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Puppetry is a living and thriving art; this Festival is a celebration of its many forms. More than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations have joined together to ignite the spirit of this citywide event, which spans 10 days and features artists from abroad, across the nation, and unique work born here in Chicago.
Calling all Zombies! Tired of being judged for munching on the occasional brain? So you’re not really “alive” anymore but you can still enjoy socializing with the living and enjoying a hilarious show together! Well, we’ve got the perfect show for you! Drama! Comedy! …And, of course, Zombies! Dawn your best Living Dead Costume and choose to be a Zombie, or not (its up to you), but we do promise lots of fun for both the living and the undead! No Biting. Join us for an exciting evening of comedy, mystery and zombies at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, salad, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Additional beverages can be purchased at the Restaurant Service Window. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Based on a Victorian Penny dreadful, this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece has been nominated for Tony Awards in 3 different decades. The original 1979 production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, bringing home 8 including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The 1990 revival saw 4 more Tony nominations, while in 2006, the New York production received 6 Tony nods. Some critics call Sweeney Todd Sondheim’s most perfect score, filled with ravishing beauty. Others have described it as a pitch-black comedy filled with thrills and terrors, while others have heralded it as one of the single greatest achievements of American musical theater in the last 50 years. Decide for yourself and experience Paramount Theatre’s Sweeney Todd.
2016 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Cheap Trick is part of the fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll.
Welcome to the 100th birthday party of Barnabus Baggs, the richest man in Baggs City. There’s more to this story than meets the eye in this classic Clue-like murder mystery dinner theater. Featuring kooky characters, angry family members, vengeful business competitors, trampled on employees and, of course, a butler. We challenge you to figure out who dun it. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. A special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score,
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improv artists use suggestions from the audience to create an evening of spontaneous music, humor, and laughter! The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.
At a time when the charts were ruled by pop-metal acts, Dokken’s captivating stage presence and high energy style brought us some of the greatest rock music of the 1980s. With Warrant performing hits like Cherry Pie, and Firehouse, performing hits like Love of a Lifetime, this show will rock you.
The Stage Coach Players will be performing their production of "Hairspray" based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. This musical sends the message of acceptance by showing the bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad who teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.
One of the only artists to win Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories, Al Jarreau has a golden musical touch. He has a charismatic quality and storytelling ability that mesmerizes the audience and embraces them with his intimate style. Don’t miss the chance to see this living legend perform some of the greatest pieces in music history.
Created by Scott Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years by amassing millions of fans by taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.
EagleMania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert.
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best loved musical returns in time-honored form, a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. After reading her mom’s diary from one carefree summer 20 years ago, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. Set to the classic songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is the enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship.
Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen!
Piano sensation and popular radio host Jim Brickman will be bringing songs and feelings of the season to Dominican University's Performing Arts Center with Comfort & Joy, his 2016 holiday tour and the 20th anniversary of his original Christmas concert. Combining beloved holiday classics and festive original compositions, Brickman's enchanting sound and presence evokes the warm sentiments of family and togetherness.Tickets range from $23 to $53 and are available at www.events.dom.edu.
America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors.
Immerse the whole family in the colorful, intense, theatrical world of Chinese acrobatics. The Golden Dragon Acrobats may have been touring for 30 years, but they represent a tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Led by world-renowned producer Danny Chang and award-winning choreographer Angela Chang, this troupe blends ancient dance, spectacular costumes, contemporary music and incredible athleticism into a full-on extravaganza of movement. They glide across the stage with unimaginable gracefulness. They twist and contort their bodies in ways you didn’t think were possible. They perform stunts that will simultaneously make your heart thump and mesmerize you. On top of all that, it’s an awesome opportunity to introduce the kids in your life to a rich, 2,500 year-old culture. Performance at 3pm.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same! In addition to the sold-out New York engagement, this fairy tale has gone international.
Set in a gas station and diner, the “Double Cupp Diner”, on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC, the musical stars four gas station attendants and two waitresses who sing and play all manner of instruments including kitchen utensils. The music is a quirky, highly imaginative blend of country, rockabilly, swing, rock and roll and jazz. One selection, “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine”, reached number 67 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Subsequent productions have been seen across the country including long runs in Chicago, the award--winning run at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and now the Effingham Performance Center.
The State Ballet Theater of Russia, from the city of Voronezh, brings the world's most beloved ballet to glorious life! This company of 65 distinguished dancers has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world. Ticket prices are $29.50, $42.50 & $52.50.
Air Supply’s single Lost in Love became the fastest selling single in the world. Since then, they’ve recorded hits such as All Out of Love, Making Love out of Nothing at All, The One that You Love, Sweet Dreams and Goodbye. Special guests The Romantics are known for their hits What I Like About You, Little White Lies, I Can’t Tell You Anything and Tell it to Carrie. This should be a night of great music. Tickets $39-$85.
This nostalgic concert performance pays homage to the music, lyrics and melodies that comprise the timeless songbook of Carole King and James Taylor. Two long-time friends and collaborators, hit songwriter, Kirsti Mann, and national recording artist, Jonathan Birchfield, share their incredible onstage chemistry and unique artistry, capturing the essence of friendship through music.
Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, the vegetable of the day, hot buttered rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Additional beverages can be purchased at the Restaurant Service Window. Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner, the show, taxes and gratuity. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.