This touring Broadway production tells the story of a chart-topping musical legend- Carole King. The show begins long before the legend when she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn native with the passion to be a star. As Klein enters her teenage years she begins to fight her way into the music industry. By her twenties Klein is happily married with the career of her dreams, writing rock n’ roll acts for the generation’s biggest artists. However, it is not until King endures some personal struggles that her real voice breaks free. Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King’s experience in the music world. From her duo act with husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and close friends Cynthia Well and Barry Man, we watch what ultimately skyrocketed her into one of the most successful solo acts in pop music history.
Catch Beautiful at the Oriental Theatre from December 1 – February 21, get your tickets here!
It seems entirely plausible that some folks may have seen every Christmas-themed piece of media available in their lifetime. The good ones, like A Christmas Story and Rudolph the Red-NosedReindeer, stand the test of time (even if the stop-motion Abominable Snowman is excessively creepy now). But subsequent attempts at capturing the same spirit seem lacking, no matter how many relatives of Santa Claus it turns out there are. Thank goodness for Hell in a Handbag Productions, who have injected some much needed life into the genre with Christmas Dearest, which opens this Sunday!
Taking the place of their long-running Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer, this production stars the lyricist of the former, David Cerda. In this new play, he stars as Joan Crawford, movie icon of the ’30s and ’40s in an under-appreciated role. Simply put, “Jesus has all the best lines, the costumes aren’t sexy at all, and the guy playing Joseph is a big clumsy oaf.” In full Scrooge-ian form, Crawford must navigate long lines of assistants looking for charity, on CHRISTMAS of all days! Here’s hoping she emerges from the event a changed movie star. There’s only one way to find out, though. Go see Joan and the whole cast ham it up for the holidays!
Christmas Dearest will begin its holiday run this Sunday, November 29 at Mary’s Attic, located at 5400 N. Clark Street. It will run through December 29. Tickets cost from $15 – 25, and can be purchased online here. For more information about the show, including a complete list of performance dates and times, follow the link here.
Did the rumors of snow get you excited? I know it did for me! Snow means that the holidays are just around the corner! With snowflakes and frozen fingers come fond memories of fireplaces, hot chocolate, family and presents. Oh, and I missed one. CAROLING!
With decorations going up all around town, it’s clear that this year, Chicago has quite a list of wintertime events planned. Get your festivity on with other holiday-loving folks at the Bean! Listen and join in on the classic carols with different choral groups from all around the city. And who knows, Santa might even make an appearance!
Performances will be in the evenings on November 27, December 4, December 11, and December 18. Don’t miss out on a fantastic chance to get in on some holiday cheer!
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is comprised of four distinct areas of study; Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts are combined to promote dynamic artistic and academic opportunities for our students. The academic programs of the DFPA are complemented throughout the year by over 100 public presentations, performances, and exhibitions.