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Central Avenue Breakdown Jun 6  
FWD Theatre Project at Chicago Theatre Works Central Avenue Breakdown
 
In 1940's, Los Angeles the hottest place to be seen is Central Avenue, in the shadow of Hollywood where hot swing blows all night long at clubs like Jack's Chicken Basket and the Club Alabam. Brothers Bill and Jim Marcel are sax players struggling to carve out their own legacies, but first they must overcome a destructive rivalry, addiction, and tragedy before it's too late.
 
   
The SpongeBob Musical Jun 7 - Jul 10, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre The SpongeBob Musical
 
The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.
 
   
The Sound Of Music Jun 7 - Jun 19, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Sound Of Music
 
"ONE OF THE MOST LOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME" - The Stage, London The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, is coming to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The Los Angeles Times raves THE SOUND OF MUSIC is "Sparkling, fresh and lively."
 
   
Strike 3 Jun 8 - Jun 29, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Strike 3
 
Strike 3* is the story of the boy with an arm that no one believed in until he was spotted by a legendary coach. Over the course of an hour, we watch his rise to stardom and his suffering through the consequences of his skill. Written by Benjamin Vigeant and Stephen Winchell, and directed by Erica Reid.
 
   
Deathtrap Jun 9 - Aug 14, 2016  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Deathtrap
 
A hugely popular stage and screen mystery, "Deathtrap" offers skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney for comment--or has he? Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra how to plagiarize 'Deathtrap.' When Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the 'Master,' events take a sinister turn.
 
   
Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy Jun 9 - Jul 3, 2016  
Forth Story Productions at Theater Wit Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy
 
Tapped follows Mary, one of the NSA's top agents. She's smart, ambitious and in love for the first time. There's just one problem: The object of her affection is Steve, the bumbling whistleblower she's supposed to spy on. After joining Steve's quest to expose the NSA's domestic spying program, Mary is forced to go on the run-testing her limits, facing her fears and squaring off against both the severe Swiss head of WikiLeaks, Juliana, and the twisted head of the NSA, Patrick. Ultimately, Mary must answer the question: How much is she willing to give up for love and privacy rights?
 
   
Countess Bathory Jun 9 - Jun 25, 2016  
RBP Rorschack Countess Bathory
 
Alleged to have brutally murdered hundreds of servants and bathed in the blood of young women to retain her legendary beauty, Elizabeth Bathory was simultaneously a subject of persecution and a powerful political figure in 16th and 17th century Hungary. Modelled after Shakespeare's Richard III, Countess Bathory takes all the rumour and myth as fact, depicting Elizabeth as a mad tyrant fighting desperately to overcome her detractors, her political opponents, and her own dissolving grip on reality. This Elizabethan-style tragedy also focuses on the tumultuous lives of Elizabeth's abused servants, her fierce love for her husband, and the political and financial machinations of the King, Matthias II.
 
   
Girl Jesus Jun 9 - Jun 30, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Girl Jesus
 
Trying to navigate high school is tough for anyone -- especially if you're Jesus, who discovers that being a teenage girl might just be harder than spending 40 days and nights in the desert. From having an absentee father and sexually repressed mother to wondering if you're only getting invited to parties because you can turn water into wine, Girl Jesus is an uproarious musical romp that follows the typical highs and lows of one teenage lady-messiah. Can she get her crush to notice her? What is the price of popularity when she has to befriend her enemies? And how does it all play out at the Annual High Stakes Talent Show Prom? Find out as this uplifting play preaches to the beat of its own drummer at Chicago's The Public House Theatre.
 
   
The House That Will Not Stand Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The House That Will Not Stand
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley's signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching family drama filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.
 
   
An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook Jun 10 - Jul 31, 2016  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook
 
Celebrating the work of the British songwriting duo that created hits like "What Kind of Fool I Am," "Who Can I Turn To" and "Feeling Good" for the innovative musicals Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd. In addition to writing book, music and lyrics for those two West End and Broadway hits, Newley and Bricusse contributed songs including "The Candy Man" and "Pure Imagination" for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Newley, who died in 1999, also enjoyed a career as a performer, taking leads in the musicals he co-wrote with Bricusse as well as headlining many concert, nightclub and television appearances. Bricusse wrote music and lyrics for the musical films Doctor Dolittle (winning an Academy Award for "Talk to the Animals"), Scrooge and Goodbye, Mr. Chips as well as lyrics for the stage musicals Victor/Victoria and Jekyll and Hyde.
 
   
The Ben Hecht Show Jun 10 - Jul 17, 2016  
Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre The Ben Hecht Show
 
The fascinating life of Chicago newspaperman turned legendary playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht takes center stage in Grippo Stage Company's world premiere of THE BEN HECHT SHOW, written and performed by James Sherman and directed by Dennis Začek. Based on Ben Hecht's books A Guide For the Bedevilled and A Child Of the Century, in which Hecht confronts his own identity as an American Jew in the wake of the Nazi Holocaustc
 
   
Make Me a Song Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
Eclectic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Make Me a Song
 
The deeper truths of life can sometimes only be mined through music. Take an entertaining trip through the hilarious, touching, and personal songbook of composer-lyricist William Finn, whose musicals and revues include Falsettos, A New Brain, Elegies, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Finn is a seven-time Drama Desk Award nominee and the winner of two Tony Awards. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
 
   
Crash Course Show Jun 10 - Jun 24, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Crash Course Show
 
What happens when you take two solo acts and put them on stage together for the first time? Either magic or catastrophe, but either way, it's funny! And with the audience participating, anything can happen... and does. In a comedy scene full of stand-up, improv and sketch, "Crash Course Show" shakes up the traditional elements of comedy by smashing them together ontstage for an experience that can't be anticipated or repeated, giving the audience a special moment in time that belongs only to them and the actors onstage.
 
   
The Dark Ages: Otho the Great Jun 10 - Jun 25, 2016  
Unity Lutheran Church The Dark Ages: Otho the Great
 
Frank Farrell presents his adaptation of John Keats's only full-length play, retitled The Dark Ages: Otho the Great, based on the life of Otto I, German king in 936 CE and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. The production depicts the tragic fate of Otho's valiant but hotheaded son Ludolph, whose unfaithful lover and her scheming brother induce him to rebel against his father and persecute his innocent cousin. The show runs 2 hours with one intermission.
 
   
The Way She Spoke Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Way She Spoke
 
When an actress enters an empty warehouse to read for a role in a new play about the missing and murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she embarks on an expedition through the broken roads of a city with far more questions than answers. With thousands of women disappearing every year, who is responsible for these crimes? The Way She Spoke: A Docu-mythologia is a daring solo-performance piece pulling from hundreds of interviews collected down a rabbit hole of drug cartels, ex-convicts, unsavory reporters and resilient women. Isaac Gomez's honest, thought-provoking production makes its debut at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. When The Way She Spoke hits the stage, you'll be asked: "What lies in the shadows of telling a story that isn't yours?"
 
   
The Secret Garden Jun 10 - Jul 2, 2016  
Lake Forest Theatre at Gorton Center The Secret Garden
 
Lake Forest Theatre's Managing Artistic Director is excited to direct the inaugural season opener, THE SECRET GARDEN. The musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel The Secret Garden originally premiered on Broadway in 1991 and earned a Tony award that same year. The enchanting musical follows 11-year-old orphan Mary Lennox on her return to Yorkshire from India. She returns to live with her reclusive uncle and ill cousin. Mary explores the grounds of her new home to discover a magic garden. There she finds spirits from her past that offer guidance for her new life. The tale of forgiveness and renewal plays out with beautifully haunting melodies. This Lake Forest production impressively has a 15-piece live orchestra to accompany the unbelievable performance.
 
   
Bars And Measures Jun 10 - Jul 17, 2016  
Prop Theatre Bars And Measures
 
We meet two brothers. One a classical pianist. The other a jazz bass player. One a Christian. The other a Muslim. One living in freedom. The other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music. A beautiful journey through faith, family, melody and time.
 
   

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