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From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot and features music by Elton John with book and lyrics by the film's screenplay writer, Lee Hall. Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story set in an English mining town during the miners' strike of 1984-85. Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long-held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community, and changes his life forever.
This comedic chronicle starring Jackie Mason's daughter, Sheba Mason, looks at the decade-long tryst between the comedy icon and Sheba's mother, playwright Ginger Reiter. The action starts when 46-year-old Jackie (David R. Gordon) spots twentysomething Ginger (Mason) in a Miami deli in 1977. Jackie woos her while also courting Trixie (Megan Gill), a gorgeous young Latina, and Rosa (Danielle Nichole Tyler), a senior citizen with attitude, which causes Ginger some romantic distress. When Ginger becomes pregnant 10 years later, Jackie denies his paternity — while still yearning to be with her — and a complicated relationship begins.
Luck is your lady at Chicago Sings, a one-night-only fund-raising celebration kicking off Porchlight's 2017-2018 season. For more than 10 years, Chicago Sings has honored artists and organizations that have made music that changed the world, and this year's Chicago Sings, Sinatra and the Rat Pack, pays homage to the coolest guys and gals from Broadway to Hollywood to the nightclub stages of Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack. The venue also has ties to the Rat Pack, as UP Comedy Club houses Sinatra's original Booth Number One from the historic Pump Room where a few lucky Chicago Sings guests may enjoy the performance with the first round of drinks included. The iconic booth was the place to be seen and to watch the crowds at the legendary nightclub for more than five decades.
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge's only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn't even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew's invitation to join his family for Christmas dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him.
In The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier tells the true story, set between 1862 and 1915, of Albert Cashier, a Civil War soldier with a secret that resonates with today's modern world. Detailing the soldier's life fighting in more than 40 engagements during the Civil War, the musical follows Cashier through retirement and the onset of dementia, when a lifelong secret was discovered: that Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers. Causing an uproar in the small southern Illinois community where he lived, Cashier was prosecuted for impersonating a soldier, requiring fellow soldiers to return once again after 60 years to detail Albert's heroism and life.
A clever spin on the Princess and the Pea fairy tale, this musical is brimming with memorable songs and loads of humor. Queen Aggravain will allow no one in the kingdom to marry until her son Prince Dauntless is wed. Desperate to marry his own love, Sir Harry ventures out to find a true princess that the Queen will approve of. Harry finds an unlikely candidate in swamp princess Winnifred, but can Winnifred pass the Queen's impossible test? Recommended for grades 3-8.
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton. A thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation – with a score that blends hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz and Broadway — Hamilton opened on Broadway earlier this year to enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences of all ages.
This charming operetta, which is based on Anton Chekhov's The Boor and George Bernard Shaw's How He Lied to Her Husband, is set in Chicago in the 1900s. Aurora has been mourning the loss of her husband (whom she really didn't love) for one year and her cousin, Georgina, shows her that spring has arrived and it's time to start living again. Two unexpected men come knocking on Aurora's door to collect a debt her late husband left — but Aurora will not pay the debt. An argument develops between Ted (who is owed the debt) and Aurora — which leads to a gun duel. While Aurora and Ted plan each other's demise, Georgina falls head over heels for Ted's ward, Henry — but Henry seems to be infatuated with Aurora. It's a tangled web of high society tempers, love and farce, mapped out carefully in this delightful two-act operetta.
One of Stephen Sondheim's most beloved musicals, this dark comedy features classic Brothers Grimm characters along with the Baker and his wife who wish "more than anything" for a child. Cursed by the Witch, they journey to break the spell and along the way find other fairy-tale characters with wishes of their own. Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk; Rapunzel, who wishes to see the world; and others learn to be careful what they wish for, as fate has two ways of crashing their dreams: by refusing wishes and by granting them.
Into the Woods is a musical twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales that follows Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. The characters' lives intertwine in the darkness of the woods, where their greatest dreams are fulfilled with unintended consequences. Be careful what you wish for...
A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe, and those pesky, plotting penguins as they stage a jailbreak from New York's Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the faraway island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous lemur King Julian and his animal subjects in a musical celebration of friendship.
Million Dollar Quartet is a musical inspired by the December 4, 1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. The show, which is co-authored by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, is co-directed by Eric Schaeffer and Mutrux, with musical direction by Chuck Mead.
The show features a treasure trove of the greatest rock, rockabilly, gospel, R&B and country standards of the 1950s, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On."
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.
O Sole Trio's acclaimed show, Bravissimo Broadway, takes you on an exhilarating 70-plus-year journey through some of the best showstopping showtunes from classic Broadway musicals, performed in O Sole Trio's signature "Poperatic" style and with their breathtaking and incomparable arrangements. Audiences will thrill to hear great crowd-pleasing numbers like "Luck Be A Lady" from Guys and Dolls, "Let Me Entertain You" from Gypsy, "Too Darn Hot" from Kiss Me Kate and "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady. And they will melt when they hear timeless favorites like "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music, "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof, "Memory" from Cats, "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha, and "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific.
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide, Piaf! The Show is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production features the extraordinary Anne Carrere.
A sinister but incompetent emcee leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple who have their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable. Accompanying this tale are vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life. Featuring music composed by the Tiger Lilies, this musical returns to the Athenaeum (and Chicago) for the first time since the show toured there with the original cast in 2001.
This electrifying rock adaptation of the classic play is a landmark musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. Daring and inventive, it is an exhilarating journey of teenage self-discovery as well as a celebration of youth and rebellion.