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Hamilton
Continues it’s U.S. tour in Chicago at The CIBC Theatre…
Wed. Nov. 14, and May 16.

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nations’ first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway music. Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. With book music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography. A thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation!

 

Hello Dolly Chicago

Starring Betty Buckley
Oriental Theater, Chicago
Wednesday, November 14, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Winner of four 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival! A meddlesome matchmaker brings together the young clerk of a wealthy Yonkers merchant and his assistant with a widowed milliner and her assistant while making sure she herself gets to marry the merchant, in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker.

Cost is $155 per person; includes main floor seating and transportation. Time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop before the 2:00 pm matinee. Contact us for details and reservations.

 

Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre Resort
Lincolnshire, IL
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Direct from Broadway! Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Heat Wave,” “White Christmas,” “Shaking the Blues Away” and many more. This year-round romance is sure to delight us all!

We will enjoy lunch before the 3:00 pm performance at the Wildfire in the Marriott Resort, and the cost is $110 per person.  Get on our interest list for this wonderful day!

 

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon
Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.  Setting it during the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon is a powerful and poignant tale of love in a war-torn country. In the dangerous days before Saigon’s fall in 1975, Chris (an American GI) and Kim (a destitute Vietnamese orphan) fall in love. Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly.

Cost is $155 per person; includes main floor seating and transportation. Time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop before the 2:00 pm matinee. Contact us for details and reservations.

 

DISNEY’S
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook
New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018

Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony-nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the world. Trapped in her provincial life, a young and intelligent beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle of enchanted misfits and a terrifying beast.

We depart the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 3:45 pm. our dinner begins at 6:00 pm (four-course meal-menu details soon), the show starts at 8:30 pm (2½ hours) and we arrive back in Rockford about 12:30 pm – Happy New Year! Cost is $195 per person; includes your show, meal, and transportation. Call or email us for reservations!

 

                                                                        LA BOHÈME                                                                                                                                  

Lyric Opera, Chicago
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

You will not want to miss this timeless story of love among young artists in Paris, featuring familiar and glorious arias and duets around every turn. We get to know this endearing pair and their Bohemian friends featuring the most captivating music Giacomo Puccini ever composed. Experience the joy, love, heartbreak, and music of La Boheme, forever youthful and eternally fresh!

Depart the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 8:30 am with time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop for lunch before the 2:00 pm performance. We arrive back in Rockford about 7:00 pm. Cost is $180 per person; includes main floor seating and transportation. Call or email us for details and reservation

 

Oriental Theater, Chicago
Wednesday, February 27 and
March 6, 2019
 

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, and a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted; a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about the life and the way we live it! Winner of Six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album! Cost is $165 per person; includes main floor seating and transportation.

 

Anastasia at the Oriental Theater, Chicago – $tbd – April 3, 2018

” I will let you know when I get all the details.” Thank You, Janet.

 

MAMMA MIA!
Drury Lane, Oakbrook, IL
Thursday, April 11, 2019

The international megahit Mamma Mia! uses the greatest songs of ABBA to tell a hilarious story of marriage, family and finding where you belong, proving that in the end, the winner takes it all. Come to see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced to this unforgettable jukebox musical.

We will enjoy lunch before the 1:30 pm performance. Cost is $110 per person; includes luncheon and show.

 

West Side Story
The Lyric Opera, Chicago
May. 22, 2019

LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S MUSIC AND STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S LYRICS TRANSPLANT ROMEO AND JULIET TO THE BACKSTREETS OF NEW YORK, GIVING US THIS BROADWAY MUSICAL MASTERPIECE. Tony and Maria are two wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and family battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for “a place for us…somewhere.” Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of “Maria” and “Tonight” to the exuberance of “America” and the humor of “Gee, Officer Krupke.” Add to that the bold, sexy, iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience you’ll never forget.

We depart the Highcrest Centre parking lots at 8:30 am. Drop-offs on Michigan Ave. and The Loop with time for lunch before the 1:30 am performance. We arrive back in Rockford about 7:00 pm.  Cost is $160 per person for main floor seating and transportation.

 

 

AUGUST RUSH
Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Evan Taylor, an 11-year-old orphan, believes in music like some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan’s mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don’t even know he exists in this world. Even after so many years gone, Evan has not given up hope as he relentlessly searches for the parents he knows need him. Quickly discovering he too is a musical prodigy, Evan surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds and follows the music. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere but will it lead Evan home?

Cost is $130 per person; includes main floor seating and lunch at the Meyer Ballroom (across the street from the Paramount) before the 1:30 pm performance.

Cambria Hotel – Chicago Theatre District
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy, and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the “Kit Kat Klub on acid,” the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside guests as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen, and aerialists fill our intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni’s signature blend of Love, Chaos, and Dinner has played too sold-out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco. Don’t miss the show the New York Times calls, “A feast for the senses” and the “City’s Hottest Ticket!”

We depart the Highcrest Centre parking lot at 8:30 am; the show and brunch run from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm; back to Rockford about 6:30 pm. Cost is $185 per person; includes the show, brunch, and transportation. Get on our interest list for this new experience!

 

Oriental Theater, Chicago
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater – “Memory.”

Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, original scenic and costume design by John Napier, all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz, all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler based on the original by Gillian Lynne and direction Trevor Nunn make this production a new Cats for a new generation!

Cost is $155 per person; includes main floor seating and transportation with time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop before the 2:00 pm matinee. Contact us for details and reservations.

 

Cadillac Palace Theater
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Come From Away has won the Best Musical all across North America! The remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by
Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and Best Director Christopher Ashley. It takes you to a place you never want to leave!

Cost is $155 per person; includes main floor seating and transportation. You have time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop before the 2:00 pm matinee. This show runs 100 minutes with no intermission. Contact us for reservations.

 

 

Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at The Band’s Visit – now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears and ultimately, brings us together. In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musician’s show up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up!

The Band’s Visit features music and lyrics by Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Tony, NY Drama Critics Ciercle, Lortel and Outer Critics Ciercle Award’s winner Itamar Moses. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin and is directed by Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Award winner David Cromer.

Cost is $150 per person; includes your ticket and transportation. You’ll have time on Michigan Ave. or the Loop before the 2:00 pm matinee. This show is here in Chicago for only two weeks and runs 90 minutes with no intermission. Contact us soon for reservations

 

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“Why would anyone want to drive to Chicago from Rockford for an enjoyable downtown activity? Why fight the traffic? Remember once you arrive you must worry where to park. Is my car safe? Downtown parking is expensive. Sometimes getting to your destination might require a long walk! Why go through the pain, worry, and stress. We will get you right to your destination and pick you up when you’re finished at your destination. Our buses are extremely comfortable. Does it get any better than that?” Janet