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That's Weird, Grandma: Holiday Extravaganza Dec 9 - Dec 21, 2019  
Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma: Holiday Extravaganza
 
That's Weird, Grandma is back with holiday classics and new family favorites.
 
   
Songs From My Holiday Closet Dec 9  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Songs From My Holiday Closet
 
Bookwriter/lyricist Larry Todd Cousineau, whose musicals written with composer Cindy O'Connor include the upcoming AMERICA'S BEST OUTCAST TOY, this past summer's ALL THAT HE WAS, and 2018's FLIES! THE MUSICAL, will perform SONGS FROM MY HOLIDAY CLOSET - a night of heartwarming and hilarious "HoliGay" music featuring Cousineau's original songs.
 
   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Dec 10 - Dec 15, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
 
   
Uncle Larry's Holiday Humbug Comedy Show Dec 10  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Uncle Larry's Holiday Humbug Comedy Show
 
Known as "Uncle Lar". Larry Reeb is the wise cracking politically incorrect relative everyone knows. Like any concerned relative "Uncle Lar" wants to help, so in his own way he does, he gives tips. "Uncle Lar" gives tips on everything from marriage to lotteries to children. Always topping it off with that's a tip from your "Uncle Lar".
 
   
Potted Potter Dec 11 - Jan 5, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter
 
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
 
   
Death Tax Dec 11 - Jan 19, 2020  
Redtwist Theatre Death Tax
 
In this darkly comic play, the aging and infirm Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying the hospice nurse to nudge her into the grave before the New Year. Nurse Tina adamantly denies Maxine's accusations, but when Maxine offers to cut a deal with Tina to cheat both death and taxes, Tina's willing to go along with the delusion! But of course, the plan doesn't go according to plan.
 
   
Dance Nation Dec 12 - Feb 2, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre Dance Nation
 
A pre-teen dance troupe navigates ambition, friendship and desire as they claw their way to Nationals in Tampa Bay. Featuring a multigenerational cast of women playing our pre-teen heroines, this Chicago premiere is fiercely funny, theatrically inventive and full of heart.
 
   
The 12 Fights Of Christmas Dec 12 - Dec 22, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre The 12 Fights Of Christmas
 
In the Christmas Wrestling League (CWL) there are winners, losers, rivalries and more! When Santa, the division champ is blindsided by his rival, the Sugar Plum Fairy, during the Christmas Classic, a night of old fashioned fighting becomes a battle for league domination. But when a greater threat arrives unannounced, Santa and Sugar must decide if they will put aside their differences to save the holiday, or watch the Christmas Classic go up in flames.
 
   
Burning Bluebeard Dec 13 - Dec 27, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Burning Bluebeard
 
Porchlight Music Theatre plays host to a fast-growing Chicago holiday tradition for a strictly limited engagement! Burning Bluebeard, created and performed by the critically acclaimed theatre troupe The Ruffians, has been touted as "a show you won't quickly forget and that you could only see in Chicago" by the Chicago Tribune, and NewCity says the production is "filled to the brim with irreverent humor, riveting dance sequences and enough charm to fill a bucket..." Told with music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance, "Burning Bluebeard," is a physical-performance phenomena inspired by the true story of Chicago's former Iroquois Theatre and the unforgettable events that resulted in tragedy for 600 theatergoers at Christmastime in 1903. A holiday tradition for many since its debut in 2011, each performance excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history and leaves the audiences with an unforgettable experience.
 
   
The Third Richard Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2019  
The Trance at The Edge Off-Broadway The Third Richard
 
The Third Richard, pulls back the veil surrounding the life and legacy of one of history's most notorious kings, Richard the III, to reveal the complexity of the man beyond the myth. The play takes us on a journey that questions the "truth," and lays out a dynamic literary landscape that calls into question our perceptions of how we perceive truth, falsehood, fiction, and each other.
 
   
Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special Dec 13  
Newport Theater Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special
 
A Xenomorph Holiday Special: Bursting with cheer! Hang with a bellydancing Wookiee, firespinning superheroes, and sword-wielding villains for a brand-new production of fire, nerdery, and wonder every other month - we'll pay tribute to everything from the X-Men to Star Wars, Doctor Who to Silent Hill, Super Mario Bros to Sandman. It's a veritable cornucopia of nerdy delights. (But not the kind you have to fight to the death for.)
 
   
Xmas War: Endgame Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2019  
Factory Theater Xmas War: Endgame
 
Factory Theater doubles down on its Holiday offerings with a trip back to the MCU for this year's holiday extravaganza, Xmas War: ENDGAME. The holiday production is a double feature with the company performing last year's show based on the popular Avengers' series and then continuing the story with this year's exciting new sequel. Join the Factory family on an epic superhero journey to find out if Santa will succeed with his diabolical plan.
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 14  
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.
 
   
The Light in the Piazza Dec 14 - Dec 29, 2019  
Lyric Opera The Light in the Piazza
 
Upon its Broadway debut, The Light in the Piazza was described by the New York Times as having "the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story." Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza book is by Craig Lucas, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Set in Florence during the summer of 1953, it's a touching and unforgettable love story. A fateful gust of wind whisks Clara's hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli and it's love at first sight. However, Clara isn't quite what she appears. Soon her mother is faced with a heart-wrenching decision, and they must all confront a secret that's been kept in the shadows for far too long.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 15  
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."
 
   
Here We Come A-Caroling: Holiday Favorites Dec 15  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Here We Come A-Caroling: Holiday Favorites
 
An original cabaret performance written by Metropolis Voice Faculty Tiffany Gates and Nathan W. Brown. Students will be featured in solos and ensembles along with faculty as they sing and dance on the Metropolis stage to music celebrating the holiday season. This cabaret includes seasonal favorites, including songs like "Happy Holidays", "O Chanukah, O Chanukah", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Let it Snow", "Jingle Bell Rock", "White Christmas", and more! A great learning experience for students to perform alongside professionals in the performing arts!
 
   
Single All The Way Dec 16 - Dec 21, 2019  
Stage 773 Single All The Way
 
Single all the Way is a comedic look about the woes of being single set to the tune of your favorite holiday classics. Performed to sold-out houses for three years running, join Clara Flaherty and Amy Heller for what's sure to be the most raucous year yet!
 
   

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