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Two Trains Running Mar 7 - Apr 12, 2015  
Goodman Theatre Two Trains Running
 
The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1969-but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn't quite reached all the city's residents. Folks gather daily at Memphis Lee's once-prosperous diner to gossip about the neighborhood, blighted by the missteps of urban renewal and decimated by crime and poverty, and dream about the future. Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell it to a ruthless businessman.
 
   
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Mar 8 - Apr 7, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
 
Did you know the title of Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea refers to the length of the voyage undertaken by the Nautilus, and not the actual depth? Good thing, because 20,000 leagues is actually six times the diameter of the earth. The Nautilus took quite the journey, traveling the seven seas under the command of the enigmatic Captain Nemo and battling sea monsters along the way. Verne's book is regarded as one of the greatest adventure stories of all time, and you can join the voyage at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre in this daring new musical adaptation of the historic work.
 
   
The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible Mar 10 - Mar 22, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible
 
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages. Creative Producer Simon Painter said, "We can't wait to bring this electrifying show to Broadway for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage."
 
   
The Full Monty Mar 10 - Apr 12, 2015  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit The Full Monty
 
Based on the Fox movie of the same name, the hit musical THE FULL MONTY tells the story of a group of unemployed American male steel-mill workers who venture into stripping to provide for their families. In the process, they learn to let go of prejudices, insecurities, and even their self-definitions –baring their hearts and souls as much as their skins.
 
   
An Evening with C.S. Lewis Mar 12 - Apr 12, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre An Evening with C.S. Lewis
 
C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford and they are about to be treated to his compelling fireside manner, the engaging warmth of his humor and the tender story of a man who found romance in his fifties. As one of the most influential thinkers of the day, he recalls the people and events that served to inspire his thought and shape his life. With an Off Broadway run scheduled for the Spring of 2016, An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience. Discover the insights of a man whose collected works made him a literary giant of the 20th Century. Join British actor David Payne in his remarkable portrayal of the highly-revered author who gave us the Narnia Chronicles.
 
   
Outside Mullingar Mar 13 - Apr 19, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Outside Mullingar
 
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a compassionate, delightful tale of how surprising love can be.
 
   
Genius Mar 13 - May 3, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Genius
 
Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever one evening after an electric dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening's events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.
 
   
Today We Escape: Plays Inspired by Ok Computer Mar 13 - Apr 4, 2015  
Tympanic Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Today We Escape: Plays Inspired by Ok Computer
 
Tympanic dares you to brave The Den and explore several dystopias with us for the final show in our eighth season: TODAY WE ESCAPE: Plays Inspired by OK COMPUTER. Enter a sterilized future inspired by one of the most haunting - and touching - albums ever recorded.
 
   
Defending the Caveman Mar 13 - Mar 29, 2015  
Paramount Theatre Defending the Caveman
 
Defending the Caveman, Rob Becker's history-making Broadway comedy, is one part stand-up, one part lecture and one part therapy session all mixed together that covers how the sexes communicate, how they bond, how they fight, how they love and more.
 
   
Balm In Gilead Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2015  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Balm In Gilead
 
Enter the world of Frank's cafe, an all-night coffee shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side frequented by a makeshift community of dealers, junkies, hustlers, prostitutes, dreamers and runaways. BALM IN GILEAD loosely centers on Joe, a cynical drug dealer, and Darlene, a naive new arrival to the big city as their lives intersect over the course of three days. Having previously produced Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore (1990) and Fifth of July (2003), Griffin is pleased to present the celebrated playwright's first full-length work.
 
   
Anne of Green Gables Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2015  
Provision Theater Company Anne of Green Gables
 
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables and now this new adaptation for young audiences comes to the stage at the Provision Theater. The elderly Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy to help them around the farm, but instead receive a very talkative, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble and makes many mistakes, she eventually works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island with her indomitable spirit and zest for life. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
 
   
Title And Deed Mar 18 - May 3, 2015  
Lookingglass Theatre Title And Deed
 
One man's circuitous journey finds universal resonance in this compelling new travelogue by Pulitzer finalist Will Eno (Broadway's The Realistic Joneses). Jeff Award winner Michael Patrick Thornton takes center stage in a whimsical and soul-searching meditation on life, language and our perennial search for home.
 
   
The Good Book Mar 19 - Apr 19, 2015  
Court Theatre The Good Book
 
In this highly original world premiere play, Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) weave stories of devotion and doubt into their very own creation myth about the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. As thirteen year-old Connor struggles to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest and modern-day Biblical scholar Miriam wrestles to resolve her crisis of faith, they lead us through an incredible exploration on how the Bible was conceived. From ancient Judea to medieval Ireland to suburban America, The Good Book is a powerful and exuberant journey through the most influential book in Western history.
 
   
La Bete Mar 19 - Apr 25, 2015  
Trap Door Theatre La Bete
 
La Bete is a rollicking play, written in rhyming couplets, and inspired by the life of the French comic master, Moliere. In the play, Elomire (an anagram for Moliere) is the leader of an acting troupe, which according to their patron the Princess has gone stale and listless. She decrees that they must now hire a new company member, the bombastic, vulgar street performer Valere. A standoff between Elomire and Valere ensues and their lively debate is both funny and dramatic, hilarious and tragic.
 
   
End Days Mar 19 - Apr 26, 2015  
Windy City Playhouse End Days
 
A 2008 finalist for The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, End Days is the story of the Steins - a typical American family working their way through tragedy, each in his or her own way. In the aftermath of 9/11, it's no wonder that Sylvia Stein (Gluschenko) thinks the end of the world is coming. It's also no wonder that teenaged Rachel (Sari Sanchez) thinks her newly Evangelical mother is a fool, and looks to physicist Stephen Hawking (Strafford) for solace. Father and husband Arthur (Kupferer) has taken an entirely different approach: never changing out of his pajamas. But, an Elvis-impersonating next-door neighbor (Cefalu, Jr.) may just be able to bring the Steins - and their disparate views on the world - together.
 
   
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Mar 19 - Apr 19, 2015  
Cuckoo's Theater Project at The Side Project Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
 
Get ready for a decidedly different kind of journey down the rabbit hole in this Cuckoo's Theatre Project production of Alice's Adventures in "Wonderland." Don't make the mistake of packing the kids into the family van and bringing them to this show with hopes of seeing singing flowers and a stressed-out white rabbit. No, this show has quite a different tale to tell -- one of Alice Liddell, a Catholic school girl who, while on a field trip to a museum, wanders off and finds herself lost in a city that's bubbling over with vice, sin and scary realities. Step into the intimate black-box theatre of The Side Project and get lost in the twisted imagination of playwright James Michael Shoberg.
 
   
Tiger at the Gates Mar 20 - Apr 25, 2015  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre Tiger at the Gates
 
The Trojan War is etched into history and implanted onto public conscious thanks to the massive scale of the battle and the epic poem, The Iliad, written about the conflict. But what if the Trojan War had been avoided, and in its place there was a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? In Tiger at the Gates, the war is on the horizon, but Trojan military leader Hector attempts to avoid the battle with the Greeks. The men around him, however, captivated by the beauty of power of glorious Helen, have other plans in mind.
 
   
The Venetian Twins Mar 20 - May 9, 2015  
Piccolo Theatre The Venetian Twins
 
Identical twins, raised separately and unaware of each other, arrive in a strange town seeking marriage. One is clever, witty, and self-assured, the other timid, shy, and foolish. Confusion becomes conflict as the twins and townspeople are thrown into chaos when cash, jewels, and declarations of love are delivered to the wrong people. Played with utter conviction and charm by the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble, the return of characters Beatrice, Brighella, Colombina, Dottore, and beloved Arlecchino are joined by others to fast-paced comic effect in this fresh, energetic production that shimmers with wit and surprise.
 
   
Tightwire Mar 20 - Mar 29, 2015  
Stage 773 Tightwire
 
Tightwire brings audiences tap dance like you've never seen it, with ingenious choreography, sinister storytelling and original live music. Mystery and intrigue abound in Tightwire at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Observe this tale of a traveling Italian circus troupe in the '30s through the eyes (and feet) of the performers of one of the world's premier tap companies. Learn the behind-the-scenes secrets of this circus teeming with quirky characters, including an quiet ringmaster, an eccentric knife thrower and sisters with jealousy issues.
 
   
A Midwinter Night's Tale Mar 20 - Apr 12, 2015  
Duplicity Ensemble at Filament Theatre A Midwinter Night's Tale
 
Inspired by last year's relentless Chicago winter (and let's face it, the one currently drawing to a close hasn't been so great either), Duplicity Ensemble combines two of Shakespeare's greatest plays to create the ultimate antidote for cabin fever at Filament Theatre. When four young lovers chance upon into a quiet mountain cabin while looking for shelter from a snowstorm, life is turned upside-down as hearts get broken, muffins get eaten and a play is read in this modern comic mash-up of The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Once everything has been spun backwards, can it be set right again?
 
   
These Saints Will Burn Mar 21 - Apr 18, 2015  
The Plagiarists at The Den Theatre These Saints Will Burn
 
In these saints will burn, Joan of Arc's familiar story is re-imagined as a world full of giant puppets, poetry, a talking crow, and a trio of saints who may be less benevolent than they appear as they work to secure Joan's place in history. Equal parts farce, war epic, and tragedy, ridiculous and sublime, these saints will burn examines free will, myth-making, human nature, and the morality of violence.
 
   
The One And Only Ivan Mar 21 - Apr 26, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre The One And Only Ivan
 
For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan's ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. Based on the 2012 book published by HarperCollins, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
 
   
Our Bad Magnet Mar 24 - Apr 26, 2015  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Our Bad Magnet
 
On the shores of Scotland, three 9-year-old boys begrudgingly befriend a troubled young outsider: a gifted but tormented child who harbors the ability to spin magical, often fable-like fairy tales. The boys, now men, reunite years later to try to piece together the circumstances that led to the mysterious disappearance of their childhood fascination. Playwright Douglas Maxwell, one of Scotland’s brightest young writing talents, uses his own unique brand of dark humor to take the audience on a magical journey in which the boundaries between fantasy and reality merge with unpredictable results.
 
   
Song About Himself Mar 24 - Apr 26, 2015  
Theater Oobleck at Storefront Theater Song About Himself
 
Set in a dystopian near-future in which the internet has been essentially destroyed by viruses and malware, and people communicate in little more than mumbles, Song About Himself is the story of Carol ― a woman looking for human interaction of any kind, and made extraordinary by her ability to speak relatively clearly ― who signs in to a mysterious social media site created by a rogue artificial intelligence within the Web itself, only to find that, strangely, she is its only member. The secrets she uncovers there will either cure or break her lonely heart.
 
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Chicago! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Cadillac Palace Theatre! Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
 
   
Travesties Mar 25 - May 3, 2015  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Travesties
 
Toss together James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara in Zurich in 1917 (where they really were), throw in limericks and lyrics and The Importance of Being Earnest, then shred the whole melange through the mixed-up mind of an aging British civil servant (who has a big grudge against Joyce concerning a pair of trousers), and you've entered the Wilde-ly witty world of Travesties.
 
   
Creation's Birthday Mar 26 - Apr 19, 2015  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Creation's Birthday
 
Creation's Birthday brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein.
 
   
Last Of The Red Hot Lovers Mar 26 - Apr 19, 2015  
Emergent Theatre Company at Mayer Kaplan Theatre Last Of The Red Hot Lovers
 
Barney Cashman is a successful New York seafood restaurateur. A "nice," quiet guy, leading a "nice," quiet life, with the same "nice," quiet wife he has been married and faithful to for the last twenty-three years. So what could possibly be wrong? It's the 1960s! And a recent midlife crisis has caused him to become afraid that the sexual revolution is passing him by. Determined to experience for one afternoon a memorable, romantic encounter before he dies, Barney spends the next nine months inviting three different women to his mother's Manhattan apartment in an attempt to have an extramarital affair. He soon discovers, however, that having an affair is much easier said than done.
 
   
Louis And Keely Live At The Sahara Mar 27 - May 31, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Louis And Keely Live At The Sahara
 
LOUIS PRIMA was one of the great musical innovator/entrepreneurs of the 20th century - from his beginnings in New Orleans Jazz, to becoming the toast of New York's 52nd St in the '30s, to appearances in Hollywood feature films in the late '30s & his scandalous love affair with Jean Harlow, to leading one of the most popular Big Bands of the '40s Swing Era, However, by the early '50s, his star seemed to be fading ... until he discovered teenager, KEELY SMITH, in a tiny Virginia Beach dive. In Pygmalion-like fashion Prima finessed Keely's stage fright and then molded her natural singing talent into a totally unique stage presence. Together they turned a two week gig on the floor of the Sahara Hotel's Casino in Las Vegas, into one of the most influential music acts of the '50s & 60s - 10 years later, Sonny & Cher basically copied their act. Prima & Smith's hot act on stage inevitably grew into a hot love story, and this musical play reveals their joy, thrills & chills, and ultimately their heartbreak. LOUIS AND KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA is an American Love Story that not only packs an emotional wallop, but also features incredible music, staggeringly performed, that will have you dancing all the way home.
 
   
The Power Of Prom Mar 27 - May 30, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.
 
   
Moraine Mar 28 - Apr 18, 2015  
CIC Theater Moraine
 
Mark is trying to keep his best friend alive, his ex from leaving town, and his de facto family of twenty and thirtysomethings intact. Moraine is a play about what it means to be a family in modern day Chicago.
 
   
The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know Mar 31 - May 16, 2015  
Raven Theatre The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know
 
Ingrid and Herman are retirees living independently in their longtime family home somewhere in the heart of America. Like any parents with adult children, they long for more visits from their son, the physically disabled Everett, who lives in the big city several hours away. But with Herman's physical abilities declining as a normal part of aging, Everett's help at home is needed now more than ever. As Everett's career is finally taking off in the city, is it fair to ask him to compromise his own opportunities to care for his aging parents, or will he convince them that it's time to place Herman in an assisted living facility? Where do the obligations to family end?
 
   
The Herd Apr 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Herd
 
It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.
 
   
Look, we are breathing Apr 2 - May 16, 2015  
Rivendell Theatre Look, we are breathing
 
Those who die young are mourned for their lost potential. But what if Mike, a high school hockey player killed while driving drunk, never really showed much potential? While sorting through their own deeply conflicted feelings in the aftermath of the accident, his mother Alice, his AP English teacher Leticia, and his one-time hookup, Caylee, try to understand who Mike was - and who he might have become. In Look, we are breathing, Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin turns her unblinking eye on the grieving process as the three most important women in Mike’s life realize that in order to move on, they might first have to confront some hard truths about themselves.
 
   
Murder Ballad Apr 2 - May 9, 2015  
Bailiwick Chicago at Flat Iron Arts Building Murder Ballad
 
A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive, rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us. Following a sold out, Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club, Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of this critically acclaimed new work.
 
   
A Doll's House Apr 3 - May 3, 2015  
Definition Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre A Doll's House
 
Ibsen's revolutionary classic comes to the stage with Definition's world premiere adaptation. Nora, a young wife and mother is married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. To the neighbors, their life together seems perfectly content, settled and respectable until a terrible secret from Nora's past comes back to haunt her and she begins to question everything about her marriage, family and life. A Doll's House illustrates how no matter how well-intended your actions are the past will always come to light.
 
   
An Issue of Blood Apr 3 - May 3, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph An Issue of Blood
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (The Gospel of Lovingkindness) takes us to an America before Ferguson, before Barack Obama was elected president, before the Civil Rights Movement-even before slavery. Based on a historical figure, Negro Mary, is one of the wealthiest landowners living in the Shenandoah Valley in 1640. She yearns to quell the rising racial unease in colonial Virginia and plans to marry her son to the daughter of a powerful white planter as a symbol of peace. As the ceremony draws near, secrets and grudges of two families come to light, and history changes its course forever. An Issue of Blood features moving music drawn from a rich legacy of African-American spirituals, field hollers, and musical tradition. Part history, part myth, Gardley looks to our collective past to understand how we arrived in our tumultuous present.
 
   
Goldilocks and the Bears Apr 3 - Aug 7, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks and the Bears
 
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.
 
   
A Swarm of Spoilers Apr 3 - May 29, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater A Swarm of Spoilers
 
Whether you're Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you're overly eager to dive into season five of HBO's Game of Thrones. Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with A Swarm of Spoilers, Under The Gun Theater's unofficial parody "recapitation" of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama and battles of the first 4 seasons. You'll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show's characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let's live.
 
   
Red Handed Otter Apr 9 - May 24, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Red Handed Otter
 
Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he's got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul's work buddies try to cheer him up. In this comedy by one of New York's hottest emerging playwrights, Paul's friends' awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him may just prove that some comforts only come on four legs.
 
   
Billy Elliot The Musical Apr 9 - Jun 7, 2015  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Billy Elliot The Musical
 
Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. As he struggles against the odds to make his dream of becoming a dancer come true, Billy inspires his family and whole community, changing their lives forever. This joyous celebration of one boy's journey defying convention to follow his heart is a must-see theatrical experience.
 
   
The Grown-up Apr 9 - May 23, 2015  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Grown-up
 
Kai is a ten-year-old boy at his grandfather's knee listening to a story of a magic doorknob. Jump 25 years into the future to his doomed book "pitch" in LA. Jump in time again as he watches the caterer streak through his wedding reception. Has Kai run into powerful magic or has he just realized the breakneck speed of an ordinary life and what he might have missed? The Grown-Up is a magical, sad and funny adventure about how to survive growing up.
 
   
Carousel Apr 10 - May 3, 2015  
Lyric Opera Carousel
 
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
 
   
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles Apr 14 - Apr 19, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
 
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!
 
   
Cinderella Apr 15 - Jul 17, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Cinderella
 
Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of the most popular fairytale ever told! Sing, dance, and clap along with all the familiar characters in this fantastic story! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
Lips Together, Teeth Apart Apr 16 - May 24, 2015  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Lips Together, Teeth Apart
 
In Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a gay community in Fire Island provides an unlikely setting for two straight couples lounging poolside, staring out to sea. Through monologues unheard by the others, the characters reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. As they divert themselves from their own mortality with food, cocktails, The New York Times crossword puzzle, fireworks, charades, and biting jabs at each other and the boys next door, they find little to celebrate about themselves or their country on its birthday.
 
   
Three Sisters Apr 17 - Jun 6, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Three Sisters
 
The Hypocrites explore the absurd, existential comedy of Chekhov's Prozorov sisters, whose daily lives in a drab provincial town pale in comparison to their imagined futures in the big city. Director Geoff Button follows the gradually building devastation that results from the sisters' comic missteps.
 
   
Worthy Apr 17 - May 16, 2015  
Adventure Stage Chicago Worthy
 
In a society where technology and media tell youth who they must be, Worthy whisks four young heroes on an adventurous quest, fighting dragons, breaking curses and choosing for themselves which paths to follow. Balancing of-the-moment references and resonant, recognizable themes found in classic fairy tale literature, Worthy challenges these four young people to reclaim their identities against tremendous odds.
 
   
Sense and Sensibility Apr 18 - Jun 7, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Sense and Sensibility
 
Jane Austen's deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood-two sisters whose fortunes change following their father's untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.
 
   
All's Well That Ends Well Apr 18 - May 24, 2015  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit All's Well That Ends Well
 
When you're an orphaned woman in a man's world, there aren't too many options. But Helena won't be held back by expectations, and her beloved won't know what hit him. This mafia-set production of one of Shakespeare's prickliest comedies asks the question: how far is too far to get what we want?
 
   
Beast on the Moon Apr 21 - Jun 6, 2015  
Raven Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Aram Tomasian is an Armenian immigrant living in 1920's Milwaukee who has escaped the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by the Turks in his homeland in Eastern Turkey. He wants to make a fresh start and build a new family in the new world to replace the family he lost to the genocide. He selects a mail-order bride and into his life comes an Armenian teen-ager, Seta, who has also escaped the vicious grip of the Ottoman warlords. He learns that building a marriage and a family is more difficult than he anticipated, but he ultimately succeeds in unexpected and heart-warming ways.
 
   
Anna In The Afterlife Apr 22 - May 24, 2015  
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Anna In The Afterlife
 
Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Richard Engling's ANNA IN THE AFTERLIFE, a play that explores the mystery of a suicide and its repercussions in life and beyond the grave.
 
   
The Project(s) Apr 24 - May 24, 2015  
American Theater Company The Project(s)
 
The Project(s) innovatively combines documentary theater with a cappella music, body percussion and stepping to create a provocative examination of the successes and failures of public housing that poses the question, "What is America's responsibility to its poor?"
 
   
Doubt: A Parable Apr 28 - Jul 19, 2015  
Writers Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved.
 
   
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash Apr 30 - Jun 28, 2015  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
 
   
Melancholy Play: a chamber musical Apr 30 - Jun 7, 2015  
Piven Theatre Melancholy Play: a chamber musical
 
Melancholy Play is a lighthearted farce centered on Tilly (Stephanie Stockstill), a melodramatic bank teller who finds herself in a state of utter and complete sadness. It affects everyone around her. From Frank (Chris Ballou), a tailor who deeply loves her melancholia, Lorenzo (Ryan Lanning), her eccentric therapist from an unspecified European country, Frances (Lauren Paris), her hairdresser who pays the ultimate price for her infatuation when she transforms into an almond, and Joan (Kelli Harrington), the helpless nurse who watches her girlfriend devolve into a nut.
 
   
The White Road Apr 30 - Jun 13, 2015  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre The White Road
 
THE WHITE ROAD is the story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the South Pole. The crew is forced to abandon their ship, The Endurance, having been crushed by pack ice. They have one path ahead - The White Road. Experience an incredible story of survival, under near impossible conditions, and a display of the strength of the human spirit when all hope appears lost.
 
   
The Little Foxes May 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Goodman Theatre The Little Foxes
 
In Hellman's turn-of-the century study of family greed, Ben and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions funding an industrialized cotton mill, and seek help with the initial investment from their sister Regina. The refusal of Regina's dying husband to finance their scheme sets off an explosive series of betrayals, shattering the Hubbard clan's genteel façade and exposing their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Ferocious, funny and enduringly relevant, The Little Foxes is an absorbing chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream and wealth's corrupting power--and "one of the most enjoyably chilling chapters in the history of melodrama" (The New York Times).
 
   
Shining Lives: A Musical May 8 - Jun 14, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Shining Lives: A Musical
 
It's 1922 and the young women of Chicago's Radium Dial Company are living a dream- earning good wages and beaming with new-found independence. After years of hand painting watch dials, the so-called "harmless" radium that provided for so much joy leads to tragic results. Four courageous women upend their lives with a determination to change the future in this compelling new musical, the transcendent tale of heroic lives that glowed with promise.
 
   
Lunacy May 11 - Jun 20, 2015  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Lunacy
 
The latest brainchild of resident playwright Andrew Burden Swanson imagines a madcap 1969 in which the conspiracy theorists may have been right. Kennedy guaranteed a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and NASA is running out of time to fulfill the promise that will awe the world and unite a nation. March 15: A young physicist reports for duty at MGM Borehamwood Studios. The mission at hand? Film a simulated moon landing that the whole world will fall for. With a young Donald Rumsfeld in the director's chair, CIA agents in the roles of our space-bound heroes and the whole of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic technology at their fingertips, what could possibly go wrong? Perfectionists in both science and art unite to reinforce American ambition, reinvigorate a sense of wonder, and inspire through knowledge of possibility - however unfathomable it may seem.
 
   
Jersey Boys May 12 - May 24, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Jersey Boys
 
JERSEY BOYS returns to Chicago. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
 
   
Inana May 13 - Jul 26, 2015  
TimeLine Theatre Company Inana
 
On the eve of the United States' invasion of Baghdad in 2003, an Iraqi museum curator plots to save treasured antiquities, including the statue of ancient mother goddess Inana-metaphorically, the soul of the country-from destruction. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue's preservation. Against a background of international and personal intrigue, playwright Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant and beautiful love story.
 
   
Belfast Girls May 15 - Jun 14, 2015  
Artemisia at The Den Theatre Belfast Girls
 
Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick dramatizes Irish history: Five young women set sail from Belfast in 1850 bound for Australia during the Irish Famine, hopeful they will find a fresh start in a new land. Love, adventure and betrayal await them as dirty secrets are revealed and the Belfast Girls are forced to come to terms with the disasters they have left behind.
 
   
The Secret Garden May 21 - Jun 21, 2015  
Court Theatre The Secret Garden
 
After a vicious cholera outbreak in the British Raj claims the lives of both her parents, ten year-old Mary Lennox is sent back to England to live at her estranged uncle's estate. Orphaned and alone, Mary finds herself haunted not only by the ghosts of her own past, but by those of her melancholy uncle, Archibald Craven. As Mary begins to find her way through her uncle's maze of secrets, she makes an incredible discovery that unlocks a wellspring of hope and renewal for them both. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book and adapted from the beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden reunites Artistic Director Charles Newell and Music Director Doug Peck (Caroline, or Change; Carousel; Porgy and Bess) for this exquisitely beautiful musical about hope blooming from the darkest of places.
 
   
Les Liaisons Dangereuses May 21 - Jun 21, 2015  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Les Liaisons Dangereuses
 
This new production transports the audience back to 1917 Russia before the dawn of the Revolution, where a pair of aristocratic rivals and former lovers employ their wiles in a game of sex and dominance. LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES was the winner of London's Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1986 and received multiple Tony Award nominations. The film adaptation received three Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
 
   
Chalk May 24 - Jun 28, 2015  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Chalk
 
Maggie survived the end of the world, but it hasn't really ended, has it? Stuck in an abandoned building with nearly unlimited supplies, a broken radio and a book of spells, she bides her time and waits for the monsters to leave. But when her daughter reappears, Maggie can't celebrate because something is not quite right. The two women square off with both their lives hanging in the balance, and all that keeps them separate is a razor-thin chalk circle, hastily drawn by Maggie on the floor. The world premiere of ensemble member Walt McGough's intense sci-fi fable digs deep into issues of motherhood, responsibility and possession of all kinds.
 
   
Once Jun 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Once
 
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
 
   
On Your Feet Jun 2 - Jul 5, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre On Your Feet
 
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
 
   
The Fantasticks Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2015  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium The Fantasticks
 
The Off-Broadway hit about two fathers who plot to get their boy and girl together by pretending to keep them apart. This expanded version features a full orchestra accompanying the song classics "Try to Remember," "They Were You," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Never Say No."
 
   
The Who and the What Jun 12 - Jul 12, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Who and the What
 
Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina recently completed a book about women and Islam. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. With humor and ferocity, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Kimberly Senior examine the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jul 14 - Jul 26, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.
 
   
Pippin Jul 28 - Aug 9, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Pippin
 
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Magic To Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."