Written by Dustin Ford
Chicago has a deep history with theater and the performing arts. There are a lot of different shows coming to the windy city in the next few weeks. Here are just a few to get your feet wet.
Billy Elliot: The Musical – Imperial Theatre
This show will be in theatres until September 7th. Based on the hit movie, the story follows a young boy who wants to break into ballet, despite what his father wants and what his hometown thinks. The music for this show was written by the one and only Elton John.
Oslo – Broadway Playhouse
This play about peace and friendship among the conflict between Israel and Palestine won a Tony Award for Best Play in 2017. The plot follows a Norwegian diplomat and her husband as they bring together people who would otherwise see each other as enemies. Opening day for Oslo is September 10th, and it will run until October 20th.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 – Cadillac Palace
While not exactly Broadway, this cult classic has sat in the hearts of many for over 30 years. Now it has come to Chicago for a live performance on October 5th. If you’ve never seen the show, the plot is that an evil scientist kidnaps our protagonist and forces him to watch bad movies with his robot companions. Each show is essentially a movie with some funny commentary and a couple of extra surprises.
A King’s Speech – Chicago Shakespeare Theater
The King’s Speech is a true story that follows British Monarch George VI as he is thrust into the throne after his brother gives up the crown. He now must address the nation as it stands on the brink of World War II. The King’s Speech will be playing from September 12th to October 20th.