Some of the Windy City's top cabaret performers will take part in a salute to the late Richard Rodgers on Aug. 16 and 17.
Simply titled "A Tribute to Richard Rodgers," the evenings will feature the talents of Spider Saloff, Alexandra Billings, Tom Michael, Suzanne Petri, Kat Taylor, Denise Tomasello, Robert Whorton, Kari Howard, Bob Moreen, Daryl Nitz, Claydia Hommel, Tracy Adams, Stephen Rader, Elizabeth Doyle, John Eskola, Margie Gibson and Patricia Rusk. George Howe and Andrew Blendermen will serve as the program's musical directors.
Produced by Chicago Cabaret Professionals, Ralph Lampkin, Jr. and the City of Chicago's Music Everywhere Summer Cabaret Weekend, "A Tribute to Richard Rodgers" will be held at The Royal George Theater, which is located at 1614 N. Halsted Avenue. Tickets are priced at $20 for single tickets, $30 for a pair and $15 for senior citizens and students. They may be purchased by calling the theatre's box office at (312) 988-9000. Show time is 7:30 PM.
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, The Boys from Syracuse is in previews at the American Airlines Theatre, and Flower Drum Song returns to The Great White Way in Sept.
—By Andrew Gans