Wednesday January 23 6:10 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Theater

'DJEMBE! The Show' makes U.S. debut at Apollo Theater, beginning March 19

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Following a smash-hit international tour, the new, interactive theatrical event, DJEMBE! The Show, makes its U.S. debut at the Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago), for a strictly limited engagement starting performances on March 19, 2019 (with an official premiere on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.). DJEMBE! (JEM-bay) will engage audiences in a high-energy program of powerful storytelling and inspiring music, including iconic pop hits. Leading this lively musical journey will be the trio of Broadway talent Ben Hope (Once) as Emcee; critically-acclaimed Chicago musical theater artist Rashada Dawan (Caroline, or Change) on lead vocals; and Guinean master drummer and folklorist Fodé Lavia Camara, backed by an ensemble of world-class musicians.

ANASTASIA TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

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Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce tickets for ANASTASIA, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical inspired by the beloved film, will go on sale on Friday, January 25. ANASTASIA will make its Chicago debut at Broadway In Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited two-week engagement March 26 through April 7, 2019.

Lookingglass Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere of Act(s) of God February 13–April 7

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Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Act(s) of God, by Ensemble Member Kareem Bandealy, directed by Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman. Act(s) of God runs February 13–April 7, 2019 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The press performances are February 22 and February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

BNI Drama Department to present 'Zombie Prom'

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Bishop Noll Institute’s Drama Department will present the musical “Zombie Prom” March 15-17 in the BNI auditorium, 1519 Hoffman St. Enter Door C. Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 15 and 16 and 2:30 p.m. March 17.

MUSIC THEATER WORKS announces 2019 season, including Chicago professional premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

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Music Theater Works has announced its 2019 season, opening with the Pulitzer Prize-winning HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (June 8-16), followed by the Chicago professional premiere of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (August 17-25), LERNER AND LOEWE’S GREATEST HITS (October 4-13), and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (December 21-31).

TEATRO VISTA TO PREMIERE THE ABUELAS, A MODERN-DAY, CHICAGO-SET SEQUEL TO THE MADRES FEBRUARY 9-MARCH 17 AT VICTORY GARDENS

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Teatro Vista announces the world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker’s The Abuelas, a sequel to her acclaimed play The Madres, February 9-March 17, 2019 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Press opening is Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m. Regular show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $20-$35, go on sale December 17. For tickets and information, visit www.teatrovista.org, www.victorygardens.org or call
(773) 871-3000.

About Face Theatre Announces WONKA BALL: Disco Inferno Friday, April 12, 2019 at Venue West

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Be a queen of the dance floor this spring at About Face Theatre’s annual gala and Chicago’s hottest party: WONKA BALL: Disco Inferno on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8 pm (VIP cocktail reception and awards ceremony at 7 pm) at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St. in Chicago. Shake your groove thing with Chicago's celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA) theatre as it celebrates its 23rd season on this truly fabulous evening.

Citadel Theatre for Young Audiences - JUNIE B. JONES, THE MUSICAL - opening February 9

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Citadel Theatre Company, an Equity-affiliated professional company performing in Lake Forest, will stage the second production of its new Theatre for Young Audiences programming with JUNIE B. JONES, THE MUSICAL, a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical.