- Other Events
How we pick the events: These listings are not advertisements. They are a selective guide to arts events recommended by Chicago’s culture critics.
Know before you go: Details of listings can change at the last minute. Please call ahead to confirm.
2/1–3/9 Director-choreographer Brenda Didier, helms a revue of the late, great jazz icon Fats Waller. Songs include Harlem Renaissance–era hits (“Honeysuckle Rose,” “Black and Blue,” “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”) and hidden gems (“Cash for Your Trash,” “When the Nylons Bloom Again,” “Yacht Club Swing”). $20–$39. Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont. porchlightmusictheatre.org
2/25–3/2 If you missed this show the first four or so times it came through town, here’s your chance to see why it will probably never close. In this incarnation, John O’Hurley (Seinfeld) plays slick-talking lawyer Billy Flynn. $30–$95. Broadway in Chicago at Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe. broadwayinchicago.com
Through 2/9 C’mon and listen to the lullaby of Broadway, as Allentown, Pennsylvania, native Peggy Sawyer (Laura Savage) hoofs her way to stardom in 1933. $38–$50. Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena, Aurora. paramountaurora.com
The Phantom of the Opera
Through 3/2 The show that put the mega in megamusicals celebrates its silver anniversary with a lavish touring production. Chicagoan Ben Jacoby takes on the role of the heroic Vicomte de Chagny, the Phantom’s rival for the love of a young soprano. $32–$105. Broadway in Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph. thephantomoftheopera.com/ustour
The Sweet Smell of Success
Through 2/2 Leave the kids at home: This classic tale of skeevy 1950s New York has plenty of sex and violence. Think film noir but on the stage. $25–$38. Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont. kokandyproductions.com
Through 3/16 Mel Brooks’s classic comedy gets the musical treatment. $45–$55. Drury Lane Oak Brook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. drurylaneoakbrook.com/live-theatre