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A Christmas Carol Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2017  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.
 
   
The Pearl Fishers Nov 19 - Dec 10, 2017  
Lyric Opera The Pearl Fishers
 
Bizet's captivating 1863 opera, The Pearl Fishers, is beloved by audiences everywhere for its score, which includes the most popular tenor-baritone duet in opera. The libretto and music conjure up a particularly exotic locale: ancient Ceylon, where the priestess Leïla is loved by both the fisherman Nadir and Zurga, king of the pearl fishers. The travails of this love triangle lead to disaster when Zurga believes himself betrayed by Leïla and Nadir.
 
   
Swan Lake Nov 19  
Athenaeum Theatre Swan Lake
 
Ever since it premiered in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has continued to enchant audiences, inspiring countless performances and earning a reputation as "the ballet of all ballets." Now, with spectacular sets, glittering costumes and the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, the Russian Grand Ballet brings this beloved classic to Chicago. Swan Lake tells the hauntingly beautiful story of young lovers Siegfried and Odette, who's been captured by an evil sorcerer and transformed into a swan. Siegfred only has a short time to save his beloved before she's cursed to remain a swan forever, but standing in his way is the sorcerer's daughter, the beguiling black swan Odile, who comes to tempt and distract him away from his quest. Featuring premier dancers from some of Russia's elite choreographic schools, this stunning full-length production graces the stage of Athenaeum Theatre.
 
   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov 21 - Dec 3, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
 
   
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 21 - Dec 31, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.
 
   
Puff: Believe It Or Not Nov 22 - Jan 7, 2018  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Puff: Believe It Or Not
 
An honorable and romantic cavalry officer returns to the salon society of 1840s Paris to find his countrymen addicted to exaggeration, dissimulation, fakery, and just downright lying. French master Eugene Scribe's forgotten gem, in a brilliant new translation by Ranjit Bolt, is packed full of elegant plotting, quirky characters, and sharply barbed wit, delightfully skewering the worlds of letters, politics, and finance.
 
   
Elf The Musical Nov 22 - Jan 7, 2018  
Paramount Theatre Elf The Musical
 
Based on the hilarious 2003 Will Ferrell movie, Elf is one of those rare holiday shows that will have both kids and adults laughing, humming tunes like "A Christmas Song" and "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" for days and rediscovering what it means to be a family.
 
   
It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 24 - Dec 22, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.
 
   
The Christmas Schooner Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2017  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
 
Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy.
 
   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2017  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious holiday show, Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from.
 
   
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles) Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2017  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles)
 
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles), written and performed by Mitchell J. Fain, pulls together a host of holiday stories from the audience along with his own autobiographical war stories about how family, drunks, jewelry, funerals, 250 performances and the holiday spirits collide.
 
   
Altered Boy Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Altered Boy
 
ALTERED BOY follows the life of Garrett, a good little Catholic boy who says his prayers, makes good grades, performs in school plays, and wins participation trophies for recreational sports. As he gains more years and fewer trophies, his connection with the Church grows stronger. And yet the closer he gets to the Church, the further he gets from who he thought he was. Journey with Garrett through storytelling, song, dance, and video in this earnest yet very funny one-man show.
 
   
It's a Wonderful Life, Radio Show Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2017  
Steel Beam Theatre It's a Wonderful Life, Radio Show
 
A holiday staple for families across the country, It's a Wonderful Life kicks off the season with an old favorite in a whole new way, live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 at WBFR Radio, where six actors present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. Catch the inspiring and relevant story at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2017  
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer
 
Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Back for its 17th run, David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the middle of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception.
 
   
A Dickens Carol Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2017  
Madison Street Theatre A Dickens Carol
 
It's 1842 Victorian London, and Dickens popularity is on the wane. His marriage and finances are in trouble and he has become embittered towards life itself. Yes, in a way, Dickens has become a bit of a Scrooge. A character he has yet to even create! But on a cold Christmas eve, his fortunes take a dramatic turn when a train crash sends Dickens into the icy Kent river. There, in a sinking carriage, Dickens is visited by three Spirits who lead him on a journey through his past, present, and future. A journey that transforms his life and inspires him to write his most celebrated work ever. "A Dickens Carol" is not only the carol behind the most famous carol of all time. It's an all-new twist on a family ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge out there.
 
   
Violet Nov 26 - Jan 13, 2018  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Violet
 
Based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts, this award-winning musical fuses a powerful rock, folk and gospel score. With a ticket, a suitcase and a heart full of expectation, Violet Karl, facially disfigured since childhood, boards a bus and travels across the deep south in 1964 to see if a faith healer can transform her life. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow passengers, who teach her about beauty, love and courage and that it's the journeys you take in life that help you discover who you are.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 27, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A fresh take on the Dickens classic and Metropolis tradition. A narrator takes us through the Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, relentless in his pursuit of money, taking very little joy in life and consumed by work alone. Scrooge cares nothing for the less fortunate and is cruel to his loyal employee Bob Cratchit. Ebenezer is visited by three ghosts, showing him the errors of his past, the reality of the present, and the gloom the future may hold.
 
   
Twas the Fight Before Christmas Nov 29 - Dec 21, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Twas the Fight Before Christmas
 
Come celebrate the holidays the way God intended: With unrelenting carnage and mayhem! Join your classic holiday favorites like Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman as they cut, slash, hack, hew, and punch their way into the Christmas spirit, against the forces of contemporary America. Robert Frosty brings their trademark wit and whimsy in this fighting sketch revue that explores the depths of depravity which the holiday season brings!
 
   
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
 
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show!
 
   
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical Nov 30 - Dec 23, 2017  
Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
 
This holiday classic and audience favorite returns for its 18th consecutive year. Our biggest and most colorful show will put children and adults alike in the holiday spirit. Join Mrs. Claus as she teams up with the new Elf Class of 2016 to find Santa’s missing list in time for Christmas. Can Mrs. Claus and the elves save the holidays? All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
A Klingon Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Dec 17, 2017  
Raven Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
A Klingon Christmas Carol is the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, a constructed language first appearing in the beloved television series Star Trek. The play is based on the Charles Dickens novella, A Christmas Carol, adapting the classic tale of ghosts and redemption to reflect the Klingon values of courage and honor. Translated into Klingon and performed with English supertitles, A Klingon Christmas Carol is a truly unique holiday experience. Enjoy it at Chicago's Raven Theatre West Stage.
 
   
The Holiday Radio Show Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2017  
Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show
 
Three Cat Productions is celebrating the holidays with The Holiday Radio Show, which takes you back to Christmas 1942. Featuring The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson, A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, and The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this show is packed with drama, wacky humor and some truly transcendent four-part harmonies that will chase away your "I Can't Believe It's the Holidays Again" blues. Catch The Holiday Radio Show at the Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.
 
   
Twelfth Night Nov 30 - Dec 17, 2017  
Midsommer Flight at Lincoln Park Conservatory Twelfth Night
 
Twelfth Night takes the audience to Illyria, where a shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a boy to work for the Duke Orsino. She promptly falls in love with him, who in turn loves the fair lady Olivia. Misunderstandings and misplaced love abound in this delightful comedy.
 
   
Hamlet Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Hamlet
 
Hamlet, coming home from school for her father's funeral, gets visited by (ironically enough) her dead dad. As Hamlet finds out that her uncle, who has just married her mom and become the worst step-dad ever, was the one who killed her father, she begins a wild chain of events to discover just how guilty her uncle/step-father is and get her vengeance on him. This holiday season, watch the Hamlet family household as they deal with a loony princess, harsh break-ups, terrible Christmas shows and murder. Lots and lots of murder. Enjoy this take on Hamlet at Chicago's Public House Theatre.
 
   
Those Silly Reindeer! Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2017  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Edge Theatre Those Silly Reindeer!
 
It's almost Christmas Eve at the North Pole and something is wrong! Holli, the Snow Princess has gone on vacation and since she left, temperatures have been rising. All the snow has melted and those silly reindeer can't take off and fly, because the grass tickles their hooves. Santa must send Jack the Bird and LeeLee the Christmas tree off on an adventure to find Holli and bring her back before Christmas Eve. Will they reach Holli in time? Will Christmas be saved????
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2017  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
A ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the World's Fair, a marvel unlike anything the city has ever seen. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair. A festive Christmas potluck ensues, only to be interrupted by the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the World's Fair. He entertains with enchanting visions of the what's to come, distributing gifts in the process, which includes a mercurial nutcracker for Marie. That evening, Marie awakens to an epic battle between toy soldiers and rats led by The Rat King and the now life-size Nutcracker. Unexpectedly, Marie saves the day, as The Great Impresario and the Nutcracker, now transformed into a Prince, set sail on a magical journey into the night.
 
   
A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights Dec 1 - Dec 22, 2017  
Indian Boundary Park A Christmas Carol:  An Evening of Dickensian Delights
 
Adapted directly from the novel by Rachel Martindale, this version is a time traveling experience including the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a Victorian Christmas. Come and enjoy the decorations, the Victorian Carols, spiced cider and cookies before the show (all included with the admission ticket). Then join Scrooge as he is led by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in a journey to examine his life and learn that it's never too late to change. Presented in Dickens own rich language by three actors portraying all of the characters with the help of a few simple costume changes -- and some special effects -- this show is 80 minutes without intermission.
 
   
Little Red Cyrano Dec 1 - Jan 7, 2018  
Red Theater Chicago at Strawdog Theatre Little Red Cyrano
 
Combining the courtships in Cyrano de Bergerac with the violent ending of Red Riding Hood, Little Red Cyrano will mix whip smart spoken dialogue, swashbuckling, and romance. With a cast comprised of trained clowns and d/Deaf actors, Little Red Cyrano uniquely utilizes the visual vernacular of American Sign Language in a clown-based performance.
 
   
Altar Boyz Dec 1 - Jan 14, 2018  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe Altar Boyz
 
Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national 'Raise the Praise' tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. As they perform their signature hits such as 'Rhythm In Me,' 'The Calling,' and 'I Believe,' the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. They finally deliver a message of unity, that 'there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice.'
 
   
The Second City's Non-Denominational Christmas Show Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2017  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Non-Denominational Christmas Show
 
Why settle for just one denomination when you can collect them all? Stuffed with brand new tidings of discomfort and "oy," classic sketches, plus plenty of holi-dazed improv, you'll ho three times in a row at irresistibly funny new holiday revue, right along with The Second City's naughtiest and nicest improv comedians.
 
   
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 1 - Dec 29, 2017  
Steel Beam Theatre Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Jacob Marley was dead, sure, but what happened after that? Find out in this spirited holiday take on the classic Charles Dickens tale, in which Marley gets one more chance to make the journey back to earth to free himself from all those chains and redeem the old skinflint, Scrooge -- while maybe even finding his own heart in the process. This one-man show stars Steel Beam Theatre's own Pat Able. Enjoy Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at St. Charles' Steel Beam Theatre.
 
   
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2017  
Pearl Poet Productions at Raven Theatre Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical
 
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical" spins the medieval legend of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, and the heroic challenge he accepts on behalf of his king: Gawain may deal his best axe-stroke to defeat the strange visitor known as the Green Knight; if he survives the fatal blow, the Green Knight may return his best stroke to defeat Sir Gawain one year later. This play tells the tale of the year between the two fateful strokes, and the epic journey Gawain goes on to fulfill his mission.
 
   
Pine Dec 1 - Dec 10, 2017  
Christmas Tree Lot at Uncommon Ground Pine
 
Cozy up with a blanket, a hot drink and the staff of the Festive Pines tree lot. Join Gabby, Sami, Taj, Betty and Joe: five young people from very different backgrounds thrown together by a seasonal job selling Christmas Trees. As the weeks count down to Christmas they must lean on each other to figure how to keep moving forward when life doesn't turn out the way they planned. A delightfully unfestive comedy about pursuing dreams, managing expectations and working retail. Jacqui Honess-Martin's Unfestive Christmas Comedy is Presented in an Exciting Site-Specific Production; Turning the Patio at Uncommon Ground into a Working Christmas Tree Lot.
 
   
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 2  
Rosemont Theatre Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
 
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is sure to get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience. Catch all the high-flying fun at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
A Very Elton Christmas Dec 2  
McAninch Arts Center A Very Elton Christmas
 
Multiple award-winning actor and singervCraig A. Meyer returns to the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn with his remarkable resemblance and uncanny ability to sound like Sir Elton John in a spectacular musical journey featuring chart-topping hits like "Benny and the Jets," "Tiny Dancer," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle in the Wind." This special holiday show also includes Christmas classics to celebrate the spirit of the season.
 
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 2 - Dec 17, 2017  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Children of all ages are cordially invited to enjoy a spot of tea (or hot cocoa) with CCT's friends from the English Lake District at the The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. Spend the day with Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Simpkin the cat as they delight audiences in this interactive trunk and puppet show. Enjoy an elegant tea party, create your own beautiful snowflakes, and pose for photographs with the cast.
 
   
Wife Material Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2017  
Prop Theatre Wife Material
 
Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and her life has been sheer bliss ever since. Or has it? In Wife Material, a one-woman show starring Jamie Shriner as herself, a 25-year-old actress examines female sexuality, loneliness, love, dating, and consent with unapologetic honesty. Is it acceptable for a young married woman to admit she enjoys sex? Wife Material is an hour-long musical comedy that "dares to go where you'd never go," featuring songs like "F***boi," "Let's Screw," and "Love Myself." The show examines a society that criticizes teenage "bad girls" for liking sex, on the one hand; and hypocritically assumes married women's sexual needs are perfectly satiated.
 
   
Miracle on 34th Street Dec 2 - Dec 16, 2017  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street
 
The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy's Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to be believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for four performances only. Miracle on 34th Street is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, Miracle on 34th Street tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy's as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter's refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
 
   
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 3  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
Christmas Carolyn Dec 4 - Dec 30, 2017  
Berger Park Coach House Christmas Carolyn
 
RjW Mays stars in the world premiere of Christmas Carolyn -- the story of a woman who loses her granddaughter during the holiday season and finds personal renewal through self forgiveness. Catch this Three Cat Productions presentation of the powerful drama of Christmas Carolyn at the Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Jan 28, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Turandot Dec 5 - Jan 27, 2018  
Lyric Opera Turandot
 
Turandot (1926), the final work of Puccini's career, showcases the composer's magnificent melodic outpourings (including the tenor's celebrated "Nessun dorma") and reveals Puccini at his peak as a creator of exotically beautiful orchestration. Taking place in ancient Peking, the story centers on the icy Princess Turandot, who will marry the prince who answers her three riddles correctly, but any suitor who fails is put to death. Calaf is the unknown prince who falls in love with Turandot at first sight and, victorious in the riddles, challenges her to learn his name. Calaf is loved by the slave Liù, who serves his father Timur, the exiled Tartar king. The lighter side of the opera is contributed by Turandot's three lively ministers - Ping, Pang, and Pong.
 
   
Gobsmacked Dec 5 - Dec 10, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse Gobsmacked
 
Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice. Featuring the reigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping.
 
   
Wicked Dec 6 - Jan 21, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Wicked
 
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Don't miss Wicked Chicago.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 6 - Dec 10, 2017  
Chicago Tap Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tidings of Tap!
 
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a new version of its venerable Holiday offering at a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, just in time for Tidings' 10th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of co-producer the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time CTT is adding a light narrative about a young girl (played by Russian Rhythmic Gymnast Master Dasha Merkulov) as she goes on a journey through the wintry woods. While audiences hear many of their favorite seasonal tunes, they also experience an array of performances including a guest appearance by the stilt concert dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and an opportunity for local tap performers to join the Holiday production*.. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun."
 
   
Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 6 - Dec 16, 2017  
Raven Theatre Steampunk Christmas Carol
 
Charles Dickens meets Jules Verne (the Father of Science Fiction) in EDGE Theater and Steampunk Chicago's inventive reimagining of the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Set in fanciful Victorian England, mechanized ghosts tell of the fate of a world without Christmas. In this land of industry, populated with strange machines powered by gas, gears and electricity, Scrooge comes to realize that the best investment man can make is in mankind. Witness the revolution of a soul when Jared McDaris' Steampunk Christmas Carol swings into Chicago's Raven Theatre.
 
   
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 7 - Dec 10, 2017  
Organic Theater Company at Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? In the funny and heartwarming Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, he does. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own bonds, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own. This is the eighth annual production of Tom Mula's adaptation of Dickens' classic at Naperville's Meiley-Swallow Theatre.
 
   
BLKS Dec 7 - Jan 28, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre BLKS
 
Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
 
   
They Dec 7 - Jan 13, 2018  
Trap Door Theatre They
 
"They are running everything but no one knows who THEY actually are?" Using the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz, They examines who THEY are and if the secret government really exists. They tragically examines how the beauty in love and art is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization and the destruction of freedom and imagination.
 
   
Twas the Night Before Christmas Dec 9 - Dec 16, 2017  
Theatre At The Center Twas the Night Before Christmas
 
Celebrate the magic of the season with this original musical adaptation inspired by the famous poem by Clement Moore. Come laugh and sing-a-long when the “jolly old elf” makes a surprise visit. A holiday treat for the entire family to enjoy!
 
   
The Holidays Unwrapped Dec 11 - Dec 20, 2017  
Erasing the Distance at Edge Theatre The Holidays Unwrapped
 
A music-filled performance that braids together the real stories of nine people, The Holidays Unwrapped is a humorous look at how to manage stress throughout the holiday season. The stories bring to light the funny interactions, the emotional trials, the disappointing struggles, and the bonds individuals share with their families. The Holidays Unwrapped highlights the relationships and annual events individuals invent to thrive through the holiday season.
 
   
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff Dec 13 - Jan 7, 2018  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
 
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, POTTED POTTER is perfect for the entire family.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2017  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
With eye-popping costumes, stirring choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score played by the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will enchant the entire family. This annual holiday ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. McAninch Arts Center is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved ballet that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.
 
   
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
 
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season. Don't miss The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue this holiday!
 
   
Peter Pan Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2018  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Peter Pan
 
Join the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan, along with his pals the Lost Boys and the mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and try to save the three Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- from the menacing pirate Captain Hook. All it takes is a sprinkling of pixie dust to begin their magical journey across the stars. This beloved family classic includes the songs "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Neverland," with a 26-piece orchestra providing live accompaniment. Fly away with the gang at Cahn Auditorium courtesy of Music Theater Works.
 
   
A Very Electric Christmas Dec 29 - Dec 30, 2017  
Theatre At The Center A Very Electric Christmas
 
Celebrate the holidays with a unique theatre experience! A Very Electric Christmas tells the story of Santa putting the finishing touches on the presents while meeting some new friends that have gotten lost at the North Pole. Nutcracker soldiers, The Rat King, and other holiday characters are brought to life through light and music of artists ranging from Tchaikovsky to Mariah Carey. This heartfelt story is great for children of all ages and families alike.
 
   
Flamingo and Decatur Jan 4 - Feb 18, 2018  
Block St Theatre Co at Theater Wit Flamingo and Decatur
 
Set in a foreclosed residential property far from the glamour of the famed Las Vegas strip, FLAMINGO & DECATUR reveals a different side of Sin City. It's here we meet Jackson, a wily professional gambler struggling to stay afloat in the aftermath of the 2008 housing crash that wrecked the city's economy. Jackson thinks he's discovered a surefire way to trim living expenses - find one of the thousands of Vegas houses left vacant by foreclosure and start squatting there illegally with Ben, his online-poker-junkie roommate. But the pair soon finds that not only do they have to stay one step ahead of the law - they must also contend with their antagonistic next-door neighbor Simon, self-appointed guardian of neighborhood property values.
 
   
The Antelope Party Jan 5 - Feb 24, 2018  
Theater Wit The Antelope Party
 
It's sometime in the 2010s. The Rust Belt Ponies Meet Up Group for Adult Fans of My Little Pony has gathered in Ben's Philadelphia apartment, but two members have not yet arrived. A new recruit seems unusually shy and curiously paranoid about a local neighborhood watch group. What happened to their Pegasister, Maggie? Why is Brony Doug so paranoid? What does it all have to do with the 9/11 Truthers and an emerging group of "concerned citizens?" In the midst of increasing violence and authoritarianism, how can our heroes see the magic in Everypony? And, even worse, what if they do?
 
   
Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe Jan 5 - Jan 28, 2018  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Edge Theatre Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and   Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
 
Edgar Allan Poe's life reads like one of his short stories: an unrelenting tale of misery and woe. His death is also shrouded in mystery. Was he just spectacularly unlucky, or did a supernatural shadow fall over his life? Written by Jonathan Christenson, this Chicago premiere musical weaves fact and fiction into a tapestry of music and poetry.
 
   
For The Loyal Jan 5 - Feb 4, 2018  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre For The Loyal
 
For Toby and Mia, college football and family are one and the same; he has a new coaching job for a top team, and they are happily expecting their first born. But when Toby gets Mia enmeshed in an unseemly team secret, she is forced to decide where her loyalties truly lie. Inspired by the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, FOR THE LOYAL takes an unconventional and provocative look at how one woman traverses a no-win situation.
 
   
Traitor Jan 5 - Feb 25, 2018  
A Red Orchid Theatre Traitor
 
In this world premiere adaptation of Heinrich Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, a small, North Chicago suburb finds the town's restart button with an investment in a newly opened charter school. After issues with the school grounds are discovered by its head of sciences, Dr. Stock, a quest to inform and correct is met with support. But suspicion and rancor mount as truths bubble to the surface. A play that mirrors our vital, absurd and often hilarious political times.
 
   
The Light Jan 5 - Feb 4, 2018  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre The Light
 
On the heels of their engagement, Rashad and Genesis must come to terms with the devastating effects of rape culture, putting the future of their relationship at risk. Featuring two of Chicago's most dynamic rising actors and penned by newcomer Loy Webb, THE LIGHT is a rollercoaster real-time 70 minute journey of romance, humor and heart-wrenching despair that seeks to discover whether the power of radical love can be the healing glow amidst the world's darkness.
 
   
Boy Jan 10 - Mar 18, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company Boy
 
A moving and poignant story, inspired by true events, about a search for personal identity and acceptance. In the 1960s, a surgical accident causes a well-intentioned doctor to convince the parents of twin boys to raise one as a girl. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold, as those involved struggle to connect with each other and themselves, stuck between their hope for the future and their uncertainty about the past. BOY explores the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love.
 
   
Five Mile Lake Jan 11 - Feb 24, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Five Mile Lake
 
In a style reminiscent of Chekhov, five friends approaching thirty try to navigate the emotional undercurrents of unrequited love, loss and possibility. The unexpected return of a sibling sets in motion an inadvertent winter reunion in their small Pennsylvania town. This is the kind of claustrophobic town that kids grow up to leave, but not everyone feels the same way. These old high school friends each aspire to make the right choice, and come face-to-face with the choices they have already made.
 
   
All My Sons Jan 11 - Feb 11, 2018  
Court Theatre All My Sons
 
Local businessman and manufacturer Joe Keller developed a bitter history with his business partner after dealing with profound tragedy during World War II. Despite the odds, love blossoms between Joe's son Chris and his partner's daughter Ann. Joe is destined to face old dilemmas and defend his decisions in this electrifying family drama.
 
   
Rose Jan 12 - Mar 11, 2018  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Rose
 
An intimate portrait of Camelot's "queen mother" Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose is an engrossing solo show set in the summer of 1969, just days after her only surviving son, Ted, has been implicated in the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. Alone with her invalid husband in their house in Hyannis Port, Rose attempts to retrace the rise and fall of this great family -- from her husband's infidelity to her daughter Rosemary's tragic lobotomy and, of course, her sons John and Robert Kennedy's assassinations -- as they traversed continents, shaped history and inspired a nation. Rose was written by Kennedy scholar Laurence Leamer, author of the national bestseller The Kennedy Women, and is presented at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
 
   
Yank! A WWII Love Story Jan 13 - Feb 18, 2018  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Yank! A WWII Love Story
 
YANK!, originally produced off-Broadway in 2010, is a love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940s Broadway. Suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie), it explores what stories get told in wartime, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together. It's the story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who gets drafted in 1943, and who - like most guys - spends Basic Training wrestling with fears of whether he "has what it takes" to make it in the Army. But unlike most guys, Stu also falls in love with a fellow Private, a handsome All-American guy named Mitch. When Stu strikes a friendship with Artie - an unapologetically queer reporter for Yank Magazine, Artie shows Stu a glimpse of the gay world that thrived just beneath the surface of the US Army in the 1940.
 
   
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Jan 18 - Mar 25, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 
The meteoric first collaboration of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, finishes our season with a bang. Join Israel's favorite son, Joseph, through his tumultuous ascent to the top in this timeless reminder of the unquenchable thirst of a man with a dream who had the courage to forge the destiny of a people and its powerful message of hope. The classic story of Joseph is paired with exuberant music, featuring favorites such as "Close Every Door," "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do."
 
   
Nice Girl Jan 24 - Mar 11, 2018  
Raven Theatre Nice Girl
 
Josephine has a dead-end job, still lives with her mother, and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of being single at age 37. But when she's given the possibility of change, she takes tentative steps towards a new life. A play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.
 
   
Skeleton Crew Jan 25 - Mar 4, 2018  
Northlight Theatre Skeleton Crew
 
At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation's financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management's "cost-saving" demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?
 
   
Hinter Jan 25 - Mar 3, 2018  
Steep Theatre Hinter
 
A gruesome murder scene has been discovered at the Gruber family's small farmstead, Hinterkaifeck. Set in 1922 Germany and inspired by real events, Calamity West's Hinter is a chilling tale about a family, a community, and the post-World War I socio-political climate by one of Chicago's most exciting new playwrights.
 
   
We The People - Songs Of The Resistance Jan 26 - Feb 10, 2018  
Flying Elephant Productions at Stage 773 We The People - Songs Of The Resistance
 
The election of 2016: Disappointment, Chaos, Intrigue, Anger, Response! This new political musical song cycle takes audiences from the party conventions through election night and its immediate aftermath into the realization of "Trump's America." It all culminates with a call to action from "We The People."
 
   
The Humans Jan 30 - Feb 11, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Humans
 
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
 
   
I Puritani Feb 4 - Feb 28, 2018  
Lyric Opera I Puritani
 
The opera takes place at a fortress near Plymouth during the English Civil War of the 1640s. Elvira is betrothed to Sir Riccardo Forth, a Puritan colonel, although she is not in love with him. Instead, she loves Arturo Talbot, a Cavalier and a Stuart sympathizer, who loves her in return. Once aware of Elvira's unhappiness, Elvira's uncle, Sir Giorgio, convinces her father, Lord Walter, to give his permission for her to marry Arturo. At the wedding celebration, Arturo discovers that Queen Enrichetta has been imprisoned in the castle. By covering the queen in a wedding veil, Arturo helps her escape. Elvira believes she has been abandoned by Arturo, but in the end, the two are happily reunited.
 
   
Row After Row Feb 5 - Feb 27, 2018  
The Comrades at Apollo Theater Row After Row
 
Historical accuracy is paramount to Cal and Tom, two hardcore Civil War re-enactors, fresh off their latest Gettysburg battle. But their accuracy is compromised when they're joined by a soldier with a less than authentic confederate uniform... and the wrong gender. Straddling 1863 and today, ROW AFTER ROW is a dark comedy about choosing your cause and finding your courage.
 
   
A Moon For The Misbegotten Feb 7 - Mar 18, 2018  
Writers Theatre A Moon For The Misbegotten
 
In 1920s rural Connecticut, Phil Hogan cobbles together a living on rented farmland that he hopes to someday own outright, when his landlord Jim Tyrone comes into his inheritance. Hogan has driven away his three sons, but his towering daughter Josie understands her father and can hold her own. When the two learn that the land may be sold out from under them, they concoct a plan to save it that ultimately reveals the secret desires that two lonely souls have kept hidden for years.
 
   
Breach: A manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate Feb 9 - Mar 11, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Breach: A manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate
 
What happens when a woman trapped in a dead-end job and a fizzling relationship accidentally gets pregnant by a man that she's not dating? A coming-of-age story about race, class and motherhood, BREACH by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Lisa Portes, examines how hard it is to love others when it's you that you loathe most of all.
 
   
Love Never Dies Feb 14 - Mar 4, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Love Never Dies
 
This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don't miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world's greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Chicago.
 
   
Surely Goodness and Mercy Feb 14 - Mar 18, 2018  
Redtwist Theatre Surely Goodness and Mercy
 
A powerful new drama with incredible heart and humor. Tino is a Newark schoolboy sent to live with an abusive aunt after his mother dies protecting him in a street fight. Seeking solace, Tino befriends the cantankerous lunch lady at school who has been diagnosed with MS. The moving, heartwarming climax shows these two unlikely friends helping each other navigate a harsh world.
 
   
Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure Feb 17 - Feb 18, 2018  
Chicago Theatre Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
 
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure"! It's Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap'n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway's celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup ... Tracker!
 
   
Plantation! Feb 21 - Apr 22, 2018  
Lookingglass Theatre Plantation!
 
Look who's coming to tea... A Texas matriarch, bless her heart, discovers that the history of the ancestral home is, well...complicated. When she reveals the news to her Southern Belle daughters, tempers rage hotter than the devil's armpit and pandemonium runs amok on the pristine plantation...and that's before the other set of sisters arrive.
 
   
You Got Older Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre You Got Older
 
There's a haunted place between where we started and where we need to be that finds the most tender among us-and breaks them open. In You Got Older, Clare Barron's bawdy, irreverent and touching play, Mae, brokenhearted and unemployed, returns home to care for her ailing father and escape the loneliness of a life that just can't seem to get off the ground.
 
   
The Picture Of Dorian Gray Mar 2 - Apr 15, 2018  
City Lit Theater The Picture Of Dorian Gray
 
Oscar Wilde's novel of a man who sells his soul for unaging beauty.
 
   
Faust Mar 3 - Mar 21, 2018  
Lyric Opera Faust
 
This exceptionally romantic, universally popular work had its premiere in Paris in early 1859. The story is one of the most justly celebrated in opera. The aged philosopher Faust - at the urging of Satan's agent, Mephistopheles - is made young again in exchange for his soul. The drama encompasses Faust's encounter with the innocent Marguerite, his wooing and subsequent abandonment of her, the death of her brother Valentin at Faust's own hand, and Marguerite's ensuing madness, death, and redemption. Siebel is the boy in love with Marguerite, Marthe, Marguerite's busybody neighbor, offers comic relief.
 
   
Cyrano Mar 3 - Apr 15, 2018  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Cyrano
 
BoHo presents the Chicago premiere of this sharp, lean, nine-actor translation of Rostand's immortal play. Set in 17th century France, Cyrano tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul who is handicapped by a huge nose that makes him feel incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane. When he learns that Roxane and a handsome young soldier named Christian are infatuated with each other, he writes beautiful love letters for her suitor that lead to a tragic love triangle.
 
   
Women Laughing Alone with Salad Mar 9 - Apr 29, 2018  
Theater Wit Women Laughing Alone with Salad
 
Dangerous, fierce and funny, Women Laughing Alone with Salad bursts out of the bounds of internet meme-dom and onto the stage in a four person comic tour-de-force about friendship, salad, sex, bodies, yoga, salad, men, envy, women, pharmaceuticals, diets, salad and uppers and salad.
 
   
Pretty Women: The Musical Mar 13 - Apr 15, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Pretty Women: The Musical
 
A new musical based on one of the most beloved romantic comedy of all time, Garry Marshall's PRETTY WOMAN, will have its pre-Broadway World Premiere stage production in Chicago in the spring of 2018.
 
   
The Beauty Queen Of Leenane Mar 15 - Apr 22, 2018  
Northlight Theatre The Beauty Queen Of Leenane
 
This Tony Award-winning dark comedy is set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane. Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative ageing mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen's hopes for an escape from her dreary existence, Mag's interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying.
 
   
Fellow Travelers Mar 17 - Mar 25, 2018  
Lyric Unlimited at Athenaeum Theatre Fellow Travelers
 
At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job-and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller-an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
 
   
On Your Feet Mar 21 - Apr 8, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre On Your Feet
 
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
 
   
Smart People Mar 21 - Jun 10, 2018  
Writers Theatre Smart People
 
Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race—search for love, success, and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit.
 
   
hang Mar 21 - Apr 29, 2018  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center hang
 
Three people. One room. One woman's unspeakable decision in the balance. As words break down in the face of human suffering, an unnamed woman is ushered into a strange government office in order to make a devastating decision. debbie tucker green's darkly humorous and shatteringly poetic 2015 hit from London's Royal Court places us on the raw knife-edge between justice and retribution.
 
   
The Gentleman Caller Mar 28 - May 13, 2018  
Raven Theatre The Gentleman Caller
 
A world premiere play by Philip Dawkins (Charm, Le Switch), that imagines what happened behind closed doors in 1944 when Tennessee Williams met critic William Inge, who, like Williams, would later become one of America's greatest dramatists.
 
   
The Doppelganger (an international farce) Apr 5 - May 20, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Doppelganger (an international farce)
 
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on... and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
 
   
Birdland Apr 5 - May 12, 2018  
Steep Theatre Birdland
 
Paul has attained rock stardom and all the spoils that go with it. As his world tour winds its way home, the rewards of his fame are quickly diminishing. Birdland is a sexy, searing exploration of empathy by Olivier and Tony Award winner Simon Stephens.
 
   
South Pacific Apr 5 - Jun 17, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook South Pacific
 
More timely than ever, this Rodgers & Hammerstein landmark musical proves that even the backdrop of a tropical paradise cannot shelter its residents from the prejudices of World War II. South Pacific is the winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ten Tony Awards including Best Musical.
 
   
Doing It Apr 6 - May 6, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Doing It
 
After serving seven years in prison, Lettie is released and struggles to make a fresh start. Her children, who have been cared for by her half-sister, want little to do with her. Her re-entry job is anything but gentle as she takes on the dark, harsh world of welding. Trying again and again to create a non-criminal life, Lettie is confronted by her past and must make impossible choices to protect her future. Doing It, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew (A Wonder In My Soul, The House That Will Not Stand) marks playwright Boo Killebrew's Victory Gardens Theater debut.
 
   
Frost/Nixon Apr 18 - May 20, 2018  
Redtwist Theatre Frost/Nixon
 
Before the legendary Nixon interviews, David Frost was regarded as a low-brow TV huckster...more known as a dashing Brit playboy than a serious journalist, whom the president thought he could outwit in his quest for redemption. But when the cameras roll, Frost spars-and checkmates-the disgraced president into admitting that he not only broke the law, but was still in abject denial that he did anything wrong, summed up by the infamous line, "If the President does it, it's not illegal." A riveting historical drama about the legendary 1977 interviews that sealed the legacy of both men, and established Nixon as a modern-day punchline for abuse of power.
 
   
To Catch A Fish Apr 25 - Jul 1, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company To Catch A Fish
 
Inspired by true events, this compelling new play examines how the pursuit of justice-however well intentioned-can devastate a family and a community. In a low-income, residential neighborhood of Milwaukee, Terry Kilbourn has just begun a new job passing out flyers for a discount warehouse. When his bosses start asking more of him, his loved ones begin to question what is really going on. As higher stakes are revealed and relationships tested, the clarity of who to trust and what to believe grows increasingly murky. Both hilarious and heart wrenching, TO CATCH A FISH walks the line between good intentions and deceit, testing the bonds we have to family and community.
 
   
How To Use A Knife Apr 26 - Jun 9, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit How To Use A Knife
 
In the chaotic kitchen of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George is trying to stay sober and keep the trash talking cross-cultural kitchen staff churning out orders on time. While managing two Guatemalan line cooks, a pot smoking white busboy and dealing with a jerk of a boss, George strikes up a surprising friendship with a reserved Ugandan dishwasher. Raw, fast paced and suspenseful, HOW TO USE A KNIFE boils over when personal and moral issues from their pasts are exposed. This high energy drama is fresh off a rolling world premiere shared by four theaters in the National New Play Network.
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 27 - May 20, 2018  
Lyric Opera Jesus Christ Superstar
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ's followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.
 
   
Prometheus Bound Apr 27 - Jun 10, 2018  
City Lit Theater Prometheus Bound
 
In McCabe and Rudall's vision of the classic - a play they've discussed for over twenty years - only Prometheus, the human race's defender from Zeus, and Io, a woman turned into a cow by Zeus and hunted by a biting gadfly, are to be played by human actors. The play's other characters--all supernatural beings without meaningful connections to the human race--will be portrayed by life-sized puppets so that their physical appearances are not limited by the human form.
 
   
The Explorers Club Apr 27 - May 27, 2018  
Citadel Theatre Company The Explorers Club
 
Armed only with a spoon, an intrepid female explorer ventures into the jungle and returns with Luigi, a suitably exotic-looking member of the lost tribe she's just discovered. Yet the esteemed -- and all male -- members of London's exclusive Explorers Club still refuse to allow her entry. Granted, it's 1879 and well before women's lib, but this particular group of professors aren't exactly setting the world on fire -- one's searching for the East Pole and another believes the lost tribes of Israel actually ended up in Ireland. Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) wrote this crazy battle-of-the-sexes comedy, dubbed "wildly funny" by Variety, now coming to the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest as part of their 15th-anniversary celebration.
 
   
Suddenly, Last Summer May 2 - Jun 17, 2018  
Raven Theatre Suddenly, Last Summer
 
Wealthy New Orleans socialite widow Violet Venable is trying to silence her niece Catherine, who, as the only witness to the murder of Violet's son Sebastian, has been giving a horrifying description of the circumstances under which he was killed. Unwilling to accept either that account or other assertions about her son's life, Mrs. Venable pursues extraordinary measures to keep Catherine quiet.
 
   
Buried Child May 9 - Jun 17, 2018  
Writers Theatre Buried Child
 
On a cross-country trip from New York to the west coast, Vince and his girlfriend Shelly decide to make a stop at his grandparents’ rural Illinois home. But when they arrive, neither his grandparents, Dodge and Halie, nor his father Tilden and uncle Bradley seem to recognize or remember him. As Vince searches for answers, truths begin to emerge that reveal a deep corrosion of this fragmented family living in a forgotten America.
 
   
Cry It Out May 10 - Jun 17, 2018  
Northlight Theatre Cry It Out
 
Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee on their neighboring patios. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared "new mom" experience-and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. This insightful comedy takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.
 
   
20,000 Leagues Under the Seas May 23 - Aug 19, 2018  
Lookingglass Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas
 
When a terrifying sea monster is spotted off the coast, renowned scientist Professor Aronnax and fellow explorers set out to investigate. They soon find themselves kidnapped and held under the command, and spell, of the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the most advanced submarine the world has never seen, they confront giant squids, bizarre sea creatures, and the monsters that lurk below...and within.
 
   
Guards at the Taj May 31 - Jul 15, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre Guards at the Taj
 
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.
 
   
The Roommate Jun 21 - Aug 5, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Roommate
 
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in this new comedy about how early-life choices lead to mid-life challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
 
   
Sagittarius Ponderosa Jun 27 - Jul 29, 2018  
Redtwist Theatre Sagittarius Ponderosa
 
Archer (still Angela to his family) returns home to the forests of eastern Oregon to care for his sick father. At night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine, he meets a stranger who knows the history of the forests. Sagittarius Ponderosa reveals the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart...and the journey of personal identity we all must take to become ourselves.
 
   
Waitress Jul 3 - Jul 22, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Waitress
 
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
 
   
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Jul 5 - Aug 26, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
 
In the heat of the South under the gaze of patriarch Big Daddy, the expectations of marriage and family spoil. A birthday party brings a family's skeletons to the surface as each one fights over the bones. Well known for the 1958 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives which received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing.
 
   
Linda Jul 12 - Aug 18, 2018  
Steep Theatre Linda
 
Linda Wilde is a titan - an award-winning executive of a beauty corporation with a brilliant new campaign up her sleeve. She's also a wife, a mother, and a woman "of a certain age," but her success in balancing family and career hasn't prepared her for the battle for visibility in a world focused on everlasting youth. Olivier Award nominee Penelope Skinner's Linda is a searingly funny portrait of a woman on the front lines of the fight for relevance.
 
   
The Color Purple Jul 17 - Jul 29, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Color Purple
 
Based upon Alice Walker's acclaimed novel of the same name, THE COLOR PURPLE is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called "Mister," she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. THE COLOR PURPLE celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.
 
   
Little Shop of Horrors Sep 6 - Oct 28, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Little Shop of Horrors
 
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
 
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Nov 9 - Jan 27, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
 
   
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.