Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013

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Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Inspired by the holiday classic White Christmas, this exciting concert is filled with spectacular costumes and favorite holiday songs performed by a dynamic group of performers. The concert begins with a performance for World War II troops, then moves to the glitz and glamour of a nightclub and ends in a small, charming New England town. This fun concert will warm your heart with favorites like "I Want You For Christmas," "Sisters," and "Baby It's Cold Outside."
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013Glenn Miller Orchestra in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> THE WORLD FAMOUS Glenn Miller ORCHESTRA
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
More than 70 years after Glenn Miller formed his orchestra, his legendary band and sound live on. They defined the sound of Big Band and swing, and the group cemented its place in history by earning the first ever Gold Record awarded for their unforgettable tune "Chattanooga Choo Choo." Don't miss this amazing show in Metropolis' intimate theatre, featuring enduring classics like "Moonlight Serenade," "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "Rhapsody in Blue."
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA JR in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA JR
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA JR., featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, your production will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
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Timeline Theatre Company
The Pro:Larry Kramer; dir: Nick Bowling.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
This Dickens classic is an annual tradition at Metropolis. The tale follows the Cratchit family as they struggle to make ends meet and care for their ailing son Tiny Tim. Meanwhile, Mr. Cratchit's boss, miserly old Scrooge, has more money than he could ever need but no one to share it with. Find out what the true spirit of Christmas is all about as you travel through time with Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of past, present, and future. It's a holiday classic for the whole family.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 SHREK
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 WITNESS THE WEEKEND
Shanghai Art Theatre
How many plays they may have in a play space? Among the four people exactly how many kinds of characters? Unreal how much they may have with the real distance? Jon fell in love with the boss of the handsome young beautiful wife jienaite, crazy love makes his carefully planned out a murder, attempted to make their bosses disappear. Meanwhile, Jon, his wife Melinda is brewing is also a sinister killings. In numerous conspiracies, they had a complex relationship among changes, four people back and forth, and rack one ' s brains to ..., but always a trap by another trap to destroy ... ... It all happened at the bottom of your eyes, you are all witnesses of the conspiracy, you see, it must be true, right? Of the witnesses is the only one so far to Agatha. Kristy and the IRA. Levin, Brecht, involving. Paul. Sartre play skill neatly into one of the mystery dramas, fascinating! --The famous critic David Broadway. Pate
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American Blues Theater
Downstairs Mainstage:music: Austin Cook; dir: Marty Higginbotham.
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The House Theatre of Chicago
adapt: Phillip Klapperich, Jake Minton; book: Kevin O'Donnell; lyrics: Jake Minton; dir: Tommy Rapley.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 CHRISTMAS SCHOONER
Take a ride on THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER!This critically acclaimed holiday treat tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife's misgivings-until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission.A timely and stirring tale of love and loss, THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER reminds us of tradition, family, and responsibility. This delightful holiday musical requires strong male talent and a sensibility for classically inspired material.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 THE SECOND CITY'S HOLIDAYS IN THE HEIGHTS
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
The holidays are a time of giving and joy. A time of twinkling lights and mall Santas. A time of wrapping gifts and burning, I mean baking cookies. Of family parties, too much egg nog, marathon shopping trips, gray slush that used to be snow and itchy sweaters with jingle bells on them. That's right, everyone loves the holidays. Especially the Second City. Don't miss this hilarious send up of all the holiday activities we actually love, and the ones we love to hate featuring a phenomenal cast from Second City and their trademark comedy and improv.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 MARY POPPINS

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 RAPUNZEL-THEATREWORKS USA VERSION
EMERALD City Theatre Company
This witty, tongue-in-cheek retelling of a perennial favorite gives us a possessive mother who happens to be a witch, a tentative young man who happens to be a prince and a strong-willed but naïve young girl with the longest hair you're ever likely to come across - not to mention a contemporary moral about parent-child relationships which will have young audiences rejoicing. With a book and lyrics by two creators of the hit television show Friends, rest assured this fairy tale isn't going to be business as usual!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
Light Opera Works
Annie Get Your GunAnnie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Courtyard Theater:William Shakespeare; dir: Barbara Gaines.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/15/2013 DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS
The jungle is jumpin' with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like "The Bare Necessities," and "I Wan'na Be Like You." With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.
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Lookingglass Theatre Co
Water Tower Water Works:Rick Cummins, John Scoullar; dir: David Catlin.
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Steppenwolf Theatre Co
Downstairs Theatre:Nina Raine; dir: Austin Pendleton.
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