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Paramount Theatrical Production: Les Misérables
This monumental novel comes to life in one of the greatest musicals of all time. It’s the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey for redemption. On that road, he encounters the never-wavering love of a mother, the innocence of a child, the steely determination of a hunter and the passion of youthful freedom fighters.
Paramount Theatrical Production: A Christmas Story
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.”
Chicago Improv Festival
The 18th annual Chicago Improv Festival takes over the city for a week, showcasing the best local, national and international on-the-spot comedic talent!
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Dinner & Dave Bennett"
Join the Danville Symphony Orchestra and Dave Bennett for a spectacular evening of dinner and music! The night will celebrate the early days of jazz where the clarinet joined the trumpet and trombone to create music's signature sound, and continue into the Swing Era, when jazz was America's popular music and dance-party soundtrack.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
Experience the award winning and ever popular dramatic story of Beethoven through the eyes and ears of the young boy who "lives below his apartment" in Beethoven Lives Upstairs presented by 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.
Egyptian Theatre Flashlight Tour
**NEW for 2015** Join Egyptian Theatre staff as they provide a tour of the historic Egyptian Theatre using just your flashlights. Guests will be treated to a behind the scenes backstage tour which will highlight the haunted history of the theatre. This is the tour that reveals all the secrets and lets you go places the public has never seen. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You never know what you might capture in your pictures. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students & seniors. Guests must bring a flashlight for the tour. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. This evening tour will last approximately 2 hours and the tickets are limited, so don’t wait! http://egyptiantheatre.org/
My Heart in a Suitcase
ArtsPower's presentation of My Heart in a Suitcase is a dramatic adaptation of Anne Lehmann Fox's courages autobiographical account. Forced to leave her family in order to escape 1938 Nazi-controlled Germany, Anne struggles to bring meaning to a world filled with violence and hatred, and must learn to rely on her own courage and the generosity of others to survive. My Heart in a Suitcase is a gripping, poignant and dramatic tribute to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit to triumph over unimaginable hardship. This show is great for children in 4th to 8th grade. It not only teaches them about a world wide lesson, but also shows them how to treat one another. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show will start at 10 a.m.
Commemorating 150 Years Since the Surrender at Appomattox
Join us in the celebration of the end of the Civil War, Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox, with a wide choice of activities and performances spanning two weekends in Galena. You have your choice of a dinner theatre performance of "Remembering Old Galena" at the DeSoto House Hotel with Civil War-era songs by Galena’s Bell Choir and the celebratory tolling of church bells throughout the city at sunset, an original theatrical production entitled Peace in Union will be performed multiple times at Turner Hall, Dubuque’s Cadenza Choir will perform a prelude of Civil War songs. Be sure to view “Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast and artifacts at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum.
RHPLAYERS - Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Three intrepid players on a mission, aided by a trunkful of props, wigs and outlandish costumes, present the entire canon of the Bard’s 37 plays…in approximately 90 minutes! Join them on their madcap journey, careening wildly through all the comedies, histories, tragedies and romances in a high-speed roller coaster ride of truly Shakespearean proportions. Comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield Directed by Tom Morrow Laughter, suspense, sympathy, and even the occasional tear – the colorful, live performances of the Richmond Hill Players will capture your imagination and touch your heart. A converted dairy barn, the Barn Theatre sits atop a bluff in Geneseo’s Richmond Hill Park. It seats 162 spectators beneath original rustic timbers. Joyful memories are made throughout the season which runs April through November, with performances scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Groups are welcome with ample room for bus parking.
I’ve Got A Little Twist
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform a comedic mash-up cabaret of musical hits. The Mikado meets The Music Man and HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. A fresh and most heartfelt performance, not to be missed.
Jackson Browne at Ravinia
Playing guitar and piano, and collaborating with musicians on stage, Jackson will perform songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists. Enjoy an night of songs like The Pretender, Running On Empty, Lawyers in Love, Doctor My Eyes, Take It Easy and many more. Tickets: $100/90 & Lawn: $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
Steely Dan at Ravinia
Steely Dan's Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour at Ravinia will perform for 2 consecutive nights. They are considered an American jazz rock band and have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Bring a picnic and some friends for a great night under the stars at Ravinia. Tickets: $123/103 and Lawn seats are $38 in advance and $43 the day of the show.
Concert Dance, Inc. at Ravinia
CDI has evolved from a repertory company into a dance collective and artistic incubator; a unique community of collaborators within a growing organism that changes with every new dance that is made. Choose from 2 shows September 1 or 2. This program is a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Tickets are only $10.
Emerson String Quartet at Ravinia
Join the Emerson String Quartet in an evening of great classical music. They will be performing music from Beethoven, Lowell, Liebermann, and Dvorák. Tickets are $40-$60 for reserved seats and $10 for lawn seats.
Umphrey's McGee at Ravinia
Umphrey’s McGee has been relentlessly innovative in both music and fan relations for many years. Whereas the band’s stellar reputation is based on marathon concerts that mix original, technically demanding tunes with complex epics and playful covers (ranging from Toto to Metallica), it has chosen the same kind of attention to melody, song craft, and musicianship. Tickets are $45 for reserved seats and $20 for lawn seats in advance and $25 the day of the show.
Piano and String Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute at Ravinia
Join Ravinia's Steans Music Institute with a program for Piano and Strings. Program will include Dvorák’s 'American' Quartet. This is part of the $10 BGH Classics series.
Piano and String Artists from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute at Ravnia
Join Ravinia's Steans Music Institute performing a program which will include the music of Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70. This is held in Bennett Gordon Hall and is part of the $10 series.
Tchaikovsky Spectacular Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Conductor James Conlon and Maxim Vengerov on Violin for an All-Tchaikovsky Program with Live Cannons at this Gala Benefit evening. Tickets: $100/25, Lawn: $15
Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Conductor Nikolaj Znaider and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be performing Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216. Come out and enjoy a concert under the stars at Ravinia.
Itzhak Perlman and Emmanuel Ax at Ravinia
Join Itzhak Perlman on the violin and Emanuel Ax on the piano for a great night of music under the stars at Ravinia. Program to include violin sonatas by Richard Strauss, Fauré and Mozart. Tickets are $95/80 and lawn seats are $20.
Carolin Widmann at Ravinia
Voted ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards, Ms Widmann is a keen chamber musician and Artistic Director of Germany’s oldest chamber music festival, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker. She regularly appears as a guest artist at such widely known festivals. Tickets $10.
Alan Cumming at Ravinia
Come out for a great night of music with Broadway star Alan Cumming. Enjoy an evening of song and stories from Scotland’s beloved man-child.
A Prairie Home Companion Live Broadcast 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. Don't miss this live broadcast of this one-of-a-kind show. Reserved seat tickets 65/35 and lawn seats are $10.