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New (and Old) Musicals to See in the New Year

The musical adaptation of the 1990 movie Ghost comes to Chicago, but there are plenty of classics to choose from as well.

Earl Carpenter and Katie Hall in The Phantom of the Opera   Alistair Muir

42nd Street

1/15–2/9 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

Ghost: The Musical

1/7–19 In screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin’s musical adaptation of his Oscar-winning 1990 movie, Chicago native Carla R. Stewart takes on the Whoopi Goldberg role, playing the outspoken medium who puts a bereaved young woman in touch with her ectoplasmic beloved. Expect a reprise of the sexiest pottery-making scene ever staged, plus songs by Dave Stewart and composer Glen Ballard (“Jagged Little Pill”). $27–$95. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph. ghostontour.com

Hello, Dolly!

Through 1/5 Jerry Herman’s musical tale of the Yonkers matchmaker Dolly Levi boasts a score of indomitable standards. $35–$49. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury, Oakbrook Terrace. drurylaneoakbrook.com

The Phantom of the Opera

1/9–3/2 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

1/10–2/2 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

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 about 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

Young Frankenstein

1/16–3/16 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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