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A poignant yet uplifting story of two extraordinary women exemplifying the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood. Beaches was adapted from the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart, which was later adapted into the popular 1988 film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.
Back together after 20 years, the hit 60's girl group The Bikinis is ready to relive their fun in the sun, revive their Jersey Girl heydays, and rekindle their long lost friendships...... all to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. Celebrate the good 'ole days with "It's in His Kiss", "I Will Survive," "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," "Under the Boardwalk," and many more with Folk rock n' roller Annie, passive aggressive Jodi, no-holds barred Barbara and fun-loving Karla! Rating: G
An ingenious spoof of 1940s Hollywood and whodunit films with side-by-side stories about the real world of a detective fiction writer and the "reel" world of his fictional gumshoe hero. One balances romance and rewrites, while the other slinks through a film noir netherworld of thugs and femmes fatales in this winner of the Best Musical Tony Award.
A silly songfest of friendship and fun!
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie just wants to play! Our favorite characters from Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie series set the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical, where pachyderm and swine heroically explore the importance of friendship. With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this is an animal party that you won't want to miss!
Ooh la la! Fancy for your family!
From the tip-top of her twinkly tiara down to her sparkly slippers, Nancy's eager to steal the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show) Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Through practicing kindness, Nancy must become a musical hero by finding the fancy flair in her new role. Adapted from the bestselling book series, this show is full of funny, frilly ballet ballads.
First Date, Broadway's new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence - the dreaded blind date, is coming to Chicago for a limited engagement just in time for Valentine's Day! First Date features a book by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed). At a rapid-fire 90 minutes, First Date is a lighthearted, funny and romantic show featuring a stellar ensemble cast. The musical is perfect for a real first date, a girls' night out or just a fun and entertaining experience at the theater.
In First Wives Club, three former college friends reunite to find that they have more in common than their alma mater! Ditched by their respective husbands for younger women, they band together to settle scores with the men who did them wrong. Featuring new songs and classic hits like "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," First Wives Club is a hilarious, inspiring, and empowering story about friendship at its strongest... and revenge at its sweetest.
Next Thing You Know is the story of four New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps. Does marrying a really nice guy mean you're settling down or just settling? Does taking a nine-to-five equal giving up or growing up? Does a decade in the city break you down or break you in?
Come to what is sure to be a thrilling and unique night of theatre, and you create it!
Every Saturday night we open our doors at 10PM and accept the first 15 original acts that walk through the door. Scenes, Poems, Dances, Magic Tricks, Stand-Up, Sketch, Improv, Puppets, Songs, Juggling, Mime, Acrobatics and/or General Shenanigans - whatever floats your proverbial boat.
1. All material must be original
2. Performances should be no more than five minutes in length
3. You can't break anything--not yourself, not the theatre--and you can't break any laws
No Shame Theatre focuses on immediacy, originality and brevity. So, whether you're coming to perform, watch or both, together we'll create a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
A serial killer is on the loose, and Detective Morris Brummell is on the case. You'll be on the edge of your seat as he chases a murderous master of disguises through New York City, unraveling a complex tale involving befuddled detectives, meddling mothers, and glamorous socialites. Can he find the killer, get the girl, and appease his disappointed mother all before the next chorus? It's a game of cat and mouse -- a tour de force with 4 actors playing 17 roles! Based on the novel and movie by William Goldman (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), this captivating award-winning musical gives new meaning to "knock 'em dead!"
MCL Chicago is proud to announce the debut of its inaugural Musical Comedy Festival, Premiere Premieres! A Weekend of New Musical Comedies. The festival celebrates original musical comedies, with its mission being the ability to produce great works for Chicago's vibrant comedy and theater communities. We are looking for full-length, original musical comedies that have never been produced before.
After a vicious cholera outbreak in the British Raj claims the lives of both her parents, ten year-old Mary Lennox is sent back to England to live at her estranged uncle's estate. Orphaned and alone, Mary finds herself haunted not only by the ghosts of her own past, but by those of her melancholy uncle, Archibald Craven. As Mary begins to find her way through her uncle's maze of secrets, she makes an incredible discovery that unlocks a wellspring of hope and renewal for them both. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book and adapted from the beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden reunites Artistic Director Charles Newell and Music Director Doug Peck (Porgy and Bess) for this exquisitely beautiful musical about hope blooming from the darkest of places.
Jane Austen's deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award®-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—two sisters whose fortunes change following their father's untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.
It's 1922 and the young women of Chicago's Radium Dial Company are living a dream - earning good wages and beaming with new-found independence. After years of hand painting watch dials, the so-called "harmless" radium leads to devastating results. Four courageous women upend their lives with a determination to change the future in this compelling new musical, the transcendent tale of heroic lives that glowed with promise.
The Tony Award-winning Shrek: The Musical takes theatergoers on a fairytale adventure like no other. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, Shrek, the musical features an unlikely hero who finds himself on a memorable journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a spirited princess. Add in a host of fairytale creatures and some toe-tapping music, and you've got the recipe for a musical that will appeal to kids of all ages…and their parents, too!
Spanning three decades, Side Man is the heartbreaking story of a splintered family as told through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. Featuring Broadway actors and Ensemble Kate Buddeke and Jim Ortlieb.
The accolades and honors continue to be given to Stephen Sondheim more than 50 years into his celebrated and legendary career. Recently, he received the first-ever ASCAP Centennial Award as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, and the Walt Disney feature of Into the Woods is slated for a Christmas debut. Porchlight Music Theatre is honored to present the first-ever Chicago production of the complete catalogue of the master's career.
"The words "intellectual" and "Broadway musical" were seldom mentioned in the same breath until the era of Stephen Sondheim," said The New York Times. Sondheim on Sondheim delves into this era and is the final say on this unparalleled body of work with an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Featuring new arrangements of more than two-dozen Sondheim songs, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with filmed commentary by the composer himself, Sondheim o
The devious Doctor Impossible has escaped from prison and legendary superhero CoreFire has vanished without a trace. With the fate of the world in their hands, the New Champions have mere hours to recover their fallen comrade and stop their arch-nemesis before his doomsday device is complete. Joined by Fatale, a cyborg with an arsenal of deadly hardware and a host of self-esteem issues, the mighty super-team must face their darkest hour — and the truths buried in their deeply troubled pasts. A thrilling new musical about power and identity set in a vibrant world of heroes and villains, in a world premiere adaptation based on the 2007 novel by Austin Grossman.
In the Great Migration, hundreds of thousands of families flocked to Chicago. Some chased love, some prosperity, but all were drawn by a dream of a better life in the City of Big Shoulders. This stirring musical journey follows five generations of women through a formative era in our city's history.