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Mr. Dickens' Hat
Mr. Dickens' Hat Nov 26 - Jan 2, 2022

In a cozy Victorian shop sits the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to carry water to the victims of a train wreck (that's true!). When a pair of bumbling thieves plots to steal it (that's imaginary!), young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free her father from debtors' prison. Filled with a host of colorful characters, constables, and carolers, this warm winter's tale with original music brings to life the universal lesson: "Beneath our hats, we are all the same."

Who's Holiday!
Who's Holiday! Nov 26 - Dec 26, 2021

Who's Holiday! is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken.

Cirque du Soleil - 'Twas The Night Before...
Cirque du Soleil - 'Twas The Night Before... Nov 26 - Dec 5, 2021

'Twas the Night Before... is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. This festive show about the wonders of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of families this holiday season. Join Isabella, a curious girl who's become jaded by the hoopla surrounding Christmas, as she is whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world where she meets characters inspired by the original timeless poem.

The Second City's Holiday Revue: It's a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life
The Second City's Holiday Revue: It's a Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Life Nov 26 - Dec 23, 2021

Have a holly jolly holiday season with Chicago's famed improv and sketch comedy theater. The annual end of year tradition continues: Second City is coming to the newly renovated Copley Theatre, where you will never be more than 70 feet away from the side-splitting, song filled holiday spectacular. Whether you are on the nice list or the naughty list, this show will have you laughing so hard you shoot eggnog out your nose. Skip the long lines and shipping delays, and give the gift of laughter to everyone you meet this holiday season.

Stove Toucher
Stove Toucher Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center

What happens when you achieve the high-rolling lifestyle you always dreamed of...at 13 years old? This is an extraordinary and funny coming-of-age story set during the 1970s skateboard boom, about a semi-pro boarder who opens a successful business, gets interviewed by Charlie Rose, and falls into drugs: all before high school. A little bit "Doogie Howser," a little bit "Basketball Diaries," "Stove Toucher" is a high-adrenaline, hilarious, heartfelt recounting about getting everything you ever wanted - and then watching it fall apart.

8-Track
8-Track Dec 3 - Jan 23, 2022

Put on your leisure suits, halter tops, and platform shoes and get ready to boogie down through 10-years of ground-breaking music! With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, 8-TRACK is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th Century. This Baby Boomers’ dream come true features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more! Rediscover the heart and soul of the forgotten decade with this joyously rousing, moving, and often downright hilarious musical in concert. “An electric, energetic, and powerful good time!” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Dec 4 - Dec 26, 2021
The Joffrey Ballet at Lyric Opera

Christopher Wheeldon's reimagined classic returns for the holidays. Follow young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on a Christmas Eve journey through the 1893 World's Fair, a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and enchantment. This annual holiday tradition celebrates the magic of the season and the rich cultural heritage of Chicago.

Leslie Odom, Jr. The Christmas Tour
Leslie Odom, Jr. The Christmas Tour Dec 4

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted, award-winning vocalist, songwriter, author, and actor. With a career that spans all performance genres, he has received recognition with Tony and Grammy Awards as well as Emmy and, most recently, two Academy Award nominations for his excellence and achievements in Broadway, television, film, and music. Odom currently stars and performs the songs of legendary singer Sam Cooke in the critically acclaimed Amazon film adaptation of the Olivier Award-nominated play, One Night in Miami, directed by Regina King. His portrayal of the soul icon has been met with widespread praise and critical acclaim, earning him nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, among others. King also enlisted Odom to write, compose, and perform the film's original song, "Speak Now," for which he was nominated for an Oscar and has since earned him a Critics' Choice Award for Best Song as well as several other award nominations.

The 12 Dames of Christmas Starring Angela Ingersoll
The 12 Dames of Christmas Starring Angela Ingersoll Dec 6 - Dec 7, 2021

Emmy nominee Angela Ingersoll captures the festive sounds of a dozen divas. Ingersoll is known for her outstanding Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow (Los Angeles, Chicago) and Get Happy Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland on PBS. "The actress with the astonishing voice" (Chicago Sun-Times) joyfully shares her holiday bag of tricks with a haunting Judy Garland, a rockin' Brenda Lee, a purr-fect Eartha Kitt, a proper Julie Andrews, a soulful Edith Piaf, a sultry Marilyn Monroe, and plenty of surprises! Holiday favorites include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Baby," and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

Q Brothers Christmas Carol
Q Brothers Christmas Carol Dec 7 - Dec 23, 2021

Chicago hip hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, heat up the holiday season with a wildly entertaining ad-rap-tation of Charles Dickens' classic. The crew mashes up hip hop with contemporary musical styles, ranging from reggae to dancehall music, dubstep, and epic rock ballads-all underscored with beats spun live by a DJ. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart. Fully decked out in the holiday spirit, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare is strewn with more than two miles of twinkling lights as the ghosts of hip hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.

Dishwasher Dreams
Dishwasher Dreams Dec 9 - Jan 22, 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.

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!

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.

Christmas Karol: An Uptown Holiday Celebration of Diversity
Christmas Karol: An Uptown Holiday Celebration of Diversity Dec 11 - Jan 2, 2022

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.

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.

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."