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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.
A small ensemble of musicians and artists creates a collage of sound and noise, using anything they can find to write and perform 60 original songs in 60 minutes. This is the Neo-Futurists' latest experiment in new modes of extreme performance, created and performed by ensemble member Nick Hart and featuring musicians Emma Hospelhorn, Andrew Tham, and Gwen Tulin.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings six breathtaking performances to the Auditorium Theatre, which has been the company's Chicago home for nearly half a century. Led by artistic director Robert Battle, Ailey "has created a unique and enduring bond with its audiences" (Chicago Sun-Times) that it strengthens every year with relevant, inspiring new works. Each performance closes with Alvin Ailey's signature work Revelations, the most widely seen modern dance work in the world that has been called a "masterpiece" by the New York Times.
Arnie, a lovable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut are drawn into a sugar-fueled existential crisis as they work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome president of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on a zany quest to prove that he's more than just delicious — and that friends come in all shapes and sizes — in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved series by Laurie Keller. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted).
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).
Children of all ages are cordially invited to enjoy a spot of tea (or hot cocoa) with CCT's friends from the English Lake District at The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. Spend the day with Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Simpkin the cat as they delight audiences in this interactive trunk and puppet show. Enjoy an elegant tea party, create your own puppets and mini-puppet show, and pose for photographs with the cast.
All fans of Carole King and great musical theater, we have the perfect show for you. The Cadillac Palace Theatre is proud to present Beautiful, the story of the life of the iconic songwriter and her gradual progression to stardom. Warm, heartfelt, and genuine, with, of course, an incredible score featuring songs by the great Carole King herself, this is a performance that will stay with you long after the curtains have closed.
The Neo-Futurists have written over 360 world premieres this year. Now they'll take the first two weekends of December to share their favorite plays of 2017 from The Infinite Wrench. Featuring an extraordinary-sized troupe and a carefully curated selection of the funniest, strangest, and most wrenching plays from 2017, these performances offer a Neo-Futurist review of the year's popular phenomenon, political nightmares, and personal crises.
BiG SUiT is a collective of nine musicians drawn to the cerebral adventures, infectious rhythms, and pioneering music known to the world as Talking Heads. BIG SUiT began when a Chicago-area producer reached out to Deacon Blues founder Steve Kikoen with a request to form a tribute to Talking Heads. This funk-rock ensemble of stellar musicians offers up a truly inspirational, "Once in a Lifetime" connection. If you have come to experience Talking Heads..."This Must Be the Place."
Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot and features music by Elton John with book and lyrics by the film's screenplay writer, Lee Hall. Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story set in an English mining town during the miners' strike of 1984-85. Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long-held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community, and changes his life forever.
Blind Date is a backstage glimpse of one of the 20th century's landmark historical events. In an era before Twitter and eHarmony, two of history's oddest couples seek to thaw the seemingly intractable relationship between the United States and Soviet Russia. Despite their advisors' efforts to keep them on track, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev eschew conventional protocols to discuss pop culture and old movies — while their wives mirror their husbands' negotiations in a passive-aggressive tango over tea and fashion choices. Blind Date is a compelling and edgy comic journey through the intricacies of statesmanship.
Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
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
In this concert, Paul Cosentino and the Boilermaker Jazz Band will bring the energy and delicate swing of the small bands to you, performing some of their best-known material. You'll also hear some of your favorite Goodman Big Band melodies, done small-band style.
Benny Goodman was also fortunate enough to work with some of the finest female vocalists of the era including Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Helens — Ward and Forrest. These ladies always brought a touch of class and grace to the proceedings along with the requisite swing factor! Jennifer McNulty brings you selections by Benny's Girls including "Why Don't You Do Right?," "Goody Goody," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," and "Taking a Chance on Love."
You bring the news, we break it! Our talented ensemble will perform improv based on local and national news articles.
The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.
It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.
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.
Mercedes is an outsider. Tara makes sure she knows it. When a high school production of The Crucible forces them together, tensions escalate into acts of bullying — both online and IRL. This world premiere play explores what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch hunt.
Note: This show is a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production.
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.
Everyone is familiar with the host of a children's show visiting a land filled with talking animals and puppets. What happens when the host isn't around? Do the animals also go to jobs they hate? Are they struggling to save their relationships? Do they have issues they can't seem to fix? The Factory Theater takes a glimpse into the lives of the residents of Captain Steve's caring kingdom in a new story not suitable for children.
While the Carpenters are known for over a dozen chart-topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece backing band are keeping the Carpenters' holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of the Carpenters' two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, A Carpenters Christmas and featuring "Merry Christmas Darling" and the jazzy "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," it's a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.
His larger-than-life musical genius brought us countless treasures that built a bridge between musical theater, song, and classical music, and personified an era of American music. In 2018, the world celebrates the 100th birthday of the great Leonard Bernstein, a luminary artist whose musical legacy is as richly layered and eclectic as his viscerally exciting orchestrations.
Join the Lyric Opera Orchestra under the baton of the acclaimed Broadway conductor David Chase as Lyric pays tribute to Bernstein with a thrilling night of music. International opera stars Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn, and two-time Tony nominee Broadway star Kate Baldwin, headline this one-night-only event.
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.
The Chicago Magic Lounge is a close-up magic show inspired by the long lost "magic bars" of Chicago. Schulien's, New York Lounge, Little Bit O' Magic, and many more clubs were once at the forefront of Chicago's nightlife scene. The Magic Lounge takes the best elements of these lost venues, and brings close-up magic to the tables, the bar, and the stage at the Uptown Underground. We recreate the wonder of a style of magic that dates back to the 1920's, simply known as "Chicago-Style" Magic.
Multi-Tony Award winner Chita Rivera performs alongside Seth Rudetsky, SiriusXM radio host and creator-star of Broadway's Disaster!, here serving as pianist and host. This unscripted evening features Rivera performing the greatest hits of her musical theater repertoire, including songs from the now legendary roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rose in Bye Bye Birdie, and Velma in Chicago. Produced with Mark Cortale, the concert is a seamless mixture of intimate, behind-the-scenes stories about her career and funny, insightful questions posed by Rudetsky. An acclaimed actor, singer, and dancer, Rivera has earned 10 Tony nominations.
Acclaimed Chicago actor Larry Yando returns for his 10th season at Goodman Theatre as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, directed for the fifth year by artistic associate Henry Wishcamper. Dickens' holiday classic tells the tale of greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his disdain for the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on a spectacular adventure through his past, present, and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love, and friendship. Former cast members include stage and screen notables Jessie Mueller, Joe Minoso, Del Close, Harry J. Lennix, Felicia P. Fields, Raul Esparza, Sally Murphy, and Frank Galati.
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge's only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn't even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew's invitation to join his family for Christmas dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him.
Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a comedy of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse.
Subtitled "The School for Lovers," this beloved Mozart comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships. It starts out with a cynical philosopher's bet that two beautiful young women can't remain faithful to their fiancés for 24 hours. As the intrigue deepens, the young women's affections — and those of the young men — move into a new place that's risky and scary. The couples' feelings reveal themselves through the sheer genius of Mozart and his brilliant librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte. Così fan tutte is the epitome of sophisticated, thought-provoking entertainment.
This is a rare opportunity to not only see Christopher Kale Jones, the star of Jersey Boys and Under the Streetlamp on PBS, in his solo concert, but also witness a LIVE album recording of Bobby Darin's biggest hits: "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife," "Splish Splash," and many more! Pieced together with charismatic storytelling that goes behind the veil of Bobby's fame and brash public life, Darin flows from the poignant to the celebratory, all while delivering hit after hit.
After the triumph of Das Rheingold in 2016-17, Lyric continues the thrilling journey through Wagner's monumental Ring cycle with Die Walküre. This is the most deeply moving and romantic of all the Ring operas. Its riveting, devastating drama involves complex relationships between brother and sister, husband and wife, father and daughter. Every character is unforgettable — valiant Siegmund and Sieglinde, headstrong Brünnhilde and mighty, tortured Wotan, determined Fricka and vengeful Hunding. Wagner's music drama burns itself on our memories, exciting us with the emotional intensity of its lyrical outbursts and its incredible power and majesty.
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.
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!
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.
Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the water's warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, an island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble they can almost always sweet-talk their way out of. Take a break from your concerns, make some new friends at the bar, and kick back to the soothing sounds of the kettledrum.
Escape to Margaritaville is a musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and beloved Jimmy Buffett classics, including "Come Monday," "Volcano," and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." With a book by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Emmy nominee Mike O'Malley (Survivor's Remorse), this rousing and refreshing new production is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) and choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away) .
The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is in the twilight years of his life. Following a request from his great friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, he has agreed to give an informal talk to a group of American writers who are visiting England. They have come to Lewis's home just outside of Oxford and are eagerly anticipating hearing the man who has become a legend in his own lifetime. They are not disappointed. Despite his failing health, Lewis is in great form. His audience is spellbound as, with a display of oratory and humor that made him one of England's most famous public speakers, he recounts the significant events and the people that shaped his life.
An Evening With C.S. Lewis is a drama production that has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience for the many thousands who have attended its performances over the last eight years. When it was aired on the Dish Network, it drew an enormous response. A preview can be seen on DavidPayneDrama.com.
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.
Second City is proud to present this in-your-face indictment of the modern condition. Millennial social media dilemmas, d-bags on dates, and auto-tuned relationships are just a few of the targets this amazingly talented ensemble takes on. The struggle is fake, folks, but the comedy is oh so real. Buy tickets and chill.
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.
Who doesn't long to be young again? It happens for the aging philosopher Faust — he sells his soul to the devil and, in exchange, is transformed into a dashing young man. He falls in love with the innocent Marguerite, with disastrous consequences. Charles Gounod's masterpiece has been one of the world's most popular operas for more than 150 years. You'll know why when you hear the score, which simply bursts with memorable music. Marguerite's Jewel Song, the Soldiers' Chorus, the spectacular final trio — these and much more make Faust a sublime experience for young and old alike.
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.
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.
"Finding Christmas" brings your favorite Christmas songs to life with the epic orchestrations and lush harmonies of GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio. Following their rave-reviewed 2016 release Finding Christmas, the Gents are sure to add to the spirit of the season with their signature cinematic sound. GENTRI's Christmas album not only topped multiple Billboard charts, but also made the iTunes Top 10 holiday list alongside names like Michael Bublé and Pentatonix. You won't want to miss this fantastic presentation of musical Christmas magic.
GENTRI is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott, and Bradley Quinn Lever. Alongside their music director and producer Stephen Nelson, the Gents have been pioneering a new genre that can only be described as cinematic pop.Their original sound combines dynamic three-part harmonies with rich, full symphonic orchestrations.
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.
Lookingglass launches its 30th season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times.
A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: Grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through.
Artistic director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.
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.
A Chicago classic returning to the stage, Hellcab is the story of a day in the life of a Chicago cab driver who experiences a drawn-out, nightmarish night of fares from some of the city's oddest collection of customers on a cold, snowy day just days before Christmas. Drawn from real experiences from playwright Will Kern's days as a cab driver, the list of characters the cabbie encounters include: a dangerous trio of druggies, a piggish mini-capitalist, a benumbed rape victim, an argumentative pair of fellow cabbies, a drunken woman on welfare, a smug lawyer, a randy couple on the way to a motel, and two boisterous New Yorkers out on the town. With every encounter, we see through the cab driver's eyes humor, terror, longing, and more as she navigates all areas of the Windy City.
It starts with an audience suggestion. Then the players create a full-length thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. There could be murder, car chases, gun play, beautiful women, exciting music, and drinks…plenty of drinks. Since this is high-class crime, the stage is complete with a wet bar, and the actors will be forced to partake as the plot develops. By the end of the show, you might not be able to stand the suspense, and the actors might not be able to stand at all.
The show will also feature a live jazz band and a few parlor games so the audience may join in on the "refreshments."
With the tagline, "Action so tense, you'll have to get tight," how can you go wrong?
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.
Under The Gun Theater is proud to announce an open run for our show "Horrible Fun" (previously titled Comedy Against Humanity, a live show for horrible people). Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm.
When the audience arrives they get three white cards from Cards Against Humanity or Crabs Adjust Humidity. The "Card Czar" host and two teams of Improvisers will take the stage. The Czar pulls a black card from the deck and if an audience member has a good white card they think will match they raise there hand and are brought on stage to present the card combination. Each team will then do Improv based on the audience member they brought up. The Card Czar awards points to the winning team and that audience member goes home with a prize.
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.
The Winter Series at the Harris Theater celebrates one of today's most current and inventive choreographers, Crystal Pite. The program features A Picture of You Falling in its entirety, first performed as an excerpt by Hubbard Street in March 2014, and two Hubbard Street premieres: Grace Engine and The Other You.
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.
Written by Stephen Karam, The Humans is one of the most recent and best additions to Broadway, opening there in 2016 after an off-Broadway engagement in 2015. A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans is a truly stunning work of theater that you can't afford to miss!
Of all opera composers, none glorified the human voice more than Vincenzo Bellini. His final opera was I Puritani, in which a soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass can truly revel in some of the most thrilling vocal music ever written. Opera companies produce this work only when they can cast fabulous singers with masterful techniques and superb style. Bellini places them within a sweeping historical drama in 17th-century England, in which a passionate young couple find themselves caught up in a conflict between opposing political factions.
From Adam and Eve to Kim and Kanye all the way to Conway and Spicer, The Idiot's Guide to Fixing Stooopid will uncover human daffiness in a colorful multimedia presentation and describe how being a dimwit or a dolt affects life around us. The show provides self-testing and analysis to help prevent "us" from entering the stupid portion of society. Whether it is Stooopidity in your neighborhood, in your office, in public office, or in your Social Media Friends, the show supplies awareness and quick fixes on how you can help stop the spread of Stooopid.
Comedian Tim Benker is a veteran of Chicago stand-up comedy, having performed in 35 states opening for many well-known acts such as Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, Richard Lewis, Drew Carey, and Walt Willey. Tim has also made himself useful in daylight hours by hosting morning radio in Las Vegas and Houston and produced a variety show around his alter ego, "The Very Famous Lance Vegas."
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.
The current winner of the CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, illusionist extraordinaire Ivan Amodei is on a national tour with his show Intimate Illusions.
Currently on an eight-year run at his residency at the famous Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ivan's 90-minute show will include the incredible illusion that fooled Penn & Teller, as well as other stunning coincidences, psychological illusions, and spectacular brain games, all wrapped around spellbinding storytelling and masterful showmanship.
And don't forget the musical score by Céline Dion's star cellist Irina Chirkova that accompanies the show. Set in an elegant, candlelit space, and filled with audience participation, you'll witness Amodei manipulate time, alter someone's fate, and even discover a spectator's destiny — might it be you?
Set in the center ring under the Big Top of a traveling circus that has seen better days, Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a re-telling of the Book of Job. Zuss and Nickles, popcorn and balloon vendors, decide to take on the roles of God and Satan, and together, they push J.B. through his search for justice in the world toward his discovery of what must take its place. All 23 roles in City Lit's production will be played by an ensemble of nine mature actresses.
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!
Featuring the best of classic country, Western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly, and gospel music, this show brings to life the music you will never forget. Enjoy all the songs that made you fall in love with country music. This tribute show is truly a walk down memory lane, bringing you your favorite country music hits from decades long gone. Whether you remember watching the shows of these great musicians in person years ago or you simply love the oldies, you don't want to miss your chance to see Johnny's "Legends of Country Music" onstage.
Remember Junie B. Jones? She's back, and she's on stage! In the theatrical world of Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, Junie B.'s everyday life is packed with amazing discoveries, cool new kids, and lifelong lessons about being a good person and a good friend!
Aguijón Theater, Chicago's longest-running Latinx theater, launches its 28th season, dedicated to the exploration of the politics of fear, with Ariel Dorfman's La Muerte y la Doncella, directed by Sándor Menéndez.
PERFORMED IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUPERTITLES
It has been years since political prisoner Paulina suffered at the hands of her captor, a man whose face she never saw but whose memory grips her still in a secret terror. The dictatorship that plagued her country has just fallen and nothing is certain. When an unexpected visitor arrives at the secluded beach house she shares with her husband, Paulina, convinced this stranger is her tormentor, confronts her deepest fears in search of that long-sought-after justice.
Robert Bowker and his 25 professional singers bring you the most eclectic sampling of holiday music to be found anywhere. From early music and well-known carols to brand new holiday samplings both classical and contemporary. Pop, gospel, blues, country, and comedy songs will make your holiday truly special. Come have some fun with us!
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.
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the premier dance company of Monaco that is known for its elegant, classical style, comes to the Auditorium Theatre with La Belle, a dark and beautiful reinterpretation of Marius Petipa's classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Artistic director and award-winning choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot has created an enthralling version of the original fairy tale, returning to the story's roots in a production lauded as "absolutely sublime" by Dance Magazine.
The Cadillac Palace Theatre is proud to present the sequel to the most iconic and best-selling musical ever, The Phantom of the Opera! Set 10 years after the events of the original story, Love Never Dies features a stunning cast and stage design with an all new score.
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.
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."
The Minutes, by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts, the author of August: Osage County, comes a scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power that exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history's losers.
A musical multimedia seriocomedy exploring one woman's journey trying on various labels to find true happiness. Join her mislabeling misadventures through the music industry, romantic relationships, and the Catholic Church.
The Four Temperaments (Joffrey Premiere) Choreographer: George Balanchine Music: Paul Hindemith One of Balanchine's earliest experimental works, The Four Temperaments fuses classical steps with a lean, angular style. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person's temperament.
Body of Your Dreams Choreographer: Myles Thatcher Music: Jacob ter Veldhuis A madcap play on fitness crazes, this inventive piece brings wit and whimsy to our obsession with physical perfection.
Glass Pieces Choreography: Jerome Robbins Music: Philip Glass To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Robbins's birthday, Glass Pieces is a tour de force from the dance pioneer and minimalist composer Glass. This electrifying work marries artistry and athleticism to echo the pulse of 1980s metropolitan America.
What would you hold sacred if everything you knew was destroyed? In three acts, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play is the story of survival and reinvention in a post-apocalyptic world. What starts as a group of friends casually recounting a Simpsons episode morphs — over the course of more than 80 years — into a completely new form of storytelling.
MUSE celebrates new works, new artists and new voices with this annual series of theatrical readings, panels and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions and artistic excellence. This year's MUSE, Femmes Noires de la Resistance, focuses on black women holding their own power.
The final day of MUSE 2017 includes a panel discussion focuses on black women and women of color theater leaders. Guests and audience members will discuss the topic with artists and performers from the festival.
This year's MUSE celebrates new works, new artists and new voices with this annual series of theatrical readings, panels, and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions, and artistic excellence. This year's MUSE, Femmes Noires de la Resistance, focuses on black women holding their own power.
Featured in this spoken word showcase are Surviving the Mic and Black Feminist Poetics.
This year's MUSE celebrates new works, new artists, and new voices with this annual series of theatrical readings, panels and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions and artistic excellence. The Theatre Showcase includes theater artist Tasia Jones and readings of new plays by Marsha Estell, Loy Webb and Kendeda winner Tsehaye Hébert.
Celebrate the season with inspiring music in beautiful spaces. Chorus director William Jon Gray leads the Music of the Baroque Chorus and virtuoso eight-part brass ensemble in "dizzyingly eclectic and wide-ranging ancient, Baroque and contemporary sacred music, performed with great feeling and expressive depth" (Chicago Classical Review).
Celebrate the season with inspiring music in beautiful spaces. Chorus director William Jon Gray leads the Music of the Baroque Chorus and virtuoso eight-part brass ensemble in "dizzyingly eclectic and wide-ranging ancient, Baroque and contemporary sacred music, performed with great feeling and expressive depth" (Chicago Classical Review).
Celebrate the season with inspiring music in beautiful spaces. Chorus director William Jon Gray leads the Music of the Baroque Chorus and virtuoso eight-part brass ensemble in "dizzyingly eclectic and wide-ranging ancient, Baroque and contemporary sacred music, performed with great feeling and expressive depth" (Chicago Classical Review).
J. S. Bach's gorgeous Concerto for Oboe and Violin headlines an evening that also features a concerto for two violins by Telemann and a double cello concerto by Vivaldi. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 provides classical contrast in a sparkling orchestral program led with trademark energy and zest by principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer.
You're invited! In a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children, Oobladee, Ooblahdah, and Shebobshebe explore their friendship at a magical birthday party! In a land beyond the rainbow, when hurtful words about skin color slip out, best friends discover how to appreciate outer beauty while learning to seek the remarkable gifts inside each of us.
Join the party at My Wonderful Birthday Suit!, a world premiere written and directed by Gloria Bond Clunie. Developed from a conversation sparked by Michael Tyler's The Skin You Live In, music, surprise, and the wisdom of the splendiferous Thinking Tree make My Wonderful Birthday Suit! a very special celebration, complete with hands-on pre- and postshow experiences to explore outward appearances and inside gifts.
In 1930s South Side Chicago, Bigger Thomas lands a job with a wealthy white family, but his fate is sealed when a violent act unleashes a chain of events that cannot be undone. This adaption of Richard Wright's groundbreaking novel Native Son by Theatre School alumna Nambi E. Kelley explores the systemic racism and poverty that oppressed Bigger Thomas from birth. Recommended for mature audiences.
This holiday show is most definitely not one to miss! Come enjoy the members of Chicago Gay Men's Chorus choosing between the beauties and bawdies, between the reckless and royal, between the wanton and wise. Members will choose which of Santa's lists they belong on with selections by Kodály, John Legend, and many others.
A special New Year Eve's party and performance done in full Neo-Futurist fashion. The evening begins with preshow reception with brews from Metropolitan Brewery and featuring Poems While You Wait (typewritten poetry on demand). Live performances begin at 9:30pm, and then at the crack of 11pm, the race to midnight kicks off with a The Infinite Wrench performance that will finish just in time for an audience champagne or sparkling apple juice toast at midnight.
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.
The House Theatre of Chicago brings the wholly original, ballet-free The Nutcracker back because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the Grinch's side from time to time. This fantastical, "smart [and] layered" (Chicago Reader, 2016) expansion of the holiday classic that "simultaneously evokes smiles, tears, mirth and cringes" (PerformInk, 2016) centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, the brave girl risks the darkness, fights the Rat King, and saves her family. A modern holiday tradition weaving together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope.
Journey inside Chicago's 1893 World's Fair with Christopher Wheeldon's critically acclaimed holiday masterpiece. When young Marie and her mother, a sculptress who is creating the fair's iconic Statue of the Republic, host a holiday party, a surprise visit from the charming Great Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. A must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.
Every year, The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets. For children, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family & friends.
There's a laugh a second in Neil Simon's hit Broadway play when two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a compulsively tidy news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates and driving each other crazy! A foolproof comic situation with some of the funniest dialogue ever written.
For sheer transcendent beauty, Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera's famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans. Bizet (who composed this work 12 years before Carmen) transports us to Ceylon, where two devoted friends find themselves in love with the same woman, an entrancingly beautiful priestess, Leïla. From its leading men and leading lady, The Pearl Fishers demands the ultimate in vocal beauty and elegance to do justice to this sweepingly romantic drama.
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.
Samuel Adamson's acclaimed adaptation of the 1877 Ibsen play tells the story of the return of a fugitive brother that puts the future of wealthy businessman Karsten Bernick in peril. Details of a long-buried sex scandal and embezzlement come to the surface and force Bernick to face his family, his community, and his demons. Adamson's version was first produced at the National Theatre and starred Damian Lewis. Strawdog's 2018 version is the inaugural production in its new home on Berenice and includes the return of Elly Green, who previously directed After Miss Julie and The Night Season at Strawdog.
Lyric is proud to present world-renowned tenor Piotr Beczała, one of the most sought-after artists of our time, in an intimate recital of opera and song at the Lyric Opera House.
Following his overwhelming Lyric success in both his debut in the title role in Faust and as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, this is a thrilling opportunity to bask in the sound of a voice that has been praised as "elegant and impassioned" by the New York Times. He's a frequent leading man at international opera houses from New York to Vienna — but there's only one place to see him in Chicago this season!
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.
This program, performed by the Lira Singers and Lira Dancers, includes beautiful Polish and American carols, music of major Polish composers, and an entire act of Polish folk song and dance presented with multiple changes of authentic and colorful Polish regional folk attire.
The concert will be narrated in English by Lucyna Migala of WCEV 1450AM, who is artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble. Ms. Migala will share some Polish holiday traditions and will offer a bit of the history and tradition behind the music and dance performed.
The Lira company has been artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago for the past 21 years. It is the nation's only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song, and dance. Lira's mission is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.
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.
Staged by leading Broadway and Chicago director Gary Griffin, this award-winning play chronicles the seldom-told, true story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who challenged convention by taking the London stage as the first black Othello in 1833 — sending shockwaves through the city at a time when anti-abolition protesters rioted in the streets.
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.
A Masked Royal Ball, A Variety Show, Comedy, and Dance Party all in one night...
Chicago Dance Factory cordially invites you to The Royal Masquerade Dinner and Semi Formal Ball. This event is an actual ball hosted by the Royal Master of Ceremonies, as he searches for a suitable maiden to be the Belle of the Ball. Become part of the fairy tale as you participate in the pageantry, comedy and dancing! The ball will be a night you'll remember fondly for years to come. Dinner and your first glass of Wine is included.
The Royal Masquerade Ball will be a luscious masquerade in tribute to the sophistication of the old world. We will transport you through time to a dream of mystery and seduction.
With the holiday season comes those time-honored traditions of setting up a six-foot fire hazard in the living room, placing your kids on the lap of an elderly alcoholic at the local mall, and gaining a solid 12 pounds from stress and seasonal lattes. Thankfully, the Second City has a holiday tradition that you can actually look forward to! With a sack full of all-new sketches, the Second City's Holidazed & Confused Revue continues to be the holiday season's most time-honored, riotous send-up of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and everything in between.
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season.
Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery is a magical memory play featuring songs and stories that follow a young black girl as she grows up in the civil rights-era South. The narrator, 25-year-old "Daughter," shares memories of being raised by a community of women — some related, many not — after losing her mother as a child. This timeless coming-of-age tale explores passage into womanhood, race, and rituals in the 1960s South. Be uplifted by Shay Youngblood's stories of survival, healing, deep faith and mystery when the play comes to the stage of Chicago Dramatists Theatre courtesy of Pegasus.
Based out of Chicago, Elizabeth Morgan's She's Folks is a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, a little bit stand-up, and a lot Midwestern. Journey from the big city to farm country and back again through folk music, gospel, bluegrass, and storytelling. With a relaxed stage presence and storytelling style, Morgan and her band introduce the audience to quirky characters, absurd situations, and affecting observations, touching on holidays and weathering the Midwestern storms.
The music of She's Folks combines original pieces by creator Elizabeth Morgan with arrangements of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes, and selected covers of country music. We include an exciting gospel medley as well as a cappella pieces with impressive harmonies. She's Folks explore the theme of home and the adventures of a formerly rural girl now residing in the big city. She's Folks has heart, soul, and a goat story. It's a love letter to the country from a kid who couldn't wait to leave!
Jordan Berman is a single gay man in New York City. Mr. Right is nowhere on the horizon. As Jordan approaches his 30s, his close group of female friends get married, one of them after another. What happens when you feel like life is leaving you behind but you're still expected to be at the forefront cheering on your friends on their perfect wedding day? Significant Other is a bittersweet comedy about friendship, single-hood, and hoping you're not the one choking on car exhaust as the "Just Married" sign disappears from view.
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.
Sarah Paulson is acknowledged as one of today's most critically acclaimed actresses of the screen and stage. Paulson joins Steppenwolf artistic director Anna D. Shapiro for an exciting conversation about her career both onstage and on-screen and her impact as a leader in her industry.
The ninth annual Women in the Arts luncheon brings together nearly 400 leaders from Chicago's business and civic communities to honor Ms. Paulson for her indelible contribution to the field. The event raises funds for Steppenwolf's professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the nationally recognized education program, the School at Steppenwolf, as well as the Professional Leadership Programs, providing apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers.
To purchase tickets or learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf's Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or email@example.com.
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.
All aboard for a sentimental journey back to when Bing was king! Direct from Broadway, debonair baritone Jared Bradshaw (Jersey Boys) evokes cherished American icon Bing Crosby, resonating with all the ease and clarity of the original crooner himself. The dashing Bradshaw is joined by a trio of talented women belting out the infectious harmonies of the Andrews Sisters. It's a real humdinger of an evening that would do Der Bingle proud, featuring familiar hits like "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and "White Christmas." Present by Metropolis and Artists Lounge Live.
Chicago Tap Theatre (CTT) bring audiences live music, a touch of magic, and boundless energy with the return of their annual Tidings of Tap!, a warm and wondrous celebration of tap dance and the winter season. And last year was just the beginning. CTT will be adding new pieces, a little more narrative, and a bit more magic just in time for Chicago Tap Theatre's 15th anniversary season.
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?"
Celebrate the transformative power of music at the Auditorium Theatre with Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, taking place for the 13th consecutive year over Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Inspired by Dr. King's message of "beloved community," Too Hot brings Chicagoans together to witness "a contagiously joyous jazz, gospel, and blues treatment of George Frideric Handel's famous 18th-century oratorio" (Chicago Reader). Clap along with acclaimed soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson, joined by a choir of over 100 members, an ensemble orchestra, and a world-class jazz combo in what the Chicago Tribune calls "an ebullient holiday tradition."
Turandot, Giacomo Puccini's final opera and one of the biggest blockbusters in the repertoire, transports us to a fantasy of ancient China. There the regal, forbidding Princess Turandot poses three riddles to each prince who wishes to win her — but anyone who fails to answer correctly is executed. Prince Calaf does answer correctly, and he declares that he's willing to die if Turandot finds out his name by dawn. The plot unfolds to music of extraordinary brilliance, including "Nessun dorma," the most popular of all Italian tenor arias!
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.
Vamp is a twice-weekly showcase of some of the top musical comedy talent in Chicago. Each week, cast member Key Holders and house band the Vampers present, BYOB drinks in hand, a hilarious night of interactive music comedy. It's like Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, but everyone is Wayne Brady.
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).
Kathy and Tobin were the winners of WNYC Studios' Podcast Accelerator in 2015, a competition for up-and-coming storytellers and audio producers. They won the judges over with their infectious and hilarious rapport, their ability to get people to open up to them, and their pitch: a podcast that puts people across the LGBTQ spectrum at the center of their own stories. Nancy is inclusive, with tales of how we all define and redefine ourselves, and the weird, funny, and poignant journeys we take to get there.
A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in this thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.
Big Noise Theatre "Especially For Kids" brings to life, onstage, the most beloved tale of all time! Dorothy and her three friends trot delightfully and tunefully down the fabled road of yellow brick to meet the Wizard of Oz!
The Wolves is an unconventional exploration of the pitfalls of friendship and coming maturity, as seen through the struggles of a girls' athletic team. Nine teenage girls stretch, train, and argue about everything from the meaningful to the mundane as they try to make sense of the world from the relative safety of their suburban patch of Astroturf. Infused with the raw, jagged energy of adolescence, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future — and trying to score a few goals.
Returning for its fourth and final year at MCL Chicago, this hilarious musical parody of the holiday classic Die Hard invites audiences to the annual Nakatomi Christmas Eve party on the 30th floor of Nakatomi Plaza. Grizzled New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between his estranged wife and '80s businesswoman Holly Generic. Everything is going swimmingly until fashion-obsessed Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone hostage...everyone except McClane.
Filled with hysterical musical numbers, farcical fight sequences, explosions, machine guns, and more Christmas snow than Los Angeles ever gets, there is a reason Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Christmas Musical has quickly become a Chicago holiday tradition.
There's a haunted place between where we started and where we need to be that finds the most tender among us — and breaks them open. In You Got Older, Clare Barron's bawdy, irreverent, and touching play, Mae, brokenhearted and unemployed, returns home to care for her ailing father and escape the loneliness of a life that just can't seem to get off the ground.