Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 12/20/2018

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ELF-THE MUSICAL JR.
LOUIS PASTEUR SCHOOL
12/19-12/21/2018

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ANNIE KIDS
MAYWOOD MELROSE PARK BROADVIEW DISTRICT 89
12/18-12/21/2018

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Miracle on 34th St: A Radio Play in Broadway MIRACLE ON 34TH ST: A RADIO PLAY
The Artistic Home
12/8-12/22/2018
The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy’s Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for eight performances only. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy’s as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter’s refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
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VoicePlay - Warm Up: A Holiday Special in Broadway VOICEPLAY - WARM UP: A HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts
12/22-12/22/2018
The cast of VoicePlay has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and turned it completely on its head. Reimagined as a full stage show, amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay's music-without-music sound. Their performance ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape, and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics. And their diverse fan base spans the globe, with millions of views tallied on their popular YouTube channel. Just in time for the holidays, VoicePlay sings a concert of seasonal favorites built around their acclaimed release, Warm Up.
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PETER PAN in Broadway PETER PAN
Mercury Theater Chicago
11/3-12/23/2018
Mercury Theater Chicago is pleased to announce a limited engagement of Bros do Prose PETER PAN, directed by Christian Libonati, presented Saturday and Sunday mornings from November 3 through December 23, 2018. In this two-actor rendition, Bros do Prose brings new life to the classic and beloved tale in a whirlwind of creativity, sick beats and physical feats. Wendy Darling dreams of a magical island where she never has to grow-up. When Peter Pan flies out of her dreams and in through her window, Wendy convinces him to lead her to Neverland. And so begins the adventure of a lifetime! Through mischievous antics with Peter Pan, cunning confrontations with Captain Hook, and Saturday night dance parties with the Lost Boys, Wendy uncovers the strength and joy that will keep her young long after she leaves Neverland.
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CHRISTMAS SCHOONER
VERO VOCE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
12/14-12/23/2018

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HELA
Sideshow Theatre Company
11/18-12/23/2018
J. Nicole Brooks; dir: Jonathan L. Green.World Premiere
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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Citadel Theatre
11/17-12/23/2018
Citadel Theatre
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RIGHTLYND
Victory Gardens Theater
11/9-12/23/2018
Rightlynd is Chicago's 51st Ward. The L doesn't run here anymore and it is full of abandoned storefronts, crumbling apartment buildings, and its fair share of crime. A powerful real estate conglomerate is planning a massive redevelopment project that would gentrify the neighborhood and change Rightlynd forever. Only one woman stands in the way: Alderman Nina Esposito. In award-winning local playwright Ike Holter's ambitious new work, one woman tries to use her street smarts and raw determination to save the Chicago neighborhood she loves. But will the political machine turn her into the very person she is trying to destroy? Lisa Portes?(BREACH, A Little Bit Not Normal) directs the first play that sets in motion Holter’s ongoing seven play saga set in this fictional Windy City neighborhood; the story cycle that includes?previous pieces?Exit Strategy,?Sender,?Prowess, and?The Wolf at the End of the Block.
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A Christmas Carol in Broadway A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
11/29-12/24/2018
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge’s only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn’t even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew’s invitation to join his family for Christmas Dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him. November 29 - December 24, 2018 Adults $30, Students $15 www.MetropolisArts.com Box Office: 847-577-2121
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ANNIE
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
11/7-12/28/2018

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SHREK THE MUSICAL-TYA VERSION
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
11/17-12/29/2018

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Broadway JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Citadel Theatre
11/14-12/30/2018
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son! One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
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Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
11/20-12/30/2018
adapt: Rick Boynton from Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos).
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KEN LUDWIG'S 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Emerald City Theatre
11/3-12/30/2018
Ken Ludwig; dir: Jacqueline Stone.
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41ST ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Goodman Theatre
11/17-12/30/2018
adapt: Tom Creamer; dir: Henry Wishcamper.
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PINOCCHIO-PRINCE STREET PLAYERS VERSION
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
11/23-12/30/2018

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Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night in Broadway CHRISTMAS BINGO: IT'S A HO-HO-HOLY NIGHT
Royal George Theatre
11/23-12/30/2018
Vicki Quade, co-creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious holiday show Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 23 through Dec. 30. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago. 312-988-9000. Tickets are $30.
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NUTCRACKER
Auditorium Theatre
12/1-12/30/2018
Journey to Chicago's 1893 World's Fair with Wheeldon's holiday masterpiece. Magic is on the horizon for young Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the iconic Statue of the Republic. As they prepare for their annual holiday celebration, a visit from the charming but mysterious Grand Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. Wheeldon's Nutcracker is a must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.
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SHREK THE MUSICAL-TYA VERSION
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
10/5-12/30/2018

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INTO THE WOODS
MUSIC THEATER WORKS
12/21-12/31/2018

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Into the Woods in Broadway INTO THE WOODS
Cahn Auditorium
12/21-12/31/2018
Everyone's favorite storybook characters come together in this wise and witty tale about the consequences of what you wish for. A Tony Award-winning musical (and hit movie in 2014), with these songs: "Children Will Listen", "I Know Things Now", "No One Is Alone" and "It Takes Two".
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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
American Blues Theater
11/16-1/5/2019
As the second longest holiday play in Chicago, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It’s a Wonderful Life for 17 years. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls “residents” extend their hospitality after every performance when audiences are treated to milk and cookies served by the cast.
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THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC)
Paramount Thea./Aurora Civic Center Auth
11/14-1/6/2019

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Barney the Elf in Broadway BARNEY THE ELF
Pride Films and Plays
12/14-1/6/2019
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright again takes the lead for this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner elf." After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? BARNEY THE ELF brings choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to the Pride Arts Center.
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FAMILIAR
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
11/15-1/6/2019
Danai Gurira; dir: Danya Taymor.
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FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Emerald City Theatre
12/9-1/12/2019
adapt: David Wood from David Wood; dir: Jacqueline Stone.
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THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER A CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME
Lookingglass Theatre Co
11/7-1/13/2019
adapt: Mary Zimmerman; dir: Mary Zimmerman.World Premiere
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THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER: A CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME
Lookingglass Theatre Company
11/7-1/13/2019
Unlock this jewel-adorned music box for the whole family! Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman’s dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.
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CENDRILLON
Lyric Opera
12/1-1/20/2019
“BLISSFUL” AND “ENCHANTING” APTLY DESCRIBE THIS VERSION OF EVERYONE’S FAVORITE FAIRYTALE. Massenet adapted Cinderella with an irresistible blend of wit, sensitivity, and elegance. The love duets are the very essence of romance, but there’s hilarity, too, thanks to the most outrageous of all stepmothers. And if you want to hear glittering top notes sail into the stratosphere, there’s the vocally high-flying fairy godmother. At the heart of Cendrillon is the delectable heroine—and when she sings to her beloved, “You are my Prince Charming,” it’s truly magical!
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THE FULL MONTY
THEO UBIQUE THEATRE COMPANY
11/30-1/27/2019

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LA RUTA
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
12/13-1/27/2019
Isaac Gomez; dir: Sandra Marquez.World Premiere
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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Drury Lane Theatre
11/9-1/27/2019
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast. Beauty and Beast is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 5 and up.
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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Drury Lane - Oakbrook
11/9-1/27/2019
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
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The Full Monty in Broadway THE FULL MONTY
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
12/7-1/27/2019
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, THE FULL MONTY follows a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo who while spying on their wives at a "Girls' Night Out," see how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they're stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to "let it go."
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THE ROOMMATE
Citadel Theatre
12/27-3/3/2019
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.
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