'Under the Streetlamp' features 'Jersey Boys' alumni

November 11, 2010 10:06:04 AM PST
The Jersey Boys captured the hearts of audiences during their long run here in Chicago. So it's welcome news to many fans that Michael Ingersoll, who played Nick Massi, has created a new rock and roll show featuring three other Jersey Boy alumni.

"Under The Streetlamp" will debut this weekend at the Elgin Community College as an encore following last season's sellout performances.

The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra will accompany the quartet as they bring to life doo-wop favorites, golden oldies and "Rat Pack" tunes. Under The Streetlamp will be featured at four performances Friday through Sunday, at the ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Under The Streetlamp (www.underthestreetlamp.com) showcases the talents of Ingersoll, Shonn Wiley, Michael Cunio and Christopher Kale Jones, all four leading cast members of the smash Tony Award-winning hit Jersey Boys. Their combined credits include Broadway, feature films, and 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 also moves forward with a mission: to 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 the creation of student art programs to fighting cancer, Leukemia, and AIDS. So far Under the Streetlamp has raised more than one million dollars for charity

Under The Streetlamp has partnered with The United Way, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Hope for Haiti, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Open Door Clinic, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The National Cancer Society and The National Parkinson Foundation, to name a few, and is always looking for the next opportunity to help make a difference.

As part of this mission, a special event to benefit the scholarship fund for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra will be held at ECC Sunday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be prepared by ECC's award-winning culinary arts and hospitality program and will be served in Spartan Terrace. Diners will be joined by the guys from Under The Streetlamp for an opportunity to share a meal with the show's stars and get to know them. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by calling the Elgin Community College Arts Center Box Office at 847.622-0300.

Under The Streetlamp will be performed Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 14 at 4 p.m. at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Tickets to Under The Streetlamp are $48. Audiences also can purchase a pre-show wine reception on Saturday, November 13 for $21. Tickets are available by calling the Elgin Community College Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300, in person at the ECC Arts Center Box Office, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin or online at tickets.elgin.edu.

For more information about the ECC Arts Center, visit www.elgin.edu/arts.

Video clips of upcoming artists and events can be found at www.youtube.com/ECCArtsCenter. Connect and talk to the arts center on Standing Room Only, a blog at www.eccartscenter.com. The arts center also can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ECCArtsCenter. Become a fan of the arts center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ECCArtsCenter.

For more information about "Under The Streetlamp," visit www.underthestreetlamp.com.

For more information on the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, visit www.eyso.org.

"Under The Streetlamp"
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Elgin Community College Arts Center
1700 Spartan Drive
847-622-0300
tickets.elgin.edu

ABOUT THE CAST

Chicagoan Ingersoll is the Producer and Creator of Under The Streetlamp, and 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 and 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

David Sarkis is the Production Manager of "Under The Streetlamp;" as well as an accomplished musician and sound engineer. He is a native Wisconsin singer/songwriter who settled in Crystal Lake, IL eleven years ago. A career musician, David has performed his personal brand of one-man acoustic-craft for over 20 years. A local favorite on Thursday nights at Duke O'Brien's, where he has performed over 400 shows, David spent two years as a multi-instrumentalist in the pit for Broadway in Chicago's "Jersey Boys." David can also be seen playing guitar with the four leads from "Jersey Boys" in "Under The Streetlamp," and singing and playing guitar and git-anjo in the bluegrass quartet Sugarcreek Road. For more information, visit www.davesarkis.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.com

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

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.


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