You’ve watched SNL for years. Now relive 40 years of the show in a way you never imagined. At Saturday Night Live: The Experience at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, you can become immersed in the show’s fast-paced creative processes and see how ideas become reality in just days. Interact with sets, original props and costumes. Take selfies on the Jeopardy set, rock out on the Wayne’s World couch, and deliver the “news” from behind the Weekend Update desk. Ticket availability on Goldstar currently through April 30 for any operating date (buy the vouchers now and go whenever).
One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic bands comes to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park for a night of classic hits and feel-good nostalgia. Fronted by reality TV superstar Bret Michaels (lead vocals/guitar), Bobby Dall (bass), Rikki Rockett (drums) and CC DeVille (guitars) round out the lineup of the legendary rock band known as Poison. Famous worldwide for anthem tracks like “Every Rose Has its Thorn” and “Talk Dirty to Me,” Poison has kept crowds loud and rowdy for decades, having achieved much of their fame in the heavy hair metal era of the ’80s. The gang has sold over 50 million records worldwide, with 15 million of those in the U.S. alone. For this epic concert, they’re joined by Rock Hall of Famers Cheap Trick. Over the course of their more-than-40-year career, Cheap Trick produced everything from ’70s power pop to ’80s hair metal to The Colbert Report theme. The group is sure to pump up the volume on immortal classics like “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” “Dream Police,” “The Flame” and many more. Tickets to the June 9th performance are only $20 plus service fees.
Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. The handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature’s Academy Award-nominated score — as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz — The Hunchback of Notre Dame can be enjoyed at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero, which is super-easy to get to (Central and 55) with plenty of parking (it’s a junior college, after all).
2018 inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and still going strong after over 30 years together, Bon Jovi remains one of the world’s premier rock bands. One of the top-selling groups in rock history, Bon Jovi is crossing the country as part of their This House Is Not for Sale tour and they’re making a stop at the Prudential Center in Newark. It’s sure to be an exciting show, where you can expect to hear all your favorite Bon Jovi hits — like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Bad Medicine” and “Have a Nice Day” — along with more recent material. Tickets to their April 26th 7:30 concert at the United Center start at only $30 on Goldstar.
Offbeat and downright hilarious, comedian Maria Bamford is on everyone’s short list of favorite comics. Her inventive specials on Netflix and Comedy Central are some of the best out there. And while she’s known for her self-deprecating humor and stories about her dysfunctional family, she continues to receive critical acclaim for tackling darker topics with unabashed humor. In 2014, she won the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic. A woman of many talents, Maria has built a career outside the comedy circuit. She appeared in season 4 of Netflix’s Arrested Development was the rabid Black Friday shopper in those quirky Target ads and has voiced characters on numerous animated series, including BoJack Horseman and The Legend of Korra. Her film work includes Stuart Little 2 and most recently Hell & Back. Join Lady Dynamite for an evening of imaginative comedy and sidesplitting humor at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Tickets on Goldstar are Comp to $15 for her April 7th show.
With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s pre-eminent comedians. She improvises with a crowd like a jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net. There’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong. Poundstone’s razor-sharp wit and impeccable timing makes for the perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Now you can laugh along with all her witty brilliance live at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre. We LOVE listening to NPR’s Wait, Wait and Paula’s got some of the funniest comments on the show. Get comp tickets on Goldstar for her April 12th performance; of course the $15 discount ticket isn’t too shabby either.
Walking Dead fans from all walks of life — and death — come together at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont to celebrate the hit TV series during this fan-fueled two-day event. You’ll get to experience a slew of events, panels and experiences with stars like Norman Reedus (Daryl), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Alana Masterson (Tara), Michael Rooker (Merle) and many more, plus artists including Chris 51 (AE’s Epic Ink), Scott Spillman and others. Sift through an array of artwork and score other cool merch from the realm of the undead in the vendor hall. And of course, cosplay is encouraged. The dates are April 7-8, so you’ll avoid nasty weather.
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest returns, cape billowing, to Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The ultimate opportunity to share space with beloved TV celebrities, this super-powered exhibition includes such stars as Arrow’s Stephen Amell and Josh Segarra, The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan and many more. Uncover behind-the-scenes secrets from the TV shows you live for and test your superhero skills on obstacle courses and other challenge games. Whether you attend one or both days of this immersive weekend event, your ticket also gets you into Walker Stalker Con, the horror, fantasy and sci-fi extravaganza that’s shambling into the same venue. Same days (April 7-8) as the Walker Stalker convention, so lots of weirdness to enjoy, especially if you’re getting COMP tickets for both!
It’s hard to imagine someone who wouldn’t have fun at C2E2. Pretty much everything pop culture is covered here. They’ve got creators, celebrities, merchandise and cosplayers from movies, TV, comics, anime, books and video games. Guests include Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley (This is Us), Firefly’s Alan Tudyk, Divergent author Veronica Roth, Spongebob Squarepants (known in real life as Tom Kenny) and tons of comic book artists and writers. Bring your camera to capture your favorite cosplays and your wallet to grab that holy grail merch item when you find it. And don’t forget to check out the panels, with topics like Attack on Titan, Goosebumps, The Voices of Overwatch and a Rick and Morty Live Draw session where you can watch a brand new Rick and Morty story come to life right before your eyes. Discounted tickets start at $10.75 on Goldstar.
A prequel to the Tony-winning, record-setting Million Dollar Quartet, the new musical Heartbreak Hotel sets its incredible love story in 1950s Memphis and Goldstar has discount tickets for July and August performances. It all begins in 1954, when Sam Phillips finds the man who will be “King,” and together they discover the music that will forever change their lives. Over the course of the show, you’ll experience a love story you never knew about, discover the betrayal of the band behind the music and meet “Colonel” Tom Parker, who changed the course of history. This show stars the same actor who portrayed Elvis in the Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet and comes from the same creator as Baby It’s You, the most successful show at the Coast Playhouse, which ran for 17 months to sold-out audiences. With this exclusive pre-sale offer you can be the first to get tickets to this acclaimed story out of rock ‘n roll history when it comes to Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
Before she was a platinum-selling, Grammy-winning recording artist, before she was an Emmy-winning television personality, before she was an Academy Award-winning leading lady, the superstar we know and love as Cher was just a Southern California girl named Cherilyn Sarkisian. In the brand new musical The Cher Show, you’ll follow the diva from her childhood as a little kid with big dreams of fame to her career as a movie star rock goddess who’s still scared to walk on the stage. A wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a woman looking for love — they’re all her, dressed to kill, singing her heart out and always telling it like it is. Featuring her beloved chart-topping hits, The Cher Show is directed by Tony winner Jason Moore (Avenue Q) with a book by Tony winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies). With this exclusive pre-sale offer, you can be one of the first to get tickets to 2018’s hottest new show at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. Many, many performance dates in June through mid-July on Goldstar, starting at only $33 plus service fee. If this one isn’t heading to Broadway, I’ll be amazed!