Thursday, March 5, 2015


“An Evening with the Roosevelts” Special Dinner and Gala Performance Featuring Ed Asner and Loretta Swit Celebrates Roosevelt University’s 70th Anniversary, April 10
A.R. Rahman Makes His Auditorium Theatre Debut 
During His First North American Tour in Four Years, May 31

Continuing its 125th Anniversary celebration, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University adds two, one-night-only performances to its momentous season. On Friday, April 10, 2015,An Evening with the Roosevelts” celebrates Roosevelt University’s 70th Anniversary. The star-studded evening features Ed Asner performing his one-man show, “FDR” as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Loretta Swit performing her one-woman show, “Eleanor” as Eleanor Roosevelt. The excitement continues on Sunday, May 31 when Grammy and Academy Award®-winning musician A.R. Rahman makes his Auditorium debut as part of a multi-city North American Tour. “JBL Presents A.R Rahman: The Intimate Concert Tour” features a range of material from his illustrious career spanning two decades.

“The momentum of our spectacular 125th Anniversary Season is not slowing down as we bring new and diverse performances to our historic landmark stage,” said Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson. “We are delighted to help celebrate Roosevelt University’s 70th Anniversary with the special performance of “An Evening with the Roosevelts” starring the incomparable Ed Asner and Loretta Swit. We are equally excited to welcome the internationally renowned talent of A.R. Rahman to our stage. His list of musical accomplishments is unmatched in modern music and his live shows always leave his fans breathless.”

“An Evening with the Roosevelts”

Founded in 1945, Roosevelt University will celebrate its 70th Anniversary with a special performance and gala dinner on April 10. “An Evening with the Roosevelts” features two, one-act performances by stars Ed Asner, who portrays Franklin Roosevelt and Loretta Swit taking on the persona of Eleanor Roosevelt. Asner, recognized for many roles, including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Lou Grant,” “Elf” and “The Good Wife,” depicts the former president’s achievements that propelled the country through difficult times in World War II and The Great Depression. Asner’s emotional performance also touches upon Roosevelt’s struggles with his declining health and polio. Swit, who starred as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the TV show “M*A*S*H,” spotlights the difficulties that Eleanor Roosevelt experienced in her marriage, as well as her accomplishments as a human rights advocate and First Lady.

Helping to raise funds for student scholarships, the star-studded evening will also feature a special dinner prior to the performance where Roosevelt President Chuck Middleton and FDR’s granddaughters, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and Nina Roosevelt Gibson (Honorary Chairs of the evening) will be in attendance. Gala dinner Co-Chairs include Roosevelt Trustee Marsha Goldstein (My Kind of Town) and Michael Goldstein; Roosevelt Trustee George Lofton (Lofton & Associate, LLC) and Felecia Lofton; Roosevelt Trustee Alvin Dinwiddie (Loop Capital Markets) and Helen Ashford; and Roosevelt Trustee and Alum Al Golin (Golin Communications) and Alumna June Golin.

Corporate sponsors of “An Evening with the Roosevelts” are Mesirow Financial and McDonalds. For sponsorship opportunities and dinner information please contact Lauren Chill at (312) 341-3849 or

“JBL Presents A.R. Rahman: The Intimate Concert Tour”

Internationally renowned musician and composer A.R. Rahman will make his Auditorium Theatre debut on Sunday, May 31 as part of his 2015 North American tour. “JBL Presents A.R. Rahman: The Intimate Concert Tour” features a range of material from his accomplished career. A two-time Academy Award® and Grammy Award®-winner, Rahman was hailed by Time magazine as “the musician who has helped redefine contemporary Indian music” and is one the world’s best-selling recording artists of all time.
"I've wanted to return to North America to perform for a while now, and I’m excited to be coming back for a series of concerts this spring,” said A.R. Rahman. “These are going to be very special performances and I’m grateful to have the chance to share them with different audiences."

Rahman’s North American tour kicks off May 21, 2015 in Huntington, NY at The Paramount before traveling to other major cities including the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Bass Concert Hall in Austin and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Rahman has sold more than 150 million albums comprising of music from over 100 film soundtracks and spanning over half a dozen languages, including landmark scores such as “Roja,” “Bombay,” “Dilse,” “Taal,” “Lagaan,” “Vandemataram,” “Jodhaa Akbar,” “Delhi 6,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours,” “Rockstar,” “Couples Retreat,” “People Like Us,” “Highway,” “Million Dollar Arm” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” He is currently working on a composition for the forthcoming film “Pele,” a biopic chronicling the legendary Brazilian soccer player’s life.

In addition to his two Academy Awards® and two Grammy Awards®, his accolades include winning a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe® Award, four National Film Awards, twenty-nine Filmfare Awards and countless others. He has also been awarded six honorary doctorates, the most recent being from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Rahman’s non-film projects include orchestrations for athletic and other big events, including the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012. He is also the subject of a new documentary called “Jai Ho” that premiered at The Museum of The Moving Image in New York on February 25, 2015.

Program Schedule and Ticket Information

“An Evening with the Roosevelts”

Friday, April 10, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.

Performance tickets ($25 – $65) are available online at, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at Auditorium Theatre’s Box Office (50 E. Congress Pkwy). Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available at (312) 341-2357 or Tickets are free for Roosevelt University students by visiting the theatre at 50 E Congress Pkwy through March 27. Two per valid RU Student ID.

Dinner and performance tickets ($250 single tickets, $5,000 table of 8) are available by contacting Lauren Chill at (312) 341-3849 or

“JBL Presents A.R. Rahman: The Intimate Concert Tour”

Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.

Tickets ($59 – $178) go on sale March 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. and will be available online at, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at Auditorium Theatre’s Box Office (50 E. Congress Pkwy).
The Auditorium pre-sale begins Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. using the code CHICAGO.

VIP tickets including premium seats, a meet and greet and photo with A.R. Rahman, access to the pre-show hospitality lounge with appetizers and beverages and exclusive merchandise, go on sale March 4 with the-pre-sale.
For more information, please visit

Auditorium Theatre’s 2014 – 15 Season:
The Auditorium Theatre 2014 – 15 Season also includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (March 6 – 15); River North Dance Chicago (March 28); Lila Downs (May 6); Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg (May 8 – 10); Chicago Rhythm Fest (May 13); “His Way -  Sinatra’s Centennial Celebration” (May 30); The Royal Ballet’s “Don Quixote” (June 18 – 21); and Jake Shimabukuro with The City Lights Orchestra (June 24). For a complete listing of events at the Auditorium Theatre, please click here.

125th Anniversary Season Sponsors
The Auditorium Theatre would like to thank their 125th Anniversary Season Sponsors: Lead Corporate Sponsor Nicor Gas, Lead Foundation Sponsor Robert R. McCormick Foundation and David D. Hiller, International Dance Series Sponsor NIB Foundation, and “Made in Chicago” Dance Series sponsor The Boeing Company. Media sponsors include Chicago Magazine and WXRT, and the Pasquinelli Family Foundation is the Gala Dinner Celebration Sponsor. Student Matinee Series Sponsors for the 2014 – 15 Season include The Private Bank and The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation.

About Roosevelt University
Roosevelt University, which acquired the Auditorium Building in 1947, will celebrate three anniversaries in 2014 – 15: the 125th Anniversary of the building and theatre, the 70th Anniversary of the University and the 60th Anniversary of the University’s merger with the Chicago Musical College, now known as the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA).

The University will celebrate with a lecture series commemorating Roosevelt’s restoration of the building and its founding faculty and students. Throughout its 2014-15 Season, CCPA will explore ways to reflect upon the Auditorium’s history in programming by its theatre and music conservatories.  In addition, its annual musical highlight, “Vivid”, on April 1, 2015, will feature music that has played an important part in the history of the Auditorium Theatre.  “The Auditorium is clearly one of Chicago’s treasures and we are pleased to join with them in celebrating this milestone,” said CCPA Dean Henry Fogel.

About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
 The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy, is an Illinois, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community and educational programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. In September of 2014, the Auditorium Theatre was awarded the inaugural Fifth Star Award by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. On December 9, 2014, the Auditorium Theatre celebrated its 125th Birthday with a proclamation from the City of Chicago declaring it “Auditorium Theatre Day.”
The Auditorium Theatre is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Sage Foundation, and the Palmer House Hilton. For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theatre tours, call (312) 341-2310 or visit

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