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Christmas Karol: A Holiday Intervention Cabaret
Christmas Karol: A Holiday Intervention Cabaret Dec 9 - Dec 19, 2021

Karol, a jaded cafe owner and former social worker must face the night she dreads the most: the Annual Christmas Carol concert at her cafe. As she prepares, she talks to the audience and welcomes carolers from around the city. By the end of the night the audience gets to know her real issue.

Dishwasher Dreams
Dishwasher Dreams Dec 9 - Jan 16, 2022

Alaudin, a stand-up comedian whose family hails from Bangladesh, is in L.A. on the verge of success when a family crisis forces him back to New York. Deferring his dreams while confronting his family history, he takes us on a moving and hilarious journey from colonial India in the 1930s to Spanish Harlem in the 1970s and all the way to present-day Hollywood for his once-in-a-lifetime audition for a major film.

Winter In The Wildwood
Winter In The Wildwood Dec 9 - Jan 9, 2022

In Winter In The Wildwood, audiences will be transported to a Fae-Realm filled with holiday trees, lights, and magic as they meet a magical Faun and uncover the truth behind the fading Wildwood lights, embarking on a quest to restore magic to the forest. Along the way, audiences will enjoy fairytale stories, magicians, puppetry, and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Each performance is unique and tailored to the audience, whether families or adults.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Dec 10

Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller? You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. While 2020 was the first year the group was unable to tour in 35 years, 2021 will reunite the No. 1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas live in concert in 2021!

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play Dec 10 - Dec 19, 2021
BrightSide Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall

Get into the holiday spirit with this classic story of the last-minute replacement Santa for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade who claims to be the real Kris Kringle. Be part of the studio audience for this live musical radio play adapted from the original 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast. This beloved holiday classic melts the most cynical of hearts and is destined to become a highlight of the holiday season!

Sarah Brightman - A Christmas Symphony
Sarah Brightman - A Christmas Symphony Dec 10

Accompanied by orchestra and a choir, Sarah decks the halls with show-stopping renditions of classics from the Christmas canon, along with personal holiday favorites and her greatest hits. A Christmas Symphony is sure to be an unforgettable Christmas spectacle during the most wonderful time of the year!

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Dec 10 - Dec 19, 2021
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre

Through its inspiring story, beautiful music and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, featuring George Balanchine's Sugar Plum Fairy Pas De Deux. For adults, it is a time to relive cherished memories of childhood. For children who wait with breathless anticipation for the holidays to arrive, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.

That's Weird, Grandma: Comes Home for the Holidays
That's Weird, Grandma: Comes Home for the Holidays Dec 10 - Dec 19, 2021

PlayMakers Laboratory is pleased to welcome back live audiences this winter with That's Weird, Grandma: Comes Home for the Holidays, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Dec 10 - Dec 19, 2021

It's that time of year again...for the 28th year in a row, 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.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Dec 11

The hilarious Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy is coming to Chicago with an all-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour! Join show creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, and the world's greatest - and only - movie-riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, as they take you on an exhilarating roller coaster ride through some of the cheesiest films ever made.

A Black Ensemble Holiday Spectacular
A Black Ensemble Holiday Spectacular Dec 11 - Dec 19, 2021

The feel-good cabaret hit was an online only last year. This year will be live and in-person at Black Ensemble Theater, performed for a limited audience. Some of the favorite numbers are holidays classics, including "O Holy Night" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain." Each production on the Concert Cabaret Series will feature a potpourri of musical styles including jazz, gospel, pop, rock, soul, and blues. Each will feature a variety of music, including old school, new school and in-between. Black Ensemble Theater's Concert Cabaret Series guarantees to lift your spirits and soothe your soul.

Becoming Santa Claus
Becoming Santa Claus Dec 11 - Dec 19, 2021
Chicago Opera Theater at The Studebaker Theater

In Mark Adamo's acclaimed holiday opera, Becoming Santa Claus, a bratty elf Prince learns the meaning of family, love, and the true spirit of gift-giving. The 90-minute work performed without intermission is sung in English, with English supertitles.

Happy Holidays: Seasonal Favorites
Happy Holidays: Seasonal Favorites Dec 12

Students grades 4-8 perform in HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Seasonal Favorites, an original cabaret 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", "Let it Snow", "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", "Underneath the Tree", "White Christmas", and more. A great learning experience for students to perform with professionals in the performing arts!

Merry Christmas, Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter
Merry Christmas, Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter Dec 13 - Dec 14, 2021

Award-winner Kettenring's many memorable star turns include Broadway in Chicago's Wicked; The King and I, Funny Girl, and Oliver!. A storyteller sure to stir the heart, Kettenring tenderly chronicles Carpenter's troubles and triumphs with a familiar angelic radiance. Around the Town Chicago calls the show "Glorious... An elegant, tear jerking, sing-along concert event." Songs include "Close To You," "Merry Christmas Darling," "For All We Know," and "The Christmas Song."

Pretty Woman: The Musical
Pretty Woman: The Musical Dec 14 - Dec 19, 2021

After an incredible Pre-Broadway run in Chicago and on Broadway, Audience Choice Award-winner PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is now returning to Chicago on tour! One of Hollywood's most beloved stories of all time, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance ("Summer of '69", "Heaven"), and a book by the movie's legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL will lift your spirits and light up your heart. "If you love the movie, you'll love the musical!" (BuzzFeed News). Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee's international smash hit song "Oh, Pretty Woman," which inspired one of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time. Pretty Woman the film was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990.

Elvis My Way, Starring Brandon Bennett
Elvis My Way, Starring Brandon Bennett Dec 14

Celebrate the King of Rock 'n Roll with internationally acclaimed touring star Brandon Bennett (Chicago's Million Dollar Quartet). Magnetic, authentic, and radiating southern charm, Bennett is the winner of Graceland's prestigious "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" competition. His electrifying concert retrospective features humor, heartfelt storytelling, and unforgettable hit songs including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "That's Alright Mama," and "Suspicious Minds." Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong Dec 14 - Jan 30, 2022

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!