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We currently have video previews for 31 shows that are now playing or coming soon to the Chicago area.


50 Shades! The Musical Parody  
Broadway Playhouse
 
50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY is the hilariously naughty satire that explores the steamy relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as seen through the eyes of a trio of girlfriends at a book club meeting. As the women devour the novel, the character's delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. After all, who needs staid book club fare when a book like this can be so...stimulating. This laugh-out-loud musical features a sassy original score, including such songs "Open Your Book," "I Don't Make Love," and "There Is A Hole Inside Of Me."

 

 

   
   
All My Sons  
Raven Theatre
 
Miller's play masterfully combines a postwar setting with themes that date back to Greek tragedies into a drama that remains timeless. Joe Keller is a 60-year-old businessman who, knowingly or unknowingly, sold faulty parts for fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force, resulting in 21 crashes and the deaths of dozens of airmen during the war. The son of Joe's former business partner, who was convicted of negligence for those actions while Joe was exonerated, accuses Joe of falsely shifting blame to his partner. The accusation creates a rift between Joe and his son Chris, who is engaged to the partner's daughter.

 

 

   
   
Amazing Grace  
Bank of America Theatre
 
AMAZING GRACE is a world premiere musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world's most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change. Don't miss the Amazing Grace musical in Chicago.

 

 

   
   
Animal Farm  
Steppenwolf Theatre
 
George Orwell's revolutionary masterpiece comes to the stage with Steppenwolf for Young Adults' world premiere adaptation of Animal Farm. After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones's farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It's all working pretty well until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. Animal Farm illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

 

 

   
   
At Last: A Tribute To Etta James  
Black Ensemble Theater
 
Jackie Taylor's musical pays tribute to the life and work of the Grammy Award-winning R&B, country, soul, blues and jazz singer.

 

 

   
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre
 
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.

 

 

   
   
Bingo's Birthday  
Emerald City's Little Theatre
 
You are invited to the birthday party of a very special dog, and Bingo is his name-o! Everything is ready, but Farmers Pickle and Tickle can't find the guest of honor. Is he near or far? Up or down? Over or under? Explore the farm and help find Bingo in this intimate, theatrical celebration. This unique experience places you and your little ones in an interactive and magical playground where anything goes. A theatre experience specially designed for ages 0 to 4

 

 

   
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

 

 

   
   
The Book Of Mormon  
Bank of America Theatre
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.

 

 

   
   
Both Your Houses  
The Greenhouse Theater Center
 
Stunningly timely, Both Your Houses captures the charm and fervor of the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and hit television series The West Wing, while simultaneously challenging the plausibility of change a la The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight. In a non-partisan approach, Anderson addresses many of the issues that Congress faces today including the functionality of Congressional committees, the limits of Presidential power, and even women's reproductive rights.

 

 

   
   
A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre
 
For 37 years, Charles Dickens' holiday classic has delighted Chicago audiences; the production has hosted seven directors, 32 Tiny Tims and eight Scrooges, who've snidely delivered nearly 23,000 "Bah Humbugs!" A Christmas Carol is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship.

 

 

   
   
Churchill  
The Greenhouse Theater Center
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.

 

 

   
   
Cinderella  
Cadillac Palace Theatre
 
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.

 

 

   
   
The Cryptogram  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet's rarely produced masterpiece, The Cryptogram, celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Profiles Theatre. Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace as this gripping play journeys back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing - when the sheltering world suddenly reveals itself as a place full of dangers. One late evening in 1959, a young boy sits waiting up for his father in anticipation of their camping trip. While his mother urges him to go to sleep, a family friend tries to entertain them or perhaps distract them. Mamet re-creates a child's terrifying discovery that the grownups speak in code - a code that may never be breakable.

 

 

   
   
Danny Casolaro Died For You  
TimeLine Theatre Company
 
This thriller is based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter investigating high-level corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. A year into uncovering information, Casolaro was found dead in a Virginia motel room, his arms slashed more than a dozen times. The authorities called it suicide, but a host of conspiracy theorists-and the House Judiciary Committee-disagreed. Casolaro's recovered notes detailed his plan to expose several major players behind numerous clandestine activities, including the Iran hostage situation, Nicaragua arms-for-drugs deals, and much more. Playwright Dominic Orlando-a cousin of Casolaro-pulls the curtain back on Danny's journey and the ultimate price he paid trying to find the truth.

 

 

   
   
Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale  
Broadway Playhouse
 
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family's holiday and twist your Christmas.

 

 

   
   
The Gravedigger  
First Folio Theatre
 
Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, who has a penchant for haunting tales and drama, worked on the script for THE GRAVEDIGGER for five years. He first read Frankenstein in high school and found it so engaging that he wanted to continue the story. His plays have been described by American Theater Magazine as "....infused with an idiosyncratic sense of humor, but he never shies away from darker emotions."

 

 

   
   
I Love Lucy Live On Stage  
Bank of America Theatre
 
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!"

 

 

   
   
Isaac's Eye  
Writers Theatre
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.

 

 

   
   
It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
The Greenhouse Theater Center
 
From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center. Critics called this production "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare."

 

 

   
   
King Lear  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
 
King Lear is Shakespeare's most towering achievement, a wrenching story of endurance, love, loss and reconciliation. An aging monarch obscured by the shadows of dementia resolves to retire and divides his kingdom among his three daughters. The unexpected consequence of losing everything that defines him is shattering-a reminder that even the most powerful among us can be undone. The brilliantly versatile actor Larry Yando takes on the monumental title role, marking his twenty-third production with Chicago Shakespeare.

 

 

   
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

 

 

   
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.

 

 

   
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!

 

 

   
   
Newsies  
Bank of America Theatre
 
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.

 

 

   
   
The Night Alive  
Steppenwolf Theatre
 
The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by-kind of: he is crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick scenes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama-by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.

 

 

   
   
Pippin  
Cadillac Palace Theatre
 
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Magic To Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."

 

 

   
   
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Legends  
Allstate Arena and United Center
 
Feast your eyes upon living legends as mythological and historical creatures come to life in Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's circus spectacular. LEGENDS, the 144th edition of the "Greatest Show on Earth," brings joy to children of all ages. Some of the most amazing entertainers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder as they summon the mythical and mysterious, including a unicorn, Pegasus and a woolly mammoth. It's an unforgettable evening of epic proportions, and by the end of the show, you will believe in the unbelievable. At Allstate Arena from Nov 6 - Nov 16. At United Center from Nov 19 - Nov 30

 

 

   
   
Supernatural Chicago  
Castle
 
"Is it real? Or isn't it?," marvels the Chicago Tribune. So will you, when you experience this funny and slightly creepy one-man show by Neil Tobin, Necromancer that explores the true stories of Chicago's paranormal past, and brings them to life for the audience through interactive demonstrations of psychic magic. It all takes place in the landmark (and reputedly haunted) Excalibur nightclub.

 

 

   
   
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
Stage 773
 
One of Sondheim's most beloved pieces, based on the Victorian era serial, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical is a spine-chilling masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity telling the tale of London barber Benjamin Barker (Porchlight Artistic Associate David Girolmo). Torn from his family and exiled for 15 years on a miscarriage of justice, Barker returns home to a city as corrupt as when he left. Hell-bent on revenge after learning the agonizing fate of his wife and daughter, he assumes the guise of Sweeney Todd and takes up his razors to dish out a brutal recipe of justice with the help of infatuated and enterprising meat pie-maker Nellie Lovett (Porchlight Artistic Associate Rebecca Finnegan). Sweeney Todd is the latest collaboration between multi-Jeff Award-winners Michael Weber and Doug Peck who, together, brought Pal Joey and Assassins to the Porchlight stage, both productions being nominated for the Best Production - Musical Equity Jeff Award.

 

 

   
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.