The high-stakes world of middle school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This hit musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents, using hilarious original songs like “Woe Is Me” and “Chip’s Lament” to portray teen troubles at their worst. In the end, they learn the valuable lesson that winning isn’t the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning two, including Best Book. Enter Oak Park’s Madison Street Theatre to see the show The New York Times called “irresistible” and “riotously funny.”
Here’s a spring break idea! Head on down to the Briar Street Theatre with discount Blue Man Group tickets from Goldstar.
Cirque du Soleil is coming to the United Center, which promises to be an amazing show! Preorder your tickets now.
Neil Diamond is coming to the United Center — and you can score discount tickets. He’s not looking too bad for 74…
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!
The Lyric Opera is doing Rodger & Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Civic Opera House, with tickets starting as low as $24 + service fees.
Kokandy Productions goes for The Full Monty with its take on the hit Broadway musical comedy that was inspired by the Oscar-nominated film. In Terrence McNally’s stage adaptation, a group of unemployed steelworkers decide to make some cash by putting on a striptease act. But these aren’t exactly your typical beefcakes, so what they end up creating is the most unforgettable display of flesh that blue-collar Buffalo, New York has ever seen — all while conquering their inner demons, improving their self-esteem and learning some important lessons about friendship. This touching, funny and crowd-pleasing show was nominated for a whopping ten Tony Awards in 2001, including Best Musical and now comes to Chicago’s Theater Wit.
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.
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.
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.
Goldstar just added new dates for discount tickets to see the Joffrey Ballet perform The Nutcracker with the Chicago Philharmonic! This should be an amazing performance.
Oooh, spooooky — The Adler Planetarium is running a 360-degree Halloween Show: The Curse of the Blood Moon. Get $5 tickets (+ service fees) at Goldstar! This looks really cool:
Who knows what lurks in the dark planetarium? For one night only, terror takes over the Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater with The Curse of the Blood Moon. This Halloween fright show combines live theater, 360-degree visualizations and hair-raising drama. You’ll explore the autumnal night sky as a live guide recounts historic cosmic events — from planetary alignments, to meteor showers and comets — that unnerved ancient civilizations and resulted in fatal outcomes. In a unique blend of special effects, audio design and dramatic live theater, you’ll witness horror unfolding all around you in the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. If you survive the blood moon’s curse, you can continue the frightening fun with a Scream Photo Booth, Museum Flashlight Tour and a Slime Science demo.
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.
Jonathan Larson’s acclaimed Broadway hit Rent follows a year in the life of a group of penniless young artists and musicians on New York City’s Lower East Side, struggling to survive and create under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this timeless and romantic story, based on Puccini’s La Bohème, is brought to vivid life through its modern rock score, including such favorites as “La Vie Bohème,” “What You Own” and the showstopper, “Seasons of Love.”