Hollis Resnik, one of the leading ladies of the Chicago theatre community, sings show tunes and pop songs on a new CD, "Make Someone Happy," available in stores and on the internet from M.A.M. Records.
Composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa, who worked with Resnik at Chicago Lyric Opera on Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations) penned the album's liner notes.
The disc includes "All You Need is a Quarter " (by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne), "This Is What It Is" (LaChiusa), "Who's This Stranger" (by Lou Rosen), "Lion Tamer" (by Stephen Schwartz), Rodgers & Hammerstein's "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," "I'm Tired of Loving You" (by Ed Dixon), Weill & Brecht's "Barbara Song," "Can Help Falling in Love With You" (by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore), Bock & Harnick's "A Trip to the Library," Maury Yeston's "Unusual Way," Andrew Lippa's "Life of the Party" and the title track by Comden, Green and Styne.
Rick Snyder wrote the arrangements and played keyboards. Producers are Snyder, Resnik and Tim Mendel.
This is Resnik's first solo CD. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier will host a CD release party for Resnik, who will sing at the event, 8 PM Oct. 14. For information, call (312) 595-5600 No stranger to classics, comedies, new works and musicals, Resnik has played almost every major stage in Chicago and has won eight Joseph Jefferson Awards. For two years, she toured as Fantine in Les Misérables. She is already lined up for three roles in Chicago in the coming season: The Beard of Avon at The Goodman Theatre in September-October, James Joyce's The Dead at the Court Theatre in December and Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing at Writers' Theatre in Glencoe in January 2003.
— By Kenneth Jones