The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of original productions and well-known theater classics at its 350-seat main stage (aka the Green Street Theater
). Ticket prices are typical for a theater of this size, starting at about $40 per ticket. The shows here vary widely; past performances include the "Rocky Horror Show" (starring Jerry Springer and Mancow Mueller), as well as "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Singin' in the Rain."
The theater also hosts special events throughout the year, such as a two-night run of "Wigfield," starring Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, and a two-night flamenco show starring Novisimo, a group of up-and-coming flamenco artists.
The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts is also home to the Players Workshop (an improvisational arts program) and the Chicago Center School of Music, which offers private instruction, classes and workshops for all ages. Hidden away on Green Street, the venue can be a little tricky to get to, especially if you rely on public transportation. This may be why productions in the past have had trouble finding an audience for a long run. A recent exception is the production of "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" that extended for months starting in 2005. Paid parking is available for $8 across from the theater.
The lobby itself is very large and classy looking, though also very dimly lit. It comes equipped with a full bar (serving drinks both before the show and at intermission) and high tables and chairs, with large and pristine restrooms down the hall.
Centerstage Reviewer: Aimee Hall