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Musical theater in Chicago

Find new and classic musicals and revues onstage in Chicago, including Broadway in Chicago touring shows.

Photograph: Brett Beiner
West Side Story at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Chicago is host to a wealth of musical theater, much of it among the best theater in Chicago. In the downtown theater district, Broadway in Chicago's historic palaces house touring productions along with a steady stream of pre-Broadway tryouts, while the Goodman Theatre regularly stages splashy revivals and new works alike. Suburban venues like Drury Lane and the Marriott Theatre trade off between polished productions of the classics and premiering new works. Elsewhere in the city, you can find tuners new and old on every scale, down to the scrappiest storefront theaters. Here's our guide to the shows to see now and in the coming weeks.

Musicals in Chicago

Aladdin

Aladdin

One of Disney’s latest Broadway projects, Aladdin brings the 1992 animated film to a whole new world of live action. Nominated for five 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show brings to life Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and Jafar, pairing “Friend Like Me” and other well-loved tunes from the movie with new numbers written for the stage by Academy Award–winning original composer Alan Menken and adapter Chad Beguelin.

Tuesday April 11 2017–Sunday July 2 2017, Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Hamilton

Hamilton

One of the biggest Broadway phenomena in years, Lin-Manuel Miranda's transformative hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton and his fellow founding fathers (played mostly by actors of color) will get its first look outside of New York when a second company opens in Chicago. The initial block of tickets to go on sale will be 16 weeks, but a separate touring company has been announced to kick off in California in 2017, so Hamilton should make its home here for a good long while.

From Tuesday September 27, The PrivateBank Theatre.

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