Drury Lane revives ‘Guys and Dolls’, Marriott stages ‘Music Man’

Glen Ellyn native Erica Stephan plays Sarah Brown in Drury Lane Theatre’s “Guys and Dolls.”

Lucky to be a lady

Drury Lane Theater revives Frank Loesser’s beloved musical “Guys and Dolls,” inspired by writer Damon Runyon’s stories “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure” and its gangsters, oddballs, hustlers and gamblers 391 . New York. Dan Knechteges directs and choreographs the production which stars Pepe Nufrio as Sky Masterson, Glen Ellyn’s Erica Stephan as Sarah Brown, Jackson Evans as Nathan Detroit and Alanna Lovely as Miss Adelaide. Previews at 13:30 Wednesday, April 10 and 17; 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 11; April 12, 19:00; 3 and 8 p.m. April 13; 2 and 6pm April 14 at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show opens on April 18. Tickets start at $94.95. (630) 530-0111 or drurylanetheatre.com.

Pepe Nufrio plays Skye Masterson in Drury Lane Theatre’s Guys and Dolls.
Courtesy of Javier Mantrana del Valle

Harold Hill returns

Director Katie Spelman, who choreographed Broadway’s The Notebook, directs and choreographs the Marriott Theatre’s revival of The Music Man, Meredith Willson’s musical about a traveling salesman who tries to con the residents of a small Iowa town -s, but changes its ways after it crashes. to the beautiful town librarian. Broadway veterans KJ Hippensteel and Alexandra Silber star as Harold Hill and Marian Paroo. Previews at 1pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 10; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11; 20:00 April 12; April 13, 16 and 20; and April 14 5pm at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The show opens on April 17. Tickets start at $60. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com.

Pianist/writer Hershey Felder channels composer Frederic Chopin in “Monsieur Chopin: A Play With Music” at the Writers Theatre.

Chopin’s party

Musician/writer/storyteller Hershey Felder channels Frederic Chopin — the Romantic-era virtuoso composer and pianist whose masterpieces include 24 popular preludes, “Barcarole” and “Polonaise-Fantazie” — in “Monsieur Chopin: A Play With Music.” Joel Zwick directs the Writers Theatre’s revival of this solo show, which unfolds in 1848 as a piano lesson during which the composer shares secrets about the piano and himself with his students. Previews at 7:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, April 10-11, at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The show opens on Friday, April 12. $45-$85. (847) 242-6000 or writerstheatre.org.

Northlight Theatre’s repeat premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Brooklyn Laundry starring Cassidy Slaughter-Mason and Mark Montgomery.
Courtesy of Greg Inda

Repeat premiere

Northlight Theater presents the repeat premiere of Brooklyn Laundry, Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley’s new drama about the unlikely romance between a perpetually single woman struggling with debt and the wounded owner of a laundry shop. Cassidy Slaughter-Mason and Mark Montgomery star in artistic director BJ Jones’ production of the play, which ends its off-Broadway run on April 14. Previews at 7.30pm Thursday to Saturday, 11-13 April and 16 April 18; April 14 14:30 and 19:00; and 1 p.m. April 17 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The show opens on April 19. $39-$89. (847) 673-6300 or northlight.org.

Welcome to the neighborhood

Edge of the Wood Theater opens its 12th season with “It Is Po (If You Think So!),” adapted by Janus Theater Artistic Director Sean Hargadon from the play by 19th-century Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello. When a new family arrives in their provincial town, neighbors begin to speculate about the newcomers in this drama about conflicting versions of the truth. 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 and 2:30 pm Sunday, April 7, at Edgebrook Community Church, 6736 N. Loleta Ave., Chicago. The shows run until April 21. 13-27 dollars. edgeofthewood.com.

Love triangles

Open Space Arts continues its inaugural season with “The Cockfight Play,” a 2009 comedy by British playwright Mike Bartlett about a young gay man in a long-term relationship with another man who meets and falls in love with a woman. 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 and 2 pm Sunday, April 7, at 1411 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago. The shows run until April 21. $25, $20. openspacearts.com.

Family tuner

TheaterWorksUSA brings the family musical “Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical” to North Central College for two performances. Based on Dav Pilkey’s book series, the tuner tells the story of Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog’s efforts to teach the little frogs how to make their own comics. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Pfeiffer Hall, North Central College, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $15 for adults, $10 for children. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/show.

Blast from the past

Trap Door Theater concludes its 30th anniversary season with a re-imagined production of its 2002 hit, “Nana,” adapted from Emile Zola’s novel about a young woman who — during her evolution from walker on the street in a high-class prostitute – destroys every man she interacts with. Managing director Nicole Wiesner reprises the role she originated 22 years ago under director Miguel Long. Opens at 8pm Thursday, April 11, at 1655 W. Cortland St., Chicago, and runs at 8pm Thursdays through Saturdays through May 19. $30. (773)-384-0494 or trapdoortheatre.com.

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