Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents “Elizabeth Cree,” a suspenseful and thrilling tale set in Victorian London, based on the novel “The Trial of Elizabeth Cree” by Peter Ackroyd. Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell have reunited for this world-premiere, co-produced with Opera Philadelphia and Hackney Empire, telling the story of a woman on trial for her husband’s grisly murder. This show features music direction by Geoff McDonald, stage direction by David Schweizer, and stars Katherine Pracht in the title role. The opening night and main press performance will take place on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Studebaker Theater (410 S. Michigan). Additional performances will take place on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 18 at 3 p.m.
CIRCLE THEATRE is proud to announce its 32nd Season, which includes a timely world-premiere play and a vibrant, direct-from-New York, Chicago-premiere musical.
Following its hit production of MACHINAL, Greenhouse Theater Center is pleased to continue its 2017-18 season with the return of Laurence Leamer's critically acclaimed drama ROSE. Recently honored with a 2017 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Solo Performance, celebrated Chicago actress Linda Reiter reprises her role as matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy in this intimate piece directed by Steve Scott. ROSE will play January 12 – March 11, 2018 at the Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Main Stage), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently availabe at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336. Season Flex passes are also available.
Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the next mainstage production it its 2017 – 2018 season Merrily We Roll Along, January 26 – March 11, 2018, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, with direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, associate direction and musical staging by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik and music direction by Aaron Benham at Porchlght’s home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Merrily We Roll Along is based on the play by the same name written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Previews areFriday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The regular run performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (March 4 and March 11) and 6 p.m. (February 4, February 11, February 18 and February 25) with a weekday matinee Thursday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. There is no 4 p.m. performance Saturday, Feb. 3 and no 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 8. Tickets are $33 - $60 and are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office,773.777.9884.
Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts Center in January 2017, will return on January 21 and 22 with CHARLES BUSCH: MY KINDA ‘60S - a new show that gets to the essence of this legendary entertainer. Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the tumultuous decade of the 1960’s, Busch will be singing a great songbook from Broadway to Pop, featuring the work of among others Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, the Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander and Ebb. Songs include “Two for the Road,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” He will be appearing with his long-time musical director/ arranger Tom Judson in a unique evening of music and storytelling, both hilarious and poignant.
Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker" highlights CJO's "Not So Silent Night" concert, 12/22 @ the Studebaker
The acclaimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) will debut a new holiday music tradition in Chicago when it presents Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s The Nutcracker Suite, a jazz-infused rendition of Tchaikovsky’s original 1893Nutcracker score, in its entirety, one-night-only, Friday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Studebaker Theatre, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building.
The Second City’s She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves returns to the stage January 2018
Back by popular demand, The Second City’s She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves, a sketch show created, designed and performed entirely by the women of Second City, returns to the stage in 2018. Under the direction of Carly Heffernan with musical direction by Mary Mahoney, She the People runs January 11 – April 1, 2018, in The Second City’s UP Comedy Club, with the press opening on Thursday, January 18th at 8pm. Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at (312) 662-4562 or online atwww.secondcity.com. UP Comedy Club is located on the 3rd Floor of Piper’s Alley at 230 W North Ave, Chicago.
Northwestern University’s top orchestral talent will travel halfway around the globe during spring break 2018 to perform in three prestigious concert halls and to serve as musical ambassadors for the University.
Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) is proud to produce the world premiere of The Burn, written by Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins and directed by Devon de Mayo. SYA presents this new play as part of their season which asks, “When does a lie become the truth?” Public performances for The Burn are Saturday, February 17 at 3pm and 7:30pm; Friday, February 23 at 7:30pm; Saturday, February 24 at 3pm and 7:30pm; Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm; and Saturday, March 3 at 3pm and 7:30pm in the Upstairs Theatre.The press performance is Saturday, February 17 at 3pm. Weekday performances are reserved for school groups only. Tickets to public performances ($20; $15 with student I.D.) are currently on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.
More Chicagoland families now have the opportunity to experience A Christmas Carol as Goodman Theatre offers its first-ever sensory-friendly/relaxed performance. Presented in partnership with Autism Speaks-Chicago, the Goodman welcomes families with members who have autism or other social, cognitive and physical challenges that create sensory sensitivities. The sensory-friendly/relaxed performance takes place on Saturday, December 30 at 2pm; tickets ($15-35), with promo code SENSORY. Resource materials, lobby and seating maps for the December 30 performance are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/SensoryPerformance, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). For more information, e-mail Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.Please Note: Individuals who do not have sensory sensitivities or who are not accompanying those who do are encouraged to attend a different performance of A Christmas Carol.