Just in case you weren't already aware Chicago is number one in theater in the U.S. with more than 250 theaters throughout Chicagoland, comprising a rich and varied community ranging from storefront, non-union theaters to the most renowned resident theaters in the country, including 5 which have been honored with Regional Tony Awards, and the largest touring Broadway organization in the nation.
Chicago’s theaters serve 5 million audience members each year and have a combined budget of more than $250 million. Chicago produces and/or presents more world premieres annually than any other city in the nation. Each year Chicago theaters send new work to resident theaters across the country, to Broadway, and around the world.
Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the notable and exciting productions Chicago has on tap for spring into summer 2013:
If you are a fan of musicals, you have a lot to sing about from old favorites, to world-premieres and more with something for everyone.
The pre-broadway world-premiere musical BIG FISH based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton. BIG FISH runs April 2 – May 5, 2013 at the Oriental Theatre featuring Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz and directed by Susan Stroman.
The musical BARNUM by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart plays at The Mercury Theater. BARNUM runs March 27 – June 16, 2013.
Black Ensemble Theatre’s new musical written and directed by Jackie Taylor and Rueben Echoles FROM DOO WOP TO HIP HOP continues through April 14, 2013.
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, the first national tour of the high-flying Broadway musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN touches down in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph) for a limited engagement April 2-14, 2013.
The hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET continues through September 2013 at the Apollo Theater.
Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace begins its exciting 2013 season with a grand scale production of the Tony Award-winning musical OLIVER!, previewing April 4, opening Thursday, April 11, and running through June 2, 2013. 100 Drury Lane,
One of Broadway’s legendary romantic musicals, the Pulitzer Prize-winning SOUTH PACIFIC takes the stage at The Marriott Theatre previewing April 3, opening April 10 and running through June 2 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.
Set sail aboard the S.S. American with this Tony Award®-winning musical as etiquette and convention get tossed out the porthole when two unlikely pairs set off to find true love with ANYTHING GOES at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Runs April 23- May 5, 2013.
New Works and adaptations
Chicago Children’s Theatre in association with Redmoon Theater premieres THE ELEPHANT AND THE WHALE. Conceived by Redmoon's Frank Maugeri with an original story and songs by Seth Bockley with composer Kevin O’Donnell. Runs April 10 – May 26, 2013.
Steppenwolf presents ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney’s world-premiere drama HEAD OF PASSES, directed by Tina Landau. Runs April 4 – June 9, 2013.
Edward Torres directs the world premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST at the Goodman Owen Theatre in association with Teatro Vista. Runs April 13 – May 12, 2013.
Bruce Graham’s new play STELLA & LOU premieres at Northlight Theatre in a production directed by BJ Jones. Runs May 3 – June 9, 2013.
Silk Road Rising presents the world premiere of THE LAKE EFFECT by playwright Rajiv Joseph, directed by Timothy Douglas. Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St., Runs April 23 – May 26, 2013.
Halena Kays directs the world premiere of Jay Torrence’s Chicago story IVYWILD at The Hypocrites. Runs April 30 – June 16, 2013.
Christine Mary Dunford adapts and directs the New York Times Best-Selling novel STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova at Lookingglass Theatre. Runs April 10 – May 25, 2013.
Steep Theatre presents the US Premiere of THE KNOWLEDGE by John Donnelly and directed by Jonathan Berry. Runs April 18 – May 25, 2013.
Joanie Schultz directs the Midwest premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s THE WHALE at Victory Gardens Theater. Runs April 5 – May 5, 2013.
TimeLine Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of JT Rogers acclaimed BLOOD AND GIFTS, directed by Nick Bowling. Runs May 9 – July 28, 2013.
YELLOW MOON coming to Writer's Theatre is the ballad of Leila and Lee—a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde who learn that they aren’t alone in the world the night that they discover each other. Their wild ramble across the Scottish highlands in search of an absent father is told in a series of lyrical narratives. The production runs April 16 – August 4, 2013, performed at Books on Vernon – 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe.
Profiles Theatre premieres the revised stage version of Neil LaBute’s IN THE COMPANY OF MEN. Runs May 10 – June 30, 2013.
Before The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or The Laughing Policeman, before Ingmar Bergman or Henning Mankell, before even the phrase "Swedish noir," came August Strindberg's CREDITORS, a sexy, twisting tale of psychological manipulation and revenge and the final production of Remy Bumppo's 16th season. Creditors will be performed April 10 through June 2 in the intimate upstairs studio space of the Greenhouse Theater Center.
The Building Stage premieres its playful spin on Miguel de Cervantes' Spanish Golden Age masterpiece DAWN, QUIXOTE. Runs March 22 – April 27, 2013.
Robert Falls directs a daring new production of Shakespeare’s dark comedy MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the Goodman Theatre. Runs March 9 – April 14, 2013.
Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII receives its first production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, directed by Barbara Gaines. Runs April 30 – June 16, 2013.
Raven Theatre explores truth, beauty and humor of family in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMORIES by Neil Simon, directed by Cody Estle. The show follows Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other. Eugene shares the hardships of puberty, sexual fantasy, and living the life of a poor boy in a crowded house. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. The production runs April 30 through June 29, 2013.
For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions, visit the League of Chicago website.
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