Six Big Musicals to See in Chicago

In February, catch Ain’t Misbehavin, The Phantom of the Opera, and, yes, Chicago.

The Phantom of the Opera plays at the Cadillac Palace Theatre through March 2.   Photo: Courtesy of Broadway in Chicago

Ain’t Misbehavin’

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

Chicago

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

42nd Street

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

Young Frankenstein

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

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