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Irving Berlin's White Christmas  
Theatre At The Center Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
Based on the heartwarming and timeless film, the musical adaptation of Irving Berlin's White Christmas premiered in St. Louis in 2000 and opened on Broadway in 2008 followed by a national tour. The book is by David Ives and Paul Blake, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin teamed for the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who have a successful song-and-dance act following World War II. Drawn to romance, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas stage show booked at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features classic songs like "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep is the Ocean" and the perennial holiday favorite and title tune "White Christmas."
   
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
 
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show!
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.
   
It's Christmas, Goddamnit  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.
   
The Land Of Forgotten Toys  
CPA Theatricals and LCG Entertainment at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Land Of Forgotten Toys
 
In THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS, Grace, a strong young woman fresh out of high school and fascinated by stars, planets, and distant galaxies, is stuck working in her family's toy store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, three days before Christmas. Desperate to leave and start a new life, she is suddenly transported to the Land of Forgotten Toys, where she learns that Santa has been captured by his evil sister Charlotta! It is up to Grace and her rag tag group of modern misfit toys to rescue Santa and save Christmas!
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
Lindiwe  
Steppenwolf Theatre Lindiwe
 
The evocative live music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo forms the foundation of this Steppenwolf world premiere production written and co-directed by ensemble member Eric Simonson. As the story travels from Chicago's Kingston Mines to South Africa and beyond, Lindiwe's love story challenges us to define the boundaries between this world and the next, all the while exploring the sacrifices we make for love.
   
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in this musical adventure. MADAGASCAR - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE follows all of your favorite zoo friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. This special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages is filled with larger-than-life characters, non-stop adventure, and an upbeat score that will make audiences want to "Move It, Move It!" All performances are followed by a question & answer session with the cast.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
   
Mary Poppins  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mary Poppins
 
Mary Poppins flies onto the stage to deliver whimsy, emotion, and memorable song numbers to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Oliver Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a canít miss for the entire family. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and acts as a fusion between the film and the children's books by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and wholesome fun.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Monty Python's Spamalot  
Mercury Theater Monty Python's Spamalot
 
SPAMALOT is an irreverent musical of the legend of King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail. Spurred on by a plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine, Arthur recruits knights to accompany him on his quest in pursuit of the salvation of Camelot, and their own destinies. Along the way they encounter crazy shenanigans including the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, flatulent Frenchmen with flying cows and blood thirsty, killer rabbits.
   
A Murder Most Novel  
Death & Pretzels at Nox Arca Theatre A Murder Most Novel
 
From the case files of the brilliant and handsome detective, Max Forthright comes... A MURDER MOST NOVEL! The legendary gumshoe and his tenacious partner in crime-stopping, Bernadette Hargreaves, will encounter their most dangerous case yet: hosting a dinner party! But this party meant to celebrate the publishing of Max Forthright's memoirs turns deadly when his guests begin turning up dead! How will the master detective uncover the murderer when he was the one who invited all the suspects? Danger! Intrigue! Sensuality! Garden pest removal tips! Gather around your radio set and stoke your fireplace for yet another thrilling adventure tale of Max Forthright and Bernadette Hargreaves! Featuring live foley and original music, join us at "KCDP" studio circa 1944 to see these seasoned radio performers in action.
   
The Mystery of Edwin Drood  
Blank Theatre Company at Edge Theatre The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD adapts Charles Dickens' unfinished murder-mystery novel as a comedy in the music hall tradition. As Dickens died before finishing the novel, the cast will perform the ending voted on by the audience each night.
   
Not Quite A Christmas Carol  
The Fox and The Phoenix Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Not Quite A Christmas Carol
 
Experience Dickens' classic in a whole new way as the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future attempt to infuse modern flavors into this oft-told tale with humor, warmth, and a slight Christmas twist!
   
The Nutcracker  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of The Nutcracker returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas following her brother's death. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she bravely fights the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming holiday story of love, loss and hope.
   
The Nutcracker  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
See Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's production of The Nutcracker in this breath-taking performance by the Joffrey Ballet. This fresh adaptation of the timeless Christmas ballet is set during the historic 1893 Chicago World's Fair and centers on Marie - a young, impoverished girl from the South Side whose parents work at the fair. On the night before Christmas, a magical nutcracker guides Marie through a beautiful dreamland based on the World's Fair and the many exotic people, animals and places represented there. With Tchaikovsky's eternal music, this electrifying work from one of the world's foremost choreographers leaps into Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.
   

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