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RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles  
Bank of America Theatre RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
 
As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
   
Red Handed Otter  
A Red Orchid Theatre Red Handed Otter
 
Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he's got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul's work buddies try to cheer him up. In this comedy by one of New York's hottest emerging playwrights, Paul's friends' awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him may just prove that some comforts only come on four legs.
   
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
   
The Royal Society of Antarctica  
The Gift Theatre The Royal Society of Antarctica
 
The Royal Society of Antarctica, follows Dee (Aila Peck) as she returns to her birthplace at the blindingly bright McMurdo Station in Antarctica to work as a janitor and seek answers to her mother's disappearance in this wonderfully weird and touching new play perfectly suited to The Gift's intimate space.
   
Rule of Three: One Suggestion to Rule Them All  
MCL Chicago Rule of Three: One Suggestion to Rule Them All
 
Three veteran improv teams will take one audience suggestion at the top of the show, then put their own distinct form and style into it. Buffalo , a musical improv team that is coming off a 5 month run at the Annoyance Theater; Brouhaha , a twowoman puppetmusical team of Chicago Comedy AllStars Stacey Smith and Katie Dufresne; and Switch Committee a team whose reputation is known for playing at hyperspeed will join together to create a vastly different, yet interwoven show which will be filled with musical improv, puppets, and hyper play.
   
The Salts  
The Inconvenience at Flat Iron Arts Building The Salts
 
Drawing inspiration from live music experiences, The Salts is a brave foray into the infusion of contemporary dance with the spirit, prowess and the explosive performances of iconic frontmen. The Salts perform a set of high-velocity dances to distorted guitar, driving bass lines, wild vocals and heart-thumping drum beats. An exercise in engaging the audience outside of the typical: instead of seats, expect a standing room only venue that allows everybody close access to the action.
   
Scissortail  
Adapt Theatre Productions at Redtwist Theatre Scissortail
 
Scissortail tells the story of Gavin, an Oklahoman forced to deal with the traumatic affects the Oklahoma City Bombing had on his life, twenty years after the event. Told through conversations between Gavin and his best friend Sarah, recorded conversations with Timothy McVeigh, and thematic dream sequences, Scissortail confronts the theme of loss in a unique way and sheds light on one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in American history.
   
Scotland Road  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Scotland Road
 
When a young woman is discovered adrift in the north Atlantic, seemingly a survivor of the Titanic, an obsessed aristocrat must decide if she is for real or an elaborate fraud. Scotland Road examines the power of secrets and the yearning to be something that you're not.
   
The Secret Garden  
Court Theatre The Secret Garden
 
After a vicious cholera outbreak in the British Raj claims the lives of both her parents, ten year-old Mary Lennox is sent back to England to live at her estranged uncle's estate. Orphaned and alone, Mary finds herself haunted not only by the ghosts of her own past, but by those of her melancholy uncle, Archibald Craven. As Mary begins to find her way through her uncle's maze of secrets, she makes an incredible discovery that unlocks a wellspring of hope and renewal for them both. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book and adapted from the beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden reunites Artistic Director Charles Newell and Music Director Doug Peck (Caroline, or Change; Carousel; Porgy and Bess) for this exquisitely beautiful musical about hope blooming from the darkest of places.
   
Sense and Sensibility  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Sense and Sensibility
 
Jane Austen's deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood-two sisters whose fortunes change following their father's untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.
   
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice  
Silent Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice
 
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice willed itself into existence through patience and chance mostly, and perhaps a dash of audacity. Inspired by a dreamt adventure, this blend of music and theatrical storytelling, this bubbling cauldron of creativity, has a metamorphic nature. Performers, musicians and even context change as the show grows more aware of itself, transcending its origins as it evolves.
   
Shell Theory, An Existential Musical  
CIC Theater Shell Theory, An Existential Musical
 
When it is scientifically proven that the entire universe only exists in the dream of a sleeping turtle, humanity must grapple with the fear (and the fun!) of futility. The show opens just as this crazy revelation is leaked to the public and tracks the fallout within political circles, family dynamics, and sensationalist media.
   
Shining Lives: A Musical  
Northlight Theatre Shining Lives: A Musical
 
It's 1922 and the young women of Chicago's Radium Dial Company are living a dream- earning good wages and beaming with new-found independence. After years of hand painting watch dials, the so-called "harmless" radium that provided for so much joy leads to tragic results. Four courageous women upend their lives with a determination to change the future in this compelling new musical, the transcendent tale of heroic lives that glowed with promise.
   
Side Man  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Side Man
 
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Tony Award-winner for Best Play Side Man is the heartbreaking story spanning three decades of a splintered family as told through the eyes of Clifford (Michael Mahler*), the only son of Gene (Michael Ehlers), a jazz trumpet player, and Terry (Kate Buddeke*), an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. In Side Man "The joy and despair of the musicians is skillfully illustrated," according to Variety.
   
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
 
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
   
Sounds So Sweet  
Black Ensemble Theater Sounds So Sweet
 
Featuring music from the girl groups of yesterday to today, Sounds So Sweet is a musical journey with songs from Destiny's Child, En Vogue, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Supremes, and the Andrews Sisters - just to name a few. The music is delivered through the Harris family as they come together to reminisce and prepare for the final celebration of their beloved Grandstine. True to the Black Ensemble Theater style, this story is full of hope, love, and reminders of the great contributions that girl groups have made to the American Song Book of Soul.
   
Stars and Gripes  
The Public House Theatre Stars and Gripes
 
Laughter is the best medicine, especially when you've seen the darkest side of humanity. "Stars and Gripes," presented by The Veterans of Comedy, is a sketch show written, directed and performed by seven young men and women who have served in varied branches of our armed forces. With a twist of humor, they are telling their difficult stories, bringing to the stage their personal experiences of training for and being at war, and what unexpected aftermath awaited them when they returned home.
   

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