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Disney's 101 Dalmatians adapts the familiar tale of kidnapping villains and courageous puppies! Cruella De Vil, Pongo, Perditha and the puppies sing and dance through this fun musical for children!
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.
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
Annie - The Musical
A full-blown summer musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip. Annie has been wowing audiences since 1977. Who can resist the little red-headed optimist who wants to find her real parents and in the process finds a new home and even gets to meet FDR? Winner of seven Tony awards, this musical treat features such songs as "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" and "It's a Hard Knock Life" Cast with local talent. Directed by Bob Kinsella. Stage 212 in LaSalle.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical
Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny! Master improvisers create an evening of music, humor and laughter gathered from made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience, turning it into a full-blown improvised musical.
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
Prepare yourself to be immersed into a world like no other – the world of Jellicle Cats. It’s the most sacred night of the year for this tribe of felines as they prepare for the Jellicle Ball. Every member of the tribe tries to prove they’re worthy enough to be “the one” selected to be reborn in the afterlife and live for eternity in the glorious Heavy Side Layer.
Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier
Chicago’s Perfect 10 allows runners a unique experience to run along the pier for the first and last segments of the race before turning south along the lakefront path to tour the city skyline like they’ve never seen before! Brace yourself for some beautiful sights as you run past some of Chicago’s most famous landmarks!"
Chuck Wagon Dinner & Cowboy Show
Slide out of the saddle, listen for the clang of the dinner bell and pull up a spoon! Plan for an evening of tasty vittles and ole' fashioned fun for the family at Starved Rock Lodge's Chuck Wagon Dinner & Cowboy Show. You'll enjoy a hearty western themed chuck wagon supper served outdoors from our very own chuck wagon. The evening continues with cowboy legends, pioneer stories, and rope tricks along with music at the campfire with Randy Erwin - popular rope trickster, yodeler, and all around real-life cowboy. Dinner and entertainment will take place at Fox Ridge - Starved Rock Lodge's outdoor entertainment & education venue. We'll even supply the bandanna to help you dress the part. The menu will include: Chuck Wagon Snacks Cold Salad Skillet-fried Potatoes Cowboy Beans Steak, chicken Hamburgers & Hot Dogs for the kids Fruit Cobbler Iced Tea, Water, Soda. Admission $45 Adults, $32 Children 10 and under. 5pm - 7/20, 8/17.
Civil War Saturday: A Question of Loyalty
View a performance of "A Question of Loyalty," an original play about the 1864 Charleston Riot. It remains outside of the draft riots, the bloodiest confrontation on union soil between soldiers and citizens during the Civil War. The original play by Earl Halbe play focuses on a personal story between of the actual participants in the riot. Saturday performances held at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site Visitor Center Auditorium, 3:00 pm on 6/14 & 7/26.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "50 Years of Motown"
Sylvester Potts and The Contours along with the Danville Symphony Orchestra presents a concert jam-packed with dazzling, high-energy choreography, impeccable harmonies and those timeless Motown grooves that everyone knows and loves. Added to that is lush orchestration to perfectly compliment some of the greatest and most enduring popular music of the 20th century. Bring your cell phones for an interactive experience!
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.
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 "Heroes and Heroines"
Heroes and Heroines have been the focus of the greatest story tellers throughout history! Join Danville Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jeremy Sterling and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal French Hornist, Robert Danforth for this musical survey of some of the most heroic stories ever set.
Set in McHenry's Petersen Park (4300 Petersen Park Road) and throughout the town, this wildly popular, 10-day July fest features great food, a beer tent, theater, contests, fun for all ages, midway rides, games and more.
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.
History Comes Alive
Every day for 12 weeks this summer, you’ll be able to take a step back in time as you participate in a whole array of living history performances and programs that will both delight and educate about the Springfield Abraham Lincoln knew and loved for most of his life. From Civil War encampments to White House kitchen chats with Mr. Lincoln himself, there’s something for everyone. Some events may have a fee.
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
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.
Illinois Renaissance Festival
Welcome everyone to merry old England! Step back in time, a midst the pageantry of the day, and explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, and knights. Test your skills as you attempt to walk across the rope bridge or hit the catapult target with a water balloon. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop and barter for fine handcrafted treasures in the bazaar, listen to the sounds of performers entertaining the villagers. Fun for the whole family!
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attending Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, Elle, uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
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.
Little Shop of Horrors
A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! Featuring great songs like "Suddenly Seymour", "Feed Me", and "Somewhere That's Green", this show will make you think twice about taking care of those house plants.
Not only is Mary Poppins one of the most magical characters in Broadway musicals, but the show itself is filled with the kind of magical moments that will have kids and adults alike wide-eyed and in awe
McLeod Summer Playhouse
Enjoy your favorite plays right here in Carbondale with the McLeod Summer Playhouse series. In the past classic performances such as Chicago, Cinderella and Steel Magnolias have graced the stage, and this year's line-up is just as a impressive. Don't miss OKLAHOMA!, Monty Python's Spamalot, ANYTHING GOES, and Charlotte’s Web, four incredible shows.
Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater "Opal's Million Dollar Duck"
While rooting through Opal's Antique Junque Shop, two summer stock leads come across a painting that looks a lot like an old master that disappeared from the local art museum. In order to collect the insurance themselves, the divas, Desmond and Queenie, try to acquire the painting from Opal, who has other plans for the painting. The plot thickens hilariously when the two stars resort to everything from outrageous flattery to knockout drops trying to get their hands on the picture. September 27, 28 29 Friday and Saturday: Doors Open: 7 pm; Show: 7:30 pm; Sunday: Doors Open: 1:30pm; Show: 2:00 pm. All performances are in a dessert theater format. $20
Musical by "Summertime On Stage" Youth Drama Camp
Enjoy this very special production featuring the Park's youth drama camp. The musical showcases what they've learned all summer - acting, singing, set design, costuming and so much more. Seats fill up fast, so reserve early! Tickets only $1. 2pm, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre.
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 Outdoor Stage is an outside venue for a wide variety of shows and performances in beautiful Nauvoo.
Rent - The Musical
Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. At Stage 212, Rent is cast with local talent and directed by DJ Haun. Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.
Rock N Blues Fest
The Rock’n’Blues Fest featuring the Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Band and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds, along with new additions Vanilla Fudge and Peter Rivera, formerly of Rare Earth will be together at the Genesee Theatre for a night of great blues music. This is a show not to be missed.
Summer Musical by Joliet Drama Guild
Enjoy Broadway up close and close to home! Join JDG, the 2nd oldest community theatre in Illinois, for their 81st season's finale at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre. Summer Musical shows are August 8-10 and 15-17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Learn more and reserve tickets by visiting the Joliet Drama Guild website.
Summertime On-Stage Youth Drama Camp
Held at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park & Theatre - all levels of interest welcome! For children age 5-18, our drama camp meets Monday-Thursday on the indoor theatre stage to prepare their full-fledge musical finale. Students learn theatre techniques, script and vocal work, choreography, costuming, set design, lighting, sound concepts, prop and stage managing and many other aspects of production.
Sunset by the Mississippi
Preceded by the Nauvoo Brass Band in concert on the outdoor stage, “Sunset by the Mississippi” invites you to sit back for some old-fashioned, toe-tapping fun in this one-hour variety show, performed as the sun sets over the Mississippi River.
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 Best Christmas Pageant Ever
A play based on the book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.
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.
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
The Golden Dragon Acrobats Present: Cirque Ziva
Cirque Ziva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show, featuring the elite members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Enjoy an unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.
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.
Directed by Ellen Marincic, this warm comedy set in a drought-ridden rural town during the Depression features spinster, Lizzy Curry's family, who are beginning to despair of her ever finding a husband. Then into town rides a con man who promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. Can he also change the forecast for Lizzy? Shows are Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. Tickets are $15.00 each.
The Second City Hits Home
Come out for a night of laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fit to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! All served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss this chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now!
The Sound of Music
When a postulant Nun proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. Featuring the classic songs "Do Re Mi", "Climb Every Mountain" and "My Favorite Things".
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.
The Who's Tommy
Set in the 1940s, Tommy is the story of a little boy who witnesses his father murder his mother’s lover upon his surprise return home after being released from a prisoner of war camp. Find out the rest for yourself, be a part of the greatest rock opera ever written.
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: The Brothers Comatose
Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. Enjoy music from The Brothers Comatose at 8pm. $25 general admission.
Vermilion County Civil War Days
Kennekuk County Park takes a trip back to the 1800s with Civil War re-enactments, presentations, music, and food. Participants from around the country come to the Danville Area for this one-of-a-kind weekend experience.
We the People
This play will serve as a fine reminder that the remarkable words written by our forefathers many years ago are still a living document, part of our lives each and every day.
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
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