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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 CHRIS AUGUST
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
5/21-5/21/2014
Contemporary Christian artist Chris August performs his inspirational hits at Metropolis. Chris was the winner of "New Artist of the Year", "Male Vocalist of the Year", and "Pop Contemporary Album of the Year" at the 2011 GMA Dove Awards and his hit song "Starry Night" held the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Christian/AC chart for six weeks. Chris has worked with such pop icons as Brian McKnight, Ryan Cabrera, and Robin Thicke. Sponsored by Moody Radio 90.1 FM Wednesday, May 21, 2014 · 7:30 P.M. Tickets $20 Ticket with after Show Meet & Greet $35 Call 847-577-2121
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
St. Mary Catholic Community School
5/21-5/22/2014
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 5/18/2014 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF STREATOR
5/18-5/24/2014
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five.Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast. With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for community theaters or high schools.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 MEMORIAL DAY SALUTE
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
5/24-5/24/2014
Celebrate Memorial Day with an afternoon filled with patriotic music performed by our School of the Performing Arts faculty and students. Enjoy music from the WWI era to commemorate its 100th anniversary this year, along with an eclectic mix of American classics. The afternoon will include a memorial themed presentation from Chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee, Greg Padovani. Featuring both vocal and instrumental performers, this concert is the perfect way to commemorate Memorial Day. Saturday, May 24, 2014 · 3 P.M. Tickets $20 · Seniors/Veterans $15 Groups Save! Bring a group of 15 or more to save up to 20%. Call Group Sales at 847.577.5982 x288.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 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 5/18/2014 INTO THE WOODS
EMERGING YOUNG ARTISTS
5/22-5/25/2014
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 5/18/2014 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 5/18/2014 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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WHAT HAPPENED IN PINKVILLE? A CUBIST DIALECTIC ON THE MASSACRE AT MY LAI
The Theatre School at DePaul University
5/14-5/25/2014
A world premiere play by Greg Allen "What Happened in Pinkville?" tells the true story of an American military atrocity: the massacre of 500 civilians in a small village during the Vietnam War. By exploring the history, the murders, the cover-up, and the trial of Lieutenant William Calley, playwright Greg Allen asks the question "Who is responsible for soldiers' actions during wartime?" A dramatic examination of war atrocities and their far-reaching implications. Featuring the Class of 2014 Master of Fine Arts in Acting candidates, and directed by Remy Bumppo Founder James Bohnen.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
QUEEN OF ANGELS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5/16-5/31/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 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 5/18/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Mayer Kaplan JCC
5/18-6/1/2014
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. 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 5/18/2014 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 5/18/2014 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 5/18/2014 THE MUSIC MAN
WHEATON DRAMA INC
5/23-6/15/2014
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 5/18/2014 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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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Theatre Nebula
5/10-6/15/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
5/15-6/15/2014
The Last Five Years Book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Directed by Resident Director Lauren Rawitz It's a musical view into a relationship as Jamie looks forward and Cathy looks back. This modern musical explores the five year relationship between Jamie, an up-and-coming writer, and Cathy, an aspiring actress. Filled with beautiful music, it's an emotional ride as Jamie tells his story from the beginning of the relationship while Cathy begins at the end of their five years together. The pair only cross paths for one touching scene, their wedding. Chicago Tribune calls it, "exciting, innovative, and altogether inspiring," and Associated Press says it's "brimming with persistent melodies … a heartfelt, compelling story." · Rated R Proudly Sponsored by DoubleTree by Hilton: Chicago-Arlington Heights Preview Performances: May 15-18, 2014 Tickets $28 - $36 Regular Run: May 22 - June 15, 2014 Tickets $40 - $44 Groups Save! Call 847.577.5982 x228 to book your group of 15 or more and save up to 20%. Students will receive discount ticket price with presented ID
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 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 5/18/2014 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 5/18/2014 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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 ANNIE JR
FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
5/9-7/16/2014
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.ANNIE JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels, or for middle schools where students may be maturing at different rates. The cast size and age range of the parts are flexible and the bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.
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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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/18/2014 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
KINGSWOOD ACADEMY
5/17-8/20/2014
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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