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Thursday, April 5, 2012

This Spring Everybody's Singin' Groovy Music in Chicago

This spring everyone in Chicago seems to be performing groovy music from the 1960s and '70s, so today I'm featuring four upcoming shows worth checking out.

Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway in BOOM! on April 21
The Tony Award-nominated Broadway and cabaret veterans - and sisters - return to the North Shore Center in Skokie with their new show dedicated to the music of the baby-boomer generation. The concert features songs made famous by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder and others, including such classics as “Yesterday”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “Always Something There to Remind Me”, “Blowin' in the Wind”, "Both Sides, Now,", "Up, Up and Away", "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Downtown".

BOOM! will be performed at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 North Skokie Boulevard) on Saturday, April 21, at 8 pm. To purchase tickets, visit the box office, or call (847) 673-6300. DEEP DISH readers can receive a $5 discount on tickets with the code CSDD45.

Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael in All in the Musical Family on April 7, 14, 21 and 28
This award-winning duo's new show celebrates many of the most popular and timeless musical families including The Carpenters, The Andrew Sisters, The Jacksons, The Judds, Steve & Eydie, The Bee Gees, John and Bonnie Raitt and many more. Menzie & Michael will also poke fun at our culture's obsession with celebrity families so popular today.

All in the Musical Family will be presented at Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret (1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago) every Saturday in April at 8 pm. For reservations, call (773) 278-1830 or go to

Laura Freeman in It's My Party on May 12, 19 and 26
Freeman and her co-hostess Beckie Menzie invite you to a party celebrating the ladies of the 1960s who made groovy music, including Lesley Gore, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Marvelettes and many more.

It's My Party will be performed at Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret (1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago) on three Saturdays in May (12, 19 and 26) at 8 pm. For reservations, call (773) 278-1830 or go to

Judy at Carnegie on April 20 and 21
Judy at Carnegie Hall is perhaps the most acclaimed live concert recording ever made and considered by many as one of the greatest nights in show business. The album - from Garland's concert on April 23, 1961 - stayed on the Billboard chart for 94 weeks and was the winner of five Grammy Awards, including Best Female Vocal Performance and Album of the Year. Now Chicago's top jazz and cabaret vocalists will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Garland's acclaimed performance by recreating that legendary evening song by song, anecdote by anecdote and costume by costume. The ensemble includes Heather Currie, Elaine Dame, Elizabeth Doyle, Laura Freeman, Ester Hana, KT McCammond, Julia Merchant, Daryl Nitz, Stephen Rader, Tecora Rogers and special guest Honey West.

Judy at Carnegie will be presented at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse in Chicago) at 8 pm on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21. For reservations, call (773) 381-4554 or go to

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