Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/20/2018

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DISNEY'S MULAN JR
Nitsch Theatre Arts NFP
5/12-5/21/2018

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DO RE MI
Porchlight Music Theatre
5/22-5/24/2018

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THE WIZARD OF OZ (YPE)
Harmony Youth Theater
5/24-5/24/2018

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Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat in Broadway DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT
Merle Reskin Theatre
4/19-5/26/2018
by Dr. Seuss directed by Jeff Mills Sally and her brother are bored on a rainy day, when the Cat in the Hat appears with tricks and things and games to play. Their day is filled with mischief and imagination despite protests from their fish. That is, until their mom returns home. Join us for Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s story that illustrates boredom is truly just a state of mind. April 19, 2018 - May 26, 2018 TUE, THU, & FRI at 10 AM? SAT & SUN at 2 PM? ? DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre (312) 922-1999
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1776
THEATRE IN THE PARK
5/18-5/26/2018

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DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
4/19-5/26/2018

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KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL in Broadway KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
Emerald City Theatre
3/16-5/26/2018
KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL "A Small Heroine with Big Problems" For Ages 3+ Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaption of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom, and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. With stage design inspired by illustrations straight from the book, this treasured tale is an ECT audience favorite.
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THE EXPLORERS CLUB
Citadel Theatre Company
4/27-5/27/2018
A spoof of all those bold Victorian adventurers who ravaged foreign lands and annihilated indigenous cultures in the name of science. It’s London 1879 and the prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: a brilliant, beautiful woman who has discovered a legendary Lost City wants to join, but letting her in might shake the very foundations of the British Empire!
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Ben's Wild Story in Broadway BEN'S WILD STORY
Skokie Theatre
5/26-5/27/2018
Eight-time Emmy-winner Ben Hollis (Wild Chicago, WTTW) and local TV legend takes you on a high-energy musical revelation of personal comedy and original songs. “Ben’s Wild Story” tells the tale of how this chubby Chicago kid obsessed with “being adored” confronts his ridiculously self-centered desires -- and ultimately overcomes them… in unexpected ways. Ben humorously – and often poignantly – takes you on a wild adventure through the 60s, 70s and 80s puncuated with plenty of Top 40 Hit earworms and hilarious projected images. Tickets: $25 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Downtown Skokie. Call 847-677-7761 or visit SkokieTheatre.org
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MADAGASCAR JR
CYT Chicago, Inc
5/18-5/27/2018

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MADAGASCAR JR
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
5/18-5/27/2018

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MARY POPPINS JR
ST RAYMOND DE PENAFORT CHURCH
5/24-5/27/2018

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KISS ME, KATE (REVISED)
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
4/11-5/27/2018

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GRAND HOTEL, THE MUSICAL
KOKANDY PRODUCTIONS
4/15-5/27/2018

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CHARLIE BROWN (REVISED)
Christian Youth Theater - Chicago
5/25-5/27/2018

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KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
EMERALD CITY THEATRE COMPANY
3/16-5/27/2018

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY SCHOOL EDITION
Portage Park Elementary School
5/29-5/31/2018

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SEUSSICAL-THEATRE YOUNG AUDIENCES
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
4/18-6/2/2018

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ONCE
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
4/25-6/2/2018

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THE DAYS ARE SHORTER
Pride Arts Center - The Buena
5/8-6/3/2018
Julia believes that the answer to all of her problems is youth. She's tried various ways to recapture her youth but her 53 years continue to dog her steps. After many sleepless days and nights, she feels herself being slowly consumed by age and madness. Magic is inherent in THE DAYS ARE SHORTER, from Julia’s young lover's magic act to Julia's creation of a magical life in order to find out who really needs her love.
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Anything Goes (REV-1962) in Broadway ANYTHING GOES (REV-1962)
Music On Stage
5/19-6/3/2018
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life. ANYTHING GOES is produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue New York, NY. 10022 PERFORMANCES: May 19, 2018 @ 8:00pm May 20, 2018 @ 3:00pm May 25, 2018 @ 8:00pm May 26, 2018 @ 8:00pm May 27, 2018 @ 3:00pm June 1, 2018 @ 8:00pm June 2, 2018 @ 8:00pm June 3, 2018 @ 3:00pm INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $20.00 - Adult Advance $23.00 - Adult Door $18.00 - Child Advance $20.00 - Child Door $18.00 - Senior (62+) Advance $20.00 - Senior Door $18.00 - Group Rate (10+) *Please note that Door Sales begin 1 hour prior to a performance 2017-2018 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS: $52.00 - Adult Subscription $45.00 - Child Subscription $45.00 - Senior Subscription *Season Subscription Ticket Packages include 1 ticket to each show in the 2017-2018 Season. You MUST purchase 1 ticket of the same type for each production for this special subscription to apply at Checkout
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Dirty Dancing in Broadway DIRTY DANCING
Cadillac Palace Theatre
5/29-6/3/2018
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." London's Sunday Express says "This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!" It's the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, Baby shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters when an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby's life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny's leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.
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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles in Broadway THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLES
Filament Theatre
4/21-6/3/2018
Filament Theatre will stage the world premiere of Michelle Cuevas & Erin E. Stead’s critically acclaimed children’s book, The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles. This “captivating” picture book full of “quirky charm” (Publishers Weekly / School Library Journal) was a national bestseller and named best book of the year by Time, People, The Boston Globe, and School Library Journal. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance: to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. One day the lonely Uncorker opens a party invitation? - but there?'s no name attached. Filament?'s production puts audience members at the center of this heartwarming mystery leading us all to a celebration of friendship and community. With opportunities to play and engage with the story, Filament will have the whole family living in the themes of the production and playing together. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles is adapted by Melissa Pfeiffer-Lampl & Andrew J. Lampl with direction by Filament Theatre artistic director, Julie Ritchey. Tim McNulty will compose original music and music direct. The design team consists of costume designer Emily Waecker, set designer Amy Gilman, and lighting designer Carley Walker with production stage management by Caroline Foulk. The cast includes Christopher Acevedo, Molly Bunder, Nico Fernandez, Olivia Jackson, La Shone T. Kelly, Michele Stine, with understudies Tia Pinson and Daniella Rukin. Performances begin April 21st. Preview tickets start at $12 with full price tickets ranging from $14 - $17.50. To schedule a birthday party at The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, please call: 773.270.1660. See website for information on field trip and sensory friendly performance dates. In association with The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, Filament Theatre offers a spring class where students develop their own show inspired by Filament’s professional production. This class for 6-11 year olds will run from April 23 – May 21. To purchase tickets, register for class or to learn more, visit www.FilamentTheatre.org or call (773) 270-1660. Filament Theatre is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60641. Filament Theatre - where families come to play.
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ONCE
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
4/25-6/3/2018

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COMPANY in Broadway COMPANY
Mercury Theater Chicago
4/5-6/3/2018
It’s a party and you’re invited! Everybody loves Bobby; he is fun, smart and the best third-wheel. Let’s get together to celebrate Bobby’s 35th Birthday. We’re inviting all his good and crazy people, his married friends. We’ll even invite some of his girlfriends (I wish he’d just get married already). Shhh, it’s a surprise. Mercury Theater Chicago’s production will be presented on the new Venus Cabaret Stage. You will be welcomed as part of Bobby’s 35th birthday party as we celebrate this new theater with Stephen Sondheim’s bittersweet COMPANY. This show is complemented with party appetizers and birthday cake for all.
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Last Stop on Market Street in Broadway LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
Chicago Children's Theatre
4/24-6/3/2018
Chicago Children’s Theatre, in a co-commission with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, will open Last Stop on Market Street, a world premiere musical based on the award-winning book by author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Acclaimed playwright Cheryl L. West is creating this first-ever stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated children’s books ever. Kids (and parents) love Peña’s warm tale about young CJ and his wise, loving grandmother who teaches him to find beauty in teveryday city life. Speaking of the mundane, the music will be anything but, as CCT is welcoming Motown music legend Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier, the duo behind the music in CCT’s 2015 smash hit Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, back to Chicago to create the show’s original score.
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AVENUE Q
MERCURY THEATER CHICAGO
5/16-6/6/2018

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PROMETHEUS BOUND
City Lit Theater
4/27-6/10/2018
The titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained by Zeus —and fastened with a spike through his chest - to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus’s plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. Prometheus’s parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and Io - a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow. Life sized puppets will play all characters except for Prometheus and Io.
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FLIES! THE MUSICAL!
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway
5/3-6/10/2018
In a twisted mash-up of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN and GLEE, FLIES! THE MUSICAL! follows the drama kids from Lovely Valley Performing Arts Magnet High School. The students are left behind in an abandoned forest preserve during a “research” retreat for an unauthorized teacher-written musical production of LORD OF THE FLIES. Gradually, things turn savage in a couple of unsupervised hours as the plot points of the novel begin to come true one by one, in song.
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MEMPIS
Porchlight Theatre
4/19-6/10/2018

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Prometheus Bound in Broadway PROMETHEUS BOUND
City Lit Theater Company
4/27-6/10/2018
A world premiere translation of Aeschylus’ theatrically boldest tragedy, commissioned by City Lit from Nicholas Rudall, Founding Director of Court Theatre and internationally acclaimed award-winning translator of Greek drama. The titan Prometheus, friend of humankind, is chained—and fastened with a spike through his chest--to a mountain as punishment for instilling in the human race the capacity for hope, thereby spoiling Zeus’s plan to wipe out the human race and replace it with something better. His parade of visitors includes gods, sea nymphs, and a woman whom Zeus has turned into a cow. The production will feature both actors and life-sized puppets.
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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
QUEEN OF ANGELS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5/23-6/10/2018

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MEMPHIS
Porchlight Music Theatre
4/19-6/10/2018

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SMART PEOPLE
Writers Theatre
3/21-6/10/2018
Lydia Diamond; dir: Hallie Gordon.
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The Book of Maggie in Broadway THE BOOK OF MAGGIE
Death & Pretzels
5/19-6/16/2018
Death & Pretzels presents the Chicago premiere of a new dark comedy by Brendan Bourque-Sheil, THE BOOK OF MAGGIE Judas Iscariot and Pontius Pilate spend their eternal time in hell, drinking, smoking and tending to potted plants. Their plans for the afterlife change when, from on high, they're offered an opportunity for redemption by helping two mortal women- Maggie and Joan. With some reluctant help from Saint Peter, Judas and Pilate find helping these women might mean more than just saving themselves. *This production includes gunshots and themes of suicide* Featuring: Tia Pinson as Maggie Jake Baker as Judas Iscariot Nick Strauss as Pontius Pilate Taylor Toms as Joan Collin Quinn Rice as St. Simon Peter Directed by Madison Smith, Stage Managed by Lili Bjorklund, featuring designs by Matt Orenstein, Charles Blunt and Bridget Vacha Preview Performances: May 17th and 18th Opening: May 19th Closing: June 16th Running Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm at Nox Arca Theatre in Ravenswood. BYOB! The venue is wheelchair accessible, there is free parking on Ravenswood, and Touch Tours can be available 30 minutes prior to curtain (please email Madison at deathandpretzels@gmail.com to request a Touch Tour). (4001 N. Ravenswood #405 Chicago, Illinois 60613). Tickets: $18 available online or at the door, $15 student tickets available at the door only with valid student I.D., Industry tickets are also available with code. *Tickets $12 during Preview Performances May 17th and 18th
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SHE LOVES ME
VILLAGE THEATRE GUILD
5/25-6/16/2018

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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
5/2-6/23/2018

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TO CATCH A FISH
TimeLine Theatre Company
4/25-7/1/2018
TimeLine Theatre:Brett Neveu; dir: Ron OJ Parson.
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The Revolutionists in Broadway THE REVOLUTIONISTS
Organic Theater Company
5/29-7/8/2018
THE REVOLUTIONISTS, a fast-paced, comedic quartet by 2017’s most produced playwright, follows four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Former queen Marie Antoinette, playwright Olympe de Gouges, Jean-Paul Marat’s assassin Charlotte Corday, and Haitian rebel spy Marianne Angelle collide in this true story, total fiction, and play about a play. Join us for this passionate, poignant and decisive call to action through the true (and sometimes not) stories of these four extraordinary women.
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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
BoHo Theatre
5/19-7/8/2018
Desiree is involved with the buffoonish Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, husband of the cynical and wryly comedic Countess Charlotte Malcolm. But when Desiree spots her old flame Fredrik in the audience of her most recent production, her interest in him is immediately rekindled. Fredrik, however, has recently married the virginal 18-year old Anne, with whom Fredrik’s son, the melancholy academic Henrik, has fallen in love. All parties meet for a “Weekend in the Country” at Desiree’s mother, Madame Armfeldt’s, estate, where the tangled web of romantic involvements continues to surprise us with its twists and turns. Featuring the classic, Grammy Award-winning song “Send in the Clowns” and a beautiful, lush score, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is a story of love, nostalgia, regret, and the magic of music on a summer’s night.
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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
5/23-7/14/2018

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BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
American Blues Theater
4/27-7/28/2018
Stage 773:Alan James; dir: Lili-Anne Brown.
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20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS
Lookingglass Theatre Company
5/23-8/19/2018

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20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS
Lookingglass Theatre Co
5/23-8/19/2018
Water Tower Water Works:adapt: David Kersnar, Althos Low; dir: David Kersnar.
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20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
Lookingglass
5/23-8/19/2018
Professor Aronnax and crew set out to investigate a terrifying sea creature, but are quickly captured by the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the Nautilus submarine, they must confront the monsters that lurk below…and within. Ensemble Member David Kersnar directs Jules Verne’s epic adventure in this World Premiere.
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