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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.”
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival exemplifies a long-established tradition of professional theatre devoted to performing the plays of William Shakespeare. The festival has been named one of the ten best theatre festivals anywhere by National Geographic. In addition to the mainstage show, theatre-goers can also enjoy behind the scenes tours, live jazz music, nightly Green Shows, fine art fairs and ice cream socials with the cast and crew. Spend a pleasant summer’s evening on the grassy lawn of the Festival grounds with a picnic basket, bottle of wine and great friends before the show.
The Original American Passion Play
Now in its 93rd season, the American Passion Play is one of the oldest, continuously-performed, passion plays in the United States. This Biblically accurate performance takes the audience on a spiritual journey to Palestine, 30 AD where they travel with the living Christ, meet his Apostles and follow his ministry from the Sermon on the Mount to His resurrection and ascension. The play features beautiful scenery, live pipe organ music, live voices and even live animals.
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.
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.
Murder Mystery at the Vineyard
Who did it? Enjoy a wonderful catered dinner and become a part of the mystery that takes you back in time to 1933 at “The Cellars.” Advanced reservations required, limited seating.
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.
Tedeschi Trucks Band With Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at Ravinia
Rolling across America on a sizzling summer run, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 'Wheels of Soul' tour brings the Grammy-winning, 11-piece blues-rock dynamo together with soul sensation Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Reserved seat tickets are $75/65 and lawn seats are $33 in advance and $38 the day of the show.
David Gray & Amos Lee at Ravinia
A winning indie-pop/singer-songwriter double bill featuring David Gray and Amos Lee perform at Ravinia. Gray released his most recent effort, 'Mutineers,' in 2014 and Lee is known to Buffalo-area music fans via his opening slots for Bob Dylan & His Band. Don't miss this great night of music.
The Doobie Brothers at Ravinia
Four-time Grammy winning Doobie Brothers sound has become part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records and a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. They continue to write and record new material, tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, all while breaking new creative ground.
Pink Martini & Aimee Mann at Ravinia
Pink Martini, describing itself as a 'little orchestra,' music crosses genres such as classical, Latin, jazz and classic pop. Along with Aimee Mann, an American rock singer, singer-songwriter, bassist and guitarist, this is sure to be a show not to miss.