Chicago's Upcoming Theatre Productions

Chicago’s Upcoming Theatre Productions

Summer may be concert season, but there certainly still are many great shows to see in the colder months. Many thrilling theatre productions will be in town.  Here’s a preview of what’s coming up:

Wicked

Wicked

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This classic returns to Chicago to again tell the story of what happened before Dorothy arrives in Munchkinland in “The Wizard of Oz”.  It portrays the different paths the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good took to earn those names.  The Wicked Witch wasn’t always so wicked — see the whole truth at the Oriental Theatre this fall!

  • Venue: Oriental Theatre [map]
  • Dates: October 30, 2013 – December 21, 2013
  • Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (one intermission)
  • Recommended Audience: Family Friendly
  • Buy Wicked Tickets

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

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Phantom of the Opera begins its US National Tour in Chicago on January 22 after widespread success in the United Kingdom.  It opened in London in 1986 and on Broadway in 1988, making it the longest running show in Broadway history by far.  It follows the story of a young woman attempting to start her career at the Paris Opera House, aided by the reclusive ‘Phantom’ who lives deep in the depths of the opera house.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

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This timeless classic will make its annual appearance at the Goodman Theatre starting November 16.  The plot follows grumpy old man Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas charm, as he is visited by three spirits who teach him the values of the holiday.  A must-see for those who haven’t, and a great show to see during the holiday season!

  • Venue: Goodman Theatre [map]
  • Dates: November 16, 2013 – December 28, 2013
  • Running time: 2 hours 9 minutes
  • Recommended Audience: Family Friendly
  • Buy A Christmas Carol Tickets

Elf – The Musical

West Side Story

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This comical show tells how Buddy, a hopelessly over-sized elf working in the toy factory in the North Pole, embarks on a journey to New York to find his real father.  Will Ferrell played Buddy in the 2003 movie, Elf.  Another great show for the whole family this holiday season, get your tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!

Evita

Evita

Argentine Eva Peron made the astronomical rise from poverty to prosperity, aspiring for a big career and eventually becoming First Lady of Argentina.  Crowned as the Spiritual Leader of the Nation, Eva’s abrupt death at age 33 was a devastating blow to a country that recognized her as “the one that made it out”.  Watch the entire inspiring yet tragic story at Oriental Theatre this fall.

Flashdance

Flashdance

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Tough girl Alex works as a welder in Pittsburgh, but she has exciting dreams for the future.  At night she becomes a “flashdancer” in hopes of attending an elite dance academy.  Based off the 1983 musical film Flashdance, the musical version of Flashdance premiered in the UK in 2008 and is on its US Tour now before heading to Broadway.

Once

Once

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Set in Dublin, a street musician is about to call it quits on his music career when he encounters a young woman who is enthralled by his haunting love songs.  She gets close to him musically and romantically, but their romance is uniquely complex.  Check out Once at the Oriental Theatre in October.

Rain (Tribute to the Beatles)

Rain

An offshoot of the show Beatlemania, Rain was performed on Broadway 300 times between October 2010 and July 2011.  The show is as authentic to the Beatles as any show out there, and its national tour has been highly successful.  Make sure to see Rain (Tribute to the Beatles)!

The Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon

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The hilarious musical that’s taking Chicago by storm, enormously popular musical The Book of Mormon continues at Bank of America Theatre through October 6.  Two Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda try to win over locals with their scripture, the Book of Mormon, but the Ugandans are more concerned with bigger issues like famine and AIDS.  A definite must-see this summer!

To Master the Art

To Master the Art

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Julia and Paul Child were a remarkable couple.  Julia became a culinary guru through a cooking class, taking her skills with her when the couple moved to Paris in the 1950s.  The less famous Paul was interrogated by the US government for possible communist connections.  Both make this a fascinating musical that the Chicago Tribune raved about in review.

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You

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Another musical out of London, We Will Rock You jams out the best of Queen’s rock songs.  This show has been seen by 15 million people worldwide, boasting a hilarious script and phenomenal score of great hits everyone has heard.  We Will Rock You is simply a great time.

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