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January 18, 2011 2:00 PM

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9 To 5
From new plays to old favorites, here is some of the best Broadway theater in Chicago.

9 TO 5: The Musical

Theatre: Bank of America Theatre, Chicago
Dates: January 18, 2011 – January 31, 2011
www.broadwayinchicago.com

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with her new Tony® Award and Grammy nominated score. The book is by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay). 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do — even in a man’s world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business… it’s about getting credit and getting even… and it’s about to open in Chicago!

Ticket prices are $32 to $95.

Burn the Floor

Theatre: Bank of America Theatre, Chicago
Dates: February 01, 2011 – February 13, 2011
www.broadwayinchicago.com

The international dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR visits Chicago direct from its record-breaking run on Broadway! You’ve seen Ballroom dance on shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Now, with BURN THE FLOOR, you will feel, live on stage, all the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers.

Les Miserables

Theatre: Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
Dates: February 02, 2011 – February 27, 2011
www.broadwayinchicago.com

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schonberg’s legendary musical, LES MISERABLES, with glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has already been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The London Times hails the new show “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original.” The Western Mail says “an outstanding success.”

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

Theatre: Ford Center/Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Dates: February 08, 2011 – February 13, 2011
www.broadwayinchicago.com

RAIN, the acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand, direct from Broadway! They look like them and they sound just like them! “The next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” raves the Denver Post. All the music and vocals are performed totally live! RAIN covers The Beatles from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days.

Ticket prices are $35 to $75.

Working

Theatre: Broadway Playhouse, Chicago
Dates: February 15, 2011 – May 08, 2011

www.broadwayinchicago.com

WORKING is a vital new musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago’s own Studs Terkel. Newly adapted by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN and GODSPELL) from the original adaptation by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, WORKING is the working man’s A CHORUS LINE. A musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life, with songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award™ winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award™ winning James Taylor.

Ticket prices are $67.50 to $77.50.

HAIR

Theatre: Ford Center/Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Dates: March 08, 2011 – March 20, 2011

www.broadwayinchicago.com

The Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old.

Merchant of Venice

Theatre: Bank of America Theatre, Chicago
Dates: March 15, 2011 – March 27, 2011
www.broadwayinchicago.com

From the acclaimed Theatre for a New Audience, the first U.S. theatre to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company, comes Shakespeare’s tragicomedy following command runs Off-Broadway and in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Starring Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham in his riveting portrayal of Shylock, and directed by Darko Tresnjak (former Artistic Director, Old Globe), the play has been arousing controversies for centuries with raucous and gentle comedy, tender poetry, and its struggle with mercy and justice.

Next to Normal

Theatre: Bank of America Theatre, Chicago
Dates: April 26, 2011 – May 08, 2011
www.broadwayinchicago.com

From the director of Rent comes the most talked about new show on Broadway, NEXT TO NORMAL, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Score. Alice Ripley who received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, will reprise her acclaimed performance in Chicago. Having been chosen as “one of the year’s ten best” by major critics around the country, NEXT TO NORMAL is an emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.

Spring Awakening

Theatre: Ford Center/Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Dates: May 03, 2011 – May 08, 2011
www.broadwayinchicago.com

The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical – told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through “The most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly) – Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. The landmark musical SPRING AWAKENING is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

More information found at broadwayinchicago.comLauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago
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