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When a terrifying sea monster is spotted off the coast, renowned scientist Professor Aronnax and fellow explorers set out to investigate. They soon find themselves kidnapped and held under the command, and spell, of the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the most advanced submarine the world has never seen, they confront giant squids, bizarre sea creatures, and the monsters that lurk below…and within.
Adapted from Jules Verne's epic adventure exploring the murky perils of the seas, ensemble member David Kersnar invites you to board the Nautilus and "dive! dive! dive!" into this Lookingglass world premiere.
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the 2018 ICONS Gala, celebrating the career of Broadway and film legend Fred Astaire. The gala, chaired by Tamara Sims, includes performances from Chicago's leading talents celebrating the nearly 80-year career of Fred Astaire, the presentation of the 2018 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago to Brenda Didier, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event and its accompanying auctions benefit Porchlight's productions and educational programs.
Taking place during a real-time band practice, 33 to Nothing is a play that rocks hard and breaks hearts.
Feeling the incessant call of adulthood, individuals begin to question their role in the ensemble. Ultimately begging the question: to break up or to build stronger? An anthem of forgiveness, loyalty, and resilience when your world is being torn by the seams.
When a new law gives citizens the power to turn in anyone they suspect is an undocumented foreigner, no questions asked, that pesky upstairs neighbor seizes on blackmail as the fix to his problems. An enigmatic piece on immigration and skewed power structures.
In Spanish & English and supertitled throughout
Lifeline Theatre presents the world premiere of Anna Karenina, adapted by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Jessica Wright Buha and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Amanda Link, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy. As a wave of profound upheaval sweeps through Russian society, it is a time of impossible choices. Anna is torn between raising her cherished son and languishing in a lifeless marriage, or sacrificing everything to follow her lover Alexei into disgrace. Konstantin struggles to reconcile his existential torment with his enduring passion for Kitty. Innocents will suffer, hearts will be broken, and families will be torn apart as two couples learn that living truthfully is no simple thing. Travel to the palaces and farms of imperial Russia in a world premiere meditation on the complexities of love based on Tolstoy's 1877 novel.
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and an affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you'll fall in love with As You Like It.
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you'll fall in love with As You Like It.
Directed by Eclectic coartistic director Katherine Siegel.
Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns to Chicago for the first time in 15 years with company director Alicia Alonso's Don Quixote, putting a distinctly Cuban spin on the classic story ballet. Loosely based on the story by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote has been heralded as an "unforgettable" production (Los Angeles Times) that will make you "fall in love with ballet all over again" (Washington Post).
When you can have whatever you want, whenever you want it, what do you ask for next? When you've pushed every boundary until there's nothing left to hold you in, how do you find your way back home? Birdland is a sexy, searing exploration of empathy and the impact of unchecked privilege by Olivier and Tony Award winner Simon Stephens.
The Blue Man Group has paved the way for many nonconventional productions such as Stomp, Tap Dogs, and De La Guarda. Since they opened in New York City in 1991, audiences from all over the world have seen their show. Smart silliness, neon-colored paint, cereal, and other wildly inventive props add to their visual appeal. This production opened at the Briar Street Theatre in October 1997 to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception
You bring the news, we break it! Our talented ensemble will perform improv based on local and national news articles.
Bull in a China Shop is a play about Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeanette Marks. The two of them reimagined and revolutionized women's education at the turn of the 20th century. This fast-moving feminist comedy chronicles the growth of the women's suffrage movement as well as Mary and Jeanette's romantic relationship. Bull in a China Shop examines the strength it takes to find your voice, be brave, and feel less at odds with the world.
Bye Bye Liver is a series of outrageous sketches, all centered around the one thing that connects all of Chicago…Alcohol! Whether it's the girl that should never, ever drink liquor…or that one guy that confuses courage with shots of Jameson, we've all known them…or been them. This is the hilarious romp that satirizes all of those fun times and f*ck ups we've all had when we had just one too many. Interspersed with hilarious, interactive social games, you'll laugh until you cry at Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play.
Sally and her brother are bored on a rainy day when the Cat in the Hat appears with tricks and things and games to play. Their day is filled with mischief and imagination despite protests from their fish — that is, until their mom returns home. Join us for Dr. Seuss's classic children's story that illustrates boredom is truly just a state of mind.
True love can transform any landscape in this retelling of the Cinderella story. Listen and watch as love triumphs over dire circumstances in a production filled with visual delights — one that reminds us of the spring we, children and adults alike, hold inside. The singers of North Park University bring to life this production with set, projections, costumes, and orchestra. In French with English surtitles.
The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by 20. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who's done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They're all here, dressed to kill, singing their asses off, telling it like it is. And they're all the star of The Cher Show.
Another sexy and sophisticated Kander and Ebb romp! This sharp-edged satire featuring a jazzy score and astonishing dancing will razzle-dazzle you.
This Tony and Oscar winner is one of Broadway's longest-running and most popular shows!
Creole Stomp has captured the ears and the feet of Louisiana music fans across North America. A recognized African Creole and French Creole Fiddle master, bandleader Dennis Stroughmatt has journeyed to three corners of North America in his quest to learn about the music traditions and French culture. Creole Stomp keeps listeners enthralled and dancers in motion with a rollicking mix of contemporary blues, swamp pop, and traditional Cajun and zydeco music. Dennis's deep knowledge of the music comes from mentors that include Morris Ardoin and Canray Fontenot, Faren Serrette and the late Hadley Castille. Creole Stomp shows have become legendary for the heart and passion conveyed from the stage, music with emotion and energy that literally jumps from the band.
Bennett Fisher's new play is a claustrophobic thriller about privilege, paranoia, and the assumptions we make about one another. This moving play centers on Hassan, a Somali-American airport shuttle driver, in Minneapolis, struggling to make ends meet as more and more of his customers switch to Uber and Lyft. When a stranded teenager at the airport pays Hassan to take him to Chicago, it seems on the surface like it is worth the risk and the fare.
DJEMBE! The Show is a unique, immersive fusion of music, rhythm, and culture…and the audience is part of the band! Each member of the audience is given a real African djembe drum for the evening and, led by a master of ceremonies, audience members play along to their favorite tunes with a world-class band of African and international musicians. The show is an innovative and joyous experience filled with energy and emotion. DJEMBE! The Show is a celebration of life — nothing like it has been seen, felt, or heard before.
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Originally created for the comic style of the great Phil Silvers and Nancy Walker, Do Re Mi is the story of "Hubie Cram," a minor-league con man endlessly scheming to win big who, at the urging of his long-suffering wife, Kay, decides to go (somewhat) straight by moving into the jukebox and music promotion business as he concocts his biggest score ever. Featuring the hits "Make Someone Happy," "Fireworks," and "I Know About Love."
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on...and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
Hope is here! And she is not alone. Tara Handron, the playwright and sole actor in her 60-minute play, Drunk with Hope, discards clichéd depictions of recovery and relies on stories with depth, poignancy, and humor to expose the raw emotions and experiences so many alcoholic women face. The play evolved out of her Georgetown University master's thesis on female recovering alcoholics, the 12-step group dynamic, and the comparison of women's experiences in traditional face-to-face recovery meetings to online meetings. Tara has performed her play in numerous cities (NYC, DC, LA, Chicago, Atlanta…) and diverse venues including theaters, festivals, conferences, treatment centers, and jails (yes, jails!).
Now in its second smash year at the Greenhouse Theater Center, EL Stories stages the real life experiences of CTA commuters from across the city. Adapted verbatim from hundreds of first-person interviews, the Waltzing Mechanics perform a kaleidoscope of the commuting public's most memorable and hilarious encounters. Recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the "Best of the Fringe in 2011," EL Stories also gives you a chance each week to have your own transit tale played back live. Don't miss our train!
The electrifying Brandon Bennett (Chicago: Million Dollar Quartet) does the impossible, delivering a spine-tingling Elvis tribute that is fresh, powerful, and right on time. With his purebred southern charm, powerful voice, and scandalous moves Bennett was named the "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" by Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland. His must-see show traverses Elvis's career: from the rock 'n' roll nativity of the '50s, to the iconic comeback television concert of the '60s, to the legendary jumpsuits of the '70s. All-time great hits include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Suspicious Minds," and many more. Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
In a time of false reality, delusion, and alternate truths, the line of what is real and what is not has become blurred. Explore the real, the perceived, the imagined, and everything in between. Matter Dance Company's latest dance performance, Emerge, explores what we see, what we can't, and what grows out of the deepest places in our minds. Enter. Experience. What will emerge?
Matter Dance Company celebrates its 12th anniversary this year. MDC is under the direction of Carisa Barreca, Gail Adduci Gogliotti, and Niki Wilk Mahon. Matter Dance Company believes dance should be created for the audience as well as the dancers, and their goal is to create dance that makes the audience think, laugh, and want to experience dance.
Henrik Ibsen's masterwork finds renewed immediacy in a daring new production from Goodman artistic director Robert Falls. The contamination of a resort town's water supply sets the stage for a battle involving the town's respected mayor, Peter Stockmann, and his brother Thomas, a respected doctor. As the brothers become locked in a combative struggle between political wisdom and personal ethics, the economic fate of the community — and the unity of the town's residents — hangs in the balance.
In the spring, The Station itself transforms into an all-immersive, two-story theatrical environment, totally unique to Chicagoland, titled An Epic Tale of Scale, created and directed by Henry Wishcamper and Jo Cattell, collaboratively designed by CCT community programs artistic director Frank Maugeri, with original music by Gabriel Ruiz. Think The Magic School Bus meets Sleep No More, and you're close. Incorporating original music, science experiments, games, arts and craft projects, and more, kids and adults alike embark on this world premiere interactive theatrical experience spanning two levels of The Station. Kids will explore the wonders and mysteries of scale while journeying deep inside the human body and out to the farthest reaches of the galaxy.
This world premiere production will transfer to Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center following its run at the Wirtz Center!
Five teenagers are growing up on a fictional island in the Everglades where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. When one of the kids returns from juvenile detention to help the rest escape to the mainland, it seems their prayers have been answered. There's only one problem — they need a boat, and they need it before the adults catch wind of their plan and end it...or end them.
Note: This show contains strong language.
Once upon a time — 2005 — a young woman named Annie returned to her native Russia to lose her American accent. The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls tells her story. Underneath a glamorous post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels and luxurious fur coats bubbles an enchanted motherland teeming with wicked witches, evil stepmothers, and ravenous bears. As lines between folk tale and reality disappear, Annie becomes the heroine of an adventure more dangerous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where there are no princes and not everything ends happily ever after.
Lyric Unlimited is excited to offer a day of behind-the-scenes fun and exploration with our inaugural Family Day at Lyric, a wonderful way to share your love for opera with family members of all ages! You'll get exclusive access to Lyric's backstage areas, including the orchestra pit, props area, costume department, and more. Enjoy demonstrations of operatic stagecraft and costume try-ons throughout the day. The afternoon will also feature a short live performance and programming geared specifically to children aged 5 to 10 — but the entire family can learn something new about opera at this unique event.
Hero, a Texas slave, faces a simple yet monumental choice: Join his master in the Confederate army to win his freedom — or remain enslaved at the plantation. As he debates leaving his lover for what may be another empty promise, Hero must take charge of his life, even when much remains beyond his control. Filled with music, wit, and poetic wisdom, this play by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks challenges audience members to navigate their own moral compass in a country that both unites and divides.
At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job — and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller — an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
Lyric Opera is proud to present the Chicago premiere of this work, which was praised as "a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama" by the New York Times in its 2016 world premiere.
This chamber work will be presented in just four performances at the Athenaeum Theatre.
Lyric Opera is proud to present the Chicago premiere of this work, whose 2016 world premiere was praised as "a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama" by the New York Times. At the height of the McCarthy era in Washington, D.C., Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official leads to Tim's first job — and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love: an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band honors those throughout history who have fought against their oppressors, seeking the right to choose their own destiny. This musical journey will take you from the American Revolutionary War to modern-day struggles. Featuring music by Hindemith, Bernstein, Stravinsky, and more.
The Fighting Words Festival showcases three developing scripts via readings, all reflecting how women define themselves and their places in their worlds — including the English countryside, medieval Scotland, and the "final frontier." The "Origins" theme is included throughout Babes With Blades Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary Season. "An origin story launches a character's journey," said coartistic director Kathrynne Wolf. "It defines who they are, explains why they do the things they do, and informs how they go about making a difference. As we turn 20, BWBTC reflects on our own origins: a group of artists determined to expand the canon of women's roles and challenge audience expectations through the use of stage combat in our stories."
From Mendelssohn to Bernstein, from European courts to Yiddish theater and the Broadway stage, many Jewish composers have wrestled with their faith. We'll explore this rich musical dynamic through sublime classical works, church anthems and oratorios, American Songbook hits and Broadway novelties. Discover the world of sound, lyrics, and ideas that comes about when creativity bumps up against social pressure, and the resulting music does -and doesn't - sound Jewish.
Although now regarded as two of history's finest American playwrights, back in 1944, William Inge and Tennessee Williams had yet to experience anything close to success. Before the Chicago premiere of ''The Glass Menagerie'', Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. This fraught, sexy rendezvous sparks a relationship which radically alters the course of their lives and the American Theatre.
Giordano Dance Chicago, America's original jazz dance company, closes out its 55th season with its fourth full-evening appearance at the Auditorium Theatre. The company, led by artistic director Nan Giordano and called "jazz dance pioneer[s]" by Crain's Chicago Business, delights audiences with its wide-ranging repertoire and engaging, fast-paced performances.
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire, and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton. A thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation – with a score that blends hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz and Broadway — Hamilton opened on Broadway earlier this year to enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences of all ages.
The Delany sisters, Sadie and Bessie, remain best friends and roommates even as they pass their centennial birthdays. As they prepare a meal in honor of their late father, a former slave, they reminisce about the joys and challenges of their lives: coming to maturity in the Jim Crow South, experiencing the Harlem Renaissance and rising to unimagined professional prominence. Having Our Say showcases the sisters' unique, indomitable spirits as they fondly recall meeting beloved historical figures and denounce prejudices that infect the country.
From the powerful guitar duel in "Hotel California" to the shimmering harmonies of "Peaceful Easy Feeling," Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience in every detail. Each performance features classic, unforgettable songs from all eras and incarnations of the Eagles, plus great solo hits like Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" and Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry." The six members of Heartache Tonight have shared stages with some of the biggest names in rock, including Jimmy Buffett, Eddie Money and the Doobie Brothers. Heartache Tonight: An Eagles Concert Experience is a show filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans.
Anu Bhatt combines the personal with the poetic in her new one-woman show about depression, body image, and sexual assault. Seeking a balance of identities as a South Asian working actor in Chicago, Bhatt investigates the meaning of success as she embraces her own unique identity. With courage and self-effacing humor, she combines raw memories with lyricism in a daring dance for empowerment through imperfection.
A comedic twist on the legend of brave Robin Hood, who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Join Robin and his Merry Men as they work to fight against the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham. This band of misfits needs to stop the sheriff, who plans to marry Maid Marian, and outwit the scheming Prince John, with plenty of laughs along the way. Recommended for grades 1-6.
Hubbard Street concludes Season 40 at the Harris Theater with a full evening-length work reimagining Ohad Naharin's Minus 16, one of his most popular and most celebrated pieces, choreographed in 1999 and first performed in the U.S. by Hubbard Street in 2000.
Spring marks Hubbard Street's return to the Auditorium Theatre for the first time in 20 years. This special two-night engagement, dedicated to Hubbard Street's beloved resident choreographer, Alejandro Cerrudo, will feature a full evening of Cerrudo's work weaving together both audience favorites from his past 10 years choreographing for the company as well as exciting new work. Please note that there is only a 7:30pm performance on Friday and Saturday for the Spring Series.
Chicago Opera Theater presents Il Pigmalione & Rita, a double bill that spans the life and career of opera's premier bel canto composer, Gaetano Donizetti. The two works weave together a stunningly theatrical production featuring the talents of Javier Abreu (Pigmalione/Beppe), Angela Mortellato (Galetea/Rita), Keith Phares (Gaspar), and the physical theater expert Adrian Danzig. Donizetti's first work and one of his last, both of which he never lived to see performed, are presented together as an exploration of love, fantasy, and the blurry lines between them. The double bill is conducted by Franceso Milioto and directed by Amy Hutchison.
With its signature horn riff and opening line, "I'm a friendly stranger in the black sedan...", the Ides of March's "Vehicle" burst onto the Billboard charts and in 1970 became the fastest breaking single in Warner Bros. history! Their show spans three decades of music that include Jim Peterik's catalog of Top 40 hits including "Vehicle," "Eye of the Tiger," "Hold on Loosely," and many more.
See Chicago's finest improvisers under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy. This show is highly interactive, hilarious and thoroughly original.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
Combining live music, multimedia, and audience activities, The Internet Ate My Brain gives audiences an experience that nothing on the Internet can match. Starring and written by Bill Dyszel, the author of Microsoft Outlook for Dummies and more than 20 books in the popular For Dummies book series, this one-man "Forbidden Broadway of the Internet" skewers topics as varied as our obsession with online shopping, addiction to selfies, online romance, and more.
Sie returns to Lifeline for a free event to promote his debut novel (with illustrator Sungyoon Choi), Still Life Las Vegas: A Novel. The evening will include a wine and cheese reception, a concert reading selection from the novel featuring current Lifeline Theatre ensemble members, and a Q&A session moderated by Lifeline Artistic Director Dorothy Milne, followed by a book signing with Sie.
One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ's followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling. A must-see Broadway hit of the new season!
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom, and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. This treasured tale is an ECT audience favorite.
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein play their soundtrack to cult TV hit Stranger Things live. Serving up a hearty slice of '80s nostalgia, Stranger Things became the runaway TV hit of 2016, inviting viewers into the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Dixon and Stein's soundtrack — heavily indebted to the work of Jean-Michel Jarre and John Carpenter — is inseparable from the adventures of Eleven and the gang, with the feelings of childhood camaraderie and unsettling eeriness amplified by the synth-laden score. For tonight's show, the duo will perform music not only from the first season, but also from the second season — for which they have added new elements and styles of compositions — alongside a supernatural neon light show.
Dixon and Stein are half of the Austin-based group S U R V I V E, and won an Emmy Award for their work on the first season of Stranger Things.
Fronting his Chicago-based band the Lovers, Wimberley, Texas-born Lance Lipinsky resurrects a haunting musical persona inspired from the past, carrying on the timeless tradition of mid-century rock & roll music.
Showcasing a hybrid of driving Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano rhythms and Elvis-infused swagger in his original music, in addition to the hits of the major artists of the 1950s and 1960s, Lipinsky is a descendant, an evolution of his influences in his live shows as an entertainer as well as in his songwriting.
You may remember Lance from his portrayal as Jerry Lee Lewis in Chicago's production of Million Dollar Quartet.
Chicago Children's Theatre, in a co-commission with Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, will open Last Stop on Market Street, a world premiere musical based on the award-winning book by author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, 2016 Newbery Medal winner, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.
Acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West is creating this first-ever stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated children's books ever. Kids (and parents) love Peña's warm tale about young CJ and his wise, loving grandmother who teaches him to find beauty in everyday city life. Speaking of the mundane, the music will be anything but, as CCT is welcoming Motown music legend Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier, the duo behind the music in CCT's 2015 smash hit Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, back to Chicago to create the show's original score.
Call it Carol Burnett meets Whoopi Goldberg. This interactive comedy is part catechism class, part stand-up routine. Ruling her classroom with an iron fist, Sister teaches her students — who happen to be the audience — everything she knows about saints, sin, heaven and hell...while doling out rewards and reprimands with lightning speed.
Patti Vasquez is the host of The Patti Vasquez Show on Chicago's WGN Radio, a stand-up comedian and cocreator of the upcoming series Patti Happens.
Patti was born and raised in Chicago and is an internationally performing comedian. As a host, Patti quickly claimed the No. 1 spot for late-night radio. She has appeared as a commentator on WGN-TV Morning News and Fox Good Day Chicago. She also served as a fill-in host for WCIU's You & Me in the Morning. Patti was recently honored by the National Museum of Mexican Art and the University of Illinois for her contributions to art and advocacy work.
After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With Richard soon to become a first-time father with his partner David, and his sister Laura living in Shanghai, Richard is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing the family into a heated game of finger-pointing with unintended consequences.
Celebrated director and playwright Aaron Posner and famed magician Teller (of duo Penn & Teller) join forces for an innovative take on "the Scottish play," returning after their Jeff Award-winning production of The Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015. With astounding sorcery, this supernatural thriller dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Amazing and amusing, Marc's theatrical creations have been hailed as "Not to be missed!" by ABC News and "A surefire 'you-gotta-see-this-show' show!" by Variety. Both fascinating and psychological, his performances have been enjoyed by millions around the world from Broadway and the West End to the Sydney Opera House and Singapore, earning him the name "The King of the Mind-Readers" by Time Out.
Marc's mystifying techniques and quick wit "break the lock" on the minds of randomly selected audience members. He has had the pleasure of outwitting such well-known celebrities as Sting, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, Prince Andrew, Judi Dench, Ronald Reagan!
One will rule. One will fall. Two women of power — Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots — face off in a struggle for the faith of a nation in a new electric adaptation by Peter Oswald. The production is staged by acclaimed director Jenn Thompson, former artistic director of the Actors Company Theater.
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony Award-winning Best Musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. This incredible journey, written by Joe DiPietro (author of Nice Work If You Can Get It, All Shook Up, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and others), is filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and a roof-raising musical score by David Bryan of the band Bon Jovi.
Join us for our signature fundraising event, the Metropolis Gala, Night of the Stars, at a new venue: Arlington International Racecourse. The evening begins with open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and fabulous items up for bid in our silent auction. Then enjoy special performances by Michael and Angela Ingersoll, School of the Performing Arts faculty and students, the cast of Avenue Q, dinner, and dessert. The evening also includes a live auction, a custom jewelry raffle provided by Keswick Jewelers, a Split-the-Pot raffle, a Fund-A-Cause paddle raise supporting the Stories in Action! series, and concludes with a lively after-party featuring DJ Player2.
Midnight Blue is 60 minute show where, late at night, the ComedySportz Ensemble gathers to do improv with no fouls, no rules, and no subject matter too taboo. We invite you to ditch the kids and hang out after the 10:00pm ComedySportz match. We'll keep the bar open and tear this place apart.
Choreographer: Alexander Ekman Music: Mikael Karlsson
This is not Shakespeare's midsummer. Swedish trailblazer Ekman astounds with this ode to the longest day of the year. Delight in joyful abandon and romance under the Scandinavian sun as dancers celebrate and let their imaginations run wild. A tour de force that took Stockholm by storm.
Million Dollar Quartet is a musical inspired by the December 4, 1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. The show, which is co-authored by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, is co-directed by Eric Schaeffer and Mutrux, with musical direction by Chuck Mead.
The show features a treasure trove of the greatest rock, rockabilly, gospel, R&B and country standards of the 1950s, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On."
Chicago Repertory Ballet presents their spring engagement, Modern Motions. With world premiere works by nationally acclaimed choreographers Tenley Dorrill, Ryan Nye, Shannon Alvis, and CRB's own Wade Schaaf, this program promises to delight, inspire, and entertain with an evening full of dance that defies labels.
Johann Sebastian Bach sets scripture and poetry to music of heartbreaking beauty in a deeply human, intensely dramatic telling of Christ's betrayal, suffering, and death. Join us for one of the greatest choral works of all time — sung and played with the commitment and fervor Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach's music.
Johann Sebastian Bach sets scripture and poetry to music of heartbreaking beauty in a deeply human, intensely dramatic telling of Christ's betrayal, suffering, and death. Join us for one of the greatest choral works of all time — sung and played with the commitment and fervor Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach's music.
IndyFringe Theatre Festival Audience Choice Award winner! Experience interactive theater about life and death in a once-in-a-lifetime setting. Neil Tobin's engaging exploration of mortality and mystery will make you laugh, ponder, and wonder. But don't bring the kids. This is grown-up, dead-serious fun! Presented at May Chapel, a rarely open-to-the-public architectural gem on the grounds of historic Rosehill Cemetery.
New Player Has Entered the Show is a stand-up comedy show and mini-video game tournament. We want to remind you of the feeling you had yelling at your friends as you played a close game of Super Smash Bros.
We bring four of the best stand-up comics in Chicago, have them tell their jokes, then watch as they trash-talk each other over a game of Super Smash Bros. played on the projector. The comic that wins plays an audience member, drawn at random, for a chance to win a $50 Gamestop gift card and those sweet, sweet bragging rights.
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
Authentic, funny, and refreshingly unique, Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolve into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Once is a musical celebration of life and love, thrilling in its originality and daring in its honesty.
Unexpected situations are often matched by unexpected virtues in people, are they not?
In 1789, Britain's jails were overflowing. Stealing something as insignificant as a loaf of bread was a one-way ticket to the newly established penal colony of Australia. Dealing with these miserable conditions, a young lieutenant is put in charge of staging a play with a cast made up of convicts. Simultaneously funny and poignant, Our Country's Good explores freedom, the redemptive power of theater, and what it means to be human.
Our Country's Good, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker and based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List), won the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award in 1988, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1988, and opened on Broadway in 1991.
Golden Globe Award winner Stacy Keach stars as Ernest Hemingway, one of the most celebrated novelists and short story writers of the 20th century in this explosive tour-de-force drama, set during the author's haunted years following his Pulitzer and Nobel Prize honors.
In Pamplona, after the prize comes the pressure. Basking in the glory of career-defining awards — the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 — legendary writer Ernest Hemingway insists his best work is yet to come. Five years later, holed up in a Spanish hotel with a looming deadline, he struggles to knock out a story about the rivalrous matadors of Pamplona. But his real battles lie outside the bullfighting arena; in declining health, consumed by his troubled fourth marriage, and tormented by the specter of past glories, he must now conquer the deepening despair that threatens to engulf him.
(Performed in French) Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as "Edith Piaf's legitimate musical heiress," Piaf! The Show premiered in 2015 as a tribute to "the Swallow of Montmartre" on the centennial on her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie en Rose. In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer's career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edith Piaf era.
Oscar Wilde's only novel ranks with Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a defining excursion into psychological horror. Dorian Gray expresses the desire that his newly painted portrait, rather than he, will age and fade. This idle, destructive wish is granted: Dorian stays young and beautiful while his portrait ages and takes on the weight of his sins. He is both fascinated and trapped by this fatal freedom from responsibility and enters into a life of hedonism. Three-time Jeff Award winner for Best Adaptation Paul Edwards returns to City Lit for his eighth production.
A Texas matriarch, bless her heart, discovers that the history of the ancestral home is, well…complicated. When she reveals the news to her Southern belle daughters, tempers rage hotter than the devil's armpit and pandemonium runs amok on the pristine plantation…and that's before the other set of sisters arrive.
Lookingglass ensemble member and playwright Kevin Douglas (Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure) returns with a sharp pen and sharper wit to slash into America's thorniest underbrush and most enduring conundrum. Ensemble member David Schwimmer directs this world premiere black (and white) comedy.
Come play with us and immerse yourself in the wonders of African drum and dance. You don't want to miss this exhilarating and thought-provoking cultural experience centered around coming-of-age rituals and the way we play.
Based on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical has original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner, Jim Vallance. The musical's book is by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter, J.F. Lawton. Multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directs and choreographs.
A world premiere translation of Aeschylus's theatrically boldest tragedy, commissioned by City Lit from Nicholas Rudall, founding director of Court Theatre and internationally acclaimed award-winning translator of Greek drama. The titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained — and fastened with a spike through his chest — to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus's plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. His parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow. The production will feature both actors and life-sized puppets.
Meet the wives: Joanne, Babette, Penny, Lulu, and Beezus — The Real Housewives of Lakeview. These ladies have it all. Scandalous surprises and bitter betrayals mix with a healthy dose of pinot grigio and pharmaceuticals to create this hilarious romp inspired by America's not-so-secret guilty pleasure. Come and climb the social ladder with our wives in this deliciously serious musical parody, featuring an original score guaranteed to knock your stilettos off.
After a successful run in Los Angeles at the Garry Marshall Theatre, MidCoast Theatre Co-lab is thrilled to bring you your Chicago wives in this one-night-only concert reading, complete with a #LakeviewHousewives-inspired gift basket giveaway, #rawchocolatesamples (#organic), #cashbar (#Imeanyoudontgeteverythingfree) & an elite few will even leave with a Housewives "Brunch" Box.
The Neverly Brothers concerts are a tribute to one of the most exciting chapters in music history: the birth, near-death, and resurrection of rock 'n' roll. Their one-of-a-kind high-energy stage performances take you on a musical guided tour of rock history — from 1955 to 1965.
You'll learn rock history and be thoroughly entertained with their chronological song sequence, stories behind the music, and vintage wardrobe changes. Their repertoire consists of showstopping renditions of early hits by Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire"), Chuck Berry ("Johnny B. Goode"), Eddie Cochran ("Summertime Blues"), Buddy Holly ("That'll Be the Day"), The Beatles ("Twist & Shout"), The Rolling Stones ("Satisfaction"), The Kinks ("You Really Got Me"), the Dave Clark Five ("Glad All Over"), and more! It's not "moldy oldies" — it's "old-school cool!"
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in The Roommate, a new comedy about how early-life choices lead to midlife challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
Tony Award-winning Broadway star Renée Elise Goldsberry headlines Goodman Theatre's "Ruby Night" spring fundraising gala, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Women's Board. Goldsberry originated the role of Angelica Schuyler in the musical phenomenon Hamilton (on and off-Broadway) and garnered the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Awards. This black-tie event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a performance, an elegant three-course dinner, and dancing to the Gentlemen of Leisure.
In this original School of Performing Arts (SOPA) cabaret, Metropolis students are featured performing along with voice faculty Tiffany Gates and Nathan W. Brown as they sing and dance on the Metropolis stage to music from some of Hollywood's greatest modern movie musicals. This cabaret includes songs from contemporary movie musicals such as High School Musical, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, Pitch Perfect, Frozen, Into the Woods, Moana, The Greatest Showman, and more.
Written by Leslie Liautaud and directed by David H. Bell, Southern Gothic gives audiences the opportunity to be a "fly on the wall" at a cocktail party in Ashford, Georgia, in the 1960s where four couples gather together to celebrate a birthday. As the evening progresses, tensions rise and longtime relationships are tested as they soon realize that even the best of friends keep the darkest of secrets. Because of the intimate nature of the show, audience size for each performance is limited to 25 patrons, giving audiences freedom to roam every room of the home at will, exploring various spaces and eavesdropping on clandestine conversations, providing each audience member their own unique perspective on the evening's proceedings.
From the creators of Talk Hard (named Chicago's "Best Sketch Troupe" of 2013 by The Chicago Reader), Spiked Punch is one part gameshow, ALL parts PARTY! The show features two teams of Chicago's sharpest comedians who are forced to make you laugh or suffer the hilarious consequences. We provide the set-ups, and it's up to them to deliver the punchlines . . . or pay the price! No preparation. No hesitation. And plenty of libations!
This electrifying rock adaptation of the classic play is a landmark musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Daring and inventive, it is an exhilarating journey of teenage self-discovery as well as a celebration of youth and rebellion.
The three performance and competitive companies at SNAP present their Repertoire Group dances and solos/duos in concert.
Join award-winning pianist and master storyteller Richard Glazier on a musical tour of Broadway and Hollywood, featuring sensational songs written by everyone from George Gershwin to Marvin Hamlisch. Glazier is famous for combining fascinating stories, hilarious anecdotes, and unforgettable performances. The program includes "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music, "One" from A Chorus Line, "People" from Funny Girl, and medleys from the immortal Broadway shows Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story.
Stone Cold Cash is Chicago's premier Johnny Cash tribute band, authentically reproducing timeless music from the Tennessee Three through Johnny's unforgettable duets with June Carter and into his classic solo hits.
Stone Cold Cash — the house band for Metropolis's hit show Ring of Fire — prides itself on high-energy, authentic renditions of hit after hit: "Ring of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I've Been Everywhere," "One Piece at a Time," "A Boy Named Sue," and many more unforgettable hits.
A Story Told in Seven Fights finds creator and Neo-Futurists ensemble member Trevor Dawkins leading a group of stage combatants smashing their way through the true stories of fistfights and theater riots that erupted within the Dadaist and Surrealist movements at the turn of the 20th century. This will be Dawkins's second Prime Time production (the Neo's non-late-night and long-form theatrical programming) and the Neo-Futurist debut for former Oracle Productions's Tony Santiago.
Support Group for Men is a hilarious exploration of what happens when society's new normal doesn't seem so normal to everyone. Thursday night in Wrigleyville is "Guys' Night" for a group of longtime pals. Instead of letting off steam over baseball, they've formed a support group — with its "no ladies" policy strictly enforced — in which they can vent about dashed romances, stalled careers, and other middle-age maladies. But when an unexpected visitor crashes their party, the guys' traditional notions of masculinity are exploded. This topical, Chicago-flavored comedy gleefully dissects the ever-changing role of gender in today's culture — and proves that understanding is sometimes found in the least likely of places.
A beautiful re-creation of the Carole King songbook performed with live band and multimedia images. Starring Jeannie Austin on piano and vocals with her backup singers and band, Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving you with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded, including "You've Got a Friend," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Loco-Motion," "Natural Woman," "It's Too Late," "So Far Away," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "One Fine Day," "Beautiful," and "I Feel the Earth Move."
The 1950s: It's the beginning of rock 'n' roll, the racial barrier is starting to crack, the Korean War is over, and husbands are returning home. Ronald Reagan is a model for Lifebuoy soap; Rock Hudson is "The World's Most Eligible Bachelor." And women are getting antsy.
Meet Joan, Connie, Dottie, and Agnes — four best friends living in Winnetka, Illinois. They meet every Wednesday for a Betty Crocker cooking contest, imagining how the prizes might change their lives. Their weekly gathering isn't just about cooking; it's also a time to confide secrets and share frustrations.
Usually, it's Life magazine that's read cover to cover in between mixing, sifting, and chopping. However, other reading material has just arrived. Shocked but inspired by the Kinsey report, the lives of these women take an interesting turn.
A Taste of Things to Come is a fabulously fun romp tracing the changing lives of these four Winnetka women from the 1950s to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. This homage to prior generations of women who blazed new trails features a rollicking original score of '50s and '60s music with great harmonies, backed by an all-female rock 'n' roll band.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 14 and up because of adult language and themes.
The Prozorov sisters dream of returning to Moscow, but are unable to wake to their provincial reality. Each sister questions her own place in the world after the arrival of members of the Russian military. Olga, Masha, Irina, and their brother Andrey search for meaning in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece about broken dreams, inertia, and missed opportunities.
Annie loves the past. Curtis lives for the future. Together they host a wildly unpopular podcast from Annie's living room in which they "queer" history, reinterpreting Philadelphia's lore through a modern intersectional lens. When Annie finds a family heirloom that reveals a buried connection to the early LGBT rights movement, the political suddenly gets explosively personal. Time Is on Our Side's shape-shifting plot bounds gleefully from the Underground Railroad to pop culture futurity as Annie and Curtis search for answers to these questions: "How do we let go of the past? And when will it let go of us?"
Mike Toomey takes you on a journey back into '60s and '70s TV Land. Mike relates how his childhood television-watching has shaped his adult life while sharing his unique observations about his favorite programs and their characters. This multimedia presentation features over 300 slides and sound bytes plus Toomey's dead-on impersonations of your favorite TV celebrities. TV & Me is a must-see for all members of the TV generation.
Mike Toomey grew up glued to the tube, and TV & Me is the manifestation of his obsession. His ability to remember his favorite programs verbatim and impersonate the voices of his favorite characters made Mike very popular with his classmates, if not his teachers. Once told by a grade school principal that "no one ever made a career out of watching television," Mike Toomey set out to prove the principal wrong. He continues to this day on his lifelong mission to prove her wrong. To make a career out of watching TV...to boldly go where no man has gone before!
This musical is an updated version of the classic tale about belonging. The story follows Sophia, a new duckling at Lucky Ducky School who isn't quite the same as the other little ducks. Chicago Kids Company's new bilingual musical is great fun for both English and Spanish speakers — there's no need to be fluent in both to enjoy this tale about accepting the wonderful ways in which we're all one of a kind. Recommended for grades PreK-3.
The 2014 fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown brought international attention to the town of Ferguson, Missouri, and the festering history of race relations in America. Award-winning playwright, performer, and Goodman artistic associate Dael Orlandersmith brings to life a riveting exploration of the tragedy and its aftermath. Based on dozens of interviews with Ferguson residents, Until the Flood encompasses the perspective of such disparate people as a middle-aged black teacher, an elderly barbershop owner, and a white policeman. The result: a richly complex mosaic of a community — and a country — in trauma.
A disorienting exploration of our demons, both in a literal and figurative sense, Steve Yockey's Very Still and Hard to See is a short play cycle recounting the history of a cursed hotel and the haunted individuals who fall into its trap. Each chilling encounter breaks the boundaries of the real and the surreal, reminding us that sometimes bad things do happen for a reason.
Picosa showcases eclectic programming with its signature orchestral sound and virtuosity. The ensemble features celebrated masterworks side by side with newly discovered gems from around the world and throughout the centuries. Audience members are welcome to linger after the concert to chat with the musicians and ask questions about the concert!!
Ireland's most prestigious theater ensemble is back with a contemporary interpretation of Samuel Beckett's seminal work. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, this production marks the legendary company's third return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, following The Cripple of Inishmaan (2011) and The Walworth Farce (2009).
Two North Korean sisters plan an elaborate escape from the "Best Nation in the World," only to be separated at the border. Now in two strange and separate worlds filled with outrageous characters, they must navigate barriers of language and bureaucracy, reckon with the ways that culture and country can shape us, and discover that survival requires sacrifice. Playwright Mia Chung weaves myth and striking imagery into a deeply affecting and surprisingly funny adventure, portraying the endless lengths to which two sisters will go to find each other again.
Lifeline Theatre's KidSeries presents You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, a world premiere family musical with book by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Heather Currie and Derek Czaplewski, music and lyrics by Laura McKenzie, and directed by Heather Currie, based on the book by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt, illustrated by David Slonim. Dew Drop just landed her dream assignment: training to become the next tooth fairy! But after coming on board, she learns that there's more to the job than simply being sparkly: It's going to take guts, skill, and a whole lot of training to succeed. Working closely with her mentor — and a flashy flock of firefly assistants — Dew Drop must learn the rules of Command Central, master "Tooth-o-Finder" technology, and bench-press mountains of quarters before she can fly on her own. Tackle a new challenge and learn what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced tooth collection industry with this world premiere musical based on the 2007 book.