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All Childish Things Jan 23 - Feb 24, 2019  
First Folio Theatre All Childish Things
 
In ALL CHILDISH THINGS, a group of life-long friends and Star Wars fans come up with the perfect caper: break into the Kenner warehouse and steal a treasure trove of Star Wars memorabilia. Everything starts off as smoothly as a Jedi mind trick until the Dark Side starts to beckon. Will divided loyalties and greed lead their friendship to implode like the Death Star or will the Force be with them?
 
   
Infinity Burns Jan 23 - Feb 20, 2019  
Prop Theatre Infinity Burns
 
Infinity Burns about the 17th century monk Giordano Bruno who introduced the idea of the infinite universe. The show melds conventional playwriting with ensemble-devised movement work to mirror the convention of the inquisition and the freedom inherent in an infinite universe. The questions it asks center on the dichotomy between consensual reality and heightened experience and orthodoxy versus heresy.
 
   
Nina Simone: Four Women Jan 24 - Mar 2, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Nina Simone: Four Women
 
In the aftermath of 1963's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with "Four Women," her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Powerful anthems such as "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" followed, fueling the Civil Rights movement and transforming her public persona from songstress to activist. Celebrate Ms. Simone's lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Mickey's Search Party Jan 24 - Feb 10, 2019  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Mickey's Search Party
 
Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook's treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney Pixar's Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace. Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below. Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men and the audience for a daring rescue in Andy's room. Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka. And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration.
At Allstate Arena: Jan 24-27
At United Center Jan 30 - Feb 3
Back At Allstate Arena: Feb 7 - Feb 10
 
   
Red Rex Jan 24 - Mar 2, 2019  
Steep Theatre Red Rex
 
A small theater company moves into an abandoned Chicago storefront. Led by their adventurously thirsty artistic director, they embark on an explosive new play with the hope of finally breaking it big. When the ensemble realizes their source material might not be as original as once assumed, they are thrust into an intense confrontation with residents of their new community, who not only want them out, but will take their story back by any means necessary. Red Rex is the sixth play in Ike Holter's seven part "Rightlynd Saga," which also includes Exit Strategy, Prowess, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.
 
   
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Jan 25 - Mar 10, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Winner of the 2014 Tony Award as BEST MUSICAL, it's the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by-you guessed it-eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance...and be done in time for tea. Here's a show that will have you dying with laughter which the The New York Times called "Among the most inspired and entertaining new musicals."
 
   
Hello, Dolly! Jan 25 - Mar 2, 2019  
Cahn Auditorium Hello, Dolly!
 
On the heels of a hit Broadway revival and with a lush score by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of the effervescent socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi. From the streets of Yonkers to the lights of Broadway, from jubilant parades to lavish dining, from schemes and tricks to happy accidents, Dolly is full of shine and full of sparkle; it's a celebration of love and a tale of hope and home. This is a Dolphin Show production. The Dolphin Show at Northwestern University is a non-profit student theatre organization that annually produces the nation's largest student-run musical.
 
   
Seussical the Musical! Jan 25 - Feb 9, 2019  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Seussical the Musical!
 
Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to protecting it and the Whos who live on it. Jojo, a misfit Who who "doesn't think normal Thinks" struggles to find his place in the tiny Who society. Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love - the kind and compassionate Horton. Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek - their place in the world.
 
   
The Father Jan 31 - Mar 3, 2019  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit The Father
 
Directed by Kay Martinovich and featuring Core Ensemble Members David Darlow and Linda Gillum, Florian Zeller's tragi-comic mystery is a deeply poignant, unsentimental look at the cruelties of love, the limits of patience and the unsettling process of mental decay.
 
   
Fulfillment Center Jan 31 - Mar 24, 2019  
A Red Orchid Theatre Fulfillment Center
 
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his newly relocated girlfriend. A drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Four lonely lives come together in the search for fulfillment in this raw, surprising and funny Chicago premiere.
 
   
A Doll's House, Part 2 Jan 31 - Mar 17, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre A Doll's House, Part 2
 
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned. Lucas Hnath's bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora's world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn't just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.
 
   
The Mousetrap Jan 31 - Mar 16, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Mousetrap
 
The longest-running play in London's West End and one of the best mysteries ever written for the stage. A group of strangers become stranded in an English country boarding house, cut off by a sudden snow storm. They soon discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a young architect, a retired Army major, a strange foreigner, an aloof traveller from abroad, and a disapproving guest. A policeman arrives at the house and begins to uncover the rationale of the murderer's pattern, questioning the background of everyone present. As information is revealed, legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie keeps you guessing until her signature final twist.
 
   
Defiance Jan 31 - Mar 3, 2019  
McAninch Arts Center Defiance
 
The year is 1971, and at a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, two officers - one white and one black - come face to face with the cost of doing the right thing. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Defiance is a powerful and smart story about power, responsibility and the difficulty of acting with integrity. Watch it all unfold at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
 
   
Pipeline Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Pipeline
 
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and poetry, Dominique Morisseau's (Skeleton Crew, Detroit 66, and the Broadway-bound Ain't Too Proud to Beg) Pipeline brings to light a powerful and important conversation about parenthood, the state of our public school system, and the prison pipeline that claims so many of our inner city youth.
 
   
Girl In The Red Corner Feb 1 - Mar 2, 2019  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Girl In The Red Corner
 
Unemployed and fresh from an abusive marriage, Halo steps into a gym one day and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her family thinks it's ridiculous. Her trainer thinks she's soft. But none of them know the anger that fuels her ambition. When it's rage that brought you into the cage, are you really ready to see what winning looks like? GIRL IN THE RED CORNER is a visceral, fast-moving tale of self-discovery, one that allows women to take centerstage in a world so often dominated by men.
 
   
On Clover Road Feb 1 - Mar 16, 2019  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 On Clover Road
 
At an abandoned motel on a desolate American road, a mother meets with a cult deprogrammer, believing she will be reunited with her runaway daughter. On Clover Road features Joseph Jefferson Award winners and American Blues Theater Ensemble members Gwendolyn Whiteside and Philip Earl Johnson.
 
   
The Roommate Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2019  
Citadel Theatre Company The Roommate
 
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. As Sharon begins to uncover Robyn's secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life. Head out to Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest for this dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life -- and what happens when the wheels come off.
 
   
Elektra Feb 2 - Feb 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera Elektra
 
Elektra is the Mycenaean princess whose father, Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, leaving Elektra hell-bent on revenge. As Richard Strauss's staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera's hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith -- magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving.
 
   
Arms And The Man Feb 2 - Feb 25, 2019  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Arms And The Man
 
During the last days of the Serbo-Bulgarian war, a mercenary soldier named Bluntschli takes refuge from pursuing Bulgarian forces in the bedroom of Raina Petkoff, an idealistic Bulgarian girl engaged to marry another man. Raina helps Bluntschli escape that night-but then the war ends, the men come home, and the mysterious Bluntschli unexpectedly returns to the Petkoff household as well. In one of his most scintillating romantic comedies, Shaw examines both the futility of war and the hypocrisies of the human heart in ARMS AND THE MAN.
 
   
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Writers Theatre Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
 
This visceral American classic serves as the 1920s chapter of August Wilson's epic The American Century Cycle. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band-especially the gifted and impulsive Levee-but when Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are enflamed and the play builds to an unexpected and searing climax.
 
   
The Producers Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Paramount Theatre The Producers
 
Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he's now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as "beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls.") With reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Feb 7 - Apr 14, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mamma Mia!
 
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit Mamma Mia! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
 
   
Dead Man's Cell Phone Feb 7 - Mar 10, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Dead Man's Cell Phone
 
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical
 
   
How I Learned To Drive Feb 7 - Mar 24, 2019  
Raven Theatre How I Learned To Drive
 
Rural Maryland, 1960s. From behind the wheel of a Chevy '56, a woman named Li'l Bit navigates the tangled boulevards of her adolescence, reflecting on her complex and troubling relationship with her family. But old secrets and fresh discoveries abound as she struggles to accept her past and the demons that live there.
 
   
The Total Bent Feb 7 - Mar 10, 2019  
Haven Theatre and About Face Theatre at The Den Theatre The Total Bent
 
When a British record producer arrives in Montgomery, Alabama to hook Marty Roy, a young black musical prodigy, he launches us back into Marty's tumultuous upbringing. The son of a gospel star and self-proclaimed healer, Marty spent his childhood writing the songs that have made his charismatic father famous. But in a nation on the verge of social upheaval, with the rising heat from the street guiding his pen, Marty finds himself at odds with his spiritually forceful father as he strives to create a masterpiece that will change America - no matter the cost. A funny, fiery, one-of-a-kind show, The Total Bent is about the passions that divide a father and son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out.
 
   
Seussical the Musical Feb 8 - Mar 31, 2019  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Seussical the Musical
 
Oh, the Thinks you can think...when you think about Seuss! In this fantastical, magical musical, some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life with the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. These classic, colorful tales are brought together by Jojo, a young "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," in a special one-hour show that's perfect for kids (and parents) of all ages. All performances will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast, so stick around and ask your burning questions! It's a show the whole family can enjoy, so don't miss Seussical the Musical when it comes to Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre.
 
   
Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical Feb 8 - Feb 24, 2019  
Skokie Theatre Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical
 
The electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie and Clyde tells the story of the young lovers' thrilling adventure to chase their dreams that put them in trouble with the law and led to their inevitable end. Bonnie and Clyde is a thrilling and sexy musical combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music into a thrilling non-traditional score which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score in 2012 and Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Musical. See Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical at the Skokie Theatre.
 
   
Art Feb 8 - Mar 3, 2019  
Theatre Above the Law at Mckaw Theater Art
 
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One friend, has just bought a very expensive painting. Is the painting is a joke or not? Another friend though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships.
 
   
Twilight Bowl Feb 8 - Mar 10, 2019  
Goodman Theatre Twilight Bowl
 
Six young women. One small town. Different lanes. After graduating from a small Wisconsin high school, Sam heads to college on scholarship-but her cousin Jaycee's future isn't looking as bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, their local bowling alley becomes a place to celebrate triumphs, confront challenges and forge new identities. With her signature grace, wit and compassion, Rebecca Gilman questions the blueprint for a successful life, and embraces the unknown on the road ahead.
 
   
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - The Valentine Edition Feb 8 - Mar 10, 2019  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - The Valentine Edition
 
Poor Dorothy can't find a date for the Sadie Hawkins dance at the Miami Senior Center. When Rose sets her up with a man with a colorful past, the evening takes a turn for the bizarre. Meanwhile Sophia locks horns with her arch rival, Sylvia Martinelli and the two engage in a steamy battle of wits.
 
   
The World Inside of Me Feb 9 - Mar 3, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The World Inside of Me
 
The World Inside of Me is a new form of educational arts experience designed specifically for pre-K youth. This world premiere production is part art and part science, showcasing the creative abilities of our youngest children. The interactive experience celebrates the human body, following human development from pre-natal through age five (the age span of the participants). Artists from New York's Spellbound Theatre will lead the audience through a series of interactive vignettes that engage the body and senses, delighting the imaginations of participants.
 
   
Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic Feb 9 - Feb 10, 2019  
Chicago Theatre Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic
 
Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there's one problem...Elmo doesn't know how to do magic! Through Justin's encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it's okay to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself and the power of what's yet to be. Cookie Monster and Gonger uncover the science and fun of baking while Abby Cadabby experiences the transformative abilities of caterpillars. Big Bird learns about the magnifying magic of shadow puppetry while Rosita orchestrates a rhythmic beat using everyday objects around her. And artist Grover mixes up the pigment power of the three primary colors. With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that's sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy.
 
   
The Abuelas Feb 9 - Mar 17, 2019  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Abuelas
 
The Abuelas is a companion piece to The Madres, which Teatro Vista premiered last spring and New City hailed "one of the best plays of the year." Walker's newest chapter builds on the same characters introduced in The Madres, which told the emotional story of three generations of women in Argentina struggling to survive the country's now-infamous Guerra Sucia (Dirty War).
 
   
Bollywood Boulevard Feb 9 - Feb 10, 2019  
McAninch Arts Center Bollywood Boulevard
 
More than 100 years of Indian artistry of Hindi cinema come alive during Bollywood Boulevard, an exuberant stage show with vibrancy, emotion and the heart-pounding beat of Hindi cinema. Through dance, live music and stunning visuals, the cast takes you on a journey through over a century of Bollywood, from the classics of the black and white era and the timeless songs of Bollywood's Golden Era to the foot-tapping blockbusters of today. Experience Bollywood as never before at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
 
   
The Soccer Player in the Closet Feb 11 - Mar 10, 2019  
Nothing Without a Company at Christy Webber Farm and Garden The Soccer Player in the Closet
 
The Soccer Player in the Closet tells the story of Cristiano - a top-ranked online soccer player - has never stepped out of his apartment. He finally leaves the apartment, but leaves a strange stench his cousin, friend, and landlady can't seem to get out. Through Internet magic and video games, they work to unearth the root of the rotten juju. What they uncover is how difficult it is to move forward from the painful secrets and closets they've built for themselves and Cristiano.
 
   
Frindle Feb 12 - Feb 22, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Frindle
 
Nicholas Allen decides to invent a new word: from now on, a pen will be known as a "Frindle"! Before long, to the dismay of his Language Arts teacher Mrs. Granger, Nick's word begins to spread. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words is based on the award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements. Recommended for grades 3-6.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Feb 12 - Mar 10, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dear Evan Hansen
 
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is "ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY." Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, "a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart" and NBC News says the musical is "an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond." The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 - the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961-before winning the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
 
   
Friends! The Musical Parody Feb 12 - Mar 3, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Friends! The Musical Parody
 
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV's Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It's a typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp.
 
   
Act(s) of God Feb 13 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Act(s) of God
 
Three siblings, two parents, and one very unexpected dinner guest. As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide, long-held certainties crumble, and sh*t gets real. Will this nuclear family explode?
 
   
Requiem For A Heavyweight Feb 13 - Mar 31, 2019  
The Artistic Home Requiem For A Heavyweight
 
The story of Mountain McClintock, a punch-drunk fighter past his prime; a trusting soul whose innocence proves his undoing after those closest to him sell him out. Torn between betraying his moral code and saving his manager, Mountain must find a way to move forward with the one thing he has left - his pride. The Artistic Home will be re-creating the intimacy and intensity Rod Serling's story originally had as a live television drama. The first Chicago production in ten years will take a new look at our nation's history of toxic capitalism that twists the American Dream and allows us to sell ourselves down the river by believing our own violent lies.
 
   
Million Dollar Quartet Feb 14 - Mar 31, 2019  
Theatre At The Center Million Dollar Quartet
 
Million Dollar Quartet is the hit musical with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux based on the true events of a night in rock 'n' roll history. It dramatizes an actual recording session on Dec. 4, 1956 at the Sun Records recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley assembled for an impromptu jam session. The story explains Perkins was there to record songs with a new performer, Jerry Lee Lewis. Elvis happened to visit the studio with his girlfriend at the time, just as Johnny Cash stopped in to speak with recording impresario Sam Phillips, who is eager to re-sign Cash to a new contract, unaware he has already signed with Columbia Records.
 
   
Munsterspiel Feb 14 - Mar 16, 2019  
Berger Park Coach House Munsterspiel
 
A true-ish tragicomedy about the Anabaptist takeover of the city of MŁnster in 1534. Pushing the Protestant Reformation to full-on revolution, their communist theocracy held out against a year-and-a-half long siege. Inspired in part by Greil Marcus' Lipstick Traces, Munsterspiel is a romp through the Reformation Alamo, a time travel odyssey through what-could-have-been and what-could-come, and a prayer for the end of the world. Part of Chicago Theatre Week!
 
   
Tango Feb 14 - Mar 23, 2019  
Trap Door Theatre Tango
 
In this hilarious satire, the dangers inherent in contemporary society are inscribed in a universal story of how conformity, anarchy and formalism can come into conflict between generations.
 
   
The Man Who Was Thursday Feb 15 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lifeline Theatre The Man Who Was Thursday
 
A shadowy cabal of anarchists has risen in London, and Scotland Yard is determined to bring them down. When Gabriel Syme joins the undercover detail tasked with infiltrating the anarchists' operations, he soon finds himself sitting on their Supreme Council with the code name "Thursday." But as Syme unearths the Council's true nature, it becomes clear that no one in this battle between law and chaos is as they seem - and that Scotland Yard may have created the very problem they're trying to solve. Challenge all assumptions and uncover the truth in this absorbing adaptation of the 1908 satire by G. K. Chesterton at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.
 
   
Little Stones Feb 15 - Mar 10, 2019  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Little Stones
 
In this romantic drama combining notions of reincarnation and fate, a young director and actress rehearsing different plays in adjacent classrooms of St. Bonaventure School in the autumn of 2018 find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. Is it merely mutual attraction, or is it something deeper, more mysterious-a possible reconnection of old souls whose past lives were tragically cut short 100 years earlier? Combining neighborhood history with New Age sensibilities, Little Stones is a made-in-Chicago fable of karma, theatre and the 1918 flu pandemic.
 
   
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Feb 15 - Mar 24, 2019  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Strawdog Theatre Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
 
Kaufman's play examines the persecution and prosecution of Wilde for his homosexuality in late 19th Century Britain. In Promethean's production, Kaufman's 1997 meta-theatrical play is structured with the entire cast of nine serving as narrators who go on to assume the roles of the people in this historical story. The genders of Wilde, Douglas and Carson are not changed, but the narrators assuming those roles are women.
 
   
The Amish Project Feb 15 - Mar 2, 2019  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Amish Project
 
Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, this fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy offers a glimpse into the world of Amish culture and a chance to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness. The Amish Project is a devastating and beautiful one-person performance that compels us to question the paths we take at the crossroads of grief, rage and clemency. Experience the show at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
 
   
Caged: An Allegory Feb 15 - Mar 2, 2019  
The Impostors Theatre Co. at Flat Iron Arts Building Caged: An Allegory
 
Three artists receive an invitation from a former classmate to "...celebrate the birth of a masterpiece. An artistic touchstone for this millennium..." Upon arrival, the three estranged friends are greeted by a large mass covered by a tarp, sitting in the middle of a small gallery-a cage. In a great flourish, the tarp is pulled off to reveal "It"-a beautiful, frightening, and dangerous creature. Talons form It's hands and feathers grow from It's body. Nevertheless, the creature resembles a young woman, which sets in motion a heated argument between It's creator and the three artists about It's true being. Throughout this comedy/horror hybrid of a play, questions of identity and responsibility to one another rip the group apart as the friends begin to realize that they really don't know anything about each other...or about themselves.
 
   
I Wanna F#!*ing Tear You Apart Feb 15 - Mar 23, 2019  
Rivendell Theatre I Wanna F#!*ing Tear You Apart
 
Samantha and Leo are a team -- best friends and roommates, fat girl and gay guy against the world -- until a new friend upends their cozy co-dependent diet of mutual self-loathing and Grey's Anatomy marathons. An ode to the complications of friendship in its many messed-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage. Produced first at D.C.'s Studio Theatre, I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart challenges assumptions around niceness, beauty, and mainstream acceptance as it upends traditional narratives about fat women -- Gould herself identifies openly as such -- by putting a fat woman at its center. "I'm not chubby or big-boned," says Gould. "I'm fat. That's who I am". Directed by Jessica Fisch, director of Rivendell's highly successful world premiere production of The Firebirds Take the Field, Gould's play is a wild ride with unforgettable characters that asks probing questions about friendships, fatness, bigotry, ambition, and the cost of living in a world that finds you unacceptable in some way.
 
   
La traviata Feb 16 - Mar 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera La traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi and librettist Francesco Maria Piave have given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
 
   
The Scarlet Ibis Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2019  
Chicago Opera Theater at The Studebaker Theater The Scarlet Ibis
 
Based on James Hurst's classic American short story, "The Scarlet Ibis" is a moving tale about brotherhood, nature and family, set in North Carolina against the backdrop of World War I. It tells the story of a young boy named Doodle and his relationship with his brother, exploring the ways people 'other' those who are different and questioning what it means to be 'normal.'
 
   
Mike Pence Sex Dream Feb 16 - Mar 16, 2019  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Mike Pence Sex Dream
 
In the aftermath of Trumpís election, newlyweds Gary and Ben have to keep each other sane and solvent. But as the countryís political landscape drives Ben to his breaking point, Gary changes too Ėin ways that he has to keep secret from his husband. Gary canít tell Ben about the nightly seductions of a certain phantasmagorical fascist. And he definitely canít tell Ben that in the process of bringing home the bacon, heís fallen in love with a pig. From the recent past to our imminent dystopia, Mike Pence Sex Dream is a romantic travesty exploring the depths to which one manís self loathing can drag him.
 
   
An Inspector Calls Feb 19 - Mar 10, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater An Inspector Calls
 
This suspenseful masterpiece begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling home, shattering their peaceful family dinner party with his investigation into the death of a young woman. Revelations shake the foundations of the family's lives, prompting an examination of their consciences.
 
   
Jack and the Beanstalk Feb 21 - May 10, 2019  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Meet Jack and his best friend, a Spanish-speaking cow named Carmelita. When Jack sets off to save the family farm and comes back with magic beans, it's not long before he finds himself on a wild adventure at the top of the magical beanstalk. There, he'll encounter a wacky Giant, a magical singing Harp, and a Goose that lays golden eggs! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 10 years old.
 
   
Doubt: A Parable Feb 27 - Mar 31, 2019  
The Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.
 
   
Terra Nova Feb 28 - Mar 17, 2019  
Three Crows Theatre at Piven Theatre Terra Nova
 
Inspired by the real-life race to the South Pole, this Obie-winning play by Academy Award-winning writer Ted Tally (Silence of the Lambs) tells the true story of English explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who led an expedition across Antarctica in 1911, only to find he'd been beaten to his goal by a Norwegian team. A victim of British aristocratic pride and hubris, Scott's trip back across the frozen wasteland with his team turns tragic, while flashbacks to his prior life with his young wife sheds light on his motivations. See this Three Crows Theatre production at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.
 
   
Southern Comfort Feb 28 - Mar 31, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Southern Comfort
 
In SOUTHERN COMFORT, Robert, a transgender man living in rural Georgia among his chosen family of mostly transgender friends, has one final wish after receiving life-altering news. He wishes to make it to the annual Southern Comfort Transgender Conference he has attended with his friends for years, so he can dance at the ball with his newly-discovered love, Lola. While Robert attempts to live his life as fully as possible surrounded by those he loves, his friends struggle to process what will inevitably come. This heartwarming musical with a lush folk/bluegrass score is based on the award-winning 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary of the same title.
 
   
Remember the Alamo Feb 28 - Apr 27, 2019  
Neo-Futurists Remember the Alamo
 
n this new show created by Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member Nick Hart and directed by Artistic Director Kurt Chiang, an ensemble takes over The Neo-Futurist Theater, refuses to leave and obstructs all production in the theater until the audience and actors work to recreate the Battle of the Alamo in its entirety-through the inevitable "death" of the audience. Hart assumes the role of William B. Travis, chief commander of the Texas army at the Alamo, with the audience as his faithful and willing soldiers during the siege. Remember the Alamo expands on the grand American traditional of historical reenactment with the meta-theatrical style, honest narratives and personal takes that have defined The Neo-Futurists for 30 years.
 
   
The Ruse of Medusa Feb 28 - Apr 7, 2019  
Facility Theatre at Chopin Theatre The Ruse of Medusa
 
This lyrical comedy consists of nine short scenes with seven alternating musical compositions involving the Baron Medusa, his daughter Frisette, her young suitor Astolpho, the Baron's recalcitrant valet Polycarpe and a dancing mechanical monkey named Jonas. The Surrealist play juxtaposes music, text and movement and is considered to be a precursor to Dadaism.
 
   
Corduroy Mar 1 - Apr 14, 2019  
Emerald City Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Corduroy
 
A small bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime! The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a Chicago premiere and a playful adventure that will delight ages three and up!
 
   
Little Shop Of Horrors Mar 1 - Apr 28, 2019  
Mercury Theater Little Shop Of Horrors
 
Assistant at Mushnik's flower shop, orphan Seymour Krelborn is in search of an escape from his poverty-stricken life on an urban skid-row, and in love with his co-worker, Audrey. After obtaining a mysterious carnivorous plant, whom he names Audrey II, he discovers that it survives only by blood, and it quickly blossoms into a fully-fledged local attraction that propels the flower shop to success. But as the shop's popularity grows, so does Audrey II's hunger for blood, along with Audrey's love for Seymour. Before long, Seymour discovers Audrey II's extra-terrestrial roots and her ultimate desire for world domination.
 
   
Ariodante Mar 2 - Mar 17, 2019  
Lyric Opera Ariodante
 
Villainous Polinesso lusts after Ginevra, but she loves noble Ariodante, who loves her in return. Polinesso will stop at nothing to get his way. Will Ariodante win out over his rival? The dramatic sparks fly and so do the fireworks in a score calling for the maximum in dazzling vocal virtuosity. But thanks to Handel's incomparable genius, Ariodante also offers deeply soulful arias to melt any listener's heart. Don't miss this long-awaited Lyric premiere, gracing the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw Mar 2 - Mar 16, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw
 
When a group of actors gathers together to give a presentation about a long-forgotten-or possibly never remembered-genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren't nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination-or human interaction. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...tells the story of what happens when, in an effort to dig deeper, the nobly intentioned ensemble crashes into their own simmering fears and unconscious prejudices, coming face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us.
 
   
The Bridges Of Madison County Mar 8 - Apr 21, 2019  
Theo Ubique The Bridges Of Madison County
 
This heartfelt, intimate musical based on the novel of the same name by Robert James Waller is the story of an Italian war bride living in rural Iowa in 1965 who meets and falls in love with a handsome globe-trotting photographer while her husband and children are out of town.
 
   
2 Unfortunate 2 Travel Mar 8 - Apr 15, 2019  
Prop Theatre 2 Unfortunate 2 Travel
 
It's a tough time right now. You deserve a vacation. Jack Wilton, self-appointed ally and recent returnee from travelling the world wants to give you one. He has transformed his recent vacation into a variety show depicting his adventures in a range of spectacular and crowd-pleasing styles, with everything from shadow puppetry to a live game show. He's created a safe space where you can sit back, drink a free beer and enjoy an hour free from any political discussion. Over the course of the evening, the cracks begin to show in Jack's stories, his conduct and the fabric of reality itself as the performing ensemble of five women work to bring Jack's stories to life and struggle within both a play and a society that profits off of their silence.
 
   
How To Live On Earth Mar 8 - Mar 24, 2019  
Chimera Ensemble at Flat Iron Arts Building How To Live On Earth
 
How to Live on Earth tells the stories of Omar, Eleanor, Aggie, and Bill, applicants to become the first colonists of the planet Mars. The mission, should they be chosen to embark on it, would be one-way, with no possible return to Earth. As the applicants compete for the few spots available, they are forced to reckon with the cost of their dream, especially for the lovers and family they would be leaving behind.
 
   
Detour Guide Mar 11 - Apr 7, 2019  
Silk Road Rising and Stage Left Theatre at Chicago Temple Detour Guide
 
This one-man musical, directed by Anna Bahow, takes us on an alternative tour of the Arab World & Arab America. Using lyrics, percussion & an urban soundscape, master storyteller Karim Nagi guides us through a social and political labyrinth, extolling the virtues of revolution, immigration, and hummus along the way.
 
   
A Bronx Tale Mar 12 - Mar 24, 2019  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) A Bronx Tale
 
Broadway's hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.
 
   
The Choir Of Man Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse The Choir Of Man
 
The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as "the ultimate feel-good show," THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy! It's a party. It's a concert. It's a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything - pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock - all to roof-raising heights. It's the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you'll ever see! CHEERS!
 
   
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2019  
Court Theatre For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
 
A sisterhood of seven women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.
 
   
Landladies Mar 14 - Apr 20, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Landladies
 
Self-made landlord Marti and her new tenant Christine strike up a complicated relationship in this compelling world premiere. Despite a tentative friendship, neither can afford the luxury of forgetting her own best interests. Faced with impossible dilemmas of fairness versus kindness, honesty or eviction, these two women reveal the vulnerability as well as the ingenuity of people who know the value of having a home, and the threat of losing one.
 
   
Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical Mar 15 - Apr 28, 2019  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Edge Theatre Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical
 
It's New Year's Eve and a group of hardcore fans have gathered for their annual viewing of the greatest film ever - The Poseidon Adventure, the story of the capsize of the SS Poseidon on New Year's Eve, and the handful misfit passengers that decide to climb to the top of the ship - which is now the bottom. As the story progresses the viewers become one with the film. POSEIDON! An Upside-Down Musical is part parody, part homage - and a look at how movies can leave their mark on you.
 
   
Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man Mar 19 - Mar 31, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man
 
Voted Best Comedy for Couples, SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN has been sharing its upbeat brand of humor with theater audiences all across America for over five years! Hailed by critics as an evening of "big laughs and naughty fun," this romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider 'tips' come straight from the source: a gay man. Theatermania calls Sex Tips "one of the best date-night shows you'll see this year!" and The Des Moines Register raves, "it's a slick show that delivers exactly what it promises!"
 
   
A Number Mar 20 - Jun 9, 2019  
Writers Theatre A Number
 
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
 
   
Yen Mar 21 - May 5, 2019  
Raven Theatre Yen
 
London, right now. Two practically feral teenage brothers live alone in their filthy flat with a dog named Taliban, perpetually bathed in the blue glow of their screens: playing video games, watching porn, waiting for the occasional visit from their detached mother, and surviving. But when a strange neighbor girl barges through the door, the boys' little blue world begins to change color.
 
   
The Ridiculous Darkness Mar 24 - Apr 28, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Ridiculous Darkness
 
The horror! The horror! Sergeant Oliver Pellner has clear orders: to travel into the savage wilderness, to find a Colonel who has gone rogue, and to kill him. The man's gone native, as they say: has killed his comrades and disappeared into darkness. Pellner and his pilot embark with confidence, but soon nothing makes sense anymore, as the river turns to mountains turns to jungle turns to black. In another time and place, Ultimo Pussi, a Somali fisherman-turned-pirate seeks justice and understanding before an increasingly hostile central European justice system. Fear turns to paranoia and civilization dissolves in Wolfram Lotz' stunning and disturbing comedy: a fractured spin on Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now and our shared history of barbaric colonialism.
 
   
Anastasia Mar 26 - Apr 7, 2019  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) Anastasia
 
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
 
   
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Mar 26 - Apr 28, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
 
When Kenny's older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it's decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama to straighten him out. The whole family - Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta - sets out on a wild cross-country journey in the family car, the "Brown Bomber." When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. The powerful story reminds us that during times of crisis, hope reveals itself in the forms of family and friendships; learning, growing, and evolving.
 
   
Small World Mar 27 - May 4, 2019  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Small World
 
It's the end of the world...maybe? There's no way to confirm for the three "cast members" trapped inside the Small World ride in Disney World. The music won't stop, there's a body in the moat and one of the group is impaled under a smiling animatronic. Can they force their way off the ride? And what waits for them on the other side? It's a world of hopes, it's a world of fears. It's a small world, after all.
 
   
Little Red Riding Hood Mar 27 - May 31, 2019  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Little Red Riding Hood
 
Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma's house. Will she listen to her Mama's warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out? Little Red's adventure is full of twists and turns, with catchy music you'll be humming all the way to Grandma's. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 10 years old.
 
   
Jersey Boys Apr 2 - Apr 7, 2019  
Auditorium Theatre Jersey Boys
 
JERSEY BOYS returns to Chicago. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
 
   
Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Apr 2 - Apr 14, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical
 
Based on the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE '90S MUSICAL pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan's most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster's daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl-and anyone who gets in their way-they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love. Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this intoxicating new musical is "the ultimate night out" (Entertainment Weekly).
 
   
Cambodian Rock Band Apr 5 - May 5, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cambodian Rock Band
 
Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American, has found evidence that could finally put away individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced-his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago-it's clear this isn't just a pleasure trip. A wild rock-and-roll journey through the eyes of father and daughter, Artistic Director Chay Yew brings the world premiere journey of Lauren Yee's (Samsara) Cambodian Rock Band from South Coast Repertory Theatre to Victory Gardens.
 
   
Corona Apr 5 - May 18, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Corona
 
Captain Ariadne Minos must ferry the latest fourteen tributes to her home planet of Crete, where they will be fed as sacrifices to a fearsome bull. On the journey, she makes a surprise connection to two of her more forceful passengers: the headstrong prince Theseus, and Pneuma, a Healer who is outraged to face death with her medical education incomplete. However, as the spaceship nears its final destination, Ariadne must weigh the comfort of her new friends against family loyalties which have haunted her across the galaxy. The time has come for her to reconcile between monsters, gods, and men.
 
   
Hopelessly Devoted Apr 6 - May 5, 2019  
Piven Theatre Hopelessly Devoted
 
HOPELESSLY DEVOTED tells the powerful story of Chess, a woman in prison facing a lengthy sentence, the pain of separation from her daughter, the loss of her cell mate, Serena, when she is given parole, and the feeling of total isolation. When prison authorities suggest she work with Silver, a music producer, Chess begins to find her voice, her strength, and her ability to face the most difficult thing of all - her past. Featuring award-winning poet and musician Kate Tempest's trademark lyrical fireworks and live music, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED is a story of love and redemption.
 
   
A Chorus Line Apr 10 - May 26, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Chorus Line
 
Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, this landmark work has electrified audiences around the world. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For seventeen dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for with every drop of sweat and every hour of training, putting their lives on the line for the opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of doing: to dance. Featuring an incomparable score including "What I Did for Love," "One" and "Dance Ten, Looks Three," you won't want to miss this singular sensation!
 
   
Medusa Undone Apr 10 - May 18, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Medusa Undone
 
Before she was one of the greatest mythical monsters of all time, Medusa was a kind, beautiful sea-nymph in Athena's service. Unparalleled in both her beauty and devotion to the Gods, Medusa catches the eye of the charming but narcissistic Poseidon. Interested only in the passions of the spirit, and not the flesh, Medusa has no choice but to reject the greedy God. She not only suffers violence at the hand of Poseidon, but also unknowingly incites a deep-seated jealousy in Athena, with horrific and disturbing consequences. Medusa Undone explores the social problem of rape culture, our tendency to victim blame, and the great injustice suffered by female victims of abuse of all kinds.
 
   
Hannah and Martin Apr 11 - May 25, 2019  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Hannah and Martin
 
Based on the tumultuous love affair between Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger, this soul-stirring drama focuses on the crisis that erupts when Arendt discovers that her lover and former teacher is using his brilliance and fame to help further the goals of the Nazi Party.
 
   
Rain Apr 14  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) Rain
 
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!
 
   
Tap Dogs Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2019  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) Tap Dogs
 
The global dance sensation TAP DOGS hits the road on an international tour of jaw dropping new surprises. Experience the thrill of a revitalized genre of dance. Seventy-five action packed minutes of part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and part construction site. An adrenaline pumped cast turns traditional tap dancing upside-down and into the ultimate night out. TAP DOGS premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival and success quickly followed with seasons in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai and around the world. Created by Oliver Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, and originally directed by Nigel Triffitt, with music by Andrew Wilkie and lighting by Gavin Norris.
 
   
Hamlet Apr 17 - Jun 9, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Hamlet
 
Four-time Tony Award nominee and Law and Order: SVU alum Raķl Esparza takes on the iconic title role in this highly anticipated production staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Internationally renowned for her populist and dynamic interpretations of Shakespeare, Gaines returns-for the first time in more than twenty years-to this enduring masterpiece that weighs the cost of betrayal, passion and revenge. Reeling from grief, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father's death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder.
 
   
First Love is the Revolution Apr 18 - May 25, 2019  
Steep Theatre First Love is the Revolution
 
Basti is having a rough go of it without his mom and Rdeca is struggling just to make her first kill. But when this 14 year-old boy and this young fox connect, the world just seems to make a whole lot more sense. Rita Kalnejais' First Love is the Revolution is a wild take on the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers - from different sides of the animal kingdom.
 
   
The Children Apr 18 - Jun 9, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Children
 
On a summer evening in an isolated seaside cottage in the East of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by a visit from a former colleague. As some crackers and wine are trotted out, so are various old jealousies, leading to the true reason for Rose's sudden reappearance: the revelation of a chilling and dangerous plan.
 
   
Rock Of Ages Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2019  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) Rock Of Ages
 
It's 1987 on Hollywood's Sunset Strip when a small-town girl meets a big city rocker. As they fall in love in L.A.'s most famous rock club, ROCK OF AGES allows fans to rock out once again to their favorite '80s hits. Featuring the music of iconic bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.
 
   
Too Heavy For Your Pocket Apr 24 - Jun 29, 2019  
TimeLine Theatre Company Too Heavy For Your Pocket
 
A captivating and complicated tale about the intersection of family, responsibility, and progress at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Bowzie Brandon, his wife Sally, and their best friends Tony and Evelyn see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family's life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.
 
   
August Rush Apr 24 - Jun 2, 2019  
Paramount Theatre August Rush
 
August Rush is the story of Evan Taylor, an 11-year-old orphan who believes in music like some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan's mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don't even know of his existence. From one foster home to the next, Evan refuses to give up hope in finding his parents. On this relentless search, he surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds in the city and follows the music, discovering his own genius along the way. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere, but will it lead Evan home?
 
   
Matilda Apr 26 - Jun 23, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Matilda
 
Wonder and amazement abound with this award-winning musical. Based on the 1988 children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by many obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her to reclaim her life. Tied for winning the most Olivier Awards ever, including Best New Musical, Matilda won five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
 
   
I and You Apr 26 - May 26, 2019  
Oak Park Festival Theatre I and You
 
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door, bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guard and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
 
   
American Girl Live Apr 30 - May 12, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse American Girl Live
 
Experience American Girl in an all-new musical! AMERICAN GIRL LIVE is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.
 
   
The Killing Game May 2 - Jun 23, 2019  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Killing Game
 
A town is beset by plague and the bodies are piling up along with moral accusations, political implications and medical speculations. We peer into households and down many streets as people search for any logic to the ceaseless barrage of death. One of Ionesco's last plays, The Killing Game is a piercing and frighteningly funny look at how the function of language and the panic surrounding social crisis sends a community into a chaotic state of paranoia, hypocrisy and opportunism.
 
   
Miracle on South Division Street May 2 - Jun 2, 2019  
McAninch Arts Center Miracle on South Division Street
 
Ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. But a deathbed confession reveals a secret that brings the family legend into question. Lauded as heartfelt and hilarious, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's Miracle on South Division Street comes to McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
 
   
West Side Story May 3 - Jun 2, 2019  
Lyric Opera West Side Story
 
One of the most beloved musicals ever, West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York, finding two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this Broadway version has become a true American classic. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America" -- not to mention original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
 
   
Chicago May 7 - May 12, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Chicago
 
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, including Mexico City, Moscow, Sao Paulo and South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.
 
   
Next To Normal May 8 - Jun 16, 2019  
Writers Theatre Next To Normal
 
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.
 
   
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein May 8 - Aug 4, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
 
   
The Adventures of Augie March May 9 - Jun 9, 2019  
Court Theatre The Adventures of Augie March
 
Young Augie March is a product of the Great Depression: plucky, resourceful, searching for love, and striving to grow up and away from home. Through odd jobs and encounters with unique characters, Augie explores what it takes to succeed in the world as a true individual. A novel originally written by a Nobel Prize-winner and adapted for the stage by a Pulitzer winner, The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world.
 
   
Into The Breeches! May 9 - Jun 16, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Into The Breeches!
 
It's 1942 and with the men off at war, the Oberon Play House is lacking its director and leading men. The season will be canceled... until the director's wife rallies the troops at home for an all-female production. With the opportunity to move from the sidelines to centerstage, the women forge ahead with a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to move us forward. This surprisingly modern comedy proves that the show not only must, but will go on.
 
   
Rent May 10 - May 19, 2019  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) Rent
 
Written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Rent is more than a show, itís a phenomenon. This smash-hit theatrical experience transformed how a generation feels about musicals, changed Broadway forever, and inspired a major motion picture. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock
 
   
Six May 14 - Jun 30, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
 
   
Bloomsday May 16 - Jun 16, 2019  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Bloomsday
 
Steven Dietz's lyrical new love story, set against the backdrop of Joyce's groundbreaking Ulysses, transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor, and heartache, in a magical celebration of the present and nostalgic acceptance of the past.
 
   
Ms. Blakk For President May 23 - Jul 14, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre Ms. Blakk For President
 
Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan's story begins in Chicago; it's 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all PARTY!, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago's most radical and influential citizens.
 
   
Queen Of Mist May 25 - Jul 6, 2019  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Queen Of Mist
 
QUEEN OF THE MIST is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor, who in 1901 set out to be the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists and activists. With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa's signature complexity and insight, QUEEN OF THE MIST is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.
 
   
Falsettos May 28 - Jun 9, 2019  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) Falsettos
 
FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
 
   
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Jun 14 - Jul 28, 2019  
Theo Ubique Hedwig and the Angry Inch
 
"The Angry Inch" is a hard-rocking band fronted by Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess whose botched sex-change operation left her with just "an angry inch." Using songs and monologues, Hedwig tells her story, which began in the former East Berlin where as a man named Hansel he met Luther, an American GI who promised to take the young man to the States on the condition that he switch his sex. After the bungled operation, Luther abandons newly named Hedwig in a Kansas trailer park, where she turns to music and meets geeky Tommy Speck, whom she takes under her wing and soon falls for. Tommy steals her songs, achieves rock star fame, and Hedwig is once again cast aside. She decides to demand redress and stalks Tommy's world tour, performing in venues next door to the stadiums in which Tommy plays.
 
   
True West Jul 5 - Aug 18, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre True West
 
In 1982, Steppenwolf exploded onto the American Theatre scene with its now legendary production of Sam Shepard's True West. This American classic traces the sometimes violent and always volatile relationship of Austin and Lee, estranged brothers who find themselves trapped together in their mother's empty house with not much more than a typewriter and a set of golf clubs. In its first Steppenwolf revival, we re-imagine Shepard's masterpiece through the eyes of our new generation of Steppenwolf artists, with a little help from those who came before.
 
   
Les Miserables Jul 9 - Jul 27, 2019  
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 an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. 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, cheering "Les Miz is born again!" (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption -a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and 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. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Miserables is still the world's most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.
 
   
And Then There Were None Jul 12 - Sep 1, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook And Then There Were None
 
Ten strangers on a clandestine island. Each holds a murderous secret. Who will pay the ultimate price? This play is a murder mystery penned with cruelty by the master of the craft, Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None brings together tension, fear, and the macabre to weave a tale that captivates the audience until the last curtain. Can you unravel the mystery? Based on the novel by Christie, which is the world's best-selling mystery and one of the best-selling books of all time.
 
   
Cats Jul 16 - Aug 4, 2019  
Oriental Theatre (Will become Nederlander Theatre on Feb 12) Cats
 
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater-"Memory". Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
 
   
Roast Jul 18 - Aug 18, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Roast
 
Roast follows the friends and family of Sam, a talented young comedian who took his own life, as they fulfill his last request: to hold a roast of him instead of a traditional funeral. As each of the roasters has their turn on stage, they reflect on who Sam was, and what he meant to them. Throughout, the play asks an important question: when a loved one is lost, how does the world change in their absence? Roast by Harry Wood explores the deeply intertwined worlds of comedy and tragedy, humor and grief.
 
   
Pomona Jul 18 - Aug 24, 2019  
Steep Theatre Pomona
 
When Ollie's sister goes missing her search leads her to Pomona - a bleak, concrete island in the middle of a scarred city. Part thriller, part fantastical puzzle, Alistair McDowall's Pomona twists and turns its way into the dark heart of a world built on pain and suffering and asks the question - is it even possible to be good anymore?
 
   
Come From Away Jul 30 - Aug 18, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Come From Away
 
The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway's COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, "It takes you to a place you never want to leave!"
 
   
The Band's Visit Sep 10 - Sep 22, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Band's Visit
 
The Band's Visit is about a meeting of two groups of strangers, brought together by a simple mishap. Instead of ending up in the bustling city of Petah Tikva in Israel, an Egyptian police band accidentally end up in the small, isolated town of the similarly-pronounced Bet Hatikva and are taken in by the locals for one night. Although the setting is the catalyst for David Yazbek's beautiful, Middle Eastern-infused score, you could pick this story up and place it in any isolated town or village anywhere in the world. It is this universal aspect to the story that audiences are connecting to. A small, "unimportant" story is speaking volumes about humanity and how we can form bonds with those we usually wouldn't encounter in our regular lives. How do we overcome our loneliness? How do we re-connect with our estranged loved ones?
 
   
The Color Purple Sep 13 - Nov 3, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Color Purple
 
Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South during the early 1900s as she navigates the love she has for her family, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved children. This heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and has earned nearly fifteen Tony Award nominations including two wins, one for the Best Revival of a Musical.
 
   
Mary Poppins Nov 15 - Jan 19, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mary Poppins
 
Mary Poppins flies onto the stage to deliver whimsy, emotion, and memorable song numbers to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Oliver Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a canít miss for the entire family. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and acts as a fusion between the film and the children's books by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and wholesome fun.
 
   
An American in Paris Jan 31 - Mar 29, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook An American in Paris
 
A tale inspired by hope and possibility, An American in Paris brings breathtaking moments of dance and song to the musical stage. Jive along with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dancefloor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love following the aftermath of the war. This Grammy Award nominee has also won four Tony Awards for its heart and dedication. It will have you leaping to your feet and dancing along from the very first number.