North Shore Feature Series

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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Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!
Starring Clifton Truman Daniel
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2pm & 8pm

Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! is a faithful and often humorous portrayal of U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency, portrayed by Truman’s own grandson, actor Clifton Truman Daniel.



Leo Kottke
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 7pm

Blending folk, jazz and blues influences into a signature fingerpicking style of syncopated and polyphonic music, Leo Kottke is a legendary acoustic guitar virtuoso who has developed a cult following of fellow guitarists and fans over a recording and performing career spanning nearly fifty years.



Paul Reiser
Friday, May 03, 2019 at 8pm

Paul Reiser has spent over thirty years acting in Oscar and Emmy award-winning movies and TV shows. Known for creating and starring in the critically-acclaimed NBC series, Mad About You, and Netflix’s recent smash-hit, Stranger Things, the comedian is back to his roots for a rare night of stand-up.



Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
June 14-16, 2019
Fri & Sat 7:30pm | Sun 3pm

Ensemble Español presents the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture at the 43rd annual American Spanish Dance and Music Festival.  The Festival kicks off with three crowd-pleasing “Flamenco Passion” live music and dance performances which will premiere the full company ballet “La Piel Desnuda (Naked Skin) by Carlos Rodriguez.  The Chicago Tribune hails the company as “pushing Spanish dance into the 21st century.”
Ensemble Español  is in Residence at Northeastern Illinois University.



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A Play About Nazi-Hunter, Simon Wiesenthal
Wednesday, June 26 – Sunday, June 30, 2019
Wed-Thu 7:30pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | Sun 2pm

Simon Wiesenthal “the Nazi-hunter” was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Starring award-winning actor and writer Tom Dugan, the one-man play Wiesenthal tells the incredibly compelling story of a holocaust survivor who was responsible for bringing over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice!



Hitler’s Tasters
by Michelle Kholos Brooks
Friday, July 05 – Sunday, July 14, 2019
Tue-Thu 7:30pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | Sun 2pm
NOTE: Sat, 7/06 8pm ONLY (no 2pm)

Based on true historical events, Hitler’s Tasters is a dark comedy about the young women who were forced to be Adolph Hitler’s food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance; they want to love, laugh, and above all, they want to survive.



Renée Taylor’s
My Life on a Diet
by Renée Taylor & Joseph Bologna
Tuesday, July 16 – Sunday, August 04, 2019
Tue, Wed, Thu 7:30pm | Fri 8pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | Sun 2pm
VIP Price includes prime seating and exclusive meet & greet

Renée Taylor’s My Life on A Diet looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets. A self-described “diet junkie,” Taylor dishes out juicy anecdotes about—and weight loss tips from—Hollywood legends.



The Righteous Brothers
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8pm

The Righteous Brothers had a string of #1 classics, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”—the most played song in radio history. The concert experience still features their biggest hits—”Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Soul & Inspiration,” “Unchained Melody,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” Medley’s Grammy-winning Dirty Dancing theme, “The Time of My Life,” and much more!



Keb’ Mo’
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 8pm

With an earthy vocal expression and Delta blues guitar style that brings happy listeners to the crossroads, this four-time Grammy Award winning artist and his band masterfully blend the blues with jazz, R&B and soul. Keb’ has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels.




Robert Cray
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.



Chris Isaak
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.



Maz Jobrani
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.



Jake Shimabukuro
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!



An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8pm

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, the two iconic Texan songwriters of great Americana music, combine for an intimate acoustic concert!



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.



A Play About Nazi-Hunter, Simon Wiesenthal
October 20-21, 2018

Simon Wiesenthal “the Nazi-hunter” was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Starring award-winning actor and writer Tom Dugan, the one-man play Wiesenthal tells the incredibly compelling story of a holocaust survivor who was responsible for bringing over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice!



Inaside Chicago Dance
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30pm

Travel to Inaside Chicago Dance’s annual Fall Concert to experience a journey of integrity, passion and pride. Committed to advancing innovative artistry for over fifteen years, Inaside invites you to join the adventure and inspiration.



Boz Scaggs
Out of the Blues Tour 2018
Saturday, November 03, 2018 at 8pm

Boz Scaggs is known for his 1970s solo hits “Lido Shuffle,” the Grammy-winning “Lowdown,” and his early work with the Steve Miller Band. In a career that has spanned five decades, Boz returns to his blues roots with his latest Out of the Blues Tour.



Handicap This

Handicap This!
Friday, November 09, 2018 at 8pm

Back with their final farewell performance! Part theatre-piece, part stand-up comedy routine and full of insight on living with disabilities, Handicap This! is an all-real two-man show about friendship and breaking down barriers.



Richard Marx
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.”



Rosie Revere, Engineer
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 12pm & 3pm

A fun new TheaterWorksUSA musical based on the books Rosie Revere, EngineerIggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math). Recommended for grades K to 4th.



David Crosby & Friends
Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:30pm

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour this fall with three-time Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy, New York’s best kept secret Becca Stevens and Canadian songstress Michelle Willis.



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.



Chicago Tap Theatre
Tidings of Tap!
Sunday, December 09, 2018 at 3pm

Your family will love tapping into this charming 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.



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.



American Girl Live
An All-New Musical
December 21-23, 2018

Fri 7pm | Sat 1pm & 5pm
Sun 1pm

Experience American Girl in an all-new musical, coming this holiday season to the North Shore Center in Skokie! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences.



Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7:30pm

Come toast Elvis Presley’s 84th birthday with the annual concert of music performed by multiple tribute artists celebrating the era-by-era highlights of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Presented by OMAR Presents.



Jesse Cook
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8pm

Back by popular demand, Jesse Cook is one of the most influential artists in the world of nuevo flamenco. Cook fuses 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.



The Capitol Steps
January 24-27, 2019
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?!



Giordano Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 8pm

An encore performance of its spectacular Fall Series program! Along with the return of powerful archival masterpieces, award-winning So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Ray Leeper, presents his new piece in honor of Chicago philanthropist Candace Jordan.



Piff the Magic Dragon
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8pm

For Piff the Magic Dragon, the star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With over 100 million online views, sold-out shows across the US and Canada and a residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip now extended throughout 2019, Piff the Magic Dragon has proved he’s here to stay.



The Okee Dokee Brothers
Saturday, February 16 2019 at 11am & 2pm

Grammy-winning folk and roots music for families! The Okee Dokee Brothers write songs to encourage kids and families to get outside, experience nature and get creative. Their brand-new album Winterland, is a tribute to the season of coziness, family time and outdoor fun!



An Evening with
Leftover Salmon
Stories from the Living Room
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8pm

Touring behind their book “Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival!” Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music. Creating a style called Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass, they have been digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues.



The Milk Carton Kids
Saturday, March 02, 2019 at 8pm

The American indie folk group, The Milk Carton Kids are an award-winning singer/guitarist duo consisting of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. They have received recent Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album in 2013 and Best American Roots Performance in 2015.



Madeleine Peyroux & Paula Cole
Saturday, March 09, 2019 at 8pm

An encore performance of its spectacular Fall Series program! Along with the return of powerful archival masterpieces, award-winning So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Ray Leeper, presents his new piece in honor of Chicago philanthropist Candace Jordan.



Classical Kids Live! &
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2pm

An educationally-entertaining theatrical symphony concert exposing children and families to the musical genius of Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven’s music is magically woven by a full orchestra into the drama as two characters on stage portray events and anecdotes based on true incidents from the composer’s life. Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal addition to any children’s music education. The performance is approximately 50 minutes in length and is recommended for audiences age six and up.



Paula Poundstone
Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 8pm

A master of observational comedy, 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.