Porchlight's Annual Musical Benefit CHICAGO SINGS to Salute Disney, 8/25
Porchlight Music Theatre begins its 20th Anniversary season with a benefit concert, Chicago Sings Disney featuring the music created by the Walt Disney Studios, Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at Mayne Stage, 1328 West Morse Ave. The evening includes a thrilling roster of Chicago's top theatre artists performing familiar Disney classics and nostalgic treasures, a silent auction, cash bar and complimentary desserts at intermission, generously provided by Bespoke Cuisine. General admission tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door. VIP Tickets are available for $100, which includes a pre-show reception and premier reserved seating. Tickets may be ordered at773.777.9884 or porchlightmusictheatre.org. Proceeds from this concert benefit Porchlight productions and educational programs at The School at Porchlight.
Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associates Rob Lindley and Doug Peck created the annual Chicago Sings concert where on one night each year, Chicago's leading performers gather to support Chicago's leading presenter of music theater, Porchlight Music Theatre with a concert highlighting a specific songwriter, duo or group. Hosted by Lindley, with Peck often accompanying performers on piano, this year's special fundraising event features performances of songs created from the Walt Disney Studios.
Since the first sound cartoon in 1929 that introduced the world to a certain mouse to the 2013 Academy-Awarding winning Frozen, the name Disney has been associated with the most beloved melodies, unforgettable lyrics and silliest symphonies. Chicago Sings Disney includes hits, award-winners and hidden gems from the Disney cannon. Chicago Sings Disney includes hits, award-winners and hidden gems from such songwriters as Peggy Lee, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, Roger Miller, Randy Newman and the Sherman Brothers. "Let it Go," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Candle on the Water," "Bear Necessities," "Poor Unfortunate Souls" and "It's A Small World" are some of the night's featured performances.*
The performers, under Peck's direction, perform the songs in traditional formats, as well as new takes on the classics.* Chicago's finest music theatre artists, fan favorites as well as rising stars, scheduled to appear include E. Faye Butler, Dara Cameron, Matthew Crowle, Rebecca Finnegan, Foiled Again (Rob Lindley, Anne Sheridan Smith and Allison Bazarko), John Keating, Donica Lynn, Michael Mahler, Beckie Menzie, Christine Mild, Andrew Mueller, Matt Mueller, Meghan Murphy, Jeff Parker, Doug Peck, Peggy Roeder, Emma Rosenthal and Bethany Thomas.
Photo by Brandon Dahlquist