Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS
SKYLINE STUDIOS INC.
6/24-8/15/2014

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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
District Theatre
8/1-8/16/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
PLAINFIELD THEATER GUILD
8/14-8/16/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR
LIGHT OPERA WORKS YOUTH WORKSHOP
8/16-8/16/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 SEUSSICAL JR
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF STREATOR
8/10-8/16/2014
A delight for children to perform, SEUSSICAL is now one of the most-performed shows in America! In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big  imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!SEUSSICAL JR. is fun for the whole family! Young performers will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting, and costuming.Note: for this version, certain
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 INTO THE WOODS JR
CAROL STREAM PARK DISTRICT
8/8-8/16/2014
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters""Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch""meet and interact on their journeys. With unforgettable roles, little dancing and no chorus, INTO THE WOODS JR. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier--though still challenging--for young performers. INTO THE WOODS JR. is a funny and engaging way to get young people to think about the stories with which they've grown up and the ethical issues raised therein.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
GURNEE PARK DISTRICT
8/15-8/16/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 SEUSSICAL-THEATRE YOUNG AUDIENCES
CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER
7/5-8/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 TINTYPES
OPEN DOOR REPERTORY COMPANY
7/11-8/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 URINETOWN
AWKWARD PAUSE THEATRE LTD.
8/7-8/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 RENT
JOLIET DRAMA GUILD
8/8-8/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 INTO THE WOODS JR
VERO VOCE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
8/9-8/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 THE STORY OF MY LIFE
BYRON HIGH SCHOOL
8/15-8/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 THE LAST FIVE YEARS
WHEATON DRAMA INC
8/8-8/17/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 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 8/10/2014 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 8/10/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Quad City Music Guild
8/8-8/17/2014
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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 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 8/10/2014 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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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 REEFER MADNESS
Mayne Stage
8/8-8/22/2014
Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like 'Down at the Ol' Five and Dime' and the Vegas-style 'Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,' featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It therefore may be inappropriate for younger performers and audiences. Book by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney; Music by Dan Studney; Lyrics by Kevin Murphy
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 THE PAJAMA GAME
THEATRE IN THE PARK
8/15-8/23/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 INTO THE WOODS
BRASS RAIL PLAYERS
8/15-8/24/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 SHOUT!! THE MOD MUSICAL
TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE
8/14-8/24/2014
SHOUT! is the mod musical magazine that brings back the beautiful birds and smashing sounds that made England swing in the 60's. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as "To Sir With Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Goldfinger."SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Cilla Black, were independent women with major careers, English and American women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. SHOUT! (and its all-female cast) reflects that through the unforgettable music of the time. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period -- from 60's advertisements to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks every problem can be solved with a "fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick."The songs in this delightful musical resonate with a timeless quality which appeals to every generation. A wonderful choice to showcase strong, female talent at any community theatre, high school, or college.Please note that original NY and touring sets, costumes and more for this title are available on MTI ShowSpace here. A presenters pack, with all original artwork, newspaper, magazine ads, programs, posters, merchandise and more is available to all presenters of SHOUT!Click Here for More Information
Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/10/2014 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
LIGHT OPERA WORKS
8/8-8/24/2014
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 8/10/2014 BLAME IT ON THE MOVIES
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
8/7-8/28/2014

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DOWNSTAIRS THEATRE:
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
7/3-8/31/2014
The QualmsBruce Norris; dir: Pam MacKinnon.
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BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CULTURAL CENTER:
Black Ensemble Theater
7/20-9/4/2014
The Story of The MarvelettesReginald Williams; dir: Rueben Echoles.
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PIERCE HALL:
Silk Road Rising
8/6-9/8/2014
TBA
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IS THERE LIFE AFTER FIFTY?
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
7/31-9/14/2014

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