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9 Chicago theater shows to see in December
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9 Chicago theater shows to see in December

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a bounty of Christmas-themed productions at Chicago’s top theaters.

Cheap Chicago theater tickets and seven ways to get them
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Cheap Chicago theater tickets and seven ways to get them

See Chicago theater on the cheap with our expert tips and tricks

Your guide to musical theater in Chicago
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Your guide to musical theater in Chicago

From tours to local tuners, see what's playing now and in coming weeks

The Chicago Magic Lounge provides a new home for old tricks
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The Chicago Magic Lounge provides a new home for old tricks

The new theater in Andersonville hopes to be a hub for the city’s revitalized sleight-of-hand scene.

Broadway in Chicago’s complete 2018 slate
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Broadway in Chicago’s complete 2018 slate

Check out the full schedule of touring shows coming to BIC’s downtown theaters

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Hamilton

Hamilton

Let’s not mince words, since we’ve already spilled so many of them: Hamilton, writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biography of Alexander Hamilton as refracted through a hip-hop, pop and R&B lens, is a sprawling, stunning, singular achievement. By filtering the story of the American Experiment’s beginning into modern, meticulously rhymed vernacular and populating the stage with performers of color to play the likes of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, Miranda and his regular collaborators (director Thomas Kail, music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) make the founding fathers feel fresh and, miraculously, human. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Hamilton Chicago Weeks out from the country’s naming its 45th president, Hamilton’s new Chicago company arrives to remind us our democracy has always been messy, political, personal, and worth fighting for. Kail and Blankenbuehler fill designer David Korins’s spare set—which suggests that, like the country, it’s still under construction—with movement as thrilling and dense as Miranda’s lyrics. (The few moments of stillness are also used to great counter effect.) The nearly all-new Chicago cast (ensemble member Emmy Raver-Lampman is the sole transfer) easily lives up to the originals while finding their own new moments and shades. Miguel Cervantes is a rather more grounded Hamilton than the more frenetic Miranda, who originated the role, but Cervantes conveys the man’s vital, fatal

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

The Dickens classic returns once more to the Goodman Theatre.

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

This classic will have you humming “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” for days.

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Yippee-Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody

Yippee-Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody

It's packed with references to shoulder pads, cocaine and Schwarzenegger.

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Familiar

Familiar

The play chronicles one crazy-ass day in the life of a Zimbabwean-American family.

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, this production will melt the most cynical heart.

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Rightlynd

Rightlynd

Ike Holter adds a bold, profane and electrifying chapter to his saga.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

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The Den Theatre

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Greenhouse Theater Center

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Theater Wit

Theater Wit

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