Tuesday 21 Jun 2011

'Under The Streetlamp' At Star Plaza For PBS

Under the Streetlamp, one of America’s newest vocal groups starring the recent leading cast members of the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys,” will make its Star Plaza Theatre debut for one performance only Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 8 p.m. This group has sold out performances throughout the Chicago area and the singers are thrilled to perform for the Star Plaza Theatre audience in a special performance that will be taped for future national broadcast on PBS stations across the nation.

Tickets for Under the Streetlamp at the Star Plaza Theatre (8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville, IN) go on sale Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through the Star Plaza Theatre box office,, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800/745-3000.

Doo-wop ditties, Motown melodies and cool Rat Pack favorites come to life in an evening of great music and hilarious behind-the-scenes tales, complete with an exceptional band comprised of world-class musicians. Under the Streetlamp offers audiences the rare opportunity to get to know four rising stars of stage and screen, Michael Ingersoll, Michael Cunio, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley, as they relate uproarious and touching stories of their lives lived in show business.

These talented performers met onstage as the lead characters in “Jersey Boys” and have since formed a concert sensation of their very own. Audiences will be treated to the classic hits of Van Morrison, The Beatles, Sam Cooke and more, including favorites from the Four Seasons catalogue. The four gifted singers have thrilled sold-out houses throughout the country and each carries with him an impressive list of credits. Between them, they have appeared on Broadway, in feature films and on television - including special appearances during their “Jersey Boys” tenure on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Under the Streetlamp is produced by Star Productions and Michael Ingersoll, who starred as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in “Jersey Boys.” During his three years with the hit musical, Ingersoll had the good fortune to play to sold-out crowds in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago in more than 1,300 performances. In addition to his demanding “Jersey Boys” performance schedule, Ingersoll conceived a unique solo concert that was developed in collaboration with a Chicago area not-for-profit performing arts center. Tickets for the event were in demand from the start, and Ingersoll’s concerts went on to sell out dozens of performances to overwhelming response. Ingersoll’s rapport with his appreciative Chicago area audiences became the catalyst for this exciting new enterprise. Ingersoll’s musical talent and charming anecdotes, combined with special guest appearances from his “Jersey Friends,” made for an undeniably hot ticket. Soon it became apparent that the next step for Ingersoll was to develop a brand new concert that featured all four “boys” in a way that no one had seen them before; shortly after the Chicago company of “Jersey Boys” closed its record breaking run (having played to more than 1.3 million delighted patrons), “Under the Streetlamp” was born. The musical group is now under the management of Charlie Blum and Star Productions and represented worldwide by the William Morris Endeavor agency.

Under the Streetlamp will play the Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville, IN for one performance only Saturday, August 20, 2011. Tickets are $45 and go on sale June 25, 2011 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Star Plaza Theatre box office,, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800/745-3000.

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Tuesday 21 Jun 2011



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Tuesday, July 19 - South Shore Cultural Center

7059 S. South Shore Drive, behind the Cultural Center


Thursday, July 21 - Indian Boundary Park

2500 W. Lunt Ave


Tuesday, July 26 - Humboldt Park Boathouse

1400 N. Sacramento Ave.


Thursday, July 28 - Douglas Park

1401 S. Sacramento Blvd, near the field house.


All performances begin at 6:30 pm, rain or shine (all locations have indoor rain venues)


CHICAGO - In collaboration with the Chicago Park District, Dance in the Parks (DIP) will present four (4) free, outdoor, professional dance concerts in neighborhood parks at the end of July.

Now in its third season, DIP's mission is to bring free, professional dance performances to new audiences in the most accessible venues in the Chicago-land area-neighborhood parks. The hope is to expose audiences unfamiliar with dance to the art form as well as to local performers and choreographers in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. In its 2010 season, DIP reached nearly 400 audience members over its four performances.
The Chicago Park District has generously collaborated with DIP to provide use of park space, temporary stages, and sound systems, without which the performances could not take place. 

Founding Director, Katie McCann, participated in similar performances while dancing in a ballet company in Lexington, KY.  "The outdoor performance conditions were tough, but it was so rewarding to perform for audiences of all ages who engaged with the art form and artists in a way they didn't when we were in a theater." After relocating to Chicago in 2004 and getting to know the city of Chicago and its dance community, McCann founded Dance in the Parks in 2009 as a way to merge the two entities. "There are so many beautiful dancers and talented choreographers in Chicago who just want to work in the summer, and there are so many people who haven't seen live concert dance, that it seemed like taking dance to the neighborhoods was the best way to fill both gaps."

For the 2011 line-up, eight (8) Chicago-based choreographers will create or re-set existing works on eight (8) dancers.  The choreographers include Autumn Eckman, Wade Schaaf, Ronn Stewart, Paul Christiano, Santo Scavuzzo, Brent Caburnay, Mary Tisa, and Rachel Premo. Eckman has recently gained praise for her works set on Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Two of Schaaf's works are currently in the Thodos repertory, and his new work for DIP is a humorous, hipster love story. Stewart, who started his performance career at Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, is setting a new work in collaboration with the DIP dancers. This year's cast of dancers has worked with Giordano Jazz Dance II, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, Chicago Ballet, Elements Contemporary Dance, and Thodos Dance Chicago.

Each show will be preceded by youth performers from studios/programs in the surrounding neighborhoods.  By offering the pre-show performance opportunity, young dancers get a chance to perform, and the community sees the talent of the youth in their neighborhood and is introduced to the training process involved in creating professional dancers. Participants in this year's pre-show performances are Hyde Park School of Dance & Tyego Next Generation, Iona Calhoun School of Classical Ballet, the Indian Boundary Park Musical Theater Camp, Chicago Ballet Arts, Extensions Dance Company, and the Douglas Park and Elaine Mc Dancers.

For more information, please visit or find Dance in the Parks on Facebook.

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Monday 20 Jun 2011

Del Shores SORDID CONFESSIONS Coming Aug. 30th

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Where: Mary's Attic Cabaret Space, 5400 N. Clark St., Upstairs from Hamburger Marys (Balmoral & Clark).

When: Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 PM

Admission: $20.00


Reservations:1-800-595-4849  or at the door if still available (Please do not contact Hamburger Mary's for reservations). 

Mary's Attic, Andersonville's favorite nightspot is thrilled to welcome the inimitable playwright, director, producer, comic and activist, Mr. Del Shores. Best known for exposing America to the trials and tribulations of Texas and trailer parks with his classic play, the hilarious Sordid Lives, which was adapted for film and television, Del is on a no holds barred national tour and is ready to dish the dirt!


Del Shores, creator of the cult favorite TV series SORDID LIVES (starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea) is touring his hilarious new standup show.


 Whether he's recalling details of his "slut" years or calling out the 'less then agreeable' people he's worked with, no subject is off-limits in DEL SHORES SORDID CONFESSIONS.


"Del says what most people think. He has no censor -- on or offstage. Audience love him because of his 'bless-their-hearts' Texas charm," explains Caroline Rhea, comic and Sordid Lives television series co-star. "Look, I'm off Paxil, I'm bitter, a little mean and I don't give a shit anymore," Shores warns.


About Del Shores


 Del Shores is a writer, director, producer, activist and comic known for his colorful plays, movies and television (Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies, The Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got The Will?, Yellow, Dharma & Greg, Queer As Folk).  He has a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and many theatre awards.   He is married to actor/Billboard Top 20 recording artist Jason Dottley and is the father of two daughters.



Del Shores


Sunday 19 Jun 2011

ShowBiz Q Recommends "Homo Hop" July 8


The Flesh Hungry Dog Show Presents…


Homo Hop!


Friday, July 8, 2011, 9 p.m.


6406 N. Clark St.


Chicago, IL  On Friday, July 8th, The Flesh Hungry Dog Show presents “Homo Hop”-a vintage rock and roll themed edition of our monthly live music series.  Come twist the night away with featured bands, Bric-a-Brac, Pieptone!, and Suzy Brack and the New Jack Lords, along with special guests, go-go dancing troupe, The Revelettes.


The Flesh Hungry Dog Show starts at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at Jackhammer (773-743-5772), 6406 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Jackhammer is a 21+ venue.  


Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 online at  


The mission of The Flesh Hungry Dog Show is to bring live rock and related musical forms to Chicago's gay community, and to provide a fun, alternative venue for bands with GLBT content and members, and bands that are GLBT supportive.



Bric-a-BracThe definition of Bric-a-Brac is "miscellaneous curios" and true to their name, Bric-a-Brac covers the world of little known songs found on thrift store records and B-sides of singles giving them a fresh sound for today's audience. Rock, pop and lounge are blended into a velvety sonic soundscape to create what 60's poet icon Rod McKuen called 'an amazingly large sound'.


Starting their second decade of performing, Bric-a-Brac has performed on NPR's This American Life, Chic-a-Go-go, Milly's Orchid Show, and was the prom band at The Old Towne School of Folk Music's 50th anniversary "Homecoming Dance".

Suzy Brack and the New Jack Lords

Suzy Brack & The New Jack Lords combine a luau look and powerpunk hooks with some rockabilly spice for one of the most visually vibrant shows around. To use comparison shorthand, if Bette Midler was the leader of Green Day you'd get the idea but it'd be even more fun fun fun. This year they can also be seen and heard on the big screen too- appearing as themselves in “At Last, Okemah,” and providing a new single for the forthcoming “Fall Away” film. This trademark tiki-rock is created by dynamo vocalist Suzy Brack with guitarist/singer/composer Davin Carey, full-throttle drummer Scott Gillis, big-bottom bassist Kirk Bec and for this Flesh Hungry Dog show the return of fiery lead guitarist Gary Santos. That's Suzy Brack & The New Jack Lords!



Pieptone! was conceived by former Goethe Institut Chicago students who thought a party band that sings “auf Deutsch” might be a good way to bring language learners together and help them master a bit of German grammar – a musical Rosetta Stone at a fraction of the cost. The Pieptone! songbook is from a linguistic golden age of pop music: the pre-Beatles-era 1950s and 60s, when bands and singers from Europe and the US looked beyond their own borders and cut the same single in two, three, or four languages.


Chicago’s only Schlager band (Schlager = “hits”) takes its cues from midcentury European pop idols like Rex Gildo, Gitte, and Peter Kraus, and American singers like Connie Francis and Chubby Checker who weren’t afraid to tackle a new language to climb the national pop charts. You don’t need to speak German to feel the Pieptone! beat: Die Sprache der Popmusik ist universal! (The language of pop music is international.)

More info about all the artists and the show can be found at:

Thursday 16 Jun 2011



Chicago’s Rainy, Windy Weather Forces Delays in Roof Repairs to Pepsi Skyline Stage,
Prompting One Week Postponement of Show.

New Opening date: June 29, 2011; Ticket Exchanges or Refunds Offered

 Navy Pier, in conjunction with International Special Attractions, Ltd (ISA) has issued the following statement announcing a one-week postponement of the world premiere of “Cirque Shanghai Extreme”:
The exclusive U.S. engagement of this latest death-defying production from the popular Chinese acrobatic troupe is now scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 2 p.m. The high number of inclement weather days in Chicago since mid-April has forced delays in roof repairs to the Navy Pier Pepsi Skyline Stage, the 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater, prompting the show’s postponement from its original June 23 opening date.
“We regret and apologize for any inconvenience caused by this delay, but the safety of our roof and stage workers, the Cirque performers, and our guests is most important,” said Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier General Manager. “We expect better weather after this upcoming weekend will allow us to complete work that will enable the troupe to prepare Pepsi Skyline Stage for what promises to be the most spectacular Cirque Shanghai show that Chicago has ever seen.”
Tickets remain on sale for all performances from June 29 through Monday, September 5, 2011 (Labor Day). Customers who have purchased “Cirque Shanghai Extreme” tickets for performances from June 23 through June 28, will be able to exchange their tickets for another performance or receive a full refund. Refunds and exchanges will be handled at the point of purchase.
Please contact Delores Robinson, Navy Pier, 312-595-5031 for any inquiries regarding this delay.

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