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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.
 
   
Great Works of Fiction Apr 1 - Apr 29, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Great Works of Fiction
 
HipFlask Production’s invites you into the world of Horace Delancey III, the world’s most eclectic and perhaps worst author. As he reads live on stage from his various novels the stories dissolve into scenes of sketch absurdity. Combining a wonderful blend of literary love, alcoholic affection and temporary insanity, the show will take you on a tour of depravity and imagination, with sketches in novel form that range from murder mystery to musical theater.
 
   
Much Ado About Nothing Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017  
Cornservatory Much Ado About Nothing
 
Shakespeare's comedy about the war between the genders, with music chosen and performed by the cast. Directed by Megan Clauhs, presented by Odd's Bodkins and Corn Productions, and performed at Cornservatory, this production features one of western literature's most famous love stories with a motley cast of friends, lovers, and enemies.
 
   
Beauty and the Beast Apr 3 - Apr 14, 2017  
Chicago Kids Company at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Beauty and the Beast
 
Don't miss Chicago Kids Company's newest show. Full of comedy, romance, and plenty of audience participation, this one-hour musical adaptation will have everyone believing in love. Come and find out if true love can turn the Beast into a handsome Prince! Recommended for grades PreK-3.
 
   
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.
 
   
Scapegoat; Or (Why The Devil Always Loved Us) Apr 6 - May 7, 2017  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Scapegoat; Or (Why The Devil Always Loved Us)
 
Over two generations the Porters have cultivated their legacy as "The New Roosevelts." As a Religious Freedom bill bullies its way through Congress, their political dynasty is suddenly threatened when a story leaks claiming the family patriarch is a Satanist. With his eyes set on a future nomination to the Supreme Court, Anse Porter is forced to choose between having the life he's worked for, and sacrificing all for the people he serves. Loyalties to family, faith, country and self are tested in this twisted story of The Porter Family as they struggle through the wreckage of America's crumbling wall between church and state.
 
   
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.
 
   
Vote Brainoid Apr 7 - Apr 28, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Vote Brainoid
 
Making people afraid is what Brainoid does best. Getting them to vote for him... isn't. He thought running for mayor in a small, Illinois town would be easy, but Brainoid learns that the mechanics of a political campaign may be beyond even an evil genius like him.
 
   
Aladdin Apr 11 - Sep 10, 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.
 
   
Blood at the Root Apr 12 - Apr 29, 2017  
Jackalope Theatre Company and The Yard at The Frontier Blood at the Root
 
A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life.
 
   
Into The Beautiful North Apr 13 - May 20, 2017  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Into The Beautiful North
 
Nayeli, Tacho and Vampi are determined to bring back seven good men to protect their village from the invasion of narco-traficantes and the risk of extinction. Playwright Karen Zacarías (author of The Book Club Play) has crafted Luis Alberto Urrea's bestselling novel into a fast-paced comical tale full of colorful characters that surprise and delight. A funny and heartwarming look at the dreams shared on both sides of the border.
 
   
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.
 
   
Marry Me a Little Apr 14 - May 21, 2017  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Marry Me a Little
 
Two urban singles, each alone in their apartments in the same building, share a Saturday night of sweet fantasies and deep yearning never knowing that they're only a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. Following in the tradition of Porchlight's hit Sondheim on Sondheim, and re-conceived with special permission given by Stephen Sondheim especially for this production, the rarely seen Marry Me a Little breathes new theatrical life and meaning into a collection of songs that were culled from the final productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music and other Sondheim favorites.
 
   
Never the Milk and Honey Apr 14 - May 28, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Never the Milk and Honey
 
"But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven," according to Matthew 24:36. For the faithful Alger, who believes he knows when the world will end, the real apocalypse may be that he is wrong. When you tell your family and community to trust in your claims and are proven incorrect, can you ever rebuild that relationship of trust and faith? Find out how deep the bonds of family and community run in Never the Milk & Honey at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Visiting Apr 14 - May 7, 2017  
Artenisia at Edge Theatre Visiting
 
Featured as one of six plays in Artemisia’s 2015 Fall Festival, Visiting, was the undisputed audience favorite and chosen to receive a full production. Visiting is an unflinching exploration of the impact of bipolar disorder on four generations of women and the life-affirming discoveries a young woman makes about herself and her future.
 
   
Threesome Apr 14 - May 21, 2017  
The Other Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Threesome
 
Leila and Rashid, Egyptian-Americans with ties to Cairo, attempt to solve their relationship issues by inviting a relative stranger into their bedroom to engage in a threesome. What begins as a hilariously awkward evening soon becomes an experience fraught with secrets, raising issues of sexism, possession and independence.
 
   
The Firebirds Take the Field Apr 15 - May 27, 2017  
Rivendell Theatre The Firebirds Take the Field
 
It's been 25 years since molecular neuroscientist Avery Kahn left Highland Falls, NY. But when 18 local girls, cheerleaders mostly, are stricken with a mysterious ailment, Avery reluctantly returns home to tackle what the locals derisively call the "girl disease." As Avery becomes affected-and infected-by the girls, the case becomes more personal than she ever expected. Based on actual events, Firebirds is a fascinating and often hilarious investigation of how women in particular are impacted by the pressures of growing up.
 
   
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.
 
   
Mary Poppins Apr 20 - May 28, 2017  
Mercury Theater Mary Poppins
 
Disney’s MARY POPPINS is a Supercalifragilistic musical combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film. The Tony Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Get swept up in tunes like ‘Spoonful of Sugar,’ ‘Feed the Birds’ and of course ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ as young Jane and Michael learn life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. So, bring the whole family and spend a ‘Jolly Holiday’ with Mary and an irresistible cast of characters.
 
   
The Ugly Duckling Apr 20 - Jun 30, 2017  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Ugly Duckling
 
CKC's new bilingual musical is an updated version of the classic tale. Meet Sophia, the new duckling at Lucky Duck School, who isn't quite the same as everyone else. This show is about celebrating the wonderful ways in which we're all one-of-a-kind. “The Ugly Duckling” is great fun for both English and Spanish speakers--there's no need to be fluent in both to enjoy this tale. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
Lady X - A Musical Apr 21 - Jun 11, 2017  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Lady X - A Musical
 
Mary Dwight is a gorgeous dame and a tough cookie who knows the score (and then some). Mary spends her nights as a 'clip-joint hostess,' making the customers feel welcome, whether it's sharing a drink with them - or the evening. Mary's got all the angles figured out, until Scarlett Fontanelli (David Cerda) enters the picture. As deadly as she is beautiful, Scarlett will stop at nothing to gain control over this world of underground crime. But Frank Graham, a young idealistic Assistant District Attorney, will stop at nothing to bring Scarlett and the Fontanelli syndicate to its knees. Frank wants justice for decent citizens everywhere and for his sister Barbara, a casualty of the Fontanelli family business.
 
   
The Liar Apr 21 - May 27, 2017  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre The Liar
 
In his adaptation, David Ives has updated Corneille’s language in a version that scintillates with modern comedic wit. The Liar tells the story of Dorante, a young man newly arrived in Paris who wastes no time beginning his search for love and adventure by spinning extremely tall tales. As his tangled web of deception gets more and more complex and difficult to maintain, joyful chaos ensues. Both trenchant and tremendously funny, Promethean’s production will keep audiences both laughing and thinking.
 
   
Gypsy Apr 21 - May 6, 2017  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Gypsy
 
Loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and her mother, Rose, the ultimate show business mother. Mama Rose is determined that her younger daughter June will have a successful career, but after June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Louise, who eventually becomes a burlesque stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee.
 
   
My Name Is Annie King Apr 21 - May 28, 2017  
Underscore Theatre Company at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway My Name Is Annie King
 
Lucas Embry (Royen Kent), a young med student still reeling from the death of his estranged father, finds himself after an alcohol- and drug-fueled episode amidst a religious cult in the woods of Missouri. Seduced by the charisma of the cult's leader (Jeff Mills) and his many female followers, Lucas finds himself drawn into hallucinogenic rituals, an undercurrent of dark sexuality, and the promise of a home he never knew. But when he starts to fall for the leader's ersatz daughter (Paige Daigle), he sets off a chain reaction that can only end in death.
 
   
Big Fish, the Musical Apr 21 - Apr 30, 2017  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Big Fish, the Musical
 
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Tim Burton film, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest, and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him - most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. Overflowing with humor and heart, Big Fish is an extraordinary recent Broadway musical that's richer, funnier, and BIGGER than life itself!
 
   
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!
 
   
Paradise Blue Apr 26 - Jul 23, 2017  
TimeLine Theatre Company Paradise Blue
 
It's 1949 in Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood, and Blue, the gifted trumpeter and troubled owner of the Paradise nightclub, is contemplating a buyout offer for the city's urban renewal plan. As the inhabitants of his famed but faltering jazz club ponder their options and dream of a better life, relationships are tested, new challengers emerge, and a mysterious woman arrives to turn their world upside down. As the fate of all their lives looms, they must decide whether to fight to save what's theirs or risk it all for a chance at redemption.
 
   
Motherhood Out Loud Apr 27 - Jun 11, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater Motherhood Out Loud
 
Motherhood Out Loud dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of What to Expect When You're Expecting. This theatrical production shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. It's filled with illuminating insight, humor and raw emotions, making for a joyous, moving, hilarious and altogether thrilling look at raising children. Written by an array of writers from journalism, fiction, television and the theater, Motherhood Out Loud at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview will leave you looking at child-rearing in a totally different light.
 
   
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.
 
   
Circle House Apr 28 - May 27, 2017  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House Circle House
 
In this new group-written piece, audiences will take one of three different tours of the Time Museum, where you can touch anything you like - except not anything delicate. Meet the curators, who may not be human, but are fun and friendly - as long as you follow the rules! Interact with your guides - but don't ask them about their lives before... or the mysterious people that keep appearing and talking to them. Learn how endings are beginnings, the secrets of nature and music, and what happens when we die. Thank you for helping to rehabilitate these lost souls.
 
   
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead Apr 28 - May 21, 2017  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
 
The play concerns the misadventures and musings of two minor characters from Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions, with the events of Hamlet as background. The duo are the leading characters in this version, appearing onstage here when they are offstage in Shakespeare's play, except a few times with the events of both plays coincide. In Hamlet, the King uses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to discover Hamlet's motives and plot against him. Hamlet, however, mocks them derisively and outwits them. Thus, the action in Hamlet, while typically viewed as tragic, is largely nonsensically comical from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's perspective.
 
   
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.
 
   
Tight End May 3 - Jun 3, 2017  
20% Theatre Company Chicago at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Tight End
 
Ash (believe me, you do not want to call her "Ashley") Miller's dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans' Homecoming game. Football is in her blood, but in order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game.
 
   
James In The Giant Peach May 4 - Jun 3, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook James In The Giant Peach
 
When James is sent by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Featuring a book by Timothy Allen McDonald and a score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is a musical adventure for the a whole family.
 
   
Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate May 4  
Under The Gun Theater Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate
 
"Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?" "In what order should a first-time viewer watch the movies?" Important questions like these and more will be answered each week, as the Star Wars experts convene at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater for Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate. But you won't just be a passive participant, watching idly as court convenes, because the room will be divided into Siths and rebels, sparking a competition for both points and prizes. And for all you cosplayers, Star Wars attire is not only allowed at this family-friendly show, it's encouraged.
 
   
Cabaret May 4 - Jun 4, 2017  
Theatre At The Center Cabaret
 
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, this theatrical masterpiece welcomes theatergoers to the Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin, where a mischievous Emcee invites everyone to join cabaret singer Sally Bowles and Cliff Bradshaw, an American writer searching for inspiration, in a world on the brink. This timeless classic features iconic songs such as "Maybe This Time," "The Money Song," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret."
 
   
Beatlemania May 7 - May 28, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Beatlemania
 
It's the mid-'60s, and day by day -- unforgettable song by unforgettable song -- John, Paul, George and Ringo are taking the entire pop culture world by storm. In Beatlemania, the boys are only hours away from taking the stage when something odd occurs, prompting their manager, Brian Epstein, to ask the Fab Four what they've gone and gotten themselves into. Thus unfolds an untold story of the lads from Liverpool. Catch Beatlemania all over again at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
 
   
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.
 
   
Time Stands Still May 11 - Jun 11, 2017  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Time Stands Still
 
TIME STANDS STILL focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. TIME STANDS STILL is a witty, intelligent look at what happens when ordinary life is refracted through the lens of war.
 
   
Great Expectations May 11 - Jul 2, 2017  
Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Great Expectations
 
Dickens' beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English "gentleman." In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?
 
   
Seminar May 12 - Jun 4, 2017  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Frontier Seminar
 
Four aspiring novelists spend big money to have their work read, critiqued, and generally annihilated by a prominent and well-traveled figure of literary excellence. Relationships are built, tested, and destroyed and tensions (romantic and otherwise) rise as the writers struggle to thrive under highly irregular instruction.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda May 18 - Jun 11, 2017  
Chopin Theatre The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda
 
In the multicultural town of Santa Monica de la Punta Gorda, nothing ever goes as planned. Written and produced by Latinos about the Latino daily experience, The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda focuses on the upcoming nuptials of Jenny and Columbo. As a series of comical accidents and miscommunications delay the ceremony, the wedding party shares stories of how this wedding almost never came to be. Be a part of the celebration, and you might just get a chance to join the wedding party on stage. This charming play is performed in both Spanish and English, so all are welcome. see it at Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage.
 
   
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.
 
   
Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter May 19 - Jun 18, 2017  
Chicago Dramatists Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter
 
A father and daughter fish for silence in both the Euphrates and Poudre Rivers after serving in Iraq-a Marine Corp enlistment separated by 16 years. Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter shares the personal and public struggles created by war. This dialogue-driven drama showcases the battle with post-war life and inner-self capturing the silence and the explosions of anger created by PTSD.
 
   
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.
 
   
Bright Half Life May 26 - Jul 1, 2017  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Bright Half Life
 
Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Play, BRIGHT HALF LIFE charts the complexity of commitment, relationships, and marriage as it follows the ups and downs of a modern lesbian couple. Their story is told through a series of fast-moving, fragmented memories - from elevator rides as strangers to steamy workplace romances to heartache to building a family.
 
   
Pass Over Jun 1 - Jul 9, 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.
 
   
Moby Dick Jun 7 - Sep 3, 2017  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
 
   
The King And I Jun 14 - 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.
 
   
Macbeth Jun 15 - Jul 22, 2017  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Macbeth
 
Shakespeare in the park. Blankets spread out. Wine and cheese picnics under the stars. Does it get any more blissfully summer than that? Kick off the season at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens with the bloody and brilliant classic Macbeth. Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his guilty fingers.
 
   
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.
 
   
Little Fish Jul 9 - Aug 20, 2017  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Little Fish
 
From the niche mind of musical theater and opera genius Michael John LaChiusa comes the post-9/11 drama Little Fish in its Chicago debut. As the curtain rises we meet Charlotte, a thirty-something writer eager to give up her poor smoking habits. She replaces nicotine with adrenaline by picking up various activities, eventually settling on swimming. After much reflection upon on a former lover and other vignettes of life, Charlotte only then recognizes her addiction to running away. Brought to you by the company that brought you smash hits like Heathers and The Wiz, Kokandy Productions re-creates the musical's eclectic score of Latin, rock, jazz, and other sounds that are the soundtrack to Charlotte's life. Check it out at Chicago's Theater Wit.
 
   
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.
 
   
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jul 13 - Aug 27, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York's Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the far away island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous King Julian and his fellow island inhabitants in a musical celebration of friendship. The nonstop escapades and rollicking pop score will have audiences of all ages wanting to "Move It, Move It!" with their favorite characters. Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer with this child-friendly 70-minute adaptation.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Audience Aug 16 - Nov 12, 2017  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Audience
 
A portrait of a dynamic and provocative woman-the symbol of a nation-as she weathers decades of history and political strife. Every Tuesday afternoon for more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private audience, a gesture of unity between government and Crown. Through moments of tension, negotiation, war, and unrest, these conversations with political leaders from Winston Churchill to Harold Wilson to Margaret Thatcher have remained a constant across the years. Playwright Peter Morgan re-imagines each of these meetings, giving us a glimpse at the queen's role in guiding the circumstances that have shaped Great Britain, and a window into the mystery, compassion and humor of the woman behind the iconic crown.
 
   
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!
 
   
Bonnie and Clyde Aug 27 - Oct 15, 2017  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Bonnie and Clyde
 
It was once said of Bonnie and Clyde, "They're young. They're in love. They kill people." Now you can add a fourth description to this infamous his-and-her gangster team: They sing. Composed by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde), with lyrics by Academy Award winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), Bonnie & Clyde weaves rockabilly, blues and gospel music into the story of how two small-time nobodies in West Texas became America's most notorious, alluring and fearless folk heroes. From the company that brought you the smash hits Heathers and The Wiz comes this Tony-nominated tale of love, adventure and crime at Chicago's Theater Wit.
 
   
The Rembrandt Sep 7 - Oct 22, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Rembrandt
 
When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues. Spanning centuries of human experience, Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt movingly explores the power of creative expression and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty, reminding us that though our beliefs may die with the sound of our voice, it's the love we share-and the art that love inspires-that finds eternity.
 
   
Sanctions Sep 14 - Oct 22, 2017  
Northlight Theatre Sanctions
 
As a university nears the end of its probation for past NCAA violations, the athletic department gets back to the big business of college football: recruitment, alumni donations, and games on ESPN. Administrator Claire Torrance is responsible for improving player academics-despite resistance to her methods from the university dean. But when an overeager freshman tutor gets too close to some of the players, a new scandal threatens to blow up the whole program.
 
   
Orphee et Eurydice Sep 23 - Oct 15, 2017  
Lyric Opera Orphee et Eurydice
 
One of the most influential works in the history of opera, Orfeo ed Eurydice (1762) - presented at Lyric in its original Italian version most recently in 2005/06 - was revised significantly by Gluck for the Paris Opera in 1774. This version altered the role of Orpheus from alto castrato to tenor, while also adding a significant amount of ballet music to the score (including two celebrated scenes, the "Dance of the Furies" and the "Dance of the Blessed Spirits"). Familiar from Greek myths, the plot centers on the poet-musician Orphee (Orpheus), whose singing was so beautiful that it could charm the fierce guardians of the Underworld. After receiving encouragement from the god of love, Amour, Orphee travels to Hades to bring his dead wife, Eurydice, back to earth. Integral to the production will be the participation of The Joffrey Ballet in the company's first collaboration with Lyric.
 
   
Motown The Musical Sep 25 - Oct 8, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Motown The Musical
 
It began as one man's story... became everyone's music... and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
 
   
Rigoletto Oct 7 - Nov 3, 2017  
Lyric Opera Rigoletto
 
Rigoletto, Verdi's masterpiece of 1851, presents a magnificent, deeply moving characterization of a hunchbacked court jester consumed by bitterness and revenge. Rigoletto is the father of Gilda, who is seduced and abandoned by the licentious Duke of Mantua. Sparafucile is the assassin hired by Rigoletto to murder the Duke; Maddalena is Sparafucile's seductive sister; and Count Monterone's curse on Rigoletto initiates the drama of the opera.
 
   
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.
 
   
In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play Oct 20 - Dec 17, 2017  
TimeLine Company at Stage 773 In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play
 
A story of awakening, equality, and the need for connection that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the 1880s and Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light has begun to change the fabric of daily life. Inspired by Edison's discovery, scientist and inventor Dr. Givings creates a piece of machinery to treat the increasingly common affliction of female hysteria. When he starts to see a new patient regularly, his wife's curiosity with the invention and what occurs "in the next room" grows, leading to discoveries of her own. This intimate and humorous story of self-discovery debunks the expectation of sexuality as a dirty word and shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself.
 
   
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.
 
   
School Of Rock Nov 1 - Nov 19, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre School Of Rock
 
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!" (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"
 
   
Die Walkure Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2017  
Lyric Opera Die Walkure
 
The second opera of Wagner's monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre focuses on the conflict between Wotan, king of the gods, and his mortal son, Siegmund, who has unwittingly fallen in love with his own twin, Sieglinde, the wife of the brutish Hunding. This arouses the wrath of Wotan's wife, Fricka (the goddess of marriage), and the compassion of Wotan's daughter, the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde. The turning point of the opera arrives when Brünnhilde disobeys her father by siding with Siegmund in the latter's fight against Hunding. This production continues Lyric's new Ring, which began with the opening production of the 2016/17 season, Das Rheingold.
 
   
Peppa Pig Live! Surprise! Nov 4  
Chicago Theatre Peppa Pig Live! Surprise!
 
Surprise! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig's Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!
 
   
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.
 
   
The Book Of Will Nov 9 - Dec 17, 2017  
Northlight Theatre The Book Of Will
 
William Shakespeare wrote some of the world's most beloved plays - but without his friends, they may have been lost to history! Follow the members of Shakespeare's own company as they cunningly navigate the production of the First Folio in 1623. They may not have any money or clear-cut rights to his work, but they're armed with wit, humor, a deep camaraderie and a passion to preserve the plays that shaped their lives. With the help of their wives and colleagues, two actors set out not only to print a collection, but to uphold a legacy for the world.
 
   
The Minutes Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Minutes
 
The Minutes, Tracy Letts's scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, the writer who brought you August: Osage County exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history's losers.
 
   
The Pearl Fishers Nov 19 - Dec 10, 2017  
Lyric Opera The Pearl Fishers
 
Bizet's captivating 1863 opera, The Pearl Fishers, is beloved by audiences everywhere for its score, which includes the most popular tenor-baritone duet in opera. The libretto and music conjure up a particularly exotic locale: ancient Ceylon, where the priestess Leïla is loved by both the fisherman Nadir and Zurga, king of the pearl fishers. The travails of this love triangle lead to disaster when Zurga believes himself betrayed by Leïla and Nadir.
 
   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov 21 - Dec 3, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Jan 28, 2018  
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.
 
   
Turandot Dec 5 - Jan 27, 2018  
Lyric Opera Turandot
 
Turandot (1926), the final work of Puccini's career, showcases the composer's magnificent melodic outpourings (including the tenor's celebrated "Nessun dorma") and reveals Puccini at his peak as a creator of exotically beautiful orchestration. Taking place in ancient Peking, the story centers on the icy Princess Turandot, who will marry the prince who answers her three riddles correctly, but any suitor who fails is put to death. Calaf is the unknown prince who falls in love with Turandot at first sight and, victorious in the riddles, challenges her to learn his name. Calaf is loved by the slave Liù, who serves his father Timur, the exiled Tartar king. The lighter side of the opera is contributed by Turandot's three lively ministers - Ping, Pang, and Pong.
 
   
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.
 
   
BLKS Dec 7 - Jan 21, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre BLKS
 
Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
 
   
Boy Jan 10 - Mar 18, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company Boy
 
A moving and poignant story, inspired by true events, about a search for personal identity and acceptance. In the 1960s, a surgical accident causes a well-intentioned doctor to convince the parents of twin boys to raise one as a girl. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold, as those involved struggle to connect with each other and themselves, stuck between their hope for the future and their uncertainty about the past. BOY explores the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love.
 
   
Skeleton Crew Jan 25 - Mar 4, 2018  
Northlight Theatre Skeleton Crew
 
At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation's financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management's "cost-saving" demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?
 
   
The Humans Jan 30 - Feb 11, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Humans
 
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
 
   
I Puritani Feb 4 - Feb 28, 2018  
Lyric Opera I Puritani
 
The opera takes place at a fortress near Plymouth during the English Civil War of the 1640s. Elvira is betrothed to Sir Riccardo Forth, a Puritan colonel, although she is not in love with him. Instead, she loves Arturo Talbot, a Cavalier and a Stuart sympathizer, who loves her in return. Once aware of Elvira's unhappiness, Elvira's uncle, Sir Giorgio, convinces her father, Lord Walter, to give his permission for her to marry Arturo. At the wedding celebration, Arturo discovers that Queen Enrichetta has been imprisoned in the castle. By covering the queen in a wedding veil, Arturo helps her escape. Elvira believes she has been abandoned by Arturo, but in the end, the two are happily reunited.
 
   
Love Never Dies Feb 14 - Mar 4, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Love Never Dies
 
This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don't miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world's greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Chicago.
 
   
You Got Older Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre You Got Older
 
There's a haunted place between where we started and where we need to be that finds the most tender among us-and breaks them open. In You Got Older, Clare Barron's bawdy, irreverent and touching play, Mae, brokenhearted and unemployed, returns home to care for her ailing father and escape the loneliness of a life that just can't seem to get off the ground.
 
   
Faust Mar 3 - Mar 21, 2018  
Lyric Opera Faust
 
This exceptionally romantic, universally popular work had its premiere in Paris in early 1859. The story is one of the most justly celebrated in opera. The aged philosopher Faust - at the urging of Satan's agent, Mephistopheles - is made young again in exchange for his soul. The drama encompasses Faust's encounter with the innocent Marguerite, his wooing and subsequent abandonment of her, the death of her brother Valentin at Faust's own hand, and Marguerite's ensuing madness, death, and redemption. Siebel is the boy in love with Marguerite, Marthe, Marguerite's busybody neighbor, offers comic relief.
 
   
The Beauty Queen Of Leenane Mar 15 - Apr 22, 2018  
Northlight Theatre The Beauty Queen Of Leenane
 
This Tony Award-winning dark comedy is set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane. Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative ageing mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen's hopes for an escape from her dreary existence, Mag's interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying.
 
   
The Doppelganger (an international farce) Apr 5 - May 20, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Doppelganger (an international farce)
 
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on... and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
 
   
To Catch A Fish Apr 25 - Jul 1, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company To Catch A Fish
 
Inspired by true events, this compelling new play examines how the pursuit of justice-however well intentioned-can devastate a family and a community. In a low-income, residential neighborhood of Milwaukee, Terry Kilbourn has just begun a new job passing out flyers for a discount warehouse. When his bosses start asking more of him, his loved ones begin to question what is really going on. As higher stakes are revealed and relationships tested, the clarity of who to trust and what to believe grows increasingly murky. Both hilarious and heart wrenching, TO CATCH A FISH walks the line between good intentions and deceit, testing the bonds we have to family and community.
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 27 - May 20, 2018  
Lyric Opera Jesus Christ Superstar
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ's followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.
 
   
The Legend Of George McBride May 10 - Jun 17, 2018  
Northlight Theatre The Legend Of George McBride
 
A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator has an overdrawn checking account and a baby on the way. When a drag show takes over the entertainment at the Florida Panhandle bar where he performs, he'll also be out of a job...unless he's willing to step into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice.
 
   
Guards at the Taj May 31 - Jul 15, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre Guards at the Taj
 
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.
 
   
The Roommate Jun 21 - Aug 5, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Roommate
 
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in this new comedy about how early-life choices lead to mid-life challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.