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Two of the most popular contemporary musicals are still gracing the stage in Chicago but both are nearing the end of their stays.

"Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" continues through Jan. 28 at Cadillac Palace Theatre while "Wicked" runs through Jan. 21 at The Oriental Theatre.

"Beautiful" tells the story of the life and career of Carole King, who grew up in Brooklyn, and became one of the most beloved contemporary singer/songwriters. The production traces King's story from her beginnings as a teen songwriter to joining forces with husband Gerry Goffin in writing some of the pop anthems of the 1960s. It progresses to her evolution as a singer/songwriter in her own right.

Sarah Bockel portrays the legendary King.The show features hit after hit which prompts audience members to want to join in singing.

Among songs starring in "Beautiful" are "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "So Far Away," "Up on the Roof," "The Locomotion," "One Fine Day," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "On Broadway," and many more.

FYI: "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" continues through Jan. 28 at The Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. For ticket information and more, visit

The delightful "Wicked"  tells the story of the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrives.

The hit musical, which was popular with Windy City fans in past visits to Chicago.

In "Wicked" theater goers meet the two witches - Elphaba and Glinda - before they encounter Dorothy. We learn about their lives and why they turned out the way they did..

"Wicked" was written by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman and is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire.

Mary Kate Morrissey stars as Elphaba while Ginna Claire Mason portrays the role of Glinda in the current Broadway in Chicago show.

Among highlighted songs in the production are "The Wizard and I," "Something Bad," "I'm Not That Girl," "No Good Deed," "For Good," "Dancing Through Life," "No One Mourns the Wicked," and more.

FYI: "Wicked" continues through Jan. 21 at The Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. Tickets are $62 to $212. Call 800-775-2000 or visit