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Thursday, May 9, 2019

CELEBRATE PRIDE WITH GET HAPPY: ANGELA INGERSOLL SINGS JUDY GARLAND at Mercury Theater Chicago's Venus Cabaret Theater June 20-30, 2019

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Artists Lounge Live presents 
GET HAPPY: 
ANGELA INGERSOLL SINGS JUDY GARLAND 
AT MERCURY THEATER'S 
VENUS CABARET


Emmy Nominee and Jeff Award Winner Angela Ingersoll Channels Judy Garland in Concert June 20-30

I've had the great pleasure to catch Angela Ingersoll live, embodying the soul of Judy Garland, and her vocal and physical resemblance is uncanny! She's a consummate performer and a joy to see. Combine her delightful rendition of Garland's legacy with one of our favorite intimate spaces, Mercury Theater Chicago's Venus Cabaret Theater, and it's sure to be an epic experience.

Artists Lounge Live presents GET HAPPY: ANGELA INGERSOLL SINGS JUDY GARLAND, June 20-30, at Mercury Theater Chicago's Venus Cabaret Theater, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago. Angela Ingersoll's Emmy-nominated performance, as seen on PBS, celebrates Judy Garland live in concert with virtuosic vocals, compassionate storytelling, and naturally winning humor. Her intimate engagement at Venus Cabaret commemorates the 50th anniversary of Garland's passing and invites audiences to raise a glass to the birth of the Pride movement.

In addition to headlining concert stages nationwide, Ingersoll won acclaim for her superb portrayal of Garland in the play End of the Rainbow, including Chicago's Jeff Award and LA Times Woman of the Year in Theatre. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “Phenomenal. Judy Garland has been reborn.” Songs include "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," and "The Man That Got Away.” Presented by Artists Lounge Live and Mercury Theater Chicago.

GET HAPPY: ANGELA INGERSOLL SINGS JUDY GARLAND runs June 20 through 30, 2019. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 3:30pm. Tickets are priced at $65 and are available online at MercuryTheaterChicago.com, by phone at 773.325.1700, or in person at the Mercury Theater Box Office, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago. More information is available online HERE.

LA Times cheers, “Ingersoll has incandescent star power.” Angela Ingersoll headlines concert stages nationwide with her Emmy Award-nominated performance, Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland, as seen on PBS. Ingersoll is also known for her stunning portrayal of Garland in the play End of the Rainbow (Chicago: Porchlight Music Theatre; Los Angeles: La Mirada Theatre, Laguna Playhouse; St Louis: Max & Louie Productions). Her star turn earned acclaim including Chicago's Jeff Award, a Broadway World Award, and LA Times Woman of the Year in Theatre. Attracting the attention of Garland’s family, Ingersoll partnered with Garland’s son onstage for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll Celebrate Judy Garland. Other credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Hedy LaRue, Jeff Award nomination) at Marriott Theatre; and work with Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, Drury Lane, Writers, Steppenwolf, The Second City, and Goodman Theatre. Other TV: Chicago PD. Other concerts: The 12 Dames of Christmas. Angela and husband Michael Ingersoll produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. angelaingersoll.com

About Artists Lounge Live
Artists Lounge Live is a dynamic concert series featuring popular music of yesterday performed live by tremendous talent of today. Rising stars of stage and screen pay homage to the icons that influenced them in emotional evenings of storytelling and song. In addition to showcasing superb musicianship, powerful storytelling sets Artists Lounge Live apart. Shows explore the lives of icons with empathy and delve into the landscape of America when the music was being made. Headliners are not impersonators; rather, they are the artistic descendants of the icon they cover. By sharing their gratitude, the artists offer audiences a piece of their heart. Artists Lounge Live hopes that as you fall in love with the music all over again, you’ll also fall in love with the featured artist and their dedication to keeping your music alive for the next generation. Producer/performer Michael Ingersoll states, “Popular music is our shared heritage and we honor it the best way we know how: by gathering together to enjoy live entertainment. We believe in the restorative power of live entertainment, for both the individual and the community.” artistsloungelive.com

About Mercury Theater Chicago
The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is located in the heart of the Southport Corridor at 3745 North Southport Avenue, within a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful destination, Mercury Theater Chicago is a live-theater seating 290 people, adjoining Venus Cabaret Theater (seating 80). Guests are taken care of from the moment they arrive with valet service and luxe farm-to-table dining at its adjoining restaurant, Grassroots.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

OPENING: STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S COMPANY To Kick Off Grand Opening of Mercury Theater Chicago's Venus Cabaret Theater

Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:
Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Grand Opening of
Venus Cabaret Theater and cast of
STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S COMPANY
April 5 – June 3, 2018



Here at ChiIL Live Shows, we're beyond excited for the grand opening of Mercury Theater Chicago's Venus Cabaret Theater. I'll be ChiILin' at this stellar space, next door to Mercury Theater's main stage, for the press opening on April 15th, so check back soon for my full review. I've attended quite a few afterparties in this sweet space and can't wait to see the launch of their lineup of shows. Mercury and Venus are out of this world, with a fun lineup of annual favorites.

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue – is pleased to announce the opening of VENUS CABARET THEATER with a uniquely intimate production of Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY, running from April 5th through June 3rd. Press opening is the weekend of April 13th-15th. Named for the planet next to Mercury, Venus Cabaret is a versatile new performance space offering food and drinks to complement each production. Audiences at COMPANY will be welcomed to Bobby’s 35th Birthday Party and will be treated to party appetizers, a cash bar and even birthday cake. Making his Mercury Theater Chicago debut, David Sajewich will be featured in the role of Bobby. The production will be led by Jeff Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director) and Eugene Dizon (Musical Director).


Set in a swinging New York City, Stephen Sondheim’s game-changing musical is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people, his married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. Robert is forced to question his life choices and what it means to be alive.

From musical theater’s most renowned composer, COMPANY is regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Music and Lyrics (Stephen Sondheim) and Best Book (George Furth). With popular and familiar songs such as “Another Hundred People,” “Marry Me a Little,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and “Being Alive,” COMPANY is just as entertaining, relevant, and relatable as it was when it debuted in 1970.

Audiences will be immersed into the action as they are welcomed at the door and immediately whisked into the world of Bobby’s Birthday Party. The characters will joke around and socialize with attendees as they wait for the big birthday surprise. All of the senses will be dazzled with food and drink offerings tailored to the show. Venus Cabaret Theater was designed to put the audience right in the middle of it all – everyone is a part of the story.



COMPANY will feature David Sajewich as “Bobby” and his cast of married friends will include Nicole Armold, Jenna Coker-Jones, Nicole Cready, Hannah Dawe, Greg Foster, Frederick Harris, Derek Self, Steve Silver, Ryan Stajmiger and Heather Townsend. The girlfriends in Bobby’s life include Kyrie Courter, Kiersten Frumkin and Allison Sill. The costume design is by Robert Kuhn, lighting design is by Dustin L. Derry and projection design is by Liviu Pasare. The stage manager is Richard Lundy.


After two years in the making and a $1M renovation, VENUS CABARET THEATER at Mercury Theater Chicago is finally ready for its grand opening. This versatile, state-of-the-art performance space seats 80 people in a flexible theater/dining space. The renovation was designed and built by Trent Zilmer (Z Design Build Group) with interior décor by Dianne Green Moen and theatrical technology by Mike Ross and Matt Gajowniczek (Sound Production and Lighting). The Mercury/Venus theater and restaurant complex is located in the heart of the Southport Corridor, a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful theater destination, Mercury Theater Chicago takes care of its guests from the moment they arrive with valet service and dining at its adjoining restaurant, Grassroots.

The performance schedule for COMPANY is Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Wednesday evening performances at 7:30pm will be offered beginning on May 16th.

Individual tickets are $65 each, include appetizers and dessert, and are available online at MercuryTheaterChicago.com, over the phone at 773.325.1700, or in person at 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago.


Last Call: 
Extended and highly recommended tribute to Gilda Radner ending April 15th. We adored Bunny Bunny and can't recommend it highly enough. This poignant and powerful show is unconventionally and absolutely a love story. Don't miss this!



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