Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and New Sting Musical Last Ship Will Lead Chicago's Dynamic Summer Lineup; Over 20 Shows Spotlighted

Chicago's 2014 summer theatre scene includes the world premiere of Sting's new musical The Last Ship, a production of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin at Steppenwolf and more work from Chicago's hometown improv heroes, The Second City.

Michael Cera
Michael Cera

Deb Clapp, the executive director of the League of Chicago Theatres, said in a statement, "Chicago’s vibrant theater community offers up some of the highest-quality and most creative works of theater in the country, and we can’t wait to share them with audiences this summer."

New works and adaptions include:
American Blues Theatre’s Grounded at the Greenhouse Theatre Center
June 6 - July 13

The New Colony presents David Zellnik’s Orville and Wilbur Did It! at Signal Ensemble Theatre
June 13 – July 20

Sideshow Theatre Company presents Tyrant at Theatre Wit
May 24 – June 29

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble presents Courtney Baron’s Eat Your Heart Out
May 22 – June 28

Lifeline Theatre presents Monstrous Regiment
May 30 – July 20

Musicals include:
The Goodman Theatre presents Brigadoon
Directed by Rachel Rockwell
June 27 – Aug. 3

Broadway in Chicago presents the world premiere of The Last Ship with a score by Sting
Directed by Joe Mantello with book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey
Choreography by Steven Hoggett
June 10 - July 13

Broadway in Chicago presents Motown at the Oriental Theatre
July 13

Kokandy Productions presents Stephen Sondheim's  Assassins at Theater Wit
Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith
Choreographed by Mike Ford
June 13 – July 20

Bailiwick Chicago presents Carrie: The Musical at Victory Gardens Theatre
May 29 – July 12

American Theatre Company presents Hair
Directed by PJ Paparelli
Now through June 29

TimeLine Theatre Company’s presents Juno
Now through July 27

Dramatic works include:
Organic Theatre's The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr. at the Greenhouse Theatre Center
May 30 – July 4

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents This is Our Youth
with Michael Cera ("Arrested Development," "Juno"), Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson
June 10 – July 27

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents The Qualms world premiere by Bruce Norris
July 3-Aug. 31

Prologue Theatre Company presents Trafford Tanzi at Fizz Bar & Grill
June 6- June 28

The Artistic Home presents The Late Henry Moss
June 22 – Aug. 3

Writers Theatre presents Strindberg's The Dance of Death at Theatre at Books on Vernon
Now through Aug. 3

Oak Park Festival Theatre presents Hamlet at Austin Gardens
June 14 – July 19

Family-friendly shows include:
The Second City’s Go, Improv, GO!: An Improvised Kids Show at UP Comedy Club
June 17 – July 31

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Seussical
July 5 – Aug. 17

Chicago Shakespeare will also present a free A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Adapted and directed by David H. Bell
Throughout 18 neighborhood parks across the city; visit  chicagoshakes.com for details

Ongoing productions continuing in Chicago include:
Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater

The Second City’s Incomplete Guide to Everything at Up Comedy Club
The Second City’s Game Night
The Second City’s Summer Blockbuster: Now in 4D 

Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre in Lakeview
Now through Aug. 9

The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theatres, which leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago's theatre industry locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information visit chicagoplays.com; discount tickets available at hottix.com.