Six Can't-Miss Theatre Productions

Six Can’t-Miss Theatre Productions

As the days get colder, the theater gets hotter here in Chicago. With so many great productions going on in theaters all around the city, we decided to take the time to hand pick a few of our favorites. Below you will find out more about Trainspotting USA, Sister Act, Les Miserables, The Book of Mormon, War Horse, and Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan. After you’ve read up on these gems, be sure to grab tickets to the one (or many) that are right for you.  If you have seen any of these productions live, please feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section below!

Trainspotting USA

Trainspotting USA

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Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting is the story of a group of young addicts from Scotland and it has captured the hearts of many over the years both as a novel as well as the Danny Boyle directed film. Now, for the first time ever, you will have the opportunity to see this story live on stage in Chicago during its six week run at the Theater Wit. Adding to the show’s appeal, award winning director Tom Mullen has re-adapted the story into an American landscape, replacing Scotland’s Edinburgh town with the more familiar Kansas City, Missouri. Trainspotting USA, as this stage adaption has been named, has already received positive reviews from fans and critics alike. While we warn Trainspotting USA is for a mature audience only, this is one theatre event we highly recommend.

  • Venue: Theater Wit [map]
  • Dates: Now playing through December 2, 2012
  • Running Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
  • Recommended Audience: Mature Adults (Language, Drug Use, Nudity)
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Sister Act

Sister Act

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The feel-good comedy Sister Act made its way off the screen and onto the stage to become a Tony-Award nominated musical. The story follows singer Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a crime as is relocated to a convent as part of a witness protection program. There, Deloris forms a sisterhood she never expected and once again is able to find her voice. This production is only in town for two weeks and is in high demand due to it’s big screen origins. Be sure to grab tickets before it’s too late!

  • Venue: Auditorium Theatre [map]
  • Dates: November 13, 2012 through December 2, 2012
  • Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (one intermission)
  • Recommended Audience: Family Friendly
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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times

Based on the Victor Hugo novel, Les Miserables has become one of theatre’s most classic productions. The story, one of hope, strength and the human spirit, brings the audience into a 19th century France that is on the verge or revolution. Two years ago, in celebration of the musical’s 25th anniversary, director Cameron Mackintosh gave the timeless tale new life with re-imagined scenery, all new staging and clearer storytelling – and now, the production has finally embarked on a US Tour. Musically, the superb score includes classic Les Miz’ songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” and many others. Critics have been saying this new production actually exceeds the original, grab your tickets and see why.

  • Venue: Cadillac Palace Theatre [map]
  • Dates: November 14, 2012 through December 2, 2012
  • Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes (one intermission)
  • Recommended Audience: Family Friendly
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The Book of Mormon

Book of Morman

Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times

Tony-Award winning director Robert Lopez and the creators of South Park Trey Park and Matt Stone come together for the highly raved about musical The Book of Mormon. The show tells the story of two Mormon missionaries sent to Africa where a warlord threatens the local townspeople. The missionaries attempt to spread their Mormon messages to the troubled indigenous that are too busy worrying about famine, poverty, and disease. As you may imagine, hilarity ensues. The highly-acclaimed musical is the already owner of nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical), so we suggest you don’t miss seeing this one.

  • Venue: Bank of America Theatre [map]
  • Dates: December 11, 2012 through TBA
  • Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (one intermission)
  • Recommended Audience: Mature Adults (Language)
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War Horse

War Horse

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Set in the World War I era, War Horse is a tale about the friendship between a boy (Albert Narracott) and his horse (Joey). The horse is sold to the Calvary and sent off to France to serve for the British and German armies. Eventually Joey is caught behind enemy lines and is taken through a series of events that find him battling against famine, death, and disease. Albert never forgets about his horse and even though he is too young to enlist in the army, he decides to embark on a mission to find his beloved horse. The play has already won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, and Best Sound Design of a Play. War Horse is definitely one play not to miss this winter.

  • Venue: Cadillac Palace Theatre [map]
  • Dates: December 18, 2012 through January 5, 2013
  • Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes (one intermission)
  • Recommended Audience: Family Friendly
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Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan

Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan

Photo Credit: Isaac James Creative

Cathy Rigby is once again starring as Peter Pan in a all new production of the childhood favorite. Rediscover the magic of classic story with your family and friends through this Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated production. Rigby, a former Olympic medalist, impresses with high flying acrobatics making the character come to live in front of the audience’s eyes. Take your journey into Neverland this winter by getting your tickets to Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan!

  • Venue: Cadillac Palace Theatre [map]
  • Dates: January 30, 2013 through February 10, 2013
  • Running Time: TBA
  • Recommended Audience: Family Friendly
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Photo Credit: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg
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