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West Side Story  
Lyric Opera West Side Story
 
One of the most beloved musicals ever, West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York, finding two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this Broadway version has become a true American classic. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America" -- not to mention original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
   
The Winter's Tale  
Goodman Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
Star-crossed lovers, a banished child, a loyal servant, a notorious bear and more plot twists than Downton Abbey make up the Shakespearean magic of The Winter's Tale. One of Shakespeare's later romances, this comedy-tragedy hybrid tells the story of Leontes, a jealous Sicilian king who suspects his pregnant queen has been unfaithful. He imprisons his wife and exiles their newborn daughter from his kingdom. By the time he discovers the truth, he's lost everything. Years later, a miraculous twist of fate brings with it a chance for redemption and renewal. Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, director Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare's most wildly theatrical tales. The Chicago Tribune enthused, "No modern American director is better at making a play's iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence." Catch this Goodman Theatre take on one of the master's most intriguing plays at The Albert in Chicago.
   
Wolves  
Exit 63 Theatre at The Frontier Wolves
 
Two men's folie deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Ben's apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This "deconstruction" of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.
   
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
 
Based on the beloved comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, this charming revue of vignettes and songs explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, and Snoopy. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown features favorites such as "Suppertime" and "Happiness," as well as two new songs from the revised version, "Beethoven Day" and "My New Philosophy." You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown opened on Broadway in 1967, with a revised version presented in 1999 under the direction of Michael Mayer. The revival received Tony Awards for Featured Actress (Kristin Chenoweth as Sally) and Featured Actor (Roger Bart as Snoopy).
   

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