Theater in Chicago 2011: Show Me Chicago's Top Stage Picks for Summer and Fall.

1. Peter Pan.


The Darling Family.

No flash in the pan–this theatrical extravaganza is taking Chicago by storm. Never before has Neverland loomed so large–kind of a Peter Pan on steroids.  Spectators watch in wide-eye amazement as the actors soar through the air with the aid of state-of-the-art High-Res video–three times the size of an IMAX screen. Tickets $20 to $75.  Online  or Tickets by phone: 888-PPANTIX. Tickets also may be purchased at all Broadway In Chicago box offices.  Extended through August 21, 2011. Under the big tent at Chicago Tribune Company’s Freedom Center. 650 W. Chicago Ave.

2. West Side Story.
There’s going to be a rumble when West Side Story hits the stage at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre and unlike Maria, it’s not going to be pretty.  Expectations are running high for this to be a blockbuster.  The story of two New York City gangs the Sharks and the Jets with the award-winning score by Bernstein and Sondheim will only be in town four weeks so order soon. Tickets $32 to $95. Tickets are available online at and at all Broadway In Chicago box offices and Ticketmaster. July 19 through August  14, 2011.

3. Middletown.

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Steppenwolf Ensemble members including Tracy Letts, Martha Lavey, Tim Hopper and Ora Jones are all on-board for the 2010/11 season finale playing June 16 through August 14, 2011. Middletown is a wry, human portrait of a town with two lives–one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious. Tickets: $20 to $73,  Online or at the box office. 1650 N. Halsted St., 312 335 1650.

4. Chinglish.


Chinglish stars Jennifer Lim and James Waterston in rehearsal.

Do you speak Chinglish? Chicago’s Goodman Theatre hosts the World Premiere of Chinglish–a razor-sharp comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture worlds apart from our own.  Tickets, $25 to $73, Online, Phone: 312 443 3800. Half-price tickets for the mezzanine, if available, can be purchased at noon on the day of the show online starting at 10a.m. or at the box office starting at noon using promo code: MEZZTIX. 170 N. Dearborn. June 18 to July 24, 2011.

5. Sweeney Todd.
This meaty thriller set to music will be serving up a delicious cast of characters at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.  100 Drury Lane.  August 11 through October 9, 2011.

6. Broadway Bound.
You can’t go wrong with Drury Lane Theatre’s current production, Broadway Bound, that has been winning praise from the critics since its recent opening. The semi-autobiographical comedy is the story of two brothers who are determined to break into show business as professional comedy writers and their misadventures along the way. Tickets, $35 to $68. Phone: 630 530 01111.  June 9 through July 31, 2011. 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.

7. Mary Poppins.


The Original National Tour Company of MARY POPPINS performs “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” ┬ęDisney/CML. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins is scheduled to arrive in the Windy City on October 13–umbrella in tow–in a new touring production of this high-flying Disney musical at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.  Order your tickets by July 4 and save $20 on any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday performance with the code word: PERFECT.  Tickets, $50 to $142.95.

Marriott Theatre, knows how to put together a first-class musical so it should be interesting to see what they do with their brand new version of SHOUT!. SHOUT! brings back the 60’s through the music of the time,
featuring the infectious and soulful pop anthems that made household
names of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black and Lulu. The show, currently in previews, opens June 24 and will run through August 14, 2011. Tickets:  Phone: 847 634 0200.  10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.

9. For the Boys.
Shout, the Marriott Theatre will be staging a musical version of the
1991 Bette Midler movie ‘For the Boys’. The story, in case you missed
the movie, tells the tale of a 1940s big-band singer.  The world
premiere, directed by Marc Robin will run from August 17 to October 16,
2011 at the Marriott Theatre. Tickets: Phone:  847 634 0200.   10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.

10. Beauty and the Beast.
The stage adaptation of the Disney fairy tale Beauty and the Beast tells the touching story of a magical love
at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre June 30 through August Tickets: $18 to
$85. Tickets are available online and at
all Broadway In Chicago box offices and Ticketmaster.

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