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Doug George, Chicago Tribune

The Joffrey Ballet has announced its 2023-24 season at the Lyric Opera House under the artistic direction of Ashley Wheater — the Chicago company’s 68th season.

“Frankenstein” (Oct. 12-22): Choreography by Liam Scarlett, music by Lowell Liebermann. Chicago premiere of the adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, with stage design by John Macfarlane.

“The Nutcracker” (Dec. 2-27): Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The annual holiday production will return with 25 performances at the Lyric Opera House, set at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

“Studies in Blue” (Feb. 15-25, 2024): A mixed repertory program. Including, “Yonder Blue” by choreographer Andrew McNicol, music by Peter Gregson, inspired by the book “A Plea for Eros” by Siri Hustvedt; a world premiere by emerging choreographer Stina Quagebeur, music by Jeremy Birchall; and “Hummingbird” by choreographer Liam Scarlett, music by Philip Glass.

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” (April 25 to May 5, 2024): Choreography by Alexander Ekman, music by Mikael Karlsson. The Shakespeare story is set during the traditional Scandinavian summer solstice festival. The North American premiere was by the Joffrey at the Auditorium Theatre in 2018.

Three-program subscriptions for the fall, winter and spring season productions (not including “Nutcracker”) are now on sale at 312-386-8905 and Single tickets go on sale this summer.

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