When the curtains rise, variety hits the stage big time in Chicago. Classic theaters sparkle with thousands of bright lights gleaming in the night and music, dancing and laughter come from within. Is this Broadway? Even better, it's Broadway In Chicago and it's guaranteed to get you humming a favorite tune after every performance.
Broadway In Chicago is a collective of theaters located in and around the Loop that put on unforgettable productions all year long. Be dazzled by everything from world premieres and Tony Award® winners, to long-running musical mega hits like Wicked, Jersey Boys and The Lion King. All-time family-favorites abound as does sophisticated entertainment for adults.
Clustered throughout our downtown Theater District, you'll find venues like the Cadillac Palace, the Oriental Theatre, the Bank of America Theatre, and the opulent, perfectly-acoustical Auditorium Theatre, designed by famed American architect Louis Sullivan. And the newest addition to the family, The Broadway Playhouse offers compelling theater in an intimate setting.
For an added adventure, go behind-the-scenes on a Theatre Tour offered Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. You'll see the glamour from behind the curtain and find out what makes those special effects so special. And there are many excellent dining spots to choose from scattered throughout the downtown area, so you can easily catch dinner and a show on the nights you're in town.
FALL/WINTER 2013 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- WICKED (October 30 - December 21)
Back by "Popular" demand in celebration of its 10th anniversary on Broadway, this winner of 35 major awards (including a Grammy and three Tony Awards) tells the tale of how two girls meet in the land of Oz and grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (November 14 - December 29)
Honoring the tradition of the original animated television special, Emerald City Theatre and First Stage bring to life the magical world of the North Pole in a large-scale, spectacle-filled musical. From fleeing the Abominable Snow MonsterTM to saving Christmas, join RUDOLPH ® and his friends ClariceTM, Hermey the ElfTM and Yukon CorneliusTM as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.
- ELF the Musical (November 26 - December 15)
This modern day Christmas classic tells the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Follow his journey to New York City as he searches for his birth father, discovers his true identity, and helps New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
SPRING 2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- Ghost The Musical (January 7 - 19, 2014)
Relive the magical moments from the Oscar‐winning movie in a brand‐new Broadway musical that breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story.
- The Phantom of the Opera (January 9 - March 2, 2014)
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success will make its premiere in Chicago as part of a brand new US National Tour.
- Chicago (February 25 - March 2, 2014)
This musical has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonder it has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations.
- Rock of Ages (March 11 - 16, 2014)
The five-time 2009 Tony® nominee musical returns to Chicago for one week only! Featuring a mix of 28 hit 80s tunes, the arena-rock love story is told through the greatest songs of the era from Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and many more.
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (March 18 - 30, 2014)
One of the most enduring shows of all time, the family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son, was the first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Blending pop, country and rock, it retells the uplifting Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
- Peter and the Starcatcher (April 2 -13, 2014)
How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture's most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world. A grown up's prequel to Peter Pan, this innovative and imaginative musical play is based on the best‐selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
- Motown The Musical (April 22 - July 13, 2014)
Featuring all the classics you love, this is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
- The Wizard of Oz (April 30 - May 11, 2014)
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. An enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
- Mamma Mia! (May 13 - 18, 2014)
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, spirited Sophie brings back three men from her mother's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush Greek island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA songs, Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
- The Last Ship (June 10 - July 13, 2014)
Big, bold and hauntingly beautiful, this new musical with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award® winner Sting is an epic yet intimate tale inspired by Sting's own childhood experiences. The World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once).
Check out the Events Calendar to see what exciting productions are on stage at Broadway in Chicago while you're here, and get the inside scoop from our Chicago Like a Local theater blog.