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December 8, 2016 View email in browser

Our top 10 Broadway shows of 2016

“Dear Evan Hansen” took on social media. “The Humans” explored the legacy of Sept. 11. And “Shuffle Along” reminded us that racism is not in our past but alive and well in the American present. Read on for the 10 most interesting and innovative shows we saw on Broadway in 2016.

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End of ‘Too Much Light’ brings a longtime schism in the Neos out into the open

The long-running Neo-Futurist show is ending, shut down by the show’s founder, Greg Allen, who says he has new plans for the show. Members of the Neo-Futurists say the truth is far more complicated and has been 28 years in the making.

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Heading to the theater for the holidays? Some ideas

You have your choice of big tours like “Phantom of the Opera,” the local hit “Little Mermaid” at the Paramount and of course all the usual holiday shows, from “Christmas Carol” to the new Joffrey “Nutcracker.” Deck the halls and see some theater!

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Life’s a mystery for Detective Christopher in ‘Curious Incident’

Christopher, the hero of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is a boy who helps anyone and everyone better understand those different from themselves. How does the national tour stack up against the Broadway production?

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The best dance of 2016: Farewell to a beloved fest and why Hubbard Street is underappreciated

We have to salute Chicago Dancing Festival, daring and joyful works by local choreographers and a quietly excellent Hubbard Street Dance. These are the companies that moved us in 2016.

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‘Sweeney’ cast announced at Paramount

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora has its cast set for Stephen Sondheim’s tale of revenge. Who will be dishing out the worst pies in London? Some Chicago favorites and more.

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Everything’s better, even seems wetter, in ‘The Little Mermaid’ at the Paramount in Aurora

“The Little Mermaid” proved a challenge to adapt into a stage musical on Broadway. The Paramount Theatre in Aurora and director Amber Mak have done under the sea much, much better.  We loved being a part of their world.

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