Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit Module

Chicago’s Top 12 Musicals in December

The Dead Prince, Wicked, five Christmas shows, and more good picks this month.

The Dead Prince plays at Storefront Theatre through December 22.   Photo: Courtesy Strange Tree Group

Annie Get Your Gun

12/21–31 Colette Todd stars as the gun-toting proto-feminist Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin’s hit-packed (“There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun”) rom-com. $32–$92; $34–$94 New Year’s Eve. Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston. lightoperaworks.com

CHILD FRIENDLY

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Through 12/22 The composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) sets music to Charles Dickens’s holiday staple. $38–$42. Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge, Munster, Ind. theatreatthecenter.com

Christmas Dearest

Through 12/29 David Cerda, who deserves to be a contender on RuPaul’s Drag Race, dons his heels to portray Joan Crawford in a camptastic mash-up of Mommie Dearest and A Christmas Carol. $15–$110. Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N Clark. handbagproductions.org

The Christmas Schooner

Through 12/29 The seasonal ship sails again in John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon’s (music and lyrics) musical tale of the Rouse Simmons, a vessel bound for Chicago with a cargo of Christmas trees. $20–$55. Mercury Theater, 3745 N Southport. mercurytheaterchicago.com

The Dead Prince

Through 12/22 From the delightfully macabre mind of playwright Emily Schwartz comes the fractured fairy tale of a princess seeking to bring her true love back from the dead. Paul Holmquist directs. $10. Strange Tree Group in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Storefront Theater, 66 E Randolph. strangetree.org

CHILD FRIENDLY

Elf: The Musical

Through 12/15 What happens when a human orphan inadvertently ends up at the North Pole among a tribe of toy-making elves? Find out in the story of Buddy, who discovers both his real father and the true meaning of Christmas in a musical based on the 2003 movie. $18–$90. Broadway in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace, 151 W Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

Hello Dolly!

Through 1/5 Jerry Herman’s musical tale of the Yonkers matchmaker Dolly Levi boasts a score of indomitable standards. $42.25–$77.25. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury, Oakbrook Terrace. drurylaneoakbrook.com

CHILD FRIENDLY

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Through 12/29 Emerald City Theatre presents the kid-friendly fable of an outcast reindeer who saves Christmas with the help of an elf and an abominable snowman. $31–$51. Emerald City Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. emeraldcitytheatre.com

CHILD FRIENDLY

The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over!

Through 12/21 The composer Rich Maisel turns Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale into a musical with ingenious puppetry. $10–$25. Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main, Evanston. piccolotheatre.com

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Through 12/15 The travails of six overachieving students become fodder for laughs and life lessons in this one-act musical conceived by Rebecca Feldman, William Finn (music and lyrics), and Rachel Sheinkin (book). $36. $31 students, seniors. Griffin Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W Belmont. theatrewit.com

We Three Lizas

Through 1/5 Who needs the three magi when you’ve got three Lizas? The titular trio star in Scott Bradley (book and lyrics) and Alan Schmuckler’s (music) relatively new production concerning a designer who has lost his mojo and the incarnations of Minnellis who help him get it back. Look for a cast of musical theatre powerhouses, including Bethany Thomas, Dana Tretta, and Danielle Plisz. $10–$45. About Face Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont. aboutfacetheatre.com

Wicked

Through 12/21 The ever-popular Elphaba returns to defy gravity once again in the megablockbuster prequel to The Wizard of Oz. $40–$107. Broadway in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

Share

Edit Module

Advertisement

Edit Module
Submit your comment

Comments are moderated. We review them in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, abuse, and irrelevancies.

Edit Module