McAninch Arts Center

Upcoming Events

Mandy Patinkin in Concert
with Adam Ben-David
Cabaret, Music
Runs Oct 12Oct 14, 2023

“Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE” presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. Patinkin will be accompanied by music director, conductor and pianist Adam …

THeaterWorksUSA's Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical
TheaterWorksUSA: Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical
Children’s/Family, Comedy, Musical, Puppetry
Oct 20, 2023
Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog have started an epic club to teach 21 rambunctious baby frogs how to make their own comics. Flippy is overjoyed that his kids learn to unleash their creativity, but the frogs’ bickering and outrageous imaginations send their comics off the rails, and Flippy flips out. Can creativity save the day? All will be answered in this madcap musical based on Dav Pilkey’s hilarious book series.
When You Wish Upon a Star: A Jazz Tribute to 100 Years of Disney
Oct 21, 2023
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s incomparable house band featuring pianist and musical director, Sean Mason, and vocalists Kim Nalley and Sasha Dobson celebrates 100 years of Disney as only they can. Note: This production is not affiliated with, sponsored, or authorized by The Walt Disney Company.
Kate Moore
Author of The Woman They Could Not Silence
Literary Adaptation, Mental Health Awareness, Staged Reading
Oct 24, 2023
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal’s bestselling author Kate Moore talks about her latest book, “The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear.” Its 1860 and Elizabeth Packard, the Illinois mother of six is committed to an insane asylum by her husband who feels threatened by her growing intellect and sense of independence. Her inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women’s rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today. Moore’s book has been featured on NPR’s Summer Reading Recommendation, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and
New Philharmonic: Sinatra Forever: A Salute to Frank Sinatra
Starring Rick Michel
Cabaret, Music
Runs Nov 04Nov 05, 2023
Singer Rick Michel joins New Philharmonic on stage for this musical, multi-media homage to Sinatra, perhaps the greatest singer of all time. Michel strives to touch on all aspects of Sinatra’s life by choosing the variety of music that best represents his career complete with original orchestra charts and accompanying video. Spotlight Central observes, “As the crowd sings and sways, Michel gives it his all — his way — and is ultimately rewarded with a standing ovation.”
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
Children’s/Family, Dance, Espanol
Nov 11, 2023
Last seen by MAC audienceson the MAC’s Lakeside stage in Family Fiesta in 2022, this Mexican folk dance troupe delights audiences with eye-popping costumes, thrilling dance numbers and beautiful music. Celebrating the rich and vibrant Mexican culture with a performance history stretching back 35 years, this group knows how to entertain, inspire and electrify an audience.
The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John
Starring Michael Cavanaugh
Cabaret, Music
Nov 12, 2023
From “Rocket Man” to “Piano Man,” the iconic hits of two classic rock legends come alive with incredible piano-and-vocal talent Michael Cavanaugh, hailed by Billboard Magazine as “the New Voice of the American Rock and Roll.” Selected by Joel himself to star in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical “Movin’ Out,” Cavanaugh brings electrifying renditions of “Tiny Dancer,” “Uptown Girl,” “Your Song,” “New York State of Mind” and more.
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Presents
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Runs Nov 16Dec 17, 2023
It’s two years after the end of the novel. The Bennet family is spending Christmas at Pemberley. Mary Bennet is the bookish, unmarried middle sister. An unexpected guest joins the festivities. This romantic comedy, rooted in the complications and joys of being part of a spirited family, will delight Austen enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Contains adult themes and language.
Paris! The Show
Cabaret, Variety
Nov 18, 2023
From the producers of “Piaf! The Show” comes a brand-new show showcasing the greatest French songs of all time. An exceptional cast, spectacular live band, original storyline and charming scenic design transport the audience from Montmartre to the stages of the great Parisian cabarets with the music of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Lucienne Boyer and more.
Nathan Gunn and Friends: A Stroll Down Broadway
Cabaret, Music, Musical
Nov 19, 2023
Broadway legend Nathan Gunn returns to the Belushi Performance Hall with his own show. Accompanied by pianist, vocalist and Director (and his wife) Julie Jordan Gunn, together they bring a program filled with the classical musical theater works from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, and their artistic heirs, Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori and Adam Guettel.
The Midtown Men
Cabaret, Music
Dec 02, 2023
Stars from the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” reunite to ring in the Christmas season with iconic Yuletide classics including “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” as well as renditions of the greatest rock and roll hits of the 1960s. Note: This is not a performance of or affiliated with the show “Jersey Boys.”
The Second City: “What The Elf?”
Comedy, Improv
Dec 09, 2023
The Second City returns with heaping serving of seasonal satire that is the perfect alternative to those same old holiday shows. Nothing is off limits in this fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style, wit, and plenty of that famous Second City improv.
Voctave: The Spirit of the Season
Holiday, Music
Dec 10, 2023
Following 2022’s sold-out debut concert, Voctave lights up the holiday season with their incredible a cappella harmony and a program filled with holiday favorites including “O Holy Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells of Notre Dame” and more.“Voctave brings vocal magic,” says Orlando Sentinel and Lemon Wire says, “With only 11 voices, Voctave fills a room and makes hearts soar.”
Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker
With New Philharmonic
Children’s/Family, Dance, Holiday
Runs Dec 16Dec 17, 2023
The MAC welcomes back Salt Creek Ballet with a roster of guest artists to perform the holiday tradition: Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” This magical full-scale production features live accompaniment from New Philharmonic – a rare opportunity to see this magnificent ballet set to live music.
New Philharmonic: New Year’s Eve Concert
Dec 31, 2023
New Philharmonic and Maestro Muspratt, with guest baritone Ollarsaba, reflect back on 2023 and look ahead to 2024 with a celebratory program of waltzes, polkas, light classical and pops music, a champagne toast and more. The Washington Post lauds Ollarsaba as a “meltingly smooth bass-baritone;” and Opera News says, “Ollarsaba didn’t just have the tall-dark-and-handsome bit going for him, but also robust, flavorful, agile vocalism.”
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Glen Ellyn IL 60137
Located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois , the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is a state-of-the-art facility, housing three performance spaces, an art gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. This unique facility has presented theater, music, dance and visual arts to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and last year welcomed more than 99,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to over 230 national touring shows, as well as college theatre music and dance performances. The Center is home to the New Philharmonic Orchestra.