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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

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!

Dean Z: The Ultimate Elvis Christmas Show
Dean Z: The Ultimate Elvis Christmas Show Dec 17

Dean Z, star of the hit internationally touring production Elvis Lives is bringing his high-energy Elvis tribute show to the Rosemont Theatre. This marks the first time his incredible show packs up from its home in Branson to come to the Chicagoland area. Dean Z - The Ultimate Elvis is a musical journey spanning the 20-year career of the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," from his rise to fame in the 1950s, to his infamous Las Vegas performances of the 1970s. Dean Z - The Ultimate Elvis Christmas Show will also feature some of your favorite Christmas songs! Dean is backed by a powerful live band, horn section and immersive video content for a truly unforgettable concert experience.

Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope
Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Dec 17 - Dec 18, 2021

Colin Quinn has become one of the most beloved voices in comedy. His most recent one man show, Red State Blue State, premiered in January 2019 to rave reviews at The Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City. The New Yorker lauded the hour as "among Quinn's funniest so far" and The New York Times lovingly described Quinn as a "barstool philosopher." The show aired on CNN as the network's first comedy special in May 2019 and is currently streaming on Netflix. Red State Blue State followed the wildly successful off-Broadway run of Colin Quinn: The New York Story, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, which garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Baby Shark Live!
Baby Shark Live! Dec 18

Baby Shark Live!, the brand new, fully immersive concert experience from Pinkfong and Round Room Live, heads to Rosemont Theatre. The live show is based on Pinkfong's viral earworm and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs, including "Five Little Monkeys," "Wheels on the Bus," "Jungle Boogie," "Monkey Banana Dance" and, of course, "Baby Shark!"

Second City: It's a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life
Second City: It's a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2021

It's the most wonderfully wacky time of the year! Fa-la-laugh along with The Second City as comedy's best and brightest roast the season in this wintry mix of sketch comedy, improv, and merriment. All of the jollies! All of the follies! None of the holiday blahs.

The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical
The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical Dec 19

This toe-tapping tale tells the story of one particularly impressive Scout Elf who must help his new, human family remember the importance of Christmas cheer. Can this tiny elf, along with a host of North Pole pals, make Christmas joyous for his family once again? Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.

Billy Elliot the Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2022

Boasting a Tony Award and an Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot is based on the 2000 international smash-hit film and features a score by music legend Sir Elton John. Billy Elliot is an inspirational story about the power of being true to you, the unity of family, and the coming together of a community united by the 1984 UK miners' strike. From the bleak, muggy streets of northern England to the bright stage lights of a London stage and a brighter tomorrow, Billy Elliot tells the story of a boy's desire to express himself through dance and is the inspirational story about the power of being true to yourself, the unity of family and the coming together of a community during the UK miners' strike in 1984.

The Four C-Notes
The Four C-Notes Dec 31

​Created by John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in Chicago's long running production of the Broadway, smash hit JERSEY BOYS, THE FOUR C NOTES are the Midwest's ONLY tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons! The tribute features all of your favorite hits, including: "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like A Man", "Workin' My Way Back To You, (Babe)", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "Let's Hang On" and many, many, more...