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 2016-17 SEASON
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First Comes the Night Tour
Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8pm
After a stunning sold-out show here in December of 2011, and fresh off his year stint as a judge on Australia’s The X Factor, Chris Isaak returns to the North Shore Center in support of his first studio album of new material in six years, First Comes the Night.
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8pm
Known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean and perhaps the world’s greatest insult comic, comedian Lisa Lampanelli never pulls any punches. Brash, bold and never afraid, she always offers a raucous and raunchy performance.
Muntu Dance Theatre
As’e – The Power to Make Things Happen
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8pm
Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music and folklore. A colorful and dynamic company, Muntu brings audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song.
The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8pm
Troker is a jazz rock and world music band from Guadalajara, Mexico. Formed in 2004, the six-piece group has created a blend of both composed and improvised music, where metal riffage merge with powerhouse funk drumming and DJ scratching, and where melodic horn lines pull from both jazz and mariachi traditions. Set to make their fall debut at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival, the group was rated a top 20 best performance of 2015 by New York City Jazz Record.
Natya Dance Theatre
The Incomplete Gesture
Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 8pm
Through collaboration with contemporary Indonesian dance company Nan Jombang, Natya creates a dynamic new cross-cultural work, The Incomplete Gesture, which explores the tension of misunderstanding, and the challenges and gaps in communicating in a variety of relationships.
motion graphics performing arts
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8pm
Enra is a visual dance troupe from Japan performing stunningly-unique and compelling animation-based live digital performances to create the ultimate union between motion graphics and live performance. With fewer than a dozen engagements on their US fall tour, and further limited appearances in the Midwest, this is one special live experience you don’t want to miss.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8pm
The popular and immensely talented Chicago jazz singer, Jennifer Graham returns to the North Shore Center with The Voices–the #1 Motown and R&B male vocal group in the Midwest! JazzChicago.net has said it best about Graham: “Jennifer is engaging, charismatic, and charming. She doesn’t just sing, she tells a story to the audience with effect, emotion and conviction…a spellbinding performance.”
The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8pm
Combining forces for the first time, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in music, create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages and musical persuasions. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable twenty Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music: from pop to jazz, from gospel to R&B.
Happily Ever Laughter
Friday, November 4 2016 at 7:30pm
Don’t miss this performance by the “Professor of Love and Laughter”, who The New York Times calls “warmhearted, delightful, and splendidly funny.” Smirnoff’s comedic anecdotes and research combine in this show, laying bare the differences between men and women, which will leave you laughing until you cry, and crying until you laugh!
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 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.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
Singer, “beautiful countertenor” (The New York Times) and six-time Grammy winner, Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and as half of the unrivaled folk-duo of Simon & Garfunkel.
The Mermaid Lady Tour
Friday, December 02, 2016 at 8pm
The Detroit Free Press noted about comedian Kathleen Madigan, “She’s described as the funniest woman doing stand-up right now, but no gender qualifier is necessary. Along with Lewis Black, Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan, she’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”
Salt Creek Ballet’s
December 10 & 11, 2016 |Sat 1pm & 5pm |Sun 2pm
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with a gift for families: an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! For a holiday production which first began to delight audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker demonstrates how to make this historic ballet and holiday tradition just as accessible and relevant today.
Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Tio
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30pm
For this special holiday show, rock music’s great female icon, Melissa Etheridge will be performing songs from her 2008 holiday album, A New Thought For Christmas. Songs will include fan favorites and holiday classics such as “Merry Christmas Baby,” Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “O Night Divine” and more. Audiences can also expect to hear some intimate arrangements of classic songs and choice new songs from her recent studio work.
Chicago Tap Theatre
Tidings of Tap!
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 3pm
Your family will love tapping into this charming new celebration of the holiday season by Chicago Tap Theatre that features all live music and rhythm and whimsy-filled dance interpretations of your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs.
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Thursday, January 05, 2017 at 7:30pm
For the eleventh consecutive season, celebrate the King’s 82nd birthday with a night of music performed by multiple tribute artists representing the different eras of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Presented by OMAR Presents.
Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8pm
Dr. King envisioned us walking forward, hand in hand, side by side. Chicago Sinfonietta pays homage to his vision with this concert by performing the works of Williams, Vivaldi and Beethoven in true “side by side” fashion featuring young musicians from every part of Chicago.
The Capitol Steps
What to Expect When You’re Electing
January 19-22, 2017
Continuing to highlight the problem with political jokes is that they sometimes get elected, The Capitol Steps have a new album and live tour! It’s called What to Expect When You’re Electing and it’s (H)uuuuge!
Evolving Out Loud – Live
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8pm
Transformative speaker and stand-up comedian, Kyle Cease gives a unique and compelling presentation with the aim to entertain, uplift and transform your life and work. Kyle inspires audiences to embrace humor and creativity through the art of letting go and by moving into a state of unlimited play.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Saturday, February 04, 2017 at 7:30pm
Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is rooted in traditions of African-American dance, storytelling, and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide.
The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10am & 1pm
Based on Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, is a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical. Recommended and best for ages four and up!
Celebrity Run-In Tour
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6pm & 9pm
Giving her first roaringly-hilarious performance at the North Shore Center back in 2005, we had to bring Kathy Griffin back for our 20th Anniversary season. The two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian is one of only three women to win a Grammy award for best comedy album. She’s hitting intimate stages and smaller venues for her latest 80-city Like A Boss Tour.
Thodos Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
The acclaimed contemporary company with a distinct American choreographic voice and vibrant, award-winning style presents an exhilarating evening of dance including new works and favorites from their repertoire.
Aaron Diehl with Cécile McLorin Salvant
Jelly & George: Celebrating the Music of
Jelly Roll Morton & George Gershwin
Friday, March 03, 2017 at 8pm
Timeless classics are elevated by modern masters when piano virtuoso, Aaron Diehl accompanies jazz phenom vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant as they revisit and revitalize the works of jazz piano greats George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton.
Odd Squad – Live!
Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 2pm & 5pm
Odd Squad Live! is based on the Emmy Award-winning PBS Kids series. New Odd Squad Kid Agents, Orian & Oleanna, investigate unusual phenomena in Chicagoland and need your help to crack the case in this all-new, live, interactive adventure.
Odd Squad –Live! is best for kids aged around 5 to 12.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8pm
Maz Jobrani, also known as the Persian Pink Panther, is an Iranian-American comedian, actor and a founding member of Comedy Central’s The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. Maz is known for comedy that focuses on his family, the topic of race and the misunderstandings of Middle Easterners in America.
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8pm
There’s nothing like a Chris Botti concert. The multi-Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer is the complete package: a dazzling trumpeter at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock, a brilliant bandleader who lets his players shine, and a born showman whose joy at being onstage is infectious.
Peter Frampton – Raw: An Acoustic Tour
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 8pm
Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. His latest acoustic tour brings us stripped-down versions of all his hits. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.
Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 8pm
The world-renowned guitarist and singer was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” After Sir Paul McCartney asked Pizzarelli to record some of his lesser-known songs in a jazz style, “The genial genius of the guitar” (The Toronto Star) delivered his latest, Midnight McCartney.
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart
produced by Mike Wiley Productions
Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 2pm
The one-man show by Mike Wiley, A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life as a star baseball player who was showered with adulation on the field, but who became a second-hand citizen when he walked off the diamond. Jackie Robinson teaches us a powerful lesson of courage during discrimination through the practice of dedication, perseverance and leadership.
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8pm
One of the country’s top comedians and a New York Times bestselling author, Rita Rudner is best known for her epigrammatic one-liners. For the past ten years, Rita’s had the hottest ticket in Las Vegas with her show at The Venetian.
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Flamenco Passion – American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017,
Fri & Sat at 7:30pm, Sun 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.
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