Michael Ingersoll and Metropolis present the newest season of Artists Lounge Live at Metropolis, featuring top Broadway and Broadway in Chicago stars in solo concerts.
Following the success and critical acclaim of the first two Artists Lounge Live series, Michael Ingersoll and Metropolis have announced a new season of the popular cabaret concerts. The new season includes tributes to Bobby Darin, Hank Williams, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters and Elton John.
Artists Lounge Live brings talented Broadway and Broadway in Chicago stars to the Chicagoland area. Christopher Kale Jones, Ethan Kinsella, Evan Tyrone Martin, Angela Ingersoll, Jared Bradshaw and Jess Godwin, all stars of theatre stages from Broadway to regional, will perform solo concerts at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Each artist will showcase their impeccable vocal talents and share their stories in the entertainment industry.
Darin, Starring Christopher Kale Jones (Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7:30 PM): “Jones has the audience swooning until the final curtain,” raves Theatre Mania. Nationally acclaimed actor and recording artist Christopher Kale Jones offers his distinctly passionate voice to the diverse catalogue of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bobby Darin. Beloved by audiences for starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (First National Tour), Jones currently wins hearts on PBS as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp. In his solo concert, Jones embodies the dazzling versatility of the legend he loves. With wry and wistful charm he recounts a life lived in the spotlight and lost too soon. Songs include “Dream Lover,” “Mack the Knife,” “Beyond the Sea,” and more.
Lovesick Blues: Remembering Hank Williams (Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:30 PM): More than a country singer, Hank Williams was an essential American voice. Ease and authenticity mark this ensemble’s homage to Williams’ brief but prolific recording career. Singer/songwriter Ethan Kinsella cultivated his sound touring with Americana, Country, and Bluegrass bands. The skilled musicians surrounding him were featured in popular Chicago productions of Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, and the long-running hit Million Dollar Quartet. Drawing from “The Hillbilly Shakespeare’s” deep well of favorites, featured songs include “Hey Good Lookin,” “Your Cheating Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and many more.
Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole (Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:30 PM): Chicago theatre standout Evan Tyrone Martin (Dreamgirls, Far From Heaven, Rent, Violet—Jeff Award Nomination) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s musical journey: from his upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. The enduring popularity of Cole’s recordings, particularly his holiday standards, is a testimony to the timelessness of his sound, a sound synonymous with American tradition. Classic tunes include “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “L-O-V-E,” and “Smile.”
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine, Starring Angela Ingersoll (Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7:30 PM): Chicago’s award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, The 12 Dames of Christmas, The Great Gatsby) hauntingly captures the emotional power and presence of beloved superstar Judy Garland. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll’s loving treatment of Miss Show Business is nothing short of breathtaking. Basking in Judy’s brightness and unafraid of her darkness, Ingersoll’s homage reveals a riveting fusion of fragility and strength. Iconic favorites include “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” “The Man That Got Away,” and more.
Swinging on a Star: A Salute to Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:30 PM): All aboard for a sentimental journey back to when Bing was King! Direct from Broadway, debonair baritone Jared Bradshaw (Jersey Boys) evokes cherished American icon Bing Crosby, resonating with all the ease and clarity of the original crooner himself. The dashing Bradshaw is joined by a trio of talented dolls belting out the infectious harmonies of the Andrews Sisters. It’s a real humdinger of an evening that would do Der Bingle proud, featuring familiar hits like “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” and “White Christmas.”
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Jess Godwin Sings Elton John (Thursday, July 6, 2017, 7:30 PM): Singer-songwriter and nationally-touring recording artist Jess Godwin (iTunes: Fool Me Once, Be a Light) pours her vulnerable heart and dynamic voice into Elton John’s greatest hits. Sir Elton’s simple, soulful love songs captivate audiences worldwide. His sometimes eccentric, always heartfelt blend of classical, gospel, and rock perfectly suits the sensitive and courageous Godwin. Tony-Award Winner and Jess Godwin fan Kristin Chenoweth lauds, “I just love her voice… she gets it.” Godwin shines playing piano-driven, chart-topping hits like “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” and “Benny and the Jets.”
Tickets for each show are $45, Stage Tables are $50. There is a 20% discount when four or more shows in the series are purchased. Discounts are not available for online purchases. All tickets can be purchased at MetropolisArts.com or by calling the Box Office at 847.577.2121.
The Artists Lounge Live Series is sponsored by Lutheran Home and Bob & Barb White.
Metropolis thanks its generous media partner Tribune Media Group. Metropolis is partially supported by a grant from Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Metropolis is located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs in downtown Arlington Heights at the intersection of Campbell and Vail Avenue (111 West Campbell Street). Street parking is available. Free parking is available in the public garage behind the theatre. For more information about Metropolis and a list of upcoming events visit MetropolisArts.com or call the Box Office at 847.577.2121.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre provides professional entertainment and arts education, enriching our community.