CHICAGO – JUDY & LIZA — ONCE IN A LIFETIME: THE LONDON PALLADIUM CONCERT — A TRIBUTE will be presented at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL from March 5 to April 5, 2020. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, with a special press opening performance at 3 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 (no evening performance on March 7) and matinees on Thursdays, March 19 and 26 at 2 pm in place of evening performances on those two days. The engagement is co-produced by Greenhouse Theater Center and Nancy Hays Entertainment, Inc.
Actresses Nancy Hays and Alexa Castelvecchi star in ONCE IN A LIFETIME, recalling the iconic 1964 concert of Judy Garland and her 18-year-old daughter Liza at the Palladium Theatre in London. This was the only time that these two legends performed a live concert together and occurred at a happy moment in their lives when Garland was still at her professional peak and her charismatic daughter Minnelli was a rising star. This loving tribute celebrates the classic songs, joyful movements and affectionate banter of that historic event, performed before an adoring audience. Heartfelt solos like “The Man That Got Away,” “Gypsy in My Soul,” and “Over the Rainbow,” favorite duets “Chicago,” and “Get Happy/Happy Days” and special medleys are all backed by the authentic jazz-combo arrangements of Jeff Award-recipient Robert Ollis, music director.
The show has been expanded since performed earlier in Chicago, New York City and elsewhere, with warm personal touches and additional songs. Background information on the performers and a gallery of photos are found at www.JudyLizatribute.com.
Run time: approx. 95 minutes including a 10-minute intermission
Appropriate for all ages. Tickets, priced at $25.00 for all performances ($20.00 for seniors/students/industry discounts) are on sale now through Greenhouse Theater Center 773-404-7336, www.greenhousetheater.org.
JUDY & LIZA — ONCE IN A LIFETIME:
THE LONDON PALLADIUM CONCERT — A TRIBUTE
Co-produced by Greenhouse Theater Center and Nancy Hays Entertainment, Inc.
Performed by Nancy Hays and Alexa Castelvecchi
Music Direction by Robert Ollis
March 5 – April 5, 2020
Previews Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6 at 8:00 pm
Press Opening Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Regular Run: March 8 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (except Saturday 3/7) at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, Thursdays, March 19 and 26 at 2 pm only (no evening performances on 3/19 and 3/26).
Ticket prices all performances: $25.00, seniors/students/industry $20.00.
Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (Downstairs Studio)
Tickets available through Greenhouse Theater Center by phone at 773-404-7336 or online at www.greenhousetheater.org/judyandlizatickets.
Nancy Hays starred in the title role of MAME backed by a 26 piece orchestra at Music Theater Works where she also played the leading roles of Hedy in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS, and Ruth in PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Other recent theatrical credits include M’Lynn in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Rose in GYPSY, and Amanda in THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Nancy had returned to theatre in 2015 to portray Judy Garland in THE BOY FROM OZ, presented by Pride Films & Plays, after performing for years as an opening act for Tommy Tune, Rita Rudner, Smothers Brothers, George Burns and others. Her country song COME DANCE WITH ME is an international hit, and she was featured in the film THE MINNESOTA CONNECTION. Nancy has also made numerous TV appearances (including one on ABC dancing with Mario Lopez). Nancy has recorded five albums and toured the UK multiple times. www.NancyHays.com
Alexa Castelvecchi most recently starred in Chicago-based company, Hell in a Handbag’s FACTS OF LIFE parody musical called SATAN’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS where she played the sitcom’s favorite tomboy, Jo. Alexa got her start playing Liza Minnelli in RIP NELSON HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR with Hell in a Handbag, which led her to her current role in ONCE IN A LIFETIME. She has also been featured in multiple short film projects including BI-NOW, EON UPPERCUT, THE AUDIT, and THE NEST, which have had success in festivals. As the proud owner of her baby grand piano, music and performance are the heart and soul of Alexa, with a side of laughter. www.alexacastelvecchi.com
Robert Ollis (Music Director) served as music director for THE BOY FROM OZ, an acclaimed Chicago premiere by Pride Films & Plays (PFP), as well as helping to create the follow-up production of JUDY & LIZA: THE LONDON PALLADIUM CONCERT – A TRIBUTE. He has served as Music Director of such popular PFP shows as A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, SOUTHERN COMFORT, YANK!-A WWII LOVE STORY, PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE NANCE, SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED, A HISTORY OF SUMMER, THE BOOK OF MERMAN and UNDER A RAINBOW FLAG. He served as Music Director for Underscore Theatre’s hit show HAYMARKET: A NEW FOLK MUSICAL. Robert received a Jeff Award for music direction of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, plus Jeff nominations for six other shows. Robert has also served as Music Director for notable productions at Bailiwick Chicago and Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. He has music-directed THE ADDAMS FAMILY and several other productions of the Casting Auction Players, as well as countless theatre-benefit concerts. Robert has accompanied performers Donna McKechnie, Capathia Jenkins, Andrea Marcovicci, Nick Adams, Nancy Hays and Alexandra Billings at cabaret and concert venues in New York City and Chicago. www.Robert-Ollis.com