Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014

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ANYTHING BUT LONELY
Wheaton Symphony Orchestra
7/12-7/12/2014
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Orchestration Andrew Lloyd Webber & David Cullen; Lyrics by Charles Hart & Don Black
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 INTO THE WOODS
GLENVIEW THEATRE GUILD
6/27-7/12/2014
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 7/06/2014 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Light Opera Works
7/12-7/12/2014
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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UPSTAIRS STUDIO:
American Blues Theater
6/6-7/13/2014
GroundedGeorge Brant; dir: Lisa Portes.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 FOOTLOOSE
Oak Lawn Park District Theatre
7/10-7/13/2014
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 7/06/2014 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE
7/3-7/13/2014
IT'S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy.With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment"¦and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR
GORTON COMMUNITY CENTER
7/12-7/13/2014
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 7/06/2014 CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Bailiwick Chicago
5/29-7/13/2014
Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use itMusic by Michael Gore; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen; Based on the novel by Stephen King
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 MYTHS & HYMNS
Bohemian Theatre Ensemble
6/13-7/13/2014
Adam Guettel burst to the forefront of acclaimed young theater composers with the award-winning musical, FLOYD COLLINS. 'A phenomenal talent,' proclaimed The New York Times. In his song cycle, MYTHS & HYMNS, Guettel paints an emotional landscape of faith and yearning that embraces a boundless spectrum of ideology and spirituality. The lyrics were inspired by Greek mythology and a 19th Century Presbyterian hymnal; the musical vocabulary sweeps from romantic art song and rock to Latin, gospel and R&B. MYTHS & HYMNS elucidates our fantastic desire to transcend earthly bounds, our intrinsic need to connect with something or someone greater in our restless search for enlightenment. (Available for performance with piano only.)Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 RAGTIME SCHOOL EDITION
COMMUNITY CHILDRENS THEATRE
7/10-7/13/2014
RAGTIME SCHOOL EDITION has become not only a favorite of schoolsacross the country, but a valuable teaching tool with which educators candiscuss such issues as class and prejudice, social conditions, immigration andthe history of America itself. In this version, vocals are slightly rearrangedfor student voices.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.Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage,"and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years,"this acc
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Rock Valley College
6/4-7/13/2014
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 7/06/2014 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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ZACEK-MCVAY THEATER:
Victory Gardens Theater
6/13-7/13/2014
Death and the MaidenAriel Dorfman; dir: Chay Yew.
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325 TUDOR COURT:
Writers Theatre
5/6-7/13/2014
Days Like TodayLaura Eason; lyrics: Alan Schmuckler; music: Alan Schmuckler; dir: Michael Halberstam.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 LES MISERABLES
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF STREATOR
7/13-7/19/2014
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 7/06/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
6/21-7/19/2014
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 7/06/2014 GUYS & DOLLS
CORN STOCK THEATRE
7/11-7/19/2014
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 LES MISERABLES
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF STREATOR
7/12-7/19/2014
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 7/06/2014 SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
Highland Community College
7/10-7/19/2014
Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE isn't just great pop music - it's compelling musical theatre.Words and Music by Leiber & Stoller
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
7/14-7/19/2014
Little Red Riding Hood By Charles Perrault • A Chicago Kids Company Production Little Red Riding Hood walks to her grandmother's house, through the woods, to bring her a basket of food. But the Big Bad Wolf has other plans for the girl and tricks her into telling him where she's going. When Red finally makes it to Granny's house, something isn't quite right... Join us for a musical version of this fun classic. Recommended for grades PreK-3. July 14-19, 2014 Adults $14 • Children 12 & under $12
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
7/11-7/20/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
SUMMER PLACE INC
7/11-7/20/2014
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 7/06/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival
7/11-7/20/2014
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. 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 it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling 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. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer; Adapted by Tom Briggs
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 ASSASSINS
KOKANDY PRODUCTIONS
6/12-7/20/2014
Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, ASSASSINS is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.This American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.ASSASSINS requires skilled singers who can act. This is an ideal choice for mature audiences and will challenge your designers as they try to recreate famous moments and people in America's history.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS...TRYING
STAGE COACH PLAYERS
7/10-7/20/2014
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 7/06/2014 LEGALLY BLONDE
QUAD CITY MUSIC GUILD
7/11-7/20/2014
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 7/06/2014 FOOTLOOSE
Amish Acres
6/10-7/20/2014
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 7/06/2014 TINTYPES
ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE
6/11-7/20/2014
The growing pains of a nation are chronicled in this grand pageant of pre-World War I America--told in the exuberant words and music of the day. Like RAGTIME, this nostalgic (but thrillingly subversive revue) takes us back to turn of the century America. Remember when the innocent, slower-paced days of ice cream socials and hoop skirts were giving way to a bustling world of automobiles, electricity and the telephone? Remember the American optimism and ingenuity than ran high in leaders like J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford? However, this was also a time of growing social turmoil, as increased immigration began to change the cultural and ethnic makeup of the nation. The story of these changing times blazes to life in a tuneful, high-spirited brew of popular songs from 1890 to 1917, performed by five archetypes of the period: Anna Held, the beautiful music hall star; Emma Goldman, the notorious socialist; a black domestic worker; a Chaplin-esque Russian immigrant; and the outrageous Teddy Roosevelt, the youngest man ever to be elected President. Despite its small cast, orchestra and unit set, TINTYPES is an epic work about the end of an era.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
7/11-7/20/2014
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!Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille; Based on the play `Green Grow the Lilacs` by Lynn Riggs
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ALL SHOOK UP
Springfield Municipal Opera
7/11-7/26/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (STONE)
Wilmette Park District
7/10-7/26/2014
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. 'The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,' reported Time Magazine, 'without losing all the fun.' Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. 'Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater,' wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 'will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs.'Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Original Book by Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields; As Revised by Peter Stone
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 SHREK
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF BLOOMINGTON
7/11-7/27/2014
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 7/06/2014 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
PEC PLAYHOUSE
7/11-7/27/2014
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent, and "Broadway musical comedy heaven."Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS gives directors the wonderful opportunity to direct two leading men with a large ensemble. It's a great choice for community theaters looking to add some spice to their season!
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 HONK!
ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE
6/18-7/27/2014
In the London season featuring the appearance of THE LION KING, HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed "The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical"ť by The London Daily Telegraph), HONK! is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, HONK! will treat your audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears. Perfect for a cast as small as ten or as large as 30 (or more), HONK! can be performed with simple sets and costumes. No feathers or fur necessary! Its charm, humor and message of tolerance is perfect for a family audience"¦ and every audience.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 ANNIE
STAGE 212
7/9-7/27/2014
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 is the perfect family-friendly musical, and an ideal show for a largely female cast. Middle Schools and elementary schools should also take notice of ANNIE JR - a special version of this title expressly designed for younger performers. 
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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 7/06/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The New Huntington
7/8-7/27/2014
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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TIMELINE THEATRE:
Timeline Theatre Company
4/23-7/27/2014
JUNObook: Joseph Stein; lyrics: Marc Blitzstein; music: Marc Blitzstein; dir: Nick Bowling.
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16TH STREET THEATER:
16th Street Theater
7/10-8/2/2014
The Gun ShowEM Lewis; dir: Kevin Christopher Fox.
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ALBERT THEATRE:
Goodman Theatre
6/27-8/3/2014
BrigadoonAlan Jay Lerner; lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner; music: Frederick Loewe.
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Rock Valley College
6/25-8/3/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 EVITA
North Central College
6/20-8/3/2014
Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate fifteen year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Eva Peron 'saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military' was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 IN THE HEIGHTS
The Miracle Center
7/11-8/3/2014
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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STINKY KIDS THE MUSICAL
Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse
7/1-8/6/2014

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PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
Timber Lake Playhouse
7/8-8/9/2014

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OUTDOOR STAGE:
First Folio Theatre
7/9-8/10/2014
The Merry Wives of WindsorWilliam Shakespeare; dir: Nick Sandys.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
6/4-8/10/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR
NORTHBROOK PARK DISTRICT
7/10-8/10/2014
With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean flavored score, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. is a feast for the heart, mind, and soul. The highlyoriginal and theatrical Caribbean adaptationof the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight Tony nominationsfor its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. In almostnon-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasantgirl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the otherside of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical godswho rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her loveagainst the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.Equally effective regardless of its cast size, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. features minimal--though colorful--sets and costumes that capture the imagination of the audience. Creative movement is also part of the show's style, calling upon performers to portray trees, wild animals and even a fierce rainstorm. Its catchy, contemporary, and Caribbean-flavored score by theTony® Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIMEand the animated film Anastasia) includes tender ballads and rousingcelebratory numbers for an ensemble cast of strong singers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 ANNIE JR
NORTHBROOK PARK DISTRICT
7/10-8/10/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
6/14-8/17/2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
6/19-8/17/2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
7/10-8/17/2014
Laughter on the 23rd Floor By Neil Simon It's 1953 and the writers of The Max Prince Show are hard at work creating comedy gold for NBC. With pressure from the network to make changes and budget cuts, amongst the political tensions of communism and a volatile tempered Max Prince, the writers have quite a task ahead of them. This diverse group of writers provides endless laughs with constant one-upmanship, mayhem, and individual neuroses. Based on Neil Simon's early television career working with Sid Caesar, this group of social misfits will have you laughing from start to finish as they navigate through the changing world of TV in the 50's. Come see this laugh out loud comedy New York Times calls "undeniably funny". Rated R Preview Performances: July 10-13, 2014 Tickets: $30 Regular Run: July 17 - August 17, 2014 Tickets: $38 Talkbacks July 17 & 18
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 7/06/2014 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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DOWNSTAIRS THEATRE:
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
7/3-8/31/2014
The QualmsBruce Norris; dir: Pam MacKinnon.
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