Photos: Nina Simone by Ron Kroon / Anefo CC BY-SA, Eartha Kitt by Hugo van Gelderen / Anefo CC BY-SA
Monday, November 2 | 6-7:15 PM
Francis W. Parker School, Diane and David B Heller Auditorium
2233 N Clark St | Chicago, IL | 60614
Rob Lindley and Doug Peck, the team behind A Night at the Oscars and Birds Do It, Bees Do It..., bring us an evening exploring the lives and music of four iconic expatriates. Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, and Tina Turner felt compelled to journey far from home to realize their artistic and personal dreams. This one-night-only event, hosted by Lili-Anne Brown, will feature CHF favorites and music and theater legends including E. Faye Butler, Lynne Jordan, Dee Alexander, Bethany Thomas, and more. Uncover the deep and complicated histories behind beloved songs like ìNe Me Quitte Pas,î ìMississippi Goddam,î ìRiver Deep ñ Mountain High,î ìPrivate Dancer,î and ìI Want to Be Evil.î
This program is generously underwritten by a gift from Greta Wiley Flory, in memory of her late husband Bill, a longtime friend and supporter of the Festival.
There is another performance of this show at 8:30 PM.
Rob Lindley returns to CHF following his past events Follies; A Night at the Oscars; Assassins; Birds Do It, Bees Do It...; and last yearís A Night at the Tonys. He has directed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the Off-Broadway musical parody 50 Shades!: The Musical. He has also acted in The Secret Garden, James Joyceís The Dead, and Closer Than Ever, amongst others. Lindley won a Jeff Award for his performance in Oh Coward! and his cabaret trio, Foiled Again, has won an After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Performance.
Doug Peckís work has been heard in Chicago at Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, TimeLine Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, and the Ravinia Festival. He is the winner of six Joseph Jefferson Awards and two After Dark Awards, the Sarah Siddons Award, and the Guy Adkins Award for his music direction and orchestrations in Chicago and across the country. He has presented the past CHF events Follies; A Night at the Oscars; Assassins; Birds Do It, Bees Do It..; and last yearís A Night at the Tonys. He is a creative partner with the Goodman, an artistic associate with Porchlight Music Theatre, and a faculty member of the National High School Institute of the Arts.
Lili-Anne Brown, a native Chicagoan, works as an actor, director, and educator, and has performed in, directed, and produced many award-winning shows, both local and regional. She is Artistic Director of Bailiwick Chicago, an Artistic Associate of Timber Lake Playhouse, and a graduate of Northwestern University. She is a member of Actor's Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and an Associate of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She would like to acknowledge her father, Lt. Col. Otto H. Brown Jr, whose service to this country, in the face of great oppression, taught her the true meaning of citizenship.