Suzanne Petri Brings “A Little Touch of Coward in the Night” To Davenport’s On The First 4 Fridays of March at 8pm
Music and lyrics by Noel Coward. Composer. Lyricist. Playwright. Screenwriter. Actor. Las Vegas Cabaret star. And more. All in a career that spanned two world wars and seventy- five years. And throughout all he maintained what he considered his greatest talent–his charm. His ability to make people feel good about themselves. Charm. He once described himself as ”the great celebrated glamourous cookie.”
In a career that spanned two world wars and seventy-five years, Coward was an English composer, lyricist, playwright, screenwriter, actor, Las Vegas cabaret star and more, publishing more than 50 plays and composing hundreds of songs during his lifetime.
Throughout all, he maintained what he considered his greatest talent: his charm. Suzanne’s passion for his work has spanned most of her performing career and she is therefore very excited to bring his words and music to new audiences for the first time at Davenport’s. She and her cohorts will perform some of his many songs, including “Why do the Wrong People Travel?” “I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party,” “If Love Were All,” “Mad About the Boy,” “Mrs. Worthington,” “Ziguener,” “Nina,” “Matelot,” as well as scenes from his brilliant plays, in a new version of the show audiences received with elation, calling it “The best show ever at Maxim’s! “
Chicago’s acclaimed Jefferson Award nominated actress and winner of the After Dark Award for “Outstanding Cabaret Artist” and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals Gold Coast Award, Suzanne Petri brings “ A Little Touch of Coward in the Night” to Davenport’s, 1383 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago on the first 4 Fridays of March at 8pm. There is a $20 cover charge with a two-drink minimum. Due to the high demand for this limited run, reservations are recommended by calling 773-278-1830 or online www.DavenportsPianoBar.com.
From stage to TV, from nightclubs to concert halls such as New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, Suzanne Petri has established herself as one of the Windy City’s premier entertainers. Suzanne has performed to SRO crowds at some of the Chicago area’s top stages including Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park, Park West, Drury Lane Water Tower, Davenport’s, Maxim’s, Katerina’s and Toulouse on the Park. The nationally recognized cabaret diva, Suzanne has been featured at the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Conventions in New York City and Chicago. Her one-woman cabaret shows have won rave reviews and critical acclaim including several “Ten Best Shows of the Year” citations by both After Dark Chicago and Cabaret Hotline Online. iSuzanne is President Emeritus and a Founding Member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals.
A true Renaissance artist, the Jefferson Award-nominated actress recently directed “The Vagina Monologues” at the Underground Wonder Bar for the 15th anniversary of V-Day and she has appeared in acclaimed stage productions such as Oklahoma! And Zorba; motion pictures such as Milwaukee, Minnesota with Bruce Dern and Randy Quaid, Disney’s Just Visiting with Christina Applegate and indy film Lac Du Flambeau; TV roles on the CBS series Early Edition, the USA Network’s film Evil Has A Face with Sean Young and the Entertainment Channel’s A Christmas Carol. An ensemble member of American Blues Theater, she has produced, directed and appeared on dozens of Chicago stages including The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens and Northlight Theatre.
Studio versions of several songs performed in the Coward tribute are also featured on Suzanne’s critically acclaimed debut studio CD Das Grand Tour , with musical director and After Dark Award winner Bob Moreen. She also has 2 live CD’s, “A Marvellous Party!” and “Marlene Muzik Live At The Skokie Theatre.” Her recordings are available online from CD Baby.com, Suzanne’s web site, as well as digitally at itunes.com.
Joining Suzanne is her husband and one of Chicago’s most respected actors Robert Breuler (director), in one of their many collaborations, including SuzBo Productions’ “Duo: 1 is 1, 2 is Math” their original musical, recently presented at Steppenwolf Theatre. From his first role at Joe Papp’s New York Public Theatre where he played Kress in David Rabe’s The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel to Mornings at Seven at Drury Lane Water Tower, he has played over one hundred roles, including Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Moe in Riverview and Dean Strauss in Spinning Into Butter, at the Goodman. Bob is a member of the Steppenwolf acting ensemble where he has performed in over 40 roles in 27 years. Some favorites: Botvinnic in A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing, Father Lux in Our Lady of 121st Street, Pa Joad in the Grapes of Wrath, Charlie “Blackie” Blackwell in John Olive’s Killers which he recently directed at the Mary Arrchie Theatre. Favorite plays: Cherry Orchard, A Lesson Before Dying, The Time of Your Life, Mother Courage and Her Children, Uncle Vanya, The Infidel, and Molly Sweeney. Television credits: Prison Break, Early Edition, NYPD-Blue, The Untouchables, Angel Street and in made-for-TV movies such as Open Admissions, The Father Clements Story, and Keeper of the City with Lou Gossett Jr. Films include The Crucible, Trial by Jury, The Company, Love and Action in Chicago, Miles from Home, A Piece of Eden, and Suspended Animation. He recently performed at Millennium Park where he was in Studs Terkel’s Will the Circle be Unbroken? One of his favorite roles was with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra where he played The Devil in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. On Broadway he has been in The Grapes of Wrath, The Song of Jacob Zulu, Carousel and Death of a Salesman. He is a recipient of the William and Eva Fox Fellowship Grant.
Pianist/vocalist Bob Moreen (musical director) has been performing, accompanying and teaching in the Chicago area for more years than he has fingers and toes with which to count. He has appeared in theaters, clubs, hotels, restaurants, department stores, symphony centers, parks, on street corners, cruise ships, flat-bed trucks, casinos, food-courts, trash centers, etc., etc., etc. The Chicago Reader called him a “mellow saloon crooner”; in the Sun Times he was “a special, eclectic piano player”; the Tribune’s Howard Reich said he is “the complete entertainer.” He is a founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals and a winner of the 2007 After Dark award for “Outstanding Cabaret Artist” and the 2009 CCP Lifetime Achievement Award.
John Eskola has been singing around the Chicago area since the mid-1970’s. On the concert stage he has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Choral Ensemble, the Clinton Iowa Symphony, Chicago Choral Ensemble and William Ferris Chorale. On stage John has appeared in productions at the Shubert Theater: a National Tour of “Evita”, at the Goodman Theatre: “The Visit” and “The House Of Martin Guerre”, at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse: Maury Yeston’s “Phantom”, “Sweet Charity”, “Rags” and at Marriott’s Lincolnshire: “Sweeney Todd”. He is a founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals and his cabaret performances include appearances at The Royal George Cabaret, Davenport’s, Boombala, and The Cultural Center, among others. As a member of The Cathedral Singers, John has recorded over 20 CDs on the GIA label an independent recording ensemble under the directorship of Richard Proulx, a well respected Church composer and musician.