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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Writers Theatre Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
 
This visceral American classic serves as the 1920s chapter of August Wilson's epic The American Century Cycle. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band-especially the gifted and impulsive Levee-but when Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are enflamed and the play builds to an unexpected and searing climax.
 
   
The Producers Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Paramount Theatre The Producers
 
Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he's now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as "beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls.") With reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Feb 7 - Apr 14, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mamma Mia!
 
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit Mamma Mia! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
 
   
Dead Man's Cell Phone Feb 7 - Mar 10, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Dead Man's Cell Phone
 
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical
 
   
The World Inside of Me Feb 9 - Mar 10, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The World Inside of Me
 
The World Inside of Me is a new form of educational arts experience designed specifically for pre-K youth. This world premiere production is part art and part science, showcasing the creative abilities of our youngest children. The interactive experience celebrates the human body, following human development from pre-natal through age five (the age span of the participants). Artists from New York's Spellbound Theatre will lead the audience through a series of interactive vignettes that engage the body and senses, delighting the imaginations of participants.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Feb 12 - Mar 10, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dear Evan Hansen
 
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is "ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY." Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, "a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart" and NBC News says the musical is "an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond." The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 - the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961-before winning the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
 
   
Act(s) of God Feb 13 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Act(s) of God
 
Three siblings, two parents, and one very unexpected dinner guest. As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide, long-held certainties crumble, and sh*t gets real. Will this nuclear family explode?
 
   
La traviata Feb 16 - Mar 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera La traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi and librettist Francesco Maria Piave have given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
 
   
Ariodante Mar 2 - Mar 17, 2019  
Lyric Opera Ariodante
 
Villainous Polinesso lusts after Ginevra, but she loves noble Ariodante, who loves her in return. Polinesso will stop at nothing to get his way. Will Ariodante win out over his rival? The dramatic sparks fly and so do the fireworks in a score calling for the maximum in dazzling vocal virtuosity. But thanks to Handel's incomparable genius, Ariodante also offers deeply soulful arias to melt any listener's heart. Don't miss this long-awaited Lyric premiere, gracing the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
A Bronx Tale Mar 12 - Mar 24, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre A Bronx Tale
 
Broadway's hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.
 
   
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2019  
Court Theatre For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
 
A sisterhood of seven women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.
 
   
Landladies Mar 14 - Apr 20, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Landladies
 
Self-made landlord Marti and her new tenant Christine strike up a complicated relationship in this compelling world premiere. Despite a tentative friendship, neither can afford the luxury of forgetting her own best interests. Faced with impossible dilemmas of fairness versus kindness, honesty or eviction, these two women reveal the vulnerability as well as the ingenuity of people who know the value of having a home, and the threat of losing one.
 
   
A Number Mar 20 - Jun 9, 2019  
Writers Theatre A Number
 
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
 
   
Anastasia Mar 26 - Apr 7, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Anastasia
 
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
 
   
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Mar 26 - Apr 28, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
 
When Kenny's older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it's decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama to straighten him out. The whole family - Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta - sets out on a wild cross-country journey in the family car, the "Brown Bomber." When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. The powerful story reminds us that during times of crisis, hope reveals itself in the forms of family and friendships; learning, growing, and evolving.
 
   
Cambodian Rock Band Apr 5 - May 5, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cambodian Rock Band
 
Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American, has found evidence that could finally put away individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced-his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago-it's clear this isn't just a pleasure trip. A wild rock-and-roll journey through the eyes of father and daughter, Artistic Director Chay Yew brings the world premiere journey of Lauren Yee's (Samsara) Cambodian Rock Band from South Coast Repertory Theatre to Victory Gardens.
 
   
Corona Apr 5 - May 18, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Corona
 
Captain Ariadne Minos must ferry the latest fourteen tributes to her home planet of Crete, where they will be fed as sacrifices to a fearsome bull. On the journey, she makes a surprise connection to two of her more forceful passengers: the headstrong prince Theseus, and Pneuma, a Healer who is outraged to face death with her medical education incomplete. However, as the spaceship nears its final destination, Ariadne must weigh the comfort of her new friends against family loyalties which have haunted her across the galaxy. The time has come for her to reconcile between monsters, gods, and men.
 
   

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