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A Very Elton Christmas Dec 2  
McAninch Arts Center A Very Elton Christmas
 
Multiple award-winning actor and singervCraig A. Meyer returns to the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn with his remarkable resemblance and uncanny ability to sound like Sir Elton John in a spectacular musical journey featuring chart-topping hits like "Benny and the Jets," "Tiny Dancer," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle in the Wind." This special holiday show also includes Christmas classics to celebrate the spirit of the season.
 
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 2 - Dec 17, 2017  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Children of all ages are cordially invited to enjoy a spot of tea (or hot cocoa) with CCT's friends from the English Lake District at the The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. Spend the day with Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Simpkin the cat as they delight audiences in this interactive trunk and puppet show. Enjoy an elegant tea party, create your own beautiful snowflakes, and pose for photographs with the cast.
 
   
Wife Material Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2017  
Prop Theatre Wife Material
 
Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and her life has been sheer bliss ever since. Or has it? In Wife Material, a one-woman show starring Jamie Shriner as herself, a 25-year-old actress examines female sexuality, loneliness, love, dating, and consent with unapologetic honesty. Is it acceptable for a young married woman to admit she enjoys sex? Wife Material is an hour-long musical comedy that "dares to go where you'd never go," featuring songs like "F***boi," "Let's Screw," and "Love Myself." The show examines a society that criticizes teenage "bad girls" for liking sex, on the one hand; and hypocritically assumes married women's sexual needs are perfectly satiated.
 
   
Miracle on 34th Street Dec 2 - Dec 16, 2017  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street
 
The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy's Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to be believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for four performances only. Miracle on 34th Street is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, Miracle on 34th Street tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy's as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter's refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
 
   
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 3  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
Christmas Carolyn Dec 4 - Dec 30, 2017  
Berger Park Coach House Christmas Carolyn
 
RjW Mays stars in the world premiere of Christmas Carolyn -- the story of a woman who loses her granddaughter during the holiday season and finds personal renewal through self forgiveness. Catch this Three Cat Productions presentation of the powerful drama of Christmas Carolyn at the Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Jan 28, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Turandot Dec 5 - Jan 27, 2018  
Lyric Opera Turandot
 
Turandot (1926), the final work of Puccini's career, showcases the composer's magnificent melodic outpourings (including the tenor's celebrated "Nessun dorma") and reveals Puccini at his peak as a creator of exotically beautiful orchestration. Taking place in ancient Peking, the story centers on the icy Princess Turandot, who will marry the prince who answers her three riddles correctly, but any suitor who fails is put to death. Calaf is the unknown prince who falls in love with Turandot at first sight and, victorious in the riddles, challenges her to learn his name. Calaf is loved by the slave Liù, who serves his father Timur, the exiled Tartar king. The lighter side of the opera is contributed by Turandot's three lively ministers - Ping, Pang, and Pong.
 
   
Gobsmacked Dec 5 - Dec 10, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse Gobsmacked
 
Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice. Featuring the reigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping.
 
   
Wicked Dec 6 - Jan 21, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Wicked
 
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Don't miss Wicked Chicago.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 6 - Dec 10, 2017  
Chicago Tap Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tidings of Tap!
 
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a new version of its venerable Holiday offering at a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, just in time for Tidings' 10th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of co-producer the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time CTT is adding a light narrative about a young girl (played by Russian Rhythmic Gymnast Master Dasha Merkulov) as she goes on a journey through the wintry woods. While audiences hear many of their favorite seasonal tunes, they also experience an array of performances including a guest appearance by the stilt concert dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and an opportunity for local tap performers to join the Holiday production*.. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun."
 
   
Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 6 - Dec 16, 2017  
Raven Theatre Steampunk Christmas Carol
 
Charles Dickens meets Jules Verne (the Father of Science Fiction) in EDGE Theater and Steampunk Chicago's inventive reimagining of the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Set in fanciful Victorian England, mechanized ghosts tell of the fate of a world without Christmas. In this land of industry, populated with strange machines powered by gas, gears and electricity, Scrooge comes to realize that the best investment man can make is in mankind. Witness the revolution of a soul when Jared McDaris' Steampunk Christmas Carol swings into Chicago's Raven Theatre.
 
   
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 7 - Dec 10, 2017  
Organic Theater Company at Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? In the funny and heartwarming Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, he does. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own bonds, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own. This is the eighth annual production of Tom Mula's adaptation of Dickens' classic at Naperville's Meiley-Swallow Theatre.
 
   
BLKS Dec 7 - Jan 28, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre BLKS
 
Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
 
   
They Dec 7 - Jan 13, 2018  
Trap Door Theatre They
 
"They are running everything but no one knows who THEY actually are?" Using the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz, They examines who THEY are and if the secret government really exists. They tragically examines how the beauty in love and art is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization and the destruction of freedom and imagination.
 
   
Twas the Night Before Christmas Dec 9 - Dec 16, 2017  
Theatre At The Center Twas the Night Before Christmas
 
Celebrate the magic of the season with this original musical adaptation inspired by the famous poem by Clement Moore. Come laugh and sing-a-long when the “jolly old elf” makes a surprise visit. A holiday treat for the entire family to enjoy!
 
   
The Holidays Unwrapped Dec 11 - Dec 20, 2017  
Erasing the Distance at Edge Theatre The Holidays Unwrapped
 
A music-filled performance that braids together the real stories of nine people, The Holidays Unwrapped is a humorous look at how to manage stress throughout the holiday season. The stories bring to light the funny interactions, the emotional trials, the disappointing struggles, and the bonds individuals share with their families. The Holidays Unwrapped highlights the relationships and annual events individuals invent to thrive through the holiday season.
 
   

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