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Motown The Musical Apr 22 - Jul 13, 2014  
Ford Oriental Theatre Motown The Musical
MOTOWN tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. The music that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat has finally arrived on Broadway and will launch its national tour in Chicago.
Hit The Wall Apr 22 - Jun 29, 2014  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Hit The Wall
"Hit the Wall," written by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff, transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."
Juno Apr 23 - Jul 27, 2014  
TimeLine Theatre Company Juno
Juno is a musical based on the 1924 classic Irish play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey. Originally produced on Broadway in 1959, Juno has never been produced in Chicago, until now. This epic story is a humorous and heartbreaking chronicle of the Boyle family, a destitute household struggling under the strain of the Irish Civil War in 1922. Juno Boyle, the fearless matriarch, holds her family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her husband Jack's drinking problem. When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved. But as they fight to rise above Dublin's political and social unrest, they must face the tragic truth of their lives. TimeLine is pleased to introduce Chicago to this tale of survival, told through honest and powerful anthems such as "I Wish It So," "We're Alive" and "One Kind Word."
Sleeping Beauty Apr 23 - Jun 7, 2014  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Sleeping Beauty
In a faraway kingdom, the vengeful sorceress Magenta casts an enchanted curse on the beautiful Princess Amber. Sleeping Beauty's spell can only be broken by her true love's first kiss before time runs out. Prince Hunter must overcome his fears as he scales the mountains, sails the dark sea and battles a dragon to prove his love to Princess Amber. The captivating and colorful fairy tale features a soaring score and lively choreography.
Emma Apr 23 - May 25, 2014  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 Emma
Dead Writers Theatre Collective presents playwright Michael Bloom's exciting new adaptation of Emma, Jane Austen's beloved comedy of manners about the perils of finding love. It's the ever-relatable story of the young Emma Woodhouse, a well-meaning but disaster-prone matchmaker, who ignores her own romantic feelings for her lifelong friend and eligible bachelor Mr. Knightley while setting out to find a suitor for a friend. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to a bevy of comical complications.
Chicken Little Apr 23 - Aug 15, 2014  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Chicken Little
Sing along with Chicken Little, and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Loosey Goosey, and Foxy Loxy as they journey to tell the king the news. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
Lay Me Down Softly Apr 23 - May 25, 2014  
Seanachaí Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Lay Me Down Softly
Early 1960s. Delaney's Traveling Roadshow tours the Irish countryside with bumper cars, bearded ladies, rifle ranges and the main attraction: the boxing ring. The Roadshow invites all comers to fight them to win a prize. Theo, the iron fisted patriarch, struggles to keep his crew in line and when his long abandoned daughter arrives, the patchwork family is thrown against the ropes.
Mill Fire Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2014  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Mill Fire
Sally Nemeth's MILL FIRE takes audiences to Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1978. As the town struggles to mourn the loss of several factory workers in a terrible accident, widow Marlene refuses both the pressure to grieve as convention dictates and the blood money offered by the mill's owners. With an ever-shifting temporal landscape that shapes the story through flashback and memory, a Greek chorus of fellow widows, and emotionally charged familial subplots, MILL FIRE examines the many definitions of sorrow and the complexities of moving on.
Vatzlav Apr 24 - May 24, 2014  
Trap Door Theatre Vatzlav
Mrozek's Vatzlav is a spoof of the rights of humankind or a manual on what NOT to do with your freedom!
Anton in Show Business Apr 24 - May 18, 2014  
20% Theatre Company Chicago at Zoo Studio Anton in Show Business
This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they're whisked through a maelstrom of "good ideas" that offer unique solutions to the Three Sister's need to have life's deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of "putting on a play" at the turn of the century.
Avenue Q Apr 24 - Jun 29, 2014  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20- somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
The Sound of Music Apr 25 - May 25, 2014  
Lyric Opera The Sound of Music
Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain Von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the Von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "the Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater.
Hair Apr 25 - Jun 29, 2014  
American Theatre Company Hair
Greenwich Village. 1967. During the most tumultuous year in our nation's history, a group of young hippies explore sex, love, and rock 'n' roll while fighting for civil rights and the end of the war in Vietnam. Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and author James Rado return some original 1967 off-Broadway material for this unique Chicago version of the controversial rock musical that forever changed the American theatre.
Ragtime Apr 25 - May 11, 2014  
Big Noise Theatre Company at Prairie Lakes Theatre Ragtime
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime the Musical is a powerful portrait of life in early 20th century America, as well as a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the musical intertwines the stories of three distinctly American families-- from upper-class New Rochelle, Harlem and Ellis Island-- as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.
Death Defying Acts Apr 25 - May 18, 2014  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Death Defying Acts
Death Defying Acts is a comedy triple bill, three rings of fun under the Big Top: David Mamet’s An Interview is a mystifying interrogation in which a sleazy lawyer is forced to answer difficult questions and admit the truth about “the lawnmower.” In Hotline by Elaine May, a neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline, only to reach an overwhelmed counselor during his first night on the job. And, in Woody Allen’s Central Park West, a well-to-do psychiatrist gets thoroughly soused before confronting her best friend, who is having an affair with her husband. Performances are April 25–May 18, 2014.
Cyrano Apr 25 - May 18, 2014  
Filament Theatre Cyrano
French nobleman Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a magnificent Mount Everest of a nose blocks his path to true love. The tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano's words to woo the beautiful Roxane - but is she falling for Christian's looks or Cyrano's heart? From Parisian balconies to bloody battlefields, Cyrano is a lightning-paced romance of duels, poetry, panache, sacrifice - and one enormous nose.
Cabaret Apr 25 - May 25, 2014  
Citadel Theatre Company Cabaret
Still the sexiest of the great American musicals, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret comes vividly to life at Citadel Theatre. This acclaimed musical revolves around the romantic intrigues of cabaret singer Sally Bowles, young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and other denizens of the seedy Kit Kat Klub, amid the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power in 1930s Berlin. Played out with commentary from the club's darkly comic Emcee, the show's memorable songs include the title tune, along with "Willkommen," and "Tomorrow Belongs to Me."

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