Goodman Theatre, through Dec. 31; Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Heights, Nov. 25-Dec. 24; Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest, Nov. 25-Dec. 30; Drury Lane Oakbrook, Nov. 25-Dec. 20
“Scrooge the Musical”: Leslie Bricusse’s tuneful take on the tale, adapted from the 1970 film. Steel Beam Theatre, St. Charles; through Dec. 23
“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”: Organic Theatre presents this popular re-telling by Tom Mula (a longtime Scrooge at the Goodman), as seen through the eyes of Ebenezer’s onetime partner in parsimony. Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, Naperville; Dec. 8-11
“A Klingon Christmas Carol”: It’s traditional in some galaxies. Commedia Beauregard’s version – the world’s first all-Klingon play – returns for a second year. Greenhouse Theater Center; Nov. 25-Dec. 31
“Christmas Carol: The Silent Bah-Humbug”: Silent Theatre Company offers their unique silent-film approach to Scrooge’s transformation. Near Northwest Arts Council, St. Paul’s Church; Nov. 25-Dec. 30
“Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs ‘A Christmas Carol’ Again”: Blake Montgomery’s version follows a dispirited Dickens as he prepares to do the umpteenth reading of his greatest hit — and faces his 200th birthday. The Building Stage; Dec. 2-24
“The Nutcracker”: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of Clara and her otherworldly adventures with the magical toy of the title gets several presentations, both theatrical and ballet. Here are just a few.
House Theatre of Chicago, Chopin Theatre; through Dec. 30. Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre; Dec. 9-27. Civic Ballet of Chicago at Ruth Page Theater, Dec. 3-4; Blizzard Theater, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Dec. 10-11; James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Dec. 17-18
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”: The Bing Crosby screen classic gets a theatrical makeover. Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire; through Jan. 1
“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”: Frank Capra’s beloved film, which he co-wrote with Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, takes the form of a 1940s radio broadcast, complete with holiday songs, commercial jingles, and live foley effects.
American Blues Theater at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, through Dec. 31; American Theater Company, Nov. 25-Dec. 24; Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles; Nov. 25-Dec. 23; Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet; Dec. 16 only
“The Christmas Schooner”: Based on the true story of the Rouse Simmons, a ship that carried Christmas trees from Michigan to Chicago’s German immigrants, John Reeger and Julie Shannon’s musical was a long-running seasonal hit at Bailiwick Repertory. It gets two local productions, including one at the under-new-management Mercury Theater on Southport.
Mercury Theater, through Dec. 31; St. Andrew’s Players, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Homewood; Dec. 1-5
“A Christmas Story, the Musical!”: It’s safe to say that the tale of Ralphie and his beloved Red Ryder BB gun (based on Jean Shepherd’s childhood memoirs) has become its own classic. This touring musical, created by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Joseph Robinette, with cabaret legend Karen Mason as strict schoolteacher Miss Shields, gets a short run in town. Chicago Theatre; Dec. 14-30
“The Nativity”: Congo Square Theatre Company reprises its annual African-themed version of the Nativity story, inspired by Langston Hughes “Black Nativity,” directed by Ilesa Duncan and featuring choreography by Kevin Iega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Goodman Theatre; Dec. 2-31
“The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey”: Provision Theater artistic director Timothy Gregory and composer Michael Mahler created this world-premiere musical, based on Susan Wojciechowski’s children’s book (also turned into a 2007 film), about a boy who loses the Nativity set left him by his dead father and the grouchy woodcarver with whom he forms an unlikely friendship. Provision Theater; through Dec. 23