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Promises, Promises
Promises, Promises Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2023
Blank Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center

It's 1968 in New York City, and Chuck Baxter is finding it difficult to climb the corporate ladder--that is, until he agrees to lend his apartment to his co-workers for their sexual escapades. As he finds himself in the middle of a scheme he never intended to start, Chuck struggles to find love and connection in a world that grows more impersonal and transactional each day.

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker Dec 1 - Dec 2, 2023

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand tradition by a professional company with exceptional guest soloists! For a holiday production that first delighted audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker demonstrates how to make this historic ballet and holiday tradition just as accessible and relevant today. The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance.

My Christmas Spectacular
My Christmas Spectacular Dec 1

Jefferey Cooke and his "My Christmas Spectacular!" return to the Venus Cabaret Theater for a second holiday season! For One Night Only, join us for a blowout holiday celebration that is bound to push the limits of good taste. "My Christmas Spectacular 2023!" promises to revive all the best moments from last years' hilarity and heart,... But just so much MORE OF IT!!! More SONGS, More PROPS, More GAMES & PRIZES, More CHEESINESS, More COSTUME CHANGES, and definitely,... MORE SEQUINS!!!

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Dec 1 - Dec 3, 2023

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble led by the Center's staff that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Kringle's Window
Kringle's Window Dec 1 - Dec 16, 2023

Becka, age twelve, and Boomer, age eight, are sisters whose parents are in the middle of a separation at Christmas time. Becka, a precocious computer hacker, has become cynical and withdrawn. Boomer tries to be the peacemaker. While taking her sister to the mall to see Santa, Becka is goaded by her hacker friends into telling Boomer that there is no Santa. Mrs. Rosen, comes into everyone's lives and begins to change the equation. She challenges Becka to prove there is no Santa by using her computer to see if she can't find him hooked up to a network somewhere.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet
Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet Dec 3

This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! The acclaimed holiday tradition is live in theaters for the 30th anniversary tour. Gather friends and family to relive your fondest childhood memories. NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet is overflowing with larger than life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast featuring dancers from all over the world performing at the highest level of classical technique. Share in the message of peace and harmony and get your tickets now!

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Dec 3 - Dec 27, 2023
The Joffrey Ballet at Lyric Opera

Witness the magical 1893 Chicago World's Fair with young Marie and her Nutcracker Prince in two-time Tony Award winning choreographer Wheeldon's holiday masterpiece. It's a celebratory Christmas Eve, and thanks to a surprise visit from the enchanting Great Impresario, Marie embarks on a spellbinding adventure into a realm of spectacle and wonder. Experience our holiday magic in this must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.

Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical Dec 5 - Dec 30, 2023
Chicago Kids Company at Apollo Theater

It's almost Christmas, and Santa's list is missing! Join Mrs. Claus and the Elf Class of 2022 as they try to find it in time to save Christmas. Who stole the list? How will they get it back? Will Mrs. Claus save the day? Chicago Kids Company's biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time! The show will be performing at both the Beverly Arts Center and the Stahl Family Theater so check website for times at each theatre.

Christmas With C.S. Lewis
Christmas With C.S. Lewis Dec 5 - Dec 10, 2023

In the early years of his young adult life C.S. Lewis believed the story of Christ's birth was nothing more than feel-good myth. That all changed after a particular encounter with his great friend and fellow author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Although both men loved mythology in general, Tolkien was convinced that the Jesus myth was the one true myth. That was the start of Lewis' journey from Atheism to Christianity. From that point on, Christmas, for Lewis, took on an entirely different meaning. Here we find him at his home near Oxford on Christmas Eve hosting a group of Americans who are spending the holiday in England. They are about to experience an unforgettable assortment of Yuletide recollections which stimulates a whole range of emotions - curiosity, laughter, gladness and even some tears. Above all, they will discover how that encounter with Tolkien forever changed his Christmas celebrations.

Cirque du Soleil - 'Twas The Night Before...
Cirque du Soleil - 'Twas The Night Before... Dec 7 - Dec 28, 2023

'Twas the Night Before... is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. This festive show about the wonders of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of families this holiday season. Join Isabella, a curious girl who's become jaded by the hoopla surrounding Christmas, as she is whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world where she meets characters inspired by the original timeless poem.

It's A Wonderful Life Live in Chicago
It's A Wonderful Life Live in Chicago Dec 8 - Dec 31, 2023

George Bailey, the Everyman from small town Bedford Falls whose dreams of escape and adventure were stopped by family obligation and civic duty, has fallen onto desperate times. Only a miracle can save him from despair. Filled with original music and classic holiday carols, this critically acclaimed, warm "holiday favorite makes the bell ring every time." (Chicago Tribune) For 20 years, American Blues has treated audiences to a live retelling of the Frank Capra classic in a 1940s radio broadcast tradition, making It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! the second longest-running holiday play in Chicago!

Just One of Those Things (And More): The Nat King Cole Story
Just One of Those Things (And More): The Nat King Cole Story Dec 8 - Jan 7, 2024

In Gregory Stewart's production, he reveals the perseverance and tenacity of a musical legend who made an indelible mark on the music industry during the height of racial and social unrest. Stewart will perform all of Cole's best-known melodies, including the favorites "Unforgettable", "When I Fall In Love", and "The Christmas Song", among others.

What the Elf?
What the Elf? Dec 9
The Second City at McAninch Arts Center

It's just not the holidays without hot cocoa...and hot takes! Make merry at The Second City with this original sketch, variety, and improv celebration of the season. After all, what better time to look back and laugh at 2022? Let's toast to the best...and roast all the rest.

A Johnny Mathis Christmas
A Johnny Mathis Christmas Dec 9

Celebrating his 67th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis' sublime vocal approach to music eclipses passing fads and trends. He has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories - from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.

A Very Electric Christmas
A Very Electric Christmas Dec 9

Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole...his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettia's, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Hip Hop Nutcracker Dec 12 - Dec 17, 2023

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season as it returns for another spectacular tour. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle is a re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, smashing hip hop dance and Tchaikovsky's timeless music together into a heart-stirring and inspirational holiday event. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is brought to life by a powerhouse cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop's founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.

Stomp Dec 13 - Dec 31, 2023

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique-an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps - to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show.

The Christmas Schooner
The Christmas Schooner Dec 15 - Dec 23, 2023

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER is based on the true story of the Rouse Simmons, a Great Lakes schooner whose captain during the late 19th century risked life and limb to transport fir trees from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago's German immigrants, who missed the Christmas tradition in their home country of decorating evergreen trees. The treacherous voyage in the often-stormy December waters of Lake Michigan brought the Christmas Tree tradition to America. Following the musical's 1995 premiere, it immediately became a Chicago holiday tradition. It was performed every year by Bailiwick Repertory from 1995 to 2008 and has enjoyed at least six holiday season productions in the area since then.

A Judy Christmas
A Judy Christmas Dec 15 - Dec 17, 2023

It's December of 1963, less than two weeks after the JFK assassination, and Judy Garland has a Christmas show to produce. Join Judy and her family in her live studio audience and enjoy the madness as she spirals through a twisted holiday special with guest stars Jack Jones, Mel Torme and her spirited musical ghosts. This riotous comedy send-up is guaranteed to put you into the spirit of Judy and her holidaze!

Hit Me Like a Flower
Hit Me Like a Flower Dec 15 - Jan 21, 2024
Curious Theatre Branch at Facility Theatre

It's 2003: Bush's Iraq War is in full swing and in the small east coast town of Little Chicken Mountain, it's been raining hard for weeks, a bear is on the attack, Jackie's therapy office is in full swing, William has had a stroke and even the skateboarding activists are looking for love.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Dec 16

"Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition for over 35 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip's groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group's recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and over 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

A Christmas Tale
A Christmas Tale Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2023
Splinter Theatre Company at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center

The classic story of Christmas appears in a new light. Traveling through the desert and following the star, our heroes meet new friends and help those who have lost heart to believe again. They find themselves in the palace of King Herod and in a mysterious cave, where a serious and dangerous test awaits them. Completely original, interesting, and very beautiful music has been written for this performance. Songs created specifically for this show will be debuted here. Children, teenagers, and adult actors bring us this old; this new; this timeless story of faith, dreams, hope and searching.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2023

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss' original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. Don't miss what The New York Times calls "AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE! 100 times better than any bedtime story."

Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker
Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Dec 19 - Dec 30, 2023

In its world premiere, SUGAR HILL reveals the glamour of the 1930s as seen through the lens of the nonconformist daughter of a high-society Black family in Manhattan and her own fantastic dreamworld in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. A jazz-steeped reimagining of the classic tale, this Nutcracker dance-story sends a stirring message that champions individuality and the journey to find the power of your unique self: "Go find what makes you different to find your magic".

Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2023

Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of The North Pole. Despite her love for her family there, including Santa, Mrs. "Cookie" Claus, Clara Claus, and the elves - Twinkle, Sprinkle, and Sparkle, Eleanor's very merry Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Realizing that wishing is not enough, she writes a letter to Santa expressing her dream. The letter opens the door to answering many questions and to the journey which leads to her wish (and others) coming true.

Shrek: The Musical
Shrek: The Musical Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2023

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek: The Musical brings the favorite animated characters to life, from Fiona to Donkey to the Gingerbread Cookie's ongoing fights with The Muffin Man. Winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, there's more to this story than meets the ears.

Andrew Schulz
Andrew Schulz Dec 29

New York native and internationally touring stand up comic and podcaster, Andrew Schulz is known for his hilarious and unfiltered comedy. Schulz capped off his last North American tour, Infamous, by selling out the 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall twice in one night. In addition to the 150,000+ fans who came out to the tour, Schulz's stand up and podcast content receives 12 million views across YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok per week.

Straight Jokes No Chaser
Straight Jokes No Chaser Dec 31

The event hosted by Mike Epps features standup comedy greats Cedric The Entertainer, Earthquake, D.L. Hughley, and DC Young Fly. Selling out arenas with their R&B tours this past year, the collective is now expanding its promotion into the comedy industry with a 23-city tour.

In Quietness
In Quietness Jan 11 - Mar 3, 2024

A former consultant follows her born-again husband to a Southern Baptist seminary. There, she enrolls as a student at the Homemaking House, the nation's premier training ground for future homemakers and a place where marital bliss means never having to say thank you for cleaning the toilet. In Quietness asks us all to consider how fidelity to self, family, community, and faith coexist as we work to manifest our futures.

Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan Jan 12 - Jan 13, 2024

The award-winning actor/musician will bring his signature and thought-provoking style to Steppenwolf for the first time, showcasing a wide array of vocal styles across all genres of Broadway and pop music, with Benjamin Rauhala at the piano. Songs and tales from his storied career will include selections from Newsies, Smash, The Last 5 Years, Little Shop of Horrors, Waitress, and many more.

Hasan Minhaj
Hasan Minhaj Jan 12

Hasan Minhaj is set to entertain audiences once again with his brand new show, "Hasan Minhaj: Off With His Head." As one of the most vital voices in comedy today, Minhaj continues to take on challenging themes like politics, parenting, and therapy with irreverent wit and insight.

Anything Goes
Anything Goes Jan 13 - Feb 25, 2024
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts

Chicago will get a kick out of this 90th anniversary production of Cole Porter’s smash-hit musical comedy, Anything Goes starring the Chicago-based international sensation Meghan Murphy as “Reno Sweeney.” Launching Porchlight’s 29th season, this legendary toe-tapping voyage across the Atlantic is filled with laughs, romance, intrigue and, of course, lots of tap dancing in this farcical and merry musical classic. Porter’s iconic score includes a shipload of tunes that built the Great American Songbook including "Anything Goes,” “Friendship,” "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You.”

Disney On Ice - Magic In The Stars!
Disney On Ice - Magic In The Stars! Jan 18 - Feb 4, 2024

Chart a course through the night sky to Disney On Ice presents Magic in the Stars where every story begins with a wish! This all-new production brings the brightest Disney stars to life through cutting-edge figure skating, high-flying acrobatics, unexpected stunts, innovative lighting, thrilling special effects, eye-catching costumes, and stunning set designs. For the first time on ice, escape "Into the Unknown" with Elsa and Anna from Frozen 2, hit the road with Disney and Pixar's Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater as they cruise on the ice to "Life Is A Highway," and reconnect with Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Rex, and Hamm. Travel to the mountains of Colombia where the Madrigal family lives, unlock the magic in the family's casita, and discover why "We Don't Talk About Bruno." Set sail with Moana on her canoe into the open ocean, to witness her encourage Te Kā to "Know Who You Are" and transform into Te Fiti.Experience the dynamic moments that take place on the ice and in the air when Disney On Ice presents Magic in the Stars visits the Allstate Arena from Jan. 18 to 21, 2024 and Feb. 1 to 4, 2024, and Chicago's United Center from Jan. 25 to 28, 2024.

Brett Goldstein: The Second Best Night of Your Life
Brett Goldstein: The Second Best Night of Your Life Jan 18 - Jan 19, 2024

Brett Goldstein--a breakthrough British creative force on and offscreen -- has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought-after multihyphenates. He is the co-executive producer, writer, and star of the Peabody-winning Apple TV+ series, "Ted Lasso." Hailed by fans and critics alike, season three made waves after surpassing its previous record-breaking haul, once again leading as this year's most-nominated comedy series with 21 Emmy nominations. His scene-stealing performance as the brash yet lovable Roy Kent has earned him numerous accolades including two Primetime Emmy Awards for 'Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy,' making him the category's first back-to-back winner in almost 15 years.

Highway Patrol
Highway Patrol Jan 20 - Feb 18, 2024

TIMESTAMP: October, 2012: "@DanaDelany, Are you married? If not, I'd marry you." When Cam, a 13-year-old fan in a desperate medical situation captures actress Dana Delany's attention on Twitter, she's quickly swept into an intense, around-the-clock online friendship. But when Cam starts receiving messages from beyond, Dana is thrust into a world where unexpected revelations raise the question of how far we go to love and be loved.

Cinderella Jan 24 - Feb 10, 2024

Rossini's enchanting fairytale heroine returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage in classic style. Cinderella (La Cenerentola) tells the story of the downtrodden daughter of a selfish father, Don Magnifico. When Prince Ramiro (disguised as his own valet, Dandini) meets her, they fall instantly in love, leading - after a few complications - to a heartwarming happy ending. Rossini's score provides endless sparkle, with Cenerentola's and Ramiro's arias abounding in fabulous vocal virtuosity. There's also hilarity, thanks to the antics of Magnifico and Dandini. Two rising stars, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Jack Swanson, will be joined by the incomparable Alessandro Corbelli to lead Lyric's cast in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's world-famous production led by the exciting Taiwanese conductor Yi-Chen Lin.

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood Jan 24 - Mar 8, 2024
Chicago Kids Company at Apollo Theater

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.

Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof Jan 24 - Mar 24, 2024

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story of Tevye and his five daughters has been touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth, and honesty for generations. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of political and social change in Czarist Russia. Rich in historical detail, Fiddler on the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy, and sadness.

Selling Kabul
Selling Kabul Jan 25 - Feb 25, 2024

The 2022 Pulitzer Prize Finalist is a suspenseful drama about family and sacrifice. Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Now that the Americans have withdrawn - along with their promises of protection - Taroon spends his days in hiding, a target of the increasingly powerful Taliban. On the eve of his son's birth, he must choose between staying safe but trapped in his sister's apartment or risking his life to see his child.

Flood Jan 25 - Mar 9, 2024
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit

Flood is theatre of the absurd, charting the relationship between two parents and their adult children for a comedic dive into love, companionship, gender and generational divides.

Champion Jan 27 - Feb 11, 2024

Lyric Opera of Chicago welcomes Champion, the first opera written by composer Terence Blanchard. Based on a true story and featuring a libretto by Michael Cristofer; the drama unfolds in what composer Terence Blanchard calls "an opera in jazz." Welterweight boxer Emile Griffith is tortured by the complex realities of his life: decades-long guilt from defeating a challenger in the ring, who died from Griffith's blows; and desperately conflicted feelings regarding his own sexuality. James Robinson's production arrives in Chicago with a remarkable cast. Joining Lyric favorites Eric Owens, Whitney Morrison, and Paul Groves is Justin Austin, a brilliant new star who triumphed in Fire Shut Up in My Bones, with Music Director Enrique Mazzola leading the Lyric Opera Orchestra.

Dog Man: The Musical
Dog Man: The Musical Jan 31 - Feb 24, 2024

Based on the worldwide bestselling hit series by Dav Pilkey, "Dog Man: The Musical" is a hilarious and heartwarming new production following the chronicles of Dog Man, who with the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world's most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of beloved characters from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants and Cat Kid Comic Club. Dog Man: The Musical is a TheaterWorksUSA production, with book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila, music by Brad Alexander, and direction and choreography by Jen Wineman.

Tad in 5th City
Tad in 5th City Feb 1 - Mar 2, 2024

After the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968, violence erupted on Chicago's west side, consuming a 28-block stretch of West Madison Street. This traumatic moment changed the landscape of the city and an entire generation. That generation of young men and women "watched the genesis of the ghetto sphere" evolve. The ghetto of many of today's rappers imaginations grew out of this reality. Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Tad Brown, Tad in 5th City illuminates his daily life in the aftermath of those riots, chronicling Tad's journey as he navigates a post-rioting city amidst the effects of gang violence, poverty and addiction.

The Music Man, in Concert
The Music Man, in Concert Feb 1 - Feb 14, 2024

Presented as a concert with an 18-piece orchestra, The Music Man will be produced in collaboration with Metropolis' School of Performing Arts. Meredith Wilson' six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a band that he vows to organize - despite the fact that he does not know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip towns with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

Antigone Feb 2 - Feb 25, 2024

As Antigone mourns her brothers who have murdered each other in a civil war, she must decide if she will sacrifice her life to balance the scales of justice. Her victorious brother is posthumously exalted; her treasonous brother is left unburied by order of King Creon, Antigone's uncle and adversary. Antigone deliberately defies the king's edict and buries her traitorous brother, igniting a devastating chain of events and thrusting urgent questions of justice to the fore.

Sunsets: Two Acts On A Beach
Sunsets: Two Acts On A Beach Feb 2 - Feb 18, 2024

An evening of two plays set next to a men’s room on a Florida gulf coast beach – the sort of place where seaside frolics take a different turn when the sun goes down. Play One is a monologue featuring Henrietta, an aging former drag performer who finds a new life purpose in a most unusual type of social service. This character’s journey delves into the complexities of gay life with heavy yet authentic language. Play Two explores the developing relationship – physical and emotional - between Dan, a young, bi-curious, and married construction worker; and John, a forty-something realtor who is a regular visitor to this particular stretch of beach. The production is directed by Kevin Wood and contains nudity.

Vir Das
Vir Das Feb 3

Comedian and Actor Vir Das has hit the global comedy mega-leagues thanks to his boundless comedic talent, wildly successful world tours and incredible four Netflix specials. His latest special, Landing, premiered on the streamer on December 26, 2022 with Decider praising his "refreshingly different take on our current obsession with "punching up" and "cancel culture"" and Paste Magazine gushing "even if he's sending barbs someone's way, his criticisms are packaged up so beautifully that you're simply in awe until they hit their mark."

Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue
Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue Feb 6 - Feb 25, 2024

Picture it. United States, 2024. GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LAUGHS CONTINUE brings Miami's sassiest seniors to stages around the country for one more hurrah. We find Sophia out on bail after being busted by the DEA for running a drug ring for retirees. Blanche and Rose have founded CreakN, a thriving sex app for seniors. And Dorothy is trying to hold it all together with help from a new (much) younger sex-crazed lover. GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LAUGHS CONTINUE allows audiences to relive the heartfelt hilarity of the four ladies who never stopped being best friends.

a home what howls (or the house what was ravine)
a home what howls (or the house what was ravine) Feb 7 - Mar 2, 2024

A coyote howling. A home in disarray. A young woman alone. In Matthew Paul Olmos' world premiere, Soledad Vargas is in the city, fighting for her family's right to live on their land. When hope starts to dwindle, how far will she go, and what will she be forced to leave behind? A modern myth drawn from the real life struggles of displaced communities around the globe, a home what howls is a lyrically-rendered quest of youth activism standing against forces of injustice.

brother sister cyborg space
brother sister cyborg space Feb 8 - Mar 17, 2024

In the too-close-for-comfort future, an environmental justice organizer named Giselle and her billionaire baby brother Elon are (unsurprisingly) at odds. She believes the earth and her people are worth saving; he marvels at the potential in starting over somewhere new. Meanwhile, his virtual assistant Ava has some very nuanced opinions of her own. (Who programmed her to talk so much?!) Set against the backdrop of a rapidly-accelerating climate crisis, brother sister cyborg space explores political divisions within families, an expanding definition of humanity and what we'll do when time runs out.

Notes From The Field
Notes From The Field Feb 8 - Mar 24, 2024

Hailed by The New York Times as "a searing and urgent work that confronts some of the most pressing issues of our time with honesty, intelligence, and compassion," this innovative first-person documentary piece shines a light on the stories of those caught in America's school-to-prison pipeline. Utilizing verbatim dialogue pulled from more than 250 real accounts from students, faculty, prisoners, activists, politicians, and victims' families, Notes From the Field takes audiences on a powerful and emotional journey through the faults and systemic injustices of the American criminal justice system. Deeply human, profoundly moving, and full of moments of humor, compassion, and resilience, it's a masterful work that makes it impossible to look away from the urgent need for change.

The Band's Visit
The Band's Visit Feb 8 - Mar 17, 2024

In a small Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, a lost bus arrives carrying an Egyptian Police Band. With no hotel and no buses until morning, the musicians are taken in for the night by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, these misplaced musicians bring everyone together in the way that only music can. Winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Band's Visit is a beautifully intimate show, perfectly suited for the Nichols Theatre, about the unifying power of music.

Twihard! A Twilight Musical Parody
Twihard! A Twilight Musical Parody Feb 9 - Mar 10, 2024

TWIHARD! A Twilight Musical Parody is a side-splitting, fangtastic romp that hilariously reimagines the iconic Twilight saga with catchy tunes, uproarious humor, and an unforgettable twist. Audiences will sink their teeth into the beloved story of Bella and Edward, while poking fun at the supernatural world we all adore. Whether you are a die-hard Twilight fan or just looking for a howling good time, this musical parody promises an evening of laughter, love, and unforgettable moments.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
The Matchbox Magic Flute Feb 10 - Mar 10, 2024

Big music in a small space, this "matchbox" presentation of The Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and orchestra of five-following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Girl From The North Country
Girl From The North Country Feb 13 - Feb 25, 2024

It's 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota. We meet a group of wayward travelers whose lives intersect in a guesthouse filled with music, life and hope. Experience this 'profoundly beautiful' production (The New York Times) brought to vivid life by an extraordinary company of actors and musicians.

The SpongeBob Musical
The SpongeBob Musical Feb 15 - Mar 16, 2024

Are you ready, kids? Dive into the undersea town of Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob and his quirky circle of friends and neighbors – Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and even Plankton – in this dynamic stage musical with songs from music’s most legendary artists. Chaos erupts when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation at the threat of Mt. Humongous. Just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

Alex Edelman's Just for Us
Alex Edelman's Just for Us Feb 15 - Feb 25, 2024

Expertly crafted by one of comedy's most distinctive voices, this singular theatrical experience is an exploration of identity and our collective capacity for empathy - and it's also "belly-laugh funny!" (The New York Times). In the wake of a string of anti-Semitic rhetoric pointed in his direction online, standup comic Edelman decides to go straight to the source; specifically, Queens, where he covertly attends a meeting of White Nationalists and comes face-to-face with the people behind the keyboards. What happens next forms the backbone of the shockingly relevant, utterly hilarious and only moderately perspirant stories that comprise Just for Us.

An Enemy of The People
An Enemy of The People Feb 16 - Mar 10, 2024
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church

Henrik Ibsen's drama An Enemy of the People concerns the actions of Doctor Thomas Stockmann, a medical officer charged with inspecting the public baths on which the prosperity of his native town depends. He finds the water to be contaminated. When he refuses to be silenced, he is declared an enemy of the people. Ibsen addresses a number of challenges in an engaging manner that remain highly relevant today, such as environmental issues versus economic interests, the professional responsibilities of experts in policy debates and the moral dilemmas and tensions involved in whistle blowing.

The Diary Of Anne Frank
The Diary Of Anne Frank Feb 16 - Mar 24, 2024
Young People's Theatre of Chicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Updating the original 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning text, playwright Wendy Kesselman draws on more recently available diary entries to forge a more complicated, authentic, and fascinating central character. With Antisemitic incidents at an all-time high, the adaptation also centers the Jewishness of those in hiding. YPT's goal is to spark in children a lasting interest in theatre and this riveting and uncompromising family-focused Anne Frank will galvanize a less-served tween and teen demographic.

Hooked on a Feeling: Michael & Angela Ingersoll in Concert
Hooked on a Feeling: Michael & Angela Ingersoll in Concert Feb 23 - Mar 3, 2024

Romance is alive and well at this hilarious soiree full of feel-good hits! Married musical stars Michael Ingersoll (Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp on PBS) and Angela Ingersoll (Emmy Award nominee for Get Happy on PBS) lead a rocking band sure to get your pulse pounding. Rekindle that playful spark with this talented, tender, and rib-tickling duo. Songs include, "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Just the Way You Are," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and "(I've Had) the Time of my Life." Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire Feb 27 - Mar 10, 2024

Out-of-work actor Daniel Hillard will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the kindly alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father. It's "the lovable, big-hearted musical comedy we need right now," raves the Chicago Tribune - one that proves we're better together.

Message In A Bottle
Message In A Bottle Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2024

Gravity-defying lyrical hip hop dance and breath-taking music combine in a moving story of humanity and hope. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE sees a village alive with joyous celebrations suddenly come under siege. In the chaos, three siblings - Leto, Mati, and Tana - are separated from their parents. They undertake a perilous journey to new lands and set out on their own extraordinary adventures. Songs include "Every Breath You Take," "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "Walking On The Moon," "Englishman In New York," "Shape Of My Heart," and "Fields Of Gold."

The Penelopiad
The Penelopiad Mar 2 - Mar 31, 2024

It's her turn. Penelope has waited 20 years for her husband to return from the Trojan War. Now, as authorial control of the famous story shifts to Odysseus' long-suffering wife-and the 12 faithful maids who have long tended to her-we discover a new perspective on the domestic vigil. This ancient tale told anew by "one of the most admired authors in North America" (NPR) gives voice to those left behind.

Skunk and Badger
Skunk and Badger Mar 2 - Apr 7, 2024

Badger loves nothing more than studying his rock collection in peace and quiet. So, when his Aunt Lula sends a letter saying he must share her brownstone home with her friend Skunk, he tries everything under the sun to get Skunk out! But is it wise to judge a book by its cover, or a rock by its texture, or a skunk by their scent? Strap in for wild antics, new friendships, and lots of chickens in this world premiere adaptation about stepping out of your comfort zone.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Mar 7 - Mar 30, 2024

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has won the hearts of theatergoers across the country with its mix of wit, wills, and audience participation. Join this group of unique and dedicated students as they compete for the spelling bee championship that celebrates the pursuit of the ultimate prize while finding the joy of being oneself.

Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis Mar 8

Shane Gillis is a stand-up comic, actor, and writer from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. After winning Philly's Funniest at Helium Comedy Club in 2016 Shane was named an "Up-Next" Comic at Comedy Central's 2019 Clusterfest in San Francisco and a "New Face" at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. In 2021, Gillis released his debut comedy special Shane Gillis: Live in Austin on YouTube which has been viewed over 6 million times. Gillis is one-half of the comedy fan favorite Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast.

Aida Mar 9 - Apr 7, 2024

Opera at its grandest! While Aida delights audiences with its visual splendor, it also captivates them with a score ranging from exquisitely intimate arias to deeply dramatic duets and trios, and the most thrilling choruses Verdi ever composed. Aida presents a riveting love triangle, which unfolds in an alluring Egyptian setting. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, each of the five principal artists boasts not only a sumptuously beautiful voice, but also the charismatic presence to bring these characters vividly to life. Conducting Francesca Zambello's striking production will be Music Director Enrique Mazzola, acknowledged internationally as an exceptionally authoritative Verdian.

Disney Princess: The Concert
Disney Princess: The Concert Mar 10

For generations, the music of Disney's princesses has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, these beloved songs come alive on stage with a host of acclaimed Broadway and television stars in Disney Princess - The Concert! Your every dream will come true as larger than life animation and theatrical effects immerse the audience in pure Disney magic, while these powerhouse talents sing your favorite princess, hero and (yes!) villain songs, and share behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen. We invite you to relive your VHS glory days, dress up in your favorite royal attire, and share the joy of Disney with your loved ones at this internationally acclaimed concert experience. Be part of our world at Disney Princess - The Concert!

Pretty Woman: The Musical
Pretty Woman: The Musical Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2024

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, based on one of Hollywood's most beloved romantic stories of all time, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two- time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL features an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance ("Summer of '69", "Heaven"), and a book by the movie's legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton. PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will lift your spirits and light up your heart. "If you love the movie, you'll love the musical!" (BuzzFeed News). Are you ready to fall in love all over again?

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2024

Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live," MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed?

A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire Mar 13 - Apr 21, 2024

New Orleans. The heat is sweltering, the liquor flows, and the secrets are thick as humidity. Pull up a chair and join the high-stakes game of cards. To your left is Stella Kowalski, married, loves her husband and will do anything for him. On your right is Stanley Kowalski, hard drinking, hard playing and hard fists that get used a lot. Across from you is Blanche DuBois, vulnerable, alone and ready to break. Streetcar confronts us with the tenuous relationship between reality and illusion, hope and despair and the brutal battle for beauty and tenderness when the world feels like it's conspiring against you.

Purpose Mar 14 - Apr 21, 2024

For decades, the influential Jasper family has been a pillar of Black American Politics: civil rights leaders, pastors and congressmen. But like all families, there are cracks and secrets just under the surface. When the youngest son Nazareth returns home to Illinois with an uninvited friend in tow, the family is forced into a reckoning with itself, its faith and the legacies of Black radicalism. Rowdy, hilarious and filled with intrigue, Purpose is an epic family drama - a long-awaited world premiere from one of the country's most celebrated voices.

The Brightest Thing in the World
The Brightest Thing in the World Mar 14 - Apr 13, 2024
About Face Theatre at The Den Theatre

Charmingly free-spirited barista Lane is determined to win over her new regular, the reserved and intellectual Steph. Delightful romantic comedy ensues with poetry, homemade desserts, and sparks flying. But both women are carrying life-changing secrets involving addiction, past relationships, and family. What happens when the giddy romance wears off and Lane and Steph must do the work of building a lasting relationship out of honesty, compassion, and courage? The Brightest Thing in the World is a funny, heartfelt new play delving into the people we think we know and the people we know we love.

Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys Mar 15 - May 19, 2024

Jersey Boys follows the fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Winner of Best Musical at both the Tony Awards and Olivier Awards, Jersey Boys takes you behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to discover the secret of a 40-year friendship as the foursome work their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Audiences will be thrilled with electrifying performances of chart-topping hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Dawn," and "My Eyes Adored You," which brought The Four Seasons the highest honor: induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

On Your Feet
On Your Feet Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2024

This inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent-and each other-has already won the hearts of audiences and critics alike. ON YOUR FEET!, the exhilarating original musical based on the extraordinary life of 26-time Grammy Award-winning husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan, features a book by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Alexander Dinelaris and a score made up of some of the most loved and iconic songs of the past quarter-century including "Rhythm is Gonna Get You," "Conga," "Get On Your Feet," "Don't Want To Lose You Now," "1-2-3," and "Coming Out of the Dark." Having begun in Chicago in the summer of 2015, ON YOUR FEET! made its Broadway bow that November, played for two years, and received seven Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, three Drama League Award nominations, and a Tony Award nomination for Best Choreography.

Love Song
Love Song Mar 21 - Apr 21, 2024
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit

An off-kilter romantic comedy, Love Song is a quick-witted exploration of the countless complexities of love and the endless capacity of the heart. Beane has always been different. Joan, his sister, is his only real bridge to the outside world, but she is consumed with her own life, climbing the corporate ladder and sparring with her husband, Harry. When Beane falls madly in love with Molly, Beane's world suddenly expands and the seismic shift forces all of them to reexamine their own relationships and discover new facets of human connection.

Ali Wong
Ali Wong Mar 23

Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her first Netflix stand-up special BABY COBRA was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant. According to the New York Magazine," The special's arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans." Elle applauded it as a" comic genius gem" while Vogue called it" The special that everyone is talking about." Emily Nussbaum hailed it as" funny and refreshingly rude." The day before its premiere, Wong's interview with Marc Maron on his podcast WTF was released. He called the special" the most honest, rawest, funniest special I've seen in years."

Peter Pan
Peter Pan Mar 26 - Apr 7, 2024

This high-flying musical has been delighting audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new production directed by Emmy Award winner Lonny Price with additional book by celebrated playwright Larissa FastHorse. The adventure begins when PETER PAN and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of pixie dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget. This extraordinary musical full of excitement and adventure features iconic and timeless songs including "I'm Flying", "I Gotta Crow", "I Won't Grow Up" and "Neverland." PETER PAN embraces the child in us all so go on a journey from the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning - your entire family will be Hooked!

The Choir Of Man
The Choir Of Man Mar 27 - May 26, 2024

Welcome to The Choir of Man, the best pub in the world. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a theater experience unlike any you’ve had before. Featuring pop, classic rock, folk melodies, and pub anthems, The Choir of Man has something for everyone. A cast of nine (extra)ordinary and multi-talented guys combines hair-raising harmonies, foot-stomping singalongs, world-class tap dance, and poetic meditations on the power of community in this riotously enjoyable homage to that popular gathering place—your favorite local pub. With a real working bar on stage, come ready to drink in the excitement. Raise a glass with us! Cheers!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Mar 29 - Apr 21, 2024

Everyone dies, but not everyone's death is pre-ordained by Shakespeare. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead puts the spotlight on two of Shakespeare's minor characters as they wrestle with fundamental, pressing questions of identity, loss, fate, friendship, and the absurdity of existence. As they hurtle towards their imminent demise, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern unlock what it means to be truly alive.

Monsieur Chopin
Monsieur Chopin Apr 10 - May 12, 2024

Days after the February 1848 revolution, Fryderyk Chopin is teaching a piano lesson in Paris. Set in the Polish pianist-composer's intimate salon, Chopin shares with his students secrets about the piano and secrets about himself-as well as playing some of his most beautiful and enduring compositions. In a tour de force performance, the beloved virtuoso actor/pianist, Hershey Felder brings to life the romantic story and music of the man once called the "Poet of the Piano."

Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls Apr 10 - Jun 9, 2024

Step into the dazzling lights of 1950s New York City with Guys and Dolls. This enduring tale of romance, risk, and unforgettable rhythm follows the improbable love story of high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson and mission doll Sarah Brown, along with the comedic relationship of the ever-patient Miss Adelaide and craps game organizer Nathan Detroit. Guys and Dolls takes you into the golden age of Broadway with wit, charm, and plenty of heart with vibrant characters and unforgettable songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

Brooklyn Laundry
Brooklyn Laundry Apr 11 - May 12, 2024

Fran is chronically single, has piles of bills, and finds Owen obnoxious. Owen has a bad back, runs a laundry, and thinks Fran is gloomy. And then he asks her out. After years of putting the rest of her family first, Fran is ready to make the leap toward her own romantic dreams. Little does she know that even bigger challenges are headed her way.

A Year with Frog and Toad
A Year with Frog and Toad Apr 13 - Jun 9, 2024
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station

Lobel's beloved amphibians hop from the page to the stage in this heartwarming musical that follows two best friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad go swimming, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons, celebrating their differences that make them unique and special. Full of joy and energy, top musical numbers include "Cookies," "Getta Loada Toad," "I'm Coming Out of My Shell" and "Merry Almost Christmas." Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Joe Turner's Come and Gone Apr 13 - May 19, 2024

On the heels of Gem of the Ocean (2022), expert August Wilson interpreter Chuck Smith revives the second work in the Pulitzer Prize winner's famed cycle-one of his best-loved, most compelling plays. Herald Loomis searches the country with his young daughter to find his estranged wife. But first, he must regain a sense of his own heritage and identity in this story of spiritual and emotional resurrection.

Barefoot In The Park
Barefoot In The Park Apr 19 - May 12, 2024
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church

Free spirit Corie and uptight lawyer Paul discover what love and marriage truly are. When the newlyweds invite Corie's conservative mother and their unconventional neighbor on a double date...what could go wrong?

Jump Apr 19 - Jun 1, 2024
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit

Meet Fay and Hopkins. Fay gives Hopkins hope. Hopkins helps Fay grieve her mother and the loss of her childhood home. Flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, and love that recycles leap into a play fueled by magical realism, for a touching story about hope and the promise of human connection.

How I Learned What I Learned
How I Learned What I Learned Apr 19 - May 5, 2024

HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED follows August Wilson's journey as a young Black writer from Pittsburgh to one of the most celebrated American playwrights of the 20th century. Written three years before his death, the one-man show recounts numerous stories from the author's long career and the lessons they taught about what it means to be a Black artist in America.

The Thanksgiving Play
The Thanksgiving Play Apr 25 - Jun 2, 2024

Four (very) well-intentioned theatre people walk into an elementary school. The work at hand: a Thanksgiving pageant that won't ruffle any feathers. What could possibly go wrong? In MacArthur Genius Larissa Fasthorse's skewering and satirical comedy, well, just about everything. Rambunctious, thorny and not altogether politically correct, The Thanksgiving Play serves up the hypocrisies of woke America on a big, family-style platter. Come get ya some.

Turret Apr 25 - Jun 15, 2024

Two men survive in a facility deep underground somewhere in the wild woods of the Pacific Northwest, hiding away from something terrible looming just outside. Ensnared in a relentless loop of endless tomorrows, they discover the wolf isn't at the door, he's already inside, waiting in the creeping darkness all around them. Turret is an excavation of masculinity, love, loss and isolation. A claustrophobic carnival of carnage, carrier pigeons, cribbage, whiskey, music, mischief and mayhem.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! Apr 30 - May 19, 2024

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends-practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

Death Becomes Her
Death Becomes Her Apr 30 - Jun 2, 2024

Madeline Ashton is the most beautiful actress (just ask her) ever to grace the stage and screen. Helen Sharp is the long-suffering author (just ask her) who lives in her shadow. They have always been the best of frenemies... until Madeline steals Helen's fiance away. As Helen plots revenge and Madeline clings to her rapidly fading star, their world is suddenly turned upside down by Viola Van Horn, a mysterious woman with a secret that's to die for. After one sip of Viola's magical potion, Madeline and Helen begin a new era of life (and death) with their youth and beauty restored... and a grudge to last eternity.

9 to 5: The Musical
9 to 5: The Musical May 2 - Jun 8, 2024

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?

Bluey's Big Play
Bluey's Big Play May 3 - May 5, 2024

Grab the sticky geckos, break out the duck cakes, and alert the grannies! It's time to meet the much-loved Heeler family, who will be coming to the Auditorium Theater with the Bluey live show, Bluey's Big Play The Stage Show! The Emmy Award-winning animated preschool series, which airs on Disney Junior, Disney Channel, and Disney+, will be "taking the show on the road" to the Auditorium Theater with 5 performances:

Lavender Men
Lavender Men May 9 - Jun 8, 2024
About Face Theatre at The Den Theatre

Taffeta is a fat, multi-racial femme with a unique form of queer magic: she can conjure dead historical figures. In this energetic and surreal play, Taffeta invites audiences along as she summons none other than President Abraham Lincoln and his handsome young law clerk Elmer Ellsworth to her stage. Playing every other character in Abe and Elmer's gay narrative, Taffeta uses this fantasia to confront issues of visibility, race, and LGBTQ+ inclusion. But is any of this historically accurate? Sit down, honey, that's not what we're here for. Lavender Men is an embrace to every queer, fat person of color who has been ignored, neglected, or erased for unapologetically being themselves.

English May 10 - Jun 9, 2024

"English Only." Four adult students in Karaj, Iran are studying for the Test of English as a Foreign Language-the key to their green card, medical school admission or family reunification. Chasing fluency through a maze of word games, listening exercises and show-and-tell sessions, they hope that one day, English will make them whole. But it might be splitting them each in half.

Native Son
Native Son May 10 - Jun 30, 2024

Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on Chicago's South Side during the 1930s, twenty-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago's own Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright's novel for a whole new generation.

Last Stop On Market Street
Last Stop On Market Street May 11 - Jun 2, 2024
Young People's Theatre of Chicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Visiting his grandmother's unfamiliar neighborhood, 6-year-old CJ discovers friendship, empathy, and joy in unexpected places. Adapted by Cheryl L. West from Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson's Newberry Award-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street's glorious score is by Paris Ray Dozier and his father, Lamont Dozier, writer of Motown hits like How Sweet It Is and Stop! In the Name of Love. Originally developed by the Chicago Children's Theatre and the Children's Theatre Company, YPT is thrilled to bring the second-ever production of Market Street to Chicago.

Black Sunday
Black Sunday May 16 - Jun 30, 2024

It is April 1935 in the dust storm-riddled plains of Texas and a family farm is struggling to keep afloat amidst a mounting series of environmental disasters. Stubborn Pa refuses to believe that his land is no longer viable, young Sunny dreams of a new life in bountiful California, and Ma starts having mysterious visions of an even bleaker future. Developed through TimeLine's Playwrights Collective, this world premiere by Dolores Díaz offers a startling look at the conflicts surrounding climate change, race, and gender in the days leading up to an infamous dust storm known as Black Sunday.

Wanda Sykes: Please & Thank You Tour
Wanda Sykes: Please & Thank You Tour May 18

Wanda Sykes has been deemed one of the funniest stand up comics by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America.

Beetlejuice May 21 - May 26, 2024

It's showtime! Based on Tim Burton's dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set, and a score that's out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is "SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN!" (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it's a remarkably touching show about family, love, and making the most of every Day-O!

Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution
Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution May 24 - Jun 16, 2024

Civil rights activist Kwame Ture, born Stokely Carmichael, was a towering icon; a man of immense domestic and international importance; a man who refused to back down, step aside, or remain silent. But he was also just that: a man. Blending the historical and the personal with astonishing grace, Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution depicts one man's rise to prominence and the many people who made it possible, begging the question: what does it mean to trust someone with a movement when you can't trust them with your heart?

Matt Rife: ProbleMATTic World Tour
Matt Rife: ProbleMATTic World Tour May 30 - Jun 2, 2024

Matt Rife has exploded as one of the fastest growing comedians through his viral content and remarkable engagement on TikTok, where he has amassed over 13 million followers, and more than 2 billion views globally. As one of the most buzzed about comedians in the business, Rife has been selling-out comedy clubs and theaters across the country and is gearing up to embark on his biggest tour to-date

Six Jun 4 - Jul 14, 2024

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.

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner Jun 11 - Jun 23, 2024

ased on Khaled Hosseini's beloved, international best-selling novel, THE KITE RUNNER is a powerful new play adapted by Matthew Spangler that follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country, and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It's a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither of the boys can foresee the incident which will change their lives forever. Told across two decades and two continents, THE KITE RUNNER is an unforgettable journey of forgiveness, and shows us all that we can be good again.

Blippi The Musical
Blippi The Musical Jun 15

You and your whole family are going to have so much fun, dancing, singing and meeting amazing new friends LIVE on stage in your town! Wow look at that! It's a plane, a tractor, a fire truck and a train, just some of the many discoveries we're going to make together!

The Hot Wing King
The Hot Wing King Jun 20 - Jul 21, 2024

When it comes to wings, Cordell is king! Supported by his beau Dwayne and the best friends who serve as his fry crew, the group embarks on a fun night of pre-competition prep for Memphis' Annual "Hot Wang Festival." But when Dwayne's troubled nephew unexpectedly needs a place to stay, it quickly becomes a recipe for disaster. Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Hot Wing King is a fierce comedy about the risks and rewards of celebrating who you are.

Female Troubles
Female Troubles Jun 25 - Aug 4, 2024

Elinor Benton finds herself surprisingly and undeniably knocked up-and, since she's unmarried and this is 19th century England, she has a very big problem. Facing devastating ruin, Elinor and her girlfriends set off on a raucous carriage trip to London seeking the services of Madame Restell, an infamous midwife who advertises cures for women with "female troubles." Through the lens of the past, this original musical comedy comments on the present, asking the trenchant question, "Can You Believe This Sh*t's Still Happening in 1810?"

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Jun 25 - Aug 4, 2024

Southern charm is bountiful in Savannah, Georgia. But behind polite smiles, the eccentric residents are filled with secrets and motives. When wealthy antiques dealer Jim Williams is accused of murder, the sensational trial uncovers hidden truths and exposes the fine line between good and evil - which sparks Lady Chablis and other Savannahians to change the city forever. MacArthur "Genius" grantee Taylor Mac, Tony Award winners Jason Robert Brown and Rob Ashford, and choreographer Tanya Birl bring the true-crime blockbuster book and its beloved characters to life in a new musical adaptation.

Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't Misbehavin' Jun 26 - Aug 18, 2024

Stride along with the toe-tapping, finger-snapping revue that journeys through the Harlem Renaissance with the music of legend Fats Waller. Brimming with the energetic charm of jazz classics such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," the crooners of Ain't Misbehavin' bring soulful melodies to life, capturing the essence of an era where the joint was always jumpin'.

Million Dollar Quartet
Million Dollar Quartet Jul 11 - Aug 17, 2024

On Dec. 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered for one night to play music and made history. This Tony Award-nominated musical takes us inside one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions ever recorded, with four legendary musicians doing what they loved most: expressing life's joy and sadness through song. Described as "dazzling" by New York Magazine and "wildly entertaining" by Hollywood Reporter, Million Dollar Quartet will have you rocking down memory lane with more than 20 chart-topping hits like "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line" and "Who Do You Love."

Alice By Heart
Alice By Heart Jul 18 - Sep 29, 2024
Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre

In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer's budding teen life is turned upside down as she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. As they travel through the tale, Alice by Heart explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss and finding the courage to move forward. This Chicago premiere encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.

Carousel Aug 8 - Aug 18, 2024

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel was voted best musical of the 20th Century by "Time Magazine." Find out why this beloved musical that includes the songs "If I Loved You," "You'll Never Walk Alone," and "Soliloquy" has become one of the most powerful and moving classics in the Broadway canon.

The Audience
The Audience Aug 28 - Oct 20, 2024

Peek behind closed doors of Buckingham Palace with The Audience, an intimate portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the pivotal private audiences she's held with her prime ministers. The Audience is an enthralling exploration of the delicate balance of power and unspoken rules of engagement that underscore these confidential meetings. Masterfully blending the personal and the political, The Audience gives an extraordinary glimpse into the woman behind the crown and the leaders she outlasted.

Into the Woods
Into the Woods Oct 10 - Dec 22, 2024
Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre

Escape into a fantastical fairytale adventure where wishes come true, but not always for free. A trove of storybook characters' paths intertwine as they chase their deepest desires through an enchanted forest. However, once they receive their happily ever after, the unintended consequences of granted wishes unravel their worlds. Weaving a euphoric score including the songs "Giants in the Sky," "On the Steps of the Palace," "No One Is Alone" and "Children Will Listen" with a darkly humorous book, Into the Woods is a sophisticated musical twist on beloved childhood fables.

Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors Oct 24 - Nov 17, 2024

The frighteningly fantastical musical arrives just in time for Halloween to make audiences scream with laughter. From the award-winning duo of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin), Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi horror comedy meets love story meets rock musical as a man-eating plant from outer space takes over Seymour's life and threatens to ruin his hope of finding love with his secret crush, Audrey.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Nov 6 - Jan 12, 2025

Dive beneath the waves with Ariel, a young mermaid with a captivating voice and an insatiable curiosity, as she defies her father and makes a daring deal for the chance to live her dreams on land. With enchanting songs like “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” and “Kiss the Girl,” The Little Mermaid is a heartwarming tale of love, sacrifice, and discovering your true self that will delight audiences of all ages.

Legally Blonde: The Musical
Legally Blonde: The Musical Dec 19 - Dec 29, 2024

This much fun should be illegal! Legally Blonde: The Musical, based on the cult classic film, shares the story of Elle Woods and her faithful pup, Bruiser on their journey from Southern California roots to the hallowed halls of Harvard Law School. Join Elle as she learns life's important lessons on the subjects of love, friendship, the law, and self-respect.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jan 29 - Mar 30, 2025

Witness the captivating story of Carole King's meteoric rise to stardom, from humble beginnings to her undeniable status as one of the most celebrated voices in popular music. With melodies such as “I Feel the Earth Move” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” this production weaves an emotional tapestry rich with nostalgia. Beautiful isn't just a musical, it's an immersive celebration of resilience, creativity, and the authentic spirit of a music legend.

The Art Deco Nutcracker
The Art Deco Nutcracker Dec 3 - Dec 3, 2023

Set in 1920's America, A&A BALLET's The Art Deco Nutcracker, featuring Tchaikovsky's beloved score, is a fresh, yet traditional take on the beloved holiday favorite with a sumptuous costume and set design inspired by the unique sophistication of the Art Deco era. The Art Deco Nutcracker is Alexei Kremnev's eighth full-length ballet. His work has been presented at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Opernhaus Zurich in Switzerland, among other prestigious venues across the globe. The Huffington Post describes his choreography as "encompassing the best and brilliance of what movement can be while breaking boundaries of what we know."