Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-01-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER FEATURE Here come the sugarplum shows!Here come the sugarplum shows!
by Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times
2019-11-26

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


It's the sugarplums and treacle season when theaters large and small, city and 'burbs, non-profit and commercial grow jolly, holly, happy, sappy, snowy, glowy and Doc with holiday shows, this year more than ever before, with at least 40.

Many are repeat annual events, among them The Other Cinderella ( updated version ) at Black Ensemble Theater, The Nutcracker by Joffrey Ballet, The Nutcracker by Salt Creek Ballet, the ballet-free Nutcracker at the House Theatre, A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Oakbrook, It's A Wonderful Life as a radio play at American Blues Theater, Midsommer Flight's Twelfth Night at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party at Chicago Children's Theatre ( and suitable for very young ones ).

But this year there also are many new holiday offerings—silly to spiritual and straight to gay—and these are our focus. Here are a dozen listed by dates of performance, with some already up and running. FYI: this is not a comprehensive list so check around.

—A Very Bloody Christmas Carol, A Musical, Greenhouse Theater Center, through Dec. 18: Scrooge is a new, reformed man but the London banking system isn't. Scrooge crashes the market, London burns and Tiny Tim is kidnapped. This new 60 minute show has book and lyrics by Aaron Wegner and music by Chris Gierymski. Details: GreenhouseTheater.org

—The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, Northlight Theatre ( Skokie ), through Dec. 22: Award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon imagine the lush world of Jane Austen's Regency England as the Darcys and Bennets—post Pride and Prejudice—celebrate Christmas upstairs while the servants downstairs hold scandal at bay; a world premiere. Details: Northlight.org

—Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish, Greenhouse Theater Center, through Dec. 29: DMT Productions and the Greenhouse offer this family-friendly ( kids 3+ ), 65 minute holiday musical about Eleanor, a ragdoll resident of Santa's place at the North Pole; written by Denise McGowan Tracy and Kathleen Gibson. Details: greenhousetheater.org

—The Land of Forgotten Toys, CPA Theatricals @ The Greenhouse, through Dec. 29: Described as a show for teens and tweens, this new musical by Dylan Marcaurele ( music ) and Jaclyn & Jennifer Enchin ( book, lyrics ), based on Larry Little's story concerns a young woman in a dead end toy store job in Sheboygan. Will she ever escape? Details: GreenhouseTheater.org

NOTE: The Greenhouse also has a third new holiday musical.

—Deck the Hallmark, The Second City, through Dec. 31: A new Xmas offering ( one of several ) from The Second City, this one presented at the Up Comedy Club. It's a parody of a 1960s type made-for-TV holiday movie, presented by the famous greeting card company. Details: SecondCity.com

—Twas the Night Before. .. Cirque du Soleil, Chicago Theatre, Nov. 29-Dec. 8: The first ever Christmas show from Cirque du Soleil is here for 17 world premiere performances at the ornate Chicago Theatre. What happens before Santa and his eight reindeer pay a visit? Details: CirqueDuSoleil.com ( and most ticket brokers ). NOTE: Cirque tickets are not cheap.

—A Xmas Cuento Remix, 16th Street Theater ( Berwyn ), Nov. 29-Dec. 29: Maya Malan-Gonzalez offers a modern, Latinx take on A Christmas Carol. No Scrooge and Tiny Tim, but hard-ass Dolores, who runs a bar, and her evicted niece. With music by Emiliano Valdez and Daniel Valdez, this world premiere is "para toda la familia." Details: 16thStreetTheater.org

—America's Best Outcast Toy, Pride Films and Plays, Nov. 29-Jan. 12, 2020: This world premiere musical by Cindy O'Connor and Larry Todd Cousineau picks up the tale of the redeemed Outcast Toys, returning to their island to compete in reality challenges requiring singing, dancing, modeling, fashion design and a bake off! Details: PrideFilmsAndPlays.com

—Cold Town/Hotline, Raven Theatre, Nov. 30-Dec. 22: Eli Newell's 80 minute world premiere comedy is set over a freezing holiday weekend in 1983, when volunteers at a holiday hotline ( to fight holiday blues ) deal with an unexpected visitor and transform their humble hotline into a home for the holidays. Details: RavenTheatre.com

—Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle, Chicago Immersive Theater at Grace Lutheran Church ( Evanston ), Dec. 1-Jan. 5: This kid friendly, one hour Hannukah musical is an interfaith look at family traditions, with puzzles to solve! Details: ChicagoImmersive.com . It's by the creators of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, which repeats at Strawdog Theatre, Dec. 8-28 ).

—Christmas Time at Lost Pines and This Is Not a Christmas Cabaret, Curious Theatre Branch @ Prop Thtr, Dec. 6-14: Chicago's institutional experimental theater troupe announced a holiday repertory of two new shows, but when we checked the Curious Theatre Branch and Prop Thtr websites, we found no info or confirmation and neither troupe had a working phone.

—The Christmas Foundling, Pride Films and Plays, Dec. 7-Jan. 5, 2020: Norman Allen's play with music is set in California's rugged Sierra Mountains in 1859, where two miners living as a couple take in and raise an orphan boy. Traditional and original music ( by Michael McBride ) is sung a capella by the cast. Details: pridefilmsandplays.com

Several of our major musical theaters also are offering familiar, kid friendly shows as holiday treats. Among these are Annie ( Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest, through Dec. 22 ), Mary Poppins ( Drury Lane Oakbrook through Jan. 19 ), Beauty and the Beast ( Paramount Theatre, Aurora, through Jan. 19 ) and White Christmas ( from the movie, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Dec. 10-15 ).


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

All-woman cast plays the men in City Lit's 'Thirteen Days' 2020-01-24 - The October 1962 days in which the world appeared to be on the brink of nuclear war will be revisited in a world ...


Gay News

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival Feb. 3-20 2020-01-23 - Underscore Theatre Company is presenting its sixth annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival—created to showcase and support the growing field of musical theatre creators ...


Gay News

Theater Spotlight on The Merry Widow 2020-01-22 - Glamorous young widow Hannah Glawari has all the money to save the bankrupt country of Pontevedro, but all she wants is a reunion ...


Gay News

Show examines life of Barbara Jordan 2020-01-22 - The life of the late lawyer, educator and politician Barbara Jordan will be examined in City Lit Theatre's Voice of Good Hope. Voice ...


Gay News

Nancy Pelosi play debuting Jan. 26 2020-01-22 - The Adult in the Room, a new play by Bill McMahon about the life of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will ...


Gay News

'Freedom Ride' talk, performance Jan. 29 2020-01-21 - Newberry Library is hosting a discussion and performance with Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ) involving the production Freedom Ride on Wed., Jan. ...


Gay News

Patin at Hyde Park through Feb. 28 2020-01-21 - Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., is welcoming Nikki Patin as its new flex space resident through Feb. 28, 2020; she ...


Gay News

Young Playwrights Festival running through Jan. 25 2020-01-21 - Pegasus Theatre Chicago is presenting the 33rd Young Playwrights Festival through Saturday, Jan. 25, at The Courtyard Theatre in The Getz Theater Center ...


Gay News

Sean Hayes at Feb. 5 Goodman event 2020-01-21 - Goodman Theatre, now in its 95th season, will host the "Legacy & Promise" Education and Engagement Luncheon Wed., Feb. 5, featuring Emmy-winning and ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Gulf 2020-01-21 - Playwright: Audrey Cephaly At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: AboutFacetheatre.org. Price: $32. Runs through: Feb. 15 You walk into ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.