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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.
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.
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.
The Rust Belt Ponies Meet-Up Group for Adult Fans of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic has gathered in Ben's apartment, but two of their company have not yet arrived. A new recruit seems unusually shy and curiously paranoid about a local neighborhood watch group. And where is their Pegasister friend, Maggie? In the midst of increasing violence and authoritarianism, how can our heroes see the magic in Everypony? And, even worse, what if they do?
Eric Meyer's timely comedy explores the rise of a new social order and how the currents of history, normalization, and fear can sweep up even the most generous bronies of Equestria...
Award-winning Chicago Dreamgirl Donica Lynn triumphs in an awe-inspiring homage to the legendary Aretha Franklin. Lynn earned critical acclaim, as well as Chicago's Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award, for her heart-wrenching performance in Dreamgirls. Chicago Tribune named her among the Chicagoans of the Year, saying "Lynn has stepped up to Chicago stardom." Most amazingly, Lynn is a two-time brain tumor survivor, currently battling a third cancerous tumor. Her intimate stories of perseverance and Aretha's soul-stirring music combine for a deeply spiritual and moving celebration. Uplifting signature songs include "Respect," "Think," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
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.
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).
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.
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
Soar into this hysterical farce set in 1960s Paris. Confident bachelor Bernard prides himself on being able to discreetly maneuver his three globe-hopping flight attendant fiancées. With the help of his impeccable scheduling abilities and his begrudging housekeeper, Bernard has successfully kept them apart — until now. A surprise visit from an old friend, Robert, and the invention of a new faster jet gives way to a series of events landing all three unsuspecting women at Bernard's flat at the same time. Buckle in for a bumpy ride as this bachelor tries to avoid a major collision.
A lively and joyful concert from the grand parade of fauna in The Carnival of the Animals, accompanied by the playful poems of Ogden Nash, to Tchaikovsky's delightful Serenade, Vivaldi's transcendent violin spectacular, and harpsichord virtuoso Jory Vinikour in Leigh's Concertino.
Camille Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, RV 580 Walter Leigh: Concertino for Harpsichord and Strings Ogden Nash: Verses for The Carnival of the Animals
In Antoinette Nwandu's "love letter to black women," Margaret uproots her life — including her dead-end job and fizzling relationship — after unexpectedly finding out she's expecting. She finds support and humor from her sassy and sharp Aunt Sylvia and her new friendship with Carolina, a pregnant cleaning lady at her office. Breach is a comedy about friendship, motherhood, and family that tackles the mother of all challenges: learning to love yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & 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!
The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words — fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking, and all points in between. The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At the Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they compete to determine the Moth's Chicago GrandSLAM Story Champion.
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.
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.
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.
The Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and saves her people from massacre by the villain Haman in this compelling and intimate musical drama. Don't miss the tale of a triumphant heroine, told in sensuous arias and stirring choruses by master storyteller George Frideric Handel. Jane Glover conducts the Music of the Baroque premiere of Esther.
The Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and saves her people from massacre by the villain Haman in this compelling and intimate musical drama. Don't miss the tale of a triumphant heroine, told in sensuous arias and stirring choruses by master storyteller George Frideric Handel. Jane Glover conducts the Music of the Baroque premiere of Esther.
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.
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.
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.
Nicholas Allen decides to invent a new word: From now on, a pen will be known as a "Frindle"! Before long, to the dismay of his Language Arts teacher Mrs. Granger, Nick's word begins to spread. This quirky, imaginative story about creative thought and the power of words is based on the award-winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements. Recommended for grades 3-6.
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.
Considered by many to be the greatest film actress of all time, Greta Garbo had an image of androgynous glamour. A worldwide phenomenon in her glory days, she shunned the limelight. Dissatisfied with the scripts Hollywood offered to her as her natural beauty was beginning to fade, she retired from the screen at the age of 35 and eventually became a recluse in Manhattan. Set in the mid-1970s, The Garbo the Musical finds her in the middle of a nightmare with two of her obsessed long-term lovers: the Spanish-American poet, playwright, screenwriter, and adamant lesbian of her day, Mercedes de Acosta; and the acid-tongued, witty, gay British theatrical designer and photographer to the stars, Cecil Beaton. This Victor/Victoria-esque trio unfolds Miss G's spicy and revealing story and answers all the burning questions the world wanted to know about "The Garbo." Thirteen scintillating songs and humorous monologues make this one-woman musical insightful, fun, and compelling.
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.
On the border of Kentucky and West Virginia, North and South, fact and fiction, two cabins both alike in dignity, wage a whip-smart war of words and bullets. Hatfield & McCoy tells the true tale of the most infamous family feud in American history. Set at the close of the Civil War, a battle of us-versus-them catches two young lovers in a deadly cycle of violence.
Gunfire and romance escalate when young Rosanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield fall in love, marry in secret, and vow to reconcile their feuding families. Their tale of woe is served up with a heaping helping of original Americana tunes, connecting their past to our present.
New music created for the show represents Americana styles across generations, from bluegrass to 2017 pop. Hatfield & McCoy features a live band onstage comprising synths, keyboards, an upright bass, fiddle, and guitar plus actors playing guitars, mandolins, banjos, and vocals.
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.
Hedda! A Musical Conversation takes plays in the living room of Hedda Hopper, the legendary gossip columnist and political pundit of Hollywood's Golden Age. Through a series of lively phone conversations, 13 clever and engaging songs, and chats with the audience, Jillann Gabrielle brings to life Hedda's story: from her Quaker upbringing, to her run as an MGM bit player, to her meteoric rise as the hat-crazed Hollywood gossip columnist. The audience is made privy to her legendary feuds with Hollywood's elite, the use of her column to promote her own political and moral agenda, her smear campaigns against Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood Communist sympathizers, and the Liz-Eddie-Debbie debacle. Scores of her legendary hats live onstage with her.
Whispers and rumors had been swirling around the Gruber family farm long before the bodies were discovered on that cold April day. It's 1922, and a remote community in Bavaria is reeling in the aftermath of World War I: Gender roles are shifting, a generation gap is emerging, and farmers are battling poverty in the shadow of a growing urban intelligentsia. Inspired by a chilling and true unsolved crime, Hinter is a darkly comic thriller by one of Chicago's most exciting new playwrights.
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.
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.
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.
The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and cultivate the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.
Featuring 10 groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two groups from this Quarterfinal event will move on to perform at the 2018 ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal on March 17 at the Auditorium Theatre. For more information, please visit www.varsityvocals.com.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless's highly anticipated new album, Real, was released August 19 via Bloodshot Records. This record follows the release of Somewhere Else, which Rolling Stone praised as "…an aching, lusty set of twang and sneer wrapped in electric guitar swagger," while Pitchfork furthered "Somewhere Else [is] both a bracing and a deeply harrowing listen." "Longer," the first track to be revealed off Real, premiered via Stereogum. Of the song, Stereogum says, "It's like the Replacements soundtracking the sad aftermath of Big Star's 'Thirteen' — which is to say, it's awesome."
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.
The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular "Madwoman," the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, today, The Madwoman of Chaillot speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.
Climb into a musical time machine with Jack and Annie, and travel back to Shakespearean England! In this Midwest premiere, the daring sibling duo learns to overcome stage fright to save the famed bard's show. Based on the critically acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, discover how history is shaped by those who learn to overcome their fears. Full of freestyle beats to move your feet, this tuneful tale is a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.
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.
Set over three decades of friendship and business, the landmark musical Merrily We Roll Along charts the highs and lows of a relationship among three very close friends. Starting from adulthood and traveling back in time to the idealistic intentions of youth, this powerful and emotionally moving story of looking at your life from the vantage point of having lived it features some of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs including "Good Thing Going," "Not a Day Goes By," and "Old Friends."
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.
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose's magical garden! Enjoy a playful and interactive event in Emerald City's Little Theatre, a welcoming and safe space for kids and their grown-ups. In this world premiere production, join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffet, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand puppetry and immersive play.
Theresa is a young, (very) single couples counselor in Chicago. While she's great (well, okay) at keeping couples together, she can't seem to lock down a guy for herself. And the fact that she tends to get attached (well, neurotic) after just one date doesn't help either.
Cut to Mr. Wonderful moving into the office next door: beautiful, bulgy bicep-ed Will. It's obsession at first sight. And no obstacle or (ugh) girlfriend is going to keep Theresa from being with him. She'll ruin relationships, sabotage dates, push people out of the closet — mixing and matching her clients until it's just Wonderful and her.
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 Faces Sings Broadway's spring edition celebrates the start to the finish of the year 1959 on Broadway, peppered with photos and films of the era in an exciting multimedia presentation with Gene Weygandt, a favorite Chicago theater veteran hosting and introducing the next generation of music theater artists and acting as your guide through a past season on the Great White Way.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, is perfect for the entire family.
Created by former BBC Television hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting", all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, aided only by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The show also invites audiences to engage with a real life game of Quidditch, but according to Clarkson and Turner's unique set of rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"This is a special one-of-a-kind dance concert that brings us full circle as a company," said artistic director Mark Yonally. "I grew up tap dancing in the jazz clubs of Kansas City, Kansas, and the connection between live music and tap dance has always been the root of my love affair with tap. When I started CTT, part of the mission was to take tap out of the jazz club and put it on the concert stage and in that process embrace tap as a theatrical art form. After 14 seasons, we continue to push the boundaries of tap and its capabilities to tell stories, explore emotions and deal with concepts and ideas not typically associated with percussive dance."
They're Playing Our Song is a romantic musical comedy about the affair (both professional and romantic) of a wisecracking composer and an aspiring, offbeat lyricist. Creatively, their relationship works great, but personal trials and tribulations lead them toward finding a new way to make harmonious music together in this laugh-a-minute romantic charmer. The show features musical hits "Fallin'," "If He Really Knew Me," and "Just for Tonight."
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?"
In this world premiere adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, a small, North Chicago suburb finds the town's restart button with an investment in a newly opened charter school.
After issues with the school grounds are discovered by its head of sciences, Dr. Stock, a quest to inform and correct is met with support. Suspicion and rancor mount as truths bubble to the surface. A play that mirrors our vital, absurd, and often hilarious political times.
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.
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).
#Who's Next: The Musical tells a story of the strength of family seen through the Williams family, as their youngest male is thrown in jail for the assault of a bigoted police officer named Michael Debowski. In this new musical with a ravishing score by Deryk Jorge and heartwarming lyrics by Chicago Englewood native Ronald Harrell, #Who's Next: The Musical speaks out against the social injustices of racism, sexism domestic, substance abuse, and more. This story was created to discuss topics we as people are afraid to speak about. What a perfect time to present this world premiere musical in such a blazing political climate.
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.
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.
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.