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Kill Move Paradise Apr 1 - Apr 19, 2020  
TimeLine Theatre Company Kill Move Paradise
 
TimeLine Theatre announced that it is able to offer a limited number of opportunities to stream a previously filmed performance of its Chicago premiere of James Ijames' Kill Move Paradise. Inspired by the ever-growing list of slain unarmed black men and women, Kill Move Paradise is a portrait of those lost-not as statistics, but as heroes who deserve to be seen for the splendid beings they are. Patrons are then able to view their performance at a time they choose within a one-week window that begins with the performance date and time purchased. Only 99 tickets are available for each streamed performance, reflecting the number of seats in TimeLine's theatre.
 
   
Cry It Out Apr 9 - May 3, 2020  
Oil Lamp Theater Cry It Out
 
Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life. Today, she is in dirty yoga pants, covered in breast milk, trying to comfort a screaming newborn. Isolated in a sleepy Long Island suburb while her commuter husband works long hours, Jessie is desperate to talk to anyone besides Food Network. So when she spies a fellow new mom and neighbor, Lina, at the local Stop & Shop, she vaults over the cantaloupe to introduce herself. Happy to have found each other, the two moms agree to meet for coffee during naptime in the sweet spot behind their adjoining yards where both their baby monitors get reception, and a fast friendship is born.
 
   
Disney Dance Upon a Dream! Apr 10  
Rosemont Theatre Disney Dance Upon a Dream!
 
Come and celebrate the dazzling world of Disney with dancer, social media and television sensation Mackenzie Ziegler, along with the insanely talented Disney Dance Company, as they take an electrifying journey to find their own beat in our fast-moving world. Featuring a soundtrack of Disney's greatest hits remixed and reimagined, Disney and dance fans of all ages will delight in the breathtaking performances of our present-day Disney heroine and the incredible Disney Dance Company. Step into the magical world of Disney as Mackenzie shares a story on stage that audiences have never experienced before. Including video and music with a twist from our most beloved Disney films, including Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Moana and Cinderella, this show is not to be missed!
 
   
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Apr 10 - Apr 11, 2020  
Cornservatory The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
 
Jamie Lee, Dean J. Griffiths and Matt Leptich of Jackalope Productions have decided to do every single play by William Shakespeare in 90 minutes. Do they know all their lines? Can they do it without smacking each other upside the head? And can they do it ... backwards? Probably not, but it's funny to watch them try! Premiering at Terminus Theatre in Lake Villa, the show's launching a self-funded tour. (But hey, we never turn down donations ... wink wink!)
 
   
1619: The Journey Of A People Apr 11  
The Greenhouse Theater Center 1619: The Journey Of A People
 
In 1619, 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, Virginia. The 400-year journey that followed would change a nation and the world. Using various musical forms including hip-hop, jazz and blues, this fabulous musical theater production commemorates the struggle for equality and celebrates the story of America's African sons and daughters.
 
   
The Last Match Apr 15 - Jun 7, 2020  
Writers Theatre The Last Match
 
When a young Russian tennis phenom and an American superstar in his prime meet at center court, it's a tough call whether the greatest drama is playing out off the court or on! As the swift action volleys between primetime tennis matches and the most pivotal moments in the personal lives of the competitors and their equally driven romantic partners, sharp and insightful playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) draws you inside the minds of all four as they face challenges in sport, life and love. What results is a fast-paced and moving montage exploring family, the sacrifices we make for success and the legacy we leave behind.
 
   
The Taming of the Shrew Apr 15 - May 2, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Taming of the Shrew
 
For the first time in 25 years, Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Chicago with the must-see theatrical event of 2020. Director Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare's provocative comedy on its head, setting it in a matriarchal society. Women hold the power, control the state, and own the property. In a world where men have no authority, Lady Baptista is selling off her two sons to the highest bidder. Reversing the traditional gender of each role, the RSC's production creates a new environment in which the power dynamics of today can be explored through a 400-year-old text. After thrilling audiences in Stratford-upon-Avon and across the UK, this explosive battle of the sexes promises to be unlike any Shrew you've ever seen.
 
   
The Danish Play Apr 16 - May 10, 2020  
The Den Theatre The Danish Play
 
At turns hauntingly memorable and subversively humorous, The Danish Play tells the true tale of Agnete Ottosen, a Danish poet and member of the Resistance during World War II. She was captured, tortured, and imprisoned at the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp. Basing the play on Ottosen’s poetry and journals discovered after her death, playwright Sonny Mills (Ottosen is their great aunt) shows the depths to which she went to ensure the safety of herself, her fellow citizens, and her country. The Danish Play reflects a dark time in Danish history, yet one that never loses sight of the hope, light, and laughter of a better tomorrow. Presented at The Den Theatre. Written by Sonny Mills and directed by Kirstin Franklin.
 
   
A Wrinkle in Time Apr 16 - May 23, 2020  
Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre A Wrinkle in Time
 
Join us for the story of one of literature's favorite heroines, Meg Murry, as she joins forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father. They travel through space and time to take on IT and The Black Thing. Will the power of love and determination save Meg, her friends, and her father? ​
 
   
Ironbound Apr 17 - May 23, 2020  
Steep Theatre Ironbound
 
Twenty-two years, three relationships, and one New Jersey bus stop tell the story of Darja's journey through the American Dream. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok's Ironbound navigates the murky waters of love, security, immigration, and mobility with heartbreaking humor.
 
   
White Apr 17 - May 24, 2020  
Definition Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre White
 
Gus is a painter expecting his big break with a prestigious contemporary art museum in 'The New America' exhibition. When he's told by the museum's new curator that "white dudes" aren't a part of New America, he enlists the help of Vanessa, a black actress, and together they create Balkonae Townsend, a bold, young radical artist to serve as the face of his work. But when things start to spiral out of control, Gus is left to deal with the mess he created, and Vanessa must come to terms with her own agency as an artist. Audacious and bitingly funny, WHITE, explores white privilege, racial politics and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity.
 
   
All One! The Dr. Bronner's Play Apr 17 - May 3, 2020  
The Passage Theatre at Ebenezer Lutheran Church All One! The Dr. Bronner's Play
 
Good/Evil! Clean/Dirty! Madness/Genius! Apart/Together! Can all of these major dualities be contained in a soap you may have in your shower right now? And can that soap really have eighteen different uses? All-One! The Dr. Bronner's Play is an irreverent look at life's deepest darkness and brightest light through the too-wild-to-be-believed life of the world's most famous soap maker, Emanuel Bronner.
 
   
The Juniors Apr 18 - May 30, 2020  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre The Juniors
 
A class of high school juniors are tasked with a simple Home Ec assignment: parent a sack of flour for a week or fail. When the flour babies begin dying one by one, the students stop at nothing to ensure that they, and the pretend children they bore, are the last ones standing. A play with war, carnage and genocide, THE JUNIORS is a pitch black comedy about the ambitious and cut-throat world of high school Home Economics and the lengths we'll go to in order to protect what we think is ours.
 
   
Molly Sweeney Apr 20 - May 24, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Molly Sweeney
 
In this riveting exploration of triumph and loss, master storyteller Brian Friel-"a towering figure of the stage, from Dublin to Broadway" (The Guardian)-reveals the unexpected consequences of a modern medical miracle. Visually impaired since infancy, Molly agrees to a procedure that will restore her sight. But is it she who benefits most-or her ambitious spouse, or her doctor's career? Robert Falls directs a major revival of this "astonishing, highly entertaining, deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair" (The New York Times).
 
   
Hit Her With The Skates Apr 21 - Jun 21, 2020  
Royal George Theatre Hit Her With The Skates
 
HIT HER WITH THE SKATES is a coming of age story with a twist. It's 1994 and Rock star, Jacqueline Miller has a lot to celebrate. She's headlining her first national tour, has a hit record and is riding high. In the midst of this, she has agreed to kick off the gala re-opening of her beloved childhood roller rink, Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline takes a retrospective journey back to 1977 and finds herself again when she meets up with her 12-year-old self and all of the people who have made her who she is. From the wisdom of the Ouija Board to the power of All-Skate Saturday, the family-friendly musical HIT HER WITH THE SKATES explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love while still being true to yourself.
 
   
When The Rain Stops Falling Apr 23 - Jun 6, 2020  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit When The Rain Stops Falling
 
Shifting seamlessly from 1959 to 2039, an epic family saga unfolds across two continents and four generations. In the year 2039, rain falls in the desert of Australia as a father waits to reunite with his estranged son. A pivotal conversation unspools in London in 1988 as young Gabriel Law confronts his alcoholic mother about seven cryptic postcards his mysterious father sent from the outback. As Gabriel attempts to retrace his father's footsteps, the past begins to inform the present. Rich and evocative, When the Rain Stops Falling creates a stunning thematic mosaic of secrecy, parentage and the echoing impact of the trespasses of those who came before.
 
   
I Promised Myself To Live Faster Apr 23 - May 31, 2020  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway I Promised Myself To Live Faster
 
. In this wild work recommended for mature audiences, Tim's out trolling for a good time when an order of intergalactic nuns charge him with a quest: retrieve the Holy Gay Flame from the clutches of the evil emperor Moody Garland to save the race of Homosexuals and restore the balance of power in the universe. But when he's captured by the fabulously androgynous Ah-Ni, Tim's chances look bleak. Ridiculous and delirious, this epic extravaganza of allegorical adventure redefines the search for identity for homosexuals circa 2015.
 
   
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Apr 24 - May 24, 2020  
Mercury Theater Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
 
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever imagined. With a dazzling array of over-the-top costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," "Hot Stuff," "Boogie Wonderland," "Go West," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love The Nightlife," this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous!
 
   
Nina or the Fragility of Stuffed Seagulls Apr 24 - May 24, 2020  
Facility Theatre at Prop Theatre Nina or the Fragility of Stuffed Seagulls
 
In Nina, Or: About the fragility of stuffed seagulls , two writers and an actress are stuck in the country house during blizzard as the revolution explodes on the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Will they survive? Will they join the Bolsheviks? Will they write and act ever again? The story of love and a never-ending turmoil of history is built as an extension of Chekhov's Seagull, under the premise that Treplev lived and witnessed the catastrophic changes of the 1917 February Revolution. It is an unexpected tribute to Chekhov, and above all a wonderful comedy.
 
   
Into the Woods Apr 24 - May 10, 2020  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Into the Woods
 
Your favorite fairy tales hit the stage for an epic mashup about wishes, family and the choices we make. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, musical ... and a rare modern classic. This Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
 
   
American Mariachi Apr 25 - May 31, 2020  
Goodman Theatre American Mariachi
 
Familia, amor and tradiciόn are at the heart of this hilarious and heartwarming new comedy about the freedom to dream big. Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother's memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music, this "big-hearted, musical tug at the heartstrings" (Denver Post) reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible.
 
   
As You Like It Apr 30 - Jun 21, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater As You Like It
 
It's the 1960s, when all you need is love. Free spirits escape a world gone wrong to get back to the land-a place that promises safe harbor from the corrupt ways of the city, but no one is spared here from the hazards of love. The irrepressible Rosalind takes refuge in the forest. So, too, does her love Orlando, with much to learn from the woman of his dreams, now disguised in boy's garb. This high-spirited, music-filled adaptation infuses Shakespeare's comedy with the hit songs of The Beatles-lifting the playwright's timeless verse in beautiful harmony with the immortal music of the "Fab Four." As You Like It is adapted and directed by Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of Canada's acclaimed Citadel Theatre, and originated at Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
 
   
Talley's Folly Apr 30 - May 31, 2020  
Theatre At The Center Talley's Folly
 
Talley's Folly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy by Lanford Wilson, tells the story of one night in the lives of two unlikely sweethearts. Matt - bookish, honest, and delightfully funny - tries to allay Sally's fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. With charm and wit, they face their differences while revealing secrets and finding strength in each other. This funny and sweet love story stars real-life sweethearts, Artistic Director Linda Fortunato and Chicago favorite Sean Fortunato.
 
   
The Waystation Apr 30 - May 16, 2020  
The Martin The Waystation
 
THE WAYSTATION explores a place between there and here in a not too distant future. We step into Ash's Waystation, a once-thriving dive bar turned safehouse for those on the run from a government-mandated tithe of firstborn children. The production asks us to reflect on our current times and just how close we are to losing control and choice - and what we owe to one another when we do.
 
   
Shrek the Musical Apr 30 - Jun 13, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Shrek the Musical
 
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek! Theatre for Young Audiences productions are 60 minutes with no intermission.
 
   
This Is Only A Test May 1 - May 30, 2020  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre This Is Only A Test
 
Nowadays, it could happen anywhere, at any time, and the faculty at Washington High have decided to take "being prepared" to a whole new level: through a series of cutting-edge Active Shooter Drills, their students will be trained on how to fight back, just in case their school is the next to hit the news cycle. But as they're asked to quell violence by responding violently, four teenagers begin to wonder: if we're so prepared, why do we feel even more unsafe?
 
   
Baby Shark Live! May 3  
Rosemont Theatre Baby Shark Live!
 
Baby Shark Live!, the brand new, fully immersive concert experience from Pinkfong and Round Room Live, heads to Rosemont Theatre. The live show is based on Pinkfong's viral earworm and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs, including "Five Little Monkeys," "Wheels on the Bus," "Jungle Boogie," "Monkey Banana Dance" and, of course, "Baby Shark!"
 
   
The Rough Guide to the Underworld May 5 - Jun 6, 2020  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Rough Guide to the Underworld
 
What fresh Hell is this? It's a travelogue like you've never seen. Mash-up a Ken Burns documentary with scenes cribbed from Sorkin and Mamet. Add commentary from Virgil, Dante and Twain. Infuse it with high-proof music and video. Then blend until frothy and hang on tight: you're taking a ridiculous ride through everyone's favorite mythical anti-destination!
 
   
Mementos Mori May 6 - Jun 14, 2020  
Writers Theatre Mementos Mori
 
When the persona of "Death" unexpectedly finds herself in California, she trades her scythe for an iPhone and wanders Hollywood, "swiping right" on loss and introducing unexpected connections into the otherwise disparate lives of a ghost, a young girl, and an elderly projectionist. This ambitious show uses multiple puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras and three screens to create a live "movie" for the audience. Accompanied by four musicians playing an original score, along with live foley sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling!
 
   
Relentless May 6 - Jun 27, 2020  
TimeLine Theatre Company Relentless
 
Relentless looks at the deep personal secrets we keep to protect the ones we love most. After the death of their mother, two sisters return home to Philadelphia in 1919 to settle her estate. Annelle is a happy socialite desperate to return to the safe illusion of a perfect life with her husband in Boston. Janet is a single, professional nurse, determined to change history and propel Black women to a place of prominence and respect. After discovering a series of diaries left by their late mother, they find themselves confronted with a woman they never really knew, exposing buried truths from the past that are chillingly, explosively Relentless.
 
   
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time May 6 - May 17, 2020  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Watts Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
 
Christopher Boone, an inquisitive fifteen-year-old with an exceptional mind, launches an investigation after finding that his neighbor's dog, Wellington, has been killed. Christopher goes on a journey of self-discovery as he travels alone for the first time and learns about the true nature of his mother's whereabouts. Winner of Olivier and Tony Awards, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time explores the complexity and challenges of Christopher's daily life.
 
   
The Gospel at Colonus May 7 - Jun 7, 2020  
Court Theatre The Gospel at Colonus
 
Soulful and stirring, The Gospel at Colonus reimagines the story of Oedipus as the centerpiece of an African American Pentecostal church service. A redemptive celebration, this one-of-a-kind theatrical event breathes new life into a classic myth with a score of powerful gospel music. A bold collaboration from an extraordinary team of artists led by Charles Newell and TaRon Patton, The Gospel at Colonus builds upon the strengths and experiences of its directors to bring this nationally-touring Broadway smash hit to life with new clarity on Chicago's South Side.
 
   
Songs For Nobodies May 7 - Jun 21, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Songs For Nobodies
 
This one-woman tour-de-force celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Share in the unexpected encounters between these legendary divas and the ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. Featuring such favorites as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Crazy," and "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," Songs for Nobodies illuminates the power of song to share a story, heal a heartbreak, and inspire a dream.
 
   
King James May 7 - Jun 21, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre King James
 
"King" LeBron James's reign in Cleveland brings promise, prosperity and renewal to a city in desperate need of all three. As the city celebrates a championship, two estranged friends spar in a verbal game of 1 on 1, revealing past secrets, present truths, and a possible future after "The King" has left the building. Steppenwolf, in association with Center Theatre Group, co-presents this world premiere by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph and directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. King James will also be produced in Los Angeles as part of Center Theatre Group's 2020/21 season.
 
   
Constellations May 7 - Jun 7, 2020  
Theatre Above the Law at The Jarvis Square Theater Constellations
 
This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know-delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.
 
   
The Queen's Fool May 7 - Jun 14, 2020  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Queen's Fool
 
When the Queen, unable to fall asleep, sends for a fool to amuse her, she is given more then she bargains for: the queer fairytale we all wish we could have been told as children. A surprisingly heartfelt love story that balances fantasy, gender, and Shakespeare. Come along and let The Fool take you on their journey.
 
   
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4 May 7 - Aug 1, 2020  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4
 
Handbag's long-running parody of the classic TV sitcom returns with two new original episodes: Episode 1: The girls are thrilled to be a part of the local community theater's productions of A Streetcar Named Desire. Everybody except Blanche, who feels like she was robbed of the part she was born to play. Episode 2: The girls' favorite game show - Password - is coming to Miami and they all want to be on it, but will the audition process tear them apart? And who's going to tell Rose nobody wants her as a teammate?
 
   
Town Hall May 15 - Jun 13, 2020  
Red Tape Theatre at The Ready Town Hall
 
Eco-Feminism. Citizenship. Democracy. Human Relationships. A play about the times in which we live, a piece of theatre about being an audience, and an epic, intimate work about what we could do to change the world. Town Hall is part play, part dream, part meeting, part imagining a future in which new ways of connecting must be found.... a group of barely connected people come together, feeling their way towards... connection? Town Hall explores how are we "us" in a room? In a theatre?
 
   
Pro-Am May 17 - Jun 21, 2020  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Pro-Am
 
Most careers don't last longer than three months in Miami's professional-amateur porn scene. But that's about to change when rising star Chloe Kendall meets the driven trans performer Nastasia. The girls are doing it for themselves now, and for the first time, people won't just be watching them - they'll be paying attention.
 
   
Nice Jewish Girls Chomedy May 20  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Nice Jewish Girls Chomedy
 
Six of Chicago's best Jewish women comics share the stage in a hilarious and neurotic night of comedy. You don't have to be Jewish, but it wouldn't hurt.
 
   
LOKI, The End of the World Tour May 22 - Jul 12, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre LOKI, The End of the World Tour
 
Welcome to the greatest rock and roll show not on Earth! From award-winning artists George Howe and ensemble member Christina Calvit comes a world premiere rock musical based on known, and maybe not-so-known, Norse mythology. Join Odin, Freya, Thor, and the original bad boy himself, Loki, as they explore the role of the outsider in society and question what is good and what is evil, all while is thrashing their way to Ragnarok. This show tells the stories of the gods as you've never seen-or heard-them before.
 
   
The World Goes 'Round May 27 - Jul 26, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The World Goes 'Round
 
Cabaret! Chicago! Kiss of the Spider Woman! New York, New York! Zorba! Funny Lady! THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND is a stunning celebration of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. An all-star cast find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. The nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including "Mr. Cellophane," "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York," seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.
 
   
Right to Be Forgotten May 29 - Jun 28, 2020  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Right to Be Forgotten
 
The internet never forgets and a young man's mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren't going down without a fight. Secrets, lies and political backstabbing abound in this riveting new drama about one man's fierce battle to reclaim his right to privacy. Playwright Sharyn Rothstein (By the Water, USA Network's "Suits"), winner of the prestigious 2015 Primus Prize and whose work has been called "touching & affecting" (New York Times), has written a striking allegory about privacy, social media and human forgiveness in the age of the internet.
 
   
42nd Street May 29 - Jun 21, 2020  
Lyric Opera 42nd Street
 
Nobody does Broadway-style productions quite like Lyric, and Chicago audiences will love the Tony-winning song-and-dance spectacular 42nd Street when it comes to the Lyric Opera House! The story of Peggy Sawyer, an aspiring actress from Allentown who gets her big break and rises from chorus girl to star status overnight, 42nd Street is filled with unforgettable tunes. You'll love the sensational tap numbers and memorable melodies like "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money," "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Sunny Side to Every Situation," "Young and Healthy," and the famed title song, in a high-energy, new-to-Chicago production that is as beautiful to see as it is to hear. With the full power of members of the Lyric Orchestra and Chorus, don't miss the spectacle of this Broadway blockbuster!
 
   
Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees May 29 - Jun 18, 2020  
The Den Theatre Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees
 
Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that's part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph. Ira Glass calls it a "nearly Talmudic dissection of a subject. Really funny and just really like nothing else."
 
   
Catch as Catch Can Jun 4 - Jul 26, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre Catch as Catch Can
 
Two blue collar New England families grapple with a spiraling crisis that threatens not just their relationships, but their very identities. Three actors take on the six roles, crossing both generation and gender, upending the kitchen sink drama in what will surely be a theatrical tour-de-force. A distinctive Chicago premiere by the gifted writer Mia Chung.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2020  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Mamma Mia!
 
Set on a remote Greek island, bride-to-be, Sophie, is on the quest to discover who of three men may be her father so he can walk her down the aisle. Add in an unsuspecting mother, her two best friends, and the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, you will be propelled into this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The score features ABBA classics like "Dancing Queen", "Super Trouper", "Waterloo", and of course , "Mamma Mia!". This smash hit musical is sure to have you dancing in the aisles!
 
   
At The Vanishing Point Jun 11 - Jul 19, 2020  
The Gift Theatre At The Vanishing Point
 
How do we remember a part of our history at the moment that it's slipping away? How do we give voice to the ghosts that haunt us as individuals and as a community? This stunning portrait of a community weaves together historical fact, myth and memory to give voice to people who would otherwise exist only as faded images in an old photo album.
 
   
A Paris Love Story Jun 11 - Jul 5, 2020  
Goodman Theatre A Paris Love Story
 
Virtuoso Hershey Felder takes us on a personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. From the sweeping La Mer to the evocative Prelude à l'apres-midi d'un faune and the mystical Clair de lune, you won't want to miss this soaring tribute to a visionary.
 
   
Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! Jun 12 - Jul 26, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!
 
An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, "bestus" (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means "very best") friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She's even happier and more excited than usual. That's because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.
 
   
Lisa Lampanelli's Losin' It! Jun 16 - Jun 28, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse Lisa Lampanelli's Losin' It!
 
LISA LAMPANELLI'S LOSIN' IT!, an intimate collection of humorous observations and real-life stories, is curated and performed by LISA and her hilarious friends. In a departure from the insult comedy she's long been known for, LISA has created a heartfelt, funny theatrical evening focusing on issues of weight, body image, and "losin' it!" Obsessed with food for as long as she can remember, LISA has lost and gained more than 372 pounds over the course of her life. Performed in the spirit of The Vagina Monologues and Love, Loss, & What I Wore, LISA and friends enchant theatergoers with touching anecdotes about their own weight struggles, spiked with Lisa's cutting-edge humor.
 
   
Blue Jun 19 - Jun 28, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Blue
 
Blue brings audiences into the emotional epicenter of an African-American family in which the father is a police officer and the son is a politically active teenager. When the son is killed by police, his death realizes the mother's worst fear, and ignites his father's rage and devastation. The new opera is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me and James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, and focuses on the joys and sorrows of bringing a child into a world in which African-American families are forced to question if their sons' lives matter. Blue is a coproduction of Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
American Idiot Jun 26 - Aug 15, 2020  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 American Idiot
 
American Idiot follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world, borne along by Green Day's electrifying score.
 
   
The Outsiders Jun 26 - Aug 9, 2020  
Goodman Theatre The Outsiders
 
Johnny, Act II, Scene XII The story that defined a generation is reimagined in a groundbreaking musical for a new generation. In 1967 Tulsa, Oklahoma, the hardened hearts, aching souls and romantic dreams of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their band of greasers take center stage in a fight for purpose and a quest for survival. Adapted from S.E. Hinton's seminal book and Francis Ford Coppola's iconic film, and directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy with a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, The Outsiders features a score by acclaimed Austin-based rock duo Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine.
 
   
Steel Magnolias Jul 2 - Aug 23, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Steel Magnolias
 
In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life's challenges together and find comfort in one another. Embracing both laughter and tears, this story celebrates the power of female friendship. The play received one Drama Desk Award nomination, and the popular film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Jul 7 - Sep 27, 2020  
Nederlander Theatre Dear Evan Hansen
 
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is "ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY." Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, "a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart" and NBC News says the musical is "an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond." The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 - the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961-before winning the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
 
   
Be More Chill Jul 7 - Oct 25, 2020  
Apollo Theater Be More Chill
 
Be More Chill tells the atypical love story of a boy, a girl...and the supercomputer inside the boy's head guiding him every step of the way. Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager desperately trying to fit in. That is, until he finds out about "The Squip" - a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. The only catch: the supercomputer wants to take over the world! Is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk?
 
   
Six Jul 8 - Oct 25, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
 
   
Ain't Misbehavin' Jul 9 - Aug 9, 2020  
Theatre At The Center Ain't Misbehavin'
 
Ain't Misbehavin', by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., is a musical revue that will transport audiences to a nightclub during the Harlem Renaissance where the music and excitement of the 1920s and 1930s are in the spotlight courtesy of the great Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller. Fun, rowdy and soulful music captures the varied moods of the era. The Tony-Award-winning Best Musical features toe-tapping songs like "Honeysuckle Rose," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Mean to Me" and "The Joint is Jumpin'."
 
   
Light Falls Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2020  
Steep Theatre Light Falls
 
For one clear moment, rain and light fall from a cloudless sky. For one clear moment, Christine sees the lives of her family, her town, her world stretched before her, beyond her. Simon Stephens' Light Falls is a haunting tale of resilience, hope, and the impossibly strong bonds of family.
 
   
The Tempest Jul 11 - Aug 23, 2020  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Tempest
 
Betrayed and overthrown, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his only child Miranda have lived for years in exile on an island of refuse and waste. Now the time has come for a reckoning as Prospero conjures a mighty and catastrophic storm to deliver his enemies to him and begin their torment. But is revenge really what he wants? Can he and others be freed from traps of their own making?
 
   
Other Rockpools Jul 15 - Aug 15, 2020  
The New Colony at Other Rockpools
 
In the summer of 2001, a renowned physicist invites three strangers to her family's cabin. Horrified by the results of the recent Presidential election, the team of scientists set to work building an experimental machine with a wild and irresistible purpose: to get them the hell out of their awful timeline. Political differences, personality conflicts, and a disruptive drug-dealing pizza driver ratchet up the tension; as the machine grows closer to completion, the team must reckon with what they will do when it's finally time to turn it on.
 
   
Campaigns, Inc. Aug 5 - Sep 27, 2020  
TimeLine Theatre Company Campaigns, Inc.
 
It is 1934, and famous novelist Upton Sinclair is all but guaranteed to become the first Democratic governor of the state of California-until a young, unknown pair of consultants from the shadows of the challenger's campaign attempt to take him down. As Frank Merriam and Sinclair battle it out in the spotlight-seeking endorsements from the likes of Charlie Chaplin and FDR-Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker work behind-the-scenes to methodically construct one of the most spectacular, unbelievable, and star-studded smear campaigns ever.
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar Aug 11 - Aug 23, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Jesus Christ Superstar
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes 'I Don't Know How to Love Him', 'Gethsemane' and 'Superstar'.
 
   
West Side Story Aug 12 - Oct 11, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire West Side Story
 
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, in this landmark Broadway musical. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of today's time. From the first notes to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY is as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.
 
   
Next to Normal Aug 21 - Aug 30, 2020  
Edge Theatre Next to Normal
 
Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.
 
   
Come From Away Aug 25 - Sep 6, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Come From Away
 
The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway's COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, "It takes you to a place you never want to leave!"
 
   
Thirteen Days Aug 28 - Oct 4, 2020  
City Lit Theater Thirteen Days
 
A world premiere adaptation of THIRTEEN DAYS by Robert F. Kennedy, his memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October 16, 1962, long-range Soviet missiles carrying nuclear warheads aimed at the United States were discovered in Cuba. For the next thirteen days, President John Kennedy maneuvered his way through conflicting counsel from his advisors, some of whom urged a military response likely to bring on World War III, ambiguous and sometimes deceitful information from the Soviet Union's representatives, and ever-shifting facts on the ground. City Lit has received permission from the Kennedy family to insert as dialogue into our script excerpts from recently-made-public transcripts of JFK's strategy sessions during the climax of the Cold War, the thirteen days the world came its closest to nuclear war. As with City Lit's acclaimed production last season of Archibald MacLeish's J.B., the roles in THIRTEEN DAYS will be played by a diverse ensemble of women. All the characters in the book are white males; none of the actors onstage will be.
 
   
Rock of Ages Sep 2 - Oct 18, 2020  
Paramount Theatre Rock of Ages
 
Paramount's 10th season opener, will take audiences back into the iconic music era of the '80s, where rock-n-roll dreamers turn their fantasies into reality. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages is a Hollywood love story told through the mind blowing hits of top 80s rock bands like Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Poison and more. Paramount Theatre New Work Development Director Amber Mak directs. Are you ready to rock?
 
   
Two Trains Running Sep 3 - Oct 4, 2020  
Court Theatre Two Trains Running
 
Amidst the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis Lee's restaurant is slated for demolition. While Memphis fights to sell his diner for a fair price, the rest of the restaurant's regulars search for work, love, and justice as their neighborhood continues to change in unpredictable ways. Two Trains Running explores Black identity in the 1960s with passion, humor, and prescience, demonstrating why Wilson is one of America's most essential voices. With his singular point of view, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs the penultimate play in Court's ongoing commitment to staging all of Wilson's American Century Cycle.
 
   
Forever Plaid Sep 4 - Oct 25, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Forever Plaid
 
On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a "guy group" specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the '50s and includes hits such as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."
 
   
Fences Sep 4 - Oct 17, 2020  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Fences
 
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This is the sensational drama about Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues, who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his family. Ensemble member and award-winning actress Wandachristine plays Rose Maxson.
 
   
Hello Dolly! Sep 10 - Oct 11, 2020  
Theatre At The Center Hello Dolly!
 
Hello Dolly!, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman with book by Michael Stewart and directed by Linda Fortunato, is bursting with humor, dance and romance in one of the most enduring and best-loved musicals of all time. This Tony Award-winning classic will star E. Faye Butler, the internationally-acclaimed actress and 7-time Jeff Award winner, in the title role of the irrepressible matchmaker Dolly Levi. This joyful musical features favorite songs like "Before the Parade Passes By", "Ribbons Down My Back" and, of course, "Hello, Dolly!"
 
   
The Notebook Sep 22 - Nov 8, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Notebook
 
A deeply moving portrait of the enduring power of love, The Notebook chronicles the decades-long love story between a mill worker named Noah and a privileged debutante named Allie. Beginning with a whirlwind summer romance in North Carolina in the 1940s, their love affair spans an entire lifetime-in spite of the differences that threaten to pull them apart. The World Premiere production will feature a diverse, multi-generational cast, reflecting the timeless and universal nature of the story.
 
   
Inherit the Wind Sep 24 - Nov 8, 2020  
Raven Theatre Inherit the Wind
 
he national spotlight turns to the small town of Hillsboro after local teacher Bert Cates is arrested for discussing evolution with his students. As prayer and protest collide, two big-league defenders turn up the heat and launch the trial of the century. Matthew Brady and Henry Drummond go head to head as they argue the core of right vs. wrong and good vs. evil, examining the marvel and flaw of free will. As the trial ensues, beliefs are saddled against opinion, and the town of Hillsboro is put to trial alongside Cates. Soon, one man's fate becomes inextricably linked to the battle over a nation's soul.
 
   
The Lifespan Of A Fact Sep 24 - Nov 1, 2020  
Northlight Theatre The Lifespan Of A Fact
 
A high-profile New York magazine is about to publish a potentially groundbreaking piece. But first, a determined intern is given a big assignment: fact check it. So begins an intensely funny debate between an earnest fact-checker, an eccentric author, and the fair but practical editor attempting to bridge the expanse between painstaking accuracy and impassioned "embellishment." Based on a true(ish) story, this hyper-current comedy is the ultimate showdown between truth and fiction.
 
   
The Locusts Oct 8 - Nov 15, 2020  
The Gift Theatre The Locusts
 
When a serial killer goes on a gruesome rampage in Ella's small hometown of Vero Beach, Florida, she's called up from her busy career in the Miami police force to help apprehend him. At home, she's confronted with the life she left behind: her pregnant and struggling sister, her scared young niece, who like Ella, is desperate to find a life somewhere else, and the dark events of her childhood that she's tried to forget. As the murders grow more horrific and the small community is frozen by fear, Ella realizes she has to confront the events of her dark past in order to stop him.
 
   
The Bachelor Live on Stage Oct 10  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Bachelor Live on Stage
 
Each stage show will introduce an eligible hometown bachelor to local ladies from the audience searching for a chance at love. And, for the first time ever, Bachelor Nation will have a say in the rose ceremony. Along with the audience, Ben will guide the bachelor in his journey to find love, from the first impression rose to group date challenges and the coveted one-on-ones. Watch it all unfold live on stage. If the leading lady accepts the final rose, the night could end with the start of a beautiful romance. The Bachelor Live on Stage has something for everyone, whether you're looking to find love or just want to enjoy the drama of the evening. THIS SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
 
   
Cooking With Bubby Oct 15 - Oct 25, 2020  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Cooking With Bubby
 
This world-premiere musical begins its national tour in Skokie, and will travel the country before setting in for a New York run. Internationally acclaimed actress Francine Berk stars as America's most famous grandmother, The Bubbie. At a "taping" of her fictional TV cooking show, Bubbie entertains you with comedy skits, original songs, and the sage advice that only a Bubbie can dispense.
 
   
The Virginian: A Horseman Of The Plains Oct 16 - Nov 29, 2020  
City Lit Theater The Virginian: A Horseman Of The Plains
 
A world premiere adaptation of the novel that originated the archetype of the American cowboy. Never named, rough-hewn but soft-spoken, living on the frontier between nature and civilization, the Virginian pursues his own singular code of honor. On a ranch near Sunk Creek, Wyoming, the cowpuncher from Virginia struggles to uphold this code in conflict with his deadly enemy, a former ranch hand turned rustler, as well as in his courting of the fiercely independent schoolmarm, whose own personal code is as strong as his. City Lit's adaptation will feature giant puppets as the horses in the story, a few of whom are important minor characters, to be designed by Von Orthal Puppets, creator of the puppets that represented the gods in City Lit's world premiere translation of Aeschylus's PROMETHEUS BOUND two seasons ago.
 
   
Frozen Oct 21 - Jan 3, 2021  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Frozen
 
A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.
 
   
The Luckiest Oct 22 - Dec 6, 2020  
Raven Theatre The Luckiest
 
Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out of nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette's world, Peter is left trying to pick up the pieces. Suddenly finding herself at odds with both her best friend and her mom - who each come bearing strong opinions wrapped in good intentions - Lissette is forced to navigate between the two while unflinchingly forging her own path for her future. This tender, funny, and keenly-observed play explores the uncertain and sometimes heartbreaking territory of how we choose to take ownership of our lives.
 
   
The Sound Of Music Oct 28 - Dec 27, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Sound Of Music
 
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. This Holiday Season join the family Von Trapp in the true-life telling of one of history's most thrilling and inspirational stories. Featuring the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song.
 
   
The Last Night of Ballyhoo Nov 4 - Dec 27, 2020  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Last Night of Ballyhoo
 
Atlanta, 1939. Clark Gable and Gone with the Wind are the talk of the town, Hitler has invaded Poland, and the American South's party of the year is only days away. The Freitags-a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor-are obsessed with preparing for Ballyhoo, the lavish annual German-Jewish country club ball. Concerned with the pressures of societal appearances and expectations, young Lala is determined to make a unique splash at this year's event. But life turns upside down when her uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome bachelor from Brooklyn who begins to court Lala's charming cousin Sunny, home visiting from college. As romances blossom and obstacles arise, everyone must confront their own beliefs, prejudices, and desires in an effort to move forward.
 
   
Violet Nov 5 - Dec 6, 2020  
Court Theatre Violet
 
In 1964, a young Southern woman travels to Oklahoma, hoping that a televangelist will perform a miracle to heal the physical scars that have destroyed her confidence. On her pilgrimage, she meets a soldier who holds the promise of a different path to happiness. Based on Doris Betts' short story, Violet is brought to life with a complex score of folk, gospel, and blues anthems from Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change). Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, helms this musical about faith and the true nature of beauty.
 
   
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn Nov 6 - Jan 3, 2021  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
 
Based on the classic film, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn follows retired song-and-dance man Jim's efforts to bring entertainment to his small Connecticut town. With the help of talented schoolteacher Linda, he turns his farmhouse into an inn and puts on spectacular shows celebrating all holidays. This joyous, family-friendly musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of Irving Berlin's hit songs, including the Academy Award-winning "White Christmas."
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Nov 11 - Dec 27, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Wizard of Oz
 
Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Join Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow (and little Toto too) as they journey down the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City. Featuring the classic songs "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," THE WIZARD OF OZ will remind you that there really is "no place like home".
 
   
Cinderella Nov 11 - Jan 17, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Cinderella
 
Cinderella, the classic musical from the genius minds of Rodgers and Hammerstein, is an enchanting story that will make entire families wish fairy godmothers and glass slippers weren't just for fairy tales. Paramount is planning a mesmerizing new production that gives parents and children a familiar yet reimagined take on the story families have returned to over and over across generations.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 12 - Jan 2, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
Chicago's second-longest holiday play! For 19 years, the American Blues ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance when audiences are treated to milk and cookies served by the cast.
 
   
Elf, The Musical Nov 12 - Dec 20, 2020  
Theatre At The Center Elf, The Musical
 
Elf ,The Musical, with book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin with music by Matthew Sklar and Lyrics by Chad Begueline, is a hilarious and charming musical based on the 2003 movie. Raised by Santa's elves, Buddy the Elf is unaware he is actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making ability makes it impossible to ignore. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his father and discover his true identity. This modern day Christmas favorite will have both kids and adults lighting up with laughter, embracing their inner Elf, and rediscovering what it means to be a family.
 
   
Mr. Dickens' Hat Nov 19 - Dec 27, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Mr. Dickens' Hat
 
In a cozy Victorian shop sits the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to carry water to the victims of a train wreck (that's true!). When a pair of bumbling thieves plots to steal it (that's imaginary!), young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free her father from debtors' prison. Filled with a host of colorful characters, constables, and carolers, this warm winter's tale with original music brings to life the universal lesson: "Beneath our hats, we are all the same."
 
   
Christmas Dearest Nov 27 - Dec 27, 2020  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Christmas Dearest
 
Handbag is getting to ready to deck the halls with all things JOAN. In this Handbag adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Joan Crawford (David Cerda) is starring in an MGM musical adaptation of the life of the Virgin Mary, 'Oh, Mary!', and she desperately needs a hit to revitalize her stalled career. Ever the perfectionist, she demands the same of those she works with including her daughter Christina. Joan's outlandish behavior even tests her loyal maid and secretary, Carol Ann (Ed Jones). After cancelling rehearsal and demanding the cast and crew work on Christmas Day, Joan is visited by three spirits (besides Smirnoff), and is forced to face herself! Christmas Dearest originally premiered in 2013 and turned into a Handbag favorite for those who prefer a little more in their stocking for the holidays.
 
   
The Simon and Garfunkel Story Dec 1 - Dec 6, 2020  
CIBC Theatre The Simon and Garfunkel Story
 
Since its sell out in London's West End, 'The Simon & Garfunkel Story' is now the World's leading theatre show concerning Simon & Garfunkel featuring a full live band and state of the art video projection and lighting. The show includes all of their hits, including 'Mrs. Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel's perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time. Over the years, they won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1977, their Bridge Over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album. In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their "The Sound of Silence" awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
 
   
Moulin Rouge! The Musical Dec 17 - Feb 21, 2021  
Nederlander Theatre Moulin Rouge! The Musical
 
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular...Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
 
   
The King and I Jan 15 - Mar 21, 2021  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The King and I
 
British tutor Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam struggle with cultural differences after Anna arrives at the royal palace in Bangkok. Inspired by true events, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I is a tale of the human experience, exploring the historical intricacies of class, race, and politics in 1862. Featuring beloved songs like "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting to Know You," this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic won 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. The 1957 movie adaptation was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Score.
 
   
The Playboy of the Western World Jan 15 - Feb 28, 2021  
City Lit Theater The Playboy of the Western World
 
Christy Mahon comes into Flaherty's tavern on the west coast of Ireland and claims to have killed his father with a shovel. The locals are charmed by his boldness and daring, and he becomes a local hero--until the old man shows up. The play's world premiere triggered three nights of riots in Dublin, and fistfights in the aisles when it transferred to New York. City Lit's audience is much better behaved.
 
   
Antigone Jan 21 - Feb 21, 2021  
Court Theatre Antigone
 
In the aftermath of a civil war, Creon shames the rebel Polynices by leaving him unburied on the battlefield. In defiance of the Theban ruler, Antigone plans to bury her brother's body, risking her life in the process. With intellect and unstinting vision, director Seret Scott stages Sophocles' exploration of notions of justice. Antigone concludes Court's Oedipus Trilogy, which ambitiously linked three ancient Greek dramas to bridge cultures, cities, and communities.
 
   
Fireflies Jan 21 - Feb 27, 2021  
Northlight Theatre Fireflies
 
The Civil Rights Movement has ignited the South, and the charismatic Rev. Charles Grace needs a new speech to galvanize the people. But it is Olivia, his pregnant wife, who writes those fiery speeches, and her tolerance for playing the supporting role to her husband is wearing thin. As the growing weight of secrets threatens her marriage, and a nation's hatred threatens her child's future, Olivia must rediscover the place that love has in her world.
 
   
Alma Jan 29 - Mar 13, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Alma
 
Winner of 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Working mom Alma has single-handedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn't at home studying. A sacrifice from Alma's past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?
 
   
The Choir Of Man Feb 2 - Feb 7, 2021  
Broadway Playhouse The Choir Of Man
 
Known across the globe as "the ultimate-feel good show," THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It's a party. It's a concert. It's a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything - pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock - all to roof-raising heights. It's the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you'll ever attend!
 
   
Trouble in Mind Feb 3 - Mar 28, 2021  
TimeLine Theatre Company Trouble in Mind
 
On stage at a Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1950s, a group of actors has gathered for their first day rehearsing a new play called Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching Southern drama. But as the cast rehearses, tensions flair between Wiletta, the Black actress in the starring role, and her white director about his interpretation of the play. The result is an explosive conversation about equality, power, and how race is portrayed in the American theatre.
 
   
The Office: A Musical Parody Feb 9 - Feb 21, 2021  
Broadway Playhouse The Office: A Musical Parody
 
It's a typical morning at Scranton's third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don't miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of your favorite TV show, now coming to a city near you. Mashable calls the show "the world's most elaborate inside joke, created with a whole lot of love, just for fans." Original Off Broadway cast member, Madeline Glenn Thomas, joins the tour cast as everyone's favorite receptionist, Pam. Writers Bob and Tobly McSmith are ecstatic about their third national tour. "The Office! A Musical Parody is on track to be our most successful New York production in 10 years," says Tobly McSmith. "The Office! A Musical Parody is now one of the most successful off-Broadway shows in history. As Michael might say, 'It's been a dream come thru.'"
 
   
Groundhog Day Feb 10 - Mar 28, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Groundhog Day
 
Groundhog Day, based on the classic Bill Murray film comedy, will be a Midwest regional premiere, produced by Paramount Theatre. Imagine being stuck in a time loop, waking up and realizing you're living the same day over and over and over and over again. Set your alarm to make sure you see this uproariously funny, surprisingly touching and simply inspirational musical comedy, nominated for seven Tony Awards.
 
   
Beautiful Thing Feb 11 - Mar 28, 2021  
Raven Theatre Beautiful Thing
 
Jamie and Ste are two boys living in working-class flats in southeast London. They attend school, talk gossip and sit outside to bask in the sun. Jamie is a bit rebellious, has patchy attendance at school, and has inherited the same sharp tongue as his mother, Sandra. Ste, often avoiding his erratic brother and father, devotes himself to sports and academics in hopes for a better future. They find solace with one another from their mundane, yet overwhelming lives. When Ste starts seeking nightly refuge at Jamie's, their midnight chats evolve into something different, something transformative and something beautiful. The boys seek understanding in themselves, rather than the world that doesn't understand them.
 
   
Waitress Feb 16 - Feb 21, 2021  
CIBC Theatre Waitress
 
Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as "The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie" and "Betrayed By My Eggs Pie." When a baking contest in a nearby county - and a satisfying encounter with someone new - show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness. It's an empowering musical of the highest order!" raves the Chicago Tribune. Don't miss this uplifting and hilarious musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
 
   
The Crown Live Feb 23 - Feb 28, 2021  
Broadway Playhouse The Crown Live
 
Two actors reimagine the story of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II (and recreate three resplendent Netflix series) in 90 minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents and corgi impressions. A perfect treat for both fans of the show keenly waiting for the fourth season-and for those wondering what all the fuss is about! This new comedy comes from the pen of parodic mastermind Daniel Clarkson, co-creator of Olivier Award nominated hit shows Potted Potter and Potted Panto, and is directed by Owen Lewis, also an Olivier Award nominee for Morecambe and Wise homage Eric and Little Ern. Having been cruelly overlooked for her dream role as Queen Elizabeth in blockbuster series The Crown, budding starlet Beth brings her own take on the epic story of the Royal Family to the stage instead... with her agent Stanley coerced into playing (almost) all the other roles-from Prince Philip to Princess Margaret, and all the commoners in between.
 
   
Some Like It Hot Mar 2 - Apr 4, 2021  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Some Like It Hot
 
Set in Chicago when Prohibition has everyone thirsty for a little excitement, SOME LIKE IT HOT is the rollicking story of two musicians forced to flee the Windy City after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters hot on their heels, they're on the run as the newest members of the swingingest big band ever to cross the country. Can they hide in plain sight without completely losing themselves? Or will the mob, the truth, and maybe even love itself finally catch up to them?
 
   
A Women Of No Importance Mar 11 - Apr 18, 2021  
Northlight Theatre A Women Of No Importance
 
High society gossips are aflutter when the illustrious Lord Illingworth offers a young clerk a job, only to have the boy's mother object for reasons she won't reveal. Illingworth's knack for flattery and flirtation haven't prepared him for this "woman of no importance" - an unexpected adversary taking matters into her own hands in Oscar Wilde's signature cocktail of witty banter and upper crust expose.
 
   
Emma's Child Mar 12 - Apr 25, 2021  
City Lit Theater Emma's Child
 
One of the great Chicago plays. By City Lit's resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a half-dozen other playwriting awards when Terry directed the Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens twenty-five years ago. A Rogers Park couple plans to adopt the child of Emma, a pregnant teenager. What follows threatens their marriage and reshapes what they think of parenthood.
 
   
Fen Mar 18  
Court Theatre Fen
 
On the foggy fens of England, the ghosts of the past haunt the women laboring in the fields. Seizing on a new relationship as a potential path to escape, Val leaves the stultifying constraints of work and family behind, only to be confronted with the repercussions of her decision. Employing astonishing theatrical imagery, Caryl Churchill's Fen interrogates issues of gender, class, and exploitation with grace, humor, and anger. Jeff Award-winning director Vanessa Stalling (Photograph 51) returns to Court Theatre to bring her striking clarity and fresh perspective to the play that won Churchill the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
 
   
Ragtime Apr 28 - Jun 13, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Ragtime
 
Ragtime, the turn-of-the-century American musical set in the age of "ragtime," a new form of music that electrified the country. But beneath the pounding of piano keys are three different families trying make their way through tumultuous times in a country still experiencing growing pains, class struggle and racial prejudice.
 
   
The Chinese Lady May 5 - Jun 26, 2021  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Chinese Lady
 
Brought to the United States at age 14 from China in 1834 by enterprising American merchants, Afong Moy is put on display so the American public can get its first view of an authentic "Chinese Lady." Over the course of 55 years, she performs an ethnicity that both defines and challenges her own views of herself, as she witnesses stunning transformations in the American identity. As these dual truths become irreconcilable, Afong must reckon with herself and the history of her new home with startling discovery and personal revelations.
 
   
The Last Pair of Earlies May 6 - Jun 20, 2020  
Raven Theatre The Last Pair of Earlies
 
Ever since he was a teenager in Mississippi, Wayland Early could count on two things - his talent for making handmade shoes, and Della Rose's love. But danger forces them to flee north to Chicago. Before they know it, nearly two decades have passed, and both Wayland and Della find themselves increasingly unable to count on anything, including their marriage. As they each contend with the weight of their spent youth and unrealized dreams, a life-altering question comes to the surface: are they still enough for each other?
 
   
Unlikeable Heroine May 6 - Jun 13, 2021  
Northlight Theatre Unlikeable Heroine
 
When Diana takes on the presidency at a small liberal arts college in Vermont, she's prepared to push the envelope as a newcomer to the world of higher education. Pressures mount quickly from a progressive student body, a faculty steeped in tradition, and the ethics of a popular but controversial course. This smart and surprising new play captures the importance of questioning one's own perspective - and how progress rarely looks the same from every angle.
 
   
Airness May 7 - Jun 13, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Airness
 
Winner of 2018 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award by American Theatre Critics Association. When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there's more to this art form than playing pretend. Following her mission to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us. A comedy about competition, completion, and finding the airness inside yourself.
 
   
Aztec Human Sacrifice May 7 - Jun 20, 2021  
City Lit Theater Aztec Human Sacrifice
 
It's the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire's new millennium, and the Chosen One--so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the sun rise next morning--has run off with the High Priest's daughter. If he is not found, the sun will not rise and the world will end. By the writers of the legendary Chicago musical comedy Summer Stock Murder.
 
   
My Fair Lady May 12 - May 23, 2021  
Cadillac Palace Theatre My Fair Lady
 
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?
 
   
Othello May 13 - Jun 13, 2021  
Court Theatre Othello
 
Othello, the great Venetian general, unknowingly seals his fate when he fails to select his standard-bearer, Iago, for a military promotion. Implicating Othello's wife, Desdemona, in an affair, Iago sets forth a series of irreversible events that spell catastrophe for Othello and his country. Kelvin Roston, Jr. and Timothy Edward Kane who sparred in Oedipus Rex return to Court to star in this intimate new take on Shakespeare's tragedy about jealousy, ego, and betrayal. Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell combines Shakespeare's words with exhilarating movement and elements of the 16th-century story by Cinthio that inspired Othello, crafting a production that physicalizes the poetry of the original text with raw immediacy.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jun 30 - Aug 15, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.