It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit. Join Chicago cabaret favorites Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy-Orland as they sing favorite holiday tunes and spread cheer! Laugh at the stresses of the season and bask in the joy of the holiday traditions with favorites like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Oh Holy Night” and “Merry Christmas, Darling.”
Laura Freeman, creator of tributes to Doris Day and Julie Andrews, is proud to tell the story of these amazing women with these amazing women. Laura has toured the US and Europe extensively in such productions as Into the Woods and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Locally she has worked at Chicago Dramatists, Theatre at the Center, Ravinia, The Metropolis, Freedom Hall and various concert venues throughout the Midwest. You can find her CD, Something Cool, on ITunes and Amazon. www.laurafreemansings.com
Beckie Menzie is an award winning concert artist and has appeared at some of the nation’s top venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln
Center and Birdland in NYC; and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre and Park West. Hailed as “indispensible to Chicago Cabaret” (Chicago Tribune), Beckie’s Carnegie Hall debut was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Now & Then Series. She tours the Midwest and US with Tom Michael and they have been called ‘ one of the most compelling duos in cabaret” www.beckiemenzie.com
Marianne Murphy-Orland has performed as a Cabaret artist, Voice actor, Show band and Society Orchestra singer, locally and nationally, since your last 8-track tape got jammed in the machine. Notable venues for critically acclaimed and sold out performances have included: Chicago’s famed Auditorium Theatre, Park West, Victory Gardens, Drury Lane, The Acorn, Omaha Playhouse, Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret, Metropolis Center for Performing Arts, Skokie Theatre, multiple college fine arts seasons (including, of course, Moraine Valley’s Fine and Performing Arts Center), various clubs and salon series in the US and Europe, and even the occasional private party on NYC’s Central Park West. Well, La di da! Known for her popular tribute shows, If I Were a Carpenter: the Life and Music of Karen Carpenter, and Pet Project: the Remarkable Petula Clark, Marianne has a new solo show From Rags to Rhinestones: The Inspiring Life of Dolly Parton. Marianne performs regularly with Acts of Kindness Cabaret (AOKC), a not-for-profit fundraising event organization which, to date, has raised over $350,000.00 for other Chicago area, cause-based non-profits. Marianne has been privileged to sing the national anthem for both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox and has been heard as the voice of various dolls, toys, commercials, corporate phone systems, and even the Dolphin Show at Brookfield Zoo.