Vocal group boasts ‘Jersey Boys’ talent
By Bob Kostanczak firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2011 12:58PM
Performers onstage in the show "Under the Streetlamp"
Under the Streetlamp is a vocal group boasting recent lead cast members of “Jersey Boys.”
The smash Broadway musical has spawned offshoot enterprises.
Saturday, Aug. 20, marks the Star Plaza Theatre debut of Under the Streetlamp, whose Merrillville performance will be taped for future national broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service stations across the country, according to publicity material.
PBS is a natural to televise this brand of throwback harmonies.
Under the Streetlamp croons doo-wop, Motown and snazzy numbers that recall the Rat Pack — that swank boys club which starred Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.
Classic pop from the Beatles, Van Morrison and Sam Cooke also is part of the repertoire of Under the Streetlamp, which features Michael Ingersoll, Shonn Wiley, Christopher Kale Jones and Michael Cunio.
The four singers likewise dish the light rock of the Four Seasons, whose story is told in “Jersey Boys.”
According to a Chicago marketing firm, Under the Streetlamp is produced by Merrillville-based Star Productions and Michael Ingersoll, who starred as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in “Jersey Boys.”
The president and chief executive officer of Star Productions is Charlie Blum, who books shows at the Star Plaza Theatre. Under the Streetlamp is under the management of Blum and Star Productions, states press material.
I noticed an ad for Under the Streetlamp’s date in Merrillville that indicated the show will present the four stars from the original Chicago cast of “Jersey Boys.” Ingersoll has had a long run with the musical, logging performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
Tickets for Under the Streetlamp’s 8 p.m. show at the Star Plaza Theatre are $45. The venue states you can be part of a PBS special. Visit www.starplazatheatre.com for more details.
Rivers flows in
Joan Rivers is coming to Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City.
Even if you’re not crazy about her, Rivers has to be considered a trailblazer of sorts for young female comedians who do stand-up comedy nowadays.
Rivers performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the casino’s Stardust Event Center. Tickets ($35, $45 and $55) go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Visit www.bluechipcasino.com for more information.
‘Taste’ local band
Northwest Indiana’s Marrakesh Express plays Taste of Chicago at around 5 p.m. Saturday on the Illinois State Lottery Stage.
Featuring Lake County residents, Marrakesh Express plays the tunes of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and material of the classic-rock ensemble minus Young.
Taste of Chicago in Grant Park is nice Windy City exposure for Marrakesh Express, which has been doing well with bookings.
Chicago’s official tourism website indicates that Marrakesh Express will perform for about an hour Saturday, starting at 5:20 p.m.
Bob Kostanczuk talks entertainment with Steve “The Preacher” Glover from 4:15 to 5 p.m. each Friday on WJOB-AM (1230) and online at WJOB1230.com.