Tickets going fast for Station Theatre's 'Mamma Mia!'

URBANA — Who knew ABBA would thrive beyond the '70s, spark two movies and grace the Station Theatre with a stage version that opens tonight?

Americans loved the band's harmonies, but even more so, the Swedes are the best-selling band from continental Europe, and also from outside the English-speaking world, selling more than 400 million records worldwide.

Jewel and family bringing their Handmade Holiday to Virginia Theatre

CHAMPAIGN — People who know anything about Jewel know that she grew up without amenities in Alaska and once lived out of her car.

In her Saturday performance at the Virginia Theatre, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter brings her Handmade Holiday Tour.

Family members Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher, from the Discovery Channel series "Alaska: The Last Frontier," also perform.

John Frayne | Cast shines in Sinfonia's 'Pirates of Penzance'

The weekend of Friday night, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, there was a capacity crowd in the Krannert Center lobby.

On Friday night, at the Sinfonia da Camera production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," all four theaters were in action.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 22-29, 2018


This weekend


What: Urbana High School Student Senate hosts a dinner with all the trimmings for those who are in need of a warm, comfortable environment to spend their Thanksgiving. Reservations are not needed, but call before 3 p.m. Nov. 20 for a ride.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 22.

John Frayne | Lyric Theatre's 'La Boheme' featured enthusiastic performances

Lyric Theatre at Illinois offered Giacomo Puccini's evergreen masterpiece, "La Bohème," during its recent run in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. I went to the Sunday matinee on Oct. 28.

Host of young talent on display in 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'

CHAMPAIGN — "Beauty and the Beast Jr." at the Virginia Theatre tonight has a huge cast and some very specific costumes.

You probably don't have clothes for a spoon hanging around.

Patty Dudley is the director and she's enthusiastic about this version of the Disney creation.

"It's a classic," she said. "So many of the songs are well-loved and the story is so beautiful."

Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018


This weekend


What: Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Ticket includes one drink ticket, an appetizer bar, silent auction, live music from Dustin Danger. All proceeds from the event will be for the future development of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Caribbean influences evident in UI dance professor's 'Virago-Man Dem'

URBANA — Cynthia Oliver, a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, is an award-winning choreographer and performance artist.

In tonight's Krannert Center show, her "Virago-Man Dem" uses movement, spoken word and visual design to express her ideas.

The choreographer is associate vice chancellor for humanities, arts and related fields at the UI.

Offerman sets shows at Virginia Theatre, UI to raise funds for Japan House

CHAMPAIGN — Actor, humorist, University of Illinois alumnus and Japan House carpenter Nick Offerman is coming back to town next month for two shows that will serve as fundraisers for the future Japan House Annex.

Agatha Christie meets 'Scooby-Doo' in Parkland's new play

CHAMPAIGN — Sure, there are murders, but there's nothing serious about "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940."

The play by John Bishop is directed by Mathew Green and opens tonight at Parkland College's theater.

The play is based on several 1940s mystery movies, not to mention newer comedies like "Clue."

Starting with the musical and the murders: