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ADDITIONAL INFO

24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

FORD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS VENUE INFORMATION

Also known as the Oriental Theatre (its original name), The Ford Center has seen legendary performers, including The Three Stooges and Judy Garland, take to its stage. When the theatre's doors opened in 1926, it took the form of a grand movie palace with exotic architecture inspired by India. Although it is no longer a luxurious cinema, the center has thrived as a live performance venue, hosting the finest Broadway productions. A night out at the Ford Centre is just as glamorous an affair as it was in the theatre's early days as its vintage grandeur has been lovingly restored and maintained.

Upcoming Highlights

  • The SpongeBob Musical

    Opens Jun 07

  • Fun Home

    Opens Nov 02

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Opens Dec 06

  • The Bodyguard

    Opens Jan 31, 2017

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Opens Mar 07, 2017

The SpongeBob Musical

June 7-July 10, 2016

Join SpongeBob Squarepants in his first ever stage musical, featuring all of the iconic characters from Nickelodeon's smash hit animation. This Broadway-bound musical boasts original music from numerous rock and pop greats, including David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and The Flaming Lips.

Fun Home

November 2-13, 2016

A wildly inventive collage of childhood memories and family dysfunctions, Fun Home was acclaimed as Broadway's most original show in years. Based on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, this emotionally adept musical traces the relationship between a daughter and her overbearing father. It was nominated for an astounding twelve Tony Awards, and won five, including Best Musical.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

December 6-24, 2016

Something extra special is hitting the road in the 2016/17 - the national tour of the sensational adaptation of Mark Haddon's 2003 novel: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This National Theatre of London production won an incredible five Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Play.

The Bodyguard

January 31-February 12, 2017

Grammy nominated artist and musical star Deborah Cox will be bringing London's West End musical to the United States on its inaugural national tour! Based on the 1992 movie starring the late, great Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, this musical will feature the iconic hits 'Saving All My Love', 'I Will Always Love You' and 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', in a star-crossed lover story between a soul diva and her personal bodyguard.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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March 7-19, 2017

This full throttle rock 'n' roll musical electrified Broadway in 2014, picking up four Tony Awards, including Best Revival. The story follows the exploits of rebellious transgender singer Hedwig (Darren Criss) and her band as they tour the country, with its first national tour strutting out in October 2016, kicking off in San Francisco!

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Nov 2-13, 2016

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Jan 31-Feb 12, 2017

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Jan 31-Feb 12, 2017

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