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 2015-16 SEASON
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Friday, July 10, 2015 at 6pm & 9pm
Hailed as “an extraordinarily versatile orchestra” by the Los Angeles Times, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is composed of fifteen of jazz music’s leading players under the leadership of gifted trumpeter and musical director, Wynton Marsalis.
Vijay Iyer Trio
Break Stuff Tour!
Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8pm
The Grammy-nominated composer-pianist, Vijay Iyer is “extravagantly gifted…brilliantly eclectic” (The New Yorker); and as is “one of the world’s most inventive new-generation jazz pianists” (Guardian) whose trio “has the potential to alter the scope, ambition and language of jazz piano forever.” (Jazzwise)
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 at 7:30pm
After pioneering a new medium for situational comedy and forever breaking the traditional family show format with her hit sitcom, Roseanne, the Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian hits our intimate stage for a night of new original stand-up.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:30pm
The world’s most recognized master of the ukulele, an acoustic music icon and even declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, 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.
America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8pm
BritBeat is back at the Center with a new show to celebrate John Lennon’s 75th birthday! Get your Ticket to Ride with America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles with a theatrical, multi-media recreation concert produced to feature a completely accurate live concert experience through each of the ascending eras of Beatles’ music.
The Elephant Wrestler
Indian Ink Theatre Company
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1pm
The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic piece of theater.
One World Tour!
Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:30pm
Back by popular demand, Jesse Cook is one of the most influential artists in the world of nuevo flamenco by fusing his virtuosic flamenco guitar techniques with jazz, rock, rumba, gypsy, tango, salsa and other forms of world and popular music. Cook has been a leading proponent of the genre since bursting onto the world music scene with his 1995 album, Tempest.
Big Noise from Winnetka
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm
Winnetka native and two-time Tony award-winning actress and singer widely known for her performance in Broadway’s Grey Gardens, Christine Ebersole presents her brand new concert show that tells a story about growing up, having children and making choices, Big Noise from Winnetka.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7:30pm
“The first family of the banjo” (NPR), Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are two of the world’s most respected banjo players; each with a unique style that have been beautifully married in life and in music. The couple’s latest album and concert tour features original and traditional material that showcases Abigail’s beautiful voice and the couple’s two different banjo styles, on various types of banjos, including cello, baritone and ukulele, along with their regular banjos.
Winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Dianne has won five Grammy Awards and the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category!
A stripped-back and sit-down show where Matisyahu performs new arrangements of his early reggae hits from the original Live at Stubb’s album and with an inspiring selection of favorites up through his latest album, Akeda.
Sunday, November 01, 2015 at 3pm
An inspiring musical collaboration between piano virtuosos, Israeli Yaron Kohlberg and Palestinian Bishara Haroni, which shows the capacity of music to join people across boundaries of culture and place.
Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8pm
Maz Jobrani, also known as Persian Pink Panther, is an Iranian-American comedian, actor and a founding member of Comedy Central’s The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.
Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm
A Bronx Tale is an original one-man theater drama, written and performed by Chazz Palminteri, and set against a backdrop of the racial turbulence and organized crime of 1960s New York. Later made into a major film starring Palminteri and Robert DeNiro, who also made the coming of age story his film directorial debut, A Bronx Tale is a modern classic with a tour de force performance by Palminteri.
NBC’s Last Comic Standing (Live Tour)
Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 7:30pm
See the finalists of NBC’s Last Comic Standing perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at the North Shore Center in Skokie.
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back to the North Shore Center with a fantastic new collection of wonderful sets and costumes! Bring your whole family to the affordable holiday tradition performed with incredible guest soloists in the grand Russian style—an annual holiday experience worth sharing!
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
For the tenth consecutive season, celebrate the King’s 81st birthday with a night of music performed by multiple tribute artists representing the different eras of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Presented by OMAR Presents.
The Capitol Steps
Mock The Vote
January 21-24, 2016
Thu 7:30pm |Fri 8pm |Sat 5pm & 8pm |Sun 2pm
The Capitol Steps are back for their annual engagement at the North Shore Center with a hilarious lead-up to the 2016 primaries and upcoming presidential election you just can’t miss.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
Lewis is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author.
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8pm
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz.
Three Little Birds
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10am & 1pm
Three Little Birds is a new reggae family musical that features the legendary music of Bob Marley! Based on a children’s book written by Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley, this colorful musical celebrates love, friendship and self-confidence.
Thodos Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30pm
Join us for “Chicago Revealed,” an evening of exciting new works created by acclaimed Chicago artists and motivated by the rich landscape of the city of Chicago.
The Celtic Tenors
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8pm
The Celtic Tenors sing a wonderful mixture of Celtic, operatic and popular songs and have sold over one million albums worldwide; with three albums achieving Platinum status. The group has established themselves as Ireland’s most successful classical cross-over artists.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 at 7:30pm
Grammy Award-winning singer and song stylist Al Jarreau pays a loving tribute to one of his longtime kindred spirits – the legendary keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30pm
Feel the Bernhard is Sandra Bernhard’s latest show, which she debuted at Joe’s Pub in New York City over the holidays in December.
Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 2pm
General Public On-Sale begins Thu, Jan 14 at 10am
Making its Chicago return, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till chronicles the lynching, beating and death of Emmett Till as well as the trial, acquittal, and then the unbelievable public confession afterwards of the men accused of his murder. This original historical one-man drama was written by Mike Wiley, who also performs all of the roles with transcendent characterization and historical accuracy.
Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players
The Mysterious Hat
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10am & 1pm
Justin Roberts’ brand new theatrical concert experience, The Mysterious Hat is a heart-felt combination of catchy music, whimsical storytelling and puppetry, plus a bit of theater magic, all designed especially for families by the two-time Grammy nominee, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8pm
General Public On-Sale begins Fri, Jan 22 at 10am
A master at the observational comedy for which she’s known, Paula Poundstone is a rare comedic talent that engages her audience with witty impromptu dialogue and produces rapturously roaring results. Each one of Paula’s shows is completely unique and unrepeatable.
Friday, April 08, 2016 at 8pm
One of the true visionary and widely influential stand-up comedians, Academy Award winner, Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. Wright and his deadpan, lethargic delivery was an unexpected revelation when he hit stages in the 1980s and quickly rose to star comedian status.
Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 10am & 1pm
In this adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling children’s novel, Greek mythology comes to life as the audience is taken on a journey all the way to the gates of the Underworld to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Part of the American Spanish Dance and Music Festival!
Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Four decades after Dame Libby Komaiko founded Chicago’s Ensemble Español, the company celebrates 40 remarkable years by commemorating its past, honoring its present, and securing its future. This season turns a page in the company’s impressive history. Highlights include extraordinary performances, tours, important arts education programs, and a variety of special events that mark this year-long tribute to Dame Libby Komaiko and her singular legacy.
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