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Altar Boyz  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe Altar Boyz
 
Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national 'Raise the Praise' tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. As they perform their signature hits such as 'Rhythm In Me,' 'The Calling,' and 'I Believe,' the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. They finally deliver a message of unity, that 'there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice.'
   
Altered Boy  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Altered Boy
 
ALTERED BOY follows the life of Garrett, a good little Catholic boy who says his prayers, makes good grades, performs in school plays, and wins participation trophies for recreational sports. As he gains more years and fewer trophies, his connection with the Church grows stronger. And yet the closer he gets to the Church, the further he gets from who he thought he was. Journey with Garrett through storytelling, song, dance, and video in this earnest yet very funny one-man show.
   
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant takes two well loved, holiday children specials and combines them into two acts. Charley Brown Christmas follows Charley Brown on his journey to find the true meaning of Christmas, while enduring the commercialization of the season, and insults from Lucy Van Pelt. In Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman tells the tale of how young reindeer Rudolph runs away from home to be independent, with his new found friend Hermie. Together they meet Yukon Cornelius, a prospector searching for silver and gold, discover an island of misfit toys and learn that it's okay to be different from the pack. All while avoiding the Abominable Snow Monster of the North!
   
Barney the Elf  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
 
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner elf." After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party  
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.
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  
Cadillac Palace 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.
   
Becky Shaw  
Windy City Playhouse Becky Shaw
 
Becky Shaw is an explosive tale following Suzanna, a woman who has set up her best friend with her husband's co-worker, thinking she's helping them find love; however, what she doesn't anticipate is the chaos that ensues from bringing together a brutally honest businessman and an emotionally-fragile college dropout.
   
Bette, Live At The Xmas Baths  
Steppenwolf Theatre Bette, Live At The Xmas Baths
 
With the inimitable Jeremy Ramey tickling the ivories as Barry Manilow, Handbag's loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar - plus holiday ditties done in Bette's inimitable style. Directed by Becca Holloway, BETTE, LIVE AT THE XMAS BATHS also features Ed Jones as Mr. Gerald, bathhouse patron and hairdresser to the stars, and Sydney Genco and Allison Petrillo as her bawdy back-up broads.
   
Billy Elliot the Musical  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Billy Elliot the Musical
 
Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film "Billy Elliot" and features music by Elton John with book and lyrics by the film's screenplay writer Lee Hall. Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story set in an English mining town during the miners' strike of 1984-85. Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.
   
BLKS  
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.
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
   
The Book Of Will  
Northlight Theatre The Book Of Will
 
William Shakespeare wrote some of the world's most beloved plays - but without his friends, they may have been lost to history! Follow the members of Shakespeare's own company as they cunningly navigate the production of the First Folio in 1623. They may not have any money or clear-cut rights to his work, but they're armed with wit, humor, a deep camaraderie and a passion to preserve the plays that shaped their lives. With the help of their wives and colleagues, two actors set out not only to print a collection, but to uphold a legacy for the world.
   
Breath, Boom  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Breath, Boom
 
Prix, the leader of a violent girls' gang, makes booms on the street and loves booms in the sky: fireworks. But her destructive workaday world is gradually turned upside down by actions of her mother and of her "sisters," and by confrontations with the consequences of her past. Breath, Boom was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, London.
   
Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty  
Annoyance Theatre Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty
 
"Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty" features some of the most hilarious holiday themed characters a comedic strip club could have this time of year. The "Rumble Room" is ready to battle the winter chills. Join our funny and talented performers as they heat things up this holiday season. Dance choreography for the show was provided courtesy of cast member Tres Dillon. The combination of sharp humor and sex appeal is almost too much to handle. Almost.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious holiday show, Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.
   

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