A host of Broadway performers will take part in the Chicago Humanities Festival's 13th Annual Benefit Dinner and Concert on Nov. 1.
Entitled It Might As Well Be Swing!, the tribute to the late Richard Rodgers will feature performances from such theatre favorites as Brent Barrett, Brian d'Arcy James and Jason Graae as well as Klea Blackurst, Kate Baldwin, Barbara Carroll, Sherrill Milnes and others. An original revue penned by Laurence Maslon, the evening will be directed by Kenneth Richardson. Kevin Stites will conduct a full Broadway-style orchestra.
Produced in collaboration with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, It Might As Well Be Swing! begins with cocktails at 5:30 PM. Dinner is scheduled for 6 PM, and the two-hour concert begins at 8 PM at Chicago's Symphony Center, which is located at 220 S. Michigan Avenue.
Tickets range from $300 to $500 and may be purchased by calling (312) 661-1028, ext. 20. A limited number of concert-only tickets — priced at $15 — are available by calling (312) 494-9509. For more information, go to www.chfestival.org.
During his lifetime, Richard Rodgers penned over 900 songs. His partnerships with Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II produced some of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. His works with Hart included On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey and By Jupiter, and the Rodgers-Hammerstein collaboration spawned Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. The hit revival of Oklahoma! currently plays Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, and Flower Drum Song recently opened at the Virginia Theatre. —By Andrew Gans