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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
 
   
A Christmas Carol Dec 10 - Dec 11, 2016  
Ignite Theatre at Catalyst Ranch A Christmas Carol
 
Ignite Theatre presents A Christmas Carol like you've never experienced before. This interactive, immersive new take on the holiday classic brings the audience along on a 1 hour tour through the unique and creative rooms of The Catalyst Ranch. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the beloved story from dancing all cares away at The Fezziwig Ball to helping Mrs. Cratchit prepare her house for an unforgettable Christmas feast. Bring your whole family along and make a day celebrating the holiday season here in Chicago.
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Dec 14 - Jan 8, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
The Winter's Tale Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Winter's Tale
 
In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Writing The Winter's Tale after completing his great tragedies, this is a new Shakespeare. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we move across Europe-from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy-in a story that spans fourteen years. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 17 - Dec 18, 2016  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
With eye-popping costumes, stirring choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score played by the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will enchant the entire family. This annual holiday ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. McAninch Arts Center is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved ballet that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 18  
Chicago Tap Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tidings of Tap!
 
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a new version of its venerable Holiday offering at a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, just in time for Tidings' 10th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of co-producer the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time CTT is adding a light narrative about a young girl (played by Russian Rhythmic Gymnast Master Dasha Merkulov) as she goes on a journey through the wintry woods. While audiences hear many of their favorite seasonal tunes, they also experience an array of performances including a guest appearance by the stilt concert dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and an opportunity for local tap performers to join the Holiday production*.. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun."
 
   
Die Fledermaus Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2017  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium Die Fledermaus
 
Husband and wife meet at a party neither is supposed to be attending -- and he unwittingly woos his disguised mate. Johann Strauss' ode to champagne and indiscretion features many famous melodies loved the world over.
 
   
The Second City's Holidazed Dec 28 - Dec 31, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Holidazed
 
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and Black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully The Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of all things holiday. Put your turkey baster down and bring the whole family to laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!
 
   
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.
 
   
The Sundial Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2017  
City Lit Theater The Sundial
 
It's the evening of the funeral of Lionel Halloran, master of Halloran House. Was Lionel's mysterious death from a fall down stairs murder? Lionel's widow, Maryjane, believes it was the work of Lionel's mother, Orianna, who will now inherit the ornate estate with a strange sundial in the middle of its grounds. This eerie and suspenseful 1958 novel by the author of The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle will be brought to the City Lit stage in a World Premiere adaptation written and directed by Paul Edwards, who previously adapted Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House for City Lit.
 
   
Eurydice Jan 6 - Feb 11, 2017  
Promethean Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Eurydice
 
Whisked down to the underworld on her wedding day, Eurydice tries to make sense of her memories and her passions, and poignantly reconnects with her long-dead father, even as her heartbroken groom seeks to wrench her back into the life she left behind. Ruhl's atmospheric play combines off-kilter, playful comedy with a wistful yearning for meaning and human connection. The New York Times' Charles Isherwood, in reviewing the play's 2007 production at New York's Second Stage Theatre, called it "a weird and wonderful new play."
 
   
Her America Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Her America
 
Lori hides in a Midwest basement as the world upstairs spins out of her control. Below the fray, she searches through the artifacts of her own history. She finds an imposing steamer trunk, a wedding dress, and a host of other relics that force her to confront where it all went astray. Was it the day she married Dan? The morning a stranger from her past reappeared? Or the night she put a secret in the trunk, changing her family forever? A deeply American mystery told entrancingly by award-winning actress Kate Buddeke, Her America will leave you breathless as each piece of her story comes out of the cellar, and into the light.
 
   
Psychonaut Librarians Jan 11 - Feb 12, 2017  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Psychonaut Librarians
 
The library is closed. The curtains are drawn. A Bunsen burner flicks on in the dark. The librarians sip their glowing elixir and the room spins with color and light. One more time. One last fight at the barrier between reality... and the anyverse.
 
   
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 Library Jan 12 - Feb 4, 2017  
Level 11 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Library
 
The Library tells the story of Caitlin Gabriel, who survives a deadly shooting at her high school. She struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The Library is a bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth, and the lies that claim to heal us.
 
   

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