A playwright struggling through a series of flops finds a promising script by an unknown writer and passes it off as his own in Ira Levin's "Deathtrap." Bernie Weiler directs Steel Beam Theatre's revival of the mystery drama about a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to stay on top.
Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $25, $23. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com.
Marriott Theatre has assembled an all-star cast and a first-tier trio of choreographers for its world premiere of the Andrew Lloyd Webber revue "Now and Forever," featuring music from "Evita," "Cats," "Sunset Boulevard" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." Marc Robin directs and shares choreography duties with Harrison McEldowney and Matt Raftery.
Previews begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The show opens Jan. 23. $40-$48. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com.
Rockwell's 'Music Man'
Acclaimed director Rachel Rockwell follows her production of "Annie" for Paramount Theatre with "The Music Man," Meredith Willson's effervescent musical about a traveling salesman and con artist who meets his match in a small-town librarian. Stef Tovar ("A Twist of Water") and Emily Rohm ("Annie") star.
Previews begin at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The show opens Friday, Jan. 18. $34.90-$46.90. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com.
A famous TV chef and notorious womanizer falls in love with a young woman in the 1966 comedy "There's a Girl in My Soup" by Terrence Frisby. David Belew directs Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's revival, which stars Russell Alan Rowe as Chef Robert and Shanna Brown as Marion.
Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. The show opens Jan. 20. $28-$36. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.