Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 4/09/2017

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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR
CITADEL THEATRE COMPANY
4/10-4/11/2017

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SEUSSICAL KIDS
ROUND LAKE AREA PARK DISTRICT COMMUNITY THEATRE
4/12-4/13/2017

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the kates on broadway in Broadway THE KATES ON BROADWAY
The World Fmous Laugh Factory
4/13-4/13/2017
The kates, a nine year comedy showcase hosted by Kelsie Huff and featuring the best female stand-ups in Chicago, now in it's second year at the Laugh Factory Chicago. Age restriction: 18 years and over 2 drink minimum per person (can be non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage). Featuring Kelsie Huff, Alexandra Tsarpalas, Melody Kamali, Sameena Mustafa, Claire Swanson, Adrienne Brandyburg, Denise Medina and Sonal Aggarwal- See more at: http://www.laughfactory.com/clubs/chicago#sthash.HDq8kokn.dpuf
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ANYTIME/ANYWHERE: THE THIRD ANNUAL PIVEN IMPROV SERIES
Piven Theatre Workshop
3/24-4/15/2017

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9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
WOODSTOCK MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
3/31-4/15/2017

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BYE BYE BIRDIE
North Putnam High School
4/14-4/15/2017

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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 ACT EDITION
KIDZ KABARET
4/6-4/16/2017

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FOR THE LOVE OF (OR, THE ROLLER DERBY PLAY)
The Buena - Pride Arts Center
3/16-4/16/2017
When Joy, a driftless young woman, gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you’re willing to sacrifice – or lose – in order to follow your heart. This world premiere play by Gina Femia, a Brooklyn born and based playwright whose work has been presented in more than 30 festivals locally, nationally and internationally.
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GRAVEDIGGERS’ HAMLET
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
3/30-4/16/2017
Michael Mahler, Alan Schmuckler, Laura Shellhardt; dir: Geoff Button.Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater:
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DESTINY OF DESIRE
Goodman Theatre
3/11-4/16/2017
Karen Zacarías; dir: José Luis Valenzuela.Albert Theatre:
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MAMMA MIA!
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
1/27-4/17/2017

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Farmington Central High School
4/15-4/17/2017

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IN TO AMERICA
Griffin Theatre Company
3/18-4/23/2017
William Massolia; dir: Dorothy Milne.The Den Theatre:
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BY THE WATER
Northlight Theatre
3/16-4/23/2017
Sharyn Rothstein; dir: Cody Estle.
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ANYTHING GOES-BEAUMONT'87
Parkland College
4/6-4/23/2017

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SHREK THE MUSICAL JR
SPECIAL GIFTS THEATRE
2/11-4/23/2017

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Wig Out!  in Broadway WIG OUT!
The Theatre School at DePaul University
4/12-4/23/2017
by Tarell Alvin McCraney????????????????????? directed by Nathan Singh????????????????????????????????????????? Welcome to the underground drag scene, a place where many gay men create families for themselves. The legendary House of Lights is one such family. As they prepare for a competitive ball with a rival house, each member confronts their identity within the family. Wig Out! is an electrifying tale of community, queer sub-culture, and sexuality by Theatre School alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney. April 14, 2017 - April 23, 2017 Previews : 4/12 & 4/13 WED - SAT at 7:30 PM SUN at 2 PM? On the Fullerton Stage (773) 325-7900
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SHORT SHAKESPEARE! ROMEO AND JULIET
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2/22-4/28/2017
adapt: Marti Lyons from William Shakespeare; dir: Marti Lyons.Courtyard Theater:
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SYCAMORE
Raven Theatre
3/8-4/29/2017
Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in a Midwestern suburb who both become romantically interested in the same boy - their new next-door neighbor John. This isn't the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John's affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry's parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David's reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner. This world premiere by the promising new playwright Sarah Sander is a warm and frequently funny look at family life in a world where all the rules have changed.
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SIX STORIES TALL
Adventure Stage Chicago
3/24-4/29/2017
music: Mikhail Fiksel.
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SYCAMORE
Raven Theatre Company
3/8-4/29/2017
Sarah Sander; dir: Devon de Mayo.West Stage:
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SILENT SKY
First Folio Theatre
3/29-4/30/2017
Lauren Gunderson; dir: Alison C. Vesely.Mayslake Hall:
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KING OF YEES
Goodman Theatre
3/31-4/30/2017
Lauren Yee; dir: Joshua Kahan Brody.Owen Theatre:
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Ruthless the Musical in Broadway RUTHLESS THE MUSICAL
Steel Beam Theatre
4/7-4/30/2017
What do you get when you combine the story lines of hit Broadway musicals like Gypsy and Mame, and movies such as The Bad Seed and All About Eve? You get a totally hilarious take on stage mothers and their beautiful - but poisonous- offspring. A campy cult favorite Ruthless! is a don't miss, 90 minute hilarious musical theatre romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood, and unbridled ambition.
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Hairspray in Broadway HAIRSPRAY
Windy City Music Theatre
4/8-4/30/2017
Chicago - Windy City Music Theatre, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing professional theatre companies, will present HAIRSPRAY, with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray, April 8th-30th in Jefferson Park. ABOUT THE SHOW: The 1950’s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do! ABOUT OUR MAINSTAGE SHOWS: Our MAINSTAGE Shows are fully-produced, big family musicals performed by professional actors, teens and youth. These two-hour productions are designed to appeal to our “for and by all ages” philosophy. Audiences who have enjoyed past MainStage shows remark that the shows are uplifting, inspiring, and fun for the whole family – not to mention more economical than larger venues. HAIRSPRAY includes auditioned and non-auditioned youth & teen ensemble and supporting characters, training alongside professional adults and performing in the shows. Directed by Jordan Richardson | Music Direction by Nick Arceo | Choreography by Joseph Kuchey
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BEYOND CARING
Lookingglass Theatre Company
3/22-5/5/2017
Unseen. Unheard. Unknown. At the margins of society, on the knife-edge of survival, they work for low wages, in harsh conditions. No safety net. No insurance or protections. No guarantee of work tomorrow. This critically-acclaimed piece, most recently produced at the UK’s National Theatre, is re-imagined for Chicago by writer/director Alexander Zeldin. In association with Dark Harbor Stories, a company led by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer and Tom Hodges, this play is a gritty portrait of those who cling precariously to the bottom rung of the ladder. Full of life, humor, and tenderness, it sheds light on America’s shadow economy and shines an unflinching spotlight on the incendiary intersection of race and class.
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SHREK THE MUSICAL JR
FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL
4/6-5/7/2017

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The Most Happy Fella in Broadway THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
3/10-5/7/2017
Tony, a middle-aged Napa Valley vintner who makes a mail-order marriage proposal to Rosabella. She accepts the proposal on the mistaken assumption that the photo Tony sent along is of Tony, when it is in fact a picture of the young and handsome farm foreman Joe. It’s a touching love story that has been popular first as a non-musical play and feature film and as this musical filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful, splashy Broadway-style numbers.
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BEYOND CARING
Lookingglass Theatre Co
3/22-5/7/2017
Alexander Zeldin; dir: Alexander Zeldin.Water Tower Water Works:
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THE MOST HAPPY FELLA
THEO UBIQUE THEATRE COMPANY
3/10-5/7/2017

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THE MUSIC MAN
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
3/15-5/13/2017

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MY FAIR LADY
Zark Productions
3/30-5/14/2017

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SISTER ACT
BEVERLY THEATRE GUILD
4/14-5/14/2017

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Disney's TARZAN: The Stage Musical in Broadway DISNEY'S TARZAN: THE STAGE MUSICAL
NightBlue Performing Arts Company
4/12-5/14/2017
CHICAGO – To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, NightBlue Performing Arts Company opens its 2017 season with the Chicago premiere of “Disney’s TARZAN: The Broadway Musical” at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont. This musical, Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. “Disney’s TARZAN: The Broadway Musical” runs April 12, 2017 through May 14, 2017. Press night is Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35, $32, and $25. For tickets visit www.Stage773.com or call the box office at 773-327-5252.
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TARZAN: The Stage Musical in Broadway TARZAN: THE STAGE MUSICAL
NightBlue Performing Arts Company
4/12-5/14/2017
CHICAGO – To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, NightBlue Performing Arts Company opens its 2017 season with the Chicago premiere of “Disney’s TARZAN: The Broadway Musical” at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont. This musical, Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. “Disney’s TARZAN: The Broadway Musical” runs April 12, 2017 through May 14, 2017. Press night is Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35, $32, and $25. For tickets visit www.Stage773.com or call the box office at 773-327-5252.
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I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Amish Acres
4/12-5/21/2017

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LAS MENINAS
The Hypocrites
3/24-5/21/2017
Lynn Nottage; dir: Jess McLeod.
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LINDA VISTA
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
3/30-5/21/2017
Tracy Letts; dir: Dexter Bullard.Downstairs Theatre:
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Forty-Two Stories in Broadway FORTY-TWO STORIES
City Lit Theater Company
4/14-5/28/2017
A comedy about life in a Lake Shore Drive high-rise condo building where a professional student from the University of Chicago is moonlighting as a janitor, a stressed-out apartment manager is at odds with the residents and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a motley assortment of other staff members struggles with survival in the face of urban pandemonium. And with the fact that one of them may be breaking into the units and stealing women's underwear. City Lit's fourth Douglas Post show, following the world premiere of Somebody Foreign and two holiday productions of his musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows.
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Mary Poppins in Broadway MARY POPPINS
Mercury Theater Chicago
3/24-5/28/2017
Disney’s MARY POPPINS is a Supercalifragilistic hit! Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Get swept up in tunes like "Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds" and of course "Chim Chim Cher-ee" as young Jane and Michael learn life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. So, bring the whole family and spend a “Jolly Holiday” with Mary and an irresistible cast of characters.
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MARY POPPINS
MERCURY THEATER CHICAGO
4/5-5/28/2017

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Forty-Two Stories in Broadway FORTY-TWO STORIES
City Lit Theatre
4/14-5/28/2017
Forty-Two Stories is a comedy about life in a high-rise condominium building where a professional student from the University of Chicago is moonlighting as a janitor, a stressed-out apartment manager is at odds with the residents and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a motley assortment of other staff members struggle with survival in the face of urban pandemonium and the possibility that one of them might be breaking into the units and stealing women's underwear. 
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