Metropolis Performing Arts Center announces 2022-2023 season with CABARET, XANADU and more

Metropolis Performing Arts Center has announced its 2022-2023 season.

The 2022-2023 season at Metropolis includes a series of popular theatrical productions:

Cabaret, legendary musical masterpiece by Kander and Ebb (September 15 – October 22, 2022)

Musical, Fierce and Fabulous Showbiz The Legend of Georgia McBride (January 26 – March 4, 2023)

Stunning musical portrait of the American Ragtime experience (May 4 – June 10, 2023)

Xanadu, Ridiculously Moving and Endlessly Fun Musical (July 13 – August 19, 2023)

Tickets on sale soon. Tickets are $40 for previews and $45 for regular shows and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 847.577.2121. Become a subscriber and see all 4 shows for the price of 3, or choose Flex and select 3 shows and save 25% on the single ticket price:

4 shows at the regular price of $160 to $180; 4 Show subscription price $120 to $135

3 shows at regular price from $120 to $135; 3 Show subscription price $90-$105

Subscribers receive additional benefits including easy ticket redemptions at the box office window or by mail or phone, 10% off tickets to select shows throughout the year, and cast chat and directors on certain dates.


Book by Joe Masteroff • Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood • Music by John Kander • Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome… to Cabaret, Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical masterpiece about British nightclub singer Sally Bowles, American writer Cliff Bradshaw and the decadence of Berlin in 1929. With the Growing fear and uncertainty of an emerging Third Reich, audiences are drawn into the sordid underworld of the Kit Kat Klub. With wry commentary from the emcee, Cabaret explores this dark and tumultuous time with songs Maybe This Time, Don’t Tell Mama, Money, Cabaret, and more. To further complicate the growing unrest, a relationship develops between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit seller. Personal relationships, political loyalties and survival itself are tested in this classic American drama. Since its debut on stage, Cabaret has received several Tony, Drama Desk and Laurence Olivier awards.

The Legend of Georgia McBride

By Matthew Lopez

Times are tough for Elvis impersonator Casey; he’s young, he’s broke, his landlord is knocking on the door and he’s just found out that his wife is having a baby. To make matters even more desperate, he is fired from his impersonation job at a run-down dive bar in small Florida town. When bar owner Eddie brings in a struggling drag show, run by Miss Tracy Mills, to replace him, Casey discovers he has a lot to learn about show business – and himself. After reluctantly playing Edith Piaf for one of the girls, he trades in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress. Casey evolves her new act into a drag persona of her own, finally discovering success. This heartwarming tale explores the transformation that occurs when individuality is encouraged and embraced. This fabulous, fierce, music-filled showbiz comedy celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song.


Book by Terrence McNally • Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens • Music by Stephen Flaherty • Based on the novel Ragtime by EL Doctorow

Celebrating its 25th Broadway anniversary in 2023, Ragtime is an expansive musical portrait of early 20th-century America, winner of multiple Tony Awards and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Everything changes and everything is possible for families chasing the American dream. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American stories are woven together – that of an upper-class white mother, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring black musician – united by their courage. and their belief. in the promise of the future. They confront the contradictions in history of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. This acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire.


Book by Douglas Carter Beane • Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar • Based on the Universal Pictures film with screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel

Xanadu is equal parts romantic comedy, celebration of ’80s kitsch, and ridiculously moving, endlessly fun tale. This hilarious Tony Award-nominated musical about chasing your dreams surprised audiences and critics alike when it turned a cult classic, starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, into Broadway’s hottest comedy. . Xanadu follows the journey of a mythological muse, Kira, who descends from Mount Olympus (with a Greek choir) on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – a disco at wheels – hey, it’s 1980! When Kira falls in forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. With its score of pop gems and a storyline that celebrates musical theater satire, Xanadu is a bubbly adventure that will roll through your heart.

Metropolis is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Council for the Arts Agency, the Ecolab Foundation, the Aileen S.

Andrew Foundation and The Saints Organization.

Metropolis is located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs in downtown Arlington Heights at the intersection of Campbell and Vail Avenue (111 West Campbell Street). Street parking is available. Free parking is available in the public garage behind the theatre. For more information about Metropolis and a full performance schedule, visit or call the box office at 847.577.2121.

Metropolis Performing Arts Center provides professional entertainment and arts education, enriching our community.