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Want something sweet for the holidays? Presenting the “Nice List” of Chicago theater

December 23, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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Whether you want to see something classic and family-friendly or something with a bit of a bite, our Naughty and Nice lists will point you in the right direction. Read on below to see what sweet shows in Chicago made our Nice List.

1. The Nutcracker


This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope in House Theatre of Chicago’s signature style. Get The Nutcracker tickets here.

2. A Christmas Carol


Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through his past, present, and future to discover the importance of friendship and love. Filled with jubilant musical numbers, dazzling costumes and hilarious “Bah Humbugs,” A Christmas Carol “delivers a spectacle-filled holiday treat” (Daily Herald). Get A Christmas Carol tickets here.

3. Cinderella


In the actor-as-orchestra style of The Hypocrites’ Gilbert and Sullivan opera work, Artistic Director Sean Graney directs this fun holiday-time show, perfect for the whole family. Here, Cinderella’s version of happily-ever-after does not include acceptance by the Prince. Get Cinderella tickets here.

4. The Phantom of the Opera


The beloved story and thrilling score, with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade,” will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions now on tour. Get The Phantom of the Opera tickets here.

5. Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker

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Discover the magic of Chicago’s mysterious 1893 World’s Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey’s astounding new production of The Nutcracker, brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Get Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker tickets here.

6. Crazy For You

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Crazy For You is a vivacious night filled with mistaken identity, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers that are perfect for the whole family. It takes memorable Gershwin tunes like “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and breathes new life into them. Get Crazy for You tickets here.

7. It’s A Wonderful Life


This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of the signature 40’s sound-effects, actors bring us Capra’s unforgettable story. George Bailey lives his life selflessly, always putting others before himself. Get It’s a Wonderful Life tickets here.

What shows make your Nice List? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to check out our Naughty List in Chicago for the darker, naughtier holiday entertainment!