Looks like they’re making good.
Last we heard from Mercury Theater Chicago, they were rallying after nearly being shut down by the pandemic. Now, they’re opening their doors for the Southport Arts Fest next month, promising live music, cocktails, and the first public introduction to Mercury’s new leadership team.
In addition to the previously announced Christopher Chase Carter as new Artistic Director, Honey West will join him as the Cabaret Director at the adjoining Venus space. An Indiana University grad, West has been a Chicago cabaret staple since the nineties, and was inducted in 2012 into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for her advocacy for trans performers.
Says Carter: “We have been busy planning the future of the company, including upcoming programming for our fall season, and we look forward to opening our doors in July with musical performances and cocktails. Our enthusiasm and optimism are palpable as we have been anticipating the day when our friends and patrons are gathered again for live musical performances.”
The Open House will take place on Saturday, July 10 from 1:00pm-10:00pm and Sunday, July 11 from noon-7:00pm in conjunction with the return of the Southport Arts Fest. Live entertainment by Mercury Theater Chicago alumni will begin at 2:00pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday. The event is free and reservations are not necessary. Cocktails crafted by the Mercury Theater Chicago’s new Beverage Director Sarah Wurz will be available for purchase.
The schedule of performers will be available in advance at mercurytheaterchicago.com.
About Mercury Theater Chicago
The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is in the heart of the Southport Corridor at 3745 North Southport Avenue, within a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful destination, Mercury Theater Chicago is a live-theater seating 280 people, adjoining Venus Cabaret Theater (seating 80).
The building that houses the Mercury opened in 1912 as a silent film nickelodeon, named The Blaine Theatre after actor and former Senator and Secretary of State James G. Blaine.The Blaine became obsolete when talking pictures became popular nationwide in 1928. The building served a variety of uses until 1994, when it was purchased by theater producer Michael Cullen and transformed into a live theatre, named the Mercury Theatre.
In 2010 the building was sold again and reopened as Mercury Theater Chicago under the direction of Walter Stearns, a veteran theater director and producer. Mercury Theater Chicago is thrilled to be part of the city’s vibrant theatre community, boasting record-setting long runs, employing hundreds of artists and recognized with dozens of award nominations. Mercury Theater Chicago’s team includes Christopher Chase Carter (Artistic Director), Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon (Executive Producers), Shane Murray-Corcoran (Managing Director), and Honey West (Cabaret Director).