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.
SPRING 2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- Motown The Musical (April 22 - August 9, 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.