Best theater this summer in Chicago – Business Of Life

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26 May 2017 | 3:00 pm

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Love France, jazz and big, boffo, good old-fashioned American musicals? You’ll love “An American in Paris.”To quote from the feel-good rom-com of the century: ‘S wonderful, ‘s marvelous. The City of Light sparkles with romance while George (music) and Ira (lyrics) Gershwin deliver a jazzy-joyful score that includes the epic title tune, ” ‘S Wonderful,” and “I Got Rhythm.” C’est magnifique. July 25-Aug. 13, Broadway in Chicago at Oriental Theatre

Like “An Inconvenient Truth”?You’ll love “Queen.”There’s been lots of buzz about Madhuri Shekar’s tale of two best friends and eco-scholars whose relationship and research come under attack as they study the secret life of bees. Joanie Schultz helms a honey of a world premiere. Through May 14, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

Like Rihanna?You’ll love “Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker.”Long before today’s pop stars were gracing red carpets and concert stages, Josephine Baker was slaying audiences with groundbreaking vocals and sartorial daring. Black Ensemble Artistic Director Jackie Taylor taps into Baker’s sonic and visual fabulosity with a musical bio of the Folies Bergere headliner who paved the way for generations to follow. Through June 25, Black Ensemble Theater

Like Bollywood and Charles Dickens? You’ll love “Great Expectations.”Playwright Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Dickens’ “orphan makes good thanks to a mysterious benefactor” yarn moves the action from London to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta)—thereby making the rags-to-riches romp an exploration of English imperialism. Rising director Lavina Jadhwani (with Nick Sandys) helms an adventure embedded with issues of class, race and money. May 11-July 2, Silk Road Rising and Remy Bumppo Theatre

Like triple axels and epic catfights? You’ll love “T.”Olympics come and Olympics go, but the deliciously tawdry exploits of 1994 will not soon melt from memory. Playwright Dan Aibel puts his spin on tough-girl figure skater Tonya Harding’s knee-jerk attempt to beat archrival ice princess Nancy Kerrigan and get a leg up on the medal competition. May 18-June 25, American Theater

Like Fourth of July fireworks and Eugene O’Neill? You’ll love “Ah, Wilderness.”It’s July 4, 1906, in O’Neill’s rarely produced comedy (yes, comedy), and in small-town Connecticut, romance is igniting with the force of a dozen Roman candles. Steve Scott—one of Chicago’s most prolific directors—sets off an incendiary saga of star-crossed lovers struggling to assert their independence. June 17-July 23, Goodman Theatre

Love strippers and badass women? You’ll love “Gypsy.”“If you wanna bump it, bump it with a trumpet.” This and countless other invaluable life lessons are ensconced in the musical bio of a burlesque queen and her indomitable Mama Rose. Gypsy is the one who strips, but this is Mama’s show. With beltress supreme Mary Robin Roth as the pile-driving matriarch, “Gypsy” should be coming up roses. Aug. 19-27, Music Theater Works


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