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203 North Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085 United States

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October 2017
$35 - 95

Chris Isaak

October 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Silky vocals, shimmering guitar tones, charismatic good looks… yes, Chris Isaak has what it takes to melt a crowd. Whether he’s playing a rockabilly number, a steamy ballad or four-on-the floor rock ‘n’ roll with his band Silvertone, the captivating showman always puts on a good show. Join the two-time GRAMMY® Award nominee and wickedly charming TV and film actor for an unforgettable evening of hits, new material and those iconic covers he’s known for.

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$32.50 - 47.50

Led Zeppelin 2

October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Led Zeppelin 2 pays tribute to one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time. Dressed in satin and denim, they magically deliver the intense, raw energy and rock & roll euphoria of Led Zeppelin in its prime, live. The band’s incredible frontman captures the screams, howls and dynamic range of Robert Plant to a “T”. And his fellow bandmates fully immerse themselves in the style and charisma of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends. They’ll…

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Taste and Talk with Waukegan Arts Council

October 24 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Waukegan Arts Council invites you to come and share your ideas as they look to the future of the arts in Waukegan.  Find out how you can be involved in the Waukegan Arts Council. You are welcome to bring friends. RSVP by email to waukeganartscouncil@gmail.com.

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Genesee Ghost Wauk Tours

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every week on Wednesday until October 25, 2017

Back by Popular Demand!  Ever since it opened in 1927, claims of ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena have surrounded the Genesee Theatre. Learn about these sensational tales and more during this guided walking tour. You’ll hear both true and yet-to-be-verified stories about those who live in the theatre after the lights go out. The half-hour tours are Wednesdays Oct. 11th through 25th and rated PG-13. Each tour has limited to space.  Reservations are strongly suggested.  

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Champions of Magic

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Coming off their hit season in London’s West End, Champions Of Magic features Britain’s top illusionists performing their greatest tricks and stunts. You’ll witness mind-blowing disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart-stopping finale! This full-scale production uses lighting and pyrotechnics that rival any theatrical performance! It’s a stunning presentation of mystery and magic. Described by the British Press as “a spectacular family show” and “slick, clever, funny and amazing,” Champions Of Magic has been seen around the world.

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$32-50 - 52.50

Easton Corbin with special guest Lindsay Ell

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Easton Corbin started his career off in the fast lane, scoring back-to-back No. 1 country hits – the first male country artist to do so in 17 years. During his 2010 breakout year, he won three American Country Awards and was named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist. He placed three more songs in country music’s top 10 through 2014. As a performer, his concerts are raw and real. He’s currently working on his 4th studio album. Singer/songwriter Lindsay Ell kicks…

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$45 - 79

Ladies of the ’80s

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Debbie Gibson burst onto the pop music scene at age 16, becoming the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 – a record she still holds today. Her debut album Out of the Blue went triple platinum and her second album Electric Youth went double platinum, both spawning a flurry of hits. After selling more than 16 million albums, the multi-talented performer went on to star on Broadway and tour internationally, playing Éponine in…

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November 2017
$45 - 55

Brad Garrett with special guest Dave Landau

November 2 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm

Mature audiences only. Comedian/actor Brad Garrett is best known as the quirky brother on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He won three Emmys and a SAG Award during the show’s run and later starred in the sitcom “Til Death.” His trademark voice can be heard in over 30 animated feature films, including “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille” and “Tangled.” Before striking gold on “Raymond,” Garrett was a successful stand-up comedian. He recently returned to his comedy roots, playing to sold-out shows across the country and in his…

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$45 - 97.50

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Ever wonder what it would be like to have legendary singer/songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt play a few songs and share personal stories in your living room? That’s what it’s like when these old friends get together for this incredible acoustic event. Lovett is a four-time Grammy® Award winner and accomplished TV and film actor. Hiatt is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Together, they create an unforgettable evening of storytelling, laughs…

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$35 - 64.50

Trace Adkins

November 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Trace Adkins is a Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry who’s sold over 11 million albums and scored countless hits! The self-proclaimed roughneck and former oil-rigger has a knack for touching just about everyone who has a pulse. In concert, he puts his raucous personality, Southern charm and rich baritone on display. And fans love it! Now he’s hitting the road in support of his new album, “Something’s Going On.” Rolling Stone calls it his best album in years. And…

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$37.50 - 57.50

Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus Tour

November 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Kathleen Madigan’s comedic timing, irreverence and sarcastic wit have fueled her stand-up comedy for over 25 years. Her crazy stories – like the time she secretly signed up her parents to be Uber drivers – will keep you laughing all night! She’s headlined in Vegas, has had specials on HBO, Comedy Central and Netflix and is a regular guest on the late-night talk shows.

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$45 - 95


November 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Kansas is one of the pillars of progressive rock, having played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Known for their dazzling organ arrangements, swift violin runs, soaring vocals and intricate time signatures, their songs continue to attract fans. Enjoy an evening of arena rock in the intimate setting of the Genesee Theatre.

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$37.50 - 110

SiriusXM presents The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

November 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Multiplatinum recording artist and three-time Grammy® Award winner Brian Setzer and his amazing 19-piece orchestra whip up some retro holiday cheer! Christmas Rocks! is an annual extravaganza and must-see for fans of big bands, swing and rockabilly. A wildly innovative musician and entertaining showman, Setzer is considered by many as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists. A replica of his 1959 Gretsch guitar is currently on display at the Smithsonian. This 14th annual holiday show features reimagined Christmas classics, original holiday…

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$45.50 - 65.50

Alton Brown LIVE: Eat Your Science

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science is the follow-up to the smash *Edible Inevitable* tour!  Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment.  Plus, you will see “things I*ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first…

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$39.50 - 59.50

Jeffrey Osborne with special guests Mindi Abair and Nicholas Barron

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Jeffrey Osborne is one of music’s most accomplished R&B vocalists. As lead singer of the ’70s funk band LTD., he helped produce the classic, “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again.” As a solo artist in the ’80s, he produced a series of Top-40 hits. He was such a musical presence in the ’80s that he was invited to sing on USA for Africa’s, “We Are the World” in 1985. After five gold and platinum albums, the four-time Grammy®…

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$58 - 78

REO Speedwagon

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Hailing from Champaign, IL, epic rock band REO Speedwagoncomes to The Genesee, ready to rock the house. Led by iconic frontman Kevin Cronin, the band has racked up an impressive collection of hit songs and classic albums over the years. Their ’70s FM-oriented rock set the stage for 1980’s explosive album, Hi Infidelity, which launched four Top 40 hits, two #1 records and is the group’s best-selling album. REO rode to the top of the charts with a string of gold…

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$26 - 58

Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler

November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Country music stars Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler are teaming up for an incredible evening of hit songs, holiday favorites and a special performance of their new Christmas single, “The Naughty List.”  Phil Vassar is known for his fun party songs and nostalgic ballads. He started his career writing hits for Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Alan Jackson before writing chart toppers for himself. In 1999, he was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year. This special concert comes on the heels of his…

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December 2017
$35 - 65

The Midtown Men

December 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Celebrate the greatest songs of the ’60s with the Midtown Men, four stars from the smash Broadway musical “Jersey Boys”. With three Tony® Awards and one nomination among them, there’s no doubt they have the impressive vocals, good looks and dynamic choreography to wow audiences. Since 2010, they’ve been all over the world, electrifying concertgoers. Now on their seventh national tour, they’re doing a one-of-a-kind, Rat Pack-style holiday concert! Enjoy classic songs by The Beatles, The Rascals, The Temptations, The…

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$20.50 - 40

A Garfield Christmas

December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Everyone’s favorite fictional feline, Garfield, is ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Coming to you with open arms – because he’s expecting presents – Garfield will brighten your holiday season with his delightful wit, wisdom and of course, his token wisecracks. He’s a few gifts short of understanding the true meaning of Christmas. But with the help of Jon, Odie and his new holiday friends – Nutcracker, Rag Doll, Teddy Bear and Tree-Top Angel – our witty kitty will…

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$33 - 58

Michael Carbonaro LIVE!

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

On his hit TV show “The Carbonaro Effect,” Michael Carbonaro uses magic and crazy pranks to keep unsuspecting targets guessing and viewers laughing. Now he’s bringing his mind-blowing illusions and tricks to the stage! addition to his mastery of magic and illusions, Michael’s a dynamic actor and improv artist, adding comedy and audience interaction to every show. It’s great family fun! Don’t miss your chance to feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro… LIVE!

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$15 - 36

Dancenter North Presents: The Magic of the Nutcracker

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

World-class entertainment comes home for the holidays! The Genesee welcomes Dancenter North’s production of The Magic of the Nutcracker, the largest, most lavish version of this beloved ballet in Lake County. Featuring over 100 performers with renowned guest artists, thrilling battle scenes, stunning scenery, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and graceful ballet dancers, this heartwarming holiday story is perfect for the whole family. A Lake County favorite for over 20 years!  A second performance will take place at 5pm.

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$15 - 36

Dancenter North Presents: The Magic of the Nutcracker

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

World-class entertainment comes home for the holidays! The Genesee welcomes Dancenter North’s production of The Magic of the Nutcracker, the largest, most lavish version of this beloved ballet in Lake County. Featuring over 100 performers with renowned guest artists, thrilling battle scenes, stunning scenery, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and graceful ballet dancers, this heartwarming holiday story is perfect for the whole family. A Lake County favorite for over 20 years!

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A Carpenters Christmas

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

While The Carpenters are best known for over a dozen chart-topping hits, they also won fans over with their popular holiday albums and Christmas variety shows.  Chicago-native Lisa Rock and her incredible group of musicians are keeping that tradition alive with “A Carpenters Christmas,” an unforgettable show full of warmth, nostalgia and beautiful holiday music. This special show features tender renditions, fun-filled favorites and jazzy versions of your favorite carols and songs, performed in the unique style the Carpenters were…

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$23 - 43

Jim Breuer at the Genesee Theatre

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

With his charismatic stage presence, dead-on impressions, and hilarious stand-up, actor, comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum Jim Breuer has established himself as one of today’s most recognizable comedians. His 20 years of crazy antics has placed him on Comedy Central’s list of “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”  During his four years on “SNL,” he created some of the show’s most unforgettable characters, including Goat Boy.  Following his success on “SNL,” Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult…

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$40 - 99.50

98° at Christmas

December 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

It’s going to get hot this holiday season when 98° takes the stage! Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffree still have slick moves, charisma and honey-dripped harmonies.  This special Christmas show features the band’s unforgettable grooves and romantic ballads, plus great songs from their platinum album This Christmas and more.  Lose yourself in an evening of ’90s nostalgia and holiday cheer!

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$39 - 75

Legendary Voices

December 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Chubby Checker, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, & Martha Reeves and the Vandellas! Chubby Checker‘s “The Twist” is the only song in the rock ‘n’ roll era to hit #1 on the pop charts on two separate occasions. Billboard magazine named it the biggest chart hit of all time. During his heyday, the Grammy® Award winner became the only artist to place five albums in the top 12 at one time. He continues to make music, collaborating with the Fat…

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January 2018
$42.50 - 79.50

Terry Fator

January 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Terry Fator captured the country’s attention and funny bone after winning America’s Got Talent in 2007. That victory earned him a spot as a resident headliner in Las Vegas through 2021.  The comedian, ventriloquist, impersonator and singer can do it all. And he does it with no less than 16 puppets during each performance – from fan favorite Winston the Impersonating Turtle to Maynard Tompkins, the world’s greatest Elvis impersonator. The 2016 “Best of Las Vegas” winner will have you…

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$37.50 - 75

Richard Marx with specila guest John Waite

January 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Richard Marx started his career with a bang, placing his first 7 singles in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Four came from his triple-platinum debut album and three came from his highly acclaimed effort “Repeat Offender,” which sold over 5 million copies. Since then, the Chicago native has gone on to score 14 chart-topping singles and, as a songwriter, win a Grammy® for song of the year. In concert, he performs all his pop-rock classics and beautiful…

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February 2018
$24.50 - 44.50

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

February 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings incredibly life-like prehistoric creatures to the stage like you’ve never seen them before. Your paleontologist/host and his master puppeteers take you through an unforgettable interactive adventure. You’ll see insects and dinosaurs that once roamed free – from cute baby dinos to some of the largest herbivores and carnivores that have ever walked the planet. Children are invited on stage to meet these awesome puppets or they can watch wide-eyed from the safety of…

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$35.50 - 45.50

Shades of Bublé

February 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

With their tight harmonies, smooth choreography and charming good looks, Shades of Bublé pays homage to the charismatic crooner Michael Bublé. Delivering each song in beautiful three-part harmony, these world-class singers belt out the big band standards and beautiful pop hits that the Grammy® Award winner is known for. Backed by a full band, this high-energy show promises to be a swingin’, swayin’, rockin’ good time with a little romance mixed in. Whatever the shade – modern-day Sinatra, chart-topping pop…

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March 2018
$47 - 110

Boys II Men

March 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Boyz II Men are back! The hip-hop-meets-doo-wop vocal group dominated the charts throughout the ’90s, becoming the best-selling R&B group of all time. Ten of their 11 albums went platinum with “II” surpassing that feat a staggering 12 times. They’ve spent 50 cumulative weeks at #1 on the singles chart, behind only Elvis, The Beatles and Mariah Carey.  Today, they celebrate over 25 years in the music business with the October 2017 release of their new album. They may have…

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