FranklyHANK: "Curious Incident," Jennifer Hudson and Christmas

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hicago's own Jennifer Hudson set Twitter a buzz Wednesday night when she performed as Motormouth Mabel in NBC's "Hairspray Live." (WLS)

Three live shows are in Chicago and FranklyHANK shares what he thought about them.

"THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME"
This show has the longest title ever, but who can argue with a play that has five Tony awards including Best Play. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and journey that will forever change his life.

This is without a doubt one of the most visually stunning shows I have ever seen. The set takes you inside the head of young Christopher in ways I have never seen in theater. Truly a remarkable production. "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time" plays the Oriental Theatre through December 24. Give yourself a gift and check it out. Watch the trailer below for more info.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

JENNIFER HUDSON ROCKS "HAIRSPRAY LIVE"
Chicago's own Jennifer Hudson set Twitter a buzz Wednesday night when she performed as Motormouth Mabel in NBC's "Hairspray Live." She brought the house down when she performed "I Know Where I've Been." Celebs were going crazy after that performance. Some said if she were on stage she would have gotten a standing ovation. Judge for yourself in the clip below.

JENNIFER HUDSON IN "HAIRSPRAY LIVE"

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
Frank Capra's 1946 classic comes to life thanks to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This weekend only, the CSO will perform the music of "It's A Wonderful Life" while the film plays. Now that's a way to get into the holiday spirit. It's happening at Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. performances on both Dec. 10 and 11. Tickets are $45-$145. More details at cso.org.
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