The heartwarming musical, Daddy Long Legs, returns home for the holidays after its successful runs in London, Tokyo and New York. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley hosted the show’s world premiere in 2010 and proudly brings the two-person musical back as its 2016 holiday show. Its clever staging, memorable score and charming story will have even the most cynical theatergoer on their feet for a standing ovation. As both a lover of the book and the 1955 movie with Leslie Caron and F
The trees are bare and shopping malls are crazy. Snow is brewing in the clouds and sugarplum fairies are pirouetting in store windows. So take a break and go to the theater. Find that perfect holiday show that the whole family can enjoy – a show that won’t make the kids fall asleep and won’t get your uncle started on his Santa conspiracy theory. Show tickets make great gifts, too. And, luckily, Chicago is jam-packed with great performances this season for everyone on your Chr
For a fun, historical and Chicago-centric musical, consider checking out The Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater. The musical tells the story of Peter Stossel and his family who brought the German tradition of the Christmas tree to Chicago. After receiving a letter from his cousin about missing the Tanenbaum, Peter decides to brave the treacherous winter storms on Lake Michigan to bring Christmas trees to the German immigrants in Chicago from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
If you’re looking for a new twist on a familiar classic that your kids will enjoy as much as you do, consider The Nutcracker from the House Theater. This play features Clara, the Rat King and, of course, the Nutcracker himself. The biggest change is the Nutcracker’s identity. The Nutcracker is painted to look like Clara’s older brother Fritz who went away to war and never came home. As Clara’s family struggles to embrace the Christmas spirit without their son, Clara imagines
For those who just want a break from all the Christmas cheer, The Santaland Diaries is the show for you. This one-man show is based on David Sedaris’ hilarious stint as one of Santa’s elves in a Macy’s department store. For the eighth consecutive year, Mitchell Fain alone holds the stage and keeps the audience laughing for an hour and a half in Theater Wit’s 12th annual staging of this play. Fain drolly recounts misadventures involving bratty children, over-zealous parents, w
If you only see one show this holiday season, consider It’s a Wonderful Life: Live In Chicago! Presented as a 1940s Radio Drama, eight actors perform Frank Capra’s holiday classic about finding hope and love in even the darkest of times. This show bundles up all the best things of the season and delivers them in one heart-warming 90-minute package. The cast welcomes the audience by leading you in singing Christmas carols like Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman before the “On