespeare In Love
 
The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain's Men returns to its rightful home-the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, "Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter." The title just doesn't have the right ring-and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He's got writer's block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything-even disguise herself as a man-to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 19 - May 28, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Jesus Christ Superstar
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is not just the story of the last seven days of the greatest idol in history. It's the story of the close friend who tried to save him and why that friend eventually betrayed him. This is a story of love and fear, a story of kindness and greed, a story of expectations and what happens when those expectations are not met. This is an energized rock opera that delves into the internal struggles of those mortals, those humans - including Jesus himself - as they drew closer to one of the most pivotal moments in history. It's an emotionally-charged journey in which, in the end, each person discovers something about themselves when the stakes are at their highest.
 
   
Not About Nightingales Apr 19 - Jun 17, 2017  
Raven Theatre Not About Nightingales
 
Inspired by real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937, convicts protesting the physically abusive and even murderous tactics of a martinet warden wage a hunger strike. This 1938 play, written six years before Williams's success with The Glass Menagerie, was for decades lost until the actress Vanessa Redgrave learned of it and was able to locate a manuscript. She brought it to Trevor Nunn, then Artistic Director of Britain's Royal National Theatre. Nunn and the RNT later staged the play's World Premiere as a three-way co-production with Redgrave's Moving Theatre and Houston's Alley Theatre. Their production transferred to Broadway in January 1999 and was nominated for six Tony awards.
 
   
3C Apr 20 - Jun 4, 2017  
A Red Orchid Theatre 3C
 
Inspired by 70'S sitcoms and the political incorrectness of "jiggle television," 3C is a hilarious and horrifying look at identity and what lies beneath the perky veneer. Brad lands in L.A. to start a new life. A wild night of partying finds him passed out in Connie and Linda's kitchen and the three strike a deal that raises the suspicions of the landlords. Complications spiral out of control, taking the show from farce to something...unexpected.
 
   
Hookman Apr 20 - May 27, 2017  
Steep Theatre Hookman
 
Who hasn't heard the urban legend about the Hookman? Lexi's mother certainly warned her about him, and now, after a tragic accident, Lexi begins seeing him everywhere. Hookman is a lethally sharp slasher comedy about death, growing up, what it means to be a woman, and the ever-present threat of being murdered by a man with a hook for a hand.
 
   
She Loves Me Apr 26 - Jun 18, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire She Loves Me
 
A musical comedy gem featuring songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). She Loves Me is set in a 1930's European parfumerie, where shop clerks Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other!
 
   
My Fair Lady Apr 28 - May 21, 2017  
Lyric Opera My Fair Lady
 
Based on George Bernard Shaw's book Pygmalion, this witty battle of the sexes follows self-absorbed, misogynistic linguist Henry Higgins as he attempts to train Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, how to speak properly -- though she's much smarter than he realizes. With a feisty leading lady and a score full of instantly recognizable songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder My Fair Lady became a huge Broadway hit and in 1964 was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. See what's been deemed the "perfect musical" as Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the show at Civic Opera House in Chicago.
 
   
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Apr 28 - May 28, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
The Tony Award winner for Best Play of 2013, Christopher Durang's hit Broadway satire Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike skewers the classic dramas of Anton Chekhov through an absurdist tale of family dysfunction -- but you don't have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate this zany farce. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Bucks County farmhouse where they grew up. But when their movie star sister Masha returns home unannounced with Spike, her 20-something boy toy, an unforgettable weekend ensues. See this tale of sibling rivalry, regret and raucousness in this hilarious production at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest.
 
   
Valley! Apr 29 - Jun 11, 2017  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Valley!
 
Join us as we explore the glamor jungle in search a rare beast called FAME. Jacqueline Susann (David Cerda) serves as your guide into the inner workings of the star machine in Hell in a Handbag's long awaited treatment of what many consider the Citizen Kane of camp films, Valley of the Dolls! Handbag stalwart Ed Jones is featured as the tough as nails aging diva Helen Lawson.
 
   
Relativity May 11 - Jun 18, 2017  
Northlight Theatre Relativity
 
In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904 she was never seen or spoken of again. Forty years later, a reporter interviews Einstein about this mysterious piece of his past, revealing shocking secrets about his family and his personal life. While the reporter questions Einstein on his theory of relativity and his decisions, she also poses a query of her own: to be a great man, does one first need to be a good man?
 
   
Harvey May 11 - Jun 11, 2017  
Court Theatre Harvey
 
Elwood P. Dowd is a pleasant man with a unique friend, Harvey-who happens to be an invisible, six-foot, three-inch tall rabbit. Elwood embraces Harvey in his life and introduces him to everyone he meets, thoroughly embarrassing his social-climbing sister, Veta. Questioning his sanity, she decides to have him committed to a sanitarium, but nothing goes quite according to plan. The search is on for the mild-mannered Elwood and his unseen companion.
 
   
The Night Season May 11 - Jun 24, 2017  
Strawdog Theatre at Factory Theater The Night Season
 
When the tiny, seaside home town of W.B. Yeats gets occupied by an English film crew making his biopic, the Kennedys figure giving lodging to the lead actor will put a few extra coins in their pockets. They do get plenty of change, and not just Euros, as the family's three sisters and their delusional grandmother all decide it's time to stop letting life pass them by. The mother who ran away, the father who can barely leave the house, a big pile of pent-up desire, it all gets confronted in this skewed romantic comedy helmed by the director of Sideshow Theatre's No More Sad Things, Stage Left's Rabbit, and Strawdog's Season 28 smash After Miss Julie.
 
   
Rent May 16 - May 21, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Rent
 
Written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Rent is more than a show, it’s a phenomenon. This smash-hit theatrical experience transformed how a generation feels about musicals, changed Broadway forever, and inspired a major motion picture. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock
 
   
Hair May 18 - Jul 1, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Hair
 
Hair celebrates peace and love, taking you back to 1960s New York as young hippies try to make sense of their lives in the shadow of the Vietnam War. As the "tribe" -- a group of politically active bohemian youths -- fight against conscription, Claude has to decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America. Hair is filled with unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning, Starshine," which all became anthems of the anti-war movement. Filled with unbridled energy and infectious songs, this stunning production at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights provides an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture.
 
   
The Radiant May 18 - Jun 11, 2017  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre The Radiant
 
Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young married assistant, an affair which rocks Paris and nearly costs her her career - and her life. But, she survives this and the great bias against women scientists throughout Europe then and goes on to discover and isolate radium, earn two Nobel Prizes, and revolutionize the world of science forever, ushering in "The Atomic Age" and the first cure for cancer.
 
   
T. May 19 - Jun 25, 2017  
American Theater Company T.
 
"Ice Follies" read the cover of Time Magazine on January 24, 1994, after ice skating medalist favorite Nancy Kerrigan was struck in the leg with a police baton by Shane Stant. In his darkly funny and unrelenting play, Dan Aibel explores the lengths one will go to for fame. Margot Bordelon returns to Chicago to direct this world premiere play named for Tonya Harding, the first woman ever to complete a triple axel jump in competition. Nancy Kerrigan never saw her coming.
 
   
Parade May 24 - Jul 9, 2017  
Writers Theatre Parade
 
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative and daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïvete coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
 
   
Pass Over May 25 - Jul 2, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Pass Over
 
In this bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, two young, black men stand around on the corner-talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a white man wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. In Pass Over, pop culture, historical and religious references collide to create a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.
 
   
Native Gardens Jun 2 - Jul 2, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Native Gardens
 
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer and his pregnant wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, think they have hit the jackpot with their new home. It seems to have everything they dreamed of: a nice neighborhood, plenty of bedrooms for their growing family, outdoor space, and friendly neighbors. When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn't be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious new comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.
 
   
The King And I Jun 13 - Jul 9, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre The King And I
 
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful." Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
 
   
Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night Jun 15 - Aug 6, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night
 
The last show of the season will be a remounting of Theo Ubique's highly acclaimed original musical revue, Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, which was nominated for the 2008-2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical. Following the trials of two sailors at port in a bar in Amsterdam, we witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the musical lyricism of the Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Songs include "Amsterdam," "Don't Go Away," "Alone," "Rosa" and many more.
 
   
The Bridges of Madison County Jun 21 - Aug 13, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Bridges of Madison County
 
This stunning two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple). The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.
 
   
The Gin Game Jun 22 - Aug 22, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Gin Game
 
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, The Gin Game symbolizes life in the form of a card game in a two-act, two-character play starring Chicago theater legends, John Reeger and Paula Scrofano. In The Gin Game, Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey strike up an acquaintance and begin to play gin rummy. As the game progresses, intimate secrets of their lives are revealed and they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. With this production, John and Paula join an elite history of famous duos who have previously battled in The Gin Game, including original stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy (the 1977 Broadway production and 1981 TV movie), Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore (the 2003 PBS television special), and James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson (the 2015 Broadway Revival).
 
   
Going to a Place Where You Already Are Jun 24 - Jul 23, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre Going to a Place Where You Already Are
 
A fun-loving couple, Roberta and Joe, are avowed atheists in their golden years, moving along nicely until Roberta undergoes a serious medical diagnosis. Funny and poignant, this is an insightfully compassionate play about a senior couple navigating the land mines of their advancing years in a delightfully carefree manner, until life catches up and demands some big time decisions about faith. Featuring Kathleen Ruhl in the role of Roberta.
 
   
Hir Jun 29 - Aug 20, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Hir
 
The classic dysfunctional family drama has just crashed through into a wholly original place. Meet Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender son; and Isaac, Max's PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan. Hir's crusade to shake up the patriarchy is disarmingly funny, absurd and surprising as it looks at an American family forced to build a new world out of the pieces of the old.
 
   
Something Rotten! Jul 11 - Jul 23, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Something Rotten!
 
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's Something Rotten!, "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York)!
 
   
Lela and Co. Jul 13 - Aug 19, 2017  
Steep Theatre Lela and Co.
 
Instinct, tenacity, biting humor, and trust in the future keep Lela alive as her world closes in around her. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. is an eerily funny and enthralling story about the horrifying enterprise of war and a girl who may or may not have eaten some frosting.
 
   
Peter and the Starcatcher Jul 13 - Aug 20, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Peter and the Starcatcher
 
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
 
   
Cirque du Soleil - Luzia Jul 21 - Aug 20, 2017  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
 
Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions - a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, LUZIA surprises with acrobatic performances breaking down the barriers, such as incorporating water into contemporary circus disciplines.
 
   
An American In Paris Jul 25 - Aug 13, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre An American In Paris
 
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards.
 
   
The Food Show Jul 27 - Sep 2, 2017  
Neo-Futurists The Food Show
 
The Food Show asks what it means to change a family recipe. Created by Kerr-­‐Hobert and his cousin Caitlin Stainken, a Neo-­‐Futurist alum, the performance explores how food brings us together and sets us apart, amidst a backdrop of their family's culinary inheritance and an ensemble of six writer-­‐performers' own stories. Using the structure of a nine-­‐course fine Italian meal, The Food Show honors the traditions of our past and acknowledges our impact on the environment as each generation decides what parts to keep and what parts to throw away. Farmers, restaurateurs, writers, musicians, and audiences come together to experience the common thread of food and memory in American culture.
 
   
Honeymoon in Vegas Aug 23 - Oct 15, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Honeymoon in Vegas
 
The New York Times raves Honeymoon In Vegas is "a real-live, old fashioned, deeply satisfying Broadway musical in a way few new shows are anymore!" Based on the classic 1992 film comedy, this is the hilarious story of commitment-phobe Jack, his not-so-patient girlfriend Betsy, and a professional gambler named Tommy. Featuring a book by Andrew Bergman (who wrote and directed the original film) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, this is a musical comedy in the Golden Age tradition, with gags, gams and great tunes.
 
   
Rock of Ages Aug 24 - Oct 15, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Rock of Ages
 
We can't fight this feelin' anymore! Rock back to a time of big egos, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair with Rock of Ages. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages features 28 classic 80s hits from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more. Audiences will have "Nothin' but a Good Time" as they jam out to reimagined renditions and mash-ups of "Don't Stop Believin,'" "Here I Go Again," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "The Final Countdown," and other rock favorites in this Regional Premiere. Set during the tail end of the big, bad 1980s, Rock of Ages follows aspiring rock star Drew and small-town girl Sherri as they fight to save Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Don't miss a musical so awesome, you'll want to rock out again and again!
 
   
Les Miserables Oct 11 - Oct 29, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
 
   
Newsies Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Newsies
 
Inspired by the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when the newspaper publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to fight them. With music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast) and book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots), this recent Broadway smash is a high-energy musical thrill for the whole family!
 
   
42nd Street Oct 26 - Dec 21, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook 42nd Street
 
Tap through this year's holiday season with the 1980 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street! In this Broadway favorite, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer lands a bigger break in New York City than expected. When the leading lady injures her ankle, Peggy gets the chance of a lifetime to rise from showgirl to star of a glitzy new Broadway musical. With show stopping tap numbers and unforgettable hits such as "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," Warm your Chicago winter with 42ND Street - a love letter to the Great White Way.
 
   
Escape to Margaritaville Nov 9 - Dec 3, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Escape to Margaritaville
 
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full time charmer who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Wicked Dec 6 - Jan 21, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Wicked
 
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Don't miss Wicked Chicago.