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UniverSoul Circus Sep 28 - Oct 30, 2016  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
Celebrating 20 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see a high-wire act from Colombia, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, trained dogs from Chile and much more. Led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity.
 
   
Red Velvet Sep 28 - Nov 27, 2016  
Raven Theatre Red Velvet
 
The backstage story of African-American actor Ira Aldridge and how in 1833 he became the first black actor to perform on a London stage. The action is set at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden after Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Aldridge has been asked to take over the role, but as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
 
   
Apartment 3A Sep 28 - Dec 18, 2016  
Windy City Playhouse Apartment 3A
 
It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can't possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, an on-air meltdown, and a fledgling romance have left her faithless and heartbroken. So when a simple visit from an enigmatic new neighbor starts to change things for the better, Annie has to ask: is it fate? Luck? Or... divine intervention?
 
   
The Room Sep 29 - Nov 13, 2016  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Room
 
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
 
   
Bobbie Clearly Sep 29 - Nov 5, 2016  
Steep Theatre Bobbie Clearly
 
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
 
   
Skooby Don't Sep 29 - Nov 4, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Skooby Don't
 
When Velva's aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won't forget - no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON'T is not only a parody of the classic Skooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.
 
   
Still Sep 29 - Oct 30, 2016  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Still
 
Constantinople has been dead for two days, but that's the least of his worries. He has to find his mother before it's too late, and his already stiff body shuts down for good. As he searches an unfamiliar world filled with women he doesn't understand, his mother, Morgan must learn to grieve the son she never knew.
 
   
A Life Extra Ordinary Sep 29 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Gift Theatre A Life Extra Ordinary
 
Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life.
 
   
How We Got On Sep 29 - Nov 12, 2016  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre How We Got On
 
In this remixed coming-of-age story, an all-knowing DJ loops the audience through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices; Hank, Julian and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family dysfunction and ruthless rivalries as this B-side of 1980's hip-hop history is spun. Plug in an open mind for the Chicago premiere of a throwback mix tape that goes to prove: we're all just a work-in-progress.
 
   
Fantasy Island For Dummies Sep 29 - Nov 5, 2016  
Trap Door Theatre Fantasy Island For Dummies
 
Fantasy Island for Dummies (low cut daydream too near, too near) is a new music-theatre work inspired by an episode of the iconic television series about the pleasures and perils of wish fulfillment. Devised in a collaborative exploration with Trap Door Theater actors, the piece is written by Ruth Margraff and directed by Kate Hendrickson, with original music composed by Nikos Brisco. A 1980 "Fantasy Island" episode about a ventriloquist and her devious dummy inspires a voyage into suppressed identities, ancient Babylonian sex goddesses, and a "perfect wife" struggling with her defiant side.
 
   
Fish Eye Sep 29 - Oct 16, 2016  
Dandelion Theatre at The Frontier Fish Eye
 
Named as New York Magazine's Best Theatre of the Year and chosen as a Time Out New York Critic's Pick, Lucas Kavner's Fish Eye is an emotional and hilarious tale about one couple's struggle to hold onto each other, without losing themselves along the way. Facing the uncertainty of life after college, Max and Anna are determined to live in the present, where their love for one another is undeniable. But when Anna starts to dream of something more, they begin to contemplate whether their relationship is enough. With profound dialogue and insightful commentary, Fish Eye puts a modern spin into the traditional chronology of romance, creating an honest and unforgettable portrait of love and relationships. Don't miss this exciting production when it makes its Midwest premiere at The Frontier in Chicago.
 
   
The Memory of Water Sep 29 - Oct 30, 2016  
Piccolo Theatre The Memory of Water
 
In order to prepare for their mother's funeral -- after her battle with Alzheimer's comes to an end -- three sisters return to their childhood home. Flooded by memories both good and bad, it's not long before old rivalries rush back to the surface. Turning to their significant others, each sister deals with these ensuing difficulties differently (and, more often than not, hilariously). The fact is, memories are often unreliable, and discrepancies in individual recollection can (and do) lead to a mixture of anguish and amusement. Originally written by Shelagh Stephenson in 1997, The Memory of Water was made into a film called Before You Go in 2002, starring Tom Wilkinson (The Best Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) and Julie Walters (best known for her work in the Harry Potter film franchise and Mamma Mia!). Now it returns to its home on the stage, at Piven Theatre Workshop.
 
   
A Walk In The Woods Sep 30 - Oct 23, 2016  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Den Theatre A Walk In The Woods
 
This Tony-nominated play follows one year of tumultuous arms negotiations between a young, hopeful American diplomat and a worldly Russian official who's seen it all before. Directed by Artistic Director Patrick Belics (Spartan productions of The Pillowman and Closer,) this show makes use of an unorthodox narrative structure to simultaneously illustrate the cold and impersonal nature of modern politics while putting a deeply human face on those who spend countless hours at the negotiation table.
 
   
Curse of the Goat Sep 30 - Nov 4, 2016  
MCL Chicago Curse of the Goat
 
Ask any Chicago Cubs fan for an explanation of their team's awful losing streak, and you're guaranteed to get the strangest answer:a billy goat. In Curse of the Goat, the ghost of legendary sports newscaster Harry Caray returns from the grave to narrate a very funny musical tale about one sports team's spooky history. Follow a group of Cubs super fans into the stands of Wrigley Field as they attempt to unravel the truth surrounding the birth of one disgruntled fan's pesky hex. Will they break the curse and take the team to the coveted World Series? Or will a deadly supernatural threat once again claim the title, along with their lives? Prepare to discover some demons in the outfield when the hilarious and terrifying Curse of the Goat comes to MCL Chicago.
 
   
The People's History of the United States Sep 30 - Nov 6, 2016  
Quest Ensemble Theatre at The Blue Theater The People's History of the United States
 
This production explores pivotal moments in U.S. history that have defined a people. Through powerful imagery, large-scale puppetry, and an original musical score as well as music from the rich American canon,The People's History of the United States moves through a series of poetic vignettes to acknowledge the past and the hope for our future. Expanded from its original 2008 version to include an original musical score and new scenes depicting events of the past eight years.
 
   
The Birds Sep 30 - Oct 30, 2016  
Citadel Theatre Company The Birds
 
In the play masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house. With the electricity out, a limited food supply, and no explanation for the bizarre natural phenomena, the tension is mounting. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own upsets the already precarious situation.
 
   
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Oct 1 - Oct 30, 2016  
Theatre Hikes at Morton Arboretum 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
 
What would you do during a zombie apocalypse? Whether you already have a fool-proof plan in place or haven't given the scenario much thought, Theatre-Hikes shares the right way to survive an undead doomsday with 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. The hilariously helpful handbook acts out various tips and tricks -- with sacrifice the weak as rule No.1 -- to make sure you come out on top (with your brain intact). Get ready to celebrate the Halloween season and learn some frightfully fun lessons at The Morton Arboretum.
 
   
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly Oct 1 - Jan 7, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
 
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.
 
   
The Defiant Thomas Brothers Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2016  
Stage 773 The Defiant Thomas Brothers
 
The Defiant Thomas Brothers bring their uncanny ability to mine laughs along the sensitivity spectrum with their no-limits sketch comedy to Stage 773. The Chicago duo garnered major attention in the sketch comedy world, winning the Best Sketch Group award at HBO's prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Ranging from old-school, Nichols and May-esque relationship scenes, to embracing the cringe-worthy, the duo skillfully breaks from the modern "political correctness" chains. Interrobang describes the group as "a surprise" saying, "[The Defiant Thomas Brothers] grabbed some well tread comedic paths and mined them so skillfully as to make them feel completely fresh and original." As for the pair's original work, "[They ended] with a musical performance that can only be described as "The Jew Song" that had the audience alternating between dropped jaws and howling laughs- and that's with a 50+ N-word chorus thrown in."
 
   
Ghost Stories Oct 1 - Nov 12, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Ghost Stories
 
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Ghost Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true spooky tales. Each performance will feature a guest storyteller to spin a scary yarn. From there, the UTG ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene.
 
   
Ouija: A Haunted History Oct 1 - Nov 12, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Ouija: A Haunted History
 
With a veteran cast of Chicago performers Ouija: A Haunted History offers an often humorous insight into actual historical characters and events surrounding the inception of a household name. Find out how the Ouija Board became the most popular tool for reaching out to the great beyond.
 
   
Pirandello's Henry IV Oct 5 - Nov 13, 2016  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pirandello's Henry IV
 
An Italian nobleman falls from his horse at a costume party and suddenly believes he is German Emperor Henry IV. While at first they play along, his friends decide that 20 years is long enough to indulge his regal fantasy, and they seek the help of a renowned psychiatrist to shock him back to reality. Re-imagined by Tom Stoppard, Pirandello's Henry IV is a gripping spiral of revelations that illuminates the distorted line between madness and sanity.
 
   
Troll the Sequel, Troll Again! Oct 5 - Nov 9, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Troll the Sequel, Troll Again!
 
The 1990 horror feature Troll 2 is so hellishly awful and yet amazingly popular that a documentary called Best Worst Movie was made to chronicle its cult status. Now the Under The Gun Theater crew takes a crack at it. The film -- and this new version of the story -- eschews the trolls completely, despite its tacked-on title, and instead tells the purportedly scary tale of an everyday family who happen to be vacationing in the town of Snilbog, when they're set upon by a hungry pack of goblins disguised as humans.
 
   
Dr. Seward's Dracula Oct 5 - Nov 6, 2016  
First Folio Theatre Dr. Seward's Dracula
 
Picking up just after the end of Bram Stoker's tale of the Prince of Darkness, DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA follows Seward as he tries to explain multiple dead bodies to the police now that Dracula is dead. The more Seward tries to plead his case, the less sure he becomes not just of his own tale, but also of his own sanity.
 
   
There's Something About Bloody Mary Oct 5 - Nov 2, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre There's Something About Bloody Mary
 
A sharp, witty revue that blends horror movie tropes with a dangerous and funny take on the female experience, There's Something About Bloody Mary is directed by Amy Anderson, head written by Dana Angelo, and comprised of original sketches from cast members Lexi Alioto, Brittany Flynn, Allison Kochanski, Adrienne Peters, Megan Stalter, and Lily Staski. From Amazons inventing the first bra to playing a game of Dracula or Date Rapist to a fourth-wall breaking theater haunting, There's Something About Bloody Mary is a fun departure from previous Huggable Riot revues and promises a killer bloody epilogue!
 
   
Wicked City Oct 6 - Oct 30, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Workshop at Edge Theatre Wicked City
 
From the creators of Broadway's Elf the Musical and The Wedding Singer comes a hilarious film noir musical comedy about Eddie Cain, a detective of the 1940's in the mold of Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade; his domineering but loving mother Mira, and Jo Van Cleave, the smoldering temptress with a secret who comes between them. This madcap send-up of film classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity features a gorgeous swing jazz score.
 
   
44 Plays for 44 Presidents Oct 6 - Nov 13, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
 
There's a stark contrast between the idealistic, revered George Washington and the more recent, polarizing presidents. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents examines how our nation's highest office has changed and morphed as each one took the Oval Office. A chronological biography of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the nation's presidency, actors celebrate their mistakes and successes, taking turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. From the humorous jabs and bits of wisdom between presidents to the tragic mishaps and blunders, audiences at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater will ponder what the presidency means and where it will go next.
 
   
Love in the Mangroves Oct 6 - Oct 27, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Love in the Mangroves
 
After a hiatus, director Frank Hunter makes a triumphant return to Hollywood, ready with the next hit song-and-dance spectacle, "Love in the Mangroves." But the year is 1959, and no one is making those films anymore. Hunter finds himself and his crew embattled in an industry where his vision doesn't fit, and a rapidly changing world where he himself may have to find a new place.
 
   
The Kid Who Ran For President Oct 6 - Nov 12, 2016  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre The Kid Who Ran For President
 
When sixth grader Judson Moon runs for President of the United States under the guidance of his campaign manager and best friend Lane, the campaign trail is turned upside down. Can Judson deliver on his promises once he is elected? This musical comedy full of hope and song brings some common sense and a rockin' pizza party to the White House, if only for a few days. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
 
   
Merge Oct 7 - Nov 13, 2016  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Merge
 
In 1978, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they have to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage, as they lose a piece of the identity that made them who they were in the first place. And what's worse... they have to start wearing socks. MERGE is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry.
 
   
Dying City Oct 7 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Comrades at Heartland Studio Theatre Dying City
 
One year after his suspicious death, a young soldier's wife and twin brother meet for the first time since the funeral. A psychological showdown erupts as the two fight to reconcile their memories with the ugly truth. DYING CITY had its world premiere in 2006 at London's Royal Court Theatre and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.
 
   
Jule Styne's Greatest Hits Oct 7 - Oct 16, 2016  
Light Opera Works at Nichols Concert Hall Jule Styne's Greatest Hits
 
The concert of Broadway, Hollywood and popular songs by composer Jule Styne includes "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "Time After Time" and "Make Someone Happy," from such shows as GYPSY, FUNNY GIRL and others.
 
   
Bare: a pop opera Oct 7 - Nov 6, 2016  
Refuge Theatre Project at Epsworth United Methodist Church Bare: a pop opera
 
bare: a pop opera had its World Premiere at Los Angeles' Hudson Theatre in 2000 and its first New York production, a two-month run at the American Theatre of Actors, in 2004. An 11-song sampler of music from the show was offered to all patrons of that run, with a full studio album recorded and released in 2007. Those recordings plus the many regional productions of the musical since have led to its development of an intensely loyal audience over the years since its original New York and Los Angeles productions. A revised version, called Bare: the Musical with more spoken dialogue was produced off-Broadway in 2012-13. The Refuge production will be of the original "pop opera" version.
 
   
The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased) Oct 7 - Oct 29, 2016  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased)
 
The story of humanity's oldest story and the man who discovered it. In ancient Sumeria, Gilgamesh, King of Uruk and two-thirds god, rules his people with cruelty and selfishness, so the gods send an equal to challenge him. In Victorian London, George Smith, working-class engraver, is hired by the British Museum and discovers the world's first great work of literature. Both will set off on epic quests, win great victories, and eventually... die. A story of ancient hubris, Victorian chauvinism, heroic journeys, mythical monsters, the meaning of life, the inevitability of death, archaeological politics, disgruntled gods, language barriers, the Great Flood, and the universality of human experience.
 
   
Starting Over Oct 7 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Starting Over
 
We all change over time, and reconnecting with an old lover is complicated. The pair of former small-town lovers in Starting Over, however, have a dramatic change to confront when they reunite in a major city. With one of them now transgendered, they must decide if they can re-spark the flames despite the changes, both physical and emotional, they've undergone. Watch this modern romance unfold at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft Oct 7 - Oct 31, 2016  
Cornservatory Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft
 
This Halloween season, Corn Productions pays the ultimate homage to classic 90's high school horror films with their frightening premiere of Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft. A horror parody tribute to such iconic films as The Faculty, Disturbing Behavior and of course The Craft, Corn Productions takes you back to school in their 8th installment of their long-running Halloween tradition. And Corn is BYOB, so you can totally drink during class!
 
   
The Medium Oct 7 - Oct 30, 2016  
Royal George Theatre The Medium
 
A rarely produced 20th-century opera gets a sparkling new production as The Medium and its tale of a phony spiritualist's supernatural comeuppance come to Royal George Theatre. Madame Flora conducts seances in her flat with the help of her daughter and a deaf-mute orphan boy she's taken in. She's a con artist who scams her clients by making them believe they are communing with the spirits of their dead children. But one day, Madame Flora really does open up the portal to the other side, and finds herself paying for her misdeeds in a maelstrom of terror and tragic violence. Full of heartfelt singing and melodramatic in all the right ways, The Medium is a must-see for Chicago opera fans, and anyone who loves eerily powerful storytelling.
 
   
Are You Still Afraid of the Dark? Oct 7 - Oct 28, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Are You Still Afraid of the Dark?
 
Just in time for Halloween, Under the Gun Theater brings a show filled with spooky surprises to the stage. Are You Still Afraid of the Dark? is a callback to the Nickelodeon show of the 1990s that haunted kids with its creepy tales. This improvised play brings you back to the woods, where "The Midnight Society" gathers to tell another tale of terror. You think you know what's going to happen? Think again and be ready to face your darkest fears during this fun and scary night.
 
   
The Burials Oct 8 - Oct 21, 2016  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre The Burials
 
Sophie is everything an upstanding young millennial should be: engaged, devoted to her family and a likely valedictorian. But her life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Thrust into the national spotlight, Sophie finds herself torn between defying the narrative being woven about her brother in the media, and stopping the father she loves from using the rampage for his own political ends. Inspired by Antigone, The Burials is a modern tale of civic responsibility and the gun epidemic in America.
 
   
Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play Oct 8  
Accidental Shakespeare at The Side Project Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play
 
Accidental Shakespeare will start off its 2016-2017 season with a staged reading of Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play, written in 1924 by Upton Sinclair, (best known for his 1906 novel The Jungle) and directed by Chris Aruffo. The play will feature company members Julia Kessler and Angeli Primlani. Hell is a fun four-act comedy, consisting of mischievous devils and fanciful angels, that criticizes the capitalist machinations of World War I and advocates socialist-based change (while not sparing socialism from satirical examination).
 
   
Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People Oct 8 - Oct 27, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People
 
Justin Hamby and Jimmy Wilson are proud to call the South home. But sometimes, they feel a little disconnected from their roots. In order to bridge the cultural divides they feel, they've created a show: "Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People." This new sketch comedy show features two Sons of the South as they reckon with the realities of rural life. With music!
 
   
Over The River And Through The Woods Oct 8 - Oct 23, 2016  
James Downing Theatre Over The River And Through The Woods
 
Nick, a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey, has dinner with his grandparents every Sunday night. When Nick is offered a promotion, fulfillment of his dreams and a new life in Seattle, how does he tell his grandparents he's leaving? Nick soon finds that telling them isn't hard, it's trying to fight off the reasons they find to keep him around - starting with the lovely and single Caitlin O'Hare. Their weekly Sunday dinners turn into a comic dance, as the entire family tries to influence Nick's choice.
 
   
Saturn Returns Oct 13 - Nov 19, 2016  
Neo-Futurists Saturn Returns
 
Neo-­‐Lab's inaugural commission during the 2015-­‐16 Season, Saturn Returns is a two-­‐year Neo-­‐Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Not content simply with looking inward, Tif Harrison and ensemble look upward and outward, offering observations on the silence and solitude of space, on the uncrossable distances between celestial bodies and the intimacy of standing next to somebody you love.
 
   
Romeo and Juliet Oct 13 - Oct 23, 2016  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Romeo and Juliet
 
The world-famous Joffrey Ballet reprises its bold contemporary version of one of Shakespeare's most beloved tragedies for its 61st season opener. This timeless story of two young lovers caught between their warring families unfolds against a striking multimedia backdrop, depicting three different political eras of the 20th century in Italy. Choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor, director of the Polish National Ballet, and first staged by the Joffrey in 2014, this vibrant modern version of Romeo and Juliet won raves, and the Chicago Philharmonic will be on hand to perform Sergei Prokofiev's powerfully dramatic score, which includes the famous "Dance of the Knights."
 
   
Thicker Than Water Oct 13 - Nov 6, 2016  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Thicker Than Water
 
In Roy Battocchio's Thicker Than Water, Aunt Gertrude thinks she can just take the family business and leave the cannoli. But when you're as close-knit and hot-blooded as the Corelli bunch, overrunning their well-established construction biz won't be as easy as she thinks. Roping in their youngest son Tommy, the Corellis use their reluctant recruit to permanently "take care of" the pushy relative. Full of hilarity, mischief and scheming, this outrageous Italian family comedy will leave you in stitches when it comes to Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.
 
   
Defending the Caveman Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2016  
Skokie Theatre Defending the Caveman
 
Defending the Caveman is the longest-running solo show in Broadway history, and now you can see the national touring production of this prehistoric relationship comedy at Skokie Theatre. A hilariously insightful look at the ways men and women relate to one another, Caveman was written by Rob Becker following a three-year informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. The situations are so real (and so funny) that you'll find yourself nudging your partner and friends when you recognize yourself and others in the show. It's the perfect entertainment for date night, girls' night, or any night.
 
   
Zombie Broads Oct 14 - Nov 26, 2016  
Factory Theater Zombie Broads
 
Maxine and Marco, and their book club 'The Zombie Broads', have all the weaponry and knowledge they'll ever need for the zombie uprising. Their daughter, Shelby, is trained for the worst, but would really like to just get a cell phone and date her secret boyfriend. Besides, zombies won't happen. It's not like a scientist is accidentally gonna do anything stupid, right? By the way, you smell really good...delicious even...you should probably run.
 
   
Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance Oct 14 - Oct 31, 2016  
Cornservatory Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance
 
This Halloween, Corn Productions is delivering a lethal dose of sketch comedy with Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance. Grab your BYO-BOO-oze of choice and join us in our long-running, wildly popular, late-night Halloween sketch show that centers around one very simple drinking game rule: drink every time someone on-stage dies. Trust us... the death toll reaches ghoulish proportions!
 
   
The Great Gatsby Oct 14 - Oct 30, 2016  
Josephine Louis Theater - Northwestern The Great Gatsby
 
An integral part of the Western canon, the classic tale tells the story of Midwest native Nick Carraway, who arrives in New York in search of the American dream. He gets thrown into the deep end of the Roaring Twenties when he gets caught up in the lavish and improbable world of a man named Gatsby, Nick's cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom. Nick bears witness to the clique's illusions, deceits and the wreckage they leave in their wake in a tale of impossible love, dreams and tragedy. Brought to life through bold and imaginative staging, the great American novel can be experienced for the first time through this production or re-experienced in an imaginative new way.
 
   
The Bottle Tree Oct 15 - Nov 20, 2016  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Bottle Tree
 
The Bottle Tree explores American gun culture through the story of a small-town girl with a dark family legacy. Allison Mason is being interviewed for a documentary about school shootings, which brings her back to her long-buried high school years in Mississippi. As the struggling, smart-mouthed sister of a school shooter, teenage Alley wrestled with forgiveness, moving forward, and the lingering questions about her brother's crime and guns in general. Finding satisfying answers proves no easier an adult-just as the ongoing debate around gun control continues to evade solution. As Alley immerses in her past, will she finally find an opportunity for hope and healing in the future?
 
   
Lucia di Lammermoor Oct 15 - Nov 6, 2016  
Lyric Opera Lucia di Lammermoor
 
In this most famous of all bel canto operas, Lucia Ashton (Albina Shagimuratova) and her family's enemy, Edgardo of Ravenswood (Piotr Beczała), are secretly in love. They exchange rings and pledges of devotion before he leaves for France. Edgardo's letters to Lucia are intercepted by her brother Enrico (Quinn Kelsey) and her tutor Raimondo (Adrian Sampetrean, Lyric debut). When Enrico produces forged "proof" of Edgardo's infidelity, Lucia unhappily submits to a politically advantageous marriage to Arturo Bucklaw (Jonathan Johnson). Edgardo bursts in on the wedding and curses Lucia, causing her to go mad and kill her husband. In despair, Edgardo stabs himself. Lucia di Lammermoor is justly famous for the vocal fireworks of Lucia's dazzling mad scene, with its spectacular coloratura singing.
 
   
The Trump Card Oct 18 - Nov 8, 2016  
Theater Wit The Trump Card
 
Daisey tells Trump's story from his earliest days, tracking him as he makes himself into a new American archetype - the very first rich man famous exclusively for being rich. Instead of dismissing Trump as a simple con artist and huckster, Daisey breaks down what makes Trump tick - and in doing so illuminates the state of our American Dream and how we've sold it out.
 
   
East Texas Hot Links Oct 19 - Jan 22, 2017  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
 
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.
 
   
Macbeth Oct 19 - Dec 4, 2016  
Theatre Y at Chopin Theatre Macbeth
 
The infamous chronicle of a Scottish hero's fall from grace, MACBETH fuses guilt, destiny, greed and raw political ambition into one thrilling tragedy. After receiving a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland, Macbeth murders the virtuous King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. Plagued by paranoia and guilt on his increasingly bloody path to glory, Macbeth must keep on killing to maintain his position.
 
   
Octagon Oct 19 - Nov 20, 2016  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Octagon
 
After Wall Street and Tahrir Square, after ISIS and the NSA, after Ferguson and Eric Garner: here come the poets. In a downtown poetry slam with a place on the team to be won, eight young poets prepare to do battle. But backstage it's all kicking off with love triangles, families to feed and wounds to rip open. And in the end, is it about winning - or finding the words that need to be said?
 
   
Little Red Riding Hood Oct 20 - Nov 5, 2016  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Little Red Riding Hood
 
Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma’s house. Will she listen to her Mama’s warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out? Little Red’s adventure is full of twists and turns, with catchy music you’ll be humming all the way to Grandma’s. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
Multitudes Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2016  
Rasaka Theatre Company and Vitalist Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Multitudes
 
When hate trumps love, everyone is a loser. In an all too possible future where the Right Wing controls the US presidency and Brexit reigns in the United Kingdom, England is in turmoil as one of its most multicultural cities awaits a visit from the Prime Minister, and one family clashes over their own internal conflicts of faith, belonging, and who gets to call themselves British.
 
   
100 Hauntings Oct 20 - Dec 2, 2016  
Free Street 100 Hauntings
 
An elevator operator named Jorge doesn't know he's dead. A passive aggressive ghost defends his territory at the corner of Division and Western. A mysterious pattern of redlined maps chokes the city into decades-long segregation. In 100 Hauntings, created by an intergenerational ensemble of performers, comedians, writers and community organizers, Free Street asks: Who-and what- is haunting Chicago? To create the performance, the ensemble facilitated over a dozen story circles in communities ranging from Englewood to Humboldt Park, asking hundreds of Chicagoans to share their personal experiences with the notion of hauntings, both literal and metaphorical.
 
   
Leavings Oct 21 - Nov 20, 2016  
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Leavings
 
Leavings follows the final days of Mama Bea, a 111 year old African American in Chicago. Mama Bea uses her last strength to unite with Governor Skinner, the white governor of Mississippi, to set to rest the spirits that haunt her family. She and the governor are both descended from a nineteenth century slave owner who left the White half of the family with a heritage of privilege and economic security and the Black half with a history of familial separation, segregation and violence. Only by uniting the White and Black sides in a ritual of reconciliation can the tortured spirits that haunt the family be put to rest.
 
   
Resolution Oct 21 - Nov 20, 2016  
Pride Films And Plays at Rivendell Theatre Resolution
 
New Years' Eve, New York City, 1892. High-society husband and wife Jack and Hannah make their resolutions for the coming year -- but when their maid discovers the happy couple's long-held secret, their lives may never be the same. Resolution is a vintage queer thriller for the modern era.
 
   
Oliver! Oct 21 - Nov 13, 2016  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Oliver!
 
Bringing Charles Dickens' novel to life, this Tony Award winner takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Young orphaned Oliver Twist navigates London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and, most important, love. When a boy named the Artful Dodger picks up Oliver on the street, he brings him to join a gang of child pickpockets, led by the conniving but charismatic Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn't commit, a kind and wealthy gentleman rescues him, to the dismay of Fagin's violent sidekick, Bill Sikes. Caught in the middle is the warmhearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill's thumb, but desperate to help Oliver. The show features such spirited, timeless songs as "As Long as He Needs Me," "Food, Glorious Food" and "Where is Love."
 
   
The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War Oct 21 - Nov 13, 2016  
Northminster Presbyterian Church The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War
 
The Institute follows the lives of four young men attending a very unique military school during the height of the Vietnam War. Watch them grow from children into adulthood as they and the world around them wrestle with the moral dilemmas of Vietnam. See their friendships tested by the strain of the war and the military draft that awaits them upon graduation. And see the roles the women in their lives played along that journey.
 
   
Dark Sisters Oct 21 - Nov 6, 2016  
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at Prop Theatre Dark Sisters
 
Dark Sisters tells the story of Eliza embarking on the perilous journey of escaping the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. Leaving the faith also means abandoning her family-including her husband, who believes himself to be a Prophet of God, and her sister wives. She longs to discover herself away from the church, where polygamy is holy and personal identity is forbidden. Can Eliza find herself and sacrifice her connections to her family and her children along the way? Can she reconcile her own revelations with those she was raised to believe are the one true way to salvation?
 
   
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Oct 22 - Jan 8, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
 
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, this critically-acclaimed Emerald City Theatre remount explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. "Dear Santa, I really hope you were watching me just now. That's all I hope. Love, Junie B. -Giver."
 
   
Thumbelina Oct 22 - Nov 27, 2016  
Lifeline Theatre Thumbelina
 
Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale comes alive in this magical musical adaptation. After growing from a seed into a miniature person, Thumbelina is worried that she's too different to ever fit in. But when a fairy prince flying on a bee suddenly appears on her window ledge one day, Thumbelina's entire world opens up. Now she's on an adventure through an oversized world meeting all kinds of fantastical creatures -- like mother Toad and her sons, a helpful swallow, Mr. Mole, Ms. Mouse and more. Filled with songs that kids are bound to love, this musical is perfect for young ones.
 
   
Chagrin Falls Oct 22 - Dec 4, 2016  
The Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theatre Chagrin Falls
 
To live in Chagrin Falls, Oklahoma is to be in the killing business. The town's major employers are a cattle slaughterhouse and a penitentiary where lethal injection is administered. Whether they work at the slaughterhouse, play preacher or guard to death row inmates, or merely offer a bed and a hot meal to those visiting the prison, each resident of Chagrin Falls makes their living off of death and captivity.
 
   
Singin' in the Rain Oct 26 - Dec 31, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Singin' in the Rain
 
In one of the most famous movie musical scenes of all time, Gene Kelly partnered with an umbrella and tap danced through puddles in Singin' in the Rain. Now all the unforgettable songs and dances -- including the show-stopping title number -- have been lovingly adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Presented at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, the show's set in the days just after the success of the first talkies, when studio execs find themselves scrambling to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a silent picture star with an iron-clad contract ... and a voice like a screech monkey. They decide to hire an aspiring actress to overdub Lina's voice -- but when the leading man falls in love with the voice-over girl, and the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, there's plenty of hilarious trouble afoot!
 
   
Betrayal Oct 26 - Dec 17, 2016  
Raven Theatre Betrayal
 
Pinter's modern classic drama concerns the nine-year affair between a London writer and the wife of his publisher and best friend. A thoughtful, rich play about a common theme of human existence - the difficulty in maintaining honest relationships with those close to us - Betrayal is known for its unique structure, it tells the story backwards in time, with the play beginning at the end of the affair and ending as the affair is about to begin.
 
   
Passion Oct 27 - Nov 27, 2016  
Musically Human Theatre at Karger Center Passion
 
A handsome army captain, assigned to a remote outpost far from his married lover, finds himself pursued by a mysterious woman with a dangerous obsession. Intimate, raw, erotic and dark, Passion explores universal yet often unspoken truths. Experience this remarkable work that many consider to be Sondheim's deepest and most powerful evening of music theatre.
 
   
Longer! Louder! Wagner! Oct 27 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Second City at Lyric Opera Longer! Louder! Wagner!
 
Longer! Louder! Wagner!, the newest collaboration between Lyric -through its Lyric Unlimited division- and The Second City, brings audiences to 1848 Germany, where Wagner first began work on the Ring cycle, to modern-day Bayreuth, the home of Wagner's personally-designed opera house. The original production hilariously illustrates the lasting effects of Wagner's massive masterpiece and the headaches an opera company might encounter trying to mount this behemoth. Note: show may contain inaccurate German accents.
 
   
Graeme Of Thrones Nov 1 - Nov 13, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Graeme Of Thrones
 
In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London's West End, avid 'Thrones' fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. He doesn't quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he's sure George RR Martin would approve - and that's what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong...
 
   
Chick Flick the Musical Nov 1 - Jan 29, 2017  
Royal George Theatre Chick Flick the Musical
 
Chick Flick the Musical delivers an evening of heartfelt female friendship and empowerment wrapped in the iconic conventions of chick flicks. With a cast of four and a live band, this original, 90-minute, no-intermission musical is the perfect girls' night out. Described in testimonials as "everything you loved about Friends mixed with everything you loved about Sex and the City," Chick Flick the Musical shows us characters and friendships that are both inspirational and aspirational -- audiences feel like they are watching themselves and their friends on stage.
 
   
Moon Shot: A Race to Space Nov 1 - Nov 20, 2016  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Moon Shot: A Race to Space
 
Seven actors squeeze onto a 21 square-foot stage nearly as tight as NASA's original Mercury capsules to recreate the story of America's Apollo 11 lunar landing. With only their bodies and voices, the astounding troupe portrays humanity's incredible journey into the unknown. From the Cold War to Sputnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings comedy and high-stakes drama in its depiction of the Space Race, one of the most daring times of human exploration. Moon Shot: A Race to Space will captivate the imaginations of young and old alike in its brave voyage at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.
 
   
Fun Home Nov 2 - Nov 13, 2016  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) Fun Home
 
One of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway, FUN HOME is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction. FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family - her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father - that connect with her in surprising new ways. Chicago Tribune raves "Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse that never lets you out of its embrace for a moment." The New York Times exclaims "The best new musical to open this season. A rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up, and will never be able to leave. WE'RE HOME."
 
   
Rutherford's Travels Nov 2 - Dec 4, 2016  
Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists Rutherford's Travels
 
Rutherford's Travels connects to contemporary issues as the protagonist is an educated, but fatherless youth. Though seeking independence, Calhoun gets trapped in gangster life. His journey aboard a slave ship forces him to confront history and his own inner demons. This is a perfect show for book clubs, history lovers, maritime buffs, and adventure seekers of all ages. Group and student pricing available.
 
   
Crazy for You Nov 3 - Jan 8, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Crazy for You
 
Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the romantic Gershwin musical Crazy for You follows Bobby Child, a New York banker with a craving for show business, who is sent to foreclose on a theatre in a small mining town. After falling in love with a local girl, Polly, he vows to put on a show to save the failing theatre. Crazy For You brings new life to memorable Gershwin tunes like "I Can't Be Bothered Now," "I Got Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Audiences will enjoy a vivacious night filled with mistaken identity, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers perfect for the whole family.
 
   
The Little Flower of East Orange Nov 3 - Dec 18, 2016  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Little Flower of East Orange
 
When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can't even tell them her name. But Therese Marie's dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son's insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace.
 
   
I Am My Own Wife Nov 4 - Dec 10, 2016  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit I Am My Own Wife
 
I Am My Own Wife is based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born Lothar Berfelde) who, against all odds, hid from the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin in plain sight dressed a woman. About Face's new production will frame Charlotte's story through a transgender lens, celebrating transvisibility through the life story of one of the most fascinating transgender women in historical record.
 
   
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Nov 4 - Dec 4, 2016  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
 
When CB's dog dies from rabies, he begins to question the existence of an afterlife. However, CB's best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation, his sister has gone goth, his ex-girlfriend has been institutionalized and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of guidance or comfort. A run-in with an artistic kid -- the target of this group's bullying -- offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two in Chicago.
 
   
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Out Of This World Nov 4 - Nov 27, 2016  
Allstate Arena and United Center Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Out Of This World
 
Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experience launches into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World transports your entire family on an unforgettable journey as the circus Star Seeker battles to bring the most spectacular and talented performers back to Earth after years in outer space. Children of all ages will be amazed by the cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns.
At Allstate Arena from Nov 4 - Nov 13
At United Center from Nov 17 - Nov 27
 
   
End of the Rainbow Nov 4 - Dec 4, 2016  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 End of the Rainbow
 
It's December 1968 and Judy Garland (Angela Ingersoll) is about to make her comeback... again. In a London hotel room, with both her new fiance (Kyle Hatley) and her adoring accompanist (Jon Steinhagen), Garland struggles to get 'beyond the rainbow' with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring many of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play with music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture.
 
   
First Lady Suite Nov 5 - Nov 27, 2016  
Circle Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre First Lady Suite
 
Michael John LaChiusa's poingent chamber musical explores the fascinating lives of the women behind some of the most powerful men in history. Through the eyes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jackie Kennedy, the audience gets a close look into their lifestyles, perspectives and relationships. Circle Theatre's production will uniquely coincide with the 2016 Presidential Election.
 
   
King Charles III Nov 5 - Jan 15, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater King Charles III
 
Called "the most insightful and engrossing new history play in decades" by The New York Times and "bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining" by The Independent, Bartett's compelling new comedy-drama blurs the line between truth and tragedy. In the aftermath of the death of England's present-day monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles ascends to the throne. His first official act is to rubberstamp Parliament's bill restricting freedom of the press, but Charles refuses in a provocative act of conscience. England is thrown into crisis, absurdly escalating with tanks guarding the palace gates. In the midst of plays for power, how will Charles rule over his once-united kingdom? Written in blank verse and sprinkled with rousing soliloquies and rhyming couplets, King Charles III invokes the heightened stakes of Shakespeare's greatest works in an inventive present-day setting.
 
   
Annie Nov 9 - Nov 13, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Annie
 
Leapin' Lizards! The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro's 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
 
   
Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley Nov 10 - Dec 18, 2016  
Northlight Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley
 
In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
 
   
The Fundamentals Nov 10 - Dec 23, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Fundamentals
 
Millie is a smart, resourceful young mother who works as a housekeeper in one of New York's premiere luxury hotels. When an opportunity to move into management gives her the chance to leave behind her blue collar life, Millie must decide how much, and who, she's willing to sacrifice to secure her family's future. A funny and scathing look at America's corporate culture, The Fundamentals examines the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams.
 
   
Electra Nov 10 - Dec 11, 2016  
Court Theatre Electra
 
Proclaiming justice, Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus murdered her husband, Agamemnon, after his triumphant return from the Trojan War. Now, many long, quiet years have passed and she cannot anticipate the judgments that will soon arrive in Argos. Her vengeful daughter Electra and son Orestes reunite and scheme to confront their mother-upholding the House of Atreus' eternal mission to balance the scales, they seek to reclaim their father's throne.
 
   
The Amish Project Nov 10 - Dec 4, 2016  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre The Amish Project
 
On October 2, 2006, a gunman walked into a one-room Amish school house in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and opened fire. In the wake of this tragedy, playwright Jessica Dickey explores forgiveness in the shadow of violence and loss. With gentle ferocity, ITP ensemble member Sarah Gise* portrays seven characters in a performance that explores forgiveness, joy, and hope in the face of tragedy.
 
   
Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Nov 11 - Jan 14, 2017  
MCL Chicago Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas
 
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Nov 11 - Jan 8, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."
 
   
Roz and Ray Nov 11 - Dec 11, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Roz and Ray
 
In 1976, Ray, a newly single parent of twin hemophiliac boys, has only one goal: keep his sons alive. His days are filled with endless trips to the hospital, rigorous testing, and frequent blood transfusions. This all changes when Ray meets Roz, an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle drug. Roz appears to be Ray's savior until the miracle turns into a nightmare. Roz and Ray tells the profound story of love, trust, sacrifice, and forgiveness between two friends. Victory Gardens Theater's Artistic Director Chay Yew (The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Death and the Maiden) pairs with playwright Karen Hartman to unearth a tragic and little-known event in medical history.
 
   
La Gringa Nov 11 - Dec 11, 2016  
UrbanTheater Company La Gringa
 
In this Obie Award-winning comedy about a young woman's search for her identity, María Elena Garcia visits her extended family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays, excited to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Upon her arrival, however, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American--a gringa-and María considers this a betrayal: If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, María concludes, then this makes her a nobody everywhere. Her journey to come to terms with who she is leads María into misperceptions and misadventures. But will an unlikely ally help her find her way to the other side?
 
   
Star Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah and John Adams Nov 11 - Dec 4, 2016  
See Every Monster LCC at City Lit Theater Star Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah and John Adams
 
The two plays, Huzzah and John Adams, historically parody popular sitcoms about a bar and its psychiatrist spin-off. The Founding Fathers stumble their way backwards into a Boston Tea Party, then celebrate the first Thanksgiving at the White House, where hilarity ensues.
 
   
Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes Nov 12 - Jan 8, 2017  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes
 
Adapted from Pauline Viardot-García's 1904 opera Cendrillon and many of her other compositions, Andra Velis Simon's musical-play is an elegantly irreverent exploration of the classic fairy tale. Here, Cinderella's version of happily-ever-after does not include acceptance by the Prince. In the actor-as-orchestra style of The Hypocrites' Gilbert & Sullivan opera work, Artistic Director Sean Graney directs this fun holiday-time show, perfect for the whole family.
 
   
Stomp Nov 16 - Jan 1, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
 
   
Turtle Nov 16 - Dec 30, 2016  
Redtwist Theatre Turtle
 
Molly has it all-a great suburban home, two cute kids, and a hard-working husband. According to what the politicians on her TV say, she is the model of the American dream. And yet, there's a sense of uneasiness in the air. When a sea turtle waddles its way into Molly's life, she and her family can't help but face the unspoken dread that has been lurking in the shadows. This charming and clever new play combines the distant echoes of timeless wisdom with an aggressively post-modern drama about our vexing present day fears.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Nov 17 - Nov 20, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
 
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. The longest-running and highest-rated television special comes to life, live on stage with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" featuring the world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour this holiday season.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2016  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 15 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score, and holiday carols. Critics call this "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare". After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2016  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition, each year The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol has been produced for over 35 years, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. With this special pre-sale offer, you have access to great seats before they go on sale to the public.
 
   
Give It All Back Nov 20 - Dec 18, 2016  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Give It All Back
 
In a swank French hotel room in the mid-1960s, an artist hides out from a world that's turned on him. As a cavalcade of familiar faces tries to break down his door, he smokes, talks, drinks and tries not to think about acoustic versus electric. But when a prime career opportunity lands on the table, he has to decide which version of himself he wants to be, and how to keep the past from bubbling up beneath him. Calamity West delivers a hilariously sardonic examination of how you hold on to your art when everyone else thinks that it's theirs.
 
   
The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular Nov 20 - Dec 30, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag at Mary's Attic The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular
 
It's 1982 and a newly sober Rip manages to land another TV special after the death of his archrival, Paul Lynde. Rip is determined to get his career back on track but can he handle the stress of a network television special and stay sober? Luckily he's got help from a cavalcade of the hottest stars of 1982! Rip pulls every trick in the book to breathe some life in the dying variety series format and save his career but soon questions if his career is worth saving.
 
   
Finding Neverland Nov 22 - Dec 4, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Finding Neverland
 
FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart" (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, "it's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR).
 
   
Disney's The Little Mermaid Nov 23 - Jan 8, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Disney's The Little Mermaid
 
Ariel lives 20,000 leagues under the sea with her royal family and father, King Triton. Despite the beauty of her aqua surroundings, the young mermaid only dreams of what lies above. During one of her top-side expeditions with her loyal companions - Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull - the turbulent waters cause some precious cargo, Prince Eric, to be tossed into sea. Ariel swims to his rescue and gets the Prince to safety. When he awakens, he has no recollection of how he got ashore. Determined to risk it all for her chance at true happiness, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula the sea witch. She uses her black magic to transform the love-struck princess into a human. But Ariel has only three days to get her true love to kiss her. As part of the deal, while on land, Ariel will not have the ability to make a sound. If she fails at her quest, her soul and her beautiful voice become the property of Ursula.
 
   
Pygmalion Nov 23 - Jan 8, 2017  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pygmalion
 
Language lovers rejoice for Shaw's most enduring and endearing critique of high society at the turn of the century. When Eliza Doolittle volunteers as the subject for Henry Higgins' exciting social experiment, the optimistic flower girl opens the door to a world more fierce and complex than the dirty London streets. Filled with wit and wordplay, Pygmalion explores what defines who we are and who we might become.
 
   
Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2016  
Underscore Theatre at Theater Wit Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera
 
Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera a dark musical comedy based on the infamous 1990's Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan "knee whack" ice skating scandal.
 
   
Uncle Philip's Coat Nov 27 - Dec 31, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Uncle Philip's Coat
 
When Matty, an unemployed actor, is given an old, decrepit coat from his recently deceased great-uncle Philip, he is unsure whether he has been given an heirloom or a heap of rags. Through his attempts to find the answer, he travels across time, territories and tragedies in an effort to uncover the history of an unfaltering dreamer. "Uncle Philip's Coat" poses larger questions of family, mythology and the inheritance of a Jewish son. How did a man who made it to the land of opportunity become a homeless wanderer, and what can he teach us about the stories that we tell to surround ourselves and keep away the cold?
 
   
Spymonkey's The Complete Death's Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Spymonkey's The Complete Death's
 
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare-75 if you count the black ill-favored fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony and Cleopatra. And then there's the pie that Titus serves his guests. Spymonkey will perform them all-sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, but always hysterically. The four "seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns" (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them. Directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths is a solemn, somber and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
 
   
The Christians Dec 1 - Jan 29, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Christians
 
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior-and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.
 
   
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 4  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Dec 6 - Dec 24, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
 
Hailed as "One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway" by The New York Times, this "dazzling" (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
 
   
The Hunter And The Bear Dec 7 - Jan 22, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Hunter And The Bear
 
The critically-acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., creators of WT's 2013 smash-hit production of The Old Man and The Old Moon, brings their considerable talents to this original tale. The Hunter and The Bear tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. When his son disappears in the woods, the search to recover him will lead the hunter, and eventually the entire community, through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and supernatural threats.
 
   
Honky Tonk Angels Dec 9 - Jan 29, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Honky Tonk Angels
 
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley's Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the score includes 30 classic country songs including "Stand by Your Man," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You," and "Harper Valley PTA." BroadwayWorld called it "a charming, foot-stompin' musical" with "a hilarious story."
 
   
The Hip Hop Nutcracker Dec 9  
Rosemont Theatre The Hip Hop Nutcracker
 
Pirouettes are replaced with popping, and Tchaikovsky's iconic score gets remixed with live hip hop interludes by DJ Boo and legendary rapper Kurtis Blow in this streetwise reimagining of the ballet masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Set in a nightclub in 1980s Brooklyn, this innovative rendition puts a charge into the holiday classic with a supercharged cast of all-star dancers, breathtaking digital scenery and an onstage electric violinist. Following its successful sold-out tour across the United States and Russia, you won't want to miss out on all the fun as this new Yuletide classic comes to Rosemont Theatre.
 
   
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
City Lit Theater Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
 
Moises Kaufman's enduring drama of Oscar Wilde's three trials for homosexual behavior in late 19th Century England will be presented through a new lens with the casting of female actors in some of the roles traditionally played by men.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 10 - Dec 30, 2016  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Discover the magic of Chicago's mysterious 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey's astounding new Nutcracker -- brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as we celebrate our beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the 21st century. An electrifying holiday tale that will leave you breathless.
 
   
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 10  
Rosemont Theatre Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
 
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is sure to get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience. Catch all the high-flying fun at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Dec 14 - Jan 8, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
The Winter's Tale Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Winter's Tale
 
In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Writing The Winter's Tale after completing his great tragedies, this is a new Shakespeare. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we move across Europe-from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy-in a story that spans fourteen years. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.
 
   
Men On Boats Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2017  
American Theater Company Men On Boats
 
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government's first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb and returning to Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis' first production as ATC's artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men On Boats takes back 1869.
 
   
Blues for an Alabama Sky Jan 12 - Feb 12, 2017  
Court Theatre Blues for an Alabama Sky
 
In the midst of the Great Depression, the creative spirit of New York's Harlem Renaissance struggles with harsher realities. Angel and Guy, emerging artists with grand dreams, live next door to the more serious and political Delia, a social worker with the goal to open a community family planning clinic. Each must face their own hardships head on, but always with hope for a better life close at hand. They search for a way to keep their dreams of love, career, and service alive in times of economic despair, and they learn that the Great Depression can't destroy the source of their creative spirit.
 
   
Wit Jan 20 - Mar 12, 2017  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Wit
 
During her final hours, Dr. Vivian Bearing, recounts her battle with cancer and struggles to accept her approaching end. Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Margaret Edson's play is a haunting tale of loss and meditation on life. In 2015, The Hypocrites were not alone in losing many beloved collaborators and friends, most of whom were taken by illness. This production of Wit will be our exploration of the complicated feelings that seized us all and an homage to those we lost.
 
   
The Baltimore Waltz Jan 21 - Feb 19, 2017  
Brown Paper Box Co. at The Frontier The Baltimore Waltz
 
When she is diagnosed with a fatal illness, Anna decides to accompany her brother Carl on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Not everything is as it seems as spies in trench coats, crazy doctors, and an ever-present stuffed rabbit begin to intrude into the narrative. Will Anna and Carl's adventure be Anna's salvation, or end in tragedy?
 
   
The Assembled Parties Jan 25 - Mar 25, 2017  
Raven Theatre The Assembled Parties
 
The Assembled Parties, which was produced on Broadway in 2013 by the Manhattan Theatre Club and earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play as well as winning the Tony for leading actress Judith Light, welcomes us to the world of a New York Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly-or perhaps by design-insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.
 
   
Faceless Jan 26 - Mar 5, 2017  
Northlight Theatre Faceless
 
Eighteen-year-old Susie Glenn is on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Suffering from the weight of her mother's recent death, Susie may be a scared teen searching for answers - or she might be a threat to national security. With a female Muslim lawyer as the face of the prosecution, perspectives shift from one moment to the next. Morals, motives and matters of faith all come into question in this riveting and timely drama from a thrilling new voice in theatre.
 
   
The Nether Jan 26 - Mar 12, 2017  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Nether
 
A young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, triggering an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination and the most basic of human desires. The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion; a beautifulescape that ultimately begs some very serious questions about responsibility, connectivity and love.
 
   
Earthquakes in London Jan 26 - Mar 4, 2017  
Steep Theatre Earthquakes in London
 
As global destruction approaches, the lives of a climate scientist and his three estranged daughters come crashing, unexpectedly back together. The wildly epic Earthquakes in London embodies the chaos of today's society, while reminding us that our very survival may depend on our connections to our families, to our communities, and to our shared world.
 
   
The Bodyguard Jan 31 - Feb 12, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Bodyguard
 
The award-winning musical based on the smash hit film, starring Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time - I Will Always Love You. Based on Lawrence Kasdan's Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London's West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.
 
   
Death of a Salesman Feb 1 - Mar 5, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre Death of a Salesman
 
The great American drama about dashed hopes and delusional optimism, Miller's timeless themes play out in the fractured Loman household where Willy is the worn out king of his castle. He's also prince of the road as a fading traveling salesman, barely clinging to reality while searching in vain for the life of his dreams, yet failing to embrace the life that he lives.
 
   
Straight White Men Feb 2 - Mar 19, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Straight White Men
 
As Ed, a widower, prepares to celebrate Christmas, he calls his three grown sons back to the family home. Games are played, Chinese food is ordered, and brotherly pranks and trashtalk distract them from the ongoing issue that threatens to ruin the festivities: when personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do? Playwright/ Director Young Jean Lee takes an outside look at the traditional father/son play narrative, shedding new and often hilarious light on a story we think we know all too well.
 
   
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Feb 8 - Mar 19, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
It's just another day in 19th Century England, and Benjamin Barker has returned home. The only thing is, it's been 15 years since the once fresh-faced barber has seen his family. He was unjustly sentenced to prison on trumped up charges by the corrupt Judge Turpin, who had his leering eyes on the barber's beautiful wife. Upon his arrival to the pie shop - where he and his family once lived above - his old friend and confidant Mrs. Lovett unravels the events of the past decade. She explains about the seduction of his wife by the Judge, which led her to take her own life. And to sharpen that pain of his loss, she breaks the news that the Judge adopted his daughter and is raising her as his own. Barker vows revenge for these atrocities and turns to the tools and skills with which he'll exact his plan: a razor and a barber chair. While the ensuing events are unfortunate for some, others - including Mrs. Lovett, her struggling pie shop and her customers - quickly prosper from the body count.
 
   
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue Feb 11 - Feb 12, 2017  
Chicago Theatre PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue
 
It's the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! For the mission, Ryder summons Chase, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, Rubble, Rocky, and the newest pup, Everest. Their mission is to rescue Mayor Goodway and help her to finish the race. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.
 
   
Monster Feb 17 - Mar 4, 2017  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre Monster
 
This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker in juvenile detention. His life has been turned upside down by his alleged participation in a robbery gone awry and now he might spend the rest of his life behind bars. As the prosecution makes its case, Steve writes his story as a screenplay, trying to understand if he's really the monster they say he is.
 
   
The House Of Martin Guerre Feb 18 - Apr 2, 2017  
The Hypocrites at Stage 773 The House Of Martin Guerre
 
In the remote village of Artigat, an arranged marriage is taking place between underage Bertrande and Martin Guerre. Unhappy with his quiet life and fertile wife, Martin leaves to explore new worlds across the ocean. When he returns years later, a changed man, he is accepted by some but accused and taken to trial for being an imposter by others. Will the real Martin Guerre please stand up?
 
   
The Scene Feb 22 - Apr 2, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Scene
 
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.
 
   
Hedwig And The Angry Inch Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hedwig And The Angry Inch
 
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is "groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time" (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Chicago by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is "the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!"
 
   
Sycamore Mar 8 - Apr 29, 2017  
Raven Theatre Sycamore
 
In this new drama by Brooklyn-based playwright Sarah Sander, Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in an unnamed Midwestern suburb. Celia is 18, a high school senior who is involved in cheerleading and the drama club. Henry is 16 and active in mathletics. Both Celia and Henry become romantically interested in their new next-door neighbor, John, who recently moved to their town from Los Angeles with his single mom Jocelyn and is also an artistic type (he's a photographer). This is not the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals - their first competition over a boy resulted in incidents which had damaging and lasting impacts on each of them. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John's affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry's parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David's reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.
 
   
The Hard Problem Mar 9 - Apr 9, 2017  
Court Theatre The Hard Problem
 
Court Theatre is proud to bring award-winning and renowned playwright Tom Stoppard's highly-anticipated new play to Chicago. His new work introduces Hilary, a young psychologist working at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. She struggles to bear the burden of her regrets as she works through a troubling issue in her research. Where does our biology end and our personhood begin? If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? Will the computer someday answer all questions psychology can ask? This "hard problem" sets Hilary at odds with her colleagues, but she prays for a miracle to lead her to the solutions.
 
   
The Most Happy Fella Mar 10 - May 7, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe The Most Happy Fella
 
Following the success of his 1950 musical comedy Guys and Dolls, composer-lyricist Frank Loesser adapted the 1924 play They Knew What They Wanted into one of the most-song-filled musicals ever written. The Most Happy Fella tells Howard's story of Tony Esposito, an older Italian immigrant and wine grower in California's Napa Valley, through over 40 songs that are Broadway show tunes in their structure but melodious and plentiful enough to fill an opera. Loesser's score is filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful splashy Broadway style numbers.
 
   
truth and reconciliation Mar 12 - Apr 16, 2017  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph truth and reconciliation
 
South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Bosnia and Zimbabwe. Five devastating conflicts, thirty years, one room and one burning question: can reconciliation be found when the reluctant truth is finally spoken? Twenty-two actors bring debbie tucker green's sixty-minute unblinking exploration of loss to life. Stories from across the world weave together in a search for justice, as victims and perpetrators alike struggle for meaning in the aftermath of crime.
 
   
By The Water Mar 16 - Apr 23, 2017  
Northlight Theatre By The Water
 
Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple's beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys' sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.
 
   
Born Yesterday Mar 22 - Apr 30, 2017  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Born Yesterday
 
Classic American underdog Billie begins to question corruption's stranglehold on the disadvantaged when she awakens to a world full of new possibilities. Playing for over 1,600 performances in its Broadway debut and earning 5 Academy Award and 3 Golden Globe nominations for its film adaptation, Garson Kanin's delightful and dangerous comedy asks who will survive the Washington political machine- brains, beauty, or brawn?
 
   
Las Meninas Mar 24 - May 21, 2017  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Las Meninas
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's beautiful, rarely-performed memory play recounts a taboo romance in the court of the Sun King Louis XIV. Nabo, an African dwarf, is delivered as a gift to the Queen Marie-Therese, and the two find a deep and unlikely connection mostly erased from history books. On the eve of her wedding, a novice nun, Louise Marie-Therese, narrates this story shadowed in gossip, intrigue, and faith.
 
   
Linda Vista Mar 30 - May 21, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Linda Vista
 
Wheeler is 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex-complicated, painful and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler is a modern misanthrope who must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
 
   
Chicago Mar 30 - Jun 11, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Chicago
 
Filled with fame, fortune, and all that jazz, this edge-of-your seat story features one showstopper after another. Join Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and all of Cook County Jail's murderess vixens for the sultry "Cell Block Tango," learn what happens "When You're Good to Mama," and watch Billy Flynn work his magic recalling how "We Both Reached For the Gun." Drury Lane Theatre's Artistic Director William Osetek and choreographer Jane Lanier, the Tony-nominated student of Bob Fosse, give a nod to the iconic Fosse flavor in this fiery new take on Chicago.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Aladdin Apr 11 - Jul 2, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Aladdin
 
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
 
   
Circle Mirror Transformation Apr 12 - May 14, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre Circle Mirror Transformation
 
When four lost New Englanders enroll in Marty's six-week community center drama class, they begin to experiment with seemingly harmless theatre games, but hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged. In her savvy storytelling, this Pulitzer-winning playwright takes you into the underbelly of the craft of acting and reveals the creative process that allows the actor to access the range of emotions that seem so intensely real on stage.
 
   
Queen Apr 14 - May 14, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Queen
 
PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Picnic May 19 - Jun 25, 2017  
American Theater Company Picnic
 
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, ATC Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one's own desire.
 
   
Parade May 24 - Jul 9, 2017  
Writers Theatre Parade
 
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative and daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïvete coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
 
   
Pass Over May 25 - Jul 2, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Pass Over
 
In this bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, two young, black men stand around on the corner-talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a white man wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. In Pass Over, pop culture, historical and religious references collide to create a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.
 
   
Native Gardens Jun 2 - Jul 2, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Native Gardens
 
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer and his pregnant wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, think they have hit the jackpot with their new home. It seems to have everything they dreamed of: a nice neighborhood, plenty of bedrooms for their growing family, outdoor space, and friendly neighbors. When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn't be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious new comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.
 
   
The King And I Jun 13 - Jul 9, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre The King And I
 
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful." Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
 
   
Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night Jun 15 - Aug 6, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night
 
The last show of the season will be a remounting of Theo Ubique's highly acclaimed original musical revue, Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, which was nominated for the 2008-2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical. Following the trials of two sailors at port in a bar in Amsterdam, we witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the musical lyricism of the Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Songs include "Amsterdam," "Don't Go Away," "Alone," "Rosa" and many more.
 
   
The Gin Game Jun 22 - Aug 22, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Gin Game
 
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, The Gin Game symbolizes life in the form of a card game in a two-act, two-character play starring Chicago theater legends, John Reeger and Paula Scrofano. In The Gin Game, Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey strike up an acquaintance and begin to play gin rummy. As the game progresses, intimate secrets of their lives are revealed and they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. With this production, John and Paula join an elite history of famous duos who have previously battled in The Gin Game, including original stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy (the 1977 Broadway production and 1981 TV movie), Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore (the 2003 PBS television special), and James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson (the 2015 Broadway Revival).
 
   
Going to a Place Where You Already Are Jun 24 - Jul 23, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre Going to a Place Where You Already Are
 
A fun-loving couple, Roberta and Joe, are avowed atheists in their golden years, moving along nicely until Roberta undergoes a serious medical diagnosis. Funny and poignant, this is an insightfully compassionate play about a senior couple navigating the land mines of their advancing years in a delightfully carefree manner, until life catches up and demands some big time decisions about faith. Featuring Kathleen Ruhl in the role of Roberta.
 
   
Hir Jun 29 - Aug 20, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Hir
 
The classic dysfunctional family drama has just crashed through into a wholly original place. Meet Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender son; and Isaac, Max's PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan. Hir's crusade to shake up the patriarchy is disarmingly funny, absurd and surprising as it looks at an American family forced to build a new world out of the pieces of the old.
 
   
Something Rotten! Jul 11 - Jul 23, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Something Rotten!
 
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's Something Rotten!, "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York)!
 
   
Lela and Co. Jul 13 - Aug 19, 2017  
Steep Theatre Lela and Co.
 
Instinct, tenacity, biting humor, and trust in the future keep Lela alive as her world closes in around her. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. is an eerily funny and enthralling story about the horrifying enterprise of war and a girl who may or may not have eaten some frosting.
 
   
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.
 
   
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!
 
   
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.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.