With dozens of fantastic theater houses all over Chicago, you can easily get your fix. From large-scale musicals to small storefront theater groups, Chicago has one of the liveliest theater communities in the country. Here are a few shows you can catch in July and into August.
What it is: The story of lifelong rivals, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, both who came from meager beginnings to build massive cosmetic empires bearing their own names. The women, played by Broadway stalwarts Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, go head to head through decades, constantly trying to beat each other out to win over the love (and dollars) of America’s women from the late 1930s forward. The show is engaging, funny and heartwarming, if not tragic at times. LuPone and Ebersole give incredible performances, both acting and singing. This is one not to miss.
Where: Goodman Theater
When: Through Aug. 21
The Jackie Wilson Story
What it is: The life story of Jackie Wilson, one of the most influential soul singers of all time. This is a reboot after first opening in Chicago in 2000. The lively musical will feature some of Wilson’s biggest hits including “(Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me) Higher & Higher,” “To Be Loved” and “Doggin’ Me Around.”
Where: Black Ensemble Theater
When: July 30 to Sept. 4
Confessions From the D-List
What it is: Get ready to laugh as the players pull from celebrity autobiographies and parody them through improv. Each night will be a totally different show as they conquer a new celeb book.
Where: Under the Gun Theater
When: July 30 to Aug. 27
What it is: This Tony-winning musical is a true David vs. Goliath story about a group of young newsboys in New York who go on strike and stand up to New York World newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who increases the price of the paper the newsies have to buy before selling. It’s a rousing drama with big-scale song and dance numbers.
Where: Cadillac Palace Theater
When: July 28 to Aug. 7