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HIGH NOTES: ‘Swingin’ with Sinatra’ now playing at Chapin’s

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 9:56 a.m. CDT

Through July, Chapin’s Restaurant will be home to the production “Swingin’ With Sin-atra,” a vintage floor show-style production by Follies Theatre Productions.

Featuring four performers, “Swingin’ With Sinatra” is not an imitation show, but rather a tribute show filled with music, comedy, and dance celebrating the Sinatra songbook — as well as a few tunes made famous by Frank’s friends Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. and his daughter, Nancy.

“We’ve done this show many times over the years, and it’s always very well received. Who doesn’t love Sinatra tunes?” Producer Don Grant Zellmer said.

The show played at Starved Rock Lodge for almost a year, and has been produced on many other stages by Follies Theatre Productions.

The tuneful show includes such Sinatra hits as “My Way,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Come Fly With Me,” “New York, New York,” and over two dozen others.

All of the songs  are staged as company numbers, duets, and solos, putting a unique twist on the familiar songs, and presented in an audience-interactive floor show style.

The four Follies regulars performing — Norman Engstrom, Christy Roosma, Erin Van Vactor, and Don Grant Zellmer — comprise the original cast of the show first performed over seven years ago.

“Swingin’ With Sinatra” is presented as dinner theatre at Chapin’s Restaurant, Morris, with a buffet dinner served prior to the show at 6:30 p.m. and curtain time at 8 p.m.

The show is scheduled to play on Thursdays and Saturdays, including June 29, and again on July  18, 20, 25 and 27.

Reservations may be made by calling Chapin’s at (815) 942-1880. Tickets for the dinner show are $40, plus tax and gratuity.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the entertainment scene in Morris, and this Sinatra show is a great kick-off for future productions with the good folks at Chapin’s,” Co-Producer Dr. David Kuester commented.

“This is simply a ‘feel good’ show where the audience knows every song, and these four performers have clicked since the first time they performed it. I never get tired of watching this one because, due to the nature of the floor show style, it‘s never the same show twice.”

“This is the intimate type of show I enjoy the most, being able to interact with the audience,” said Zellmer, who personally has a background of performing in many mediums, including Las Vegas shows and venues in Branson, Mo.

“The ambience of Chapin’s allows us to do just that. Combine that with Chapin’s amazing food and hospitality — it’s an unbeatable evening of dining and entertainment.”

Performance by B.B King’s daughter will aid Hospice

JOLIET — Join Joliet Area Community Hospice on Fri-day, July 26, for the first ever “Swingin’ On the Vine,” a wine-tasting and live music event.

Shirley King, daughter of legendary blues musician B.B. King will perform, along with the SK Band, on the rooftop of the Joliet Historical Museum in downtown Joliet.

While they listen, patrons will enjoy appetizers and sample wines selected especially for this evening. Tickets are $50 per person and include six tasting tickets, unlimited appetizers, and a souvenir wine glass. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. More tasting tickets will be on hand for purchase.

The music starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 10:00 pm.

Tickets are available at 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, or online at www.joliethospice.org.

With questions, please contact jwulff@joliethospice.org or call (815) 531-3553.

Joliet Area Community Hospice has been providing compassionate, professional care to terminally ill patients and their families since 1982.

It is a not-for-profit, community based organization, state licensed, Medicare/Medicaid certified and supported by United Ways of Will and Grundy counties.

The hospice serve patients in greater Will, Grundy, and Kendall counties along with portions of Cook, DuPage and Kankakee counties.

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