JAN 16-19 Night of January 16th Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Rd, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. cpct.biz. A murder trial unfolds on stage and audience members must decide whether billionaire Bjorn Faulkner’s chief business associate and mistress, Karen Andre, committed his murder. An interesting variety of characters—including Faulkner’s jealous wife, her wealthy and powerful father, the private detective the wife hired to follow Faulkner starting the day of the wedding and more—take the stand to share their testimony.
JAN 17, 18 Spamalot 7:30-10pm, Reinhard Auditorium, 276 E 68th Pl, Merrillville. m-mproductions.com. Admission: $12. Monty Python's hilarious musical romp, based on the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is coming to Merrillville's Reinhart Auditorium.
THROUGH JAN 18 Hansel and Gretel 11am, 2pm Sats, 9:45am, 11:30am Mon-Fri, South Suburban College, 15800 State St, South Holland. 708.210.5741. ssc.edu. Suitable for young and old alike, this exciting, delightfully amusing variation of a classic Grimm tale tells the story of Hansel and Gretel who are lured by a witch to her gingerbread house where she plans to eat them.
JAN 18, 24, FEB 2, 7, 8, 16 Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree 8 p.m. Jan, 18, 24 and Feb, 7-8, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. 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.
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. Jan 31-Feb 15: The Beauty Queen of Lenane.
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. Nov 14-Dec 29: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—The Musical. 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.