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Whether you’re in charge of a youth group, a social club or other organization, finding an event that appeals to everyone can be a challenge. But have you considered seeing a play? From Broadway smash hits to plays based on movies and even a board game, there are plenty of shows to see in upcoming months. Although Chicago is known for its almost endless supply of theatrical productions, you can hop on board a bus and venture out to the suburbs and beyond for a performance, too. Take a look at these upcoming performances when planning your group’s next big event.
The Book Of Mormon
Peoria Civic Center Theatre
201 Southwest Jefferson Ave.
Peoria, IL 61602
“The Book of Mormon” is coming to Peoria for a limited run early this summer. The acclaimed play, which was written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, will be staged at Peoria Civic Center Theatre in Peoria June 7-12. “The Book of Mormon” is noted for having explicit language, so keep that in mind when booking the play for your group. If you wanted to include a road trip along with the play, then you’re in luck, as Peoria is about 175 miles from downtown Chicago.
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Clue: The Musical
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Fans of the classic board game “Clue” can see the characters brought to life in a theatrical production with a twist. In “Clue: The Musical,” even the audience gets involved with the play’s interactive component. “Clue: The Musical” will be performed at Edgewood College on April 22 and 23, and 29 and 30. Edgewood College is located in Madison, and is approximately 150 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Before you head home for the night with your group, make sure to stop for dinner at one of Madison’s numerous restaurants downtown.
The PrivateBank Theatre
18 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
If you’re jealous of everyone who’s already seen the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton,” then keep reading. The acclaimed play, which tells the story of Alexander Hamilton set to R&B and rap, comes to Chicago starting this fall. Performances start Sept. 27, and information regarding tickets for groups and individuals are available on Broadway in Chicago’s website. Heads up: The play’s runtime is almost three hours. The PrivateBank Theatre is located in Chicago’s Loop, so you and your group can make a full day of the experience by grabbing dinner before or after the show, too. Even if your group is located in Chicago, it helps to hop on a bus to guarantee everyone arrives at the theatre before the curtain is raised.
The Fischgrund Center for the Performing Arts
St. Patrick’s County Park
50651 Laurel Road
South Bend, IN 46637
There’s more to South Bend than the University of Notre Dame. This summer, consider catching a performance of “Mary Poppins” at The Fischgrund Center for the Performing Arts for a change of pace. The musical includes plenty of tunes that anyone familiar with the 1964 film will recognize. “Mary Poppins” has a limited runtime, and will be performed July 22 and 23, and 29 and 30. South Bend is approximately 100 miles from downtown Chicago.
The Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
You’ve likely seen the 1992 hit film “Sister Act,” but what about seeing a live theatrical version of the movie? With “Sister Act” performed at The Marriott Theatre, you can. The play, which runs through April 3, stars veteran actress Stephanie Umoh as Deloris Van Cartier. Group tickets are available for purchase for this show. And sure, The Marriott Theatre is tucked away in the northwest suburb of Lincolnshire. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll lack dining options, as there are plenty of restaurants for you and your group within Lincolnshire Marriott Resort and in the surrounding area.
This article was written by Megan Horst-Hatch of Examiner.com for CBS Local.