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There are a number of upcoming productions theater fans will want to secure tickets for through the end of 2017 and 2018.

Whether you like dramas or musicals, comedies or macabre productions, there's something for everyone on the Windy City theater scene.

The following are just a sample of shows to enjoy.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

"The Taming of the Shrew," Through Nov. 12. One of Shakespeare's favorite works features an all-female cast and a suffragette theme.

"Q Brothers Christmas Carol," Nov. 21 to Dec. 31 at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The popular tale, written by Q Brothers Collective, gets hip-hop treatment.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is located at Navy Pier, Chicago. Visit

Broadway in Chicago, various theaters including Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago; Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago; Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago.

• "Hamilton," in an open run at CIBC Theatre, Chicago. The Tony-Award winning musical tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

• "School of Rock," Through Nov. 19 at Cadillac Palace Theatre. The new musical is based on the hit film of the same name.

• "Escape to Margaritaville," Nov. 9 to Dec. 2 at Oriental Theatre. The new musical, featuring new and classic songs by Jimmy Buffett, will be making its pre-Broadway debut in Chicago.

• "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," Nov. 21 to Dec. 3 at Cadillac Palace Theatre. The musical, which tells the story of a song-and-dance team, features a collection of Berlin's greatest hits.

• "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," Dec. 5 to Jan. 28 at Cadillac Palace Theatre. The musical chronicles the story of songwriter/singer Carole King.

• "Wicked," Dec. 6 to Jan. 21 at Oriental Theatre. The popular musical looks at life in the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrives.

• "The Cher Show," June 12 to July 15 at The Oriental Theatre. The story of musics icon Cher is the subject of the production.

• "The Color Purple,"  July 17 to 29 at Auditorium Theatre. The production is a 2016 Tony winner for Best Musical Revival.

Goodman Theatre

"Yasmina's Necklace," Through Nov. 19, in The Goodman's Owen Theatre. The love story by Iraqi artist Rohina Malik, is directed by Ann Filmer."

A Christmas Carol," Nov. 18 through Dec. 31 in the Goodman's Albert Theatre. The holiday production has been a favorite with Chicago audiences through the years.

The Goodman Theatre is located at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Visit for more information.

Steppenwolf Theatre

• "The Rembrandt," Through Nov. 5 at Steppenwolf Theatre. The Chicago premiere was written by Jessica Dickey and is directed by Hallie Gordon.

• "The Minutes," Nov. 9 to Dec. 31 at Steppenwolf Theatre. The new comedy by Tracy Letts is about small town politics. Among stars in the show are Kevin Anderson, William Peterson and Ian Barford.

Steppenwolf Theatre is located at 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Visit

The Joffrey Ballet

"The Nutcracker," Dec. 1 to 30 at The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Christopher Wheeldon's new version of "The Nutcracker" features a turn of the century Chicago setting. Visit