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Get a spring in your step with several spring musicals

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In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre presents Les Misérable on 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The play opens on April 8 (previews begin on March 29) and runs through June 8. For reservations, call 630-530-0111 or visit www.drurylane.com.

The world premiere of Eyes and Ears: The Musical performs on Thursdays and Fridays (April 17-25) at 6 p.m. and at noon on Saturdays (April 19-26) at Gorilla Tango Bucktown on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. The Mondisa Monde production features both deaf and hearing performers. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.gorillatango.com/bucktown or by calling 773-598-4549.

Following one preview performance on April 25, The Sound of Music opens on April 26 at Chicago’s Civic Opera House on 20 N. Wacker Drive. The musical starring Billy Zane and Jenn Gambatese runs through May 18. For tickets, visit www.lyricopera.org/soundofmusic or call 312-827-5600.

The world premiere musical One Hit Wonders by Rueben D. Echoles and Dawn Bless will perform from May 9 to June 29 at the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center on 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago. For tickets and more information, visit www.blackensemble.org or call 773-769-4451.

"Despite its thousands of productions around the globe, many would still argue that Hair is the most controversial musical of all time," states American Theater Company Artistic Director PJ Paparelli who will direct the musical from May 6 to June 29 on 1909 W. Byron Street in Chicago. For more information, call 773-409-4125 or visit www.atcweb.org.

From May 29 to July 12, Katherine Condit stars in Bailiwick Chicago’s musical version of Stephen King's bestselling novel Carrie. Directed by Christopher Pazdernik, the Chicago premiere production eatures book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore. Tickets are available at www.victorygardens.org, by calling 773-871-3000 or by visiting the box office at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater on 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue.

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