Miracle On 34th Street
Nov
15
to Dec 23

Miracle On 34th Street

From Meredith Willson, composer of The Music Man, and inspired by the beloved 1947 film, audiences will enjoy the gift of music and laughter for the holidays. After Santa encounters a skeptical little girl during the season of sharing and caring, a message about the importance of believing is made clear to all. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” became famous as one the memorable songs in this joyous favorite for all ages.

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It's Been A F*cking Year
Sep
24
8:00 PM20:00

It's Been A F*cking Year

Life is a rollercoaster of emotions, a whirlwind of events. Who would have thought that the last 365 days could hold so much? First love, first therapist, coming out, and TWO (!?) award-winning musicals. Join Jeff-award nominee Matthew Huston as he explores coming out as a queer man, first love, and learning how to love and accept himself in "IT'S BEEN A F*CKING YEAR" - directed by Derek Van Barham, with musical direction by Justin Harner. He will be joined by Chicago gems Honey West and Scott Gryder for a retrospect of the year that was...and wasn't.

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Anything Goes
Aug
17
to Aug 26

Anything Goes

Music, dance, laughs and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl—no musical puts it on stage better than Anything GoesA hilarious shipboard romance of the 1930s, with these Cole Porter Classics: I Get a Kick Out of You, It’s De-Lovely, Friendship and You’re the Top.

Performances: 

Saturday, August 18 @ 8:00
Sunday, August 19 @ 2:00
Wednesday, August 22 @ 2:00
Thursday, August 23 @ 2:00
Friday, August 24 @ 8:00
Saturday, August 25 @ 8:00
Sunday, August 26 @ 2:00

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Tangled Up in Blue
Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Tangled Up in Blue

New American Folk Theatre Presents Tangled Up In Blue: The Music of Joni Mitchell & Bob Dylan. This is a concert to benefit NAFT's upcoming season and will feature many NAFT members and special guests!

Tickets:
Suggested Donation $10

 

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Nominee Night
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Nominee Night

Chicago’s best musical theater performers gather for one night only on the same stage when the 2018 Jeff Award Nominees are honored at Nominee Night, May 21st at 7:30 PM at The Broadway in Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway.

Pride Films and Plays brings you an exciting evening showcasing musical performances from the Best Performer and Best Supporting Performances nominated for the 2017/18 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson (“Jeff”) Awards.

All proceeds from the evening benefit the New Musical Initiative at Pride Films and Plays.

Tickets
General Admission: $20
VIP: $30

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Yank!
Jan
11
to Mar 18

Yank!

  • Pride Arts Center 4147 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

YANK!, originally produced off-Broadway in 2010, is a love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940s Broadway. Suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie), it explores what stories get told in wartime, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together. It's the story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who gets drafted in 1943, and who - like most guys - spends Basic Training wrestling with fears of whether he "has what it takes" to make it in the Army. But unlike most guys, Stu falls in love with a fellow Private in his squad, a handsome All-American guy named Mitch. When Stu later strikes up a friendship with Artie - a self-assured gay reporter for Yank Magazine, Artie shows Stu a glimpse of the gay world that thrived just beneath the surface of the US Army in the 1940s.

Previews:

Thursday-Sunday, January 11-January 14

Regular Run:

Thursday-Sunday, January 18 (Press Opening)- March 18
Wednesday, January 31 & February 7

Times:

Wednesday-Saturday: 7:30 pm
Sunday: 3:30 pm

 

Tickets:

Preview: $25
General Admission: $30
Reserved Seats: $40

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Gypsy
Aug
19
to Aug 28

Gypsy

The ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success…while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, the brassy score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim is packed with hits, including Everything’s Coming Up RosesLet Me Entertain You, You Gotta Get a Gimmick and Some People.
Ages 12 and older

With 25-piece orchestra

Previews: 

Friday, August 18

Regular Run:

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8 pm
Sunday, August 20 at 2 pm
Wednesday, August 23 at 2 pm
Thursday, August 24 at 2 pm
Friday, August 25 at 8 pm
Saturday, August 26 at 8 pm
Sunday, August 27 at 2 pm

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Metropolis Sings: An Alumni Cabaret
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Metropolis Sings: An Alumni Cabaret

  • Metropolis Performing Arts Center (map)
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Join select cast members, ensemble members, understudies and music directors from the 15-16 Metropolis Season, including SpamalotRENT and Ring of Fire, as they return for a night of cabaret, singing some of your favorite songs from the Metropolis stage and beyond.

 

Performance:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Tickets:

$25

20% discount for students (with ID) and industry professionals (with proof: headshot, business card, etc). Available through box office or phone call (must bring proof).

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Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
Jan
12
to Mar 12

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of.

 

PREVIEWS:

Thursday-Saturday, January 12-14
Tickets: $25

OPENING:

Sunday, January 15 & Tuesday, January 17

REGULAR:

Thursday-Sunday, January 19-March 12
Wednesday, February 1 and 8

Tickets:  $40 center reserved
               $30 general admission
10% of the seats are $10 access tickets for actors, students artists, seniors and others who cannot afford the general admission price

TIMES:

Wednesday: 7:30PM
Thursday-Saturday: 7:30PM
Sunday: 3:30PM

 

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The Story of the Nutcracker
Dec
10
to Dec 16

The Story of the Nutcracker

  • Theatre at the Center (map)
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The traditional holiday tale about a young girl’s very favorite Christmas! A magical Nutcracker comes to life, defeats the Mouse King and the Prince whisks her away to his kingdom. Their journey takes them through enchanted lands where they encounter all sorts of delightful characters. A holiday treat for the entire family!

Public Performances:

Saturday, December 10 & 17
10:00 am & 12:00 pm

Tickets: $7.50 (children)
              $9.50 (adults)

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Young Frankenstein
Sep
22
to Nov 6

Young Frankenstein

  • Metropolis Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Comedic genius Mel Brooks’ hit movie comes to life in this mad-cap musical. Frederick Frankenstein distances himself from his family legacy but a call to settle his inherited estate in Transylvania brings him closer to the ancestors famous for bringing the dead back to life. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced Eye-Gore) and a voluptuous lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself swept into the mad scientist shoes of his grandfather. This raucous musical comedy hit is filled with memorable songs like Transylvania Mania and Puttin’ On The Ritz.

 

Previews:

Thursday, September 22-Sunday, September 25
Tickets are $30

Regular:

Wednesday, September 28-Sunday, November 6
Tickets are $38

Times:

Wednesday at 1:00pm
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm

Talk Backs: September 29 and 30

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WOZ: A Rock Cabaret
Jul
14
to Jul 17

WOZ: A Rock Cabaret

After selling out shows across Chicago, “WOZ: A Rock Cabaret” returns by popular demand to Victory Gardens on July 14. Now joined by Tony Award winner André De Shields as the Wizard, these Ozians follow the yellow brick road to the tune of iconic rock anthems from the 80s and 90s. It’s like your favorite radio station but better…because it has witches and munchkins.

 

Performances:

Thursday, July 14-Sunday July 17
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday/Sunday at 2:00 pm

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A History of Summer
Jun
28
to Jun 29

A History of Summer

A History of Summer, a new original musical, surveys the last century of summers of America’s earliest established gay communities—Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines—and explores the residents’ lives and loves, hopes and heartbreaks.

On a long sliver of an island off the coast of New York State, gay men found a haven, an escape, a place where they could be themselves, a place they could call their own, a place called Fire Island. A History of Summer is the story of those men and their summers spent in Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines—the country’s oldest gay communities. From Fire Island’s spark in popularity at the beginning of the 1900’s, through the devastating Hurricane of 1938, through World War II, Post-war boom and police raid busts, joyous drag queen invasions and a horrific epidemic that threatened to end it all. Over the course of a century, a community— Over the course of a century, a community—once in the shadows—finds its voice and takes its place in the sun.

Performances:

Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29
7:00 PM

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Muffins: The Musical
Jun
4
10:00 PM22:00

Muffins: The Musical

MUFFINS is a wild romp through a day of disasters in a struggling Chicago coffee house during which a poisoned muffin, lurking assassins and unrequited love confound oddball baristas including a paranoid Caribbean revolutionary, a muffin-obsessed religious romantic, an anarchist rave promoter and an Ayn Rand fanatic in drag.

Book, Lyrics, Additional Music: J. Linn Allen

Composer, Music Director: Bonnie Janofsky
tage Director: Joan Mazzonelli

 

PERFORMANCE:

SATURDAY, June 4 at 10:00 pm

 

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The Boys Upstairs
May
19
to Jul 2

The Boys Upstairs

The Boys Upstairs welcomes you into the living room of Josh and Seth, awaiting the arrival of Ashley, the third of our gay musketeers. In a series of short scenes, we see the personal and professional thrills and disappointments, tops and bottoms that Hell’s Kitchen has to offer. Just when the men settle into their usual rhythm of celebrating life and then analyzing it the next morning, they are all thrown for a loop when a new neighbor moves in below. The "is he or isn't he" question is just one of many that these city boys ponder with style, scandal, and specialty cocktails!

 

Performances:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:00 PM
Sunday at 5:00 PM

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First Date
Apr
22
to May 8

First Date

Indiana Premiere!

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

 

PERFORMANCES:

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY AT 8:00PM
SUNDAY AT 2:00PM

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The Wizard of Oz
Apr
9
to Apr 10

The Wizard of Oz

See Dorothy and her friends in this original musical journey based on the writings of L. Frank Baum. The search for a brain, heart and courage will delight children of all ages. Good wins out in the end and reminds us that there is no place like home. Click your heels and relive this timeless classic!

 

Public Performances

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10: 10:00 am and 12:00 pm


Children - $7.50 // Adults - $9.50

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Exit
Dec
3
to Dec 20

Exit

EXIT delves into the manic depressive mind of Lucy and through her eyes we see that everyone is battling their own private war, hidden beneath the surface. With Lucy as their common denominator, each character demonstrates the process that we take to create an illusion of happiness; to detach; to run away from those emotions that are shameful to admit. The things we do that stifle our true selves and impair our ability to feel fear…and love. 

With a small cast of six, two dancers have also been added to the mix in order to personify Lucy’s inner plight for normality, creating a very literal visual of what it is like to be choked by these intimate wars. Using several mediums of storytelling -music, movement and theater- our ensemble aims to de-stigmatize mental illness and create a platform for discussion.

 

Thursday, December 3-Sunday, December 20

Tickets are $18

Times:

Thursday's, Friday's, Saturday's at 8:00pm
Sunday's at 3:00pm

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Monty Python's Spamalot
Sep
10
to Oct 25

Monty Python's Spamalot

  • Metropolis Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Winner of three Tony awards, this highly irreverent comedy combines all your favorite moments from the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the added flair of musical Vegas glitz. See King Arthur, Lancelot and the rest on their quest to find the Holy Grail, complete with Frenchmen, Knights that say “Ni”, and of course a killer rabbit. New York Times calls Spamalot, “a resplendently silly new musical.” Full of fun musical numbers like Find Your Grail, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and more.
 

Previews:

Thursday, September 10-Sunday, September 13
Tickets are $30

Regular:

Wednesday, September 16-Sunday, October 25
Tickets are $38

Times:

Wednesday at 1:00pm
Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 7:00pm (and 3:00pm on the 12th)
Sunday at 3:00pm

Talk Backs: September 17 and 18

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Cat in the Hat
Jul
16
to Jul 19

Cat in the Hat

Two children left home alone for a short while one afternoon are visited by a very interesting yet troublesome cat wearing a tall striped hat. The cat succeeds in creating a huge mess in their house – can they get it cleaned up before Mom gets home?

 

Performances

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Tickets are $18/ $9 for children

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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Jul
9
to Jul 12

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is presented in the form of a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships. The play’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” With few exceptions, the scenes stand independent of the others, but progress in a fashion designed to suggest an overall arc to relationships throughout the course of one’s life.

 

Performances:

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Tickets are $18/$9 for children

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Wizard of Oz
Jun
18
to Jun 28

Wizard of Oz

Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and a host of other curious creatures come to life as they set out on an exciting quest down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the elusive Wizard.

 

Performances

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Tickets are $18/ $9 for children

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Audition Diaries: Sh** I Didn't Get Cast In
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

Audition Diaries: Sh** I Didn't Get Cast In

Come hear stories and songs from the all too common and often hilarious experience of auditioning for musical theatre. Sometimes you land the role and others you land on your a$$. Let's talk about it! Presented by Refuge Theatre Project.

Performance

Thursday, April 30 at 8:00pm
Tickets are $5 in advance/$7 at the door

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Time to Refocus
Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

Time to Refocus

I am putting on a cabaret! This is my first time doing this and I am really excited to be sharing this with all of you! 

We all know them, and probably have been able to relate to them at least once. But, what does it mean to be a secondary character? Join Matthew Huston, Chicago-based singer/actor/dancer, and spend the night refocusing on the plight of secondary characters, using their own songs!

Music direction: Jill Waycie
Special Guests: Caitlyn Cerza and Matthew Fayfer
 

Performance

Saturdays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Tickets are $10 + 2 drink minimum
 

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Love and Other Fables Concert Reading
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Love and Other Fables Concert Reading

A Staged Reading by FWD Theatre Project. A “screwball romantic comedy” harkening to the Golden Age of musical theater, this madcap romp reimagines the life of Aesop as he creates his eternal fables and ultimately becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. There are mistaken identities, loves at first sight, declarations of war, death and taxes, international imbroglios, tap-dancing Greek soldiers, Egyptian conundrums and, of course, a wedding.

Performances

Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14
Tickets are $15
($10 with code 5OFFLOVE)

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Busytown: The Musical
Mar
27
to May 2

Busytown: The Musical

Based on the imaginative book series by Richard Scarry, Busytown is a place buzzing with activity. Join Huckle Cat on a tour of the neighborhood, and learn how many people it takes to keep a city running smoothly. Meet the delightful characters who spring from every corner, including Farmer Pig, Dr. Lion and Lowly Worm.

Performances

Saturdays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Tickets are $12

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A Year with Frog and Toad
Jan
24
to Feb 28

A Year with Frog and Toad

Join two great friends, the cheerful Frog and the grumpy Toad, through four exciting seasons. Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way. A Year with Frog and Toad celebrates a friendship of two unique characters and reminds us of the special qualities that exist in all of us.

Performances

Saturdays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Tickets are $12

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A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Dec
6
to Dec 13

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

Come and see all the loveable characters from "Hundred Acre Woods" in this merry musical as they work together to help find Eeyore's missing tail. Friendship and teamwork save the day! Bring the entire family and celebrate the holiday season!

Public Performances

Sat., Dec. 6 & 13 – 11:00 am & 1:00 pm 
Children - $7.50 // Adults - $9.50

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