Performance Series

Performance Series

Discover the magic of our season and dozens of new ways to be entertained

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Tues – Sun: 12p-6p | Mon: Closed

The Performance Series represents the incredible entertainment that the MAC is known for. Shows span a range of genres and performance styles – music, dance, comedy, family events – there’s always something new. You’ll find jazz, orchestras indie bands, solo artists, acoustic shows, stand-up comics, improv groups, variety shows and so much more.

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The Ding Dong or How the French Kiss

Sept. 6 - Oct. 7 | Thursdays - Saturdays, 8p & Sundays, 3p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • September 27, 2018
    8:00 pm
  • September 28, 2018
    8:00 pm
  • September 29, 2018
    8:00 pm
  • September 30, 2018
    3:00 pm
  • October 4, 2018
    8:00 pm
  • October 5, 2018
    8:00 pm
  • October 6, 2018
    8:00 pm
  • October 7, 2018
    3:00 pm

A fast-paced adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s classic, where opening the wrong door can lead to mayhem, giggles, and some unexpected understandings of a happy marriage.

Show Boat & Show Tunes

Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 & 7:30p | Sunday, Sept. 30, 3p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • September 29, 2018
    3:00 pm
  • September 29, 2018
    7:30 pm
  • September 30, 2018
    3:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate Rodgers and Hammerstein as New Philharmonic is joined by four guest vocalists and an 80-voice chorus to perform selections of hits

Julie

Thursday, Oct. 4, 7p & Sunday, Oct. 7, 2p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • October 4, 2018
    7:00 pm
  • October 7, 2018
    2:00 pm

This new version of August Strindberg’s play “Miss Julie” written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

Annie Moses Band

Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • October 6, 2018
    7:30 pm

Straight from Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, PBS favorites the Annie Moses Band, have built a large and dedicated following for their classical-crossover style.

Take Me To The River: New Orleans LIVE

Sunday, Oct. 14, 6p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • October 14, 2018
    6:00 pm

New Orleans reflects a stunning musical melting pot of influences from around the world. Featuring brass band pioneers The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and packed with a multigenerational lineup of some of the city’s greatest talent.

Bassem Youssef

Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • October 19, 2018
    7:30 pm

Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon turned political satirist, has been dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World and was named among the Time Magazine most influential list of 2013.

“Flamenco Passion”

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 & 6P

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • October 21, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • October 21, 2018
    6:00 pm

Dance Magazine just named leader dancer Compania Flamenco one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch.” Directed from Cadiz, Spain, Eduardo Guerrero and Compania Flamenco, a group of live musicians and elite dancers, will captivate audiences.

Snake Oil’s Tribute to Rock’s Biggest Stars of the ’80s

Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • October 27, 2018
    7:30 pm

Warp back to a time with the lost art and attitude of real 80’s rock. The kind of costumed and propped rock show that filled and shook the arenas and stadiums of the world; The Hair Rock, Melodic Rock, and Classic Rock you love, fueled with energy, fun and sprinkled in humor, these guys are good… really good.

CSO Cellist Richard Hirschl

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30P & Sunday, Nov. 4, 3P

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • November 3, 2018
    7:30 pm
  • November 4, 2018
    3:00 pm

Enjoy an entire concert of rapturous melodies featuring cellist Richard Hirschl from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!

King Lear

Thursday, Nov. 8, 7p & Sunday, Nov. 11, 2p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • November 8, 2018
    7:00 pm
  • November 11, 2018
    2:00 pm

Ian McKellen stars in this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written.

Pete the Cat

Friday, Nov. 9, 7p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • November 9, 2018
    7:00 pm

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family, and boy are they square!

A Christmas Carol

Friday, Nov. 23, 7p | Saturday, Nov. 24, 3 & 7p | Sunday, Nov. 25, 3 & 7p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • November 23, 2018
    7:00 pm
  • November 24, 2018
    3:00 pm
  • November 24, 2018
    7:00 pm
  • November 25, 2018
    3:00 pm
  • November 25, 2018
    7:00 pm

Adapted for the College Theater department in a family-friendly 70-minute show by William J. Norris, this is the beloved tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns both that change is always possible, and the great joy of caring for those less fortunate.

Canadian Brass

Saturday, Dec. 1, 4 & 8p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • December 1, 2018
    4:00 pm
  • December 1, 2018
    8:00 pm

Canadian Brass will light up your holiday season with fun and festive music for all ages.

A Doo Wop Christmas Show

Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • December 7, 2018
    7:30 pm

Featuring stars from Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical with their hot band, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate – and in some cases entirely reimagine – some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

Dysfunctional Holiday Revue

Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 & 9p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • December 8, 2018
    6:00 pm
  • December 8, 2018
    9:00 pm

The Second City’s naughtiest and nicest hit the road to win the war on comedy in the season’s most festive funny-fest.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7p & Sunday, Dec. 16, 2p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • December 12, 2018
    7:00 pm
  • December 16, 2018
    2:00 pm

15-year-old Christopher struggles to find truth as he investigates the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog in a world that doesn’t always understand the way his mind works.

The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 & 7p | Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 & 5p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • December 15, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • December 15, 2018
    7:00 pm
  • December 16, 2018
    1:00 pm
  • December 16, 2018
    5:00 pm

The gorgeous holiday classic returns for four magical performances featuring a growing Christmas tree, a battle between mice and soldiers, a journey through the land of whirling snowflakes, a joyous visit to the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy and accompaniment by New Philharmonic orchestra.

A Million Dollar Christmas

Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • December 21, 2018
    7:30 pm

The music of the four greatest rock ‘n’ rollers on the planet is our Christmas gift! Join the smash hit cast of Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash for a rip-roaring holiday show that’ll have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree!

New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Monday, Dec. 31, 2, 5:30 & 9p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • December 31, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • December 31, 2018
    5:30 pm
  • December 31, 2018
    9:00 pm

Ring in the New Year with Maestro Kirk Muspratt and New Philharmonic audience favorites, Alisa Jordheim and Corey Crider.

Swan Lake

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 & 6p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • January 13, 2019
    2:00 pm
  • January 13, 2019
    6:00 pm

Prince Siegfried sees a magnificent swan. As he takes aim the swan turns into a beautiful woman, Princess Odette.

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30p | Sunday, Jan. 27, 3p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • January 26, 2019
    7:30 pm
  • January 27, 2019
    3:00 pm

An effervescent and sparkling confection, J. Strauss II’s beloved operetta waltzes into your heart with familiar melodies, witty repartee and delightful charm.

Charlotte’s Web

Friday, Feb. 1, 7p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • February 1, 2019
    7:00 pm

Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as a pork chops!

Bollywood Boulevard

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30p | Sunday, Feb. 10, 2p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • February 9, 2019
    7:30 pm
  • February 10, 2019
    2:00 pm

Over 100 years of Indian artistry of Hindi cinema come alive during this exuberant stage show with vibrancy, emotion and the heart-pounding beat of Hindi cinema.

The Madness of George III

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7p & Sunday, Feb. 17, 2p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • February 14, 2019
    7:00 pm
  • February 17, 2019
    2:00 pm

It is 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Saturday, Feb. 16, 6 & 9p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • February 16, 2019
    6:00 pm
  • February 16, 2019
    9:00 pm

In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships.

Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope

Sunday, Mar. 3, 3p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • March 3, 2019
    3:00 pm

Through music, song and dance, audiences will be taken on a journey through the struggles and dreams of a people fighting for liberty, freedom, dignity and above all, family.

The Capitol Steps

Saturday, Mar. 9, 4 & 8p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • March 9, 2019
    4:00 pm
  • March 9, 2019
    8:00 pm

Founded by former U.S. Senate staffers, primed to satirize the political world in which they were employed, Capitol Steps uses song parodies and original sketches to play up the comedic political footing in the U.S.

The High Kings

Saturday, Mar. 16, 8p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • March 16, 2019
    8:00 pm

Named Ireland’s “Folk Band of the Year,” The High Kings have sold out hundreds of shows in both Ireland and the U.S., made numerous TV appearances, recorded three studio albums and one live album and achieved platinum status with their first two albums.

The Texas Tenors

Sunday, Mar. 17, 4p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • March 17, 2019
    4:00 pm

Since their whirlwind debut eight years ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have performed an array of country, gospel, Broadway and classic styles garnering them an enthusiastic fan base and three Emmy Awards for the PBS special, “You Should Dream.”

Take 6

Friday, Mar. 22, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • March 22, 2019
    7:30 pm

Against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, Take 6 coalesces innovative arrangements and funky grooves into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop.

Pilobolus Shadowland: The New Adventure

Saturday, Mar. 23, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • March 23, 2019
    7:30 pm

Using exploration of mixed media to tell a love story about two people and their quixotic quest to save an imaginary bird, the dancers employ animation, video and shadow-theater.

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Friday, Apr. 5, 7p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • April 5, 2019
    7:00 pm

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic inter-planetary field trip.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Sunday, Apr. 7, 3p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • April 7, 2019
    3:00 pm

Often imitated but never duplicated, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest dance bands of all time.

Pianist Winston Choi

Saturday, Apr. 13, 7:30p | Sunday, Apr. 14, 3p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • April 13, 2019
    7:30 pm
  • April 14, 2019
    3:00 pm

Saint-Saens energetic, yet delicate, musical personality is showcased in the hands of one of today’s most dynamic concert artists, Winston Choi.

Me…Jane – The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Thursday, Apr. 25, 7p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • April 25, 2019
    7:00 pm

Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them.

The Wonder Bread Years starring Pat Hazell

Sunday, Apr. 28, 3p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • April 28, 2019
    3:00 pm

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer) is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater

Miracle on South Division Street

May 2 - Jun. 2 | Thursdays - Saturdays, 8p & Sundays, 3p

Show Details


DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • May 2, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 3, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 4, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 5, 2019
    3:00 pm
  • May 9, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 10, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 11, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 12, 2019
    3:00 pm
  • May 16, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 17, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 18, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 19, 2019
    3:00 pm
  • May 23, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 24, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 25, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 26, 2019
    3:00 pm
  • May 30, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • May 31, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • June 1, 2019
    8:00 pm
  • June 2, 2019
    3:00 pm

A deathbed confession reveals a secret that brings a longstanding family legend into question along with great fun.

Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony

Friday, May 3, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • May 3, 2019
    7:30 pm

American jazz singer, three-time Grammy Winner and Tony Award winner for The Wiz Dee Dee Bridgewater celebrates the musical legacy of her hometown with her newest project, Memphis, in what promises to be a show-stopping appearance.

Standing at the Water’s Edge

Sunday, May 5, 2p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • May 5, 2019
    2:00 pm

Photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier knows the power of water: the power to give life when it is respected, and the power to destroy when it is misused.

Ballet Hispánico

Saturday, May 11, 7:30p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • May 11, 2019
    7:30 pm

Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latino dance organization in the United States, brings individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance.

Le Jardin Animé Classical Treasures

Saturday, May 18, 3p & Sunday, May 19, 1p

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DATE:
Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • May 18, 2019
    3:00 pm
  • May 19, 2019
    1:00 pm

Salt Creek Ballet presents the celebrated masterpiece by Marius Petipa, created over one hundred years ago, yet still thrills the hearts of modern audiences today. With additional classical works by renowned choreographers. This event is not eligible for the MAC Pack Subscription discount. (more…)