Paramount Theatre celebrates the holidays with a production of "Elf, The Musical," adapted from the 2003 film. It's about an earnest young man named Buddy, who grows up at the North Pole and believes himself an elf. When he discovers he's not, Buddy (Kyle Adams) goes to New York City in search of his family. Amber Mak directs and choreographs. Previews begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The show opens Nov. 26. $36-$74. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com.
Audiences get a chance to experience "Broadway's Next Hit Musical!" as part of an improvised show created by six performers who solicit ideas for songs during the first act. After intermission, they return to perform a full-blown, improvised musical. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at the McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $34-$46. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org.
After five years away, an upright cavalry officer returns to 19th-century Paris to find it inhabited by fakes and liars in playwright/librettist Eugene Scribe's "Le Puff." Remy Bumppo Theatre revives the rarely produced play in a translation by Ranjit Bolt titled "Puff: Believe It or Not." Artistic director Nick Sandys directs the production, which features ensemble members Kelsey Brennan, David Darlow and Peter A. Davis among others. Previews begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Nov. 27. $38.50, $43.50. (773) 404-7336 or greenhousetheater.org or remybumppo.org.