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ASPECTS OF LOVE
Theo Ubique Theatre Company
3/7-5/27/2013
This bold and ambitious chamber opera explores the landscape of the human heart, charting the shifting alliances of six lovers across three generations. Alex is only seventeen when love changes everything. His brief affair with the ambitious actress, Rose, sets the course for a succession of romantic liaisons that last well into manhood. Alex loses Rose to his shrewd, worldly uncle George and they marry. In time, George's mistress, the lovely Giulietta, has a fling with Rose, who keeps her own lover, Hugo. Echoes of Rose's initial caprice with the virginal Alex haunt the proceedings when he, in turn, beds the teenage daughter Rose has borne his aging uncle. This elaborate la ronde en famille is driven by an engrossing and muscular score of pure emotional directness. MATURE SUBJECT MATTER MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOLS.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black & Charles Hart; Based Upon David Garnett
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ASPECTS OF LOVE
Theo Ubique Theatre Company
3/7-5/27/2013
This bold and ambitious chamber opera explores the landscape of the human heart, charting the shifting alliances of six lovers across three generations. Alex is only seventeen when love changes everything. His brief affair with the ambitious actress, Rose, sets the course for a succession of romantic liaisons that last well into manhood. Alex loses Rose to his shrewd, worldly uncle George and they marry. In time, George's mistress, the lovely Giulietta, has a fling with Rose, who keeps her own lover, Hugo. Echoes of Rose's initial caprice with the virginal Alex haunt the proceedings when he, in turn, beds the teenage daughter Rose has borne his aging uncle. This elaborate la ronde en famille is driven by an engrossing and muscular score of pure emotional directness. MATURE SUBJECT MATTER MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOLS.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black & Charles Hart; Based Upon David Garnett
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ASPECTS OF LOVE
Theo Ubique Theatre Company
3/7-5/27/2013
This bold and ambitious chamber opera explores the landscape of the human heart, charting the shifting alliances of six lovers across three generations. Alex is only seventeen when love changes everything. His brief affair with the ambitious actress, Rose, sets the course for a succession of romantic liaisons that last well into manhood. Alex loses Rose to his shrewd, worldly uncle George and they marry. In time, George's mistress, the lovely Giulietta, has a fling with Rose, who keeps her own lover, Hugo. Echoes of Rose's initial caprice with the virginal Alex haunt the proceedings when he, in turn, beds the teenage daughter Rose has borne his aging uncle. This elaborate la ronde en famille is driven by an engrossing and muscular score of pure emotional directness. MATURE SUBJECT MATTER MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOLS.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black & Charles Hart; Based Upon David Garnett
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ASPECTS OF LOVE
Theo Ubique Theatre Company
3/7-5/27/2013
This bold and ambitious chamber opera explores the landscape of the human heart, charting the shifting alliances of six lovers across three generations. Alex is only seventeen when love changes everything. His brief affair with the ambitious actress, Rose, sets the course for a succession of romantic liaisons that last well into manhood. Alex loses Rose to his shrewd, worldly uncle George and they marry. In time, George's mistress, the lovely Giulietta, has a fling with Rose, who keeps her own lover, Hugo. Echoes of Rose's initial caprice with the virginal Alex haunt the proceedings when he, in turn, beds the teenage daughter Rose has borne his aging uncle. This elaborate la ronde en famille is driven by an engrossing and muscular score of pure emotional directness. MATURE SUBJECT MATTER MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR SCHOOLS.Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Don Black & Charles Hart; Based Upon David Garnett
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NO DOGS ALLOWED
Effingham High School
5/30-5/30/2013

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ANNIE
Robert Healy ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5/30-5/31/2013
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. ANNIE is the perfect family-friendly musical, and an ideal show for a largely female cast. Middle Schools and elementary schools should also take notice of ANNIE JR - a special version of this title expressly designed for younger performers. 
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SEUSSICAL-THEATRE YOUNG AUDIENCES
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
4/24-6/1/2013
Now one of the most performed shows in America, SEUSSICAL is a 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, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Will Think" as the spirit of imagination transports the colorful characters from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible  world of the Whos.For this version, certain plot elements have been simplified, it is in one act, and runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes - perfect for presentation in schools. (See ADDITIONAL FACTS below for details) The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge--not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible 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, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that  makes you laugh and cry. For complete information on this
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LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION
SPOTLIGHT YOUTH THEATER
5/30-6/2/2013
Broadway?s legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written.This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean?s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.Originally adapted from Victor Hugo?s timeless novel, LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. For, within LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION lies the universal truth ?To love another person is to see the face of God? and this message is sure to have a lasting impact on your cast, crew, audience, and school alike.
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DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS
KIDZ KABARET
5/30-6/2/2013
DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS is a delightful new show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film.DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS welcomes audiences to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks.As a title in the MTI Broadway Junior Collection, DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS is approximately 30 minutes in length and is appropriate for performance by elementary school-aged students.
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre
4/3-6/2/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre
4/3-6/2/2013
South PacificSet in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocen
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GODSPELL
BRASS RAIL PLAYERS
5/30-6/2/2013
Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL RETURNSVisit the official Godpell on Broadway site for tickets and more information on this new production.
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre
4/3-6/2/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK
Goodman Theatre
4/27-6/2/2013
Albert Theater: - Lynn Nottage; dir: Chuck Smith.
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REALITY CHECK
MPAACT, Inc
5/2-6/2/2013
Greenhouse Theater Center: - Kevin Douglas; dir: Marie Cisco, Kevin Douglas.
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SOUTH PACIFIC
Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre
4/3-6/2/2013
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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THE MUSIC MAN
CORN STOCK THEATRE
5/31-6/8/2013
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.
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9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
OAK LAWN PARK DISTRICT
5/31-6/9/2013
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five.Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast. With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for community theaters or high schools.
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THE MISANTHROPE
Court Theatre
5/18-6/9/2013
Abselon Auditorium: - Moliere ; trans: Richard Wilbur; dir: Charles Newell.
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PLOUGHED UNDER: AN AMERICAN SONGBOOK
The House Theatre of Chicago
4/19-6/9/2013
The Chopin Theatre: - Kevin O'Donnell; lyrics: Kevin O'Donnell; music: Kevin O'Donnell.
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STELLA & LOU
Northlight Theatre
5/3-6/9/2013
- Bruce Graham; dir: BJ Jones.
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HEAD OF PASSES
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
4/4-6/9/2013
Downstairs Theatre: - Tarell Alvin McCraney; dir: Tina Landau.
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
AWKWARD PAUSE THEATRE LTD.
5/31-6/16/2013
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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HENRY VIII
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
4/30-6/16/2013
Courtyard Theater: - William Shakespeare; dir: Barbara Gaines.
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IVYWILD
The Hypocrites
5/1-6/16/2013
Chopin Theatre: - Jay Torrence; dir: Halena Kays.
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THE MISS NEO-FUTURIST PAGEANT
The Neo-Futurists
5/16-6/22/2013
The Neo-Futurarium: - Megan Mercier.
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HOMECOMING 1972
Chicago Dramatists
5/16-6/23/2013
- Robert Koon; dir: Kimberly Senior.
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ZANNA DON'T
Theatre On The Square
5/31-6/29/2013

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AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
TOBACCO ROAD INC.
6/1-6/30/2013
The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930's Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway's best. The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club, honky tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, rent parties, stride piano players and that jumpin' new beat, Swing. Although not quite a biography, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.Assembled under the expert eye of director/lyricist  Richard Maltby, Jr., AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, with moments of devastating beauty, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is simply unforgettable.
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CHICAGO IS BURNING
Victory Gardens Theater
5/31-6/30/2013
Zacek-McVay Theater: - Marcus Gardley; dir: Chay Yew.
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AWESOME ALLIE: FIRST KID ASTRONAUT
Derby Dinner Playhouse
6/1-7/6/2013

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BLOOD AND GIFTS
Timeline Theatre Company
4/30-7/28/2013
TimeLine Theatre: - J.T. Rogers; dir: Nick Bowling.
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THE LIAR
Writers' Theatre
5/21-7/28/2013
325 Tudor Court: - adapt: David Ives from Pierre Corneille; dir: William Brown.
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