Sondheim is at his bloody best in Sweeney Todd, his macabre masterpiece about a barbaric barber and the beastly baker he befriends. Set in 19th century London, the musical tells the tale of the title character, who, after being banished from his city on false charges, returns to exact his revenge. Teaming up with local pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, Todd opens a barbershop — where he slits the throats of customers, and she bakes them into pies to dispose of the evidence. A smash hit in 1979, this darkly comic show won eight Tony Awards, and The New York Times gushed, “Sondheim’s most ravishing score. One helluva show!” See this equal parts haunting and hilarious musical in this thrilling, chilling new production from Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773.
Grab tickets to the Chicago Women’s Expo in Rosemont for just $2.00 in service fees! And check out this lineup:
Three of today’s most accomplished female celebrities — Wynonna Judd, NeNe Leakes and Tabatha Coffey — provide inspiration as keynote speakers at 2014’s Chicago Ultimate Women’s Expo, which also offers plenty of fun workshops, chef demos, shopping, beauty treatments and much more. Judd is a five-time Grammy-winning country superstar and best-selling author, who’ll share her hard-won advice on overcoming adversity on Saturday. The star of Bravo’s Tabatha Takes Over, business and beauty coach Tabatha Coffey, is also set to appear on Saturday with an uplifting message on taking control of your life. On Sunday, TV personality NeNe Leakes (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Glee, Dancing With the Stars) tells her empowering life story. Please see the full event description for info on the schedule, cooking competitions, samples and more.
The entertainment phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group is better than ever in this updated show featuring all-new material. 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 this wildly imaginative stage show that cleverly combines comedy, art and science with fabulous visual effects and Grammy-nominated music.
I had to post this deal because I always cringe at the rhyme… “detective down in Texas… you know he knows just exactly what the facts is.” See? I’m cringing right now typing it. But check this out: $15 plus service fees gets you a ticket to see Journey and the Steve Miller Band with special guest Tower of Power at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre. Don’t Stop Believin’ in the Pompatus of Love!
Classic rock icons Journey and the Steve Miller Band, along with special guest Tower of Power, bring their hit-heavy, crowd-pleasing summer tour to Tinley Park. Journey combines the talents of founding member and guitar prodigy Neal Schon with the smooth tenor of the group’s powerhouse vocalist Arnel Pineda. The group’s larger-than-life sound and soulful songcraft has resulted in some of the most popular rock tunes of all time, including the seminal anthem “Don’t Stop Believin'” — the top-selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. More than four decades into their career, the band can still draw a massive crowd with their powerful live performance. Also taking the stage is the Steve Miller Band. Guitarist and lead vocalist Miller’s trademark blues-rock sound has made him one of the defining artists of classic rock radio and the band became one of the top selling acts of the ’70s and ’80s thanks to enduring hits like “Fly Like an Eagle” and “The Joker.”
Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, is coming to Chicago! And you can see her for cheaper with a Goldstar discount — wouldn’t this be a fun event?
Chef Ina Garten, also known as “the Barefoot Contessa” to her many devoted fans, is beloved for her simple, straightforward approach to cooking and effortless take on entertaining. Many a foodie has looked on in envy as Garten shows off her gorgeous Hamptons home and garden, fabulous friends and rich, delicious recipes on her popular Back to Basics on the Food Network. With eight best-selling cookbooks, her ninth, Make It Ahead, is poised to hit the New York Times best-seller list too when it hits bookstores in October. Join Garten when she appears live at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre to talk about her natural approach to food, sharing tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. She’ll be joined by special guest host Catherine De Orio, host of Emmy Award-winning Check, Please! on PBS. You may even get a chance to ask Garten a question during the show’s Q&A segment.
The Goldstar comp train is back, today 8/21 only! Grab FREE tickets to so many events — pay only the service fees for a huge discount. In Chicago alone I see: Chicago Sky, Second City, Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Family Fun Expo, Mighty Con Talking Heads Tribute, and so much more.
Come out and help the Chicago Sky hit a new high this season, as they begin their playoff run to the championship against the league’s best teams. The game experience itself offers plenty of fun and excitement, with every seat offering stellar views of the fast and furious action on the court. Led by the electric 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne and Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles, the Sky earned their first trip to the tournament in franchise history last year, and look to go all the way in 2014 — with help from their hometown crowd, of course.
With a score of unforgettable songs like “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Tradition” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof follows the life of Tevye, a dairyman in a small Russian village. Tevye attempts to honor and maintain the Jewish religious customs of his ancestors, but times are changing and his daughters are eager to follow new ways. When dangerous forces threaten the village’s way of life, Tevye’s faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. Based on the classic stories of Sholem Aleichem, this winner of nine Tony Awards explores timeless themes of community, family, devotion and tradition.
Here’s another fun outdoor screening event at College of DuPage — Ghostbusters next week! These events are free — however, seating is not reserved and popcorn is $3.00. Through Goldstar, you can get reserved front section seating and popcorn for just a $2.00 service fee, which is less than the price of just buying popcorn there!
Spoiler alert: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man makes an unforgettable cameo, and is bound to look even more delicious on the Starlight Summer Series’ outdoor screen at the new Lakeside Pavilion. You’ll receive special reserved front seating and popcorn (while supplies last) to see Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd star in 1984’s comedy smash Ghostbusters. The trio play Venkman, Stantz and Spengler, paranormal exterminators battling supernatural forces taking over New York — and inhabiting the body of comely Sigourney Weaver. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the show.
How about reserved seating tomorrow 7/31 at an outdoor screening of The Blues Brothers — plus popcorn — at the Lakeside Pavilion at College of DuPage? As low as comp on Goldstar; just pay service fees of $2.00, and how fun does this sound?!
See one of Chicago’s most beloved movie comedies under the stars at the brand-spanking new Lakeside Pavilion, boasting gorgeous views of the water, and enjoy reserved seating and popcorn (while supplies last). The Starlight Summer Series screens The Blues Brothers, the 1980 classic that was filmed in the Windy City and somehow successfully mixed the deadpan humor of Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi with amazing R&B music and unbelievable car chases, turning it into an enduring favorite. The Saturday Night Live duo star as Jake and Elwood, who’re on “a mission from God” to raise funds to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up by playing a show with their former R&B band. Bring a picnic and blanket and check out the show.