Continues it’s U.S. tour in Chicago at The CIBC Theatre Aug 21
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!
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.
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.
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.
Cambria Hotel – Chicago Theatre District
Saturday, August 10, 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!
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 4, 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 $155 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
Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago
Sat. Nov. 21; Wed. Dec. 2 & 9, 2020
From the produces of the Lion King and Aladdin comes FROZEN, an unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets, costumes, and powerhouse performances. Get on our interest list for this much anticipated theater show! Call Janet at 815.398.1454 for more information.
Phantom of the Opera
Thurs. Dec. 19 – Phantom of the Opera – $155 per person – Call Janet for details – 815.398.1454
Tues. Dec. 31 – Phantom of the Opera – $TBD – Call Janet for details – 815.398.1454
Canterbury Theater Trips 2020
Sat. Nov. 21 – Frozen – Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago – $TBD – Call Janet for details – 815.398.1454
Wed. Dec. 2 – Frozen – Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago – $TBD – Call Janet for details – 815.398.1454
Wed. Dec. 9 – Frozen – Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago – $TBD – Call Janet for details – 815.398.1454
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