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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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Hamilton - CIBC Theatre - Now Playing
Limited tickets available! HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.
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Dear Evan Hansen - Nederland Theatre - July 7 - September 27, 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.
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Les Miserables - Cadillac Palace Theatre - July 9 - 27, 2019
By popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables returns to Chicago. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, hailed as the “Les Miz for the 21st Century.” Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 33nd year.
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Cats - Nederland Theatre - July 16 - August 4, 2019
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
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Come From Away - Cadillac Palace Theatre - July 30 - August 18, 2019
The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.
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The Band's Visit - Cadillac Palace Theatre - September 3 - 15, 2019
The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history. And now it’s also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album. In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. With a Tony-and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.
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Once Upon a One More Time - Nederland Theatre - October 29 - December 1, 2019
Once Upon A Time… a group of famous fairy tale princesses gather for their fortnightly book club, to read together from – well, the only book they’ve ever known – Grimm’s Fairy Tales. When Cinderella makes a desperate wish for a new story, a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique in her corseted lap. Oh baby, baby… could there really be more to life than bridesmaid dresses, friendships with woodland creatures, and dreams of a prince’s kiss? The ultimate end-all fairytale for anyone who yearns to feel “Stronger” than yesterday, ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME is set to the universal chart-topping anthems of the Princess of Pop herself, Britney Spears. Hits from “Oops I Did It Again” and “Lucky” to “Circus” and “Toxic” ignite this uproarious and heartwarming adventure about letting your hair down, gaining your sea legs, smashing the glass slipper, and claiming your own kingdom.
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Phantom of the Opera - Cadillac Palace Theatre - December 18, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its triumphant return to Chicago as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score -with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” -will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
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Mean Girls - Nederland Theatre - December 25, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock”), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, “MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”
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Once On This Island - Cadillac Palace Theatre - January 21 - February 2, 2020
Winner of the 2018 TONY AWARD FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!” (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater’s unlimited possibilities.
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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - Nederland Theatre - JFebruary 12 - 23, 2020
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
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Frozen - Cadillac Palace Theatre - October 21, 2020 - January 3, 2021
A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first. From the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The creative team at its helm has won a cumulative 16 Tonys and includes Oscar® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez (music & lyrics), Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award® winner Michael Grandage (director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer). An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.
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Roald Dahl's Matilda - Drury Lane Theatre - April 26 - June 23, 2019
Wonder and amazement abound with this award-winning musical. Based on the beloved novel, Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with special talents. Facing many obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps the woman to reclaim her life. Tied for the most Olivier Awards ever, including Best New Musical, Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical went on to win five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
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The Color Purple - Drury Lane Theatre - September 13 - November 3, 2019
Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South during the early 1900s, as she navigates the love she has for her sister, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved children. This heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and earned fifteen Tony Award nominations, including the win for Best Revival of a Musical.
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Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins - Drury Lane Theatre - November 15, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Mary Poppins flies to the stage to delivery whimsy, excitement, and memorable songs to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a must see for the entire family. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and the beloved children’s books by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and fun.
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An American in Paris - Drury Lane Theatre - January 31 - March 29, 2020
A tale inspired by hope and possibility, An American in Paris brings breathtaking moments of dance and song to the musical stage. Come away with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dancefloor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love. Set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, this Academy Award winner for Best Picture was also a Grammy Award nominee and four-time Tony Award winner.