Under the Streetlamp
Saturday March 19
25 E. Galena Boulevard
The performance will raise funds for the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.AURORA, Ill. Paramount Theatre is thrilled to bring Michael Ingersoll and the recent leading cast members of the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" back to Aurora, with their new show "Under the Streetlamp," as an encore to their sold-out performance last winter. "Under the Streetlamp" will play the Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd in Aurora, for one performance only Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8 p.m.Rock-and-roll is here to stay, as well as doo-wop ditties, Motown melodies, and cool Rat Pack favorites when the recent leading cast members of the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" come to the Paramount Theatre for an evening of music and behind the scenes tales, complete with an orchestra comprised of world-class jazz musicians. "Under the Streetlamp" (www.underthestreetlamp.com) offers audiences the rare opportunity to get to know these rising stars of stage and screen as they relate hilarious and touching stories of a life lived in show business. Michael Ingersoll, Michael Cunio, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley, each a gifted performer, met playing a band onstage in "Jersey Boys" and later went on to form a real rock sensation of their very own that includes the classic hits of Van Morrison, The Beatles, Sam Cooke and more, including favorites from the Four Seasons catalogue. They have thrilled sold-out houses throughout the country and each carries with him an impressive list of credits. Between them, they have appeared on Broadway, in feature films, and on television - including special appearances during their "Jersey Boys" tenure on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Primetime Emmy Awards," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show.""Under the Streetlamp" was founded by Michael Ingersoll, who starred as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in "Jersey Boys." During his three years with the show, Ingersoll had the good fortune to play to sold-out crowds in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago in over 1,300 performances. In addition to the demanding "Jersey Boys" performance schedule, Ingersoll conceived a unique solo concert that was developed in collaboration with a Chicagoland not-for-profit performing arts center. The event grew in demand, selling out dozens of performances to overwhelming response, and Ingersoll's connection to his warm Chicagoland audiences became the catalyst for an exciting new enterprise. Stories of his success, combined with special guest appearances from his "Jersey Friends" made for an undeniably hot ticket. Soon it became apparent that the next step was to develop a brand new concert that featured all four boys like no one had seen them before, and shortly after the Chicago company of Jersey Boys closed its record breaking run after thrilling over 1.3 million patrons, "Under the Streetlamp" was born."Under the Streetlamp" is not just an incredible evening of music and laughter; the project moves forward with a mission to creatively join forces with performing arts venues and not-for-profit organizations across the country in an effort to raise significant funds for causes ranging from arts in education to fighting cancer, leukemia and AIDS. "Under the Streetlamp" is overjoyed to report that the project has recently surpassed the two million dollar mark in raised charitable contributions.Even when appearing at single ticket commercial events, "Under the Streetlamp" prioritizes that every performance contain the opportunity to strengthen the community through fundraising efforts, musical workshops for students or no-cost access to the show for financially challenged concert-goers. "Under the Streetlamp" is proud to have partnered with United Way, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and National Parkinson's Foundation, to name a few, and is always searching for the next opportunity to help make a difference. The Paramount Theatre and "Under the Streetlamp" are pleased to partner with the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry for the Aurora performance this spring.
"Under the Streetlamp" will be performed Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, Ill. Tickets are $45.50 - $55.50 and are available in person at the Paramount Theatre box office, by calling (630) 896-6666 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.ParamountAurora.com.
Michael Ingersoll is the Producer and Creator of "Under the Streetlamp," and also appears in concert with his wife, actress Angela Ingersoll. He recently concluded a three year run as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning sensation "Jersey Boys," originating the role for the First National Tour, and playing to sold-out crowds in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Also in Chicago: Jeff Award Nomination for Jonathan Larson in "tick, tick... BOOM!" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Regional: Outstanding Actor Nominations for Bat Boy in "Bat Boy: The Musical," Floyd in "Floyd Collins" and George in "Of Mice and Men;" also David Frost in "Frost/Nixon" (Playhouse on the Square); Marc Antony in "Julius Caesar" (Cincinnati Shakespeare). Film and Television: "Walk the Line;" A&E's "The Beast;" "The Oprah Winfrey Show;" "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno;" PBS's "A Capitol Fourth;" and "The Primetime Emmy Awards." For more information, visit www.michaelingersoll.com.
Michael Cunio recently appeared as Tommy DeVito of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-wining sensation "Jersey Boys" at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre. He is co-founder/lead singer of the alternative rock band Reckless Place, who recently recorded their self-titled debut album. For more information, visit www.recklessplace.com. Though known for starring in the hit Indie film "The Fluffer," other screen credits include "Cradle to Grave," "Motocrossed," "The West Wing," "V.I.P.," "Scrapper," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Broadway/Off-Broadway: Corny Collins in "Hairspray" and Dionysus in "The Rockae." Regional: Freddy in "Chess;" Peter in "Jesus Christ Superstar;" Jimmy in the world premiere of "Reefer Madness!;" and Marlon in the world premiere of "Letters from 'Nam."
Christopher Kale Jones appeared as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning sensation "Jersey Boys," originating the role for the 1st National Tour and playing to sold-out crowds in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and across the country. New York: "Waiting For The Moon;" "Bloodties;" "Swimming Upstream;" "House of Desires." Regional: Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors," playing opposite his wife, actress Jenna Coker-Jones (Ford's Theatre, DC); Joseph in "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Doody in "Grease" (St. Louis Stages); Chris in "Miss Saigon" (Foothills Theatre); "Zhivago" (La Jolla Playhouse); Henrik in A Little Night Music, Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Orlando Shakespeare); Horner Burns in "The Ballad of Little Jo" (Steppenwolf Theatre); Doug in "Peggy Sue Got Married" (Marriott Theatre); and he received a Barrymore Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Mercury in "Olympus On My Mind" (Bristol Riverside Theatre). www.christopherkalejones.com.
Shonn Wiley recently appeared as Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning sensation "Jersey Boys" at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre. He received a Lucille Lortel Award as well as a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography for "My Vaudeville Man." Broadway: "Dracula," "42nd Street" (Revival); and "Never Gonna Dance" (Workshop). Off-Broadway: "Candide" (New York City Opera); "Saved" (Workshop, Playwrights horizons); "No No Nanette," "Stairway to Paradise" (New York City Center Encores!); "The View From Here" (cast album); "Camille Claudel;" and "My Vaudeville Man" (cast album). Regional: "Sweeney Todd" (Barrington Stage Company); "Ragtime" (Papermill Playhouse); and "A Little Night Music" (Wheeling Symphony). Television and Film: "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "One Life to Live," "Guiding Light," "Tiny Dancer," "Red Hook," and "Confessions of a Shopaholic." He also appears with his wife, actress Meredith Patterson, in their original show "Come Dance With Me." www.shonnwiley.comCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times