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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.
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.
Krampus! Oct 31 - Dec 13, 2016  
Ghostlight Ensemble at Underground Wonder Bar Krampus!
Mrs. Murray is looking forward to one final Christmas together as a family before her eldest daughter takes off to New York City with her boyfriend. And what could be more perfect than spending the holiday with her bickering family in a remote cabin in the Wisconsin woods during a snowstorm with a Christmas demon on the loose? Nothing says Christmas like abject fear.
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  
Ford Oriental 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.
Dirty Butterfly Nov 3 - Dec 10, 2016  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church Dirty Butterfly
dirty butterfly follows Jason and Amelia as they continue to learn about Jo, their mutual neighbors' dark and compelling world. Through paper thin walls, fragments of all three lives come to light causing a blur of voyeuristic confessions and confrontations of the violence they cannot escape.
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.
Shrewish Nov 4 - Nov 20, 2016  
Artemisia at Edge Theatre Shrewish
Adapted and directed by Barbara Zahora, SHREWISH is a sexy romp through a wild night, as street-smart sweethearts pull the ultimate gender "switcheroo." Petruchio, a woman of color, tames Kate, a man, with a little hustle from her shady, beautiful crew. Shakespeare's battle of the sexes takes on a whole new meaning with a terrific cast featuring Dan Wilson, India Gurley, Savanna Rae, Danielle Davis, Veronda Carey and Mary Ann de la Cruz playing multiple roles.
Cosmic Events Are Upon Us Nov 4 - Nov 26, 2016  
Waltzing Mechanics at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Cosmic Events Are Upon Us
After the Romanovs were toppled and replaced by the Soviet Union, they were reviled as oppressors of their people and upholders of an outmoded oligarchy. But they didn't start that way. Cosmic Events takes the audience on a staggering journey alongside the Romanovs as they stumble through leading a country, gaining the trust of their people, losing a World War, abdicating the throne, and living in confinement.
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.
Deer And The Lovers Nov 5 - Dec 4, 2016  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Deer And The Lovers
Qiana and Peter take a romantic weekend getaway to New Hampshire only to find that a deer has crashed through the window and died. Things really go off the rails when Peter’s brash sister, Marnie, and her daft husband, Felix, show up unannounced. The dead deer, a mysterious animal control officer, and nightfall in the forest expose the harsh truths of each lover's life. DEER AND THE LOVERS is a bold new farce about being lost in love, lost in the woods, and forging a new path when life veers off track.
The Nutcracker Nov 6 - Dec 28, 2016  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
The House Theatre of Chicago brings holiday cheer with its fifth annual return of their all-original, family-friendly The Nutcracker. The House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.
The Trump Card Nov 8  
Theater Wit The Trump Card
Theater Wit will present its own production of The Trump Card, one-night-only, Election Night, Tuesday, November 8 at 8 p.m. The evening will feature top Chicago actors Elizabeth Ledo, Joe Foust and Steven Strafford performing Daisey's monologue as part of a special election return watching show and party with an open bar underwritten by an anonymous donor (not Donald Trump).
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.
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories Nov 9 - Dec 28, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
Join us as these hilarious and smart stories come to life onstage with a fresh twist. Stories you think you remember from your youth will never be the same after seeing this satirical parody. You will laugh all the way home!
Girl Found Nov 9 - Nov 12, 2016  
Cornservatory Girl Found
A 17-year-old Detroit girl who mysteriously went missing four years ago turns up in a youth shelter in Canada, with no memory of where she's been. Inspired by true life events, Girl Found explores how perceptions can be distorted in the desperate pursuit of primal love. This play comes to Chicago's Cornservatory to ask one important question: Who are you if you can't remember your past?
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.
The Nutcracker Nov 11 - Dec 30, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Nutcracker
Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of The Nutcracker has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now this annual holiday favorite comes to Lincolnshire in an all-new musical adaptation. The story tells the tale of a young girl named Marie, who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. Featuring Tchaikovsky's beloved score, this dazzling one-hour production at the Marriott Theatre is perfect for kids of all ages.
After The Dance Nov 11 - Dec 18, 2016  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre After The Dance
Part social comedy, part tragedy, After the Dance explores the crumbling façade of the Mayfair party circuit in 1930s London. With one war over, and another fast approaching, David and Joan Scott-Fowler are determined to exist in a state of idealistic, inebriated bill; but when the young Helen Banner pierces through the hedonism, David and Joan are forced to confront the truths around them, with devastating consequences.
One Boppa: Two Acts Nov 11 - Dec 18, 2016  
Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre One Boppa: Two Acts
Directed by Matt Rieger, One Boppa: Two Acts concerns three step sisters, portrayed by Meredith Lyons, Vicki Walden and Julie Williams, who share a father as well as arguments over his flaws and the merits of dogs, not to mention the mystery parent of their youngest sibling's love child.
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.
[Trans]formation Nov 15 - Dec 17, 2016  
Nothing Without a Company and the Living Canvas at Flat Iron Arts Building [Trans]formation
[Trans]formation is devised entirely from the works of, and performed by, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and non-binary artists. Designed and directed in the style of The Living Canvas, nude performers embody the expressive power and diversity of the human form clothed by projections to reveal, instead of conceal, every body's beautiful possibility.
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.
A Christmas Story: The Musical Nov 16 - Dec 18, 2016  
Citadel Theatre Company A Christmas Story: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical is a brilliant rebundling of Ralphie Parker's hilariously desperate quest for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 shot range model air rifle into a musical sure to become every bit the holiday favorite as the movie that preceded it. All of your favorite highlights are here - the Old Man's leg lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole, the bunny suit, and all of Ralphie's extravagant daydreams! Bring the whole family to see this holiday classic in a new way with this Tony-nominated Best Musical.
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.
Hedda Gabler Nov 18 - Dec 17, 2016  
Red Theater Chicago at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Hedda Gabler
Newly married and returned from her honeymoon, Hedda finds herself ensnared by social circumstances and surrounded by reminders of her oppression. Her attempts to manipulate her oppressors and reclaim personal agency only serve to reveal the inescapability of her plight.
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.
Winterset Nov 19 - Dec 23, 2016  
Griffin's Theatre at The Den Theatre Winterset
A rare revival, in keeping with the Griffin's work to explore lost plays like London Wall and Men Should Weep. Inspired by the infamous murder case of the 1920s when the Italian anarchists and immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were arrested, convicted and electrocuted despite the insubstantial evidence against them. Anderson's 1935 poetic verse play follows a young man's quest to prove his father's innocence years after he was executed for a murder he may not have committed Winner of the first New York Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Play.
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'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.
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Nov 25 - Dec 27, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a 1940's radio broadcast. With the help of the signature 40's sound-effects, actors bring us Capra's unforgettable story. George Bailey lives his life selflessly, always putting others before himself. Wanting nothing more than to leave his hometown of Bedford Falls and see the world, George's unwavering loyalty keeps him in the small town. Down on his luck on Christmas Eve, George considers if his family would be better off if he had never been born and with the help of an angel looking to earn his wings, George discovers just how much he has influenced the small town of Bedford Falls. A touching and timeless story for the whole family.
Jeeves Intervenes Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2016  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Jeeves Intervenes
British author P.G. Wodehouse became one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century for his iconic duo of feather-brained gentleman Bertie Wooster and his resourceful, long-suffering valet, Jeeves. Now, Wodehouse's trademark wit comes to the stage of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in ShawChicago Theater Company's staged reading of Jeeves Intervenes. When his Aunt Agatha forces Bertie to cancel his holiday to the French Riviera, it's only the beginning of his troubles. Now he's stuck attending a family reunion while Agatha attempts to engineer his engagement to the overbearing Gertrude. Meanwhile, Bertie's school chum Eustace is about to be sent to a tragically respectable job in India. Now, it's once again up to Bertie's trusty manservant, Jeeves, to save the day.
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?
The Christmas Schooner Nov 30 - Dec 31, 2016  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy.
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.
A Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
A fresh take on the Dickens classic and Metropolis tradition. A narrator takes us through the Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, relentless in his pursuit of money, taking very little joy in life and consumed by work alone. Scrooge cares nothing for the less fortunate and is cruel to his loyal employee Bob Cratchit. Ebenezer is visited by three ghosts, showing him the errors of his past, the reality of the present, and the gloom the future may hold.
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.
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. What better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio, where a cast of actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who has given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge on Christmas Eve, ready to end it all. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him all the lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it. See this beloved American tale re-imagined at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue! Dec 2 - Dec 23, 2016  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue!
Blow off some of that seasonal steam with The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue! These ladies and funnymen from Chicago's famed Second City have made it an annual end-of-year tradition to bring their festive hilarity to Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre in the heart of downtown Aurora. In a theater that intimate, you're never more than 70 feet from all of Second City's laugh-out-loud skits, naughty songs and street smart ad libs.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth Dec 7 - Feb 19, 2017  
Lookingglass Theatre Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth
Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spell-binding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. Fairytales disappear from the pages, characters are utterly forgotten, and Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever.
The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge Dec 8 - Dec 23, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Works The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge
From Tiny Tim to the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future, all of the beloved characters from A Christmas Carol finally get their chance to tell Scrooge what's coming to him in words that Charles Dickens never even knew. Straying far from certain local productions of Dicken's holiday classic, this irreverent and raucous show is the perfect anecdote for those who prefer a little more spice and a little less nice to their x-mases.
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  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at 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 Magic Flute Dec 10 - Jan 27, 2017  
Lyric Opera The Magic Flute
Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You'll meet the evil Queen of the Night - with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias - and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart's music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages
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.
The Temperamentals Jan 13 - Feb 18, 2017  
Theater Wit The Temperamentals
THE TEMPERAMENTALS chronicles the founding of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the U.S., and the love affair of two of its founding members, Harry Hay and emigree Rudi Gernreich. Taking its title from 1950's slang for "homosexual," Maran's play examines what it took to stand up in the sea of grey flannel suits and demand your humanity, your visibility and your rights.
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.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Feb 2 - Mar 18, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. is a comedic, existentialist romp that focuses on the misadventures and confused musings of two minor characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are shown in the moments between their brief appearances in the play. As the main characters meet their fates onstage, the two courtiers try to reconcile their "everything will work out" attitude with the growing realization that sometimes fortune has another ending in mind. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1968, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
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.
Peter and the Starcatcher Jul 13 - Aug 20, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Peter and the Starcatcher
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
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.
Escape to Margaritaville Nov 9 - Dec 3, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Escape to Margaritaville
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full time charmer who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.