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A Christmas Carol Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.
 
   
Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits Nov 17 - Dec 22, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits
 
This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Bring the family to Citadel Theatre in Chicago's Lake Forest neighborhood for a show that'll warm your heart and put you in a holiday frame of mind.
 
   
The Pearl Fishers Nov 19 - Dec 10, 2017  
Lyric Opera The Pearl Fishers
 
Bizet's captivating 1863 opera, The Pearl Fishers, is beloved by audiences everywhere for its score, which includes the most popular tenor-baritone duet in opera. The libretto and music conjure up a particularly exotic locale: ancient Ceylon, where the priestess Le´la is loved by both the fisherman Nadir and Zurga, king of the pearl fishers. The travails of this love triangle lead to disaster when Zurga believes himself betrayed by Le´la and Nadir.
 
   
Swan Lake Nov 19  
Athenaeum Theatre Swan Lake
 
Ever since it premiered in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has continued to enchant audiences, inspiring countless performances and earning a reputation as "the ballet of all ballets." Now, with spectacular sets, glittering costumes and the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, the Russian Grand Ballet brings this beloved classic to Chicago. Swan Lake tells the hauntingly beautiful story of young lovers Siegfried and Odette, who's been captured by an evil sorcerer and transformed into a swan. Siegfred only has a short time to save his beloved before she's cursed to remain a swan forever, but standing in his way is the sorcerer's daughter, the beguiling black swan Odile, who comes to tempt and distract him away from his quest. Featuring premier dancers from some of Russia's elite choreographic schools, this stunning full-length production graces the stage of Athenaeum Theatre.
 
   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov 21 - Dec 3, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
 
   
Puff: Believe It Or Not Nov 22 - Jan 7, 2018  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Puff: Believe It Or Not
 
An honorable and romantic cavalry officer returns to the salon society of 1840s Paris to find his countrymen addicted to exaggeration, dissimulation, fakery, and just downright lying. French master Eugene Scribe's forgotten gem, in a brilliant new translation by Ranjit Bolt, is packed full of elegant plotting, quirky characters, and sharply barbed wit, delightfully skewering the worlds of letters, politics, and finance.
 
   
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles) Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2017  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles)
 
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles), written and performed by Mitchell J. Fain, pulls together a host of holiday stories from the audience along with his own autobiographical war stories about how family, drunks, jewelry, funerals, 250 performances and the holiday spirits collide.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2017  
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer
 
Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Back for its 17th run, David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the middle of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception.
 
   
Barney the Elf Nov 25 - Dec 31, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
 
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner elf." After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 2  
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.
 
   
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 3  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Jan 28, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Turandot Dec 5 - Jan 27, 2018  
Lyric Opera Turandot
 
Turandot (1926), the final work of Puccini's career, showcases the composer's magnificent melodic outpourings (including the tenor's celebrated "Nessun dorma") and reveals Puccini at his peak as a creator of exotically beautiful orchestration. Taking place in ancient Peking, the story centers on the icy Princess Turandot, who will marry the prince who answers her three riddles correctly, but any suitor who fails is put to death. Calaf is the unknown prince who falls in love with Turandot at first sight and, victorious in the riddles, challenges her to learn his name. Calaf is loved by the slave Li¨, who serves his father Timur, the exiled Tartar king. The lighter side of the opera is contributed by Turandot's three lively ministers - Ping, Pang, and Pong.
 
   
Gobsmacked Dec 5 - Dec 10, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse Gobsmacked
 
Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice. Featuring the reigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping.
 
   
Wicked Dec 6 - Jan 21, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Wicked
 
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Don't miss Wicked Chicago.
 
   
BLKS Dec 7 - Jan 21, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre BLKS
 
Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
 
   
Peter Pan Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2018  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Peter Pan
 
Join the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan, along with his pals the Lost Boys and the mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and try to save the three Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- from the menacing pirate Captain Hook. All it takes is a sprinkling of pixie dust to begin their magical journey across the stars. This beloved family classic includes the songs "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Neverland," with a 26-piece orchestra providing live accompaniment. Fly away with the gang at Cahn Auditorium courtesy of Music Theater Works.
 
   

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