The “What’s Hot” List for Chicago Theater

Looking for a good show to see in the coming month? Check out these sure-fire shows:

Jersey Boys | Bank of America Theatre
This long-running Chicago hit has returned for an extended stay. Now through June 3, you can catch this crowd-pleasing tuner that looks at how a group of blue-collar boys became one of the world’s top pop music groups, while encountering some struggles along the way to the top. All your favorite Four Seasons songs are there, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and, of course, “Who Loves You.” More info here >

Being Shakespeare | Broadway Playhouse
After taking the UK by storm with this tour-de-force solo performance, renowned Simon Callow brings Being Shakespeare to Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. In this show, Callow performs excerpts from Shakespeare’s various works while exploring the life of perhaps the world’s most famous playwright. Don’t miss this rare theatrical event, which ends April 29. More info here >

Angels in America | Court Theatre
Probably one of the most anticipated theater events of 2012 is Court Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, directed by Charles Newell. Kushner’s epic play comprises two parts — which you can either see in rep or on different nights. So if you’re looking for a deep and powerful weekend theater trip, check out this production, which plays through June 3. More info here >

Rent | American Theatre Company
The beloved rock musical about the life of a pack of riffing East Village Bohemians redefined the musical genre in the mid ’90s. Now, the Pulitzer-Prize-wining show is getting a highly anticipated production at the American Theatre Company — a group that knows how to boldly re-imagine beloved musicals for their intimate space. And with director David Cromer leading the helm, this promises to be unlike any production of Rent you’ve ever seen before. Oh, and the cast they’ve assembled is pretty rock star. Performances begin April 27 and run through June 17. More info here >


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