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There’s never a better time to enjoy theatre in the Loop than during Chicago Theatre Week—especially in 2019 as the City of Chicago celebrates the Year of Chicago Theatre. From February 7-17, snag discounted tickets to some incredible productions, from opera, to ballet, to plays and beyond. When we say discounted, we mean it: we’re talking $30, $15, or even less.
Check out the list below for some of the Loop’s great offerings for Chicago Theatre Week, and get your tickets now!
The only way to find your voice is to use it. Four artists and intellectuals struggle to nurture creative impulse and establish a legacy—in both their professional and personal lives. When one discovers the works of a black queer feminist writer from a bygone era, their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways. In this bold, imaginative work, Christina Anderson, “a gifted playwright you want to pay attention to” (Variety), dissects the universal act of creation—creation of life, of family, of art—to inspire the dreamers and idealists in us all.
Come and play with MC Dog and her friends in Go, Dog. Go!, adapted from the beloved children’s book. Join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together! Recommended for ages 4-7.
Four young women. One small town. Different lanes. After graduating from a small Wisconsin high school, Sam heads to college on scholarship—but her cousin Jaycee’s future isn’t looking as bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, their local bowling alley becomes a place to celebrate triumphs, confront challenges and perhaps even forge new identities. With her signature grace, wit and compassion, Rebecca Gilman (Luna Gale, Boy Gets Girl) questions the blueprint for a successful life, and embraces the unknown on the road ahead.
Please note that some performance times are sold out of the value-priced tickets.
Did someone say magic? Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and more in an all-new live show. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic will visit The Chicago Theatre on February 9-10.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Symphony Center’s fifth annual concert, featuring the internationally renowned China National Peking Opera Company and the spectacular Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra. With special appearances by Peking opera superstars Yu Kuizhi and Li Shengsu, the China National Beijing Opera Company presents a dazzling combination of vocal artistry, stirring music, and spectacular acrobatics in three classic scenes. Opening the concert is the Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra in a program of works that honor centuries-old musical traditions, performed on replicas of the ancient Imperial Bells of China.
Elektra is hell-bent on revenge when her mother murders her father in this 90-minute tour de force based on the famed Greek myth. Sung in German with projected English translations.
Hear Amsterdam's legendary Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a rare tour performance. One of the world's finest orchestras, hailed for its "gloriously rich brass, gleaming strings and impeccably blended ensemble" (The Financial Times), makes a not-to-be-missed performance. Daniel Harding conducts.
Leo Tolstoy's seminal tale of passion and revenge comes to life in groundbreaking fashion. Stuck in a cold marriage, the regal Anna Karenina yearns for love in dangerous places, as a sweeping affair leads to unspeakable heartbreak and death. Led by visionary choreographer Yuri Possokhov, this world premiere collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet enlists an all-star creative team, including Possokhov; composer Ilya Demutsky, 2016 Golden Mask Award recipient, Russia's most prestigious theatre honor; Emmy Award-winning designer Tom Pye; and renowned lighting designer David Finn.
Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado leads a program of Russian masterworks including Tchaikovsky's First Symphony, which showcases the composer's sense of drama, orchestral color and melody. Simon Trpčeski brings his “electrifying virtuosity” (The London Times) to Rachmaninov’s formidable Third Piano Concerto.
Hindemith and Messiaen plumb the deepest corners of human experience in two of their most powerful works. Composed during his time as a soldier in WWI, Hindemith’s viola sonata blends the Romantic and Impressionistic styles of Brahms and Debussy with his own adventurous harmonic language. Inspired by the Book of Revelation, Messiaen wrote his quartet while a prisoner of war in WWII, premiering the work on dilapidated instruments to an audience of guards and fellow prisoners. In a contrasting spirit, Saint-Saëns’ caprice pairs Russian and Danish musical traditions in a thrilling Romantic work full of confidence and bravado.
A moving tale about brotherhood, nature, and family, The Scarlet Ibis tells the story of a young boy named Doodle and his relationship with his brother in North Carolina against the backdrop of World War I. Composer Stefan Weisman and librettist David Cote adapted the magical 1960 short story by James Hurst for this new opera’s critically acclaimed first showing at 2015’s Prototype Festival with Beth Morrison Project. Chicago stage and movement director Elizabeth Margolius joins conductor and contemporary music expert David Hanlon to bring this story to life in its Chicago premiere.
Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
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