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Music and Theatre - Chicago Style! Chicago is our kind of town. OK, it happens to be our hometown too! We can't think of a better way to inspire your students than with the theatrical opportunities in Chicago. Whether you want a day trip or theatrical tour of the arts, Hemisphere Educational Travel will put together an experience that will earn you a standing ovation.

Our popular one day Chicago theatre tours include a chartered motorcoach, lunch and tickets to a Broadway show. We can also customize overnight and multi-day tours to Chicago. Contact us today for your customized quote!

FEATURED PRODUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS

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Medieval Times - Schaumburg, IL - Continuous Run
Medieval Times is a unique venue for families, friends, corporate parties and group outings. Set inside an 11th century-style castle, the royal tournament begins as your family and friends feast on a bountiful four-course meal. Then, cheer for brave knights on horseback competing in medieval games of skill, exciting sword battles and an authentic jousting tournament. Witness the pageantry and beauty of Andalusian stallions and the majesty of our soaring falcon. Enjoy a cold beverage from one of our three full-service bars, peruse the pewter and crystal in our gift shops, and explore the depths of our Dungeon Museum with replicas of torture devices from the middle ages. It's guaranteed to be a "knight" to remember!
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Comedy Sportz - Comedysportz Theatre - Continuous Run
Unlike "Standup Comedy" in which one performer tells pre-planned jokes to the audience, improvisational comedy involves a whole group of performers making up scenes and playing games on the spot based on audience suggestions. Unlike most other forms of performance comedy, ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a typical ComedySportz match contains everyone from kids to college students to parents to grandparents. Everyone has a good time and no one gets offended, and if an athlete steps beyond the boundaries of good taste, the "brown bag foul" (a brown paper sack placed over the offending player's head) will be called to set things straight. If you think "clean" is boring, you owe it to yourself to check us out. It's anything but boring.
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Blue Man Group - Briar Street Theatre - Continuous Run
Blue Man Group is best known for its award winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
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Cinderella - Cadillac Palace Theatre - April 27 - May 6, 2018
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®– winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
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Heart Break Hotel - Broadway Playhouse - June 30 - September 9, 2018
THE PREQUEL TO THE RECORD- SETTING, CHICAGO FAVORITE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months. This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right Momma,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” This is where the story begins… “take a walk down lonely street.”
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Little Shop of Horrors - Drury Lane Theatre - September 6 - October 28, 2018
This gem of a musical, inspired by the 1960 darkly comedic horror film of the same name, will charm your heart with infectious doo-wop songs and endearing characters. A down-on-his-luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame and success from an all-powerful R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
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Tootsie - Cadillac Palace Theatre - September 11 - October 14, 2018
The world premiere comedy musical, TOOTSIE, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime. TOOTSIE will play a pre-Broadway engagement this fall at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 – October 14. TOOTSIE will go to Broadway in spring 2019. TOOTSIE will star Tony Award nominee SANTINO FONTANA as struggling actor Michael Dorsey. Santino is well known to TV and film audiences for his role as Greg on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and for providing the voice to the villainous ‘Prince Hans’ in the blockbuster animated film, Frozen. His many Broadway credits include his Tony-nominated performance in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. TOOTSIE features an original score by Tony Award nominee David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), a book by Robert Horn (13; Dame Edna, Back with a Vengeance), choreography by Tony Award nominee Denis Jones (Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas), and musical direction by Andrea Grody (The Band’s Visit). TOOTSIE will be directed by eight-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century). The Tony Award-winning design team for TOOTSIE includes scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting design by Donald Holder, and sound design by Brian Ronan. Based on the story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart and the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture.
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Charlie and Chocolate Factory - Oriental Theatre - October 2 - 21, 2018
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
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Hello Dolly - Oriental Theatre - October 23 - November 17, 2018
Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”
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Beauty and Beast - Drury Lane Theatre - November 9 - January 27, 2019
Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial life, a young and intelligent beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle of enchanted misfits and a terrifying beast.
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Miss Saigon - Cadillac Palace Theatre - November 13 - December 8, 2018
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score featuring Broadway hits including “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “Last Night of the World.”
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Mamma Mia - Drury Lane Theatre - February 7 - April 14, 2019
The international megahit Mamma Mia! uses the greatest songs of ABBA to tell a hilarious story of marriage, family and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
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Dear Evan Hansen - Oriental Theatre - February 12 - March 10, 2019
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY.” Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, “a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart” and NBC News says the musical is “an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” DEAR EVEN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by 4-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal). The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. A special edition coffee table book authored by Levenson, Pasek, and Paul, Dear Evan Hansen: through the window (Grand Central Publishing / Melcher) is now available, offering an in-depth, all-access look at the musical, including never-before-seen production photos and cast portraits, behind-the-scenes stories, and a fully annotated script by the authors.