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Arnie The Doughnut Oct 21 - Nov 26, 2017  
Lifeline Theatre Arnie The Doughnut
 
Arnie, a loveable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut are drawn into a sugar-fueled existential crisis as they work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome President of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on a zany quest to prove that he's more than just delicious - and that friends come in all shapes and sizes - in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved series by Laurie Keller. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
 
   
Marie Christine Oct 21 - Dec 10, 2017  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Marie Christine
 
Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, this dark musical chronicles the journey of Marie Christine, a racially mixed woman imprisoned without a trial to face death. From her jail cell, she recounts her journey, beginning with a genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society. There, she falls madly in love with a white ship captain named Dante. When the relationship comes to light, Marie and Dante flee to Chicago, where Dante abandons her for a career in politics. Betrayed and alone, Marie undertakes the darkest vengeance, which leads her to her tragic fate. MARIE CHRISTINE received Tony Award nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score.
 
   
Newsies Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Newsies
 
Inspired by the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when the newspaper publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to fight them. With music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast) and book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots), this recent Broadway smash is a high-energy musical thrill for the whole family!
 
   
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
The Artistic Home Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White
 
Alice Childress's drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe, and a smaller war in South Carolina. Julia is an African-American seamstress and Herman is a white German-American baker who has kept company with her for 10 years. Disapproval of their affair from neighbors and family, as well as South Carolina's laws prohibiting interracial marriage makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together.
 
   
42nd Street Oct 26 - Jan 7, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook 42nd Street
 
Tap through this year's holiday season with the 1980 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street! In this Broadway favorite, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer lands a bigger break in New York City than expected. When the leading lady injures her ankle, Peggy gets the chance of a lifetime to rise from showgirl to star of a glitzy new Broadway musical. With show stopping tap numbers and unforgettable hits such as "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," Warm your Chicago winter with 42ND Street - a love letter to the Great White Way.
 
   
The Tortoise and the Hare Oct 26 - Feb 16, 2018  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Tortoise and the Hare
 
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this year’s Stringbean Valley County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Soon the race is on! Who will win first place--the slow and steady Tortoise? Or the fast and furious Hare? This show features a cast of silly animals and an exciting photo-finish ending! Don’t miss out on the fun! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
Miss Julia Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Miss Julia
 
An affair between an upper class woman and a household servant captures the power dynamics of the U.S. and Latin America in Miss Julia. Based on August Strindberg's much-revived 19th-century drama, this bilingual production for the DESTINOS Chicago International Latino Theater Festival sets the action in Colombia for a timely effect. And the whole evening will transport you south of the border as you sip rum and delight your taste buds with salsa while enjoying live traditional Colombian folk music. Jhon Alex Toro, of the Oscar-nominated film Maria Full of Grace, stars in this clash of cultures at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre.
 
   
The Basement Company Oct 26 - Nov 18, 2017  
Death & Pretzels at Nox Arca Theatre The Basement Company
 
In the Chicago premiere of Adam Harrell's THE BASEMENT COMPANY, a trio of actors wake to find themselves chained up in the basement of a psychopathic playwright. Being forced to perform their kidnapper's magnum opus- a five hour long, film noir play- the trio must put on the performance of their lives... for their lives.
 
   
J.B. Oct 27 - Dec 10, 2017  
City Lit Theater J.B.
 
A modern retelling of the biblical Book of Job. J.B. is the happiest of men, and God's most loyal servant until God takes a bet from Satan that Satan can make JB so miserable JB will curse God.
 
   
In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleanora Duse Story Oct 27 - Dec 9, 2017  
Prop Theatre In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleanora Duse Story
 
George Bernard Shaw called Eleanora Duse 'the greatest actor who ever lived.' History, however, made her a footnote in the legend of the more glamorous gossip column magnet, Sarah Bernhardt. In this biographical dance/pop/drama, Writer/Director Olivia Lilley and choreographer Kelly Anderson unearth the dramatic life of a relentless individual who refused to be a model for Victorian women.
 
   
Akeelah And The Bee Oct 27 - Nov 24, 2017  
Adventure Stage Chicago at Vittum Theater Akeelah And The Bee
 
After discovering her special talent, Akeelah dreams of winning the national spelling bee. With the support of her teacher and her friends, she fights to overcome every obstacle and make it to the top. Adapted to the stage and set in Chicago, "Akeelah and the Bee" is a testament to community and determination in the face of social, cultural, and economic hardship.
 
   
Captain Steve's Caring Kingdom Oct 27 - Dec 9, 2017  
Factory Theater Captain Steve's Caring Kingdom
 
Everyone is familiar with the host of a children's show visiting a land filled with talking animals and puppets. What happens when the host isn't around? Do the animals also go to jobs they hate? Are they struggling to save their relationships? Do they have issues they can't seem to fix? The Factory Theater takes a glimpse into the lives of the residents of Captain Steve's caring kingdom, in a new story not suitable for children.
 
   
Upstairs: The Musical Oct 27 - Nov 26, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Upstairs: The Musical
 
On Sunday, June 24th, 1973 a gay bar known as the Upstairs Lounge in the "Gay Triangle" area of the French Quarter of New Orleans was set ablaze by an arsonist. Wooden stairs leading to the bar's only entrance were doused in lighter fluid and set alight. 29 people perished in the fire itself, while another three later succumbed to their injuries, bringing the death toll to 32. It remains the deadliest attack on an LGBTQ population in US history until the recent Pulse Nightclub. A work of fiction inspired by events that are all too real, Upstairs: The Musical now comes to Pride Arts Center's Broadway Stage in Chicago.
 
   
The Comedy of Errors Oct 27 - Nov 19, 2017  
The Shakespeare All-Stars at Filament Theatre The Comedy of Errors
 
The All-Stars present this hilarious tale of mistaken identity in a cartoon-inspired world with live music and physical storytelling. Two sets of identical twins wind up in the same place unbeknownst to each other and encounter a host of outrageous characters, chaos, and confusion in this 90-minute version of Shakespeare's first comedy.
 
   
Bob: A Life In Five Acts Oct 29 - Nov 21, 2017  
The Comrades at Apollo Theater Bob: A Life In Five Acts
 
From an early age, Bob dreams of becoming a great man. The ensuing rags-to-riches-to-fame-to-fall-to-legacy-to-the-love-of-living-life tale follows Bob on an epic journey in just five acts. A play that explores American Mythology and how hard it is to figure out what will make one happy.
 
   
School Of Rock Nov 1 - Nov 19, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre School Of Rock
 
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!" (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"
 
   
Die Walkure Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2017  
Lyric Opera Die Walkure
 
The second opera of Wagner's monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre focuses on the conflict between Wotan, king of the gods, and his mortal son, Siegmund, who has unwittingly fallen in love with his own twin, Sieglinde, the wife of the brutish Hunding. This arouses the wrath of Wotan's wife, Fricka (the goddess of marriage), and the compassion of Wotan's daughter, the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde. The turning point of the opera arrives when Brünnhilde disobeys her father by siding with Siegmund in the latter's fight against Hunding. This production continues Lyric's new Ring, which began with the opening production of the 2016/17 season, Das Rheingold.
 
   

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