Theo Ubique’s hit summer cabaret, A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters, has added a month of performances in August following the complete sellout of all its July dates. The schedule continues with performances Thursday through Sunday evenings (though there will be no shows Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17), plus Wednesday evening performances beginning August 13. A complete schedule of performances is listed below.
The show continues Theo Ubique’s tradition of celebrating the Great American Songbook,but rather than focusing on the work of a single songwriter or composer-lyricist team, this summer’s show honors those superstar singers of the World War II and post-war eras, the Andrews Sisters and the great American songs they popularized.
During the war, Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews charmed soldiers through their USO tours, winning a following that continued after the war as the sisters entertained the returned veterans through concerts, recordings, TV and movies. The group popularized many songs still beloved today, like "In the Mood," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Nice Work if You Can Get It." They also recorded songs by some of the greatest American songwriters, including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and George and Ira Gershwin.
For Theo Ubique’s show, the Andrews’ close three-part harmonies are sung by Casi Maggio, Sarah Larson and Jordan Yentz, three young performers who have been making their mark on the Chicago musical theater scene. Casi Maggio was Jeff-nominated for her Kate Monster in Night Blue’s Avenue Q. Sarah Larson appeared in Theo Ubique’sPassion, and Jordan Yentz has appeared in Pal Joey for Porchlight Music Theatre as well as Man of La Mancha and Camelot for Light Opera Works. They’ll be joined by a male singer, as the Andrews Sisters often were. Will Lucas, a sensation in last summer’s A Cole Porter Songbook at Theo will fill in for all the men who joined the sisters on stage.
A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters is directed and choreographed by David Heimann, who has directed or choreographed past Theo Ubique cabarets including Time after Time, A Cole Porter Songbook, Sweet and Hot, Jacques Brel‘s Lonesome Losers of the Night, and A Very Merry Madrigal. He also directed Theo’s Man of La Mancha and choreographed Flora the Red Menace. Joining Heimann on the creative team are Music Director Alex Newkirk, Musical Arranger Aaron Benham, Scenic Designer Adam Veness, Costume Designer Bill Morey, Lighting Designer Jessica Goings, Assistant Director Christopher Logan and Production Stage Manager/ Props Designer Paige Keedy.
"The 1940s and 1950s were an incredible era of music," Heimann says. "The Andrews Sisters were so popular that they got to sing the songs of the best writers, as well as make hits of the songs they sang. They were instrumental in popularizing swing and boogie woogie. We’ve been wanting to produce a show of their music so that we could perform in such a variety of styles. When Patty Andrews, the last surviving sister, passed away last year we figured it was time to stage a tribute to them."
Ticket prices for the show alone are $24-$34. A three-course dinner served by the actors before the show with dessert during intermission will be available for an additional $25. Dinner reservations must be purchased together with ticket orders. (Pay-at-door dinner reservations are no longer available).
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Appetizer: Tomatoes and cottage cheese. Sliced farm fresh tomatoes, topped with organic cottage cheese, seasoned with herbed salt.
Entree: Chipped beef (or seitan) and gravy. Thinly sliced flank steak seasoned and sautéed in rich gravy served over toasted sourdough paired with herb sautéed vegetable medley.
Dessert: 1940s Chocolate cream pie with fresh whipped cream
June 5 – August 10, 2014:
Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 7 pm (No show June 29)
August 13-14, 2014
Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm.
August 20-31, 2014
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 7 pm
Ticket prices: Thursdays and Sundays $29 ($24 for seniors and students); Fridays and Saturdays $34 ($29 for seniors and students).
Dinner – $25 (Must be ordered at same time as tickets).
Tickets are available online at www.theo-u.com or by phone at 800-595-4849.