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Disney's Beauty and the Beast  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
   
Downstate  
Steppenwolf Theatre Downstate
 
In downstate Illinois four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser-but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness.
   
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical  
Chicago Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
 
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story's narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can't take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 2  
Elgin Art Showcase An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 2
 
It was an immediate success and the six shows played to almost capacity audiences. This year the Elgin Theatre Company will be again performing three totally different holiday scripts in radio show format. The audience will feel they are again sitting in an actual radio studio watching three "live" performances complete with sound effects and period radio commercials being created and enacted right before their very eyes. All three scripts were actually done on the radio in the early to mid 50's.
   
Familiar  
Steppenwolf Theatre Familiar
 
It's winter in Minnesota, and a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on a traditional African ceremony, pre-wedding stress explodes into a full-on family feud. Fiercely funny, fast-paced and filled with love, Familiar is a brilliant portrayal of a tight-knit family searching to preserve their past while building a new future.
   
Frankenstein  
Manual Cinema at Court Theatre Frankenstein
 
Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood-or destroy it by their absence. In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley's own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Manual Cinema is a performance collective and film production company, founded in part by former Court dramaturg Drew Dir.
   
Frankenstein  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Frankenstein
 
Remy Bumppo will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein, in a fresh, new adaptation by Nick Dear directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Assistant Ian Frank. As in the Royal National Theatre's premiere, the duality of human nature will be embodied by two actors who will alternate the roles of the creator and his creature every other performance.
   
Frederick  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Frederick
 
While other mice are working hard gathering food for the winter, Frederick is daydreaming the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special to help his companions survive the long cold winter.
   
The Front Page  
Oil Lamp Theater The Front Page
 
An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring-do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoodlums are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It's a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway. Catch The Front Page at Oil Lamp Theater.
   
Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.
   
Ghosts  
Redtwist Theatre Ghosts
 
On the eve of affirming her late husband's prestigious legacy, Helen Alving strives to finally bury his long-festering secrets. The fiery desires of her estranged son, Oswald, drive all misdeeds into the light. Relentless in its examination of the white feminist, Erin Murray's world premiere adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece promises audiences the most incendiary Ghosts since 1882. It asks: are you devoted to a greater good...or just your own demise?
   
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater  
The Second City at Piper's Alley 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.
   
Gypsy  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Gypsy
 
Chicago's E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway's legendary "stage mother" in this heart wrenching story of a woman who raises her daughters to assume the heights, whether they want to or not, and featuring one of the gold-standard musical scores including "Let Me Entertain You," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and others.
   
Hamilton  
CIBC Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
Hello, Dolly!  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion - hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
   
Holiday Inn  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Holiday Inn
 
Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "White Christmas," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more. This year-round romance is sure to delight audiences!
   

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