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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.
 
   
The Old Woman Broods Dec 13 - Jan 19, 2019  
Trap Door Theatre The Old Woman Broods
 
Written in 1969 by one of Poland's most revolutionary and prophetic playwrights, The Old Woman Broods is a dark satiric look at one woman's grotesque struggle against an unchecked power that is leading the world to disaster.
 
   
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!
 
   
A Christmas Carol Dec 14 - Dec 23, 2018  
Riverfront Playhouse A Christmas Carol
 
For the 25th consecutive year, The Riverfront Playhouse will present their own original version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens story by Riverfront veteran Jack Schultz, this production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL features 9 songs also written by Schultz.
 
   
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.
 
   
Into the Woods Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2018  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Into the Woods
 
Before Lin-Mauel Miranda came along, Stephen Sondheim was Broadway's rappingest wordsmith. Into the Woods works its considerable magic through his exhilarating ryhmes and occasionally grim wisdom. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results in this production at the Cahn Auditorium.
 
   
Burning Bluebeard Dec 26 - Dec 31, 2018  
The Ruffians at Neo-Futurists Burning Bluebeard
 
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each performance is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.
 
   
Harlem Globetrotters Dec 27 - Dec 28, 2018  
Allstate Arena and United Center Harlem Globetrotters
 
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sort of like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, Scooter, Hoops and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But they are making a stop at the Allstate Arena and United Center to play their long-suffering foes ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you? At Allstate Arena on Dec 27. At United Center on Dec 28.
 
   
32nd Young Playwrights Festival Jan 3 - Jan 27, 2019  
Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists 32nd Young Playwrights Festival
 
Celebrate the 32nd year of plays written by Chicago teens and experience an evening of new works exploring identity and community. Young Playwrights Festival is the only event of its kind in Chicago and is the second largest in the country. Showcasing three one-act plays, the festival includes A Green Light by Alexis Gaw, in which a teen comes out and encounters homophobia; Fragile Limbs by Anonda Tyler, which tells of a teenage boy struggling with loss; and Good Strong Coffee by Luna MacWilliams, which finds two characters juggling their own dreams and desires while trying to keep the family coffee shop afloat. Enjoy the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival at the Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists.
 
   

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