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The Nutcracker Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Since premiering in 1987, Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker has become America's favorite Nutcracker, touring coast to coast more than any other. This beloved holiday masterpiece for the whole family features the entire ballet company, plus local children's choruses, young dancers and the Chicago Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's famous score live. It's the magical tale of young Clara, whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker comes to life and brings her to a fantastic winter wonderland. With larger-than-life scenery and entertaining storytelling, Joffrey's performance is an evening of pure enchantment and a glorious holiday tradition.
 
   
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Dec 5 - Dec 14, 2014  
Albright Theatre Company The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 
In this hilarious and heart-warming Christmas tale, Grace and Bob Bradley take on the church Christmas pageant. Enter the Herdman kids - probably the most awful kids in history! The Herdmans add their own flare to the Christmas story and Grace has her hands full thinking that the Herdmans will certainly ruin the pageant. Or can they help make this the best Christmas Pageant ever?
 
   
Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens
 
"Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens" is a sketch show for the skeptics, scientists and wonderers of the world. Four characters who "would rather be alone than spend another minute with their racist Aunt Linda" look to the stars to find the cosmic relevance of our age-old traditions, and find their places with their families as humans grapple to find our place in the universe. "Alone For The Holidays" is dedicated to Carl Sagan.
 
   
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sugarplums? Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Do Androids Dream of Electric Sugarplums?
 
The year: 2170. The day: December 25th. The holiday: absolutely not Christmas. Since The Benevolent Android and Robot Overlords took control of Earth and enslaved humanity, Christmas has been outlawed. Every year, in place of Christmas, humans are forced to visit their district's RoboSanta. Instead of asking for presents, they must beg for their lives. Most RoboSantas are programmed to be ruthless and cold, but RoboSanta 437.2 has a glitch- he loves Christmas- human Christmas.
 
   
Anna Bolena Dec 6 - Jan 16, 2015  
Lyric Opera Anna Bolena
 
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Anna Bolena, Gaetano Donizetti's moving retelling of the tragic, true story of Anne Boleyn. A once-beloved queen, Boleyn fell from grace at the hands of her unfaithful king, Henry VIII, who sought to betray her in order to bring his mistress Jane Seymour to the throne. Condemned to death by the man she once trusted above all others, Anne accepts her fate and tumbles into madness as she awaits her unjust execution. Renowned soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title character with passion and verve as Donizetti's bel canto gem build to one of the most gripping confrontations in all of opera -- the moment when Queen Boleyn realizes Jane has become her arch-rival, and faces off with her.
 
   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 7  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
An authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha's magical toy cabinet are new for 2014 as the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Rosemont for the holiday season. All the wonder and beauty of this stunning production is back as well, with the gorgeous Swarovski crystal-laden costumes, life-sized matrushka dolls, 10-foot tall silk puppets and a special "Dove of Peace" formation, where two dancers become one bird with a 20-foot wingspan. This is your chance to see the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and pirouettes as they tell the heartwarming tale of Masha meeting her prince.
 
   
I Love Lucy Live On Stage Dec 9 - Dec 14, 2014  
Bank of America Theatre I Love Lucy Live On Stage
 
I Love Lucy Live On Stage returns to Chicago for one week only. An "out-of-body experience for 'Lucy' fans" according to Showbiz Chicago, I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE takes audiences back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY episodes, "The Benefit" and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined." A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called "television," the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America's favorite foursome - Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel - are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It's a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide's William Keck calls "the most entertaining stage production I've seen in years - including Broadway!"
 
   
Newsies Dec 10 - Jan 4, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre Newsies
 
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
 
   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 10 - Jan 3, 2015  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
Everyone knows Scrooge and Mr. Potter, but can the holiday spirit work its magic on everyone's favorite man of mystery? Now in a fully realized stage version, Raven Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle. With a dash of Christmas intrigue and a heap of good will, Raven's holiday offering is fun for the whole family!
 
   
The Mikado Dec 11 - Feb 7, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Mikado
 
One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved comic operas, The Mikado is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where the emperor has made flirting a capital offense. Into the town comes a wandering minstrel, who quickly falls for Yum-Yum, a beautiful young woman who is betrothed to another. The Japanese setting allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to slyly mask their commentary on contemporary British society while serving up their trademark mix of complications and merriment. A smash hit when it played at the Chopin Theatre and Steppenwolf's Garage, this production from The Hypocrites is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors.
 
   
Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance Dec 11 - Dec 27, 2014  
Cornservatory Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance
 
It's the most wonderful time for a beer at Corn Productions as we present Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance. Now in its fourth year, the beloved holiday show blends original sketch comedy and drinking games... with a twist of holiday cheer. The Rockettes ain't got nothin' on this BYOB holiday blowout! Get blitzed with Blitzen. Rowdy with Rudolph. Drunk with... Santa. Make this a December to vaguely remember.
 
   
A Streetcar Named Desire Dec 11 - Dec 21, 2014  
Pulse Theatre Company Chicago at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage A Streetcar Named Desire
 
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams most acclaimed work, is coming back to Chicago stages in a new, bold and daring production directed by Aaron Mitchell Reese and Christopher Jackson. This gut-wrenching tug-of-war centers around the brute Stanley Kowalski's struggle to maintain the power in his household from the mentally fragile Blanche Dubois. In a romanticized realistic take on Williams' work, the highly diverse cast personifies the melting pot of New Orleans' relatively warm and easy intermingling of races. This marks the first production Pulse Theatre Company Chicago.
 
   
Feliz Navidachi Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2014  
Stage 773 Feliz Navidachi
 
Feliz Navidachi explores the holiday family ties, tribulations, and celebrations of Los Improviachis, a rag tag band of improvising mariachis, through a long-form improvised mariachi musical with fun audience participation. Los Improviachis enriches the "mariachis at the restaurant" experience by bringing it to the stage and incorporating the audience interaction into the storytelling being performed. The music, lyrics, choreography, and scene work is improvised.
 
   
Frosty's Shakes and Dogs Dec 12 - Dec 28, 2014  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Frosty's Shakes and Dogs
 
It's almost Christmas, and "Frosty's Shakes -N- Dogs" is rockin' with holiday cheer but the hustle and bustle of happy customers has annoyed Jack Frost, and he concocts a plan to steal the holiday spirit. Will Christmas be ruined? Find out in this original holiday musical about friendship and forgiveness.!
 
   
Burning Bluebeard Dec 13 - Jan 4, 2015  
The Ruffians at Theater Wit Burning Bluebeard
 
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2014  
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your whole family.
 
   
Cinderella Dec 16 - Jan 4, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Cinderella
 
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements - glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a surprisingly contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who is eager to develop a world view. She doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.
 
   

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