Tapman Productions, a newly formed Chicago-based tap company, presents an exciting show perfect for the entire family – The Adventures of Tapman. Inspired by Artistic Director Tristan Bruns’ childhood love of comic books, audiences follow the triumphs, trials, and adventures of the tenacious Tapman, a lovelorn scientist turned tap dancing superhero, and his crime-fighting comrade, Modern Marvel, as they take on their arch-nemesis, the MADD Tapper.
The Adventures of Tapman opens Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 pm. The performance schedule is Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm through February 8 with additional performances the first weekend Friday, January 29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 30 at 2:00 pm at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago.
Lifeline Theatre presents Lions in Illyria, a world premiere adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, updated for the entire family. Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins up with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick. Travel to the weird and wonderful land of Illyria in a magical comedy loaded with music, monkeys, and mayhem.
Lions in Illyria runs January 10 through February 15, 2015. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Lifeline Theatre at 6912 N. Glenwood Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
For the grand finale of its acclaimed 30th anniversary season, Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace presents West Side Story, which runs January 15 through March 22.
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the ever-popular West Side Story tells the electrifying tale of Tony and Maria, two star-crossed young lovers caught in a turf war between rival gangs. Featuring a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story has an iconic Latin and jazz-infused score including America, Somewhere, and I Feel Pretty.