Here’s What’s Opening in Chicago this November
There’s a lot of great theater to be thankful for this November in Chicago. Before the holiday madness and winter weather set in, make sure to catch these exciting theatrical experiences.
1. Crazy For You
Drury Lane Oakbrook, Opening November 3
This Tony Award-winning romantic musical is sure to put a spring in your step. In classic Drury Lane fashion, it will feature top notch performances of classic Gershwin tunes and fantastic dance numbers.
2. I Am My Own Wife
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, Opening November 4
About Face’s new production of Doug Wright’s acclaimed and award-winning play will frame Charlotte’s story through a transgender lens, celebrating transvisibility through the life story of one of the most fascinating transgender women in history.
3. End of the Rainbow
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, Opening November 4
Featuring many of Judy Garland’s most memorable songs, this funny and heartwarming play offers insight into the life of one of the most beloved figures in American pop culture.
4. King Charles III
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Opening November 5
Called “the most insightful and engrossing new history play in decades” by The New York Times and “bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining” by The Independent, Bartlett’s new comedy/drama is not to be missed.
5. The Nutcracker
House Theatre of Chicago at The Chopin Theatre, Opening November 6
This House Theatre of Chicago classic play for the holidays brings together gorgeous puppetry, original songs, and spectacle to tell the heartwarming and moving story of magic and hope.
6. Miss Bennett: Christmas At Pemberley
Northlight Theatre, Opening November 10
In Northlight’s charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet is tired of her role as the dutiful middle sister and when the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, a surprise guest means that change may be in the air for Mary.
7. The Amish Project
Interrobang Theatre Project at The Athenaeum Theatre, Opening November 10
Playwright Jessica Dickey tackles forgiveness in the shadow of violence and loss in her play based on the true events of a 2006 shooting in an Amish school in PA. Interrobang Theatre Project ensemble member, Sarah Gise, portrays seven characters in a gentle performance that explores hope in the face of tragedy.
8. Roz and Ray
Victory Gardens, Opening November 11
Victory Gardens Theater’s Artistic Director Chay Yew and playwright Karen Hartman unearth a tragic and little-known event in medical history in this electric new play about love, trust, and sacrifice between two friends.
9. Cinderella At the Theater of Potatoes
The Hypocrites at The Den Theater, Opening Nov 12
In the actor-as-orchestra style you’ll be familiar with if you’re a fan of The Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan opera adaptations, Artistic Director Sean Graney directs this new irreverent exploration of the classic fairy tale.
10. Les Troyens
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opening Nov 13
This grand operatic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid is rarely performed because of its outrageous scale, but leave it to Lyric Opera not to shy away from a dramatic spectacle! Sir Andrew Davis conducts this much-anticipated Lyric premiere that is sure to attract opera lovers from all over the world.
11. Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera
Underscore Theater Company at Theater Wit, Opening Nov 25
This dark musical comedy is based on the infamous 1990’s Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan “knee whack” ice skating scandal and stars Amanda Horvath and Courtney Mack as the titular characters.
- About Face Theatre
- Athenaeum Theatre
- Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
- cinderella at the theater of potatoes
- Crazy For You
- Drury Lane Oakbrook
- End of the Rainbow
- House Theatre of Chicago
- I Am My Own Wife
- king charles iii
- Les Troyens
- Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Miss Bennett: Christmas At Pemberley
- Northlight Theatre
- Porchlight Music Theatre
- Roz and Ray
- Stage 773
- The Amish Project
- The Hypocrites
- The Nutcracker
- Theater Wit
- Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera
- Underscore Theater Company
- Victory Gardens