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by Gigi Cannon

September ~ Wonderful plays to see and enjoy

A new musical, lovingly ripped from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail is being presented Sept. 17–Oct. 18, at the Theatre at The Center, Munster, IN. Book and lyrics are by Eric Idle, and music is by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. Inspired by the hilarious British comedy troupe Monty Python, this musical spoof of King Arthur and his band of silly knights has been a hit on Broadway and in theaters across the country. Will they find the Holy Grail and how many limbs will be lost along the way? Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical. "There's a lot of intelligence behind the silliness, but…it comes at you with a delightful ease," Herald Tribune. You'll want to call for tickets: 219-836- 3255. Enjoy!

The Marriott at Lincolnshire, IL, has the world premiere of October Sky, a New Musical, Look to the Stars! through Oct. 18. The beloved Universal Pictures film October Sky is now a new musical. It was 1957 and Sputnik lights up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, WV. Homer Hickman, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world's race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars. From the writing team that brought you Hero, this show is produced in association with Universal Stage Productions (Wicked, Billy Elliot, Bring It On). Call for tickets and information on group sales and new Thursday matinees, 847-634- 7030, or visit marriotttheatre.com. They have a lot to offer you!

"Drury Lane Theatre demonstrates beyond any doubt that the best place to find the most glorious Broadway venues these days is a half-hour drive west of the loop," said Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times. The Neverland you never knew, Peter and the Starcatcher, is a grown up's prequel to Peter Pan, playing through Oct. 18. A company of 12 actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters on a journey to solve the mystery of how Peter Pan became "The boy who never grew up." Peter and the Starcatcher is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 10+. Call 630-530- 0111 or visit drurylane.com. Become a subscriber—you'll be glad you did.

The Paramount Theatre, Galena Blvd, Galena, IL, is now playing Oklahoma, Sept. 15 through Oct 18. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, this is the show that sets the standard for the 2015-16 Paramount Broadway season. It's filled with some of the most recognizable songs in theater including "Beautiful Morning," "Surrey with the Fringe," "People Will Say We're in Love" and of course, the resounding "Oklahoma," all performed by the Paramount's full orchestra. Suggested rating PG. For tickets, call 630-896-6666.

Enjoy a killer night out with Broadway's Tony Award-winning best musical, "Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder"—getting away with murder can be so much fun! By Broadway in Chicago, Sept. 29–Oct. 11, at The Bank of American Theatre. Call 312-977-1710 or visit broadwayinchicago.com for tickets.

Gigi Cannon for C.C.


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