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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 JR
WISHING STAR INC
2/17-2/18/2013
This page is for the Broadway Junior Version of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 JR.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
WOODLAND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
2/21-2/22/2013
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S MULAN JR
HESTER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/22/2013
Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney's Mulan. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Disney's MULAN JR. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like "Reflection,"? "Honor to Us All"? and "I'll Make a Man Out of You"? as well as new songs that will get your audience up on its feet!
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VICTOR/VICTORIA
Columbia College, School of Fine and Performing Arts
2/13-2/23/2013
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BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA
DeWitt Main Theatre
2/15-2/23/2013
bobrauschenbergamerica takes its name from the 20th Century visual artist Robert Rauschenberg who was known for his distinctly vibrant and often humorous paintings and collages. Likewise, playwright Charles L. Mee has constructed a theatrical landscape inspired by a Rauschenberg-like view of American iconography. Originally created in 2001 in collaboration with Anne Bogart's Siti Company, the play weaves music, dance, and a variety of original and existing texts from Walt Whitman to the internet, creating a melting pot of shared cultural history. The result is a dizzying journey led by a quirky ensemble of characters that peers into our recent past with humor and affection to discover the promises of the 21st century.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
TRI VALLEY THESPIANS
2/22-2/23/2013
The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is now the basis for one of the most fun, energetic, and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage! A loose, revue-like structure allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging and cast size. Set and costume design can be as simple or complex as your budget or imagination allow. And because most of the songs are so familiar and easy to learn, rehearsals are bound to be a snap. Perfect for young performers of all ages and experience levels, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. will be a hit for actors and audiences alike!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 GUYS & DOLLS
BELVIDERE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/23/2013
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
2/21-2/23/2013
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 SEUSSICAL JR
KIDZ KABARET
2/2-2/23/2013
A delight for children to perform, SEUSSICAL is now one of the most-performed shows in America! In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big  imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!SEUSSICAL JR. is fun for the whole family! Young performers will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting, and costuming.Note: for this version, certain
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CADRE
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2/15-2/23/2013
Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare: - Omphile Molusi.
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CAROUSEL
Lake Forest Academy
2/20-2/23/2013
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar; As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer; Original Dances by Agnes De Mille
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 CAROUSEL
Lake Forest Academy
2/20-2/23/2013
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar; As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer; Original Dances by Agnes De Mille
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 DON'T DRINK THE WATER
Jacksonville Theater Guild, Sophie Leschin Auditorium
2/21-2/24/2013
Somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of jail, the Hollandrs take refuge in the American Embassy, which is temporarily being run by the absent Ambassador's diplomatically incompetent son, Axel.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
2/15-2/24/2013
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first,
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 HAIRSPRAY
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
2/15-2/24/2013
The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!HAIRSPRAY is ideal for a large cast of strong singers and dancers. It provides great opportunities in terms of set design, costuming, and lighting choices.
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FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
McLeod Theater
2/21-2/24/2013
African-American women examine the struggles and obstacles of their lives in this visceral and compelling contemporary classic. Recommended for mature teens and adults.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 THE PAJAMA GAME
MUSIC ON STAGE INC
2/10-2/24/2013
The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy (from the creators of DAMN YANKEES). Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 and a half cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. Bright and brassy, this unconventional, fast-paced Broadway favorite is every bit the embodiment of legendary director George Abbott at his very best. The energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross is brimming with songs and dances, which have become popular and musical theatre standards (among them "Hey There," "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway") and features plenty of splashy, fun production numbers, including a comic "dream ballet." For solid, classic musical comedy, it's hard to beat THE PAJAMA GAME!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 THE MUSIC MAN JR
WYNDEMERE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
2/23-2/24/2013
Wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN JR. is a special adaptation of the classic masterful musical that is family entertainment at its best.The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the end.Perfect for community groups, summer camps, and schools, the cast features a soaring soprano ingenue and a leading role for a charismatic actor as well as over 20 roles for kids of every level. THE MUSIC MAN JR. is the perfect production for young people!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS
CHAMPAIGN URBANA THEATRE COMPANY
2/23-2/24/2013
DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS is a delightful new show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film.DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS welcomes audiences to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks.As a title in the MTI Broadway Junior Collection, DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS is approximately 30 minutes in length and is appropriate for performance by elementary school-aged students.
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THE WHIPPING MAN
Northlight Theatre
1/18-2/24/2013
- Matthew Lopez; dir: Kimberly Senior.
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YOUNG PEOPLE'S COMPANY
Piven Theatre Workshop
2/20-2/24/2013
Noyes Cultural Arts Center: -
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DISCONNECT
Victory Gardens Theater
1/25-2/24/2013
Zacek-McVay Theater: - Anupama Chandrasekhar; dir: Dexter Bullard.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
DURAND HIGH SCHOOL
2/22-2/24/2013
The story: girl loves stuffed animal. Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. But throw adventure, song and dancing laundry into the mix and you get an instant children's classic! Six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems teams up with Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher to create this heart-warming and hilarious musical.Based on the beloved Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL follows Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand.This brilliant true-to-life tale is the epitome of children's theatre, the story itself already proclaimed a "kid favorite." The perfect show for a family-friendly outing, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL offers a great opportunity to showcase wacky characters and outrageous technical designs.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
St. John's Lutheran Church
2/22-2/24/2013
It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent '60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus' meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION
OAK PARK RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
2/23-3/2/2013
Broadway?s legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written.This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean?s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.Originally adapted from Victor Hugo?s timeless novel, LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. For, within LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION lies the universal truth ?To love another person is to see the face of God? and this message is sure to have a lasting impact on your cast, crew, audience, and school alike.
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OKLAHOMA!
Illinois State University, College of Fine Arts, Center for the Performing Arts
2/22-3/2/2013
directed by Richard Corley This first collaboration between composer Rodgers and librettist Hammerstein is a landmark in the history of musical theatre, fully realizing the integration of songs with serious dramatic goals. Set in the Oklahoma Territory - on the verge of statehood in 1906 - the play spins the story of Curly, a lovestruck cowboy who is sure his gal Laurey will fall for him when he takes her riding in a surrey with fringe on the top. Meanwhile the brutish Jud lurks in the background, obsessed with Laurey, and farmers feud with cowboys over fences and water rights. Highlights include a dream ballet sequence originally choreographed by Agnes De Mille and the songs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're in Love," and the rousing title tune in which the whole cast proclaims, "We know we belong to the land / And the land we belong to is grand." February 22 - 23 & February 27 - March 2, 7:30 p.m. Matinee: February 24, 2:00 p.m.
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A NIGHTTIME SURVIVAL GUIDE
Boise Contemporary Theater
1/30-3/2/2013
- Dwayne Blackaller, Matthew CameRon Clark; dir: Dwayne Blackaller, Matthew CameRon Clark.
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DISTRACTED
Company of Fools
2/13-3/2/2013
Liberty Theatre: - Lisa Loomer; dir: Denise Simone.
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CAROUSEL
H.D. Jacobs High School
2/22-3/2/2013
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar; As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer; Original Dances by Agnes De Mille
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OKLAHOMA!
Illinois State University
2/22-3/2/2013
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through the_Hal Leonard Corporation by contacting_gettingtoknow@halleonard.com. Community theatres and youth organizations should apply by clicking on the license button below. For questions related to G2K musicals, contact an R&H representative at (800) 400-8160. Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the play GREEN GROW THE LILACS by Lynn Riggs; Original Dances by Agnes De Mille
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Marian Central Catholic H. S.
2/22-3/2/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 INTO THE WOODS
CRYSTAL LAKE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-3/2/2013
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 OKLAHOMA!
Illinois State University
2/22-3/2/2013
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theaeHal Leonard Corporation by contactingaegettingtoknow@halleonard.com. Community theatres and youth organizations should apply by clicking on the license button below. For questions related to G2K musicals, contact an R&H representative at (800) 400-8160. Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the play GREEN GROW THE LILACS by Lynn Riggs; Original Dances by Agnes De Mille
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 SOUTH PACIFIC
Marian Central Catholic H. S.
2/22-3/2/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
2/21-3/3/2013
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.  Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince is a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities. Even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. offers students a great introduction to musical theatre, using familiar songs and characters to guide them through their production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 LITTLE WOMEN
EDISON PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
2/16-3/3/2013
Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), LITTLE WOMEN, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. LITTLE WOMEN embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice. In years to come, we are sure that hundreds of productions by schools and theatres throughout the world will make this stage adaptation of the American classic novel a classic musical theatre treasure in its own right.
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J.B.
Illinois State University, College of Fine Arts, Westhoff Theatre
2/21-3/3/2013
directed by Matthew Scott Campbell What can a writer do, pondered Archibald MacLeish, "when you are dealing with questions too large for you which, nevertheless, will not leave you alone." MacLeish, a poet, playwright and former Librarian of Congress, had served as an artillery captain in the First World War and learned the horrors of World War Two as director of the War Department's Office of Facts and Figures. In 1958 he turned to the Biblical story of Job as the guiding metaphor for this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. God and Satan, actors in a rundown circus, make a petty wager over whether a man can endure the worst suffering and not lose his faith. Like Job, J.B. loses everything but refuses to surrender not so much his trust in God as his love for his fellow human beings: "Blow on the coal of the heart.?/ The candles in churches are out.?/ The lights have gone out in the sky.?/ Blow on the coal of the heart /?And we'll see by and by. . . ." February 21 - 23 & February 26 - March 2, 7:30 p.m. Matinee: February 23, 2:00 p.m.
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AS YOU LIKE IT
McPherson Theatre
2/26-3/3/2013
As You Like It by William Shakespeare Directed by Assistant Professor Thomas Quinn February 26-28, March 1-2 at 8:00 PM and March 3 at 2:00 PM
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NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES
Stevens Building and Gable Hall
2/21-3/3/2013
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JEEVES TAKES A BOW
First Folio Theatre
1/30-3/3/2013
- adapt: Margaret Raether from Margaret Raether.
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TEDDY FERRARA
Goodman Theatre
2/2-3/3/2013
Owen Theater: - Christopher Shinn; dir: Evan Cabnet.
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LEAVES, TREES, FOREST
MPAACT, Inc
1/31-3/3/2013
Greenhouse Theater Center: - Paul Notice; dir: Carla Stillwell.
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THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
12/27-3/3/2013
Downstairs Theatre: - Stephen Adly Guirgis; dir: Anna D. Shapiro.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 LES MISERABLES
LITTLE THEATRE ON THE SQUARE
2/22-3/3/2013
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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STEPPENWOLF FOR YOUNG ADULTS: HOW LONG WILL I CRY?: VOICES OF YOUTH VIOLENCE
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
2/26-3/9/2013
Upstairs Theatre: - Miles Harvey; dir: Edward Torres.
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COLUMBINUS
American Theater Co
2/1-3/10/2013
- Stephen Karam, PJ Paparelli; dir: PJ Paparelli.
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THE MAGNIFICENTS
The House Theatre of Chicago
1/18-3/10/2013
The Chopin Theatre: - Dennis Watkins; dir: Nathan Allen.
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A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
Mercury Theater Chicago
1/12-3/10/2013
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Here at R&H, our founding fathers probably never imagined 'Shall We Dance?' as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,' a swingin' 'Honeybun' worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy 'Kansas City' which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music Arrangements by Fred Wells; Conceived By Walter Bobbie
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Spotlight Youth Theater
2/7-3/10/2013
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 INTO THE WOODS
ACTORS TRAINING CENTER
2/23-3/10/2013
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
Mercury Theater Chicago
1/17-3/10/2013
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Here at R&H, our founding fathers probably never imagined 'Shall We Dance?' as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,' a swingin' 'Honeybun' worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy 'Kansas City' which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music Arrangements by Fred Wells; Conceived By Walter Bobbie
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Spotlight Youth Theater
2/7-3/10/2013
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by `The Trapp Family Singers` by Maria Augusta Trapp
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 THE BOOK OF MORMON
Bank of America Theatre
12/11-3/13/2013
Winner of 9 Tony Awards® including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Contains explicit language.
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SOUTHBRIDGE
Chicago Dramatists
1/24-3/13/2013
- Reginald Edmund; dir: Russ Tutterow.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 INTO THE WOODS
ACTORS TRAINING CENTER
2/23-3/16/2013
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGDAD ZOO
Lookingglass Theatre Co
1/30-3/17/2013
Water Tower Water Works Main Stage: - Rajiv Joseph; dir: Heidi Stillman.
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SHORT SHAKESPEARE! ROMEO AND JULIET
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2/23-3/23/2013
Courtyard Theater: - William Shakespeare; dir: Rachel Rockwell.
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JULIUS CAESAR
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2/5-3/24/2013
Courtyard Theater: - William Shakespeare; dir: Jonathan Munby.
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THE FALL OF HEAVEN
Congo Square Theatre
2/22-3/24/2013
- Walter Mosley; dir: Daniel Bryant.
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IMPROBABLE FREQUENCY
Strawdog Theatre Company
2/21-3/30/2013
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SWEET CHARITY
Writers' Theatre
1/22-3/31/2013
325 Tudor Court: - book: Neil Simon; lyrics: Dorothy Fields; music: Cy Coleman; dir: Michael Halberstam.
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THE MUSIC OF Andrew Lloyd Webber
Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre
1/16-3/31/2013

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Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre
1/16-3/31/2013

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SUNSET BOULEVARD
Drury Lane- Oakbrook
1/24-4/7/2013
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, based on Billy Wilder's 1950 film with the same name, weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by Tinseltown with the advent of "talkies." Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When Norma meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.
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SUNSET BOULEVARD
Drury Lane Theatre
1/24-4/7/2013
SUNSET BOULEVARD weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of 'talkies.' Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book and Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton; Based on the Billy Wilder Film
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 SUNSET BOULEVARD
Drury Lane Theatre
1/24-4/7/2013
SUNSET BOULEVARD weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of 'talkies.' Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book and Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton; Based on the Billy Wilder Film
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CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST
Timeline Theatre Company
1/15-4/14/2013
TimeLine Theatre: - Naomi Iizuka; dir: Lisa Portes.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/17/2013 HONK! JR
KERKSTRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2/17-4/25/2013
In the London season featuring the appearance of THE LION KING, HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. HONK! JR. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with a JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT-esque score that everyone will enjoy. HONK! JR. can be performed with simple sets and costumes. No feathers or fur necessary--making it the perfect Broadway Junior musical!
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