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Alton Little Theater: Sex, Please, We're 60
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years because her guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued "Bud the Stud" Davis, believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. The prim and proper Mrs. Stancliffe steadfastly denies this, but reluctantly accepts the fact that "Bud the Stud" is good for business. Her other neighbor and would-be suitor, Henry Mitchell, is a retired chemist who has developed a blue pill called "Venusia" to increase the libido of menopausal women. The pill has not been tested until Bud gets his hands on some and the fun begins. The women mix up Bud's Viagra pills with the Venusia, and we soon discover that it has a strange effect on men: it gives them all the symptoms of menopause, complete with hot flashes, mood swings, weeping and irritability! When the mayhem settles down, all the women find their lives moving in new and surprising directions. This production is scheduled for March 13 - 16 and March 20 - 23, 2014.
Alton Little Theater: 9 to 5: The Musical
9 to 5: The Musical is based on the 1980s hit movie Nine to Five. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do - even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970's, 9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. This production is scheduled for July 24 - 27 and July 31 - Aug. 3, 2014.
Based on the experiences of creator Jonathan Larson – and loosely based on the opera La Boheme – Rent immerses you in the lives of 8 young artists and musicians living in the Lower East Side of the Bohemian Alphabet City. From a poet and a musician to a lawyer and a drag queen, their lives are intertwined as they fight to survive in the Big Apple and, in some cases, fight for their mortality from HIV. In the end, it’s friendship, love and the ability to maintain their individuality that keeps these souls together.
Yesterday- The Beatles Tribute
Yesterday returns to the Opera House celebrating the Beatles 50th Anniversary, including the music of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This comedy fantasy is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. The AU production will add modern twists to the classic tale of love, lust and misunderstandings. Contains adult themes. 7:30 p.m.
The classic story of Wendy, John and Michael who meet Peter Pan in their nursery. Intrigued by tales of a place filled with pirates, mermaids, fairies and the Lost Boys, they set off for Never Land in the adventure of a lifetime. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
3 Redneck Tenors
BRAVISSIMO, Y’ALL! The 3 Redneck Tenors are a multiple-NASCAR pileup of highbrow and lowbrow, combining the chicken-fried culture of the Deep South with the virtuoso vocalizations of classical music and opera. Billy Joe, Billy Bob and Billy Billee may just be a trio of good ol’ boys, but they can hit the high notes as easily as they can chug down a six pack of lite beer. You’ll follow their adventures from the family hog pen to Carnegie Hall, as the whole world discovers the amazing voices within the muddy overalls.
The King, The Killer & The Cash
Starring three incredible tribute artists from the Million Dollar Quartet. Sun Studios in Memphis launched the careers and provided the soundtrack for its three biggest stars: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Hailed as the “birthplace” of Rock & Roll, the music of Sun Studios is the spotlight of this musical tribute to those amazing artists.
Pinkolandia at the 16th Street Theater
See Pinkolandia, written by Andrea Thome and directed by Ann Filmer, from April 3-May 10. Exiled from Chile to the strange land of Reagan-era Wisconsin, two young sisters must create imaginary worlds to uncover the story of their family's past. Traveling through fantasies of glaciers, talking bears and Nazi-fighting revolutionaries, Pinkolandia is a play about growing up - because sometimes, when you lose your country, you have to invent your own.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Americana"
You won't believe your ears when you join the Danville Symphony Orchestra and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio for an evening of great orchestral music from American film and Broadway. Gershwin's "Symphonic Suite" from Porgy & Bess and Kurt Weill's "Symphonic Nocture from Lady in the Dark" round out the program with music of Stephen Foster and famed Beatles producer George Martin's "Three American Sketches for Harmonica and Strings."
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Two Times the Fun"
Indiana University pianists Charles Webb and Steven Mann join narrator Joseph Mervis for a wonderful evening of spirited elegance in a performance of Mozart's "Piano Concerto in Eb" for two pianos as well as Saint Saens' classic zoological journey, "Carnival of the Animals." Smetena's beautiful portrait of the River Moldau compliment this evening of classics performed by the musicians of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Play set in Dusseldorf, Germany on 1910, Louis Maske inadvertnetly drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of town square during a parade to honor the king.
Spring Dance Concert 2014
The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will be having a concert that will show many facets of dance expression, including modern, ballet, experimental and jazz. Due to remodeling the concert will be held at the Huntley Middle School Auditorium.
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
Wouldn't we all want to know the answer to that question! This play is about J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer who finds a book called "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," which he uses to get a job at World Wide Wickets and move up in the company. Showing on: July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm July 13, 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. The showings are on: December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm December 7, 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm
A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement - The Church Basement Ladies
Your prayers are answered; the ladies are back in the basement. With “bright and frothy” songs and side-splitting humor, audiences love this new and “mighty” musical. It’s a recipe for fun. They will be performing two different sets. The first set will be from 2-4 p.m. and the second set 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Gavin DeGraw is not a stranger to the top of the charts. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” DeGraw's most recently released third studio album, Sweeter, was also a hit. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. Come out to the Effingham Performance Center to see DeGraw in an intimate performance.
Winneshiek Players Present: "Rabbit Hole"
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Contains adult themes and language. $15. March 1, 6-7, 2014.
Winneshiek Playhouse Presents: "Lend Me A Tenor"
It's 1934, and the world's greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director's meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues - including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingenue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department. May 9,10 and 15-17. 7:30 pm. $15.
Fresh on the heels of last season’s critically-acclaimed production of Hamlet—one of the most nuanced men in dramatic literature—comes one of the most complex and fascinating female characters: Hedda Gabler. Equal parts idealistic heroine and callous antagonist; victim of circumstance and master manipulator, Hedda finds herself trapped by society in a world that does not fit her. To survive, she sets in motion an array of schemes, sowing seeds of calculated destruction in an attempt to make an impact on her husband, friends and lovers. The result is a journey of impulse and emotion that is both achingly desperate and wildly passionate. Actor Kate Fry and Director Kimberly Senior, collaborators on last season’s hit drama, The Letters, bring their shared passion to this master work, offering you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most extraordinary and seductive characters in the dramatic canon.
The Dance of Death
August Strindberg’s masterpiece tells the deliciously venomous story of a crumbling marriage—laced with black comedy and biting humor. As their 25th anniversary approaches, military captain Edgar and his wife, Alice, face off in a fierce battle of wills. Their sparring proves both harrowing and hilarious, amplified by the voice of celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, Dublin Carol). His adaptation brings lyricism and ferocity to the story of the tyrannical captain and his manipulative wife, and the “innocent” Kurt who stumbles into their midst and quickly finds himself ensnared in the couple’s wicked game. In the intimate confines of the Writers’ bookstore space, this Dance will leave you gasping at every barbed word and sly seduction.
Concert by Musicians from the Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
Musicians from Ravinia's Stearns Music Institute, lead by violinist Miriam Fried, will kick off its 2014 tour with a performance on its home stage in Highland Park. The program will feature Haydn's Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Schubert's String Quartet No. 15 in G Major and David Ludwig's Aria Fantasy for Piano Quartet. Tickets are $10 or buy a complete package with reserved seating, dinner, catered by City Park Grill served at the same building and adjacent parking for only $40.
CITY: Highland Park
Roomful of Teeth
The cutting-edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth makes its Ravinia debut on a program that includes the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Partita for Eight Voices, penned by one of its own members. In residence at MassMOCA since 2009, the ensemble has explored several nontraditional vocal techniques, including Tuvan throat singing, many of which informed composer Caroline Shaw’s 21st-century take on a Baroque dance suite. Tickets are $10 or $40 for the complete package that includes dinner.
CITY: Highland Park
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at Ravinia
A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Come out and enjoy a live broadcast of this famous radio show. Tickets are $35-$65 for reserved seats and $10 for lawn seats.
CITY: Highland Park
Cabaret is Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical about English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, American writer Cliff Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin. With mounting fear and uncertainty outside, your Emcee welcomes you into a world where your troubles are left at the door. This Tony Award-winning musical features a classic score including “Maybe This Time,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Money,” and of course, “Cabaret.” So “come hear the music play” in this musical theatre treasure. Suggested for audiences aged 16 years and up.
On January 25, 2003, the Marriott Theatre presented a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS directed and choreographed by Marc Robin. It quickly became the best-selling show in our long history. Cats, based on the poems of T.S. Eliot, with its legendary score, provides the setting for spectacular and breathtaking dance. Our intimate surroundings bring you closer than ever to “The Jellicle Ball” with trouble-makers Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, the magical Mr. Mistoffelees and the suave Rum Tum Tugger. Let the “Memory” live again!
The hit Broadway revival of the legendary rock opera, seen for the first time on a Chicago stage! From Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and Pippin, Godspell is one of the most successful musicals of all time. A unique and exciting theatrical reflection accompanied by a rock score including the international smash hit “Day by Day.” This new Godspell will thrill and inspire.
On the Town
It’s 1944 and three American sailors hit the Big Apple in search of love, fun, and the beautiful “Miss Turnstiles!” This hysterical musical comedy features an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein, and a hilarious book by Comden and Green. In this whirlwind adventure, sailors Gabey, Ozzie and Chip only have 24 hours to see the famous sights and find romance before they report back to the ship. The explosion of song and dance that ensues proves that “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!”
The King and I
Get swept off your feet all over again when East meets West in this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The friendship that grows between the lovely tutor Mrs. Anna and the larger than life King of Siam transcends their conflicting cultures. Set against the exotic backdrop of 19th century Siam, timeless classics like “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle A Happy Tune” and “Shall We Dance?” spring forth with unforgettable grace and splendor. Journey with us to this captivating land of music, dance and enchantment.
Amadeus, the renowned tale of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his most envious competitor, composer Antonio Salieri. The play is an interesting representative style of the style and values of the time. Jeff Recommended!
CITY: Oak Park
Young Frankenstein is a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece, hailed by the American Film Institute as one of the funniest movies of all time. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor, his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and, in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancée Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster - but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications. Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment. It’s ritzy, glitzy and blitzfully funny!
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Drury Lane will begin its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's most iconic musical classics - a sweeping tale of romance, passion, suspense and redemption. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables travels through three turbulent decades of 19th century France. Convict Jean Valjean is on the run, hunted relentlessly by Javert for breaking his parole. Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphan Cosette. With revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves. Les Misérables is the recipient of over 50 international theater awards and is considered the world's longest running musical.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Tuneful, clever and uproarious, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows the story of six overachieving and quirky adolescents pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. To raise the comical bar, four audience members get the opportunity to participate in this quirky musical as onstage bee contestants. Through the ups and downs of the bee, the youngsters are forced to learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
The Game's Afoot
From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer bfore the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
West Side Story
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Prairie Dreams-The Story of Clayville the Its People
The play is set and performed at the 1824 Clayville Stagecoach Stop. Featuring stories of the people who built and traveled through Clayville, including Peter Cartwright and Abraham Lincoln.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. White has always been a classic storyteller. His routines relay tales from his real life; ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to joining the ranks of some of the most successful comedians in America. Tickets are $45.75-$55.75 and go on sale September 20th. Mature audiences only.
Phillip Phillips at the Genesee Theatre
Phillip Phillips, is bringing the music from his platinum selling debut album The World from the Side of the Moon to the Genesee Theatre. Featuring such hits as “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone”, this Georgia native wows with his songwriting chops, guitar skills, and rich vocals. Don’t miss one of the hottest up-and-coming artists of the year with his only US stop on his North America tour! Tickets are $38-$48.
Starship With The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Genesee
The Genesee Theatre is proud to present Starship starring Mickey Thomas, with special guest, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Mickey Thomas is the soulful voice that propelled Starship through the 80’s and 90’s. He was the lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with the Elvin Bishop Band and in 1979 he joined Jefferson Starship who immediately scored a #1 song with "Jane." Tickets go on sale February 14th for $44.50-$55.50.
The Fantasticks at the Genesee Theatre
A legend in its own time, The Fantasticks is the longest running musical in history! A simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, their meddling fathers and the wall that divides them, The Fantasticks is crafted with charming simplicity, captivating music and whimsy. This timeless tale will ignite imaginations, delight senses and completely fulfill the audience. Whether you are revisiting this beloved musical or seeing it for the first time, it guarantees entertainment. Tickets are $27.50 & $37.50.