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  • Lincolnshire theater marks a milestone as area’s longest-running musical theater Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire celebrates its 40th anniversary this season, and it has played an important role in debuting new works, regional debuts of Broadway hits and numerous revivals. Previous stars even include Jennifer Hudson, before she shot to fame in "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls."

  • Theater events: Chicago Children's Theatre remounts 'Selfish Giant' Jan 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    Chicago Children's Theatre remounts its 2008 production of “The Selfish Giant.” This retelling of the Oscar Wilde story concerns a grumpy giant who forbids the children in his neighborhood from playing in his garden. Court Theatre revives "Waiting for Godot"; Goodman Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of "Rapture Blister Burn"; and Oracle Productions begins its fifth season of free public-access theater with "Circle-Machine" this week in Chicago-area theater.

  • Drury Lane revives well-done ‘West Side Story’ Jan 23, 2015 5:11 PM
    “West Side Story” is about as close to perfect as a musical gets. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” with a masterwork score by Leonard Bernstein, the groundbreaking show about prejudice and acceptance resonates as profoundly today as it did when it opened 57 years ago. Reviving it is a huge undertaking, for which Oakbrook Terrace’s Drury Lane Theatre — with its dynamic duo of director Rachel Rockwell and music director Roberta Duchak — is especially well-equipped.

  • ‘Rose Tattoo’ an early valentine to Chicago theatergoers Jan 23, 2015 5:15 AM
    Shattered Globe Theatre delivers to theatergoers an early valentine in the form of its heartfelt, exquisitely acted revival of “The Rose Tattoo,” Tennessee Williams’ love story about a fiery Sicilian seamstress consumed with sorrow over her husband’s death, whose passion is rekindled by an unlikely suitor.

  • 5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend Jan 24, 2015 8:55 AM
    Spend the day with the kids at the "Frozen" ice show in Rosemont? Or seek out home improvement ideas in Oakbrook Terrace? These are just two of the things to do this weekend in the suburbs.

  • Zany romp through 'Into The Woods' has bewitching singing Jan 22, 2015 10:06 PM
    Zany romp by Fiasco Theater through 'Into the Woods' has bewitching singing

  • Metropolis' 'Private Lives' a look at deliciously dysfunctional romance Jan 22, 2015 12:20 PM
    The relationship between Amanda and Elyot, the endlessly sparring ex-spouses in Noel Coward's “Private Lives,” stands as a textbook example of marital dysfunction. Or maybe it doesn't. What they have works, at least it does among the urbane Brits who populated Coward's plays, including 1930's character-driven marital farce “Private Lives,” now in a solidly entertaining revival at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

  • Jason Alexander revisits his musical-theater roots Jan 21, 2015 6:01 AM
    We’ll always know him as George Costanza, the slow-boiling sidekick on “Seinfeld.” But before he stepped foot in Jerry’s apartment, Jason Alexander already had a successful career on Broadway — in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” Kander & Ebb’s “The Rink,” Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” and “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway." The Washington Post talked to Alexander, 55, about his musical-theater past, life after George and his hopes for returning to television.

  • ‘Annie’ coming to Prairie Center in Schaumburg next two weekends Jan 22, 2015 8:08 AM
    The theatrical production os the musical “Annie” is being brought to life the next two weekends at the Prairie Center for the Arts by Schaumburg On Stage, the Northwest suburbs theater company for young actors.

  • 'The Who's Tommy' at Paramount is a rocking visual spectacle Jan 20, 2015 9:34 PM
    “The Who's Tommy” doesn't get staged that often because its technical and talent demands can be so huge. So musical theater fans should be very grateful that the Paramount Theatre in Aurora has tackled “The Who's Tommy” — and done so in a confident production that is both visually stunning and a truly rocking spectacle.

  • Budget-friendly fun: Woodstock era returns at Wauconda's Docks Jan 20, 2015 7:02 AM
    The Mustangs take listeners back to the famed Woodstock music festival of 1969 in a concert at Docks Bar & Grill in Wauconda Friday. Discover the South Indian dance form Bharata Natyam in the "Timeless Tales" dance concert by the Natya Dance Theatre Indian dance company Sunday.

  • Mundelein High to perform two versions of ‘Odd Couple’ Jan 20, 2015 1:19 PM
    Theatre goers in Mundelein will have the unique opportunity to see two Neil Simon comedies in the same weekend on the stage at Mundelein High School.

  • The brilliant mind behind the play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ Jan 19, 2015 6:01 AM
    Comedian and musician Jonny Donahoe has come to New York with a play that may sound like a hard sell: It’s a one-man show. It’s British. It calls for some audience participation. And it’s about depression. Don’t all rush for the exits. “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Barrow Street Theatre is perhaps one of the more uplifting and joyful plays to see this winter.

  • Review: 'Honeymoon in Vegas' a winning combo of fun, songs Jan 16, 2015 10:06 PM
    Theater Review: Hilarious hiccups in getting hitched in Broadway musical 'Honeymoon in Vegas'

  • Lisle native directs premiere of 'Book of Merman' — yes, 'Merman' Jan 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Lisle native David Zak directs the world premiere of "The Book of Merman" — yes, "Merman" — a takeoff on the blockbuster "Book of Mormon" for Chicago's Pride Films and Plays. The musical comedy focuses on two proselytizing missionaries who encounter a strange woman who may or may not be the Tony Award-winning star Ethel Merman. Zak say the show is full of Schwartz's parody tunes, which no doubt are inspired by Merman's roles in original Broadway productions.

  • Theater events: 'Handicap This!' comes to Stage 773 Jan 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Step Up Productions presents “Handicap This!” an examination of the friendship between a man with a disability and his aide, written and performed by Mike Berkson, who was born with cerebral palsy, and Tim Wambach, and inspired by Molly Mulcrone’s original script. Other premieres this week include the New Colony's Tupperware-inspired musical "Plastic Revolution"; Pride Films and Plays' "The Book of Mermen"; and 16th Street Theatre's "The Art of Disappearing."

  • 'Peter Pan' helps Naperville's Magical Starlight Theatre celebrate 20th anniversary Jan 16, 2015 1:13 PM
    Two decades after debuting with a production of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Naperville's Magical Starlight Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a production that lives up to the troupe's name. The company's "Peter Pan" will sprinkle pixie dust and wonderful thoughts over audiences this weekend and next.

  • ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ hops onto Northbrook Stage Jan 15, 2015 11:55 AM
    “A Year with Frog and Toad,” adapted from a Broadway hit, will bring Arnold Lobel’s well-loved children’s books to life at the Northbrook Theatre. Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 24, families can enjoy a charming musical about friendship, presented by the Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences.

  • Grayslake Library to present radio comedy Jan. 25 Jan 14, 2015 3:48 PM
    The Grayslake Area Public Library is excited to have Those Were the Days Radio Players perform Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 3-4 p.m.

  • 2014 Tony winner launches national tour in Chicago Jan 14, 2015 4:27 PM
    Broadway in Chicago announced Wednesday that 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" will open its national tour in Chicago in September 2015.

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