Mercury Chicago Theater returns with 'Dark Night Series'

Shows include 'Sister Act,' 'Women of Soul,' 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' and 'Clue'
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mercury Chicago Theater is reopening with a "Dark Night Series" this fall at the Venus Cabaret Theater.

The schedule will include open mic nights, karaoke, comedy, bands, variety, celebrity guests, cabaret and so much more.

Tickets to Venus Cabaret Theater produced shows are $15 with a two-drink minimum.

"Sister Act": Nov. 5, 2021 to Jan. 9, 2022
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book byBill and Cheri Steinkellne, and Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Reneisha Jenkins
Music Direction by Diana Lawrence
Choreography by Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter
Featuring Chicago Legends Alexis J. Roston (Deloris) and Hollis Resnik (Mother Superior)

This feel-good musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and Oscar winner, Alan Menken ("Newsies," "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Shop of Horrors"), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. "Sister Act" is reason to rejoice!

"Women of Soul": Jan. 27, 2022 to March 13, 2022
Written and Directed by Daryl D. Brooks

A celebration of the most powerful women of soul to ever grace the stage: You'll jump to your feet as we honor incredible women including Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Janis Joplin, and of course, you'll get a little of Gladys, Dionne and Patti. Featuring powerhouse voices singing memorable music including "I Say a Little Prayer" "I Will Survive" and "Respect." This concert recognizes the struggles and triumphs these women went through to reach the pinnacle of their success. This is a once-in-a-lifetime musical masterpiece that you will want to experience over and over again!

"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert": June 10, 2022 to Aug. 7, 2022
Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Based on the MGM Film
Directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter
Music Direction by Executive Producer Eugene Dizon
Featuring legendary cabaret chanteuse Honey West as Bernadette

Based on the smash-hit movie, "Priscilla" is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who takes their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever imagined. With a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," "Hot Stuff," "Boogie Wonderland," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love The Nightlife" this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous!

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"Clue" on stage: Aug. 26, 2022 to Oct. 30, 2022
Adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and Sandy Rustin
Additional Materials by Hunter Foster and Eric Price
Directed by Executive Producer Walter Stearns

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, "Clue" is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth - the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. "Clue" is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure it out...WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!
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