Chicago offers a plethora of great theatre from world premiers to American classics the Windy City is never lacking on staged entertainment. Check out these highlighted events for the fall. Get cultured. See live theatre.
Bank of America Theatre – Amazing Grace – 10/9 – 11/2
The world premiere of Amazing Grace will hit Chicago this fall. The story follows Englishman John Newton in his transition from slave trader to abolitionist. Newton’s conversion to Christianity led him to write the hymn Amazing Grace. Hinted as being an epic story full of pain and passion must peak your interest.
Briar Street Theatre – Blue Man Group
Join 3 blue oddballs on their journey through worlds of sound, colors, and plenty of splashing paints. Blue Man Group has been a staple in the theatre community for years being that they never back down from bringing inventive and interactive live theatrics to audiences across the nation.
Mercury Theatre – Avenue Q – Now – 10/16
Think Seasame Street reject puppets teaching less about the ABC’s and more about street smarts. Though crass this show is a delight for those willing to look beyond that and enjoy the show for it’s hard hitting humor and unabashed cynicism about life in the city. This show has a lot of puppets however this show is not for children.
Broadway Playhouse – Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – 10/18
This one-MAN show incorporating stand-up format and scripted monologues gives insight to all aspects of what goes through a man’s head when confronted with the possibility of relationship aka simply seeing a women. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, this show offers plenty of laughs for those from Mars and Venus, alike.
Chicago Theatre – Jim Gaffigan – 10/21
One of the most popular and funniest comics in the game makes his way back home to Illinois after he last visited on his White Bread Tour. Known most for a mixed bag of food jokes, commentary on being lazy, and jabs at his very large family; Gaffigan slays audiences with his deadpan/nonchalant deliveries.
Broadway Playhouse – Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale – 11/4 – 1/4/2015
In this bizzare tale the rock band Daisy Cutter so desperately wants a hit they sell their souls to the devil. The catch? Everytime they make a hit song the tune comes out as a Christmas Carol. This world premier Christmas rock show, presented by 80’s rocker and theatre lover Dee Snider, is a treat for those tired of the holiday classics.
Lyric Opera House – Porgy and Bess – 11/17 – 11/30
This Opera with lyrics and composition by Gershwin and Heyward takes a look into Catfish Row, a fictitious Black Tenement housing project in South Carolina and the struggles of the African-American culture Though not a hit at it’s inception, this opera has become one of the most well known and produced operas in the US.
Goodman Theatre – A Christmas Carol – 11/15 – 12/28
The annual production of Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol raises it’s curtain right before Thanksgiving. This classic tale of the wonder and warmth through the power of the Christmas spirit has been entertaining audiences since it’s debut in 1978. Be a part of the hioliday season, be a part of Chicago theatre history.
Cadillac Palace Theatre – Annie – 11/18 – 11/30
Join the orphan we have grown up loving live on stage in Chicago this Fall. Annie and the orphans of Municipal Girls Orphanage have a hard knock life under Miss Hannigan so when Annie gets a chance to be adopted she jumps at it. Through her trip Annie teaches us that worries are for not; the sun will come out tomorrow.
Chicago Theatre – How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 11/20 – 11/29
It’s a wonder that the lovable Dr. Seuss can come up with such a hard-nosed, small-hearted character such as the Grinch, but through that creation he helps us realize anyone can change with a little help from a friend. Join Cindy Lou Who and all of Whoville as they teach the lesson of happiness to the “mean one.”