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.
- The Book of Mormon (December 11, 2012 - October 6, 2013)
It's satirical. It's irreverent. It's explicit. It's full of heart. Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Taking on organized religion in a way that is hilarious and shockingly sweet, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone has been hailed by critics as the most brilliant and outrageous productions of all time.
**Ticket Tips... Look for newly-added Sunday evening performances, try weekdays for best availability or enter The Book of Mormon Day-of-Show Drawing at the Bank of America Theatre box office
SPRING 2013 SEASON
- Jekyll & Hyde (March 12 - 24, 2013) *PRE-BROADWAY
American Idol star and Tony® Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy® Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into this this dark and dangerous love story, a classic tale of good and evil.
- Priscilla Queen of the Desert (March 19 - 30, 2013)
With over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, this international sensation features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men", "Finally" and "I Will Survive".
Catch Me If You Can (April 2 - 14, 2013)
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and incredible true story that inspired it, this high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life.
- Big Fish (April 2 - May 5, 2013) *PRE-BROADWAY WORLD PREMIERE
A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, this new musical based on the novel and film centers on a son as he embarks on a journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the man from the myth, the truth from the tall tales.
- American Idiot (April 16 -21, 2013)
Winner of two Tony Awards® and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, thrilling performances feature the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong in the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.
- Anything Goes (April 23 - May 5, 2013)
One of the greatest musicals in theater history, this saucy winner of three 2011 Tony Awards®( including Best Musical Revival and Choreography) follows two unlikely pairs as they set off on the course to true love aboard the S.S. American.
- West Side Story (June 11 - 16, 2013)
The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival returns to Chicago, bringing with it the extraordinary choreography and classic score that brings to life the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them.
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.