Betrayal thru Dec. 17 at Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-338-2177) Pinter’s modern classic drama concerns the nine-year affair between a London writer and the wife of his publisher and best friend. A thoughtful, rich play about a common theme of human existence, the difficulty in maintaining honest relationships with those close to us, “Betrayal” tells the story backward, ending as the affair is about to begin Details:

The Bodyguard from Jan. 31-Feb. 12 at Ford Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 800-745-3000) In this award-winning musical, based on the hit film, starring Grammy Award-nominee Deborah Cox, former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, “The Bodyguard” features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and, one of the biggest selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”

Chick Flick the Musical  thru Jan. 29 at Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-988-9000) This musical delivers an evening of heartfelt female friendship and empowerment wrapped in the iconic conventions of chick flicks. This original, ninety-minute, no-intermission musical has a cast of four and a live band. “Chick Flick the Musical” shows us characters and friendships that are both inspirational and aspirational. Details:

A Christmas Carol thru Dec. 31 at Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 312-443-3800) Now a beloved Chicago tradition, each year The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol.” Audiences look forward to the “bah humbugs,” the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge’s joyful re-discovery of life, love, and the Christmas spirit. Goodman’s Carol has been produced for more than thirty-five years. Details:

Crazy for You thru Jan. 8 at Drury Lane-Oakbrook (100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-530-0111) Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the romantic Gershwin musical “Crazy for You” follows Bobby Child, a New York banker with a craving for show business, who is sent to foreclose on a theatre in a small mining town. After falling in love with a local girl, Polly, he vows to put on a show to save the failing theatre. “Crazy For You” brings new life to memorable Gershwin tunes like “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Details:

The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time thru Dec. 24 at Ford Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 800-745-3000) This is a Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony-winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid thru Jan. 15 at Paramount Theatre (23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 630-896-6666) Ariel lives twenty thousand leagues under the sea with her royal family and father, King Triton. Despite the beauty of her aqua surroundings, the young mermaid only dreams of what lies above. During one of her top-side expeditions with her loyal companions, Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull, the turbulent waters cause Prince Eric to be tossed into sea. Ariel swims to his rescue and gets the prince to safety. Determined to risk it all for her chance at true happiness, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula, the sea witch, who uses her black magic to transform the princess into a human. But Ariel has only three days to get her true love to kiss her. As part of the deal, while on land, Ariel will not have the ability to make a sound. If she fails at her quest, her soul, and her beautiful voice become the property of Ursula. Details:

East Texas Hot Links thru Jan. 22 at Writers Theatre (325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, 847-242-6000) In the woods of East Texas, the Top ‘o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace, and companionship for the regulars who come in each night; however, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own—until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top ‘o the Hill forever. Details:

The Fundamentals  thru Dec. 23 at Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-335-1650) Millie is a smart, resourceful young mother who works as a housekeeper in one of New York’s premier luxury hotels. When an opportunity to move into management gives her the chance to leave behind her blue-collar life, Millie must decide how much and who she’s willing to sacrifice to secure her family’s future.  “The Fundamentals” examines the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams. Details:

Hamilton thru March 19 at The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre; 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago, 312-977-1700) A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right-hand man, rebel to war hero, “Hamilton” is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe Aaron Burr all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become. Details:

The Hunter and the Bear hru Jan. 22 at Writers Theatre (325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, 847-242-6000) The critically acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., creators of WT’s 2013 hit production of “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” brings its considerable talents to this original tale. “The Hunter and The Bear” tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. When his son disappears in the woods, the search to recover him will lead the hunter, and eventually the entire community, through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and supernatural threats. Details:

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  thru Dec. 31 from American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-404-7336) For fifteen years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live nineteen-forties radio broadcast. The cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score, and holiday carols. After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast. Details:

The Nutcracker Dec. 10-30 from The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, 312-341-2300) Discover the magic of Chicago’s mysterious 1893 World’s Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey’s “Nutcracker,” reimagined by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Be part of dance history to celebrate our beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the twenty-first century. Details:

Phantom of the Opera Dec. 14-Jan. 8 at Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-977-1700) Based on the classic novel “Le Fantôme de L’Opera,” by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her talents and by employing all of the devious methods. Details:

Singin’ in the Rain thru Dec. 31 at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, 847-634-0200) All the unforgettable songs and dances, including the show-stopping title number, have been adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The show’s set in the days just after the success of the first talkies, when studio execs find themselves scrambling to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a silent picture star with an iron-clad contract—and a voice like a screech monkey. They decide to hire an aspiring actress to overdub Lina’s voice, but when the leading man falls in love with the voice-over girl, and the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, hilarity ensues. Details:

Stomp thru Jan. 1 at Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, 800-745-3000) An explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with rhythm. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep returning.

Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas thru Jan. 14 at MCL Chicago (3110 N. Sheffield, Chicago, 773-248-5900) It’s Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in L.A. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to re-kindle love with his wife. Everyone is headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and terrorists take everyone hostage—except McClane. Details:


Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly thru Jan. 7, from Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-935-6100) Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of crawly characters and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through all musical genres, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Details:

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