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The Highest Rated Shows In Chicago

Here is a list of the top rated plays now running in the Chicago area based on what the current reviews are saying. To see all of the play reviews go to Review Round-Up.

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys follows the fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Winner of Best Musical at both the Tony Awards and Olivier Awards, Jersey Boys takes you behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to discover the secret of a 40-year friendship as the foursome work their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Audiences will be thrilled with electrifying performances of chart-topping hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Dawn," and "My Eyes Adored You," which brought The Four Seasons the highest honor: induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Life and Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Jersey Boys
The Music Man

Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. Follow fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a band that he vows to organize - despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Life and Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Culture Authority- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
The Music Man
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Before she was the Carole King we know today, she was a young songwriter from Brooklyn trying to make a name for herself. Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom as part of the hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin and going on to become one of the most successful singer, songwriter and musicians in popular music history. Her credits include songs such as "You've Got a Friend," "[You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman," "It's Too Late," "I Feel the Earth Move," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "So Far Away," and many more. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote THE SOUNDTRACK TO A GENERATION.

Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Chicago Culture Authority- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Gods and Monsters

Former Hollywood film director best known for Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, and Show Boat, James Whale is now retired and slowly facing dementia. His caring housekeeper, quietly disapproves of Whale's faceless, nameless parade of young gay lovers, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener and former Marine, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Pride- Highly Recommended
Gods and Monsters
Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue

Picture it. United States, 2024. GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LAUGHS CONTINUE brings Miami's sassiest seniors to stages around the country for one more hurrah. We find Sophia out on bail after being busted by the DEA for running a drug ring for retirees. Blanche and Rose have founded CreakN, a thriving sex app for seniors. And Dorothy is trying to hold it all together with help from a new (much) younger sex-crazed lover. GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LAUGHS CONTINUE allows audiences to relive the heartfelt hilarity of the four ladies who never stopped being best friends.

Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Chicago Culture Authority- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue
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.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Centerstage- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Blue Man Group
Last Stop On Market Street

Young People's Theatre of Chicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Visiting his grandmother's unfamiliar neighborhood, 6-year-old CJ discovers friendship, empathy, and joy in unexpected places. Adapted by Cheryl L. West from Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson's Newberry Award-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street's glorious score is by Paris Ray Dozier and his father, Lamont Dozier, writer of Motown hits like How Sweet It Is and Stop! In the Name of Love. Originally developed by the Chicago Children's Theatre and the Children's Theatre Company, YPT is thrilled to bring the second-ever production of Market Street to Chicago.

Chicago Reader- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Last Stop On Market Street
Poor People! The Parody Musical

Hell In A Handbag Productions at Chopin Theatre

It's 1979 in dangerous, smoky, glorious New York City. Our story's red-headed protagonist Li'l Orphan Arnie (Dakota Hughes) is fleeing from the guardianship of a sex-starved, meth-cooking madwoman (Sydney Genco*). Out on the streets, they befriend a slinky dancing cat (Matty Bettencourt), who leads them to a magical manhole, transporting them back in time to Paris, France in 1815. Trading in one poverty-plagued lifestyle for another, Arnie gives up the desire to find their parents and joins forces with a gang of pick-pocketing prostitutes, led by the mysterious Fagin (David Cerda*).

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Poor People! The Parody Musical
The Choir Of Man

Welcome to The Choir of Man, the best pub in the world. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a theater experience unlike any you’ve had before. Featuring pop, classic rock, folk melodies, and pub anthems, The Choir of Man has something for everyone. A cast of nine (extra)ordinary and multi-talented guys combines hair-raising harmonies, foot-stomping singalongs, world-class tap dance, and poetic meditations on the power of community in this riotously enjoyable homage to that popular gathering place—your favorite local pub. With a real working bar on stage, come ready to drink in the excitement. Raise a glass with us! Cheers!

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Culture Authority- Recommended
City Pleasures- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
The Choir Of Man
English

"English Only." Four adult students in Karaj, Iran are studying for the Test of English as a Foreign Language-the key to their green card, medical school admission or family reunification. Chasing fluency through a maze of word games, listening exercises and show-and-tell sessions, they hope that one day, English will make them whole. But it might be splitting them each in half.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
English
Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral dramatizes the martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket at the hands of knights loyal to Henry II in 1170. Eliot wrote it on commission to be performed in the sanctuary at Canterbury Cathedral, the room where Becket was murdered; his depiction of the killing draws from the eye-witness account of Edward Grim, a monk who was wounded trying to protect the Archbishop. City Lit’s production will be staged in the sanctuary of Edgewater Presbyterian Church.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Splash Magazine- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Murder in the Cathedral
Oh, The Places You'll Glow!

Step into a dimension of kaleidoscopic hilarity with The Second City e.t.c's 47th Revue Oh, The Places You'll Glow! Our incandescent ensemble leads the journey through a luminous wonderland of wit and satire where they weigh the politics of a one-night stand, explore an unconventional school for troubled youth, and find out who REALLY runs hell. A laugh riot spectacle of sound and fury resplendent with color; Oh, The Places You'll Glow! is sure to illuminate your heart.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Life and Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Culture Authority- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Oh, The Places You'll Glow!
Nana

Olwen Wymark's splendid dramatization of Zola's Nana is a story of sexual and financial greed in nineteenth-century Parisian society, depicting the rise and tragic downfall of a young courtesan.

Chicago Reader- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Nana
An Educated Guess

It's been a few years since the September 11 attacks on New York City, but the wounds are still raw. We find Alba Guerrero, a rising star at the federal immigration office in Manhattan, on the day she realizes an immigrant she admitted into the United States has committed a heinous act of mass murder. As her life begins to unravel, we meet characters from all over the world– helping Alba come to grips with guilt, forgiveness, and the inherent fallibility of our government systems.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
An Educated Guess
Don't Quit Your Daydream

Come see The Second City Mainstage's brand-new 111th Revue, newly titled Don't Quit Your Daydream. This is the most exciting time to see a show on our stages. The cast is fresh, new material is worked into the show every night, and your laughter in the audience helps shape the final show!

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Don't Quit Your Daydream

To see the reviews of all plays go to Review Round-Up.