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An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2019  
Writers Theatre An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas
 
Acclaimed Chicago actor Evan Tyrone Martin (Jesus Christ Superstar) celebrates Nat King Cole with a festive cocktail of signature songs and yuletide favorites. In a romantic evening of story and song, Martin intimately relates Cole's journey with velvety vocals and debonair charm. Classics include, "The Christmas Song," "L-O-V-E," "Mona Lisa," and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Dec 18 - Jan 5, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
Elisabeth von Trapp: Home for Christmas Concert Dec 18  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Elisabeth von Trapp: Home for Christmas Concert
 
In a holiday presentation full of enchantment, Elisabeth von Trapp presents a joyous family celebration of festive holiday music from around the world and tells heartwarming stories of Christmas in the von Trapp household and their native Austria.
 
   
Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter Dec 20 - Dec 29, 2019  
Mercury Theater Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter
 
Join us this holiday season for Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter! Chicago's favorite leading lady Heidi Kettenring lends her signature warmth to the timeless treasures and holiday hits of Karen Carpenter. A storyteller sure to stir the heart, Kettenring tenderly chronicles Carpenter's troubles and triumphs with a familiar angelic radiance.
 
   
Deck the Halls Y'All Dec 20 - Dec 22, 2019  
Chicago Theatre Works Deck the Halls Y'All
 
Best-known for his standout roles in Sordid Lives, American Horror Story, The Help, Beverley Leslie on NBC's hit series Will & Grace, and Sid from The Cool Kids on FOX. Mr. Jordan has charmed fans for over four decades! In Deck the Halls Y'All, Leslie invites his audiences behind-the-scenes of his childhood at Christmas time and his long outstanding career! Offering a charming & hilarious look-back at his life experience as a flamboyant youth raised as a Southern Baptist, protected by his mother and grandmother as well as the "unbelievable real-life stories" and treasured anecdotes from his renowned stage and television performances. Please note: Adult content not suitable for all ages (18 plus). Warning: Singing will be attempted and laughter will be abundant.
 
   
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater Dec 21 - Dec 31, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year-ish! Laugh along with The Second City as comedy's best and brightest roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season. Why, it's enough merriment and music to keep you jolly 'til the Chicago snow melts...next May.
 
   
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Dec 21 - Dec 31, 2019  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 
A Pharaoh who looks a lot like Elvis, 12 singing and dancing brothers, a remarkable narrator and Joseph himself make this tuneful and colorful show perfect for the holidays. The first big hit from Andrew Lloyd Webber, who went on to compose Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and Love Never Dies.
 
   
Mean Girls Dec 25 - Jan 26, 2020  
Nederlander Theatre Mean Girls
 
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
 
   
Harlem Globetrotters Dec 26 - Dec 27, 2019  
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 United Center on Dec 26. At Allstate Arena on Dec 27.
 
   
Voice Of Good Hope Jan 3 - Feb 16, 2020  
City Lit Theater Voice Of Good Hope
 
A dramatic portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first African American congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South. The play follows Jordan from her childhood in Houston's Fifth Ward through her receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, and deals with her pivotal role on the House Judiciary Committee during its hearings concerning the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, her complex political relationship with Texas power broker Robert Strauss, her struggle with muscular dystrophy, and her twenty-year relationship with Nancy Earl, her companion and occasional speechwriter, and ultimately her caregiver. The play premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2000 and has been produced from New York to San Francisco in the years since then.
 
   
Turn Here-Sweet Corn Jan 3 - Jan 26, 2020  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at The Edge Off-Broadway Turn Here-Sweet Corn
 
Turn Here-Sweet Corn is a world premiere 90 minute, one-woman play featuring actress Megan Wells. The play is by Jim Stowell and focuses on the life and memoirs of Atina Diffley. Atina is an organic farmer-educator, activist, and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, A memoir based on Atina's life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campaign against the notorious polluters, Koch Industries, to create an Organic Mitigation Plan for organic farms in Minnesota. Set on the farm of Garden of Eagan, Megan tells Atina's story with passion, humor and zeal. Award-winning actress Megan Wells, like Atina, is a force to be reckoned with!
 
   
Thirst Jan 9 - Feb 15, 2020  
Strawdog Theatre Thirst
 
After a devastating water shortage and war, Samira and Greta have made a life for themselves and their son Kalil in a clearing in the woods. When Kalil returns home one day without their water rations, Samira and Greta find themselves in conflict with the local political leader. Set in a tense segregated society, Thirst is a complex look at family and love in wartime. C.A. Johnson explores the politics of race and redefines community in this fierce post-apocalyptic story.
 
   
Whisper House Jan 10 - Feb 15, 2020  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Whisper House
 
When Christopher's father is shot down in the Pacific during World War 2, the young boy is sent to live with his foreboding aunt in her very remote - and very haunted - lighthouse. Despite any lurking spirits, the most fearsome demons Christopher will need to confront lie within.
 
   
Bunny's Book Club Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Bunny's Book Club
 
Ever since he overheard the librarian reading outside of the library, Bunny has been enamored with books. But upon reflection, he isn't sure if animals are allowed in the library. With the help of his furry friends, Bunny decides to share his love for reading and start a book club, but how can they get their hands on those books? Celebrate the joy of reading in this world premiere adaptation of Annie Silvestro's celebrated picture book.
 
   
Grease Jan 15 - Mar 15, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Grease
 
It's the energetic and electric musical comedy tribute to the age of rock-n-roll. Join in the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High's class of '59 and rock to songs like "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Beauty School Dropout" and "Greased Lightning." Come back with us to a time when having a malted made everything so much better.
 
   
The Mousetrap Jan 16 - Feb 16, 2020  
Court Theatre The Mousetrap
 
The Ralstons' house becomes lethal when four guests are snowed in amidst reports of a woman's murder. Agatha Christie's craft for building skillful twists and shocking turns is on full display in this famed mystery which reinforces the genre as a pillar of classic drama. The Mousetrap is revived in an exuberant staging by Sean Graney that eschews cliche and begs for a repeat viewing as the traps characters lay are sprung in surprising ways.
 
   
Verboten Jan 16 - Mar 8, 2020  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Verboten
 
1983. Chicago. It's do-or-die for Verboten-a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family? With lyrics and music by Verboten's original guitarist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verboten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.
 
   

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