Holiday Theater Guide for Chicago 2010: From A Christmas Carol to Peter Pan.


The holidays will be here before you know it.  Chicago theater is offering a wonderful selection of family friendly shows.  Check out the list below and get your tickets now for the best seats.


1. Peter Pan at Lookingglass Theatre.
The Story.
Peter Pan, is the classic tale from J.M. Barrie's books of the boy who wouldn't grow up. The Lookingglass Theatre's world premiere adaptation captures the delight, innocence and fears of childhood.  Behold the simultaneous sensations of both amazement and terror when the actors are suddenly flying; the panicked prospect of confronting the worst fears and nightmares; the safety of having a home and a bed to return to at the end of the long, adventurous night.  
Preview tickets are $20 - $34. Regular run tickets are $30 - $62 Previews, October 20 through October 29.  Regular run October 30 through December 12, 2010. 821 N. Michigan Avenue.
Halloween Special.
Anyone who comes to the door of Lookingglass Theatre on October 31 show dressed as a character from Peter Pan will get a half-price ticket.

2. A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre


Bah Humbug!

Over 1 million people have experienced Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol now returning for its 33rd season.  That adds up to six directors, seven Scrooges, 27 Tiny Tims and nearly 20,000 "Bah Humbug!'s.  
The Story.
Based on Charles Dickens' 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol is the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is opposed to holiday cheer and indifferent to the sufferings of the poor in Victorian London. Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who offer him the opportunity to sympathize with his fellow man. Dickens' famous characters include Scrooge's kind-hearted clerk Bob Cratchit and his family, including Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the merry-making Fezziwig couple and the Ghost of Jacob Marley.
$25 - $76. Purchase at or by phone at (312) 443 3800 or at the box office, 170 North Dearborn. A Christmas Carol runs November 19 - December 31, 2010 in the Goodman's Albert Theatre.


3.  The Music Man at Marriott Theatre. 
The Story.
Harold Hill cons the citizens of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a piccolo. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen.
The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Ticket prices range from $40 to $48, plus tax and handling fees.  Seniors and students receive $5.00 off a full price theater ticket on Wednesday 1:00p.m, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00p.m. and 5:00p.m.   Free parking is available at all performances.  To reserve tickets with a major credit card, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at (847) 634 0200.  Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

4. The Wizard of Oz at The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences.
The Story.
The Wizard of Oz is the story of young Dorothy who lives in Kansas with her Aunty Em, Uncle


Henry and her dog, Toto. When a tornado strikes her farm, Dorothy and Toto are transported somewhere over the rainbow and into the magical Land of Oz.  
Daily performances of The Wizard of Oz are Wednesday through Sundays at 10 a.m.    Single ticket prices are $15 per person (plus tax and handling fees) and are available at the Marriott Theatre Box office at (847) 634 0200.  November 18th through December 30, 2010. 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL.

5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Drury Lane Theatre Oak Brook.
The Story.
Set in Oregon in 1850, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is the tale of Adam Pontipee, an outdoorsman who ventures into town looking for a bride. He finds Milly working in a restaurant and convinces her to marry him.  Milly's ecstasy quickly sours when she finds she is to also take care of Adam's six unkempt, burly brothers. Deciding to make the marriage work, Milly hatches a plan to marry off the brothers, which includes teaching them how to court women. This plan turns out to be much more difficult than originally anticipated and leads to a series of madcap events and a joyous celebration of romance.
The performance schedule is as follows:  Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ($31), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ($31) and 8 p.m. ($38), Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ($45), Saturdays at 5 p.m. ($45) and 8:30 p.m. ($45) and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. ($45) and 6 p.m. ($40).  Lunch and dinner theater packages range from $45.75 to $68 depending on the day of the week.  Student tickets start as low as $19 and Senior Citizen tickets start as low as $27 for matinees and $41.75 for a matinee luncheon package.  For reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at (630) 530 0111. 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.  October 14 through December 19, 2010. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
6. A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration at Northlight Theate.


The Story.
On Christmas Eve in 1864, a fugitive from slavery and her young daughter become separated in unfamiliar Washington, DC.  As the desperate mother searches the snowy streets for her child and Mary Todd Lincoln searches for the perfect Christmas tree for the White House, familiar faces from our nation's history cross paths and storylines in this uplifting epic filled with traditional music and themes of family, reconciliation and communal hope.
Previews: November 11 through 19, Regular Run: through December 19, 2010.
Previews: $35-$50; Regular run: $45 - $55.  9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, by phone at (847) 673 6300.  A limited number of "Day of" discount tickets are available for $20 on the day of the desired performance (available by telephone or walkup only).

7. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at Theatre at the Center.
The Story.
This musical adaptation of the holiday favorite Miracle on 34th Street tells the classic story of a white-bearded gentleman, claiming to be the real-deal Santa Claus, as he produces a genuine holiday miracle.
Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; and select Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.; Individual ticket prices range from $36  to $40.  To purchase individual tickets, call the box office at (219) 836 3255 or at (800) 511 1552.  For groups of 20 or more, call (219) 836 3258.   November 11 through December 19, 2010. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana.

8. Miracle on 34th Street presented by Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773


The Story.
Porchlight Music Theatre will present the magical live stage production of Miracle on 34th Street, based on the holiday film classic.
Miracle on 34th Street runs November 19 through January 2, 2011. The performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.  Single tickets are $38.00 during the month of November, $40 during the month of December.  Discounts for seniors, students and groups are available. Tickets may be purchased through the Stage 773 box office at (773) 327 5252. 1225 W. Belmont.  Group Sales Discounts are available through or at (866) 809.3075.

9. A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Oak Brook.
The Story.
A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life.
Regular performances are at 10:00 a.m.  Certain performances at 12 p.m.
and 1 p.m. are scheduled (call the box office for specific details). 
Performances will take place every day except November 20, 21, 24, 25,
28, and 30 and December 5, 6 and 12.  Show only tickets are available
for $12 and a group rate of $10 per person is available for parties of
20 or more.  For reservations, phone (630) 530-0111 or Ticketmaster. 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
Related Events.
Dinner with Santa is offered on Wednesday, December 15 at 5:30 p.m., with the performance at 7:30 p.m. The dinner package price for adults is $32.50 and $22.25 for children 12 and under.  A breakfast buffet is offered on Saturday, November 27, and December 4, 11 and 18 at 11:30 a.m., with the performance at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  The breakfast buffet package price for adults is $24.50 and $21.25 for children 12 and under.

10.  White Christmas at the Bank of America Theatre.
The Story.
The classic holiday tradition White Christmas comes to the stage at last, as a brand new Irving Berlin musical direct from Broadway. Two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn find their perfect mates in the bargain. Memorable Berlin hits as "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" "Sisters," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," and of course,  White Christmas are fun for the entire family.
Ticket prices are $25 to $98 and may be ordered through Ticketmaster, or Broadway in Chicago.  Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. White Christmas runs December 15, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

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