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The Adult in the Room Jan 22 - Feb 15, 2020  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Adult in the Room
 
How did Nancy Pelosi become the first Woman Speaker of the House-and perhaps more importantly-how has she managed to stay there? Everyone has an opinion about her, but almost no one truly knows her. This new show tells her personal story and political journey while trying to balance the forces of extreme left and extreme right, using all her power to preserve that rarest of rare birds in today's DC-consensus. That is, until that brand of consensus fades into the rear-view mirror. This up-to-the-minute, galvanizing piece is not just about Madame Speaker herself, but about the convulsive political climate where we currently find ourselves. Told with wit, irony, emotion and leavening doses of humor, The Adult in the Room is no mere history lesson, but a reflection on where we are and how we got here. She is reviled, she is beloved, and she has captured the attention of a nation. Nancy Pelosi's rise to become America's first female Speaker of the House has been historical and controversial. Everyone thinks they know Nancy. Yet, few really know her. This is her story.
 
   
How A Boy Falls Jan 23 - Feb 29, 2020  
Northlight Theatre How A Boy Falls
 
A newly hired au pair is thrust into the midst of a mystery when the loss of a young boy casts suspicion on her and the boy's wealthy parents. The parents are each seeking answers and retribution while the au pair is hatching a dangerous scheme of her own, and no one is exactly who they seem to be in a new psychological thriller that asks who can we trust... if we can trust anyone.
 
   
Bug Jan 23 - Mar 8, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre Bug
 
In a seedy Oklahoma motel room, a lonely waitress begins an unexpected love affair with a young drifter. And then they see the first bugs...Tracy Letts's mind-bending cult classic - a luridly funny tale of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy roars back to Chicago for its Steppenwolf debut.
 
   
Do You Feel Anger? Jan 23 - Mar 15, 2020  
A Red Orchid Theatre Do You Feel Anger?
 
Sofia was recently hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency-and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. And while they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen. An outrageous comedy about the absurdity-and the danger-of complicity in a world where some people's feelings matter more than others'.
 
   
Evil Dead The Musical Jan 23 - Feb 29, 2020  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Evil Dead The Musical
 
Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It's all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes ... and all to music. The songs in the show are completely off the wall as well.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures Jan 23 - Feb 9, 2020  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures
 
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin's princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience "Speechless." Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in their hometown. AtAllstate Arena: Jan 23-26 & Feb 6-9. At United Center Jan 29-Feb 2
 
   
If/Then Jan 23 - Feb 16, 2020  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Athenaeum Theatre If/Then
 
A city planner, Elizabeth, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with fate, Elizabeth's life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories, simultaneously, through the intersection of choice and chance.
 
   
Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies Jan 24 - Mar 6, 2020  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies
 
A celebration of the artist many consider "the most important composer in the history of jazz," this stylish salute to "The Duke" will transport audiences on a high-stepping, dynamic journey through the life and times of one of America's greatest showmen. From his early days at Harlem's legendary Cotton Club through growing successes at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway, in Hollywood and around the world, this elegant, Tony Award-nominated entertainment features a treasure trove of Ellington's biggest hits, including "Mood Indigo," "Take the "A" Train," "I'm Beginning to See the Light,", "Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce," "Perdido," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "In a Sentimental Mood," "Satin Doll" among many others.
 
   
How to Defend Yourself Jan 24 - Feb 23, 2020  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph How to Defend Yourself
 
How to Defend Yourself circles around seven college students who gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn how to "not be a victim", how to use their bodies as weapons, how to fend off attackers. The form of self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, trauma, confusion, anxiety, and desire--lots of desire. Challenged to determine what they want and how to ask for it, the students must ultimately face the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging. Developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays and the winner of the 2019 Yale Drama Series Prize, How to Defend Yourself is funny, raw and brutally honest - a triumph from playwright Lily Padilla. The production will be directed by Marti Lyons (Cambodian Rock Band, Native Gardens Victory Gardens, Witch Writers Theatre).
 
   
The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys Jan 24 - Feb 29, 2020  
Steep Theatre The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys
 
All families have secrets, but some live in an underbelly too dark to even whisper about. After ten years of walking away, Son returns to his home along the U.S./Mexican border searching for answers about his uncle's mysterious death, but what he finds there are the men he tried to escape and the memories he thought he left behind. The Leopard Play or, sad songs for lost boys is an excavation of truth amidst lies, intimacy amidst violence, and a reckoning of learning how to love the very thing you hate the most.
 
   
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Jan 24 - Feb 8, 2020  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
 
This thrilling tale of four children transported to a mythical, far-away land has gripped young and old readers alike for generations. See your favorite characters on stage, including the fawn Mr. Tumnus, the friendly Beaver family, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Watch their epic battle to free Narnia from the forces of the White Witch as they await the triumphant return of Aslan the Lion.
 
   
Wake Up, Brother Bear! Jan 25 - Feb 16, 2020  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Wake Up, Brother Bear!
 
Take your cubs on a highly interactive journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. See a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Full of music and physical activity, Wake Up, Brother Bear! takes kids on an intimate, immersive theatrical experience. Even the littlest theatergoers are made to feel part of the show as they experience live storytelling in a whole new format. And who better than Brother Bear and Sister Bear to help see out the waning months of your family's winter hibernation?
 
   
Lezsing Jan 25 - Jan 26, 2020  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Lezsing
 
Pride Films and Plays will present its second annual cabaret celebrating the queer community in Chicago and bringing more visibility to the female/non-binary who love women. Thirty performers will sing music from genres including pop, musical theatre, cabaret, classical, and original works. Performers will also accompany the singers on piano, guitar, ukulele, cello, and other instruments.
 
   
Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors Jan 25 - Feb 29, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors
 
Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong companion, Dromio, find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins, lost in infancy. Everywhere they go, complete strangers insist they're the best of friends. Is everyone here quite mad? Mistaken identities abound, as one bewildering day in Ephesus makes for a bewitching time in the theater. Following each performance, you are invited to stay for a discussion with the entire cast, and mingle with them in the lobby for informal conversations and photos. This production will most be enjoyed by those ages 10 and up.
 
   
Emma Jan 28 - Mar 15, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Emma
 
Jane Austen's beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon's lyrical melodies.
 
   
The Boys in the Band Jan 29 - Apr 19, 2020  
Windy City Playhouse The Boys in the Band
 
Set in 1968, the play takes place at the birthday party of Harold, who is turning 32. Luckily, friend-enemy Michael is there with six mutual friends to help him ease into the big three-two. The party is all jokes and quips until the host proposes a harmless game of truth or dare. Suddenly, each must reckon with his sexual identity -- out, closeted, flamboyant, or "passing" -- in an oppressive world where self-love is a luxury. At this party, the cake tastes like truth, and everyone gets a slice.
 
   
Jeeves Saves The Day Jan 29 - Mar 1, 2020  
First Folio Theatre Jeeves Saves The Day
 
The indefatigable Jeeves and his balmy employer Bertie Wooster are back. Once again, Bertie finds himself suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune at the hands of his relatives, caught between the magisterial machinations of his fierce Aunt Agatha and the plaintive pleadings of his cousin Egbert. Throw in the imperious Sir Roderick Glossop and the sexy chanteuse Red Hot Maisie Dawson, and you've got another precarious predicament that cannot be overcome...unless one calls upon the redoubtable Jeeves to save the day.
 
   
Noises Off Jan 30 - Mar 14, 2020  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Noises Off
 
Enjoy a glimpse backstage with the comedy that has been hailed as the funniest farce ever written. A production plummeting off the rails takes center stage in this boisterous play-within-a-play. Following a traveling troupe's production of the British comedy, Nothing On, from a tense dress rehearsal to a chaotic opening night and finally to a calamitous performance. The actors' personal lives, ego battles and passionate affairs plunge the production toward the edge of complete disaster. As time goes on, pandemonium ensues with flubbed lines, missed entrances, technical difficulties and flaring tempers taking the lead. While this delightful backstage farce is complete with slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines - the show must go on.
 
   
The Cake Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2020  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center The Cake
 
Della's bakery in Winston-Salem, N.C. is a landmark, largely because of the love and care she takes in following recipes. When Jen, the girl she thinks of as her "goddaughter," asks Della to make her wedding cake, not for one bride but two, it is hard for Della to follow one of her tried and true set of instructions for a perfect outcome. Faith, family and food impact one another in the discovery that love is the key ingredient to any recipe in this timely play from writer/supervising producer of NBC's hit "This is Us."
 
   
Alabaster Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2020  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Alabaster
 
A darkly comic southern drama about love, art and the power of women. After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When Alice, a prominent photographer, arrives to take pictures of June's scars, all are tipped to the breaking point in this beautiful story of life after death. This production is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere with eleven theaters across the United States.
 
   
An American in Paris Jan 31 - Mar 29, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook An American in Paris
 
A tale inspired by hope and possibility, An American in Paris brings breathtaking moments of dance and song to the musical stage. Jive along with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dancefloor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love following the aftermath of the war. This Grammy Award nominee has also won four Tony Awards for its heart and dedication. It will have you leaping to your feet and dancing along from the very first number.
 
   
Roan @ The Gates Jan 31 - Feb 29, 2020  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Roan @ The Gates
 
Nat is an outspoken civil rights attorney; Roan, the quiet one, is an NSA analyst who isn't even allowed to tell her wife the location of her next business trip. A long-time couple confronts questions about their marriage they never thought to ask as their personal relationship collides with national security.
 
   
Labyrinth Jan 31 - Feb 29, 2020  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Labyrinth
 
New York City, 1978. Having just landed his dream job as a Wall Street banker, John Anderson finds himself swept off on luxurious trips to Latin America with only one goal: selling loans to the region's developing nations eager to borrow. But as the banks' excessive lending strategy starts pushing whole countries toward the brink of bankruptcy, and the biggest credit bubble in history threatens to burst, John and his colleagues must come to terms with the true price of chasing their fortunes.
 
   
The Hilary Duff Project Jan 31 - Feb 8, 2020  
Newport Theater The Hilary Duff Project
 
Let's go back, back to the beginning: to a time when our pop idols were Disney stars and their lives were our obsessions. THE HILARY DUFF PROJECT collages theatre, throwback concert, and spoken word poetry to chronicle the life of the early 2000s teen icon from Before Lizzie McGuire to Life After Disney. A flashy, 75-minute musical adventure full of heartfelt nostalgia and a dash of tongue-in-cheek humor, THE HILARY DUFF PROJECT will have you laughing and singing your way through the weekend.
 
   
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show Feb 4 - Feb 9, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show
 
For over 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of RIVERDANCE. RIVERDANCE 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance.
 
   
The Second City's Black History Month Show Feb 4 - Mar 11, 2020  
UP Comedy Club The Second City's Black History Month Show
 
As The Second City is celebrating its diamond anniversary, the lauded comedy company will pull from decades' worth of iconic archival and classic sketches and songs created by some of the theater's most notable African American alumni, conceived and written by artists including Sam Richardson, Keegan-Michael Key, Amber Ruffin, Tim Meadows, Edgar Blackmon, and many more.
 
   
Stick Fly Feb 5 - Mar 15, 2020  
Writers Theatre Stick Fly
 
What begins as a relaxing summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard escalates when the LeVay brothers bring their new girlfriends home to meet their affluent and imposing parents. But even as the newcomers find themselves under familial scrutiny, long-hidden family tensions bubble to the surface and by the end of the weekend, almost everyone at the Vineyard finds themselves under a microscope as they grapple with arguments about class, race and cultural expectations.
 
   
The Fantasticks Feb 5 - Mar 8, 2020  
Citadel Theatre Company The Fantasticks
 
"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow." Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes
 
   
Madama Butterfly Feb 6 - Mar 8, 2020  
Lyric Opera Madama Butterfly
 
An enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. We share her joy when he returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he's married an American woman and has come to take his young son - Cio-Cio-San's child - back with him. Puccini lost his heart to his heroine, and so will you, in music of miraculous beauty and aching, deeply poignant dramatic truth at Chicago Lyric Opera House.
 
   
A Doll's House Feb 6 - Mar 22, 2020  
Raven Theatre A Doll's House
 
Nora, a spirited young housewife, is a radical thinker trapped in the patriarchal world of 1870s Norway. Life with her husband, Torvald, is comfortable, if uninteresting. But when an old acquaintance reappears, threatening to bring Nora's secrets to light, everything changes. As her marriage, her relationships and her world crumble, she begins to speak her mind and question what she really wants for herself.
 
   
Adaptation Feb 6 - Mar 8, 2020  
Theatre Above the Law at The Jarvis Square Theater Adaptation
 
This is a game show in which the contestant advances or is sent back through the seven ages of man. The play creates a picture of man from birth until death, with all its madness, with all its familiarity and with all its nonsense. What's more, a quartet consisting of the games master, the male players and the female players assist the incomparable contestant from "mewling infant" to "second childishness and mere oblivion." Incident after incident makes you laugh and suddenly makes you stop and think that maybe you're laughing at yourself.
 
   
Graveyard Shift Feb 7 - Mar 8, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Graveyard Shift
 
When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Janelle relocates to Texas and moves in with her partner, Kane. Meanwhile, a small-town police officer's life is thrown into flux when the coworker he's romantically involved with decides to leave town. When their worlds collide, Janelle experiences firsthand how dangerous power can be. Loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland, Graveyard Shift is an unflinching but open-hearted look at how we navigate a world full of fear.
 
   
Shear Madness Feb 7 - Mar 29, 2020  
Mercury Theater Shear Madness
 
Chicago's Hilarious Whodunit! - this wildly popular interactive comedy keeps audiences laughing as they try to outwit suspects and catch a killer. A murder is committed, and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
 
   
The Princess and the Pea Feb 8 - Apr 19, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Princess and the Pea
 
"Hear ye, Hear ye...Prince Wellington is seeking a bride." All the princesses in the land are lining up to be the first to pass the "Princess Test". But the Prince has a different idea; for he has fallen in love with an ordinary young maiden who found her way to the steps of the palace. Can this common girl pass the test? Will the oh-so persnickety Queen allow her to win? Will a tiny pea and a stack of mattresses stand between her and true love? Find out in this new musical based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
 
   
Freedom Ride Feb 8 - Feb 16, 2020  
The Studebaker Theater Freedom Ride
 
When the Congress of Racial Equality comes to New Orleans in the sweltering summer of 1961, Sylvie Davenport is torn. Handed a pamphlet and asked to board a Greyhound bus, Sylvie is forced to choose between her academic future and the future of the nation in a story that highlights how far we've come and how far we still have left to go. Tazewell Thompson (Blue, Jubilee) directs Cardiff prize winner Lauren Michelle in this world premiere commission by Dan Shore, developed at Xavier University with the activists who lived the history. Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts the critically acclaimed Chicago Sinfonietta.
 
   
Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE! Feb 11 - Feb 23, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!
 
Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!, the Off-Broadway hit comedy based on The New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray, is back by popular demand. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!
 
   
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Feb 12 - Feb 23, 2020  
Nederlander Theatre Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
 
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMER MUSICAL's classic hits including "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff," this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
 
   
The Secret of My Success Feb 12 - Mar 29, 2020  
Paramount Theatre The Secret of My Success
 
Brantley Foster, a young ambitious Midwesterner, moves to New York City to start his dream job at a major corporation, only to be laid off on the very first day. In his relentless enthusiasm to succeed Brantley finds himself tangled up in a sidesplitting scheme in which he assumes the identity of rising executive Carlton Whitfield. As he climbs the corporate ladder, tirelessly concealing his identity, Brantley soon falls in love with a beautiful colleague named Christy Mendez and discovers that his definition of success might be all wrong. Will he get the job, win at love or just get caught?
 
   
Kill Move Paradise Feb 12 - Apr 5, 2020  
TimeLine Theatre Company 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.
 
   
The Times Are Racing Feb 12 - Feb 23, 2020  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Times Are Racing
 
For its winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents The Times Are Racing, a mixed repertory program featuring choreography from four of the most influential artists working today, including the Chicago premiere of Justin Peck's 2017 ballet for which the program gets its name, two Chicago premieres by Israeli choreographer and former Batsheva Dance Company member Itzik Galili, a Christopher Wheeldon classic, and a new work from Chicago's Stephanie Martinez, 2015 winner of the Joffrey's Winning Works choreographic competition.
 
   
Almost Heaven - John Denver's America Feb 13 - Mar 22, 2020  
Theatre At The Center Almost Heaven - John Denver's America
 
A musical tribute and intimate celebration of John Denver's life and career. From growing up in a military family to his emergence on the 1960s folk scene and the climb to '70s superstardom with his later career of the 1980s and 1990s, John Denver's story is brought to life in this Chicago-area premiere through his countless hits including "Take Me Home Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," "Annie's Song," and "Sunshine on My Shoulders."
 
   
Titus Andronicus Feb 13 - Mar 14, 2020  
Haven at The Den Theatre Titus Andronicus
 
In a society that seems increasingly plagued by senseless violence, Shakespeare's bloodiest play Titus Andronicus feels increasingly germane. When Titus returns home from a 10-year war against the Goths with their Queen as his prisoner, a bloody cycle of violence ensues across familial and political lines. Is revenge ever justifiable? What if there is no justice? These questions remain surprisingly relevant some 400 years later. Titus Andronicus explores the impact of vengeance across the intersections of family, power and race.
 
   
Lipstick Lobotomy Feb 13 - Mar 21, 2020  
TimeLine Theatre Company Lipstick Lobotomy
 
In the world premiere of "Lipstick Lobotomy," John F. Kennedy's little sister, Rosemary Kennedy, and the playwright's Great Aunt Ginny develop a friendship at an exclusive high-end sanitarium for women in the fall of 1941. The women undergo the peculiar cutting-edge treatments on offer by a society desperate to find the cure for womanhood in this incisive comedy.
 
   
A Raisin in the Sun Feb 13 - Mar 15, 2020  
Invictus Theatre Company at Pride Arts Center - The Buena A Raisin in the Sun
 
Hansberry's drama of an African American family living on Chicago's south side in the 1950s.
 
   
Middle Passage Feb 14 - Apr 5, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Middle Passage
 
Middle Passage is an epic work adapted from Charles Johnson's celebrated book of the same name. Written for the stage by David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan, the story follows cavalier, self-confessed rascal Rutherford Calhoun, a recently freed slave, from Illinois down to decadent 1830 New Orleans. In an attempt to escape debtors and avoid a forced marriage, he stows away on an outbound rigger, The Republic. But The Republic is not just any ship. It's a slave ship-and it's headed to Africa. Thus begins a voyage of self-discovery that changes our young hero forever.
 
   
Poison Feb 14 - Mar 14, 2020  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House Poison
 
In 17th century Paris, the rich live in a different world from the poor, and women of all classes live on the whims of men. But poison is the secret lubrication on the gears of Paris society: poison-makers are the favorite artisans of the rich and their laboratories the only places where women from all levels of society meet. Madame Bosse could have been a great doctor, but instead must make poisons to feed her family. Monsieur Reynie, Paris's chief of police, claims to only want the justice, but their battle of will and wit will expose the truth: that justice is only for the rich and powerful.
 
   
The Rover Feb 14 - Feb 23, 2020  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Watts Theatre The Rover
 
Hellena and Florinda break all the rules as they endeavor to escape the trap of a man's world in 17th century Naples. Amorous adventures go awry when they encounter a band of Cavaliers wandering through Carnival. In Aphra Behn's dark comedy of manners, the role of women is challenged as we explore the timeless questions of gender politics.
 
   
The Queen of Spades Feb 15 - Mar 1, 2020  
Lyric Opera The Queen of Spades
 
Tchaikovsky's broodingly romantic thriller is a tour de force for a great tenor in this production at Chicago's Lyric Opera House. He plays the terrifyingly obsessed Gherman, an unhappy soldier desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess - the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman's obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess's granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves. Tchaikovsky's music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra - a masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.
 
   
Mlima's Tale Feb 15 - Mar 21, 2020  
Griffin Theatre at Raven Theatre Mlima's Tale
 
Taking us on a journey from the heart of Africa and around the world, MLIMA'S TALE is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads us through memory and fear, history and tradition, want and need, and reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all. Nottage, who won the Pultizer Prize for her plays Ruined and Sweat, brings us a powerful story that makes us question whether unconditional virtue is nonexistent within the international system of economic power, culture and politics.
 
   
Plano Feb 16 - Mar 28, 2020  
First Floor Theater at Steppenwolf Theatre Plano
 
Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues: Isabel's got pains. Anne's got slugs. And Genevieve doesn't want to talk about hers. She just wants you to eat the damn hummus (she made it!). Fresh from its wildly successful Off Broadway debut and remount, PLANO is "as funny as it is powerfully disturbing" (VULTURE) that TimeOut NY called "experimental theater perfection." Steppenwolf ensemble member Audrey Francis returns to direct at First Floor Theater, where she previously co-directed FFT's first production in 2012.
 
   
The Greatest Story Never Told Feb 16 - Mar 22, 2020  
YaYa Productions at Newport Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
 
A narrator walks on stage to discover a storybook with no text inside and learns the actors are all stuck in traffic and won't make it to the show today! The solution? Have children from the audience volunteer to come on stage and become a character in: The Greatest Story Never Told! Along with the help of "The Greatest Interns" (professional adult improvisers), kids from the audience put on silly costumes and make up a story on the spot. Every child that volunteers will have an opportunity to perform at some point in the show. There is no forced participation.
 
   
Dex and Abby Feb 20 - Mar 29, 2020  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Dex and Abby
 
When two men fall in love, what happens if their pets don't get along? Dex and Abby are dogs with unique personalities, and when their owners move in together, all four members of the family have to figure out the rules of this new territory. Funny, touching, and a heartwarming tribute to our relationship with our furry best friends, DEX & ABBY is a comic delight.
 
   
The Layover Feb 20 - Mar 22, 2020  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Layover
 
Ever wonder who that stranger is sitting next to you? What is their story? What are they hiding? Shellie and Dex dare to answer these questions after their flight is delayed on a snowy Thanksgiving night. What they discover about themselves, and each other, sends both of their lives into upheaval. From the writer of Bachelorette and the hit Netflix series Russian Doll comes this sexy psychological thriller.
 
   
Multiple Exposure Feb 21 - Apr 11, 2020  
Pendulum Theater Space Multiple Exposure
 
MULTIPLE EXPOSURE, Theatre Momentum's signature production, is an instant theatre production, unfolding in harmony. These talented actors will thematically blend three individual one-act plays, overlapping with one another like a multiple exposure photograph. Six Improvisors. Three stories. One stage. Real time.
 
   
Charley's Aunt Feb 21 - Mar 15, 2020  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Charley's Aunt
 
In Charley's Aunt, Jack and Charley invite their young ladies to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil, who will serve as their chaperone. But when she cancels her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? They solve the problem by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig.
 
   
Robert Dubac's The Book Of Moron Feb 25 - Mar 1, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse Robert Dubac's The Book Of Moron
 
Robert Dubac's newest Off-Broadway hit, THE BOOK OF MORON, has been described as one of the most "Hilarious" "Intelligent" and "Scorching" satirical attacks on idiocracy since Mark Twain. (And "idiocracy" isn't even a word. How dumb is that?) Having been brainwashed by a culture that worships Kardashians over character, delusion over truth and selfies over self-effacement; Dubac finds himself stuck in a coma of stupidity. His IQ has dropped to Q. In order to wake up he has to ask himself the big question. Who am I? What do I believe? What's the point? Okay, that's three questions but suffice to say, he has no answers. Just voices. Inner voices who come to life with precision and wit. One by one they pull him into a bizarre metaphysical universe of goofy critical thought in search of the bigger picture.
 
   
Hedda Gabler: A Play With Music Feb 25 - Mar 29, 2020  
TUTA Theatre at Strawdog Theatre Hedda Gabler: A Play With Music
 
In TUTA Theatre's HEDDA GABLER, the past and present collide, modern music and classical text intersect, in ways that reinvent the tale we think we know. In a time of rapidly shifting social and sexual paradigms, no work rings with more unflinching insight than that of the great Norwegian writer. Ibsen rose to prominence in large part through his refusal to follow the rules; writing plays for thinkers, for citizens, for people willing to question the moral compass of the universe.
 
   
An Iliad Feb 26 - Mar 22, 2020  
Court Theatre at Oriental Institute An Iliad
 
Timothy Edward Kane returns to reprise his jaw-dropping, award-winning performance in this highly anticipated revival of Artistic Director Charles Newell's critically acclaimed 2011 production. A one-man adaptation of Homer's Iliad created by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare (TV's True Blood), An Iliad returns Homer's epic poem to the voice of the lone poet as he recounts a story of human loss and folly that echoes across three millennia of war and bloodshed. An Iliad will once again illuminate this ancient classic by taking a harrowing look at the human cost of war.
 
   
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Feb 26 - Mar 21, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
 
A world premiere adaptation of Erika L. Sanchez's award-winning novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student as she navigates trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her older sister, Olga-who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This poignant and vibrant new work is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.
 
   
The Pillowman Feb 27 - Mar 29, 2020  
The Gift Theatre The Pillowman
 
THE PILLOWMAN is a dark, twisty and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland's most treasured writers. In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. The detectives want to know why Katurian's stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area.
 
   
Day of Absence Feb 27 - Mar 22, 2020  
Congo Square Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Day of Absence
 
Winner of coveted Vernon Rice and Obie Awards, Day of Absence recounts the uproarious emergencies that occur when a Southern town is faced with the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of all its black citizens. Day of Absence was written and directed by Douglas Turner Ward in 1965 and helped launch the New York-based Negro Ensemble Company, whose overall mission is to present live theatre performances by and about black people to a culturally diverse audience that is often underserved by the theatrical community. Day of Absence is traditionally performed as a 'reverse minstrel show,' with black actors in whiteface.
 
   
Middletown Feb 27 - Mar 22, 2020  
Apollo Theater Middletown
 
An exhilarating and universal depiction of love and friendship, MIDDLETOWN follows the story of two couples who endure the roller coaster of life together, including the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Staged without a set or props, the stars read directly from scripts, as if reading from the book of their own lives - and ours.
 
   
Red Kite, Brown Box Feb 28 - Mar 21, 2020  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Red Kite, Brown Box
 
Red Kite, Brown Box is a live theater experience that leads children on the autism spectrum on an imaginative journey where simple cardboard boxes transform into a magical world full of treasures and joyous play. Conceived and directed by CCT Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, Red Kite, Brown Box is a transformative educational experience created for young people with autism and sensory sensitivities, their families and caregivers. Before coming to the theater, each child and adult is sent a Social Story that walks families through the experience of attending the show, from arriving at the location to the people they'll meet, to the adventure itself. A limited number of tickets is sold for each performance to keep the experience focused, intimate and in tune with the particular needs of each child.
 
   
Thirteen Days Feb 28 - Apr 12, 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.
 
   
Here Lies Henry Feb 28 - Mar 28, 2020  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre Here Lies Henry
 
Henry's got a lot he has to tell you, he just can't guarantee that it's all true. In the spotlight, with only the audience as his witness, Henry grapples with his choices and failures in a scramble to make sense of his life before it's too late. Daniel MacIvor's gripping one-man play offers a provocative take on love, death, beauty, truth, and of course, good old-fashioned lying.
 
   
Mrs. Warren's Profession Feb 28 - Mar 29, 2020  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Otherworld Theatre Mrs. Warren's Profession
 
George Bernard Shaw's satirical take on the limited opportunities for women in late 19th Century British society. One of Shaw's earliest plays, it is representative of Shaw's gift for delivering biting social criticism with humor. Promethean's production will be performed in a brand-new world premiere adaptation by Melanie Spewock that streamlines Shaw's text and makes it more woman-centric, focusing on the mother-daughter relationship between Mrs. Warren and her daughter Vivie.
 
   
What the Constitution Means to Me Mar 4 - Apr 12, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse What the Constitution Means to Me
 
This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. At fifteen-years-old, Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship. See the play The New York Times calls "not just the best play on Broadway this season, but also the most important." Casting for the national tour of What the Constitution Means to Me will be announced shortly.
 
   
Grey Gardens Mar 6 - Apr 26, 2020  
Theo Ubique Grey Gardens
 
The hilarious and heartbreaking story of "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The two were once bright names on the social register of Long Island society but became East Hampton's most notorious recluses.
 
   
Teenage Dick Mar 6 - Apr 19, 2020  
Theater Wit Teenage Dick
 
Theater's most famous disabled character comes to a Chicago stage like you've never seen him before-in the vicious, no-holds barred brutal politics of high school. Richard, picked on because of his cerebral palsy (and his semi-creepy tendency to monologue), is determined to become class president. But the road to power is never smooth, and Richard must decide: is it better to be loved or feared?
 
   
Hundred Days Mar 6 - Apr 12, 2020  
Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre Hundred Days
 
HUNDRED DAYS is an uncensored, exhilarating and heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. With magnetic chemistry and anthemic folk-punk music, creators Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore a fundamental question: how do we make the most of the time that we have?
 
   
In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play Mar 6 - Apr 5, 2020  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at The Edge Off-Broadway In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play
 
1880s New York, The Gilded Age of America. The second Industrial Revolution has ignited a desire to change the fabric of daily life. When her physician husband creates a unique piece of machinery to massage the growing affliction of "female hysteria," Catherine Givings embarks on some new discoveries of her own. As Dr. Givings garners the attention of new patients, Catherine finds her own attention inexplicably drawn to what occurs "in the next room" and what it means for her. In this intimate and humorous journey of self-examination and sexuality, human connection is not only a climax, but a vital part of life itself.
 
   
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play Mar 7 - Apr 12, 2020  
Goodman Theatre School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
 
Paulina, Part III This biting and buoyant comedy, "ferociously entertaining, as heartwarming as it is hilarious" (The Hollywood Reporter), arrives in Chicago on the heels of a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway. As the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school sets her sights on the Miss Universe pageant, a new student unexpectedly changes the game. This "gleeful African makeover of an American genre" (The New York Times) spotlights the universal similarities-and glaring differences-of teenage girls around the globe.
 
   
Hit Her With The Skates Mar 10 - 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.
 
   
The Lady from the Sea Mar 12 - Apr 12, 2020  
Court Theatre The Lady from the Sea
 
When a sailor returns to fulfill his promise, a lighthouse keeper's daughter must choose between her landlocked marriage and the mesmerizing allure of the sea. Hailed as a watershed moment in Ibsen's writing, The Lady from the Sea dissects issues of duty, marriage, and agency with raw emotion and disarming resonance. Director Shana Cooper injects the text with a visceral physicality that thrillingly reflects and refracts Ibsen's structure and characterization.
 
   
Intimate Apparel Mar 12 - Apr 19, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Intimate Apparel
 
In 1905, a black seamstress named Esther sews her way out of poverty stitch by delicate stitch, creating fine lingerie for her Manhattan clientele while longing for a husband and a future. She finds common ground with the Jewish merchant who sells her fabric, yet both know their relationship cannot be. So when correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man leads to a marriage proposal, she accepts. But as her new marriage quickly turns to regret, Esther turns back to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future.
 
   
Summer and Smoke Mar 13 - Mar 28, 2020  
The Impostors Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building Summer and Smoke
 
She’s called to a spiritual existence; he’s committed to an earthly one. Alma (Spanish for 'soul') loves the boy next door, John Buchanan. The two each have a rather different philosophy for life, though. While Alma is moved by graces and troubled by petty, every-day cruelties that accompany living, John cares only for human impulse and immediacy. He brandishes his chart of the human anatomy to prove his point: there’s no room in a body for a soul. Circling one another, the pair illustrates the double-edged sword of human nature, darkness making way for lightness and vice versa, only to cut one another short. A gothic Southern town caked in heat makes for a brooding observer. In the quietly unsettling fashion unique to Tennessee Williams’ works, Summer and Smoke explores the connection between two people bound by a breathing tether. Stretch it too tightly, and it’s doomed to snap.
 
   
The Two Character Play Mar 13 - Mar 29, 2020  
Theatre L’Acadie at Athenaeum Theatre The Two Character Play
 
One chilling morning, siblings, Felice and Clare find themselves deserted by their acting troupe, left only with set pieces and each other’s company to keep themselves warm. As their situation becomes increasingly more desperate, the two resort to reliving one of their “greatest” performances, The Two Character Play . Throughout the performance, reality and fiction begin to blur, and the players begin to question not only themselves, but their circumstances. The play, which Tennessee WIlliams calls, "...my most beautiful play since Streetcar, and I've never stopped working on it....It is a cri de coeur, but then all creative work,all life, in a sense is a cri de coeur."
 
   
Neither Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Neither
 
In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn't this or that. Is it both, or is it neither? What do you do when you feel you don't belong? Based on the book by Airlie Anderson, explore the things that make us unique in this world premiere musical that teaches that it's our differences that make us special.
 
   
The Bachelor Live on Stage Mar 14  
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.
 
   
My Dear Hussein Mar 17 - Apr 19, 2020  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple My Dear Hussein
 
A child, a toy dog, and a ruthless dictator walk into a war zone and fanciful imagination breaks free. This surrealistic tale of a four-year-old Iranian girl unfolds amidst the carnage of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. The lines between playful fantasy and brutal warfare are gradually blurred as ugly realities become harder to mask.
 
   
The Last Match Mar 18 - 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.
 
   
Henry V Mar 19 - May 10, 2020  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Henry V
 
As Henry attempts to accomplish the impossible, so does Shakespeare in one of his most demanding works of stagecraft. The House adventures back and forth across oceans for justice, intrigue, romance, and the "alarms and excursions" of the battlefield.
 
   
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Mar 20 - Jun 28, 2020  
Mercury Theater Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
 
Based on the smash-hit movie, 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," "Material Girl," "True Colors," "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!
 
   
My Fair Lady Mar 24 - Apr 12, 2020  
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?
 
   
Kiss Me, Kate Mar 25 - May 17, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Kiss Me, Kate
 
Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes hijinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical numbers include "Another Op'nin, Another Show," "So In Love," "Wunderbar," "Too Darn Hot," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."
 
   
Ghosts of Chernobyl Mar 26 - Apr 26, 2020  
Theatre Above the Law at The Jarvis Square Theater Ghosts of Chernobyl
 
A young woman searches for answers in the ruins of Chernobyl, while the men who worked that fateful night relive it everyday. The two stories intertwine in a play that asks what is the definition of family, legacy, and purpose.
 
   
Dhaba on Devon Avenue Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Dhaba on Devon Avenue
 
Dhaba Canteen has been a Devon Avenue institution since the 60s, with their delicious Sindhi food transporting you back to the halcyon days of undivided India. Now it's on the verge of bankruptcy. And the family that has run it for generations is ready to go to war over its fate. Written by Madhuri Shekar, (Queen) and directed by Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew, it's King Lear meets The Cherry Orchard in this Chicago story of fathers and daughters, of legacy, and of survival at all costs.
 
   
Molly Sweeney Mar 27 - Apr 26, 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).
 
   
Me...Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of a Young Jane Goodall Mar 31 - Apr 26, 2020  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Me...Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of a Young Jane Goodall
 
Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them. As they learned more and more on their expeditions, Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals. And one day, she would go on to do just that.
 
   
Under The Tree Apr 1 - May 3, 2020  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Under The Tree
 
When her husband dies while out of town on a business trip, Delphi Rabbitt calls upon her children and sister to assist in planning the funeral arrangements in their town of Altoga, Texas. That is, until she discovers his body is traveling from Houston accompanied by another family... another wife, another son, another life that no one knew about. When both Rabbitt families find themselves under one roof, they're forced to decide: is it possible to bury our grievances before we bury the man who deceived us all?
 
   
The Dragon Apr 1 - Apr 26, 2020  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Dragon
 
A knight comes to slay the town's local Dragon. But the townspeople don't love this idea as much as the knight would think. For, apparently, the 'only way to be free and clear of dragons is to have one of your own'. A fantastical take on power and totalitarianism, Schwartz's grown up fairy tale was written to question. 'When you're warm and snug, it's wiser to keep your eyes and mouth shut, my dear.'
 
   
The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington Apr 2 - May 17, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington
 
The recently widowed "Mother of America" lies helpless in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and attended to by the very enslaved people who will be free the moment she dies. The form-shifting fever dream that follows takes us deep into the ugly, uncomfortable and thorny ramifications of America's original sin. Both fantastical and fraught with cruel reality, this Chicago premiere from a daring new voice pulls no punches as it puts our idols, and ourselves, on trial.
 
   
Scooby-Doo! and the Lost City of Gold Apr 5  
Rosemont Theatre Scooby-Doo! and the Lost City of Gold
 
In Scooby-Doo! and The Lost City of Gold at the Rosemont Theatre, fans of music, discovery, and gh-gh-ghosts won't need a passport to travel with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and Velma to Alta Luz, a fictitious South American town where ghostly sightings of La Dama de Oro (The Lady In Gold) threaten to scare attendees away from the annual music festival and Incan sun god celebration. Through dialogue, dance, song, and amazing landscapes, audiences will join the journey as the Gang takes the Mystery Machine on its first flight to a land of ancient civilizations, legends, and culture. As they sniff for clues (and snacks), a trail of extinct purple irises leads them through a veritable Nazca lines labyrinth of mystery as the Gang meets friends - or foes - Miguel the groundskeeper, Luis the llama, botanist Professor Falcone, the Pachacuties, and Ayar Manco (the 13th Century founder of the Incan civilization). Zoinks!
 
   
Disney's Freaky Friday, A New Musical Apr 10 - May 24, 2020  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Disney's Freaky Friday, A New Musical
 
Porchlight Music Theatre is excited to present the Chicago premiere of Disney's newest musical comedy for the whole family! Based on the hit book and beloved films, and from the combined talents who created Once Upon a Mattress, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Next to Normal, American Idiot, High Fidelity, If/Then and Bring it On, this is the modern story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and, with hilarious results, have only one day to put things right again before Mom's big wedding. Featuring a fresh, fun and high-energy musical score, this NEW Disney musical is a heartfelt, comedic and unexpectedly emotional take on an American classic for the young and young in heart.
 
   
Evita Apr 10 - Jun 14, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Evita
 
Based on true events, Evita tells the story of Eva Perón's rags-to-riches life as she goes from poor provincial child to First Lady of Argentina. A champion of the working-class descamisados, she uses popularity and politics to serve her people - and herself. Featuring some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's most iconic songs, including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," this musical masterpiece won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The 1996 film adaptation was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Song.
 
   
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 Choir Of Man Apr 14 - Apr 19, 2020  
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!
 
   
Once Upon A One More Time Apr 14 - May 17, 2020  
Nederlander Theatre Once Upon A One More Time
 
Once Upon A Time... Cinderella, Snow White, and the other fairytale princesses gather for their book club, when - oh, baby baby! - a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, spurring a royal revelation. Could there really be more to life than bird-made dresses and true love's kiss? Set to the songs of Britney Spears, the Princess of Pop herself, ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME is an uproarious, irreverent look at the towering challenges, charms, and choices involved in finding that most elusive of endings: Happily Ever After.
 
   
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.
 
   
Be More Chill Apr 17 - Aug 23, 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?
 
   
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.
 
   
The Moors Apr 23 - Jun 14, 2020  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Moors
 
On the wind-blown desolate moors two spinster sisters and their mastiff scheme to wrest their destinies from the savage land around them. When a governess is summoned and a moor-hen drops in, all three are forced to ask what price they might pay for love. Inspired (perhaps) by certain 19th-century gothic romances, and the sisters who wrote them, this savage comedy disrupts the conventions of visibility.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Office: A Musical Parody Apr 28 - May 17, 2020  
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.'"
 
   
Kinky Boots Apr 29 - Jun 14, 2020  
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.
 
   
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 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!
 
   
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 14, 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 Simon and Garfunkel Story May 12 - May 17, 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.
 
   
Waitress May 19 - May 24, 2020  
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.
 
   
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!
 
   
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.
 
   
The Virginian: A Horseman Of The Plains Jun 5 - Jul 19, 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.
 
   
Cirque du Soleil - Alegria Jun 5 - Jun 28, 2020  
Under the Big Top at Soldier Field Cirque du Soleil - Alegria
 
A production destined to change its history, Cirque du Soleil first presented Alegría in April 1994, launching an emblematic show that was to win over more than 14 million spectators in 255 cities in over 19 years of touring and earn a Grammy Award nomination for its title song. To mark the show's 25th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil is now revisiting its iconic Alegría through today's lens-including refreshed costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and modernized musical arrangements -to touch new generations of spectators.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Outsiders Jun 20 - Aug 2, 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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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'."
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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!"
 
   
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."
 
   
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 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.
 
   
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 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.
 
   
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".
 
   
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.
 
   
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.