A LITTLE TOUCH OF COWARD IN THE NIGHT Comes to the Met Room, 6/21
A night of song, story and scenes celebrating the life and legacy of Sir Noël Coward by four Chicago cabaret and theatre favorites. Get underneath the music and behind the scenes of the man known as The Master as the ensemble re-imagine beloved scenes and songs, including "Why do the Wrong People Travel?" "I've Been to a Marvelous Party," "If Love Were All," "Mad About the Boy," "Mrs. Worthington," "Ziguener," "Nina," and "Matelot."
Starring Chicago's acclaimed Jefferson Award nominated actress, winner of the After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals' Gold Coast Award, Suzanne Petri; Jefferson Award winner and Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member and 2014 Lunt Fontanne Fellow Robert Breuler; After Dark Award and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Bob Moreen and Danny Boy Sing-Off winner andHelen & Tim Meier Achievement Award honoree John Eskola.
"A Little Touch of Coward in the Night"
June 21st, 2014 at 7:00PM
New York's Metropolitan Room,
34 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010,
RSVP at (212) 206-0440
Suzanne Petri's passion for Coward's work has spanned most of her performing career and she is very excited to bring his words and music to the Metropolitan Room. From stage to TV, from nightclubs to concert halls such as New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, Suzanne Petri has established herself as one of the Windy City's premier entertainers, performing at some of the Chicago area's top stages including Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park, Park West, Drury Lane, Davenport's, Maxim's, Katerina's and Toulouse on the Park. Suzanne has been featured at the Chicago Humanities Festival and theMabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Conventions in New York City and Chicago. She was honored with the Gold Coast Award for Cabaret Excellence, theAfter Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist and is a Jeff nominated actor and an ensemble member of American Blues Theater. She recently appeared in acclaimed stage productions Hank Williams: Lost Highway with ABT, which returns this summer, and Gambit with Artemisia Theatre, Waiting for Lefty, Tobacco Road, Zorba, Follies, Twelfth Night, The Threepenny Opera and Oklahoma! She has produced, directed and appeared on dozens of Chicago stages including the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens and Northlight Theatre and motion pictures such as Milwaukee, Minnesota with Bruce Dern and Randy Quaid, Disney's Just Visiting with Jean Reno and Indy film Lac Du Flambeau; TV roles includeEarly Edition and Evil Has A Face with Sean Young. She has appeared in many of Second City founder Bernie Sahlins' productions including Lysistrata, Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl and Under Milk Wood. The Chicago Tribune raved about her cabaret tribute to Marlene Dietrich at Millennium Park: "She Torched the Place." Suzanne and her husband Bob Breuler (SuzBo Entertainment) brought their original musical Duo; 1 is One, 2 is Math to theSteppenwolf Theatre's Garage Rep After Party. Her CD's, Das Grand Tour, A Marvelous Party and Marlene Muzik are available at www.suzannepetri.comand digitally online. Suzanne is President Emeritus and a founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals and she was a 2000 Cabaret Symposium Fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, studying with such master teachers as Julie Wilson, Shelly Markham, Carol Hall, Lina Koutrakos, Rick Jensen, Lincoln Mayorga, Tex Arnold and other cabaret luminaries.
Joining Suzanne is her husband and one of Chicago's most respected actors Robert Breuler (director), in one of their many collaborations, includingSuzBo Entertainment Inc's "Duo; 1 is 1, 2 is Math" their original musical, recently presented at Steppenwolf Theatre. From his first role at Joe Papp'sNew York Public Theatre where he played Kress in David Rabe's The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel to Mornings at Seven at Drury Lane Water Tower, he has played over one hundred roles, including Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Moe in Riverview and Dean Strauss in Spinning Into Butter, at theGoodman. Bob is a member of the Steppenwolf acting ensemble where he has performed in over 40 roles in 27 years. Some favorites: Botvinnic in A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing, Father Lux in Our Lady of 121st Street, Pa Joad in the Grapes of Wrath, Charlie "Blackie" Blackwell in John Olive's Killerswhich he recently directed at the Mary Arrchie Theatre. Broadway credits: The Grapes Of Wrath, Carousel, The Song Of Jacob Zulu and Death Of A Salesman. Favorite plays: Cherry Orchard, A Lesson Before Dying, The Time of Your Life, Mother Courage and Her Children, Uncle Vanya, The Infidel, andMolly Sweeney. Television credits: Prison Break, Early Edition, NYPD-Blue, The Untouchables, Angel Street and made-for-TV movies such as Open Admissions, The Father Clements Story, and Keeper of the City with Lou Gossett Jr. Films include The Crucible, Trial by Jury, The Company, Love and Action in Chicago, Miles from Home, A Piece of Eden, and Suspended Animation. He recently performed at Millennium Park where he was in Studs Terkel's Will the Circle be Unbroken? One of his favorite roles was with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra where he played The Devil in Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale. He is a recipient of the William and Eva Fox Fellowship Grant and a 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow at Ten Chimneys with Master Teacher David Hyde Pierce.
Pianist/vocalist Bob Moreen (musical director) has been performing, accompanying and teaching in the Chicago area for more years than he has fingers and toes with which to count. For three years he was house-pianist-entertainer at Rush Street's venerable Punchinello's. He appeared at the Happy Medium, Mister Kelly's, Sage's, Eugene's, Acorn On Oak, Toulouse, the Coq d'Or. His theater credits include work with the Goodman Theater, the Body Politic, Pheasant Run, the U of I Circle Theater. He has worked with name entertainers such as Dorothy Collins, Peter Palmer, Greta Keller, Ann Margret, The Incomparable Hildegarde, and with many of Chicago's top vocalists. The Chicago Reader called him a "mellow saloon crooner"; in the Sun Times he was "a special, eclectic piano player"; the Tribune's Howard Reich said he is "an impressive singer...the complete entertainer...the quintessential cabaret singer-pianist". In Cabaret Scenes Magazine, Carla Gordon said "Moreen takes us where we are meant to go...with aplomb (and) with impeccable timing". He has presented one-man shows at Maxim's Nancy Goldberg International Center and at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater, including "The Music That Was Fred Astaire", "An Evening with Tom Lehrer" and "It's De-lovely, The Many Loves of Cole Porter". He is a founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, a winner of the 2007 After Dark award for "Outstanding Cabaret Artist" and 2009 Chicago Cabaret Professionals' Lifetime Achievement Award.
John Eskola has been singing around the Chicago area since the mid-1970's. On the concert stage he has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Choral Ensemble, the Clinton Iowa Symphony, Chicago Choral Ensemble and William Ferris Chorale. On stage John has appeared in productions at theShubert Theater: a National Tour of "Evita", at the Goodman Theatre: "The Visit" and "The House Of Martin Guerre", at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse: Maury Yeston's "Phantom", "Sweet Charity", "Rags" and at Marriott's Lincolnshire: "Sweeney Todd". He is a founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals and his cabaret performances include appearances at The Royal George Cabaret, Davenport's, Boombala, and The Cultural Center, among others. As a member of The Cathedral Singers, John has recorded over 20 CDs on the GIA label an independent recording ensemble under the directorship of Richard Proulx, a well respected Church composer and musician.