The Feature Series at the North Shore Center is your spot on the map which offers a broad spectrum of top-notch theater, comedy, music, dance and family entertainment.
Each season, we strive to offer a variety of productions representative of every performing arts genre and to mix world-class artists with local productions and flavor. As always, we will continue to add productions throughout the season as we go.
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NORTH SHORE CENTER FEATURE SERIES SUMMER 2018 SEASON
Late Nite Catechism
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 8pm
Sunday, July, 15, 2018 at 2pm
Celebrating a 25th Anniversary, the beloved Chicago original and international hit, Late Nite Catechism is part catechism class, part improvised stand-up routine and it’s simply just a ton of fun with a nun. Whether you spent your years attending Catholic school or think the Hail Mary is a desperate football pass, you’re going to love this divine comedy.
Steve Solomon, the author and star of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed show My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy brings us his newest project Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt!…the therapy continues. The master dialectician magically brings to life each of the twenty characters by using the voices and dialects they possess in real life.
NORTH SHORE CENTER FEATURE SERIES 2018-19 SEASON
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
June 15-17, 2018: Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3pm
The elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture is showcased by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in Residence at Northeastern Illinois University, with their annual American Spanish Dance & Music Festival. This must-see event features forty leading dancers, singers, musicians and guest artists who bring the magic of Spain to Chicago through their exciting fusion of traditional, classical, folkloric, Flamenco, and dramatic theatrical productions.
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 8pm
Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over ten acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray has teamed up with Steve Jordan and the legendary Memphis sidemen Hi Rhythm for a new album, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Known for his signature Rock & Roll and Rockabilly style and smooth crooning voice, Chris Isaak has earned his success the hard way—by delivering excellent work, both onstage and in the studio on a series of albums. His career is highlighted by Top-10 international hits and the music video for the song, Wicked Game.
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8pm
Maz Jobrani is an Iranian-American comedian, actor and can currently be seen starring in the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts. Maz is known for comedy that focuses on his family, the topic of race and the misunderstandings surrounding Middle-Easterners in America.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8pm
The world’s most recognized master of the ukulele, an acoustic music icon and even declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, Jake Shimabukuro has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one has gone before, performing awe-inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues and rock to bluegrass, classical and folk. Jake’s live concerts are a blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and display of showmanship.
We Banjo 3
Friday, October 05, 2018 at 8pm
Ireland’s We Banjo 3 finds common ground with an entirely unique blend of traditional Irish, old-time, authentic Americana and bluegrass. Banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin are presented in an innovative fusion of styles WB3 dub ‘Celtgrass’. Composed of two sets of brothers, Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley, The Wall Street Journal described their playing as a “freshness and finesse bordering on the magical.” String Theory is the band’s latest album and debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts.
Cyrille Aimée & Stanley Jordan
Saturday, October 06, 2018 at 8pm
A special not-to-be-missed double-bill concert featuring two of the brightest shimmering stars in jazz; dazzling singer Cyrille Aimée and guitar wizard Stanley Jordan!
Take Me to the River – New Orleans LIVE!
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8pm
Take Me to the River – New Orleans LIVE! gathers some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and jazz, together on the same stage for a night of unforgettable music. TMTTR presents the musical history, the heritage and legacy of some of our most unique cultural jewels, featuring individual and collaborative performances from a line-up packed with legendary Crescent City talent, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan and Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Lost Bayou Ramblers, 79rs Gang, and Terence Higgins.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30pm
Richard Marx, the Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer has sold over 30 million albums, is the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the top 5 on Billboard Hot 100, and is one of the only artists in history to have had a #1 single in each of the past four decades. His fan-favorite hits include, “Hold on to the Nights,” “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Satisfied,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Keep Coming Back,” “Hazard” and “Now and Forever.”
The Manhattan Transfer
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 8pm
The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy that the group has cemented since their first self-titled recording forty-three years ago. The legendary quartet has been awarded ten Grammy Awards of twenty nominations and has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker
December 15 & 16, 2018
Sat 1pm & 5pm | Sun 2pm
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! Salt Creek’s production is the perfect way to introduce children to the power and beauty of dance.
The Capitol Steps
January 24-27, 2018
Thu 7:30pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 5pm & 8pm | Sun 2pm
All the news that’s fit to print, fake and parody. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum with their hilariously biting musical satire. What more would you expect from the group that put the “MOCK” in Democracy?!