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Artists Lounge Live and Mercury Theater Chicago present
Signed, Sealed, Delivered:
A Stevie Wonder Experience
at Mercury Theater Chicago
February 23 – March 12, 2023
The run time is 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
Artists Lounge Live presents Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Stevie Wonder Experience with John-Mark McGaha, written and directed by Angela Ingersoll and music directed by Will Kurk, runs February 23 – March 12, 2023 at Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. I'll be out for the press opening, February 23rd, so check back shortly for my full review.
Celebrate the genius and jubilation of Stevie Wonder with acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist John-Mark McGaha (The Ray Charles Legacy, Smokey Joe's Cafe). Backed by a phenomenal 7-piece band, McGaha radiates soul, charm, and generosity in a concert filled with moving stories and powerful music. Songs include: "For Once in My Life," "Isn't She Lovely," "Higher Ground," "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life," "Superstition," and "I Just Called to Say I Love You."
Tickets for Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Stevie Wonder Experience, priced $35-$75, are on sale now at the box office, 3745 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago, www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.
The creative team for Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Stevie Wonder Experience is Angela Ingersoll (writer, director), Will Kurk (music director), John-Mark McGaha (story supervisor), Will Kurk (band arrangements) and Josh Rzepka (horn arrangements). The Artists Lounge Live Executive Producer is Michael Ingersoll and the Artistic Director is Angela Ingersoll.
The musicians include: John-Mark McGaha (headliner/piano/guitar), Will Kurk (music director/ piano/
synth/vocal), Will Baggett (bass), Chuck Lacy (drums), Cherise Coaches (supporting vocals), Jessica Brooke Seals (supporting vocals), Josh Rzepka (trumpet) and Jesse Montijo (sax/flute).
About John-Mark McGaha
Broadway World cheers, "McGaha is marvelous... crystal-clear perfection." John-Mark McGaha is an acclaimed singer, actor, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist. He headlines concerts across the country with Artists Lounge Live, starring in Signed, Sealed, Delivered: John-Mark McGaha Sings Stevie Wonder, Someday At Christmas: John-Mark McGaha Sings Stevie Wonder, Unforgettable: John-Mark McGaha Sings Nat King Cole, and A Nat King Cole Christmas. Theatre credits include starring Off-Broadway in the musical Cafe A Gogo and portraying jazz great Lionel Hampton in Tuxedo Junction. Other credits include Smokey Joe's Cafe; Violet; The Ray Charles Legacy; The Sinatra Legacy; and The Cash Legacy at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Also a music arranger, he provided Music Direction and Adaptation for the world premiere musical Ocean 1222: A Black Family Christmas. Television appearances include a featured musical guest spot on BET's Centric Celebrates Selma: 50th Anniversary Music Special. McGaha began studying classical piano at the age of five. He attended Birmingham Southern College and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. His central passion is worshipping God in spirit and truth. He served as Director of Contemporary Worship and Arts at Trinity United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. John and his wife Grace have five beautiful children.
Dates: February 23 – March 12, 2023
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sundays: 2:30 p.m.
Mercury Theater Chicago
3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago
Tickets: $35 – $75
Box Office: 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago
COVID PROTOCOL: Mercury Theater Chicago follows the CDC and State of Illinois recommendations about maintaining a COVID safe environment. Any interaction with the public poses an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. By visiting Mercury Theater Chicago, it is understood that everyone voluntarily assumes all risks related to exposure.
Valet Parking is available at the theater. The closest paid parking lot is at Blaine Elementary School (across from the theater at 3830 N Southport) and is available through Spothero or by QR Code upon arrival. Mercury Theater Chicago encourages use of public transportation.
Discount tickets available for Chicago Theatre Week.
About Artists Lounge Live
Artists Lounge Live is a Chicago-based company presenting captivating concerts nationwide. We feature timeless popular music performed by singular talents with superb musicianship and intimate storytelling. Artists Lounge Live is created and produced by married team Michael and Angela Ingersoll. Executive Producer Michael Ingersoll starred as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys, originating the Broadway Tour’s San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago casts. He also created retro-rock group Under the Streetlamp, starring in several PBS specials and touring internationally. Artistic Director Angela Ingersoll received an Emmy Award nomination for Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland on PBS, touring live nationwide. She also starred as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow, receiving Chicago’s Jeff Award and Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year in Theatre.
About Mercury Theater Chicago
The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is in the heart of the Southport Corridor at 3745 North Southport Avenue, within a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful destination, Mercury Theater Chicago is a live-theater seating 280 people, adjoining Venus Cabaret Theater (seating 80).
The building that houses the Mercury opened in 1912 as a silent film nickelodeon, named The Blaine Theatre after actor and former Senator and Secretary of State James G. Blaine. The Blaine became obsolete when talking pictures became popular nationwide in 1928. The building served a variety of uses until 1994, when it was purchased by theater producer Michael Cullen and transformed into a live theatre, named the Mercury Theatre.
In 2010 the building was sold again and reopened as Mercury Theater Chicago under the direction of Walter Stearns, a veteran theater director and producer. Mercury Theater Chicago's second performance space, Venus Cabaret Theater, offers a unique intimate theatrical experience complemented by specialty cocktails. Mercury Theater Chicago is thrilled to be part of the city's vibrant theatre community, boasting record-setting long runs, employing hundreds of artists and recognized with dozens of award nominations. Mercury Theater Chicago's team includes L. Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon (Executive Producers), Christopher Chase Carter (Artistic Director) and Kristi J. Martens (Managing Director). Visit www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com.