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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR
TRI COUNTY HOME SCHOOL COOP
4/29-4/30/2014
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR. is presented as a special edition of one of Broadway's great masterpieces. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Its celebrated score, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over.FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR is a great introduction to the world of musical theatre. Young performers will love its elements of humor, warmth and honesty. Directors will love the opportunity to direct a large cast with a good balance of male and female roles.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
SCHAUMBURG HIGH SCHOOL
4/26-5/2/2014
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written 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. Maruice'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 enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities, or even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
GURNEE DISTRICT 56
4/30-5/2/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S ARISTOCATS KIDS
CHAMPAIGN PARK DISTRICT
5/1-5/2/2014
Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. What's a cat to do? Luckily, Thomas O'Malley and his rag-tag bunch of Alley Cats come to their rescue! This feline adventure is sure to get your audiences tapping their feet to its hep, jazzy beat, which includes the Disney favorites "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat."
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 HAIRSPRAY JR
MEMORIAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/2/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA SCHOOL EDITION
MAINE WEST HIGH SCHOOL
4/25-5/3/2014
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA SCHOOL EDITION is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.With a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA SCHOOL EDITION is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SHREK
ROUND LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/3/2014
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 4/27/2014 SPRING AWAKENING
HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL
4/25-5/3/2014
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.It's Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can't concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the flexibility to creatively use costumes, set pieces, and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 AVENUE Q-SCHOOL EDITION
NILES WEST HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/3/2014
Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. AVENUE Q SCHOOL EDITION is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.Because the original AVENUE Q has some content elements that have previously made it a difficult choice for some high school productions, MTI has worked with the AVENUE Q authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for high school audiences and performers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
EVANSTON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL
4/25-5/3/2014
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a high-spirited musicalromp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston. It's the zany new1920's musical that has taken Broadway by storm, winning the TONY Award for BEST MUSICAL!Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIEtells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to thecity in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full ofintrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce andthe rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based onthe popular movie, the stage version of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIEis a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. And with therole of Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine forthe ages in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 RENT-SCHOOL EDITION
WHEELING HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/3/2014
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT SCHOOL EDITION is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT SCHOOL EDITION follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.RENT SCHOOL EDITION is exuberant, passionate, and joyous. Schools will love the freedom and flexibility that this show offers; minimal costuming and sets are required.This adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song ("Contact") to make it possible for many schools to perform this piece. RENT RETURNSVisit the official "Site for Rent" for NYC ticketing and more information on this new production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 LEGALLY BLONDE
GLENBROOK HIGH SCHOOL NORTH
4/30-5/3/2014
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SHREK
NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL
5/2-5/3/2014
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 4/27/2014 SHREK
PROSPECT HIGH SCHOOL
4/30-5/3/2014
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 4/27/2014 SHREK
METEA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/3/2014
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 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
STARLAND CREATIVITY CENTER
4/30-5/3/2014
It's princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather must use their fairy magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent! This classic fairytale told Disney-style has many roles for a large chorus, from King Stefan and Queen Stefanie's Loyal Subjects to Maleficent's slimy goons. Songs from the beloved film, including "Once Upon a Dream," accompany fun new songs like "Maleficent!" and "A Little Magic Now" to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
BLESSED SACRAMENT SCHOOL
5/2-5/3/2014
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 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
5/2-5/3/2014
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 4/27/2014 THE BOY FRIEND
WAUKEGAN HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/3/2014
The Jazz Age lives on in this light, romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedy. The setting is the French Riviera. Polly, an English heiress attending Mme. Dubonnet's Finishing School, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Recalling her father's warning to beware fortune seekers, she posses as a working girl, unaware Tony is in fact the missing son of the wealthy Lord Brockhurst. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival of Polly's parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst--but not to worry, a happy ending is in store for all!The show's many memorable roles include the flirtatious Mme. Dubonnet, her boy-crazy students and Polly (the role which turned Julie Andrews into an overnight sensation). With its catchy tunes, period dances (including the inevitable Charleston) and winning sense of humor, THE BOY FRIEND is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920's romp.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
JUDAH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
5/1-5/3/2014
You remember the plot. You love the characters. You know "the song." It's no less than the stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time.1920's Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star.The MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance, is accounted for, including the showstopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make SINGIN' IN THE RAIN the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 HAIRSPRAY JR
TIMBER RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
5/3-5/3/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
WHEATON CHRISTIAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL
5/1-5/3/2014
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written 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. Maruice'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 enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities, or even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
STAUNTON HIGH SCHOOL
5/2-5/3/2014
Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. is a fast-paced stage adaptation of featuring updated dialogue and new arrangements of such classic Disney songs as "I'm Late," "The Un-birthday Song" and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SHREK THE MUSICAL
METEA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
5/2-5/3/2014
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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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Parkland College
4/17-5/3/2014

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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Maine South High School
4/25-5/3/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
ArtReach Educational Theatre
4/25-5/3/2014
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SOUTH PACIFIC
Charleston High School
4/30-5/3/2014
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 4/27/2014 CINDERELLA
Central High School
5/1-5/3/2014
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 IN THE HEIGHTS
Waubonsie Valley High School
5/1-5/3/2014
IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New YorkMusic and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda; Book by Quiara Alegr
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
5/1-5/3/2014
Alice in Wonderland By Kids for Kids A Metropolis School of the Performing Arts Production Curiouser and curiouser! All the characters from the beloved tale will be there: the kooky caterpillar, the grumpy flowers, and of course that White Rabbit who's running rather late. Join Alice as she has tea with the Mad Hatter, gets crazy advice from the Cheshire Cat and plays croquet with the Queen of Hearts. It's a magical world of nonsense that's sure to put a smile on your face. Recommended for grades K-3. May 1-3, 2014 Adults $12 Children 12 & under $10 Groups Save! Call 847.577.5982 x228 to book your group and save up to 20%. To purchase individual tickets for weekday performances visit or call the BoxOffice 847.577.2121
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SHREK
KANKAKEE VALLEY THEATRE
4/26-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 ROAD SHOW
CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER
3/13-5/4/2014
From the Alaskan Gold Rush in the 1890sto the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, ROAD SHOW is the story of men andwomen in late 19th century America willing to take risks to grab their piece ofthe American dream. Spanning 40 years, ROAD SHOW specifically focuses onAddison and Wilson Mizner, two brothers who are constantly looking for the nextway to strike it rich.   This quest turns into a test of morality andjudgment for the two brothers that will change their lives in unexpected ways. ROAD SHOW, from the Stephen Sondheimand John Weidman team that brought us PACIFIC OVERTURES and ASSASSINS, tellsthe tale of American dreamers who scramble for success, identity and love inthe early 20th century.  Many believethey are entitled to achieving the American Dream.  It is this sense ofentitlement that can lead to a person's disillusionment with a country wheretheir dreams have not come true.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA
CURTAINS UP THEATER COMPANY
5/1-5/4/2014
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 ofCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family filmWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA, 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! Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA has been created with educators and student performers in mind. This title is ONLY available for amateur groups to license.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 TARZAN
JOHN A LOGAN COLLEGE
5/2-5/4/2014
Based on Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time.  TARZAN features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart", and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 RAGTIME VERSION 2
CHICAGO HEIGHTS DRAMA GROUP
5/2-5/4/2014
This version of RAGTIME, first presented on London's West End,features a smaller orchestration and a revised text/score, so the show can bedone with minimal visuals and scenic effects. This version is also ideal for concert presentations of the show. (The full, Broadway-sized orchestration isalso available for concert presentations.) Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and bythe International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimedmusical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and wonboth the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and BestScore. RAGTIME is not only a powerful portrait of life inturn-of-the-century America,but a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricistteam of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL and LUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, (K
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
BREMEN HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 LES MISERABLES
DANVILLE LIGHT OPERA
5/3-5/4/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 THE PAJAMA GAME
DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
HEYWORTH HIGH SCHOOL
5/2-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
North Riverside Recreation Community Theater
4/25-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 FOOTLOOSE
Mahomet Seymour High School
5/1-5/4/2014
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Alton High School
5/1-5/4/2014
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SHREK THE MUSICAL
STAGG HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
2/28-5/4/2014
A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage!The Emmy Award-winning 1970's Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it's lighting up stages everywhere -- from school multi-purpose rooms to university and regional theatres all around the country.SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as "Just A Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," and "Conjunction Junction."With its minimal band, set, costume and flexible cast requirements, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! may be performed in virtually any space, bringing its infectious zest to a cross-generational audience.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
ROCKFORD UNIVERSITY
5/1-5/4/2014
Channeling the burst of energy and freedom in post-Franco Spain, Pedro Almodóvar's WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN was one of the most unusual and exhilarating new films in years. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and quickly became not just a classic, but a favorite. Lane and Yazbek, the team behind DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, took Almodóvar's tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat. Both touching and hilarious, it's a story about women and the men who pursue them... finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. And why do they all keep showing up at her high-rise apartment? Gazpacho anyone? Along with Pepa, there's her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; their son Carlos; Pepa's friend, Candela, and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer plus a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar's work.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
STORM DANCE ALLIANCE
5/1-5/4/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SHREK
KANKAKEE VALLEY THEATRE
4/24-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR
REED CUSTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
5/1-5/4/2014
This page is for the Broadway Junior Version of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR..
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Byron Civic Theatre
4/25-5/4/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 CINDERELLA (ENCHANTED EDITION)
The King's Academy
5/2-5/4/2014
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Adapted for the Stage by Tom Briggs; From the Teleplay by Robert L. Freedman
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 FOOTLOOSE
DHS Theatre Boosters, Dixon High School
5/2-5/4/2014
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Prairie Central High School
5/2-5/4/2014
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 4/27/2014 THE MUSIC MAN
LINCOLN PRAIRIE SCHOOL
5/2-5/6/2014
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN 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 curtain's fall. Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR
ST JAMES THE APOSTLE SCHOOL
4/30-5/8/2014
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 ANNIE KIDS
ROUND LAKE AREA PARK DISTRICT COMMUNITY THEATRE
4/30-5/8/2014
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
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THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT
Adventure Stage Chicago
4/5-5/8/2014
Tom Arvetis; dir: Rives Collins.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 HAIRSPRAY
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
5/1-5/10/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY TYA VERSION
NORTHBROOK PARK DISTRICT
4/5-5/10/2014
The beloved children's book written by Jeff Brown in 1964 has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon - delighting readers and travelers all around the world.  And now, MTI has taken everyone's favorite two-dimensional hero and given him a new life in THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY® TYA Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, every day, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. That's just the problem...for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley!One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls - right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat! I n a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student - scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He's stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood to France to Honolulu and beyond. And whether he's thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or 'hanging ten' off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.
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JACKIE AND ME
The Theatre School at DePaul University- Merle Reskin Theatre
4/8-5/10/2014
??Joey Stoshack has a talent that many kids dream of: the ability to travel through time. When Joey is assigned to write a report on an African American role model, he uses his powers to travel back to 1947 and meet Jackie Robinson, one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Through their adventures, Joey learns about real courage and what it feels like to walk in someone else's shoes. Recommended for ages 8 and up
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PINKOLANDIA
16th Street Theater
4/3-5/10/2014
Andrea Thome; music: Barry Bennett; dir: Ann Filmer.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 CATS
Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech.
5/2-5/10/2014
Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Based on Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats; By T. S. Eliot
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 RAGTIME
WINNETKA COMMUNITY THEATRE
4/25-5/11/2014
Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and bythe International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimedmusical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and wonboth the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and BestScore. RAGTIME is not only a powerful portrait of life inturn-of-the-century America,but a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricistteam of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL and LUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MASTER CLASS), and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, the musicalintertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confronthistory's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice,hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.The Tony-winning score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 SHREK
PEORIA PLAYERS
5/2-5/11/2014
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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RUSSIAN TRANSPORT
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
2/6-5/11/2014
Upstairs Theatre:Erika Sheffer; dir: Yasen Peyankov.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 I LOVE A PIANO
Actor's Theatre of Indiana
4/25-5/11/2014
I LOVE A PIANO is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin's most beloved songs, including classics such as 'Blue Skies,' 'There's No Business Like Show Business,' 'Puttin' on the Ritz,' 'Cheek to Cheek,' 'Always,' 'How Deep is the Ocean,' 'Anything You Can Do,' 'God Bless America,' and, of course, 'I Love a Piano.' Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I LOVE A PIANO is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had 'no place in American music - he is American music.'Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Conceived By Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS...TRYING
WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
4/25-5/11/2014
Power, sex, ambition, greed... it's just another day at the office. From the authors of GUYS AND DOLLS comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time.  A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.Winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, HOW TO SUCCEED melds wit, comedy, and romance together to perfection. This show requires a large cast, featuring many roles for all types of performers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS
WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
4/25-5/11/2014
101 DALMATION KIDS is the familiar tale of kidnappers, puppies, and villains. In a loving home in the city of London, human owners Robert and Anita live happily with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita as they raise their Dalmatian puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil, Anita's former classmate, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters, and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney canon, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences. The adorable spotted dogs and sinister main villain provide wonderful opportunities for creative costuming.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Raue Center For The Arts
5/2-5/11/2014
Presented by Williams Street Repertory Perfect for Mother's Day!! Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find - too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon they get a surprise visit from Corie's loppy mother and decide to paly matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
2/27-5/18/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 I DO! I DO!
COLLEGE OF DUPAGE
4/24-5/18/2014
The story of a marriage is at the center of I DO! I DO! - an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (THE FANTASTICKS).The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family, and negotiate mid-life crises. Michael eventually admits to his infidelity, and although Agnes is angered by his actions, she forgives him and the couple reconciles. They re-discover how much they really need each other. Then, after 50 years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds.This touching story of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to the strains of a tuneful, charming score. With minimal set and costume requirements, this show is ideal for regional theatre companies on a limited budget and smaller troupes.
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DORIAN
The House Theatre of Chicago
4/4-5/18/2014
adapt: Ben Lobpries, Tommy Rapley; dir: Tommy Rapley.
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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Teatro Vista, Theatre With A View
4/11-5/18/2014
Arthur Miller.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 CATS
Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre
3/26-5/25/2014
Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Based on Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats; By T. S. Eliot
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Lyric Opera of Chicago
4/25-5/25/2014
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 4/27/2014 CABARET
Citadel Theatre
4/25-5/25/2014
1930. Berlin. A city on the edge. An American writer. An English singer. A pragmatic landlady. A German businessman. A Jewish shopkeeper. A world-weary fille de joie. A master of ceremonies. Welcome to Cabaret. The legendary Tony Award-winning musical by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb comes vividly to life on Citadel's intimate stage beginning April 25. Performances run through May 25. You won't want to miss this dynamic production. It's not just another Cabaret.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS...TRYING
PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
4/26-6/1/2014
Power, sex, ambition, greed... it's just another day at the office. From the authors of GUYS AND DOLLS comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time.  A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.Winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, HOW TO SUCCEED melds wit, comedy, and romance together to perfection. This show requires a large cast, featuring many roles for all types of performers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 LES MISERABLES
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
3/29-6/8/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 AVENUE Q
MERCURY THEATER CHICAGO
4/16-6/8/2014
AVENUE Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show;  a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.Puppet RentalBe sure to visit MTI's Prop Shop to see our AVENUE Q puppets to rent!AVENUE Q NEW YORKVisit the official "Avenue Q New York" for NYC ticketing and more information.
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THE WAY WEST
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
4/3-6/8/2014
Mona Mansour; dir: Amy Morton.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Theatre of Western Springs
4/23-6/15/2014
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as 'the relationship.' Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, 'Say, what are you doing Saturday night?'Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro; Music by Jimmy Roberts
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HENRY V
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
4/29-6/15/2014
William Shakespeare; dir: Christopher Luscombe.
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IN THE GARDEN: A DARWINIAN LOVE STORY
Lookingglass Theatre Co
4/16-6/15/2014
Sara Gmitter; dir: Jessica Thebus.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
5/3-6/21/2014
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 LES MISERABLES
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
4/3-6/29/2014
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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HAIR
American Theater Co
4/25-6/29/2014
James Rado, Gerome Ragni; music: Galt MacDermott; dir: PJ Paparelli.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/27/2014 MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts
4/22-7/13/2014
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and so many more. Featuring classic songs such as "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on Broadway in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
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JUNO
Timeline Theatre Company
4/23-7/27/2014
book: Joseph Stein; lyrics: Marc Blitzstein; music: Marc Blitzstein; dir: Nick Bowling.
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