Nominated for three Tony Awards in its Broadway production, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of the friendship between two dissimilar pals. The cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad adventure through the seasons: sledding down snowy hills, planting spring flowers, splashing in summer swimming holes and piling autumn leaves. Along the way, they’ll learn to accept one another, warts and all. This Big Noise Theatre production of the fun, family musical — adapted from Arnold Lobel’s classic children’s books — will enchant youngsters while also entertaining adults with a jazzy, upbeat score. If you’re not doing anything tomorrow, January 27th, you can get $7.50 tickets to two production times of the Big Noise Theatre in Des Plaines.
An effervescent and sparkling confection, J. Strauss II’s beloved operetta waltzes into your heart with familiar melodies, witty repartee and delightful charm. Spend a riotous evening in the company of the cunning Dr. Falke as he plays a joke on his good friend Eisenstein. It’s just a little revenge for a night of carousing gone awry that ended in very public humiliation for Falke. As his scheme unfolds, subplots hilariously pile up, drawing everyone into the whirlwind of Falke’s dastardly plan. The chaos comically explodes at an extravagant masquerade ball hosted by a Russian prince. Deceptions and disguises among friends and lovers give way to affection, laughter, and — as any happy ending should — champagne for all! Join the fun at McAninch Arts Center — this supreme example of the Viennese operetta is sung in English. Get discount tickets for the January 27th performance on Goldstar.
On the heels of a hit Broadway revival and with a lush score by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of the effervescent socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi. From the streets of Yonkers to the lights of Broadway, from jubilant parades to lavish dining, from schemes and tricks to happy accidents, Dolly is full of shine and full of sparkle; it’s a celebration of love and a tale of hope and home. This is a Dolphin Show production. The Dolphin Show at Northwestern University is a non-profit student theatre organization that annually produces the nation’s largest student-run musical. Discount tickets on Goldstar are $16.50 plus service charge and are for end of January/beginning of February performances.
PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Bring the whole family and join the adventure at The Chicago Theatre. Get tickets on Goldstar for January 12th and 13th performances.
The National Theatre Live takes performances from the London stage to cinemas and performing arts centers worldwide. You can experience — up-close and personal — the best of British theater, shown in high definition on a giant screen. Now you can see Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III in National Theatre Live’s first-ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse, right from your seat in Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center. In the years immediately after the American Revolution in the majestic court of England’s King George III, the monarch is deteriorating into madness, yet remains determined to withhold political power from those around him. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its stage premiere in 1991. The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Game of Thrones, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). Tickets are only $12 (plus service fee) through Goldstar for two February showings.
Pop icon Cyndi Lauper made history as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony for Best Score thanks to her contributions to Broadway’s high-heeled hit, Kinky Boots. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots tells the story (based on actual events) of Charlie Price, who has inherited his father’s nearly bankrupt shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible. Snag your tickets now and get ready to hot-step your way over to this red-hot musical smash at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago. Tickets start at only $29 on Goldstar with January performance dates.
Oh, the Thinks you can think…when you think about Seuss! In this fantastical, magical musical, some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life with the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. These classic, colorful tales are brought together by Jojo, a young “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks,” in a special one-hour show that’s perfect for kids (and parents) of all ages. All performances will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast, so stick around and ask your burning questions! It’s a show the whole family can enjoy, so don’t miss Seussical the Musical when it comes to Lincolnshire’s Marriott Theatre for performance during February. Tickets are only $9 (plus service charge).
As a Broadway fanatic in Chicago, you already know you’ll get your hands on any ticket that brings that Big Apple magic to the Windy City — and Broadway In Chicago doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to bringing the best shows to the city’s most fabulous venues. Enjoy six Broadway musicals, both classics and newer sensations, when you grab — nay, practically steal — this six-show package. The upcoming season kicks off with the Broadway hit A Bronx Tale, unforgettable story of loyalty and family featuring original doo-wop tunes from legendary composer Alan Menken. Anastasia takes you from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s with a soaring score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Enjoy two timeless classics, Falsettos and the thrilling return of Cats, and then finish off the season right with the new musical Come From Away and The Band’s Visit, which won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Stock up now and gift the picky theater and concert lovers in your life. Or treat yourself to a well-earned night out.
But hurry: Just like songs with sleigh bells and ugly holiday sweaters, this deal will disappear soon, so get ‘em now through December 24 (and start redeeming December 25).
Enjoy this two-and-a-half-hour tour of Chicago’s Holiday Lights. Starting at the Palmer House Hilton, you will see Chicago’s Christmas Tree and the lights of Michigan Avenue aboard a trolley. Stops include Lincoln Park Zoo Lights and Christkindlmarket, where you will get off the trolley and enjoy the holiday fun. Be sure to dress appropriately as Zoo Lights and Christkindlmarket are outdoor events. Tickets start at only $9 plus service fees, but they are rapidly selling out on all days, so do not put this off.