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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 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.
 
   
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2014  
Chicago Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
Before its opening in New York in 2015, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will dazzle Chicago audiences with a magnificent production that brings together the best elements of a new cirque show, a Broadway musical, a Christmas spectacular and a family holiday show all in one. Watch in disbelief as snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa perform elaborate production numbers, soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, astounding illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of enchantment.
 
   
A Nativity Story Dec 18 - Dec 28, 2014  
Congo Square Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Nativity Story
 
Nativity holds a sacred place in the hearts of those who have been touched by it. It reminds us of what is important during a time, when the reason for the season can get cloudy. Nativity is the perfect example of extreme measures being used in a time of extreme circumstances.
 
   
The Pirates of Penzance Dec 18 - Feb 7, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
 
An 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts The Hypocrites' production of The Pirates of Penzance has quickly become a non-traditional holiday favorite. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. The beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts a lot longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way it's a rollercoaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
 
   
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 18 - Dec 21, 2014  
Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? A funny and heartwarming show, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol shows another side of Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own chains, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own.
 
   
Evening of Expression Dec 19 - Dec 21, 2014  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Evening of Expression
 
Chastity Washington combines her seasoned stand-up routine with a dramatic performance, capturing the voices and stories of several different women in a variety of circumstances, and then delivering her comedy act in the second half of the show. Washington's performed at clubs and colleges nationwide, and was the only female finalist at a 2011 Bay Area comedy competition. She's also a gifted mimic, who's landed spots on BET's Comic View and HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and notched several appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival. She staged her well-received show Evening of Expression in her hometown of Milwaukee as well.
 
   
The Merry Widow Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2014  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium The Merry Widow
 
Everyone's after her money and Hanna, the saucy widow, knows just how to make them dance to her tune! The famous lost fan, constant flirting and mistaken identities create the most popular Viennese operetta of all time...filled with waltzes, can-cans and dreamy melodies.
 
   

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