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Roast Jul 18 - Aug 18, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Roast
 
Roast follows the friends and family of Sam, a talented young comedian who took his own life, as they fulfill his last request: to hold a roast of him instead of a traditional funeral. As each of the roasters has their turn on stage, they reflect on who Sam was, and what he meant to them. Throughout, the play asks an important question: when a loved one is lost, how does the world change in their absence? Roast by Harry Wood explores the deeply intertwined worlds of comedy and tragedy, humor and grief.
 
   
Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner Jul 18 - Sep 29, 2019  
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
 
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside you as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni's signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco, and now comes to Chicago's Cambria Hotel with its "feast for the senses." (The New York Times)
 
   
Kiss Jul 18 - Aug 18, 2019  
Haven Theatre at The Den Theatre Kiss
 
Two couples meet for their weekly soap opera viewing party, but that standing double date quickly starts to feel like a soap opera itself when the friends unpack scandals, secrets and their heart-rending passions. Guillermo Calderón has written a bold and political theatrical experience that explodes the romantic drama and asks what it means to empathize with a culture and conflict that is not your own.
 
   
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Jul 18 - Aug 24, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
 
Buddy tells the true story of Buddy Holly's meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when "That'll Be the Day" hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on "The Day the Music Died." This rocking musical features several of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," "Everyday," "Oh Boy," "Not Fade Away," "Raining on my Heart," and many more. Also featuring memorable hits from other stars of the era, including Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." The incredible but all-too-brief legacy of the young Texan with glasses, whose musical influence revolutionized the golden days of Rock & Roll, continues to live on in Buddy.
 
   
Sleeping Beauty Jul 19 - Jul 25, 2019  
Chicago Kids Company at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Sleeping Beauty
 
Will the Princess sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of one of the most popular fairy-tales ever told. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
 
   
Super Richard World III Jul 19 - Aug 4, 2019  
The Stupid Shakespeare Company at Otherworld Theatre Super Richard World III
 
Hailed as “technically art”, Super Richard World III is a fully produced parody, setting the events of the War of the Roses in the Mushroom Kingdom. When Donkey Kong falls from power, Mario usurps his throne and rules alongside Princess Peach. But the conniving Luigi, the Duke of Gloucester schemes against his brother and Mario’s allies with the nefarious Bowserham. The Stupid Shakespeare Company reframes the context of Richard III by removing hindering story elements; like Richard’s hump and the King’s illness, to make room for new and innovative interpretations of the bard’s scenes that include tennis matches, piranha plants, musical numbers, golf, and of course a smashing final battle for the crown.
 
   
You Can't Fake The Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) Jul 20 - Sep 8, 2019  
Black Ensemble Theater You Can't Fake The Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music)
 
Hop on the "Mothership" as we journey back when Afro's were big, bellbottoms were tight, and the music was out of sight. You Can't Fake the Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) guides us through a musical genre that is sure to have you groovin' in your seats... Ya' Digg? You Can't Take the Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) will pay tribute to artists such as Sly and the Family Stone, Ohio Players, Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Rick James, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins, among others.
 
   
A Kind of Love Story Jul 25 - Sep 8, 2019  
Oil Lamp Theater A Kind of Love Story
 
This hilarious and heartfelt play both skewers and pays homage to the romantic comedy genre. Mark is a nice guy who never gets the girl, while Ally can't seem to shake the world's worst boyfriend. Both have built their romantic ideals on Disney heroes, fairy tales and Cameron Crowe movies. They're perfect for each other, but there's just one problem: they've never met. As we follow their overlapping lives, we see all the ways these two are true soulmates, and wait for the moment they will find each other... if they find each other.
 
   
Just Chilling Jul 26 - Aug 24, 2019  
Cornservatory Just Chilling
 
Nealshow Productions kindly presents Just Chilling, a new comedy about six friends trying to have a nice Friday night on day three of the zombie apocalypse. Performances will take place at Cornservatory and run about 90 minutes. Unwilling to surrender the yuppie lifestyle he worked so hard to attain just because some people are getting sick and eating each other's faces clean off, thirtysomething, Rod Sewer (Dave Satterwhite), ignores the more pragmatic suggestions of his partner, Lani (Liz Greenwood), and invites his friend and manager, Jess (Jorge Salas), over to watch the big game. Along with the boys' office building's front desk attendant, Chet (Chuck Merydith), Jess's newer girlfriend, Nina (Madison Hill), and Lani and Rod's upstairs neighbor, Jordin (Eileen Hertz), this ragtag group is determined to have a nice time at all costs... even if it's the last nice time any of them will ever have. Temporarily safe in Lani and Rod's apartment and armed with enough white whiskey and mouthwash to last them several hours, the group builds an easy rapport. But as the night progresses and the face eating zombies only become harder to ignore, each character must choose between vainly attempting to hold on to the life they know and adapting to the terrifying new world waiting on the other side of their sanctuary's strong,
 
   
Much Ado About Nothing Jul 27 - Aug 31, 2019  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Much Ado About Nothing
 
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING written by William Shakespeare directed by Melanie Keller Love is in the air when triumphant soldiers return from battle, oblivious that another kind of war is about to begin at home. Benedick, a solider and confirmed bachelor, is thrown into a battle of wit and words with the acid-tongued Beatrice - and though they resist it, the magnetic attraction between them grows stronger with every argument. Meanwhile, Benedick's friend Claudio is head over heels for Hero, and they will soon be wed. Everyone's world is shattered when Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. Who is to be believed?
 
   
Come From Away Jul 30 - Aug 18, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Come From Away
 
The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway's COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, "It takes you to a place you never want to leave!"
 
   
The One: The Matrix Parody Musical Aug 1 - Aug 25, 2019  
The Den Theatre The One: The Matrix Parody Musical
 
The minds behind FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing!, Rookie of the Year The Musical, and Hitch*Cocktails have joined forces to bring you their next fan tribute show! The One: The Matrix Parody Musical will combine hilarity and harmony to poke fun at everyone's favorite digitally dystopian '90s classic. Audiences will join Neo as he goes down the musical rabbit hole to learn his real purpose. Created by fans, for fans, the show centers around the events of the first film while paying tribute to all of the expanded universe. The two-act story with intermission features an original score, dance battles, pop songs and puppets, all in a D.I.Y. style! This is THE ONE parody musical you won't want to miss!
 
   
Women of 4G Aug 1 - Sep 14, 2019  
Babes With Blades at Factory Theater Women of 4G
 
This is the Babes first adventure into the world of science fiction as this production takes place 75 years in the future. In Women of 4G, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, Women of 4G uses a science fiction world to ask questions about women in power as well as their leadership, responsibility and, ultimately, sacrifice.
 
   
Diamond Lil and The Pansy Crazy Aug 8 - Sep 7, 2019  
Berger Park Coach House Diamond Lil and The Pansy Crazy
 
We first took you to Rush street with At Mister Kelly's of the 1950s/60s. Three Cat Productions is going to take you even further back in time to 909 North Rush and the famed Diamond Lil's. The musical revue set in Chicago, 1932 explores the famed Pansy Craze club Diamond Lil, which was packed so tight with partying boys that people were turned away. Come celebrate Chicago.
 
   
Dogfight Aug 8 - Aug 11, 2019  
Edge Theatre Dogfight
 
A group of Marines hold a contest for "ugliest" date on their last night before deployment to Vietnam. After the laughter, the men try to dehumanize themselves, while one marine just can't forget about his date. From the musical minds of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman) and a book by Peter Duchan. Based on the Warner Bros. Film and Screenplay by Bob Comfort.
 
   
All That He Was Aug 10 - Sep 8, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena All That He Was
 
A moving and surprisingly funny account of one man's struggle with AIDS and the reverberations of his death. The deceased functions as host and narrator, invisible among the friends and family assembled to pay him final respects. Hoping for a day when the shattered pieces of his life can come together, he leads them on a journey of shared reminiscences.
 
   
Into the Woods Aug 14 - Sep 22, 2019  
Writers Theatre Into the Woods
 
When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf)! These familiar characters find themselves in decidedly unfamiliar circumstances and must brave the darkness of the woods in an effort to break the curse, conquer their fears and find out if what they've always wished for is what they truly want.
 
   
Taste Of Man-Flesh: A Fellowship Of The Ring Parody Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Taste Of Man-Flesh: A Fellowship Of The Ring Parody
 
From the team that brought you I Have the High Ground: A Revenge of the Sith Parody comes Taste of Man Flesh: A Fellowship of the Rings Parody . The fate of Middle Earth is placed in the tiny, hairy hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins after he inherits the One Ring to rule them all. Join Frodo and the entire Fellowship on a bizarre, epic journey to bring the One Ring back to the fires of Mount Doom. Will he get there by the end of the show? Probably not. But will there be plenty of adventures, meme-worthy moments and battles along the way? You know it, baby! Otherworld Theatre Company specializes in nerd parody, bringing along both hearty laughs and a genuine celebration for the fandom.
 
   
Out Of Love Aug 16 - Sep 14, 2019  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre Out Of Love
 
Trust. Betrayal. Loyalty. Humiliation. That's what friends are for. Grace and Lorna have been inseparable since childhood, and vow one day to get out of their small English town and make something of themselves. But the world has different plans. An honest and brutal depiction of companionship, rivalry and the fiery bond that exists between women, Out of Love bravely examines one life-long friendship in all it's beautiful, gory complexity.
 
   
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Aug 17 - Aug 25, 2019  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 
Victor Hugo's epic tale of a captive bell-ringer and the woman he loves comes to the stage as a musical, featuring the Disney film's Academy Award-nominated score, plus new songs by masters of the form: Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). Combining the best parts of both the book and the film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the outcast Quasimodo as he grapples with society's cruelty and protects the lovely Esmeralda, the one woman who shows him kindness. Get caught up in the historical, romantic magic when The Hunchback comes to Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.
 
   
Casa Valentina Aug 22 - Sep 29, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Casa Valentina
 
CASA VALENTINA is set in 1962, in an inconspicuous bungalow colony in New York's Catskill Mountains that caters to a very special clientele: cis-gender straight men who delight in dressing and acting as women while away on vacation. These white-collar professionals discreetly escape their regular routines to spend certain weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this hidden society must decide whether the freedom gained by openness is worth the risk of personal ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden. While the characters of CASA VALENTINA are not men who identify as gay, it continues Pride Films and Plays' exploration of all things gender related, that are essential viewing for all audiences.
 
   
Higher and Higher, A Feel-Good Rock 'N Soul Shindig Aug 25  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Higher and Higher, A Feel-Good Rock 'N Soul Shindig
 
Broadway showstopper Chester Gregory (MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, HAIRSPRAY, SISTER ACT, DREAMGIRLS) dazzles in a night of solid gold hits. The star of Motown: The Musical leaves it all on the stage, wooing audiences with his glorious voice and white-hot dance moves. The New York Times calls him, "jaw dropping...over flowingly charismatic," noting that "Gregory has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand." Twist the night away with classic Motown-era rock 'n soul favorites including "Dancing in the Street," "My Girl," and "Superstition."
 
   
Sons and Lovers Aug 29 - Sep 29, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Sons and Lovers
 
Based on the novel set in late 19th century England, SONS AND LOVERS dramatizes the early years of the spirited and brilliantly flawed writer D.H. Lawrence as he charted his course from a Midlands coal mining town into the larger world. The story portrays his parents' mismatched marriage and his own first love affairs while confronting the jealousy of his beloved mother about the women he brought into his life. In the process, Lawrence developed his views on the mystical role of sexuality in shaping the wholeness of the self and the power of determined creativity to overcome dark circumstances.
 
   
Monty Python's Spamalot Aug 30 - Nov 3, 2019  
Mercury Theater Monty Python's Spamalot
 
SPAMALOT is an irreverent musical of the legend of King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail. Spurred on by a plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine, Arthur recruits knights to accompany him on his quest in pursuit of the salvation of Camelot, and their own destinies. Along the way they encounter crazy shenanigans including the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, flatulent Frenchmen with flying cows and blood thirsty, killer rabbits.
 
   
Newsies Sep 4 - Oct 20, 2019  
Paramount Theatre Newsies
 
Straight from the headlines of turn of the century New York comes the true story that had Broadway roaring before it even opened. Featuring unforgettable songs audiences have fallen in love with again and again and a story that will make audiences want to stand up and cheer. High in the skyscrapers of New York City, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to increase the revenue of his declining newspaper, while down in the streets, newsboys hawk papers on corners barely making enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper, delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show the news tycoon and his gang of cronies they're not going to be pushed into the gutter.
 
   
Midsummer (A Play with Songs) Sep 4 - Oct 6, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Midsummer (A Play with Songs)
 
A rowdier, Scottish-ier version of Once, MIDSUMMER (A Play with Songs) is a wickedly funny retelling of one seemingly mismatched couple's lost weekend of wine, song, shagging and outrageous parking fees. Accompanying themselves on a range of instruments, Mr. Mulvaney and Ms. Cross belt out the joyous folk-pop score in this one-of-a-kind musical that is a genuine love letter to the great city of Edinburgh - and the splendidly un-Hollywood endings you just might find there!
 
   
The Great Leap Sep 5 - Oct 20, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Great Leap
 
When an American basketball team travels to Beijing amidst tensions in the late 80s, past relationships collide with present day revelations. Witty and weighty, this Chicago premiere explores cultural barriers, political risks and personal sacrifice. Lauren Yee's The Great Leap is sure to be compelling to basketball fans, history buffs and everyone who has ever had a dream.
 
   
Midummer Sep 5 - Oct 6, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Midummer
 
Bob meets Helena in a basement wine bar. He's a down-on-his luck petty thief and she's a high-powered lawyer. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely (if hot-for-each-other) couple embark on an adventure-filled midsummer weekend, discovering that there are second chances at life - and love.
 
   
Horse Girls Sep 5 - Sep 22, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Horse Girls
 
Welcome to the dark and twisted world of Ashleigh Whitford, illustrious twelve-year-old leader of the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida's most exclusive horse club. Something truly foul threatens the stables and stability of this tween cult, throwing the girls into crisis mode. An immersion into middle school deception and lies, Horse Girls infiltrates the world of pre-teens, their obsessions, their insecurities, their selfies and their desperate need to find a place in the world.
 
   
Five Presidents Sep 6 - Oct 19, 2019  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Five Presidents
 
There was only one day in history when all five of these U.S. Presidents were in the same room at the same time: the holding room prior to entering the memorial service for President Richard Nixon. Five Presidents is the presentation of this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, as imagined by "The West Wing" and "House of Cards" writer Ensemble member Rick Cleveland.
 
   
Tiny Beautiful Things Sep 6 - Oct 13, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tiny Beautiful Things
 
Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that "Sugar" was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Directed by Vanessa Stalling (Photograph 51 Court Theatre, A Shayna Maidel TimeLine Theatre, The Wolves Goodman) Tiny Beautiful Things is a story about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.
 
   
Dana H. Sep 6 - Oct 6, 2019  
Goodman Theatre Dana H.
 
Dana was a chaplain of a psych ward where she met a charismatic patient, an ex-convict searching for redemption. A harrowing true story, Dana was held captive with her life in this man's hands-trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented and terrified-for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2, The Christians), "one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years" (The New York Times), this innovative work shatters the boundaries of the art form and our understanding of good and evil.
 
   
Whose Body? Sep 6 - Oct 27, 2019  
Lifeline Theatre Whose Body?
 
When a dead body turns up in a bathtub wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey assigns himself to the case. However, when the mystery becomes labyrinthine he enlists the help of close friend Inspector Parker to follow his only lead, a teaching hospital near the scene of the crime. Could it be a harmless prank by a medical student or something more sinister? Follow the clues and uncover the truth in this beloved 1923 whodunit by Dorothy L. Sayers.
 
   
The Band's Visit Sep 10 - Sep 22, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Band's Visit
 
The Band's Visit is about a meeting of two groups of strangers, brought together by a simple mishap. Instead of ending up in the bustling city of Petah Tikva in Israel, an Egyptian police band accidentally end up in the small, isolated town of the similarly-pronounced Bet Hatikva and are taken in by the locals for one night. Although the setting is the catalyst for David Yazbek's beautiful, Middle Eastern-infused score, you could pick this story up and place it in any isolated town or village anywhere in the world. It is this universal aspect to the story that audiences are connecting to. A small, "unimportant" story is speaking volumes about humanity and how we can form bonds with those we usually wouldn't encounter in our regular lives. How do we overcome our loneliness? How do we re-connect with our estranged loved ones?
 
   
Oslo Sep 10 - Oct 20, 2019  
TimeLine Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Oslo
 
OSLO is a remarkable story about the unlikely friendships, quiet heroics, and sheer determination that pushed two foes to reach something neither thought truly possible-peace. When the Israeli prime minister and the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization shook hands on the White House lawn in 1993, the world had no idea what it took to orchestrate that momentous occasion. Behind the scenes, a Norwegian diplomat and her social scientist husband hatched an intricate, top secret, and sometimes comical scheme to gather an unexpected assortment of players at an idyllic estate just outside Oslo. Far from any international glare, mortal enemies were able to face each other not as adversaries, but as fellow human beings.
 
   
King Hedley II Sep 12 - Oct 13, 2019  
Court Theatre King Hedley II
 
Placing his hopes and dreams on the line, a man pieces together his life in Pittsburgh after seven years in prison. Family ties are tested and crime and retribution collide in August Wilson's ninth play in the American Century Cycle-Court's eighth production in our ongoing commitment to producing all ten plays of the cycle. Nationally acclaimed for his direction of August Wilson's plays, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson brings a depth of humanity to Wilson's interrogation of African American life in the 1980s.
 
   
Mother Of The Maid Sep 12 - Oct 20, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Mother Of The Maid
 
Isabelle Arc is a hard-working, pious peasant woman with an odd and extraordinary daughter. When adolescent Joan announces she's having visions, her mother isn't quite sure if she should credit the Holy Spirit or teen hormones. But with faith in God and her destiny, Joan sets off to lead the French at war. As she ascends from farm girl to holy martyr, we follow the unexpected perspective of her proud, fierce, and frightened mom in this deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.
 
   
Season Pass: Deux Over Sep 12 - Oct 5, 2019  
The Plagiarists at Mckaw Theater Season Pass: Deux Over
 
The Plagiarists bring back their delightfully demented sci-fi spectacular where you choose the course of the story, now with 26% more jokes, action, and agonizing DEATH! Think Be Kind Rewind crossed with Star Tours crossed with Choose Your Own Adventure crossed with a childhood spent watching too many cartoons and eating too much sugary cereal. Only you, the audience, can travel through time and save humanity from destruction. From the depths of the ocean, to all of time and space... and beyond, Season Pass: Deux Over will take you on a one-of-kind adventure every time you strap in!
 
   
The Color Purple Sep 13 - Nov 3, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Color Purple
 
Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South during the early 1900s as she navigates the love she has for her family, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved children. This heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and has earned nearly fifteen Tony Award nominations including two wins, one for the Best Revival of a Musical.
 
   
Bernhardt/Hamlet Sep 14 - Oct 20, 2019  
Goodman Theatre Bernhardt/Hamlet
 
Edmond; Act I, Scene II High humor and human drama collide in a rollicking comedy "so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts" (The New York Times). In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt's decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare's Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. Laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip, this behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt's most ambitious role is a "dynamic character study" (Variety) of one of the most famous actresses-and infamous divas-in the world.
 
   
Peter and the Starcatcher Sep 18 - Oct 20, 2019  
Citadel Theatre Company Peter and the Starcatcher
 
The Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain's cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk's precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates - led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own - the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
 
   
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Sep 24 - Oct 27, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a bright, bold spectacle that brings a menagerie of Eric Carle's most colorful characters from the page to the stage. This production features 75 lovable puppets and faithful renditions of four Eric Carle favorites Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After the performance, audiences get to meet the puppets and take pictures with the cast.
 
   
The Raveling Sep 25 - Oct 13, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Raveling
 
In THE RAVELING, each family member follows the thread of an old story, an inherent lie, a childhood promise, or a shared fantasy that leads them from homeleaving to homecoming and back again. The family's reality is stretched across decades of myth and misadventures. Inspired by true personal narratives of the performers, there is a living question for the ensemble in tracing something of where they each come from and asking what is needed for them to come together. What is the work of coming undone?
 
   
A Doll's House Sep 25 - Dec 15, 2019  
Writers Theatre A Doll's House
 
This focused one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer, deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy, testing the bonds of their marriage and forcing them to take stock of their relationship and ask themselves how well they truly know one another...
 
   
Romance Language Sep 27 - Nov 10, 2019  
City Lit Theater Romance Language
 
A mock-epic comic fantasia of America in 1876, its centennial year. Huck Finn enlists Walt Whitman in a cross-country search for Tom Sawyer. On their journey they encounter Louisa May Alcott, who is carrying on an affair with the ghost of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond. Walt and Huck next ride a raft on the Concord River, which despite its actual geography carries them west across the whole country. On their trip west they meet a parade of 19th-Century literary figures, including Emily Dickinson, who is living among the Sioux in Montana. They finally they find Tom, who has signed up with Custer's army and is headed for Little Big Horn.
 
   
Equus Sep 27 - Oct 27, 2019  
AstonRep Theatre at Edge Theatre Equus
 
Inspired by a true story, EQUUS sets out to explore the complex relationships between devotion and myth. When teenager Alan Strang's pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy's violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan's world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.
 
   
The Barber of Seville Sep 28 - Oct 27, 2019  
Lyric Opera The Barber of Seville
 
Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who's going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini's music - the aural equivalent of champagne - is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber - coming to Chicago's Lyric Opera House - the most popular of all operatic comedies.
 
   
The Brothers Size Oct 2 - Oct 19, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Brothers Size
 
Returning to our stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago premiere, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size. Ogun Size is hardworking and heartbroken. Oshoosi Size is recently returned home from prison and trying to be anywhere but. In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.
 
   
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Oct 5  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live
 
The hilarious Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy is coming to Chicago with an all-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour! Join show creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, and the world's greatest - and only - movie-riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, as they take you on an exhilarating roller coaster ride through some of the cheesiest films ever made.
 
   
Grey House Oct 10 - Dec 1, 2019  
A Red Orchid Theatre Grey House
 
After a brutal car wreck in the mountains of Oregon, a young couple seeks shelter from a blizzard in a small cabin. But the cabin's seemingly innocent inhabitants: four children and their minder, quickly start to expose the couple's secrets, unmake everything they know about themselves, and hurl them towards a potentially sinister destination. Grey House is a new horror play about the gravity of the past, and the cruel inevitability of its pull.
 
   
Sunset Boulevard Oct 11 - Nov 24, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Sunset Boulevard
 
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive domain he is persuaded to work on Norma's "masterpiece," a screenplay that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras. Seduced by Norma and her luxurious lifestyle, he finds himself trapped in her clutches until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with shattering consequences. This Tony Award-winning masterpiece of obsession, romance and the Golden Age of Hollywood stars one of Chicago Theatre's most celebrated leading ladies: Hollis Resnik, making her Porchlight Music Theatre Mainstage debut.
 
   
Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2019  
Rosemont Theatre Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic
 
Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there's one problem...Elmo doesn't know how to do magic! Through Justin's encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it's okay to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself and the power of what's yet to be. Cookie Monster and Gonger uncover the science and fun of baking while Abby Cadabby experiences the transformative abilities of caterpillars. Big Bird learns about the magnifying magic of shadow puppetry while Rosita orchestrates a rhythmic beat using everyday objects around her. And artist Grover mixes up the pigment power of the three primary colors. With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that's sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy.
 
   
Luisa Miller Oct 12 - Oct 31, 2019  
Lyric Opera Luisa Miller
 
Verdi's sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa's own father loathes. The young couple's relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including "Quando le sere al placido," one of the composer's greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric's first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades at Chicago's Lyric Opera House will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.
 
   
The Effect Oct 13 - Nov 23, 2019  
Strawdog Theatre The Effect
 
Hearts pounding, thoughts racing, and sleepless nights. Connie and Tristan are falling in love - or are they? Stuck in a clinical trial for an antidepressant, it's hard to know what is love and what is the drug. As the trial's supervising doctors untangle this relationship, everyone involved has to question what they know.
 
   
Kentucky Oct 17 - Nov 17, 2019  
The Gift Theatre at Theater Wit Kentucky
 
Two Sisters, Eccentric Parents, A Chatty Cat, And A Born-Again Wedding...What Could Go Wrong? Hiro is a self-made single, almost 30 woman making it in New York while estranged from her dysfunctional family who lives in Kentucky. When her sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at 22, Hiro decides to do whatever she can to stop the wedding and salvage her sister's future. The themes of identity, religion and love collide in this unique coming-of-age story.
 
   
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Oct 19 - Nov 24, 2019  
Lifeline Theatre Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
 
While the Primm family is busily moving into their new home on East 88th Street, they are shocked to discover a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh, he only eats Turkish caviar. The Primm's are quick to welcome Lyle into the family, but not everyone is so thrilled about a crocodile living on the block. Discover the meaning of family in this musical based off the beloved classic by Bernard Waber.
 
   
An Evening With C.S. Lewis Starring David Payne Oct 22 - Nov 3, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse An Evening With C.S. Lewis Starring David Payne
 
The year is 1962 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. Seated in his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thoughts and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman who turned his life upside down. David Payne's AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS STARRING DAVID PAYNE has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience, one which has led many thousands to discover, or rediscover, the continuing impact of a man who died over 50 years ago and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century.
 
   
N Oct 24 - Nov 17, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center N
 
Mrs. Page is a 70-year-old, African-American widow; a passionate political conservative who campaigned for Barry Goldwater and strong admirer of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Her guilt for a personal decision involving astrology led her to the decision to never leave her home again. Eddy, a liberal young white struggling actor, is her caregiver. He is cast in show that is a career maker for him. During the rehearsal process the playwright adds the N-Word to the script. Eddy is repulsed by what he considers the offensive and destructive nature of the N-word and refuses to say it - ever, including on stage. Mrs. Page and Eddy learn something from each other and as well as about themselves while Eddy struggles to remain the person he hopes to be. N challenges us to look at the role society has played in shaping our personal, and thus, our national attitudes and prejudices.
 
   
Once Upon A One More Time Oct 29 - Dec 1, 2019  
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.
 
   
Latin History for Morons Oct 29 - Nov 3, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Latin History for Morons
 
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son's American history books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son's school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latino patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style.
 
   
Jurassic World Live Tour Nov 1 - Nov 3, 2019  
Allstate Arena Jurassic World Live Tour
 
With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage. The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience.
 
   
Dead Man Walking Nov 2 - Nov 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera Dead Man Walking
 
A young couple is brutally killed, and the convicted murderer, Joseph De Rocher, sits on death row. Sister Helen Prejean agrees to be his spiritual adviser. As she meets his family, and the families of his victims, she begins questioning every attitude she has about how human beings treat each other. Based on real-life events, Jake Heggie's music and Terrence McNally's libretto explore the nature of friendship and forgiveness in the most profound ways. Hugely acclaimed in major houses internationally, Dead Man Walking is widely acknowledged as one of the most riveting operas of the 21st century. It simply demands to be seen - so don't miss this performance at Chicago's Lyric Opera House.
 
   
The Niceties Nov 6 - Dec 15, 2019  
Writers Theatre The Niceties
 
In The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, an accomplished Ivy League professor holds routine office hours with an ambitious young student to discuss her thesis: if history is written by the victors, who tells the story of the oppressed? Before long, quibbles over vocabulary and Wikipedia citations turn into a dangerous debate as both women passionately defend their perspective and their personal worldview-until one of them puts everything on the line to make her case.
 
   
Oedipus Rex Nov 7 - Dec 8, 2019  
Court Theatre Oedipus Rex
 
Oedipus seeks to cure his city of a mysterious plague by discovering the murderer of the former king. Captivating and cathartic, Sophocles' seminal Greek tragedy brings to light enduring questions of identity, fate, and free will that reverberate in startling ways in the 21st century. Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell helms this production which begins Court's Oedipus Trilogy, honoring the foundations of drama and Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall's vision for the way Court Theatre would invigorate the classic canon.
 
   
The Wickhams: Christmas At Pemberley Nov 7 - Dec 15, 2019  
Northlight Theatre The Wickhams: Christmas At Pemberley
 
While the Bennets and Darcys are celebrating upstairs, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia's ne'er-do-well husband Mr. Wickham has arrived, and it's up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. As old misunderstandings and new secrets start to spiral out of control, the residents of Pemberley prove that family, forgiveness, and the true spirit of giving always win the day.
 
   
Lindiwe Nov 7 - Dec 29, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre Lindiwe
 
The evocative live music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo forms the foundation of this Steppenwolf world premiere production written and co-directed by ensemble member Eric Simonson. As the story travels from Chicago's Kingston Mines to South Africa and beyond, Lindiwe's love story challenges us to define the boundaries between this world and the next, all the while exploring the sacrifices we make for love.
 
   
Beauty and the Beast Nov 13 - Jan 19, 2020  
Paramount Theatre Beauty and the Beast
 
Once upon a time on a bitter winter's night, a young, selfish and vain prince finds a beggar woman asking for shelter. Disgusted by her appearance, he sends her far away. The old woman transforms into a magical enchantress who places a curse upon the prince to appear as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside. Given a magical rose, he must learn to love and find love in return before the last petal drops, or he is doomed to remain a beast forever. But who cold ever learn to love a beast?
 
   
Peg Nov 13 - Dec 14, 2019  
Broken Nose Theatre and The New Colony at The Den Theatre Peg
 
Peg is excited. Steve is nervous. Sure, they've opened a nice bottle of wine, dinner smells delicious... but the brand new strap-on they ordered has just arrived, and tonight's plan is to flip the script. Peg wants to peg Steve. And even though he was all for it initially, his last-minute hesitation will force this ordinary couple to face their kinks, quirks and societal conditioning, as they're quickly reminded that gender politics follow them everywhere - including the bedroom.
 
   
Don Giovanni Nov 14 - Dec 8, 2019  
Lyric Opera Don Giovanni
 
The seducer. The philanderer. The libertine who takes what he wants and lives only for his own pleasure. All three are Don Giovanni, antihero in Mozart's drama of lust and revenge, coming to Chicago's Lyric Opera House. He's surrounded by memorable characters, including his frustrated servant Leporello and the three women he encounters: fiery Donna Elvira, tormented Donna Anna, and impressionable Zerlina. Filled with thrilling music and drama, including a finale so overpoweringly dramatic that it changed music forever, Don Giovanni is justly celebrated as the perfect opera.
 
   
Mary Poppins Nov 15 - Jan 19, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mary Poppins
 
Mary Poppins flies onto the stage to deliver whimsy, emotion, and memorable song numbers to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Oliver Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a can’t miss for the entire family. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and acts as a fusion between the film and the children's books by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and wholesome fun.
 
   
The First Deep Breath Nov 15 - Dec 22, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The First Deep Breath
 
Originally developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays, The First Deep Breath tells the story of Pastor Albert Jones who is planning a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her death. But when his eldest son, Abdul-Malik, returns home from prison, the First family of Mother Bethel Baptist Church is forced to confront a hornet's nest of long-buried secrets. Written with a ferocious passion by Lee Edward Colston II and directed by Malika Oyetimein, The First Deep Breath finds each member of the Jones clan desperately fighting to stay afloat and disregarding the caution that sometimes a family that stays together drowns together.
 
   
The Simon and Garfunkel Story Nov 19 - Dec 1, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse 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.
 
   
Potted Potter Dec 5 - Feb 20, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter
 
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
 
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 7 - Dec 29, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Now a popular annual tradition, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party is the perfect way to kick off your family's holiday festivities. Three adorable Beatrix Potter favorite tales are unspooled in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with live music. Then, audience members are invited on stage to pull the levers and turn the same cranks that produced such whimsical images of surprise and delight. After photos with the cast, families are whisked to a Victorian-style dining hall, which is adorned with beautiful holiday decor and open tables set with cookies and warm cocoa.
 
   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Dec 10 - Dec 15, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
 
   
Dance Nation Dec 12 - Jan 26, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre Dance Nation
 
A pre-teen dance troupe navigates ambition, friendship and desire as they claw their way to Nationals in Tampa Bay. Featuring a multigenerational cast of women playing our pre-teen heroines, this Chicago premiere is fiercely funny, theatrically inventive and full of heart.
 
   
The Light in the Piazza Dec 14 - Dec 29, 2019  
Lyric Opera The Light in the Piazza
 
Upon its Broadway debut, The Light in the Piazza was described by the New York Times as having "the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story." Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza book is by Craig Lucas, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Set in Florence during the summer of 1953, it's a touching and unforgettable love story. A fateful gust of wind whisks Clara's hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli and it's love at first sight. However, Clara isn't quite what she appears. Soon her mother is faced with a heart-wrenching decision, and they must all confront a secret that's been kept in the shadows for far too long.
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Dec 18 - Jan 5, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
Mean Girls Dec 25 - Jan 26, 2020  
Nederlander Theatre Mean Girls
 
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
 
   
Voice Of Good Hope Jan 3 - Feb 16, 2020  
City Lit Theater Voice Of Good Hope
 
A dramatic portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first African American congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South. The play follows Jordan from her childhood in Houston's Fifth Ward through her receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, and deals with her pivotal role on the House Judiciary Committee during its hearings concerning the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, her complex political relationship with Texas power broker Robert Strauss, her struggle with muscular dystrophy, and her twenty-year relationship with Nancy Earl, her companion and occasional speechwriter, and ultimately her caregiver. The play premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2000 and has been produced from New York to San Francisco in the years since then.
 
   
Bunny's Book Club Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Bunny's Book Club
 
Ever since he overheard the librarian reading outside of the library, Bunny has been enamored with books. But upon reflection, he isn't sure if animals are allowed in the library. With the help of his furry friends, Bunny decides to share his love for reading and start a book club, but how can they get their hands on those books? Celebrate the joy of reading in this world premiere adaptation of Annie Silvestro's celebrated picture book.
 
   
The Mousetrap Jan 16 - Feb 16, 2020  
Court Theatre The Mousetrap
 
The Ralstons' house becomes lethal when four guests are snowed in amidst reports of a woman's murder. Agatha Christie's craft for building skillful twists and shocking turns is on full display in this famed mystery which reinforces the genre as a pillar of classic drama. The Mousetrap is revived in an exuberant staging by Sean Graney that eschews cliche and begs for a repeat viewing as the traps characters lay are sprung in surprising ways.
 
   
Do You Feel Anger? Jan 16 - Mar 8, 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'.
 
   
Roe Jan 18 - Feb 23, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Roe
 
Norma; Act II, Scene II Conceived in a pizza parlor and argued in the highest court in the land, 1973's Roe v. Wade legalized abortion-and is hotly debated still today. The complex young women behind the trial-attorney Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe")-embark upon separate journeys that mirror the current polarization over the landmark decision. Shocking, humorous and "full of nuance and complexity" (NPR), Roe illuminates the heart and passion that each side has for their cause.
 
   
Once On This Island Jan 21 - Feb 2, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Once On This Island
 
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.
 
   
Wake Up, Brother Bear! Jan 21 - Feb 27, 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?
 
   
How A Boy Falls Jan 23 - Mar 1, 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.
 
   
Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies Jan 24 - Mar 7, 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).
 
   
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.
 
   
Triflin' Jan 31 - Mar 14, 2020  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Triflin'
 
Spanning a century, we present two powerful one-act stories about women in America. Dramatic literature's founding feminist and Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Glaspell's Trifles reveals a murder mystery, inspired by real events. Ensemble member Nambi E. Kelley's Triflin' is a comedic riff on the male-female dynamic of old, and uses explosive characters and poetic language, questioning what is the new paradigm of gender now.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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?
 
   
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 Mckaw Theater 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 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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Molly Sweeney Mar 7 - Apr 12, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Molly Sweeney
 
Dr. Rice; Act II 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).
 
   
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.
 
   
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 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.
 
   
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?
 
   
Henry V Mar 26 - May 17, 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.
 
   
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.
 
   
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play Mar 27 - Apr 26, 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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.