Chicago – Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit, SIMPLY SENSATIONAL, will feature Chicago native Jose Maxi Ramos, who had played the roles of John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton in the Chicago production of HAMILTON from its opening in September 2016 until late this past summer. Ramos recently left HAMILTON to pursue a career as a solo singer-songwriter and premiered his solo act at Chicago’s Schuba’s Tavern in August. His show includes his original pop melodies with R&B attitude along with fan-favorite covers. He describes his material as songs of “the relationships you have, the relationships you want and dreaming big dreams.” For music and more, check out Jose’s social media posts on Instagram & YouTube @josemaxiramos
Ramos is a Chicago-area native (born in Evanston) who graduated from The Chicago Academy for the Arts in 2011 as a Musical Theater Artist. After high school, Ramos went to New York City, where he attended a musical theater program for two years. In 2013 he performed in the annual “Broadway’s Rising Stars” show at Town Hall in New York City. He has also appeared on TV’s CHICAGO MED.
In addition to Ramos’ headliner act, SIMPLY SENSATIONAL will feature performances by a number of Chicago’s leading musical theatre singers, including stars from PFP’s recent productions and a preview of PFP’s next musical. Attendees will also meet actors and directors from PFP’s current 2018-2019 theatre season.
The festivities will take place in The Broadway, the 85-seat venue at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for the benefit at $100. They include a VIP reception from 7 pm to 7:45 pm and include reserved center-section seating for the 7:45 pm performance. General Admission tickets for the 7:45 pm performance are $50 and include a post-show dessert reception.
SELECT tickets are also available for $1,000.00, which includes 2 VIP tickets and admission for two to a “behind the scenes” show rehearsal with Jose Ramos and the full cast the evening of Sunday, November 4.
For tickets call 1 800 811-4111 or purchase on line at www.pridefilmsandplays.com.
SIMPLY SENSATIONAL features musical direction by Robert Ollis and is directed by David Zak.
The evening benefits the programming of Pride Films and Plays, and the ongoing renovation of the Pride Arts Center.
ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS
Pride Films and Plays is working to produce year-round theater and film projects that change lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that are essential viewing for all audiences. The company produces a five-play season of full productions, shoots one short film each year, and continues its famed play developmental projects. PFP is the principal tenant in Pride Arts Center.
Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, The Pauls Foundation, The Heath Fund, The Service Club of Chicago, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation, Arts and Business Council, and Alphawood Foundation.
PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Northhalsted Business Association, Uptown United, and The League of Chicago Theatres.
ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER
Pride Arts Center (PAC) produces events complementing the PFP vision, including dance, cabaret, film, and more. Events can be one-night or limited run productions or feature national treasures like Charles Busch. PAC occupies The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway, which has 85 seats, and The Buena, which has 50 seats at 4147 N Broadway.
Pride Arts Center has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, Underscore Music Theater, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course Pride Films and Plays.