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Without Borders
Without Borders

Two tenors, Bradley Wisk & Enrique de Allende, team up to perform everything from Bocelli to Ed Sheeran. Throughout the tour, they will collaborate with local musicians from each city. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gift of Hope Foundation – https://www.giftofhope.org/

Main Stage
11/29/18

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Current & Upcoming Shows

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Celestial Objects
11/13
Josh Mather, conductor
Sarah and Joseph Belknap, visual artists
VOX3 Collective, chorus
HOLST: The Planets
MATTHEWS: Pluto, The Renewer
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite

Acclaimed visual artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap will present original artwork to accompany a performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Colin Matthew’s Pluto, The Renewer supplements the program (it was written when Pluto was still considered a planet, so it counts), and John Williams’ score to Star Wars concludes this out-of-this-world concert!

Celestial Objects
11/13
Celestial Objects
Josh Mather, conductor
Sarah and Joseph Belknap, visual artists
VOX3 Collective, chorus
HOLST: The Planets
MATTHEWS: Pluto, The Renewer
WILLIAMS: Star Wars Suite

Acclaimed visual artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap will present original artwork to accompany a performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Colin Matthew’s Pluto, The Renewer supplements the program (it was written when Pluto was still considered a planet, so it counts), and John Williams’ score to Star Wars concludes this out-of-this-world concert!

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11/13
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Royal Wood
Nov 15

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominee, and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. Royal just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross country theatre tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt.

Royal is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, “Ever After The Farewell”.

Royal Wood
Nov 15
Royal Wood

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominee, and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. Royal just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross country theatre tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt.

Royal is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, “Ever After The Farewell”.

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Nov 15
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MST3K LIVE!
Nov 16

In the not too distant future, 11/16/18 A.D., The Mystery Science Theater 30th Anniversary Tour is coming to Chicago! With Joel Robinson, Jonah Heston, and your favorite robots live riffing . Tickets are on sale now.

The Brain 7 pm –  2 VIP Tickets – SOLD OUT

Deathstalker II – 10 pm – SOLD OUT

 

MST3K LIVE!
Nov 16
30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
MST3K LIVE!

In the not too distant future, 11/16/18 A.D., The Mystery Science Theater 30th Anniversary Tour is coming to Chicago! With Joel Robinson, Jonah Heston, and your favorite robots live riffing . Tickets are on sale now.

The Brain 7 pm –  2 VIP Tickets – SOLD OUT

Deathstalker II – 10 pm – SOLD OUT

 

The Brain - 7 pm / Deathstalker II - 10 pm
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Nov 16
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DC 2018 Choreographic Conspiracy
11/17
DC 2018 Choreographic Conspiracy
11/17
Chicago’s premiere choreography competition!
DC 2018 Choreographic Conspiracy
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Main Stage
11/17
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Gian Carlo Menotti’s AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Nov 24 & 25

Begin your holiday celebration with the 13th anniversary of this treasured Chicago holiday tradition, perfect for all ages!

One of the most popular operas of all time, its timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles will fill your hearts with the true meaning of the season! With original direction by Francis Menotti, son of Gian Carlo, based on his father’s original 1951 production.

Opening with a prelude of holiday music and dance, in memory of Ruth Ann Koesun. Featuring singers from Chamber Opera Chicago with ballet dancers from the Ruth Page Arts Center, Spanish dancers from Ensemble Español, and world-champion Irish dancers!

PERFORMED IN ENGLISH

Gian Carlo Menotti’s AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Nov 24 & 25
Chamber Opera Chicago
Gian Carlo Menotti’s AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

Begin your holiday celebration with the 13th anniversary of this treasured Chicago holiday tradition, perfect for all ages!

One of the most popular operas of all time, its timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles will fill your hearts with the true meaning of the season! With original direction by Francis Menotti, son of Gian Carlo, based on his father’s original 1951 production.

Opening with a prelude of holiday music and dance, in memory of Ruth Ann Koesun. Featuring singers from Chamber Opera Chicago with ballet dancers from the Ruth Page Arts Center, Spanish dancers from Ensemble Español, and world-champion Irish dancers!

PERFORMED IN ENGLISH

All ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission.
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Nov 24 & 25
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Without Borders
11/29/18

Two tenors, Bradley Wisk & Enrique de Allende, team up to perform everything from Bocelli to Ed Sheeran. Throughout the tour, they will collaborate with local musicians from each city. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gift of Hope Foundation – https://www.giftofhope.org/

Without Borders
11/29/18
Without Borders

Two tenors, Bradley Wisk & Enrique de Allende, team up to perform everything from Bocelli to Ed Sheeran. Throughout the tour, they will collaborate with local musicians from each city. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gift of Hope Foundation – https://www.giftofhope.org/

All-ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes plus without intermission.
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11/29/18
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The Dollop
Dec 1, 2018

The 3rd annual Chicago Podcast Festival is proud to present The Dollop  in their only Chicago-area live performance in 2018.

The Dollop
Dec 1, 2018
Part of the Chicago Podcast Festival
The Dollop

The 3rd annual Chicago Podcast Festival is proud to present The Dollop  in their only Chicago-area live performance in 2018.

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Dec 1, 2018
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The Nutcracker
Dec 7,8,9,14,15,16
Through its inspiring story, beautiful music, and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets. For adults, it is a time to relive cherished memories of childhood. For children who wait with breathless anticipation for the holidays to arrive, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.
The Nutcracker
Dec 7,8,9,14,15,16
The Nutcracker
Through its inspiring story, beautiful music, and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets. For adults, it is a time to relive cherished memories of childhood. For children who wait with breathless anticipation for the holidays to arrive, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.
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Dec 7,8,9,14,15,16
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Holidays on Stage & Screen
12/18

Enjoy holiday music written for the theatre, ballet, concert hall, big screen and television in this family-friendly celebration of the season!

Gregory Hughes, conductor
Ann James, narrator
Robert Hunt, baritone
VOX 3 Collective, chorus
BIZET: Farandole from L’Arlésienne
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker
ANDERSON: A Christmas Festival
SILVESTRI: Suite from The Polar Express
SEUSS: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Holidays on Stage & Screen
12/18
Holidays on Stage & Screen

Enjoy holiday music written for the theatre, ballet, concert hall, big screen and television in this family-friendly celebration of the season!

Gregory Hughes, conductor
Ann James, narrator
Robert Hunt, baritone
VOX 3 Collective, chorus
BIZET: Farandole from L’Arlésienne
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from The Nutcracker
ANDERSON: A Christmas Festival
SILVESTRI: Suite from The Polar Express
SEUSS: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This concert will be approximately 80 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
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12/18
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John Cameron Mitchell
2/22/19

Tickets for this performance go on sale Oct. 12 at 10am CT.

John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings songs and stories from his history in a big, brash, and bold rock spectacle, performing songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and regaling audiences with stories from 20 years of Hedwig. He will also preview songs from his upcoming musical podcast “Anthem,” starring himself, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Cynthia Erivo, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson, and Marion Cotillard. So put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track and pull the wig down from the shelf – for a night of post-punk, neo-glam rock – a collective quest for love, hope and identity.

John Cameron Mitchell
2/22/19
The Origin of Love: The Songs & Stories of Hedwig
John Cameron Mitchell

Tickets for this performance go on sale Oct. 12 at 10am CT.

John Cameron Mitchell, the double Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated co-creator of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, brings songs and stories from his history in a big, brash, and bold rock spectacle, performing songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and regaling audiences with stories from 20 years of Hedwig. He will also preview songs from his upcoming musical podcast “Anthem,” starring himself, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Cynthia Erivo, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson, and Marion Cotillard. So put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track and pull the wig down from the shelf – for a night of post-punk, neo-glam rock – a collective quest for love, hope and identity.

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Main Stage
2/22/19
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Graham Nash
March 17, 2019

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, Over the Years…, a 2-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.

This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.

On sale to the general public: 10/5/2018

Graham Nash
March 17, 2019
A Benefit for the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Music Education Programs
Graham Nash

Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.

Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, Over the Years…, a 2-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.

This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.This activity has been supported in part by the European Union.

On sale to the general public: 10/5/2018

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Main Stage
March 17, 2019
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Professor Brian Cox
May 9, 2019

“Brian Cox is as Famous, if not more famous, in the U.K. than Carl Sagan EVER was here in America.

If you’ve never heard of him, you’ve gotta know about this guy.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Professor Brian Cox UNIVERSAL world tour 2019. With state of the art imagery using massive ultrahigh definition screens Brian will explore the nature of space and time from the big bang to black holes, the latest missions to the planets and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. He offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level.

Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Universal will make the latest scientific discoveries and ideas accessible.

Brian will be joined by his co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any questions they have and making every show unique.

“If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox” – Sir David Attenborough

Professor Brian Cox
May 9, 2019
Universal - Adventures in Space & Time
Professor Brian Cox

“Brian Cox is as Famous, if not more famous, in the U.K. than Carl Sagan EVER was here in America.

If you’ve never heard of him, you’ve gotta know about this guy.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Professor Brian Cox UNIVERSAL world tour 2019. With state of the art imagery using massive ultrahigh definition screens Brian will explore the nature of space and time from the big bang to black holes, the latest missions to the planets and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. He offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level.

Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Universal will make the latest scientific discoveries and ideas accessible.

Brian will be joined by his co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any questions they have and making every show unique.

“If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox” – Sir David Attenborough

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May 9, 2019
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Studio One
An Oak Tree
11/1 - 12/9

Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do.

In this MIDWEST PREMIERE, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater – a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.

An Oak Tree
11/1 - 12/9
An Oak Tree

Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do.

In this MIDWEST PREMIERE, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater – a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.

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Studio One
11/1 - 12/9
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Karaoke Storytellers
11/7

Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

Karaoke Storytellers
11/7
Karaoke Storytellers

Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

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Studio One
11/7
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Karaoke Storytellers
12/12
Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

Karaoke Storytellers
12/12
Karaoke Storytellers
Music affects everyone in different ways. Karaoke allows us to appreciate and personally embrace the songs that we love. Join Karaoke Storytellers as we dive deeply into why we love the songs we love. Every song has a story.

Space Schedule
Sept. 15 – Studio 3
Oct. 13 – Studio 2
Nov. 7 – Studio 1
Dec. 12 – Studio 1

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Studio One
12/12
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Studio Two
The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
11/15 - 12/22
The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
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The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
11/15 - 12/22
The Elder Son, by Alexander Vampilov
The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
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Studio Two
11/15 - 12/22
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Studio Three
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
11/22 - 12/16
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family — Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
11/22 - 12/16
part of the 2018 William Inge Season
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family — Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds — the fight between a husband and wife; the fear of an overly shy young girl on going to a dance; the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him; the corroding marriage of Cora’s rowdy sister; and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.
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Studio Three
11/22 - 12/16
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