THROUGH JAN 31 The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. This incredible one-woman show follows a student's personal transformation through studying the Civil Rights Movement. In a tour-de-force performance, the actress transforms into several different characters and brings life to both celebrated and unsung Civil Rights activists. Using hip hop, poetry, history and multi-media design, the performance shows the power of turning "anger into action" as the central character discovers that her poetry, raps, and mind are more powerful than her fists.
JAN 31-FEB 15 The Beauty Queen of Leenane Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago Street, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" introduces audiences to small town girl Maureen. Maureen thought she’d be off on adventures with the man of her dreams…far away from her dreary existence in Leenane, Ireland, and the cruelty of her mother. Once again, directors Traci Brant and Jonni Pera explore the the dark comedy of Martin McDonagh ("The Pillowman" and "The Cripple of Inishmaan"). Be part of this terrifying story of love, longing, and sacrifice.
JAN 31-FEB 15 Godspell Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. This is the revised 2012 version, incorporating some of the changes and updated references used in the 2011-2012 Broadway Production. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, "Godspell" boasts a string of well-loved songs.
FEB 2, 7, 8, 16 Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree 8pm Jan, 18, 24 and Feb, 7-8, 1pm and 5pm Feb. 2 and 2pm Feb. 16, Great Oaks Banquets, 13109 S Wicker Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.365.3197. lctg.org. Cost: $32 adults, $30 seniors, $25 children 12 and under. L’arc en Ciel Productions bring back the beloved sisters of Hoboken with “Amnesia,” the third installment of the popular “Nunsense” musical series.
FEB 7-23 The Dream Continues Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm, Footlight Players, Inc., 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. A revue featuring musical selections from shows presented at Footlight Theatre since its opening in 1998.
Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children.
Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. Feb 7-23: The Dream Continues.
Marian Theatre Auditorium, 119th and Lincoln Avenue, Whiting. 219.659.3776. The Marian Theatre Guild, founded in 1928, is the oldest continuous community theatre group in Indiana. The guild is committed to providing audiences with riveting dramas, lighthearted comedies and wonderful musicals with local Northwest Indiana premieres. Productions are shows in April and November with dinner shows on Saturdays. Season ticket plans are available. April 26-27, May 3-4: The Guys. Nov 1-2, 8-9, 15-16: Shrek the Musical.
The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Feb 21-March 9: Anything Goes.
Ross Music Theater, 227 Center Street, Hobart. m-mproductions.com. Ross Music Theatre is a community theater group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as theater. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical.
Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers.
The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Feb 20-March 30: Cash—Ring of Fire
Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond.
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions.
Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater.