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A Christmas Carol Nov 17 - Dec 30, 2018  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.
 
   
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 17 - Dec 23, 2018  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant takes two well loved, holiday children specials and combines them into two acts. Charley Brown Christmas follows Charley Brown on his journey to find the true meaning of Christmas, while enduring the commercialization of the season, and insults from Lucy Van Pelt. In Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman tells the tale of how young reindeer Rudolph runs away from home to be independent, with his new found friend Hermie. Together they meet Yukon Cornelius, a prospector searching for silver and gold, discover an island of misfit toys and learn that it's okay to be different from the pack. All while avoiding the Abominable Snow Monster of the North!
 
   
Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty Nov 17 - Dec 29, 2018  
Annoyance Theatre Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty
 
"Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty" features some of the most hilarious holiday themed characters a comedic strip club could have this time of year. The "Rumble Room" is ready to battle the winter chills. Join our funny and talented performers as they heat things up this holiday season. Dance choreography for the show was provided courtesy of cast member Tres Dillon. The combination of sharp humor and sex appeal is almost too much to handle. Almost.
 
   
Il trovatore Nov 17 - Dec 9, 2018  
Lyric Opera Il trovatore
 
For Il trovatore, the hot-blooded tale of love, jealousy and retribution, Verdi created music that bursts with excitement and wonderful characters including the bold and courageous Manrico, his beloved Leonora, the vengeful Count di Luna and the wild, obsessed gypsy Azucena. Each has thrilling music to sing as the drama unfolds in the smoldering atmosphere of darkly mysterious 15th-century Spain. The "Anvil Chorus," Leonora's "Miserere," Manrico's stirring call to arms -- these are just a few of the fabulous highlights that make Il trovatore a feast of sumptuous singing. Don't miss the pre-sale for this exciting night of opera at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
The Elder Son Nov 17 - Dec 22, 2018  
Bluebird Arts at Athenaeum Theatre The Elder Son
 
The premiere English-language production of this acclaimed Russian work by beloved playwright Alexander Vampilov comes to Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre courtesy of Bluebird Arts. The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
 
   
HeLa Nov 18 - Dec 23, 2018  
Sideshow Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center HeLa
 
1951: A mother of five visits the "colored" gynecology ward of Johns Hopkins, knowing something unusual is happening in her body. 1981: A child watches Carl Sagan's Cosmos on a basement television in Chicago as her auntie plays bid whist upstairs with the neighbors. The Distant Future: A gold-plated flying saucer hovers over the Earth, its pilot watching and waiting patiently as stars gently twinkle in her hair. All three stories connect, collide and expand, blending Afrofuturism with the true story of Henrietta Lacks and one little girl's love of science. This winter, journey from East Baltimore to Chicago's Westside to outer space, as J. Nicole Brooks' new play explores who has the power over the stuff we are made of.
 
   
The Book Of Mormon Nov 20 - Dec 2, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
 
   
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 20 - Dec 30, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.
 
   
It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 23 - Dec 28, 2018  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.
 
   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 23 - Dec 30, 2018  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious holiday show, Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from.
 
   
Miracle On 34th Street Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2018  
Steel Beam Theatre Miracle On 34th Street
 
Steel Beam Theatre presents the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Show. In it, actors assemble at KSBT in Hollywood for a 1948 live radio show of a new holiday play, but there's been a miscommunication with the East Coast team, so only a few of the actors show up. The sponsor and his adopted son have to step in, the voice coach to the stars makes a special appearance, and the announcer and producer have to take over the sound effects because the stage manager is sick in bed -- all in all, things get very topsy-turvy! In true holiday storytelling, the cast comes together to put on a wonderful show. Using the elements of improvisation and the original LUX Radio Hour script, director JoAnn Smith has assembled a fun and marvelous cast of actors, young and mature alike. Featuring Larry Boller of Elgin, Jake Busse of Joliet, Alex and Ian Cirpinski of St. Charles, Maddie Gartrell of Geneva, Maddie Hargadon of Elgin, Kat Metzger of Vernon Hills, Crystal Skipworth of St. Charles, Ben Slabik of Lombard and Chris Williams of Aurora, Miracle on 34th Street is a family favorite that is sure to please.
 
   
The Book Of Merman Nov 24 - Jan 6, 2019  
Flying Elephant Productions at Stage 773 The Book Of Merman
 
Two Mormon missionaries ring Ethel Merman's doorbell and hilarity ensues. It's a diva driven journey of self-discovery with an original score of comedy songs, power ballads and mash-up standards.
 
   
The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue Nov 29 - Dec 23, 2018  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue
 
Second City's annual holiday engagement in downtown Aurora is a seasonal must-see, thanks to their famous skits, naughty songs and so, so many laughs. The Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre - a space so intimate, you're up close and personal with all that Second City fun - is the ideal setting, and convenient too. No need to go to downtown Chicago to experience their funny, festive show - get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2018  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge's only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn't even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew's invitation to join his family for Christmas Dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him.
 
   
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Nov 29 - Dec 30, 2018  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
 
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show!
 
   
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical Nov 29 - Dec 23, 2018  
Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
 
This holiday classic and audience favorite returns for its 18th consecutive year. Our biggest and most colorful show will put children and adults alike in the holiday spirit. Join Mrs. Claus as she teams up with the new Elf Class of 2016 to find Santa’s missing list in time for Christmas. Can Mrs. Claus and the elves save the holidays? All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
Bite Size Broadway Nov 29 - Jan 10, 2019  
Annoyance Theatre Bite Size Broadway
 
You've never heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber's relative, Bobby Lloyd Webber, but after this hysterical performance at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago you'll definitely be a fan. Webber wrote ten musicals while doing hard time in prison -- none of them longer than 15 minutes, none of them shorter than 15 seconds. Now he's debuting them in his self-hosted show, Bite Size Broadway, where six talented actors are bringing these comedic, inventive, never-before-seen productions to life in one spectacular hour of singing, dancing and jazz hands.
 
   
The Holiday Radio Show: 1943 Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2018  
Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show: 1943
 
Three Cat Production is thrilled to bring back its hit show, The Holiday Radio Show: 1943. The Holiday Radio Show takes us back to Christmas 1943, featuring stories by Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, O. Henry, Langston Hughes and more. There will be drama, wacky humor, adorable actors, and some truly transcendent three-part harmony that will chase away your "I Can't Believe It's the Holidays Again" blues.
 
   
Twelfth Night, Or What You Will Nov 29 - Dec 16, 2018  
Midsommer Flight at Lincoln Park Conservatory Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
 
The comedy is believed to have been written by Shakespeare as an entertainment for the close of the Christmas season on the "twelfth night" after Christmas. One of the English traditions of that holiday is that roles can be reversed - such as commoners becoming royalty. Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT plays upon those traditions. In his comedy, a woman, Viola, poses as a man - causing much romantic confusion; and a servant, Malvolio, imagines he can become a nobleman.
 
   
EL Stories: Holiday Train Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2018  
The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories: Holiday Train
 
EL Stories: Holiday Train is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every EL Stories show, each performance of Holiday Train features an audience volunteer's story performed live.
 
   
The Santaland Diaries Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2018  
Goodman Theatre The Santaland Diaries
 
This holiday season, Goodman Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries-David Sedaris' "vivid, hilarious portrait of family Christmas with his deft combination of wicked humor and scalpel-sharp observation" (Chicago Magazine). Adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by longtime Goodman Artistic Associate Steve Scott, this "theatrical stocking stuffer" (Chicago Reader) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Chicago favorite Matt Crowle makes his Goodman debut in a solo performance as the strapped-for-cash struggling actor who takes a job as "Crumpet," an elf at Macy's Santaland-and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice.
 
   
Hellcab Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2018  
The Agency Theater Collective at Raven Theatre Hellcab
 
On a bitterly cold day leading up to Christmas in 1992, a young cab driver journeys through Chicago picking up a variety of bizarre and mysterious characters. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to examine this hilarious, frightening, and poignant trip through the Windy City.
 
   
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2018  
James Downing Theatre The Night Before The Night Before Christmas
 
In The Night Before The Night Before Christmas, Lou has wrestled with a big ball of tangled Christmas lights for the last time - Christmas is cancelled! Escaping New Jersey, the freezing cold, his nutty family, and most of all the holidays, is exactly what Lou plans to do. However, a freak snowstorm leaves Lou and wife Carol stranded in the airport and their dreams of sipping cocktails on the beach in peril. Will a couple of unlikely characters help restore Lou's Christmas Spirit in the St. Nick of time?
 
   
Christmas Mubarak Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2018  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Christmas Mubarak
 
Christmas Mubarak is a first-of-its-kind musical / theatre interplay of Muslim stories and Christian music that celebrates the miraculous birth, life, and ascension of Jesus. This festive holiday performance features actors from the Silk Road communities and choir members from the First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple.
 
   
Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Dec 1 - Jan 12, 2019  
The Den Theatre Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas
 
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2018  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
A ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the World's Fair, a marvel unlike anything the city has ever seen. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair. A festive Christmas potluck ensues, only to be interrupted by the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the World's Fair. He entertains with enchanting visions of the what's to come, distributing gifts in the process, which includes a mercurial nutcracker for Marie. That evening, Marie awakens to an epic battle between toy soldiers and rats led by The Rat King and the now life-size Nutcracker. Unexpectedly, Marie saves the day, as The Great Impresario and the Nutcracker, now transformed into a Prince, set sail on a magical journey into the night.
 
   
Cendrillon (Cinderella) Dec 1 - Jan 20, 2019  
Lyric Opera Cendrillon (Cinderella)
 
Jules Massenet adapted Cinderella with an irresistible blend of wit, sensitivity and elegance. The love duets in his Cendrillon are the very essence of romance, but there's hilarity, too, thanks to the most outrageous of all stepmothers. And if you want to hear glittering top notes sail into the stratosphere, there's the vocally high-flying fairy godmother. At the heart of Cendrillon is the delightful heroine -- and when she sings to her beloved, "You are my Prince Charming," it's truly magical!
 
   
Secrets and Illusions Dec 1 - Dec 2, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Secrets and Illusions
 
Join master illusionist and Winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show Secrets and Illusions. Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you'll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life's greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time. Watch someone face their greatest fears. Witness a person track down love in the most unexpected place, and another discover how the Laws of Attraction helps them find their purpose in life -- might it be you? Boston Globe boasts it's "magic with a message." It's a 90-minute spectacular show which displays Ivan's signature style of thought-provoking vignettes, audience participation, and storytelling. Paired with his remarkable approach to illusion, it will ultimately inspire, encourage and motivate you to discover your purpose and your destiny. See it at Chicago's Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater.
 
   
Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins Dec 1 - Jan 5, 2019  
Strawdog Theatre Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins
 
This new stage adaptation of the classic children's holiday book is the latest edition of Strawdog's programming geared towards families and young audiences. The creative team, led by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone, will use live music to tell the fantastical story of Hershel of Ostropol defeating a series of goblins over the eight days of Hanukkah.
 
   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 2  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre, spreading holiday joy and goodwill with its Dove of Peace tour. Inspired by the Bolshoi's 1957 version of Tchaikovsky's classic, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers -- and even a falling snow effect -- this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids "wide-eyed with delight" (The New York Times).
 
   
Anna Netrebko in Recital: Day and Night Dec 2  
Lyric Opera Anna Netrebko in Recital: Day and Night
 
As an opera student growing up in Russia, Anna Netrebko once took a job scrubbing the floors at St. Petersburg's famed Mariinsky Theatre because it gave her a chance to watch rehearsals of operas for free. Only a few years later, at the age of just 22, Netrebko was performing in leading roles on the same stage she'd once been cleaning. Since then, Netrebko has gone on to become one of the world's most acclaimed opera singers, performing around the world, building a large fanbase that includes many non-opera fans and twice being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time. In this recital at Chicago's Lyric Opera House, Netrebko is accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau for a performance that showcases the lustrous voice that made her a star.
 
   
Maker of Worlds Dec 3 - Dec 29, 2018  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House Maker of Worlds
 
Martha, a deity, contemplates destroying the world because there is no good left in it. A second deity, disguised as her yoga instructor, proposes fighting the system instead. But Martha's husband Warren built the system, and somewhere on another plane, Martha is still in love with Jim Morrison. One woman plays six characters in Maker of Worlds, a play about a planet hurtling towards disaster, what's good, and who gets to decide.
 
   
The Play That Goes Wrong Dec 4 - Dec 16, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong
 
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London's award-winning smash comedy! Called "A GUT-BUSTING HIT" (The New York Times) and "THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN" (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering "A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY" (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it's "TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES" (HuffPost) and "COMIC GOLD" (Variety) - sure to bring down the house!
 
   
Stomp Dec 5 - Dec 30, 2018  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
 
   
The Winter Wolf Dec 6 - Jan 5, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre The Winter Wolf
 
It's Christmas night in Cora's house. She's visited by her beloved grandfather, a man of high spirits and failing health. They sit around the fireplace and she listens to the legend of the Winter Wolf, a strange creature who serves as Time's hunter, stalking those who are in the winter of their lives. That night, the Winter Wolf comes for Cora's grandfather, but the young girl manages to trap it. What follows is a magical journey through the mysteries of time, as Cora learns how far one can go for the sake of someone they love.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 7 - Dec 8, 2018  
Rosemont Theatre Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
 
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition. Projections, costumes, and characters are faithfully brought to the stage, including the 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster. With classic songs and dialogue, irresistible and lovable puppets, and that special holiday magic, this performance at the Rosemont Theatre is perfect for the entire family!
 
   
The Full Monty Dec 7 - Jan 27, 2019  
Theo Ubique The Full Monty
 
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, a group of unemployed steel workers from Buffalo come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed... not merely physically but also emotionally. As warm as it is funny, this musical by David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Tootstie) and Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) will be a feel-good treat for the holidays.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 7 - Dec 15, 2018  
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your whole family.
 
   
A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody Dec 7 - Dec 21, 2018  
Piper's Alley A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody
 
A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody tells the story of two snow globe collectors who discover they are long-lost identical twins and embark on a magical journey to save the North Pole, find love and learn the true meaning of Christmas, whatever the hell that might be. The one-act play lovingly parodies the omnipresent made-for-TV holiday romantic comedies that even your brother has watched because there's just no escape. Not starring Lacey Chabert.
 
   
Twist-a-Carol Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2018  
Greenman Theatre Twist-a-Carol
 
Songs, Skits, and Scrooge! After too long an absence, Vex Theatre's Twist-a-Carol is returning, presented by GreenMan Theatre as part of a two-weekend It's a Wonderful Holiday Show extravaganza. Look for all-new Twist skits, seasonal musical interludes, plus the return of the show that started it all, A Turn of the Scrooge. Come to Elmhurst this December for hilarious holiday entertainment that offers a "twist" on our shared holiday celebrations!
 
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 8 - Dec 24, 2018  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Chicago families have a new holiday tradition to look forward to again this year because The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party is back, including two new stories. Children of all ages are cordially invited to dress up and enjoy a spot of hot cocoa with CCT's favorite friends from the English Lake District. Next, they'll spend an enchanting hour with Peter Rabbit and other beloved Potter puppet characters as they delight audiences in this highly interactive trunk and puppet show.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 8  
Center For Performing Arts The Nutcracker
 
Featuring Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, a festive set and colorful costumes, the Salt Creek Ballet's Nutcracker introduces you to the young Clara and her hero, the Prince, as they embark on a magical journey, encountering toys that come alive, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages, this production at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts Theatre in University Park includes internationally recognized guest dancers and boasts a cast of 100 students from Salt Creek Ballet, ages 8 to 17. Salt Creek Ballet's Artistic Director Sergey Kozadayev trained at the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 9  
Chicago Tap Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tidings of Tap!
 
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a new version of its venerable Holiday offering at a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, just in time for Tidings' 10th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of co-producer the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time CTT is adding a light narrative about a young girl (played by Russian Rhythmic Gymnast Master Dasha Merkulov) as she goes on a journey through the wintry woods. While audiences hear many of their favorite seasonal tunes, they also experience an array of performances including a guest appearance by the stilt concert dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and an opportunity for local tap performers to join the Holiday production*.. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun."
 
   
Fantastic Mr. Fox Dec 9 - Jan 12, 2019  
Emerald City Theatre at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fantastic Mr. Fox
 
"You're invited to a fox's feast!" Journey deep underground with the badgers, weasels, rabbits - and yes, foxes - for a celebration of courage, family, and community. Mr. Fox knows he must be clever to save his family from a trio of spiteful farmers, but in a twist of tunnels, he becomes the hero of the forest! David Wood's exuberant adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book, accompanied by live music, is a Chicago premiere.
 
   
The Man That Corrupted Christmas by Mark Twain Dec 11 - Dec 12, 2018  
Strawdog Theatre The Man That Corrupted Christmas by Mark Twain
 
The inhabitants of fictional Christmas, Illinois are known for their unyielding honesty and incorruptibility... that is, until a stranger arrives hell-bent on destroying the town's reputation once and for all.
 
   
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2018  
Chicago Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE brings its popular and electrifying stage spectacular to The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street, with eight unforgettable performances presented by Jam Theatricals. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a combination of a Broadway musical and a Cirque adventure wrapped into a spectacular holiday gift for the entire family. Tickets are on sale now.
 
   
O Sole Night: An O Sole Trio Christmas Dec 12  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre O Sole Night: An O Sole Trio Christmas
 
A reinvented take on some of the most beloved Christmas songs with arrangements ranging from catchy, sing-a-long fun to hauntingly beautiful. Hear classics such as "White Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Gesu Bambino" and "O Holy Night" that will put you in the Christmas spirit and get you ready for some holiday cheer!
 
   
La Ruta Dec 13 - Jan 27, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre La Ruta
 
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
 
   
A Dickens Carol Dec 14 - Dec 30, 2018  
Oak Park Festival Theatre at Madison Street Theatre A Dickens Carol
 
It's 1842 Victorian London, and Dickens popularity is on the wane. His marriage and finances are in trouble and he has become embittered towards life itself. Yes, in a way, Dickens has become a bit of a Scrooge. A character he has yet to even create! But on a cold Christmas eve, his fortunes take a dramatic turn when a train crash sends Dickens into the icy Kent river. There, in a sinking carriage, Dickens is visited by three Spirits who lead him on a journey through his past, present, and future. A journey that transforms his life and inspires him to write his most celebrated work ever. "A Dickens Carol" is not only the carol behind the most famous carol of all time. It's an all-new twist on a family ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge out there.
 
   
Barney the Elf Dec 14 - Jan 6, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Barney the Elf
 
After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his bigoted rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home for being different from the others. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Pride Arts Center.
 
   
It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2018  
Greenman Theatre It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
 
GreenMan's Holiday Showcase presents two family favorites! It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play and a new adaptation of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins will be presented together for the second weekend of holiday themed entertainment. Adults and families alike are invited to join us to get their holidays off to a great start in Elmhurst this December!
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 15 - Dec 16, 2018  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
The gorgeous holiday classic The Nutcracker comes to life with a full scale production by the Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see The Nutcracker with live music from the New Philharmonic Orchestra. Come early and meet Santa in the lobby and take photos with our life-size Nutracker!
 
   
Songs from My Holiday Closet Dec 17  
Mary's Attic Songs from My Holiday Closet
 
Songs from My Holiday Closet is a night of heartwarming and hilarious "HoliGay" music featuring the original songs of Larry Todd Cousineau (bookwriter/lyricist of FLIES!! THE MUSICAL!) This festive revue, created by the award-winning lyricist, stars Cousineau, Ashlee Hardgrave, and Musical Director (and multiple Jeff Award nominee) Jimmy Morehead. Rounding out the cast are members from the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus: Rick Aiello, Joey Fontanetta, Nico Nepomuceno and Michael Kirby. The clever tunes feature the music of composers Jake Anthony, Russ Coutinho, Bill Johnson, James Morehead, Cindy O'Connor, Mike O'Mara and Patrick Sinozich.
 
   
Fiddler On The Roof Dec 18 - Jan 6, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Fiddler On The Roof
 
"An entirely fresh, funny, and gorgeous new production. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!" - New York Magazine. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "To Life (L'Chaim!)," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
 
   
An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Dec 18  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas
 
Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, SIDE SHOW, OKLAHOMA) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Chicago Tribune calls the Award-nominated Martin "Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre," and BCR News praises, "Martin's vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud." Martin intimately relates Cole's personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hits including "L-O-V-E," "Mona Lisa," "The Christmas Song," and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."
 
   
iMagician Dec 22 - Jan 6, 2019  
Harris Theater iMagician
 
Make this holiday magical! Direct from London's West End! Featured on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us". iMagician is Britain's #1 prime time television illusionist. A stunning show with world class high-tech illusions. Dazzling laser levitations, death-defying water chamber escapes and awe-inspiring magic. Jamie Allan's iMagician is coming to town!
 
   
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2018  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
 
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season. Don't miss The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue this holiday! The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue is a terrific setting for holiday celebrations and perfect antidote to the traditional office party, a great addition to your list of holiday traditions.
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 22  
Rosemont Theatre A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz features everyone's favorite Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown - as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It's up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday. Enjoy this timeless story that showcases the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi (performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage) at the Rosemont Theatre.
 
   
I Call My Brothers Jan 5 - Feb 2, 2019  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre I Call My Brothers
 
Stockholm, Sweden. A car bomb rocks the peaceful city and leaves the Arab-Swedish Amor on guard and on edge. But he doesn't have time to let his fear get the best of him; he's got places to be. As Amor attempts to run his errand and grapple with his own anxieties, we follow him through a fraught 24 hours, cautiously navigating the city he calls home. Balancing paranoia and humor, Jonas Khemiri's nuanced account dares us to question our own perceptions and prejudices, while offering a singular and harrowing take on the labyrinth of global identity politics.
 
   
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Jan 8 - Jan 13, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
 
As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.
 
   
Cardboard Piano Jan 9 - Mar 17, 2019  
TimeLine Theatre Company Cardboard Piano
 
A hopeful and moving story of loss, love, and the power of faith. At the dawn of the millennium in a darkened church in northern Uganda, the daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl prepare to exchange vows in a secret, makeshift wedding ceremony. But when the brutality of the war zone around them encroaches on their fragile union, the two are faced with a reality they cannot escape. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, CARDBOARD PIANO explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
 
   
St. Nicholas Jan 9 - Jan 27, 2019  
Goodman Theatre St. Nicholas
 
When a jaded Dublin theater critic abandons his ordinary life in pursuit of a beautiful young actress, his desires lead him to strike an irreversible bargain with a band of modern-day vampires. Olivier Award-winner Brendan Coyle ("Mr. Bates" of Downton Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots, Paths to Freedom) stars in this intimate thriller by Conor McPherson-"the finest playwright of his generation" (The New York Times) and author of Shining City, The Weir and The Seafarer. A limited engagement direct from London's internationally renowned Donmar Warehouse.
 
   
Dada Woof Papa Hot Jan 10 - Feb 16, 2019  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Dada Woof Papa Hot
 
This funny and sexy play introduces two gay couples and their circle of friends who have ventured into the world of modern day parenting. As friendships deepen and vulnerabilities get exposed, the foundation of family and commitment are shaken. With same sex marriage the law of the land... what happens next? DADA WOOF PAPA HOT is a fast-paced glimpse into the world of 21st century parenthood.
 
   
The Realistic Joneses Jan 11 - Mar 9, 2019  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Realistic Joneses
 
A bucolic evening, which begins in a suburban backyard, evolves into a funny, intimate and profound meditation on life. The four Joneses attempt to muddle through the strange and amazing moments of each day knowing that "talking with someone can make you feel better," but fearing that actual communication may elude them in the end. THE REALISTIC JONESES was recently named one of the "25 Best Plays since Angels in America" by the New York Times.
 
   
Evil Dead The Musical Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2019  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Evil Dead The Musical
 
It just wouldn't stay dead. Black Button Eyes Productions brings this loving musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films back to the city for its Chicago storefront premiere! When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are spoken and demonic possession begins. Take in the horror and hilarity in the gritty storefront setting where this show belongs!
 
   
Little Women the Musical Jan 11 - Feb 9, 2019  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Strawdog Theatre Little Women the Musical
 
Celebrating its 150th year since publication, the timeless story of the March sisters is brought to life in this Broadway chamber musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and love. Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women the Musical follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to write more from her own point of view and life experience. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of her sisters and their experiences growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War.
 
   
Photograph 51 Jan 17 - Feb 17, 2019  
Court Theatre Photograph 51
 
History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to the double helix DNA discovery. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments.
 
   
Swamp Baby Jan 18 - Mar 3, 2019  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Swamp Baby
 
Armand Aubigny, once a wealthy plantation owner, attempts to reclaim his upper-class birthright by presenting the green-skinned Swamp Baby at the 1904 World's Fair. Swamp Baby learns the secret of her unique appearance and uses her knowledge to trap Armand forever in the world of the freak. Exploitation and revenge are at the core of this fantastical tale. Get swept away by the freak show spectacle when Chicago-based playwright Aaron Carter's Swamp Baby hits the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.
 
   
X-Marks The Spot: An Extra Sensory Experience Jan 22 - Mar 3, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station X-Marks The Spot: An Extra Sensory Experience
 
Inspired by Evelyn Nesbit's Victorian children's novel Five Children & It, X-Marks The Spot tells the clever and funny story of a family of young adventurers who discover a mischievous wishing fairy in the sand-only to learn the old adage, "be careful what you wish for."
 
   
Us/Them Jan 22 - Feb 3, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Us/Them
 
Beslan, Russia, September 2004: Chechen separatists storm a school, taking hundreds of children hostage in a deadly three-day siege. What unfolds onstage is not a recounting of the tragedy, but rather a stunning, intricately choreographed exploration of the unique way that young people cope with disaster, told through the clear eyes of a girl and a boy trapped inside. After winning the The Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Us/Them went on to an acclaimed run at the National Theatre of Great Britain and on tour around the globe.
 
   
Nina Simone: Four Women Jan 24 - Mar 2, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Nina Simone: Four Women
 
In the aftermath of 1963's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with "Four Women," her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Powerful anthems such as "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" followed, fueling the Civil Rights movement and transforming her public persona from songstress to activist. Celebrate Ms. Simone's lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Mickey's Search Party Jan 24 - Feb 10, 2019  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Mickey's Search Party
 
Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook's treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney Pixar's Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace. Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below. Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men and the audience for a daring rescue in Andy's room. Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka. And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration.
At Allstate Arena: Jan 24-27
At United Center Jan 30 - Feb 3
Back At Allstate Arena: Feb 7 - Feb 10
 
   
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Jan 25 - Mar 10, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Winner of the 2014 Tony Award as BEST MUSICAL, it's the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by-you guessed it-eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance...and be done in time for tea. Here's a show that will have you dying with laughter which the The New York Times called "Among the most inspired and entertaining new musicals."
 
   
The Father Jan 31 - Mar 3, 2019  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit The Father
 
Directed by Kay Martinovich and featuring Core Ensemble Members David Darlow and Linda Gillum, Florian Zeller's tragi-comic mystery is a deeply poignant, unsentimental look at the cruelties of love, the limits of patience and the unsettling process of mental decay.
 
   
Fulfillment Center Jan 31 - Mar 24, 2019  
A Red Orchid Theatre Fulfillment Center
 
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his newly relocated girlfriend. A drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Four lonely lives come together in the search for fulfillment in this raw, surprising and funny Chicago premiere.
 
   
A Doll's House, Part 2 Jan 31 - Mar 17, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre A Doll's House, Part 2
 
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned. Lucas Hnath's bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora's world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn't just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.
 
   
Pipeline Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Pipeline
 
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and poetry, Dominique Morisseau's (Skeleton Crew, Detroit 66, and the Broadway-bound Ain't Too Proud to Beg) Pipeline brings to light a powerful and important conversation about parenthood, the state of our public school system, and the prison pipeline that claims so many of our inner city youth.
 
   
Elektra Feb 2 - Feb 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera Elektra
 
Elektra is the Mycenaean princess whose father, Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, leaving Elektra hell-bent on revenge. As Richard Strauss's staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera's hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith -- magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving.
 
   
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Writers Theatre Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
 
This visceral American classic serves as the 1920s chapter of August Wilson's epic The American Century Cycle. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band-especially the gifted and impulsive Levee-but when Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are enflamed and the play builds to an unexpected and searing climax.
 
   
The Producers Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Paramount Theatre The Producers
 
Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he's now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as "beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls.") With reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Feb 7 - Apr 14, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mamma Mia!
 
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit Mamma Mia! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
 
   
Dead Man's Cell Phone Feb 7 - Mar 10, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Dead Man's Cell Phone
 
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical
 
   
The World Inside of Me Feb 9 - Mar 10, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The World Inside of Me
 
The World Inside of Me is a new form of educational arts experience designed specifically for pre-K youth. This world premiere production is part art and part science, showcasing the creative abilities of our youngest children. The interactive experience celebrates the human body, following human development from pre-natal through age five (the age span of the participants). Artists from New York's Spellbound Theatre will lead the audience through a series of interactive vignettes that engage the body and senses, delighting the imaginations of participants.
 
   
Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic Feb 9 - Feb 10, 2019  
Chicago 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.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Feb 12 - Mar 10, 2019  
Cadillac Palace 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.
 
   
Friends! The Musical Parody Feb 12 - Mar 3, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Friends! The Musical Parody
 
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV's Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It's a typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp.
 
   
Act(s) of God Feb 13 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Act(s) of God
 
Three siblings, two parents, and one very unexpected dinner guest. As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide, long-held certainties crumble, and sh*t gets real. Will this nuclear family explode?
 
   
La traviata Feb 16 - Mar 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera La traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi and librettist Francesco Maria Piave have given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
 
   
Ariodante Mar 2 - Mar 17, 2019  
Lyric Opera Ariodante
 
Villainous Polinesso lusts after Ginevra, but she loves noble Ariodante, who loves her in return. Polinesso will stop at nothing to get his way. Will Ariodante win out over his rival? The dramatic sparks fly and so do the fireworks in a score calling for the maximum in dazzling vocal virtuosity. But thanks to Handel's incomparable genius, Ariodante also offers deeply soulful arias to melt any listener's heart. Don't miss this long-awaited Lyric premiere, gracing the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw Mar 2 - Mar 16, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw
 
When a group of actors gathers together to give a presentation about a long-forgotten-or possibly never remembered-genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren't nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination-or human interaction. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...tells the story of what happens when, in an effort to dig deeper, the nobly intentioned ensemble crashes into their own simmering fears and unconscious prejudices, coming face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us.
 
   
The Bridges Of Madison County Mar 8 - Apr 21, 2019  
Theo Ubique The Bridges Of Madison County
 
This heartfelt, intimate musical based on the novel of the same name by Robert James Waller is the story of an Italian war bride living in rural Iowa in 1965 who meets and falls in love with a handsome globe-trotting photographer while her husband and children are out of town.
 
   
A Bronx Tale Mar 12 - Mar 24, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre A Bronx Tale
 
Broadway's hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.
 
   
The Choir Of Man Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse The Choir Of Man
 
The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! 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 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 concert you'll ever see! CHEERS!
 
   
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2019  
Court Theatre For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
 
A sisterhood of seven women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.
 
   
Landladies Mar 14 - Apr 20, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Landladies
 
Self-made landlord Marti and her new tenant Christine strike up a complicated relationship in this compelling world premiere. Despite a tentative friendship, neither can afford the luxury of forgetting her own best interests. Faced with impossible dilemmas of fairness versus kindness, honesty or eviction, these two women reveal the vulnerability as well as the ingenuity of people who know the value of having a home, and the threat of losing one.
 
   
Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man Mar 19 - Mar 31, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man
 
Voted Best Comedy for Couples, SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN has been sharing its upbeat brand of humor with theater audiences all across America for over five years! Hailed by critics as an evening of "big laughs and naughty fun," this romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider 'tips' come straight from the source: a gay man. Theatermania calls Sex Tips "one of the best date-night shows you'll see this year!" and The Des Moines Register raves, "it's a slick show that delivers exactly what it promises!"
 
   
A Number Mar 20 - Jun 9, 2019  
Writers Theatre A Number
 
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
 
   
Anastasia Mar 26 - Apr 7, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Anastasia
 
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
 
   
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Mar 26 - Apr 28, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
 
When Kenny's older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it's decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama to straighten him out. The whole family - Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta - sets out on a wild cross-country journey in the family car, the "Brown Bomber." When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. The powerful story reminds us that during times of crisis, hope reveals itself in the forms of family and friendships; learning, growing, and evolving.
 
   
Small World Mar 27 - May 5, 2019  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Small World
 
It's the end of the world...maybe? There's no way to confirm for the three "cast members" trapped inside the Small World ride in Disney World. The music won't stop, there's a body in the moat and one of the group is impaled under a smiling animatronic. Can they force their way off the ride? And what waits for them on the other side? It's a world of hopes, it's a world of fears. It's a small world, after all.
 
   
Jersey Boys Apr 2 - Apr 7, 2019  
Auditorium Theatre Jersey Boys
 
JERSEY BOYS returns to Chicago. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
 
   
Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical Apr 2 - Apr 14, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical
 
Based on the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE '90S MUSICAL pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan's most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster's daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl-and anyone who gets in their way-they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love. Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this intoxicating new musical is "the ultimate night out" (Entertainment Weekly).
 
   
Cambodian Rock Band Apr 5 - May 5, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cambodian Rock Band
 
Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American, has found evidence that could finally put away individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced-his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago-it's clear this isn't just a pleasure trip. A wild rock-and-roll journey through the eyes of father and daughter, Artistic Director Chay Yew brings the world premiere journey of Lauren Yee's (Samsara) Cambodian Rock Band from South Coast Repertory Theatre to Victory Gardens.
 
   
Corona Apr 5 - May 18, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Corona
 
Captain Ariadne Minos must ferry the latest fourteen tributes to her home planet of Crete, where they will be fed as sacrifices to a fearsome bull. On the journey, she makes a surprise connection to two of her more forceful passengers: the headstrong prince Theseus, and Pneuma, a Healer who is outraged to face death with her medical education incomplete. However, as the spaceship nears its final destination, Ariadne must weigh the comfort of her new friends against family loyalties which have haunted her across the galaxy. The time has come for her to reconcile between monsters, gods, and men.
 
   
A Chorus Line Apr 10 - May 26, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Chorus Line
 
Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, this landmark work has electrified audiences around the world. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For seventeen dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for with every drop of sweat and every hour of training, putting their lives on the line for the opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of doing: to dance. Featuring an incomparable score including "What I Did for Love," "One" and "Dance Ten, Looks Three," you won't want to miss this singular sensation!
 
   
Medusa Undone Apr 10 - May 18, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Medusa Undone
 
Before she was one of the greatest mythical monsters of all time, Medusa was a kind, beautiful sea-nymph in Athena's service. Unparalleled in both her beauty and devotion to the Gods, Medusa catches the eye of the charming but narcissistic Poseidon. Interested only in the passions of the spirit, and not the flesh, Medusa has no choice but to reject the greedy God. She not only suffers violence at the hand of Poseidon, but also unknowingly incites a deep-seated jealousy in Athena, with horrific and disturbing consequences. Medusa Undone explores the social problem of rape culture, our tendency to victim blame, and the great injustice suffered by female victims of abuse of all kinds.
 
   
Hannah and Martin Apr 11 - May 25, 2019  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Hannah and Martin
 
Based on the tumultuous love affair between Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger, this soul-stirring drama focuses on the crisis that erupts when Arendt discovers that her lover and former teacher is using his brilliance and fame to help further the goals of the Nazi Party.
 
   
Rain Apr 14  
Ford Oriental Theatre Rain
 
As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
 
   
Tap Dogs Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Tap Dogs
 
The global dance sensation TAP DOGS hits the road on an international tour of jaw dropping new surprises. Experience the thrill of a revitalized genre of dance. Seventy-five action packed minutes of part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and part construction site. An adrenaline pumped cast turns traditional tap dancing upside-down and into the ultimate night out. TAP DOGS premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival and success quickly followed with seasons in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai and around the world. Created by Oliver Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, and originally directed by Nigel Triffitt, with music by Andrew Wilkie and lighting by Gavin Norris.
 
   
Hamlet Apr 17 - Jun 9, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Hamlet
 
Four-time Tony Award nominee and Law and Order: SVU alum Raúl Esparza takes on the iconic title role in this highly anticipated production staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Internationally renowned for her populist and dynamic interpretations of Shakespeare, Gaines returns-for the first time in more than twenty years-to this enduring masterpiece that weighs the cost of betrayal, passion and revenge. Reeling from grief, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father's death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder.
 
   
First Love is the Revolution Apr 18 - May 25, 2019  
Steep Theatre First Love is the Revolution
 
Basti is having a rough go of it without his mom and Rdeca is struggling just to make her first kill. But when this 14 year-old boy and this young fox connect, the world just seems to make a whole lot more sense. Rita Kalnejais' First Love is the Revolution is a wild take on the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers - from different sides of the animal kingdom.
 
   
Too Heavy For Your Pocket Apr 24 - Jun 29, 2019  
TimeLine Theatre Company Too Heavy For Your Pocket
 
A captivating and complicated tale about the intersection of family, responsibility, and progress at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Bowzie Brandon, his wife Sally, and their best friends Tony and Evelyn see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family's life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.
 
   
August Rush Apr 24 - Jun 2, 2019  
Paramount Theatre August Rush
 
August Rush is the story of Evan Taylor, an 11-year-old orphan who believes in music like some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan's mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don't even know of his existence. From one foster home to the next, Evan refuses to give up hope in finding his parents. On this relentless search, he surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds in the city and follows the music, discovering his own genius along the way. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere, but will it lead Evan home?
 
   
Matilda Apr 26 - Jun 23, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Matilda
 
Wonder and amazement abound with this award-winning musical. Based on the 1988 children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by many obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her to reclaim her life. Tied for winning the most Olivier Awards ever, including Best New Musical, Matilda won five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
 
   
American Girl Live Apr 30 - May 12, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse American Girl Live
 
Experience American Girl in an all-new musical! AMERICAN GIRL LIVE is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.
 
   
The Killing Game May 2 - Jun 23, 2019  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Killing Game
 
A town is beset by plague and the bodies are piling up along with moral accusations, political implications and medical speculations. We peer into households and down many streets as people search for any logic to the ceaseless barrage of death. One of Ionesco's last plays, The Killing Game is a piercing and frighteningly funny look at how the function of language and the panic surrounding social crisis sends a community into a chaotic state of paranoia, hypocrisy and opportunism.
 
   
West Side Story May 3 - Jun 2, 2019  
Lyric Opera West Side Story
 
One of the most beloved musicals ever, West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York, finding two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this Broadway version has become a true American classic. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America" -- not to mention original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
 
   
Chicago May 7 - May 12, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Chicago
 
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, including Mexico City, Moscow, Sao Paulo and South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.
 
   
Next To Normal May 8 - Jun 16, 2019  
Writers Theatre Next To Normal
 
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.
 
   
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein May 8 - Aug 4, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
 
   
The Adventures of Augie March May 9 - Jun 9, 2019  
Court Theatre The Adventures of Augie March
 
Young Augie March is a product of the Great Depression: plucky, resourceful, searching for love, and striving to grow up and away from home. Through odd jobs and encounters with unique characters, Augie explores what it takes to succeed in the world as a true individual. A novel originally written by a Nobel Prize-winner and adapted for the stage by a Pulitzer winner, The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world.
 
   
Into The Breeches! May 9 - Jun 16, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Into The Breeches!
 
It's 1942 and with the men off at war, the Oberon Play House is lacking its director and leading men. The season will be canceled... until the director's wife rallies the troops at home for an all-female production. With the opportunity to move from the sidelines to centerstage, the women forge ahead with a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to move us forward. This surprisingly modern comedy proves that the show not only must, but will go on.
 
   
Rent May 10 - May 19, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Rent
 
Written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Rent is more than a show, it’s a phenomenon. This smash-hit theatrical experience transformed how a generation feels about musicals, changed Broadway forever, and inspired a major motion picture. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock
 
   
Bloomsday May 16 - Jun 16, 2019  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Bloomsday
 
Steven Dietz's lyrical new love story, set against the backdrop of Joyce's groundbreaking Ulysses, transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor, and heartache, in a magical celebration of the present and nostalgic acceptance of the past.
 
   
Ms. Blakk For President May 23 - Jul 14, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre Ms. Blakk For President
 
Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan's story begins in Chicago; it's 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all PARTY!, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago's most radical and influential citizens.
 
   
Falsettos May 28 - Jun 9, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Falsettos
 
FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
 
   
Miriam for President Jun 7 - Jul 7, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Miriam for President
 
Miriam hates to be known as "that girl who got kidnapped then escaped that sex trafficking ring." She wants to be known as Miriam, your top candidate for student council president at Roosevelt High School. But her parents, counselor, and best friend keep insisting that she's not ready. But what do they know? What do they really know about what happened to Miriam? From Madhuri Shekar, the author of Queen, comes a powerful play about survival, rebirth, and the silent crime of human trafficking in Chicago.
 
   
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Jun 14 - Jul 28, 2019  
Theo Ubique Hedwig and the Angry Inch
 
"The Angry Inch" is a hard-rocking band fronted by Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess whose botched sex-change operation left her with just "an angry inch." Using songs and monologues, Hedwig tells her story, which began in the former East Berlin where as a man named Hansel he met Luther, an American GI who promised to take the young man to the States on the condition that he switch his sex. After the bungled operation, Luther abandons newly named Hedwig in a Kansas trailer park, where she turns to music and meets geeky Tommy Speck, whom she takes under her wing and soon falls for. Tommy steals her songs, achieves rock star fame, and Hedwig is once again cast aside. She decides to demand redress and stalks Tommy's world tour, performing in venues next door to the stadiums in which Tommy plays.
 
   
And Then There Were None Jul 12 - Sep 1, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook And Then There Were None
 
Ten strangers on a clandestine island. Each holds a murderous secret. Who will pay the ultimate price? This play is a murder mystery penned with cruelty by the master of the craft, Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None brings together tension, fear, and the macabre to weave a tale that captivates the audience until the last curtain. Can you unravel the mystery? Based on the novel by Christie, which is the world's best-selling mystery and one of the best-selling books of all time.
 
   
Cats Jul 16 - Aug 4, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Cats
 
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater-"Memory". Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
 
   
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.
 
   
Pomona Jul 18 - Aug 24, 2019  
Steep Theatre Pomona
 
When Ollie's sister goes missing her search leads her to Pomona - a bleak, concrete island in the middle of a scarred city. Part thriller, part fantastical puzzle, Alistair McDowall's Pomona twists and turns its way into the dark heart of a world built on pain and suffering and asks the question - is it even possible to be good anymore?
 
   
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 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?
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.