Local Chicago celebrities are joining with comedian Martin Short and The Second City improv troupe to honor radio and television personality Roy Leonard. Proceeds from the benefit will go to Gilda's Club Chicago.
The revue-style evening will pay tribute to Leonard's 31 years in the entertainment field (from which he has recently retired) and honor his commitment and support to the Chicago arts and entertainment community.
Martin Short will host the event and will also perform in sketches with members of the Second City troupe. Also set to perform are various artist from Chicago's theatrical, comedy and cabaret venues, including Kurt Elling, Aaron Freeman, former "Saturday Night Live" performer Tim Kazurinsky, and singer Bonnie Koloc. Also featured is the Chicago cast of Frank McCourt's revue, The Irish...and How They Got That Way.
Recently added to the event roster are Bob Sirott from FOX TV, WGN's Kathy O'Malley and folk artist Jim Post.
Before the death of Second City alum Gilda Radner, she worked with various people in setting up a club in New York for families, friends and people living with cancer to come for social and emotional support. The Chicago chapter of Gilda's Club opened Feb. 14, 1998. For more information or to buy tickets ($40-$250) call (312) 464-9900 or Ticketmaster at (312) 902-1500.
--By Angelica Roderick