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From critically acclaimed dramas and hilarious comedies to upbeat musicals and performances just for kids, there's a performance for everyone. See this season's lineup below.

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December 13, 2019
ANA GASTEYER
Ana Gasteyer (SNL, The Goldbergs) is set to release her new holiday album, Sugar & Booze, this year. A collection of original and classic Holiday songs, which harken back to the big-band jazz era with a modern and often comedic touch, Sugar & Booze (out Oct 25) is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, 'I'm Hip.'
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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December 26, 2019 - January 3, 2020
BILLY ELLIOT
Billy Elliot: Ten-time Tony Award musical based on the acclaimed movie. 
Location: Music Theater Works, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston
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January 16, 2020
ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST SPECTACULAR
Come toast Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday with the annual Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular concert that celebrates the era-by-era musical career of the King. The concert begins with the early Rockabilly years, then the military years, the movie years, the ’68 Comeback special in black leather and the show closes with the Las Vegas concert years. Starring America’s Top tribute artists: Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter, Ryan Pelton, The Blackwood Quartet, & The Fabulous Ambassadors.
Location: North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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January 16, 2020 - March 1, 2020
JAKE'S WOMEN
Jake's Women: America’s premier comic playwright, Neil Simon, makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake’s women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife. Jake, played by Alan Alda on Broadway, and his women definitely deliver.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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January 19, 2020
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: SMALL ISLAND
Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center | Ethel M. Barber Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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January 22, 2020 - January 26, 2020
CAPITOL STEPS: THE LYIN' KINGS
The Capitol Steps: The Lyin' Kings. Can you feel the love tonight? If news and politics are eating away at you like a pride of lions feasting on a wildebeest carcass on the African savannah, it’s time to just chuckle and say, “Hakuna Matata!” No worries! The circle of life and laughter continue with our annual visit from the Capitol Steps with a menagerie of fresh musical parodies. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum with their hilariously biting musical satire. What more would you expect from the group that put the “MOCK” in Democracy?!
Location: North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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January 31, 2020 - February 9, 2020
JULIUS CAESAR
An all-powerful ruler, a skeptical public, and noble, but perhaps sinister ambition. Witness a new staging of Shakespeare’s great tragedy in which a group of people go to extremes to remove a leader with devastating consequences.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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February 1, 2020
GIORDANO DANCE CHICAGO: TAAL
Giordano Dance Chicago: Enjoy a pre-performance conversation with GDC Artistic Director, Nan Giordano, before witnessing the return of her stunning work, “Taal." In Hindi, Taal means rhythm. Choreographer Nan Giordano creates a unique blend of Indian and jazz dance movement. Eight dancers intertwine with 100 feet of fabric to the music’s beautiful sounds and percussive beats, evoking the look and feel of India. “Taal” was created as a testament to the power, triumph and absolute necessity of surrounding ourselves with beauty, even in the presence of great loss and darkness.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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February 14, 2020 - March 1, 2020
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
Elle Woods appears to have it all but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
Location: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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April 24, 2020 - May 3, 2020
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by and evil King. On board, they know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. While at sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates their fearsome leader Black Stache is determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center | Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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May 1, 2020 - May 10, 2020
THE WAA-MU SHOW
The Waa-Mu Show is Northwestern University’s own original musical, written, performed, and presented by Northwestern students. The Waa-Mu Show’s quirky name stands for the two organizations that banded together to present the first show in 1929, the Women’s Athletic Association (W.A.A.) and the Men’s Union (M.U.). Since then, Waa-Mu has become a virtual institution for budding young theatrical talent. 
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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October 2, 2020 - October 11, 2020
RICHARDS RODGERS' GREATEST HTIS
Show-stopping songs from the classic musicals OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, PAL JOEY, SOUTH PACIFIC, BABES IN ARMS and others.
Location: Music Theater Works, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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