Macy Gray and Eric Hutchinson Star in "Macy's Glamorama"

August 13, 2010 9:41:45 AM PDT
Grammy-winner Macy Gray and rocker Eric Hutchinson are starring in Macy's Glamorama, the annual fashion extravaganza benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

The over-the-top event starts on Friday at 8 pm. The entertainers are also traveling to three other cities with the high-energy, high style show www.macys.com/glamorama that combines fashion, fantasy, music and magic. Known this year as Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama 2010, the fashion spectacle joins the best elements from Macy's Passport in Los Angeles and San Francisco and Macy's Glamorama in Minneapolis and Chicago. Both shows have a rich tradition of producing an over-the-top fashion show and post-party with local charity beneficiaries and now have become a four-city tour.

"We are proud to partner once again with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana," said Mike Dervos, SVP, regional director of stores, Macy's North Region "as proceeds will directly fund the new Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's which will be the world's largest Ronald McDonald House."

This year's show will open unlike any other with an over-the-top theatrical fantasy created by designer Chris March ? known by millions as a finalist on Season 4 of Bravo's Project Runway. "The show will be a magical experience of high fashion set against a multidimensional theatrical production with surprises at every turn, introducing 3-D holographic effects, elements of flight, visual vistas and a sampling of controller-free entertainment by Kinect? for Xbox 360®, all set against a larger than life LED video wall," said Mike Gansmoe, Macy's VP of Special Productions.

For the first time in the event's history, the runway show will integrate a dynamic dance segment featuring Material Girl collection ? a line exclusive to Macy's designed by Madonna and her daughter Lola. The dance segment will be choreographed by Brian Friedman, famed dance choreographer to the stars and choreographer/judge on So You Think You Can Dance?

Fashions take center stage on models that are being choreographed by Myron Johnson ? Minneapolis-based theatre and production choreographer. Glamorama will showcase collections from Jean Paul Gaultier, Jezebel, Just Cavalli, Felina, 2(x)ist, Issey Miyake, Marc Jacobs, Material Girl, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Sonia Rykiel, Sportmax and Tommy Hilfiger.

The Post-Party
Following the performances and fashion show, guests will make their way to the 7th floor of Macy's on State Street for a post-party where illuminated elements and interactive entertainment will create a playful landscape. Glow-in-the-dark hula-hoops will spiral and spin on dancers' bodies throughout the evening as DJ Rex plays the hottest hits and dance club mixes. Party-goers will be able to view the creations resulting from the collaboration of graduates of the Chicago Fashion Incubator with OfficeMax that introduces one-of-a-kind work/fashion designs showcasing the newest trend of blending style with innovative function.

For the techno trendy and game savvy guests, a playground of challenges awaits. Test your luck with a classic claw game in the American Express Lounge for your chance at a variety of prizes from local restaurants provided by American Express. Mindball, a mental challenge that has players rigged with headbands and competing to move a ball with mental energy past their opponent, puts a new twist on head games. Not to be missed is the ultimate in controller-free gaming and entertainment, Kinect for Xbox 360. Kinect, hitting stores in November, marks a whole new way to play with controller-free games and entertainment. Simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes you ? no controller required. Guests can enter for a chance to win one in our 30-day giveaway at www.macys.com/glamorama

With nearly 25 bars and food stations stocked with a variety of offerings from Patrón, Wente Vineyards, Summit Brewery and FIJI Water, guests can experience the gamut of tastes and flavors. For starters, pastas in varied shapes, sizes and an array of toppings. This year's menu features a trio of meats served with a savory selection of sauces and classic side dishes crafted with a contemporary twist. Sweet things abound with a sampling of decadent crepes, chocolate truffles and rich caramel deserts. Visit the candy garden for more sweet treats or catch one of the candy girls mingling throughout the party offering guests samples of sumptuous See's Candies, blinking candy rings and other fun treats.

The Charity - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
RMHC®-CNI is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being and education of children. Macy's partnership with RMHC®-CNI continues to grow in 2010 with a portion of the ticket proceeds from Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama benefiting the efforts to build the world's largest Ronald McDonald House that will be located in downtown Chicago.

"In 2009, Macy's helped provide over 4,000 nights of care and comfort for the families of children seeking medical care and we are honored that Macy's has again selected us as their partner for this amazing event," said Doug Porter, CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Ticket Information
Tickets are still available and can be purchased through RMHC®-CNI by calling 630.623.2309 or by visiting www.RonaldHouseChicago.org. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000, www.ticketmaster.com or through The Chicago Theatre box office. Tickets range in price from $50 to $1,000.

Get Glam All Month Long: The Glam Pass
Shop, save and support a great cause with Macy's Glam Pass -- available for purchase for $10 in all Chicago-area stores from July 15 through August 15. Purchase the Glam Pass and receive a 15 to 20% for an entire in-store shopping day and $10 off of a future $50 purchase made between August 16th and September 6th. For each Glam Pass purchased, $5 will benefit RMHC®-CNI.

For more information, visit www.macys.com/glamorama

ABOUT ERIC HUTCHINSON

Eric Hutchinson www.erichutchinson.com , known for his hits "Rock & Roll" and "OK, It's Alright With Me" from his debut album "Sounds Like This," has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." The young hit maker is currently working with producers Mike Elizondo and Martin Terefe on a new album and will release the first single, "Talk is Cheap," this September.

Eric originally released his debut album, Sounds Like This, on his own label, Let's Break Records, and has been breaking records ever since. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and peaked at #5 on iTunes' album chart, becoming the highest-charting album by an unsigned act in iTunes history. Pursued by numerous labels, he signed to Warner Bros. Records, which promptly reissued the album. The first single "Rock & Roll" climbed to #1 on the AAA chart, making Hutchinson the only new artist to score a #1 hit at AAA radio in 2008. The accompanying video was the #1 most played video at VH1 for four straight weeks. "OK, It's Alright With Me," the follow-up single, was the #1 Most Added at AAA radio its first week out. Hailed by the Washington Post as "undeniably charismatic," Hutchinson was selected as a VH1 "You Oughta Know" artist.

Eric has been compared to his early idols Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Paul Simon; however, he performs a wide range of musical styles. He attributes his ease at moving through styles and eras to his grandmother, who played viola in a local orchestra, backing everyone from Tony Bennett to Aretha Franklin as they came through town.

Earlier this month, Hutchinson joined with Barefoot Wine and Surfrider Foundation to kick off the fourth annual Beach Rescue Project www.barefootbeachrescue.com a series of beach cleanup and restoration events. He performed for volunteers at beaches in Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon this summer and is scheduled to play for cleanup volunteers in Miami next week.

Hutchinson joins Macy Gray for the four-city Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama benefit also touring in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Chicago show marks the second stop in the tour and benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

For more information on Eric Hutchinson, visit www.erichutchinson.com.

ABOUT MACY GRAY

Macy Gray first burst onto the music scene with her debut album "On How Life Is" and the massive hit single "I Try" both of which went number 1 all over the world. The album went on to sell 7 million copies worldwide with Gray winning a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Macy Gray has gone on to sell more than 15,000,000 albums worldwide and has been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards and 6 MTV Video Music Awards. She has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with some of music's greatest artists including Justin Timberlake, Common, Outkast, Rick Rubin, Carlos Santana, Erykah Badu, Fergie, will.i.am, John Frusciante (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nas, Mos Def and Natalie Cole, among many others. She has also appeared in numerous films including Training Day, Spider Man, Idlewild and the award winning HBO Film Lackawanna Blues. "Beauty in the World" is the first hit single from her new album, entitled "The Sellout," which will release on June 22.

HISTORY OF MACY'S PASSPORT PRESENTS GLAMORAMA

This year marks a new era with Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama -- a name that joins the best elements from Macy's Passport in Los Angeles and San Francisco and Macy's Glamorama in Minneapolis and Chicago. Both shows have had a rich tradition of producing an over-the-top fashion show and post-party with local charity beneficiaries and now will become a four-city tour through Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Glamorama debuted under Dayton's as "A Cause for Applause" in Minneapolis in 1992 and became known as Fash Bash in 1995. This event came to Chicago in 1999 and was named Glamorama in 2003, chosen for its instant connotation of fashion, entertainment, event, energy, glamour and fun. Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama raises money to support children's cancer research; to improving the health, well-being and education of children; and to help with HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research. This event has taken fashion to the highest level of design, making the event the hottest ticket in town.

For more information, visit www.macys.com/glamorama


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