This tour-de-force performance celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Share in the unexpected encounters between these legendary divas and the ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. Featuring such favorites as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Crazy," and "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," Songs for Nobodies illuminates the power of song to share a story, heal a heartbreak, and inspire a dream.
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It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (PARADE, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love, and the choices that we make.
Jackalope Theatre Company, in association with Chicago Parks District Night Out in The Parks, opens the 2021/2022 season with Neighborhood Narratives, a free all-ages festival of short plays touring to parks in the Edgewater, East Side, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. The festival features news plays by Carolyn Hu Bradbury, Ireon Roach, and Lily Be, each one inspired by local stories submitted by community members from the touring neighborhoods.
It's the 1590s and Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperately trying to write a hit play, yet somehow remain stuck in the shadow of a certain Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local fortune teller proclaims that the future of theatre mixes singing, acting, and dancing all at the same time, the Bottom brothers embark on an adventure to write the world's first musical. Hilarity ensues amidst a scandalous opening night and the realization that to truly reach the top one must remember: "to thine own self be true."
No operatic hero is more endearing than Nemorino, who pines for the flirtatious Adina. She's the owner of the town's hotel, he's her delightfully naive waiter. His only hope to win her is the "elixir" sold by the quack, Dr. Dulcamara - little does he know that it's just Bordeaux wine! From start to finish we root for Nemorino, as Adina toys with him until she finally lets him know how she really feels. Elixir is opera's most heartwarming comedy, filled with Donizetti's delectable music that brings nonstop smiles.
As Steppenwolf prepares for their return to the stage, they are excited to share three new virtual projects for the 2021/22 season written by ensemble member Tracy Letts. These gripping pieces create the opening landscape of this season and will mark a bridge between where we have been and where we are going. Their virtual stage is a celebration of the profound connection that theatre-in whatever form it finds itself-offers us all.
In telling our stories, perhaps we all can become gods. Drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses and interviews with homeless youth, Polaroid Stories uses the prestige of Greek mythology to illuminate overlooked voices in the contemporary United States. Playwright Naomi Iizuka navigates the epic and the intimate in this synthesizing play about dreams, desperation, and desire in a harsh reality. The vulnerable and marginalized characters transcend violence and loss through storytelling and song. As they share the true and devised details of their lives, the figures become as magnificent as the Greek gods themselves.
This Halloween-themed performance features the talents of actress Liz Cloud as our favorite bingo caller: Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien, a former nun, here tonight to raise money while playing bingo and talking about Halloween traditions, scary movies, condemned board games, and haunted churches.
Michael has been in a coma for three weeks with his mother Carol and his well-meaning partner, Paul watching over him in the hospital. When Michael awakens from the coma, they realize that 11 years - 4000 days - of his memory have been completely erased. He remembers nothing of Paul. It is as though the relationship never existed. Paul fights to bring Michael's memory back, while Carol strived to have Michael all to herself. In this comedy-drama from the author of END OF THE RAINBOW, Michael must learn again who he was, who he really is, and where Paul and Carol fit in his life.
After the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry, partners of fifty years, come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander finds himself wading through some rough new waters of his own. Kingdom is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando's magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic. Critically acclaimed when it was originally staged by Broken Nose in 2018, Kingdom received the 2018 BTAA Lorraine Hansberry Award.
For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning phenomenon follows a year in the lives of a diverse group of artists and friends struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. It has become more than a musical – it’s a cultural touchstone, a rite of passage and a source of joy and strength for millions. RENT has become a part of us forever. Whether you’ve never seen RENT or completely lost count, you can’t miss it this time around – the 25th Anniversary “Farewell Season of Love” is your FINAL CHANCE to experience this celebrated touring production.
It's influencer night at The Contumacious Pig, one of the city's hottest restaurants, and with folks like @VeganChic in attendance, it's bound to be an exciting evening. There's only one problem: the head Chef just called in sick and the Sous Chef might have taken the wrong pill to calm his nerves. The health inspector showed up unannounced, there's possibly a spy from CP's biggest competition in tow, and oh yeah, the busboy is hiding a wild pig. In the meantime, the GM is trying to hold it all together while keeping customers from tweeting negative reviews. Can this team of misfits join together to offer up a great dining experience, or will they end up (literally) with egg on their face? Conceived by Rick Bayless and Windy City Playhouse's artistic team, A RECIPE FOR DISASTER is a live experience that combines immersive theater, food, and farce. Guests are invited inside the restaurant to join us for "influencer night." The actors will not touch or talk to audience directly, allowing you to feel like a "fly on the wall" as the hilarity unfolds around you. Admission also includes six bite-sized tastings by Chef Rick Bayless, one cocktail sampling from Lanie Bayless, and two wine pairings.
It's time to "come together" again in the magnificent setting of the Courtyard Theater! Find yourself transported to the '60s, when all you need is love. The irrepressible Rosalind takes refuge in the forest. So, too, does her love Orlando, with much to learn from the woman of his dreams, now disguised in boy's garb. This high-spirited, music-filled adaptation infuses Shakespeare's romantic comedy with the hit songs of The Beatles, lifting the playwright's verse in beautiful harmony with the immortal music of the "Fab Four." More than 20 musical numbers performed live onstage-including favorites like "She Loves You," "Let It Be," and "Here Comes the Sun"- make for an exuberant celebration of love and connection.
Nick Diffatte has taken the scene by storm and is quickly becoming one of the most talked about and in demand comedy variety acts working today. His unique approach has been called a "breath of fresh air" and has led to appearances at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, The Late Late Show on CBS, has won multiple awards, and landed him in comedy clubs across the country. Nick takes the format of a standard "Magic Show" and turns it completely on its head and has audiences laughing uncontrollably from beginning to end.
A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, and scandal. When the ultimate Delta Nu sorority girl is dumped by her Harvard bound boyfriend in pursuit of someone more "serious" Elle sets out to prove herself. With a little ingenuity and charm she follows suit enrolling in the prestigious law school herself. The former fashion major is soon in over her head as this new challenge is more difficult than she had ever imagined. With help from a few new friends, the misguided attempt to get her boyfriend back leads to a much different journey, proving that self-discovery never goes out of style. Bursting with memorable songs, dynamic dances, and hilarity - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal.
In the Blake family, it's not what's said out loud that hurts the most. When Eric, Deirdre and grandma Momo join the family at their youngest daughter's run-down New York apartment for Thanksgiving, the holiday folks songs and family stories quickly unravel into tantrums and unspoken family secrets. To top it off, the unsettling sounds of the building mirror the unsettling news that one of these humans has to share...