Take a break from the summer heat and see what’s going on in Chicago now and into this fall.
At First Folio’s outdoor stage is the poignant, romantic drama THE RAINMAKER. When a charming con man named Starbuck comes to a drought stricken Western town, he sets a family’s world on end, romancing their spinster daughter and promising to change everything. The production is currently playing at First Folio Theatre, at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, and runs through September 1.
Become a wine master
The chic wine lounge ENO, located at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive, has launched a series of “ENOversity” education classes. Perfect for wine novices and aficionados, ENOversity offers a casual, educational and fun tasting experience for all. Classes will explore the histories, types and flavors of exquisite wines by suggesting cheese and chocolate pairings, each individually chosen to complement the night’s unique wine selections. Upcoming ENOversity classes are as follows:
· Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. – Viva La France
For one night only, taste the best that France has to offer. From Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Rhone, France’s best wines will be featured.
· Tuesday, September 17 at 6 p.m. – California Dream
In the United States, “The Golden State” stands alone in the amount of sheer production and high-quality wines that come from its left coast. Relax while savoring wines from up and down the California coast.
· Tuesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. – Because It’s Ladies’ Night (Breast Cancer Awareness Month Donation Opportunity)
In Europe and the Americas, women are emerging as some of the most talented winemakers and wine marketers. Sample some incredible offerings from these talented ladies at this charitable event.
Get back to work with 9 to 5, The Musical:
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, will present one of Broadway’s most hotly anticipated new musicals 9 to 5, The Musical at 8 p.m. on August 21. Based on the smash 1980 film, 9 to 5, The Musical is the hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the rolodex era. The musical features the blockbuster title song plus a jubilant Tony Award-nominated score by multi Grammy Award-winner Dolly Parton and a book by original screenwriter Patricia Resnick, The Marriott Theatre production will be directed by 11 time Jeff Award-winner David H. Bell with choreography by Matt Raftery. For tickets, call Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200.
Next to Normal: Drury Lane Theatre, presents the regional premiere of the recent Broadway sensation, NEXT TO NORMAL. This moving story is an unconscious dissection of a “normal” American family. Driven by a provocative score featuring more than 30 original songs, the narrative digs into the household’s foundation, unearthing skeletons of the past. Opens Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m. and runs through October 6. For tickets, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111
Find your voice with THE COLOR PURPLE
Enjoy the inspiring story of a woman who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world through love. The Mercury Theatre, 3745 N. Southport Ave., will present the soul-stirring musical with an opening on Monday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. For tickets, call 773.325.1700.
Celebrate irresistible goodwill with GODSPELL:
Theatre at the Center presents a celebration of worldwide community with GODSPELL, opening September 12 and running through October 20. The groundbreaking, energetic musical is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. The upbeat retelling of biblical parables is amplified by a playful and poignant score by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED). For tickets, visit www.theatreatthecenter.com.
Enjoy the quintessential musical masterpiece that The New York Times proclaimed “One of the biggest, brightest musicals of this century!” This whimsical turn-of-the-century tale centers around Dolly Gallagher Levi, a New York City matchmaker-extraordinaire hired to help a pompous Yonkers merchant in his pursuit of a wife. When Dolly unexpectedly falls in love with him, she stops at nothing to win his favor in this zany love story. The production features Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman and a Book by Michael Stewart. HELLO, DOLLY!, directed by Rachel Rockwell, opens Thursday, October 24 at 8 p.m. and runs through January 5, 2014 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane.