Festivals for 2013
The Art of Murder Opens February 1st thru March 17th
January 2013, St. Charles, IL - Fox Valley Repertory opens their 2013 theater series with Joe DiPietro's comedic game of clue, full of twists, turns and deception in the comedy mystery, The Art of Murder. Directed by Jason W. Gerace, performances will take place at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage (4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL; box office 630-584-6342).
The Art of Murder will preview Thursday, January 24 through Friday, February 1, 2013. The show will open Saturday evening, February 2, 2013 and continue through Sunday, March 17, 2013.Tickets are priced at $32 on Fridays (and limited Thursday performances), and at $42 on Saturdays and Sundays. Subscription tickets are available for $20 or less when a 5-show season package is purchased. Dinner packages, group discounts and overnight rates are also available.
A Grand Night For Singing Opens January 20th thur March 10th
Chicago, IL?The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, begins its highly anticipated 2013 season with the exhilarating Broadway musical revue A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, running from January 17 through March 10, 2013. The press opening is Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m. The Tony AwardŽ-nominated musical showcases Richard Rodgers? timeless music and the incomparable lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein. A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING is directed and choreographed by multiple Jeff Award winner Kevin Bellie, who previously served as Artistic Director at Circle Theatre.
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING features over 30 songs from beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals such as Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Cinderella and The Sound of Music, as well as lesser-known works such as Allegro, Me and Juliet, State Fair, Pipe Dream, and Flower Drum Song. A musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and the power of enduring love, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING is a romantic songfest. From ?Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin?? to ?Some Enchanted Evening,? signature Rodgers and Hammerstein songs are placed in new contexts in a way that celebrates the colossal appeal of their legendary songbook.
Performances are from January 17 to March 10, 2013. The schedule is: Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $59. Season Flex Passes are $80 for 3 shows and $100 for all 4. Groups of 10 or more receive discounts of up to 50%. For tickets and information contact the Mercury Theater at 773-325-1700.
Sunset Boulevard Opens February 1st thur March 24th
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. - Drury Lane Theatre,100 Drury Lane, presents Andrew Lloyd Webber?s triumphant Broadway musical SUNSET BOULEVARD, previewing January 24, opening Friday, February 1 at 8:30 p.m., and running through March 24. The all-star cast is led by Christine Sherrill as ?Norma Desmond? (National Tour of Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde at Marriott Theatre and Xanadu and Curtains at Drury Lane Theatre) and Will Ray as ?Joe Gillis? (National Tour of Little House on the Prairie, the new musical Allegiance at the Old Globe Theater, and Irish Repertory?s Meet Me In St. Louis). SUNSET BOULEVARD is directed by William Osetek (Drury Lane Theatre?s smash hit production of Spamalot and Jeff Award nominee for Best Director and Best Production for Thoroughly Modern Millie.)
SUNSET BOULEVARD, based on Billy Wilder?s 1950 film, weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to her glamorous heyday on the big screen, having been discarded by Tinseltown with the advent of "talkies." When Norma meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.
SUNSET BOULEVARD is ?Scored with some of Lloyd Webber?s loveliest melodies and designed with an extravagance of mind!? (The New York Times).
The performance schedule for SUNSET BOULEVARD is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ($35), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ($35) and 8 p.m. ($40), Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ($45), Saturdays at 5 p.m. ($45) and 8:30 p.m. ($46), and Sundays at 2 p.m. ($45) and 6 p.m. ($40). Lunch and dinner theatre packages range from $49.75 to $68 depending on the day of the week. Student group tickets start as low as $20 and Senior Citizens start at $30 for matinees and $44.75 for a matinee luncheon package. For reservations call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111, call TicketMaster at 800.745.3000
Jeeves Takes a Bow Opening February 2nd thur March 3rd
OAK BROOK, IL ? ,First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents the witty comedy JEEVES TAKES A BOW, previewing January 30; opening Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m.; and running through March 3. Directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely (First Folio?s A Moon for the Misbegotten), the cast of First Folio?s 2009 production Jeeves in Bloom will reprise their roles in JEEVES TAKES A BOW, starring Jim McCance as ?Jeeves? and Christian Gray (The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe and Romeo & Juliet at First Folio Theatre, The Glass Menagerie at Oak Park Festival Theatre) as ?Bertie.?
?The return of Jeeves and Bertie is as welcome as a reunion with old friends!? said The Daily Herald. The Chicago Sun-Times raved, ?For riotous, light-hearted comedy, Jeeves is hard to beat!? The Chicago Tribune enthused that ?Jim McCance is a picture perfect Jeeves!" JEEVES TAKES A BOW is the third installment of Margaret Raether?s adaptations of the stories of P.G. Wodehouse
British upper crust meets the New York mob in the witty new play JEEVES TAKES A BOW. Everyone?s favorite hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, embarks on an American adventure armed only with his handsome fortune, his talent for trouble, and his remarkable manservant, Jeeves. In less than a New York minute, Bertie finds himself knee-deep in troubles with vengeful gangsters, chorus girls, and a new Broadway musical.
JEEVES TAKES A BOW previews January 30, opens February 2 and runs through March 3, 2013. The regular schedule is Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $26-37 and preview tickets are $22. Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 630-986-8067 or online
Festivals for 2012
May through September-last weekend of month, Randolph Street
Chicago - Randolph b/w Ada + Ogden
An indoor air-conditioned and outdoor European-style urban antique market.
September 26-30, 2012 Grundy County Corn Festival
Entertainment, Parade, Craft show/Flea Market and fun!
September 21st-27th, World Music Festival
Chicago-various venues citywide
50+ concerts at 20+ venues featuring traditional/contemporary music from around the world.
SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 30, 2012 Konow's Corn Maze, 10am-7pm
Admission to Konow's Corn Maze includes: Petting Zoo, Cornfield Bouncer, Hayrides, Giant Strawbale Playground, Huge Corn Pit, Tryke Track, Jumping Pillow, Cow Train Express, Large Corn Maze and Small Corn Maze. Admission: 3 & up $8.00 per person. See website for more information and coupon.
Sept. 22nd - Oct. 31st, Siegel's Cottonwood Farms, Pumpkin
Fest, Monday thru Sunday,10am-6pm
Take a hayride through a pumpkin patch, explore the Haunted Barn with animals to pet, pony rides, a kiddie train ride and a 20-acre corn maze. 17250 S. Weber Rd., Crest Hill.
September 28-October 30, 2012 Dollinger Family Farm, Monday
- Sunday, 10am-6pm.
Free admission & parking
Pumpkin farm with craft store, petting zoo, corn maze, haunted barn, hayrides and train rides on weekends. 7420 E. Hansel Rd, Channahon.
September 29th - October 28th, Odyssey Fun Farm
Corn maze, pumpkin patch, corn cannons, hay rides, pony rides, cow train, petting zoo, pig races, plus inflatable kids area.
September 29th through October 30th, 2012, Bengston's Pumpkin
Farm, Mon-Sun, 10am-8pm.
Enjoy corn mazes, train rides, pumpkins, pumpkin launching, pig races, hayrides, pony rides, haunted house, and petting zoo. Cost $13/$12.
Friday, October 5 & Saturday, October 6 - Oktoberfest -Fri.
4 - 10 p.m., and Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m
Enjoy authentic German cuisine and live music in this fundraiser for the Naperville Heritage Society
Cost: $10/$8. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. 630.305.5555
October 2012 - The Children's Farm Pumpkin Days at The Center, weekdays 3pm-5pm, weekends 10am-4pm. Weekends Only-Pumpkin Playland. Pumpkin Playland costs $7.00 per person and includes: Barn tour & petting farm, Straw Bale climber, Giant Corn Box, The Spooky Wood Shed, and the Crazy Maze-y. Also includes complimentary hayrack rides to the pumpkin patch on weekends only.