Goldstar Comp Train is back — Free tickets just pay fees!

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What fun — The Goldstar “Comp Train” is back this morning, with tickets to a bunch of local events as low as free — you just pay the service fees! Lots of choices here, from Nature on Tap at the Notebaert Nature Museum to Kiss Kiss Cabaret to the Grayslake Antique Market to the Chicago Pet Show and more.

Blue Man Group for spring break?

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Here’s a spring break idea! Head on down to the Briar Street Theatre with discount Blue Man Group tickets from Goldstar.

The entertainment phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group is better than ever in this updated show featuring all-new material at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. You’ll find the famous blue bald guys interacting with “GiPads,” taking a humorous look at contemporary forms of communication, and performing a pulsating new finale set to an original music score. Audiences of all ages worldwide have experienced and loved Blue Man Group, a wildly imaginative stage show that cleverly combines comedy, art and science with fabulous visual effects and Grammy-nominated music.

Bryan Adams, 30th Anniversary, Northerly Island

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Although it is NOT the Summer of ’69, Bryan Adams is doing a 30th anniversary reunion concert at Northerly Island, and Goldstar has your discount tickets!

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams has called the band back together in honor of the 30th anniversary of his five-time platinum, No. 1 album Reckless. Back in ’84, radios and clubs were blasting a bevy of his hits — “Run to You,” “Somebody,” “Heaven,” “Summer of ’69,” “One Night Love Affair” and “It’s Only Love” — and over 12 million copies flew off the shelves worldwide. Now it’s raining Adams’ husky-voiced ’80s hits all over again at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Get ready Chicago, because although it “Cuts Like a Knife,” it feels so right!

Half price West Side Story at Drury Lane!

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Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace is putting on a production of West Side Story — and Goldstar has half price tickets! Pay just $30 + service fees.

Driven by an innovative Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score featuring all-time favorites like “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “America” and “Somewhere,” West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose on the streets of 1950s New York. This classic of modern theater reimagines the star-crossed lovers as two teens caught in the middle of the fierce racial rivalry between street gangs the Sharks and the Jets. See this timeless story of passion and prejudice in this new production from Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

Discount tickets to Carousel!

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The Lyric Opera of Chicago is doing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and Goldstar has discount tickets!

The Good Wife’s Steven Pasquale and Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella) star in the new Lyric Opera production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Charming carnival barker Billy and naive millworker Julie meet and fall in love. But when Billy is coerced into taking part in a robbery and is caught, he takes his own life. Fifteen years later, he’s sent down to earth for one day to set things right with his wife and the daughter he never knew. With signature tunes like “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” it’s easy to see why this powerful love story was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite. Catch this Broadway classic at the Civic Opera House in Chicago.

First Wives Club — See the pre-Broadway run in Chicago

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I’m thinking that this would be really fun to see live! See The First Wives club in Chicago before it heads to the Big Apple — Goldstar has your discount tickets.

Based on the hit film and novel, the new musical First Wives Club shows what happens when three middle-aged women take their lives back by taking comedic revenge on their exes. A triumvirate of Broadway veterans, including Tony winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls), Carmen Cusack (Wicked) and Chicago’s own Christine Sherrill (Mamma Mia), lead the cast of this high-powered production, which features a book by Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and a score by the legendary Motown team of Holland-Dozier-Holland (“Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Heat Wave”). Combining riotous laughs with a stirring depiction of female empowerment, First Wives Club makes its world premiere at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, where you can be among the first to see it before it heads to the big stages of the Big Apple.

Discount Carousel tickets now available

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How about discount tickets to Rodger & Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Civic Opera House? Goldstar has them for you!

Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It’s easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite.

Barenaked Ladies with the Violent Femmes this summer

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For $29.50 + service fees, you can see the Barenaked Ladies with guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay at Northerly Island in June! Plus if you attend you get a free digital version of their new album when it’s released.

The multiplatinum-selling Barenaked Ladies first took their rollicking roadshow, Last Summer on Earth, on tour in 2012, packing more than 30 arenas and amphitheaters with near sold-out crowds. They returned by popular demand in 2013, and now, more sure than ever that the Mayans were off by just a few years, they’re launching their 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour. This time around they’ll be joined by special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay of Men At Work for their stop at Chicago’s FirstMerit Bank Pavilion. The Barenaked Ladies’ career spans more than 25 years and includes eight Juno Awards, multiple Grammy nominations and more than 14 million albums sold worldwide. The tour coincides with the release of the band’s as-yet-untitled new album, set to drop later this year. All ticket purchasers will receive one track from the new album and a digital download of the full album upon its release.

Million Dollar Quartet — New Dates Available Starting at $30 + fees

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New dates available for the hit rock & roll musical Million Dollar QuartetToday, Goldstar has tickets starting as low as $30.00 (+ service fees).

On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley to Memphis’ Sun Records. The rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet was inspired by this famed recording session — the first and only collaboration among these legendary icons, each of whom had an undeniable influence on American music. This thrilling production brings audiences inside the studio with the four major talents who came together as a red-hot band for one unforgettable night, and features such enduring hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Hound Dog.” A hit on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet was nominated for 2010 Tony and Drama Desk Awards.

Discount Peking Acrobats tickets, too

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Goldstar also has tickets to the Amazing Peking Acrobats, starting at just $6.25 + service fees!

A troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers and gymnasts, the Peking Acrobats roll into Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park to dazzle with spellbinding feats and daring maneuvers. Drawing on more than 2,000 years of tradition and 50 years of performing, the rigorously trained Peking Acrobats — armed with tremendous agility and grace — create a true cirque-style carnival of trick cycling, powerful precision tumbling and other cringe-worthy maneuvers that’ve gained them worldwide fame, including an appearance in the hit movie Ocean’s Eleven. Live musicians playing Chinese folk instruments, vibrant costumes and exciting special effects add extra flair to this already captivating performance.

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Personally, I have my own traveling gymnastic/acrobatic circus right in my own house, but…