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Aladdin

Aladdin

Disney unleashes its lavish magic as the Broadway musical kicks off its national tour in Chicago

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Children's theater and family-friendly plays in Chicago
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Children's theater and family-friendly plays in Chicago

Chicago is a theater town, and stage shows meant for kids and families are as robust as the grown-up offerings. Some companies, like Chicago Children’s Theatre and Emerald City Theatre, dedicate their whole missions to entertaining and educating little ones; others, like Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Lifeline Theatre, make chldren’s theater part of a varied programming mix. With so many options, it’s never to early to get kids invested in the arts.

15 Chicago theater shows to see in April
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15 Chicago theater shows to see in April

Tracy Letts brings another new work to Steppenwolf’s stage, Peter Brook returns to the Mahabharata and Disney’s Aladdin and friends settle in for a six-month stay this month in Chicago theater. All that plus Odysseo’s equestrian spectacle, Lerner and Loewe at the Lyric and Chicago’s first production of the musical Chicago in over two decades. Check out our picks for what to see in April.

Musical theater in Chicago
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Musical theater in Chicago

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Aladdin

Aladdin

Disney unleashes its lavish magic as the Broadway musical kicks off its national tour in Chicago

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Marry Me a Little

Marry Me a Little

Porchlight Music Theatre revamps a revue of Sondheim trunk songs to hugely affecting effect

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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King of the Yees

King of the Yees

This new work from playwright Lauren Yee is inspired by her family and others who share her surname in San Francisco’s large Chinese-American community

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Linda Vista

Linda Vista

Tracy Letts’s new work centers on “a modern misanthrope” whose journey doesn’t give us much to root for

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Brecht’s parable of the rise of fascism gets a scarily clownish revival

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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10 Out of 12

10 Out of 12

Get an inside snoop on the playmaking process with Anne Washburn’s detailed approximation of tech hell

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz

The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz

Go back over the rainbow with the House’s remount of its engaging Oz riff

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Marry Me a Little

Marry Me a Little

Porchlight Music Theatre revamps a revue of Sondheim trunk songs to hugely affecting effect

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Spamilton

Spamilton

Musical-satire mastermind Gerard Alessandrini’s latest follows its source material into an open Chicago run

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Aladdin

Aladdin

Disney unleashes its lavish magic as the Broadway musical kicks off its national tour in Chicago

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Goodman Theatre
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Goodman Theatre

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

The Den Theatre
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The Den Theatre

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Greenhouse Theater Center
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Greenhouse Theater Center

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Theater Wit
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Theater Wit

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  • 5 out of 5 stars