Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 11/22/2015

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DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
11/25-11/25/2015

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SOPHIA GRIMM, GIRL SINGERS OF THE HIT PARADE
Skokie Theatre
11/27-11/27/2015
Sophie Grimm appears with her sister, Jennifer Grimm, and her mother, Colleen Raye for two shows on Friday, November 27. One at 3 pm and one at 7 pm. Girl Singers of the Hit Parade is truly entertaining show jam-packed with hit after hit from some of best loved female vocalists of all-time. Songs include Rosemary Clooney’s, “Come Ona My House” and “Mambo Italiano”, Patti Page’s, “Tennessee Waltz” and “Old Cape Cod”, Connie Francis’, “Where The Boys Are” and “Who’s Sorry Now”, Doris Day’s, “Que Sera, Sera” and “Secret Love” and Peggy Lee’s, “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?” just to mention a few. Audiences join in singing along with their favorites, laughing along with some of the novelty tunes and stories, and even getting a little teary eyed during some of the familiar ballads. Take a nostalgic trip back to a simpler time. Chicago singer and actress Sophie Grim is joined by her mother, Colleen Raye, her sister, Jennifer Grimm and accompanied by a trio of extraordinary musicians under the direction of Dominic Tarullo. The music compliments the era as well as brings a new freshness to the tunes. Sophie Grimm, is well known in the Chicago area. Her performances include her one-woman cabaret Show, “It’s Good To Be Grimm” as well as “The Music of Billie Holiday”, and in shows at The Paramount, Drury Lane, Marriott Lincolnshire and Chicago Shakes.
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INTIMATE ILLUSIONS "A MAGICAL AND MUSICAL EXPERIENCE"
Omni Chicago Hotel
11/27-11/28/2015
Filled with world-class magic, fantastic story-telling, audience participation and incredible live music by Celine Dion's concert cellist, this intimate performance weaves original, thought-provoking illusions, wit, humor, and dazzling live music together with an entertaining theatrical twist.
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MARY POPPINS
SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
11/27-11/28/2015

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MEGON MCDONOUGH - GREAT WOMEN OF COUNTRY
Skokie Theatre
11/28-11/28/2015
Beloved Chicago singer-songwriter Megon McDonough is back with a brand new show, The Great Women of Country, honoring some of country music’s most revered women singer-songwriters. Featuring the music of from Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McIntyre, Maybelle Carter, Roseanne Cash, and even some of Megon’s original songs, this show will highlight some of the greatest country music ever written. Join Megon for a night of great songs and wonderful stories that will bring out the country lover in all of us.
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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
MUSIC ON STAGE INC
11/14-11/29/2015

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SHERLOCK HOLMES
Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts
11/23-11/29/2015
The opium wars have ended. The Ripper has wreaked his havoc. Electricity is on the rise and Scotland Yard is in its infancy. Lord Neville St. John gives a moving speech in the House of Lords to ban opium and a vote on the matter is imminent. Meanwhile, Professor James Moriarty, notorious criminal kingpin, plots to thwart the upcoming opium vote. When a drowned body is discovered, and Lord Neville goes missing, Scotland Yard turns to "the world's only consulting detective" and newest resident of 221-B Baker Street: a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
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ELF-THE MUSICAL JR.
YORKVILLE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
11/28-11/29/2015

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MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
Lifeline Theatre
10/24-11/29/2015
CHICAGO – Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a world premiere musical adaptation with script by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Robert Kauzlaric (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: New Adaptation, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Neverwhere), music and lyrics by George Howe (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Work-Musical, Queen Lucia), and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Paul S. Holmquist (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Production-Play, The Island of Dr. Moreau; Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Director-Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, Griffin Theatre), based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission. Mr. Popper’s Penguins runs Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 29 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Press opening is Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added relaxed/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.
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HOLMES VS. HOLMES
E.D.G.E. Theatre
11/5-11/29/2015
CHICAGO - E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce the world premiere of Holmes vs Holmes, conceived by Orion Couling and Angela Davis Couling, written by Bill Daniel and directed by Orion Couling, November 5 - 29 at Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N Glenwood. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased at www.edgeoforion.com. It is 1893 and all of the world waits and watches in anticipation as Chicago opens the gates to its great World’s Fair, the Columbia Exposition. For a city that has literally risen from the ashes, it is an achievement that is at once magnificent and unparalleled. However, a darkness has begun to stir and prowl through the streets of the beautiful White City, consuming innocence and anything that stands in its way. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, England continues to mourn the loss of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, after his supposed death over the falls of Reinchenbach. But not everything is as it seems and very soon the famous detective will find himself being swept up in the midst of a case unlike any he has known before. The cast of Holmes vs Holmes includes Alexandra Boroff (Elizabeth Holton,) Alexandra Cross (Julia Smythe-Connor,) Bill Daniel (H.H. Holmes,) Richard Eisloeffel (Ned Connor/Marion Hedgepeth/George Bowman/Professor Moriarty,) Sarah Franzel (Emeline Cigrand,) Erin Gordon (Minnie Williams,) Allison Reinke (Anna Williams,) T Issac Sherman (Sherlock Holmes,) RoK Teasley, (Pitezel/Jonathan Belknap,) Lucas Thatcher (Detective Frank Geyer,) Lisa Tosti (Myrta Belknap) and Sarah Wisterman, (Clara Loverling). The Holmes vs Holmes production team includes Angela Davis Couling, assistant director; Becca Goldberg, stage manager; Emma Cullimore, costumes; Peter McManus, set designer and Benjamin Dionysis, lighting designer. ABOUT E.D.G.E. THEATRE E.D.G.E.’s anachronism stands for “Esteem Development through Greater Expectations”. Using the theatre arts, they educate and entertain to foster the tools of social change. E.D.G.E has a goal of finding every participant’s personal best and holding them accountable to it. E.D.G.E. main thrust is developing theatre for marginalized communities and to bring a message of non-violence, civic and social change through exploration of the theatre arts. E.D.G.E.’s four sectors are: E.D.G.E Core, company produced classes offered on a select curriculum in theatre, social skills, history and stage combat; E.D.G.E. Satellite, E.D.G.E programs produced, collaborated or sub contracted by an outside produced program; E.D.G.E Troupe, a professional actor program providing a training ground for interns from our marginalized community to observe the highest standards of professionalism and be part of the process and E.D.G.E Workshops, limited time commitment programs are meant to harness their educational and entertainment abilities in a workshop environment. These programs are targeted for school assemblies, conventions, and camps. E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce the world premiere of Holmes vs Holmes,, November 5 – 29, at Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N Glenwood. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased at www.edgeoforion.com. # # #
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GIVE PEACE A CHANCE - A TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON
Skokie Theatre
11/29-11/29/2015
This is a special holiday themed tribute show to one the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century. John Lennon would have celebrated his 75th birthday on October 9, 2015. December 8, 2015 marks the 35 anniversary of his death. On Sunday, November 29 twelve of Chicago’s top performers, get together to celebrate the musical genius and legacy of John Lennon, by presenting over 25 of his most recognized compositions in a 90 minute concert celebrating his work with the Beatles and solo career. Songs included: Do You Want to Know a Secret, I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, If I Fell, We Can Work it Out, Ticket to Ride, Help, With a Little Help From My Friends, Day Tripper, Lucy in the Skies, Come Together, Instant Karma, Whatever Gets Your Through the Night, Mind Games, Across the Universe, Imagine and more. Performing in the concert are: Jennifer Chada, Elizabeth Doyle, Laura Freeman, Ester Hana, Alma Mendoza, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Marianne Murphy-Orland, Daryl Nitz, Johnny Rodgers, Melissa Young and The Lakeshore Dolls featuring Darci Bender, Molly LeCaptain, and Taylor Keenan, with Gavin Kirk on guitar. Come celebrate John Lennon’s birthday in style. Sunday, Nov 29 at 5 pm. Tickets $22. At Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Downtown Skokie. Call 847-677-7761 or visit SkokieTheatre.org
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RENT
ARTISTS GIVING BACK
12/1-12/1/2015

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WORLD AIDS DAY PRODUCTION OF RENT
Athenaeum Theatre
12/1-12/1/2015
Artists Giving Back is thrilled to announce our first major project! December 1, 2015 – World AIDS Day, Artists Giving Back will be producing RENT at Chicago’s Historic Athenaeum Theatre with all proceeds going directly to Aids Foundation Chicago. Joining the World AIDS Day Rent cast is LGBT singer/songwriter superstar and Chicagoland native, Steve Grand, as a special featured guest artist. Mr. Grand, singer of the viral sensation “All-American Boy” released his independent debut album also titled “All-American Boy,” in March of 2015, which landed the #3 spot on the Billboard Independent albums chart. Mr. Grand will perform “Seasons of Love” during the production, and will attend the RENT cast-and-audience after party, which will be hosted by Progress Bar (3359 N Halsted, Chicago) Tickets on sale Sept. 25. Tickets can be purchased from Artists Giving Back, www.artistsgivingback.org, or from the Athenaeum Theatre, www.athenaeumtheatre.org.
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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
OAK PARK RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
11/30-12/2/2015

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HAIRSPRAY
WHEATON DRAMA INC
11/13-12/6/2015

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AGAMEMNON
Court Theatre
11/5-12/6/2015
Aeschylus ; trans: Nicholas Rudall; dir: Charles Newell.
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NEVER THE SINNER
Victory Gardens Theater
11/6-12/6/2015
John Logan; dir: Gary Griffin.
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LETTERS HOME
Griffin Theatre Company
10/16-12/7/2015
William Massolia; dir: William Massolia.
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DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
ROUND LAKE AREA PARK DISTRICT COMMUNITY THEATRE
12/1-12/10/2015

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THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME
Strawdog Theatre Company
10/30-12/12/2015
CHICAGO - Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the second main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home, October 30 - December 12, directed by Josh Sobel, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Preview performance tickets are $15 with performances Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to a post-performance reception. Opening Night performance is Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.* Single Tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. Past, present and future collide for a troubled family on a snowy Christmas Eve when their car spins out of control after a disastrous holiday dinner. This hauntingly beautiful and poetic play by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel is told with actors and the centuries-old form of Japanese puppetry, Bunraku. The Long Christmas Ride Home deftly navigates the lasting impact of a moment in the lives of three siblings Stephen (Sam Hubbard), Claire (Kristen Johnson) and Rebecca (Sarah Gitenstein) that sets the rest of their lives in motion. Additional cast includes Ensemble Member John Taflan with guest artists Ed Dzialo and Lorretta Rezos. The production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members Sarah Goeden, assistant director; Mike Mroch, scenic designer; John Kelly, lighting designer; with guest artists Raquel Adorno, costume designer; Alexa Berkowitz, stage manager; Peter Carpenter, choreographer; Stephanie Diaz, puppet designer; Jamie Karas, properties designer; Jeffrey Levin, sound designer, and Michelle Underwood, projection designer. *FULLY ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE Strawdog Theatre Company continues its partnership with the Access Project at Victory Gardens to present The Long Christmas Ride Home at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, in the Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., with a touch tour at 6:45 p.m. The performance is fully wheelchair accessible with audio description and open captioning. ABOUT PAULA VOGEL, PLAYWRIGHT Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. A proficient playwright since the 1970s, Vogel first gained national attention for her play The Baltimore Waltzthat won the Obie Award for “Best Play.” Not just a renowned playwright Vogel has taught a menagerie of esteemed playwrights including, Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz, Lynn Nottage and Quiara Algeria Hundes. ABOUT JOSH SOBEL, DIRECTOR Josh Sobel is an ensemble member and literary manager of Strawdog Theatre Company, where he directed the world premieres of The Hunting of the Snark(subsequently remounted with Chicago’s “Night Out In The Parks” and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper in Hugen Hall. Directing credits include work at Victory Gardens, Steep Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction, The Ruckus, LiveWire, WildClaw, Tympanic, Polarity Ensemble, Fine Print Theatre, Citadel, the side project and New Leaf. He is also currently the artistic director at Haven Theatre and the former associate director of the National Theater Institute summer program at the O’Neill Theater Center. Sobel is currently an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. ABOUT STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected. Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the second main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home, October 30 - December 12, directed by Josh Sobel, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Preview performance tickets are $15 with performances Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. There is a Board Preview Event Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. with $50 tickets that include access to a post-performance reception. Opening Night performance is Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.* Single Tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. RUSH TICKETS Strawdog Theatre Company offers six tickets at a 50% discount one hour before every production. The rush ticket must be purchased in person, exclusively at the Strawdog Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person, not applicable with other discounts, offers or on previously purchased tickets, first come, first served. The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses). # # # Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, The Saints, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the annual support of businesses and individuals.
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HAIRSPRAY
WHEATON DRAMA INC
11/20-12/13/2015

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POCATELLO
Griffin Theatre Company
11/7-12/13/2015
Samuel Hunter; dir: Jonathan Berry.
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YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
Northlight Theatre
11/6-12/13/2015
Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman; dir: Devon de Mayo.
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SPILL
Timeline Theatre Company
10/24-12/19/2015
Leigh Fondakowski; dir: Leigh Fondakowski.
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SEUSSICAL-THEATRE YOUNG AUDIENCES
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
11/6-12/20/2015

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE- A LIVE RADIO PLAY
Oil Lamp Theater
11/19-12/20/2015
Joe Landry; dir: Keith Gerth.
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AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
11/14-12/20/2015

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Quest Theatre Ensemble
11/20-12/20/2015
Quest Theatre Ensemble will bring its visual artistry and immersive theatricality to the Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This version with music by Menken, the multiple Oscar winning composer of Disney musicals Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Newsies; and lyrics by the Tony award-winning lyricist of Ragtime, Seussical and Once on this Island, was a hit for ten consecutive seasons at New York’s Madison Square Garden and was later filmed by television in a production starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge. Quest’s production will be directed by Quest Ensemble Director Andrew Park.
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PLAID TIDINGS
STEEL BEAM THEATRE
11/20-12/27/2015

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38TH ANNUAL A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Goodman Theatre
11/14-12/27/2015
adapt: Tom Creamer from Charles Dickens; music: Andrew Hansen; dir: Henry Wishcamper.
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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!
American Blues Theater
11/20-12/27/2015
CHICAGO—Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago’s second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the return of the critically acclaimed It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, on the main stage of the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., November 20 – December 27. “Pink Previews,” where tickets sales benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research, play November 20 – November 22 following the regular schedule. The press/opening night performance is Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30p.m. The running time is approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $19 - $49 and are on sale now through the box office 773.404.7336 or online at AmericanBluesTheater.com. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. with additional holiday performances to be announced. For more information visit www.AmericanBluesTheater.com. From the original Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday classic—It’s a Wonderful Life (based on the short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production that has been called “perfect Christmas theater” and “first-class holiday fare” returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center this season. From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be transported back to the “Golden Age of Radio” and experience the story of George Bailey like never before. In addition to the heart-warming story performed, the production includes 1940s-style commercials from actual local sponsors, holiday carols, telegrams from the audience read live on the stage, the “Soldier Spotlight;” when American Blues Theater honors one serviceman or servicewoman per performance; and after the show, the entire audience is invited to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies. The 2015 production includes a new George and Mary Bailey, Artistic Affiliate Zach Kenney and Amanda Tanguay. Gwendolyn Whiteside, who played Mary Bailey for six years, updates the pre-show entertainment and the production and directs Kenney and Tanguay in the tradition of American Blues’ award-winning ensemble acting. The performance also includes musical additions by Music Director Michael Mahler and Austin Cook’s original score for the production. Returning are American Blues Theater Ensemble Members John Mohrlein (Mr. Potter/Clarence) and Michael Mahler(pianist/announcer). Also returning this year are American Blues Theater Artistic Affiliates James Joseph (Uncle Billy), Ian Paul Custer (Harry) and Shawn Goudie (Foley artist) with guest artist Denice Mahler (Violet). The production crew includes American Blues Theater artists Marty Higginbotham (original direction); Gwendolyn Whiteside (direction); Michael Mahler (music direction); Samantha Jones (co-costume design), Christopher Neville (co-costume design), Austin Cook (underscore composer), Grant Sabin (scenic design), Kathryn Lochert (stage manager), Arianna Soloway (props), Paul Deziel (video) and guest artist Katy Peterson (lighting design). COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! American Blues Theater is proud to continue “Pink Previews” for this production. Proceeds from preview performances are donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research. They also partner with Misericordia, USO and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. SPECIAL EVENTS Select performances also include special events: Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m., American Blues Theater and It’s a Wonderful Life celebrates Hanukkah, with all children 12 years old and younger in attendance receiving a commemorative keepsake. And Sunday, Dec. 20, following the 2:30 p.m. performance, Santa Claus swings by to meet with guests and distribute keepsakes to all children 12 years old and younger. ABOUT AMERICAN BLUES THEATER American Blues Theater is the premier American theater producing visceral theatrical works while engaging its audience in missions of local service agencies. American Blues Theater illuminates the American ideas of freedom, equality, and opportunity in the plays produced and communities served. The multi-generational and interdisciplined artists have established the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago. The 39-member Ensemble has 539 combined years of collaboration on stage. As of 2015, they’ve individually received nearly 150 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater including the 2014 Jeff Awards for Production-Musical-Midsize, Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Actor in a Principal Role – Musical, Matthew Brumlow, Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Solo Performance, Gwendolyn Whiteside, Grounded; Music Direction, Malcolm Ruhl, Hank Williams: Lost Highway and Sound Design, Lindsay Jones, Grounded and over 22 Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The artists are honored with Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. Photo credit: Jaclyn Holsey. (L to R) Amanda Tanguay and Zach Kenney as “Mary and George Bailey”.
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CHRISTMAS SCHOONER
MERCURY THEATER CHICAGO
11/27-12/27/2015

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THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER
Mercury Theater Chicago
11/25-12/27/2015
THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER sails again at the Mercury! The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians.
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PLAID TIDINGS
WILLIAMS STREET REPERTORY
11/28-12/29/2015

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A WONDERFUL LIFE
Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
11/13-12/30/2015

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STRIKING 12
Bailiwick Chicago
11/20-12/31/2015

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
EMERALD CITY THEATRE COMPANY
10/3-1/3/2016

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ELF-THE MUSICAL
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
10/21-1/3/2016

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ANGINA PECTORIS
ShPIeL
11/19-1/3/2016
CHICAGO – ShPIeL-Performing Identity proudly announces the world premiere of Angina Pectoris, written by Michal Aharoni and directed by ShPIeL Producing Artistic Director David Y. Chack, November 18 – January 3, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. The performance schedule includes preview performances Thursday, Nov.19 and Friday Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. with opening/press nights Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Nov 22 at 2 p.m. The regular schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving schedule is as follows: no performance Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. The Thanksgiving weekend performances take place Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. The Christmas week schedule is as follows: no performances Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25. Christmas week performances are Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. The New Year’s schedule has no performances Thursday, Dec. 31 or Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. There are performances Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday Jan, 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
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PLAID TIDINGS
WILLIAMS STREET REPERTORY
11/28-1/3/2016

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BURNING BLUEBEARD
The Hypocrites
11/19-1/10/2016
Jay Torrence; dir: Halena Kays.
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MY WAZY... A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA
Theo Ubique Cabaret theatre
11/27-1/10/2016
This cabaret conceived by Todd Olson and David Grapes was originally produced in Los Angeles and has since become a hit all over the country. It features dozens of songs written by some of America’s best-loved songwriters. Directed by Fred Anzevino with musical direction by Jeremy Ramey and choreography by Maggie Portman; the cast inlcudes Chris Logan, Kyrie Anderson, Carl Herzog and Caitlin Boho
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BEAUTIFUL
Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts
12/1-2/21/2016
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom from being part of a chart-topping songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music. She wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
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BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts
12/1-2/21/2016

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