5 LIVE PERFORMANCES YOU CAN’T MISS THIS FALL
By Leentje De Leeuw
PARADISE SQUARE AT JAMES M. NEDERLANDER THEATRE
NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 5
The father of Chicago’s theater district, Garth Dabrinsky, is returning to the Windy City with this pre-Broadway musical. Paradise Square tells the story of Irish immigrants who fled the Famine and came to New York in the mid-1800s. Its primary dance hall setting finds itself situated in one of the United States’ most notorious slums, Five Points — a neighborhood where the Irish immigrants lived side by side with African Americans for 70+ years.
RENT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL TOUR AT THE CIBC THEATRE
OCTOBER 5 – 10
2021 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic musicals ever. Rent follows the lives of a band of bohemians who are struggling to stay afloat in New York City during the HIV/AIDS crisis. The protagonists are filmmaker Mark (left by his girlfriend for another woman) and his HIV-positive roommate Roger who’s in a relationship with S&M dancer and heroin addict Mimi. The original Broadway production ran for 12 years and 5,123 performances!
VERDI’S MACBETH AT THE LYRIC OPERA
SEPTEMBER 17 – OCTOBER 9
The Lyric Opera is coming back with a bang! The season opener is Verdi’s interpretation of (his hero) Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This 3-hour opera is a stunning portrait of the most power-hungry couple we have ever seen come to life on a stage. Prepare yourself for grand-scale arias, hair-raising duets, and stupendous ensembles.
AMERICAN MARIACHI AT THE GOODMAN THEATRE
SEPTEMBER 18 – OCTOBER 24
‘American Mariachi’ is a show about Lucha, a woman who spends her days caring for her ailing mother and is looking to shake up her 1970’s life. It is a forgotten record that sparks her mother’s memory and inspires Lucha and her cousin to create an all-female mariachi band. ‘American Mariachi’ is a tribute to music and love!
BUG AT THE STEPPENWOLF THEATRE
NOVEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 12
The iconic Steppenwolf theatre is back with the revival of the cult classic that was shut down one week before closing last year. ‘Bug’ is a luridly funny tale of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy, set in a seedy Oklahoma motel room. A lonely waitress begins an unexpected love affair with a young drifter. And then they see the bugs…