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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Nov 28 - Dec 20, 2015  
Provision Theater Company The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The first book in Barbara Robinson's popular Herdmans series, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, introduced the world to the six "worst kids in the world." This hilarious and heartwarming comedy, adapted for the stage by Robinson herself, follows the delinquent Herdman children, who attend church for the first time because they're told there will be snacks. Over the rest of the town's objections, the ne'er-do-wells are cast in the Christmas play -- a sure-fire recipe for disaster. A song-filled celebration of the holiday season's transformative power, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is delightful time for the whole family.
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Jan 3, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.
A Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Dec 24, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
A timeless holiday favorite, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns in the Metropolis' annual production, which has been delighting audiences since 2001. Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. The production features an adaptation of Dickens' classic by resident playwright Scott Woldman with musical arrangements by Micky York. York directs a cast of mainly local actors as well as Jerry Miller as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Christmas Dearest Nov 28 - Jan 2, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Christmas Dearest
T'was the night before Christmas and MGM's biggest star, Miss Joan Crawford, is filming the title role in "Oh Mary," a splashy new musical biography about The Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Poor Joan needs a drink. And a REWRITE! Jesus has all the best lines, the costumes aren't sexy at all, and the guy playing Joseph is a big clumsy oaf! If they will just do it Joan's way maybe she can salvage the picture. Join Handbag as Joan visits her shady past, her appalling present and her eye-popping future - in a tale of glamorous redemption set to music.
Robin Hood and Maid Marian Nov 28 - Dec 29, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre Robin Hood and Maid Marian
Legend's most heroic outlaw comes to Strawdog this holiday season in an all new production with Forks and Hope. The archer, his band of outlaws and his love, Marian, take the audience on a swashbuckling adventure in this family-friendly world premiere.
The Heir Apparent Nov 29 - Jan 17, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Heir Apparent
Staged by Tony Award-winning director John Rando, this cheeky romp is another hilarious retooling of a classic from acclaimed playwright David Ives, creator of Chicago Shakespeare's wildly popular The School for Lies and A Flea in Her Ear. Young Eraste has it all-good looks, a beautiful fiancee and the prospect of a sizable inheritance from an elderly uncle. There's just one snag: the uncle won't die and he has bequeathed his entire fortune to someone else. Whatever will the young man do? Hilarious rhyming couplets and contemporary slang abound as seventeenth-century bawdiness is catapulted into the twenty-first.
The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue Nov 29 - Dec 27, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue
"The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue" presents a seasonal comedy show packed full of talent, excitement and the worst gingerbread cookies in the world. In a theater experience straight out of yesteryear, the assembled cast puts on a melodrama titled "The 12 Games of Christmas" or "How a Town Pined for a Tree." The story is of Carol Christmas, a brave park ranger who must protect the largest Christmas tree in the nation against her resort owning nemesis who has set out to destroy it. While the action unfolds, the vaudevillian players tap dance, tell jokes and profess their love to classic Holiday song! "The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue" is full of pratfalls, music, running gags, and dancing guys and gals. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll boo, you'll cheer at high-drama thrills and the winter chills.
A Rocky Mountain Christmas Nov 30  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Rocky Mountain Christmas
A family holiday tradition comes to life in A Rocky Mountain Christmas as Jim Curry performs the music from John Denver's many Christmas Music collections. Memorable melodies that speak to the heart of the holidays like "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night," along with John's own "Christmas for Cowboys," "Noel, Christmas Eve," "Aspenglow," and "The Peace Carol." Enjoy these songs along with John's all-time hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," and "Back Home Again," as Jim Curry and his band perform in this heart-felt seasonal show.
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 1 - Feb 21, 2016  
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.
The Lion King Dec 2 - Jan 17, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Lion King
Experience the phenomenon as it once again leaps onto the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff Dec 2 - Jan 3, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, POTTED POTTER is perfect for the entire family.
Barney the Elf Dec 2 - Dec 20, 2015  
The Other Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
Yando Lopez and Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright star in this musical parody of Elf. After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his bigoted rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home for being different from the others. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theatre Center.
Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical!
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! a one-hour musical adaptation! Chicago Kids Company's Holiday Classic returns for the 16th Year! Our biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time. Join the new Elf Class of 2014 as they try to find the missing "list" in time for Christmas. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
Domesticated Dec 3 - Feb 7, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Domesticated
Politician Bill Pulver faces the cameras to stumble his way through a carefully crafted apology as his wife Judy stands stoically behind him…but what is she REALLY thinking? We are about to find out in Bruce Norris’s wickedly funny, unpredictable play about a marriage burst apart by a sex scandal. This scathing, wildly entertaining play investigates gender politics, modern marriage and the sexual mysteries of the animal kingdom.
A Kokandy Christmas Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
Theater Wit A Kokandy Christmas
There's no Christmas like A Kokandy Christmas, a brand new holiday production by the acclaimed resident company of Theater Wit. Featuring five of Chicago's brightest musical theater talents -- Emily Grayson, Christina Hall, Garrett Lutz, Jaymes Osbourne and Sasha Smith -- A Kokandy Christmas is a mix of stories and songs, sprinkled with new musical arrangements of new and old favorites by Michael Potsic and Aaron Benham. Settle in and make yourself at home for a family-sized portion of holiday cheer!
Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps Dec 3 - Dec 27, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps
With the imminent release of The Force Awakens this winter, the world is once again descending into Star Wars mania. Many people may be tempted to watch the first six movies in order to prepare for this latest installment. Under The Gun Theater will be offering a better way for fans to catch up before the big release with their unauthorized parody recap show, Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps. The show covers the plot of all six movies, compressing them into a single hour of comedy. It features light sabers and blasters, puppets and a surprising variety of ways for female characters to braid their hair.
Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 3 - Dec 6, 2015  
Pendulum Theater Space Steampunk Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens meets Jules Verne ("the Father of Science Fiction") in EDGE Theater and Steampunk Chicago's inventive reimagining of the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Set in fanciful Victorian England, mechanized ghosts tell of the fate of a world without Christmas. In this land of industry, populated with strange machines powered by gas, gears and electricity, Scrooge comes to realize that the best investment man can make is in mankind. Witness the revolution of a soul when Jared McDaris' Steampunk Christmas Carol swings into Chicago's Pendulum Space.

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