Voodoo woman's tale
BoHo Theatre concludes its season with "Marie Christine," Michael John LaChiusa's "Medea" musical partly inspired by the life of Marie Laveau, a biracial woman known as New Orleans' voodoo queen. Kyrie Courter plays Marie, who recalls her affair with a Caucasian ship captain (Ken Singleton) after having been sentenced to death. The revival is directed by Lili-Anne Brown, who recently directed "Peter and the Starcatcher" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Previews begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens Oct. 28. $33, $35. (773) 975-8150 or bohotheatre.com.
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Alex Sanchez directs and choreographs Marriott Theatre's regional premiere of "Newsies," the Tony Award-winning musical adapted from the 1992 film, which was inspired by New York City newsboys who went on strike in 1899 after publishers raised distribution prices at the sellers' expense. The production reunites "October Sky" and "Spring Awakening" co-stars Patrick Rooney and Eliza Palasz as newsboy leader Jack and his love interest, Katherine. Previews begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The show opens Nov. 1. $50-$60. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com.
A star is born
After the leading lady in a Broadway musical sprains her ankle, chorus girl Peggy Sawyer gets the break of a lifetime in the taptastic backstage musical "42nd Street." Michael Heitzman directs Drury Lane Theatre's revival starring Kimberly Immanuel as wide-eyed Peggy. Previews begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show opens Nov. 5. $42-$62. (630) 530-0111 or drurylanetheatre.com.