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Burning Bluebeard Dec 13 - Dec 27, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Burning Bluebeard
 
Porchlight Music Theatre plays host to a fast-growing Chicago holiday tradition for a strictly limited engagement! Burning Bluebeard, created and performed by the critically acclaimed theatre troupe The Ruffians, has been touted as "a show you won't quickly forget and that you could only see in Chicago" by the Chicago Tribune, and NewCity says the production is "filled to the brim with irreverent humor, riveting dance sequences and enough charm to fill a bucket..." Told with music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance, "Burning Bluebeard," is a physical-performance phenomena inspired by the true story of Chicago's former Iroquois Theatre and the unforgettable events that resulted in tragedy for 600 theatergoers at Christmastime in 1903. A holiday tradition for many since its debut in 2011, each performance excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history and leaves the audiences with an unforgettable experience.
 
   
The Third Richard Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2019  
The Trance at The Edge Off-Broadway The Third Richard
 
The Third Richard, pulls back the veil surrounding the life and legacy of one of history's most notorious kings, Richard the III, to reveal the complexity of the man beyond the myth. The play takes us on a journey that questions the "truth," and lays out a dynamic literary landscape that calls into question our perceptions of how we perceive truth, falsehood, fiction, and each other.
 
   
Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special Dec 13  
Newport Theater Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special
 
A Xenomorph Holiday Special: Bursting with cheer! Hang with a bellydancing Wookiee, firespinning superheroes, and sword-wielding villains for a brand-new production of fire, nerdery, and wonder every other month - we'll pay tribute to everything from the X-Men to Star Wars, Doctor Who to Silent Hill, Super Mario Bros to Sandman. It's a veritable cornucopia of nerdy delights. (But not the kind you have to fight to the death for.)
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 14  
Rosemont Theatre A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz features everyone's favorite Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown - as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It's up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday. Enjoy this timeless story that showcases the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi (performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage) at the Rosemont Theatre.
 
   
The Light in the Piazza Dec 14 - Dec 29, 2019  
Lyric Opera The Light in the Piazza
 
Upon its Broadway debut, The Light in the Piazza was described by the New York Times as having "the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story." Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza book is by Craig Lucas, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Set in Florence during the summer of 1953, it's a touching and unforgettable love story. A fateful gust of wind whisks Clara's hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli and it's love at first sight. However, Clara isn't quite what she appears. Soon her mother is faced with a heart-wrenching decision, and they must all confront a secret that's been kept in the shadows for far too long.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 15  
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."
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   

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