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Cirque Shanghai Returns to Navy Pier With Dragon’s Thunder — With the largest cast ever to visit the United States, Cirque Shanghai returns in triumph to Chicago with Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder, its latest and most dazzling show. Watch some of the finest acrobats in the world leap, tumble and juggle with a flexibility and precision that borders on the unbelievable. The outright daring of acts like “The Chinese Flex Bar” and “Gravity Swings” will take your breath away, while the thunderous beat of the “Dragon Drums” will stir your soul. Back from last year’s show are fan-favorite features like the “Wheel of Destiny” as well as Imperial Thunder, China’s finest daredevil motorcycle troupe. Be amazed, amused and ultimately enchanted by human skill pushed to the limits and beyond in Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder.
Blue Man Group at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre The entertainment phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group is better than ever in this updated show featuring all-new material. You’ll find the famous blue bald guys interacting with “GiPads,” taking a humorous look at contemporary forms of communication, and performing a pulsating new finale set to an original music score. Audiences worldwide have experienced and loved this wildly imaginative, family friendly stage show that cleverly combines comedy, art and science with fabulous visual effects and Grammy-nominated music.
Rock Musical Next to Normal, the Groundbreaking Broadway Hit At first glance, a rock musical about the devastating toll of mental illness on a contemporary suburban family might seem odd, but Next to Normal turned out to be one of Broadway’s biggest hits. This riveting rock musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. Each character’s journey is punctuated by powerful music scored by Tom Kitt (American Idiot). Featuring 30 original songs, including “Just Another Day,” “You Don’t Know” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl,” Next to Normal is, in the words of The New York Times, “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.” Directed by Drury Lane Theatre Artistic Director William Osetek, the show stars Jeff Award nominee Susie McMonagle as “Diana” (“Fantine” in Les Miserables on Broadway and the first National Tours of Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia) and Jeff Award winner Rod Thomas as “Dan” (Big at Drury Lane Theatre and Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre at the Center).
Hank Williams: Lost Highway — A Musical Tribute to the Country Legend Follow legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams on his lonesome journey from backwoods Alabama to super-stardom at the Grand Ole Opry in this song-filled tribute from American Blues Theater. This unforgettable show, which was an off-Broadway hit nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards, features over 20 Hank Williams hits including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It on Over,” “Jambalaya” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” Charting the rise and fall of the country music icon through song, Hank Williams: Lost Highway highlights Williams’ undeniable musical talent and songwriting abilities, and explores the alcohol and drug problems that ultimately got the better of him. This production features a talented cast of performers who have performed on Broadway and beyond, and is staged by the same artistic team behind the 2007 hit production of Oklahoma!