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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).
Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, a famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother."
Take a trip to the era of hippie counterculture and sexual revolution in the first-ever epic rock musical. Hair is filled with hit songs such as "Aquarius," "Good Morning, Starshine," and "Let the Sun Shine In." It focuses on a generation in cultural crisis — a tribe of young hippies celebrating freedom, love, sex, and drugs. While questioning authority and protesting the war, one of their members is called into the draft, forcing them to examine their values. Hair is a time capsule encasing the flower children's philosophy of peace, love, harmony, and understanding.
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.
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.
Nominated for three Tony Awards.
Originally opening on Broadway in 1965, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever tells the story of a scatter-brained young woman named Daisy Gamble (Sharriese Hamilton) desperate to quit smoking, so she visits a noted hypnotist, Mark Bruckner (Karl Hamilton). But it happens that Daisy, for all her goofiness, is unexpectedly gifted. She can find lost items, knows when the phone will ring, and, once under hypnosis, transforms via reincarnation into Melinda, a woman who lived, loved, and died more than a century before, and with whom Dr. Bruckner falls immediately in love.
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative, daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïveté coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
Acclaimed director Gary Griffin, who directed the original Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas and the world premiere of his The Trumpet of the Swan at the Kennedy Center, stages an intimate revival of this celebrated musical. With a book by playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a score by Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County) that combines folk, rock, R&B and gospel, Parade ends WT's 25th Anniversary Season with spectacular impact.
Metropolis School of the Performing Arts students, along with Metropolis Voice Faculty Tiffany Gates and Nathan W. Brown, sing and dance on the Metropolis stage for a tribute to the music of Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken. Enjoy songs from popular musicals written by Alan Menken for stage and screen, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, Pocahontas, Hercules, Sister Act, Tangled, and more!
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.
Spamilton, the acclaimed parody of Broadway smash Hamilton, was created by Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway. With a cast of five, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster. In addition to Alessandrini, the creative team includes Gerry McIntyre (choreography), Dustin Cross (costume design), Fred Barton (musical director), and Richard Danley and Fred Barton (musical arrangements).
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.
This musical, based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.