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Motown The Musical Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Motown The Musical
 
It began as one man's story... became everyone's music... and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
 
   
UniverSoul Circus Oct 4 - Oct 29, 2017  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
UniverSoul Circus is a tour de force of circus artistry from around the world. A big-top spectacle of global proportions, the 2017 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch UniverSoul Circus when it raises its Big Top at Chicago's Washington Park.
 
   
Hard Times Oct 4 - Jan 14, 2018  
Lookingglass Theatre Hard Times
 
A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through. Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.
 
   
The Skin Of Our Teeth Oct 4 - Nov 12, 2017  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Skin Of Our Teeth
 
Meet the Antrobus family: American suburbanites George and Maggie, their talkative maid Sabina, and their children Gladys--and Cain! This redoubtable family narrowly survives one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from environmental catastrophes, to refugee crises, to military conflicts--and all by the skin of their teeth. Join the amazing journey of fortitude, fate, and hope that is human life, in Thornton Wilder's epic vaudevillian tragicomedy.
 
   
The Invisible Hand Oct 5 - Nov 11, 2017  
Steep Theatre The Invisible Hand
 
An American banker has been taken hostage by an isolated militant group in Pakistan. When his ransom goes unpaid, his only hope is to trade on his expertise in international finance to earn his way to freedom, whatever the cost. The Invisible Hand is a geo-political thriller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar.
 
   
Billy Elliot the Musical Oct 6 - Nov 19, 2017  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Billy Elliot the Musical
 
Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film "Billy Elliot" and features music by Elton John with book and lyrics by the film's screenplay writer Lee Hall. Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story set in an English mining town during the miners' strike of 1984-85. Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.
 
   
Rigoletto Oct 7 - Nov 3, 2017  
Lyric Opera Rigoletto
 
Rigoletto, Verdi's masterpiece of 1851, presents a magnificent, deeply moving characterization of a hunchbacked court jester consumed by bitterness and revenge. Rigoletto is the father of Gilda, who is seduced and abandoned by the licentious Duke of Mantua. Sparafucile is the assassin hired by Rigoletto to murder the Duke; Maddalena is Sparafucile's seductive sister; and Count Monterone's curse on Rigoletto initiates the drama of the opera.
 
   
The Crucible Oct 7 - Oct 21, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Crucible
 
The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Fearing retribution, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until neighbor turns against neighbor, whispers become testimony, fabrications become facts, and a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate of all those around her. As the hearts of the townsfolk become poisoned, even John Proctor, a principled farmer and family man, must wrestle with a corrupt court and his own transgressions to protect his innocent wife and his family's good name.
 
   
Les Miserables Oct 11 - Oct 29, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
 
   
The Jackie Mason Musical Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2017  
Skokie Theatre The Jackie Mason Musical
 
Based on a true story, The Jackie Mason Musical begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie - a renown 46 year old Comedian, (played by David R. Gordon), spots twenty-something Ginger (played by Jackie's own daughter - comedian Sheba Mason - who's playing her own mother). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier (Coleen Tutton), and a hilarious cast of off-beat characters. Soon Jackie is wooing her each winter whenever he's in South Florida churning up laughs with the South Beach set. The trouble is, Jackie is also wooing Trixie (Megan Gill), a ravishing young Rascal House server, and Rosa - a senior Rascal House server with attitude - a fact that sends Ginger into romantic distress. Popular entertainer Scott Gryder rounds out the cast as a disgruntled fan. After ten years, she becomes pregnant, Jackie denies his paternity just as stardom re-emerges, while still yearning to be with her, and a complicated relationship begins, including Sheba's own love for the man she knows is her father and whom she wishes she knew. The original score includes "Ode to the Early Bird Special" and "I Never Met This Yenta", written by Ginger Reiter, the girl in the eye of the comedic storm.
 
   
Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair - The Jackie Mason Musical Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2017  
Skokie Theatre Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair - The Jackie Mason Musical
 
Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair:The Jackie Mason Musical, begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie - a renown 46 year old Comedian,(played by David R. Gordon), spots twenty-something Ginger (played by Jackie's own daughter - comedian Sheba Mason). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier, and a hilarious cast of five. Soon Jackie is wooing her each winter whenever he's in South Florida churning up laughs with the South Beach set. The trouble is, Jackie is also wooing Trixie - a ravishing young Latina Rascal House server, and Rosa - a senior Rascal House server with attitude - a fact that sends Ginger into romantic distress. After ten years, she becomes pregnant, Jackie denies his paternity just as stardom re-emerges, while still yearning to be with her, and a complicated relationship begins, including Sheba's own love for the man she knows is her father and whom she wishes she knew. The original score includes "Ode to the Early Bird Special" and "I Never Met This Yenta", written by Ginger Reiter, the girl in the eye of the comedic storm.
 
   
A Swell In The Ground Oct 13 - Dec 10, 2017  
The Gift Theatre A Swell In The Ground
 
In intimate rooms throughout New York and Michigan, four friends from college fight through 17 years of love affairs, shattered dreams and compromised lives. Flipping back and forth through time like a photobook, this play-whose title is from a line of Emily Dickinson poetry- is equally breathtaking and heartbreakingly spare as Olivia, Nate, Abagail, and Charles try to reconcile the lives they imagined with the lives they live.
 
   
Amarillo Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Amarillo
 
Amarillo tells the story of a man who departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas-but vanishes before reaching his destination. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the other thousands of faceless men and women who have taken the same path-and for those who were left behind. Combining stunning multimedia projections, visceral imagery and poetic storytelling, the production is a rich theatrical meditation on the harsh realities faced by immigrants and their families. Amarillo is performed in Spanish with projected English translation.
 
   
In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play Oct 20 - Dec 17, 2017  
TimeLine Company at Stage 773 In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play
 
A story of awakening, equality, and the need for connection that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the 1880s and Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light has begun to change the fabric of daily life. Inspired by Edison's discovery, scientist and inventor Dr. Givings creates a piece of machinery to treat the increasingly common affliction of female hysteria. When he starts to see a new patient regularly, his wife's curiosity with the invention and what occurs "in the next room" grows, leading to discoveries of her own. This intimate and humorous story of self-discovery debunks the expectation of sexuality as a dirty word and shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself.
 
   
The Days of Commune Oct 20 - Nov 26, 2017  
Prop Theatre The Days of Commune
 
Brecht's last play, The Days of Commune, was written for the opening of his new theater, The Berliner Ensemble, following the complete devastation of World War II. Portraying the struggle of both ordinary Parisians and the novice Commune legislature in a time of revolutionary change, Brecht's play seeks a way to think beyond defeat. About The Days of Commune, Prop Thtr Artistic Director Stefan Brün said, "This epic is filled with song and fiery passions for our time."
 
   
Arnie The Doughnut Oct 21 - Nov 26, 2017  
Lifeline Theatre Arnie The Doughnut
 
Arnie, a loveable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut are drawn into a sugar-fueled existential crisis as they work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome President of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on a zany quest to prove that he's more than just delicious - and that friends come in all shapes and sizes - in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved series by Laurie Keller. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
 
   
Newsies Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Newsies
 
Inspired by the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899, 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 the newspaper publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to fight them. With music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast) and book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots), this recent Broadway smash is a high-energy musical thrill for the whole family!
 
   

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