Max Clayton, Seth Danner, Jeff Smith, Marya Grandy, Alison Jantzie and Johanna McKenzie Miller star in the first major Chicago production of On the Town directed by 11-time Jeff Award winner David H. Bell. The musical comedy includes iconic songs “New York, New York” and “Lonely Town” and Leonard Bernstein’s score with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The show runs through October 12 at The Marriott Theatre on 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire. For tickets ($40 to $48, call 847-634-0200 or visit www.MarriotTheatre.com.
At Last: A Tribute to Etta James written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor returns with co-direction by Daryl D. Brooks. The musical drama performs from September 27 through December at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center on 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago. For tickets ($55-$65), visit www.blackensemble.org or call 773-769-4451.
Griffin Theatre Company opens its 2014-15 season with an intimate version of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Titanic from October 18 to December 7, 2014. The 20-member cast includes: Kelley Abbel, Justin Adair, Neala Barron, Patrick Byrnes, Matt Edmonds, Emily Grayson, Courtney Jones, John Keating, Royen Kent, Josh Kohane, Eric Lindahl, Scott Alan Luke, Jake Mahler, Laura McClain, Christine Perkins, Kevin Stangler, Sean Thomas, and Peter Vamvakas .
Under the direction of Scott Weinstein, Titanic features music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, book by Peter Stone), new orchestrations by Ian Weinberger, and music direction by Elizabeth Doran at Theater Wit on 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago. Tickets ($30-$39) can be ordered at www.theaterwit.org or by calling 773-975-8150.
Cats featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber kicks off Paramount Theatre’s Broadway series on September 10 at 23 E. Galena Boulevard in downtown. The G-rated musical runs through October 12, 2014. For tickets ($41-$54) visit ParamountAurora.com or call 630-896-6666.