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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FEATURE SERIES 2019-20 SEASON
Happy Together: Michael and Angela Ingersoll
Sing Songs You Know By Heart
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8pm
♥ A sweet show for Valentine sweethearts! ♥
Chicago’s own married musical stars Michael Ingersoll (Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp on PBS) and Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow, Get Happy on PBS) hilariously share the spotlight singing oldies but goodies. Enjoy Chicago Tribune’s “Dynamic Power Couple” and their rocking band for spousal shenanigans and signature songs including, “Save the Last Dance For Me,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
Piff the Magic Dragon
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8pm
50% Comedian. 50% Magician. 100% Dragon. After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Piff The Magic Dragon continues to win over audiences across the globe with his mythical mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm that ignites a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show you must see to believe!
The Robert Cray Band
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8pm
Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades. With five Grammy wins, a Blues Hall of Fame induction, and an Americana Lifetime achievement award winner, Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar.
Dog Man: The Musical
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10am & 1pm
Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!!
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8pm
Aoife O’Donovan is “a vocalist of unerring instinct” (New York Times) and is recognized for both her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting. This tour features a new program entitled Songs and Strings where, alongside a string quartet, Aoife will perform the song cycle “Bull Frogs Croon”. The remainder of the evening will mix songs from her expansive career with a few traditional favorites.
Classical Kids Live! &
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3pm
An educationally entertaining theatrical symphony concert exposing children and their parents to the musical genius of Tchaikovsky. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer’s life and dance story passages from his famous ballets. Presenting history, drama, music and fun, this engaging concert is an ideal addition to any children’s music education. Approximately 50 minutes in length and recommended for audiences ages six and up.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:30pm
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 delivery were an unexpected revelation when he hit stages in the 1980s and quickly rose to star comedian status.
An Evening with Leo Kottke
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:30pm
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.
Friday, April 24, 2020 at 8pm
Don’t miss Linda Eder’s Judy Garland tribute concert! Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz.
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
June 19-21, 2020 | 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.
EARLIER THIS SEASON
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!
Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion
Tue & Thu, Jul 23 & 25, 2019 at 11am
Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion melds the fascination of magic with the wonders of physical science to create an unbelievable educational experience! Recommended for Families, Day Camp Groups and Grades 2nd to 7th
Kuana Torres Kahele
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 8pm
One of Hawaii’s most popular artists, Kuana Torres Kahele is a composer, musician, dancer, educator and cultural ambassador from Hilo, Hawaii. Kuana gained worldwide notoriety starring as both the narrator and male lead, “Uku”, a lovesick volcano in Disney Pixar’s hit movie, Lava.
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.
Alive in Concert!
Fri & Sat, Sep 27 & 28, 2019 at 8pm
Lewis Black gives live performances that provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is more of a pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.
BritBeat: A Tribute to The Beatles
Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8pm
BritBeat – The Premier Tribute to The Beatles is going to Come Together for a brand-new, multi-media concert recreation produced to feature an accurate live concert experience and the 50th Anniversary celebration of the great Abbey Road album. Get your Ticket to Ride!
We Banjo 3
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 7pm
Ireland’s We Banjo 3 finds common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana. Their fifth album, Haven has achieved international critical acclaim, and became the first Irish album to reach #1 on Billboard Bluegrass charts. Banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and tight vocal harmonies are presented in an innovative fusion of styles WB3 dub ‘Celtgrass’.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8pm
Judy Collins experienced a meteoric rise to success in the great folk music explosion of the 1960s. In an impressive career spanning over fifty years, Collins earned a top-ten hit and Grammy Award for Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”. She has been characterized for her eclectic musical taste and interpretation demonstrated by her Billboard success with Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and the traditional hymn, “Amazing Grace”.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 8pm
With a hilarious clean act, Ryan Hamilton is taking the comic world by storm, opening concerts for Jerry Seinfeld and releasing his first Netflix stand-up special, Happy Face in 2017. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch.
Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:30pm
Postmodern Jukebox features a rotating group of talented musicians known for cleverly rearranging and performing popular modern music in a variety of vintage genres and styles. To usher in the upcoming Twenty-Twenties, the famed time-twisting musical collective is circumnavigating the globe on their Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour.
Jay & the American w/ Dennis Tufano
Saturday, November 02, 2019 at 3pm & 7:30pm
With a staggering 18 charted hits and five Top 10 records, few bands ever reached the heights of Jay and the Americans, with hits like “This Magic Moment”, “Cara Mia” and “Come a Little Bit Closer”. They will be joined by one of Chicago’s favorite sons, Dennis Tufano, singing all the songs he made famous as the lead singer of the Buckinghams – “Kind of Drag”, “Don’t You Care” and “Susan”.
Broadway with the Callaways
Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8pm
The Tony-nominated sisters, Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway are raising the roof with their new show Broadway with the Callaways! The Callaway sisters are one singular sensation singing showstoppers from West Side Story, Chicago, Funny Girl, Cats, Carousel, Wicked and more great Broadway shows!
Chicago Tap Theatre
Tidings of Tap!
Sunday, December 15, 2019 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
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 1pm & 5pm
Sunday December 22, 2019 at 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.
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:30pm
Come toast Elvis Presley’s 85th 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.
Wed, Jan 22 and Thu, Jan 23 at 7:30pm
Fri, Jan 24 at 8pm | Sat, Jan 25 at 2pm & 8pm
Sun, Jan 26 at 2pm
Can you feel the love tonight? If news and politics are eating away at you like a pride of lions feasting on a wildebeest carcass on the African savannah, it’s time to just chuckle and say, “Hakuna Matata!” No worries! The circle of life and laughter continue with our annual visit from the Capitol Steps with a menagerie of fresh musical parodies.
Giordano Dance Chicago
Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 7:30pm
Choreographer Nan Giordano creates a unique blend of Indian and jazz dance movement. Eight dancers intertwine with 100 feet of fabric to the music’s beautiful sounds and percussive beats, evoking the look and feel of India.