Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hollis Resnik Sings her Favorite Things

One of if not my favorite Chicago Diva's Hollis Resnik fresh her successful run in a combined production of Washington D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company/Goodman Theatre production of Mary Zimmerman's "Candide" will be performing at the Millennium Park’s Cabaret with a View series on January 24, 2011. Some (myself included) would consider Ms. Resnik to be the first lady of Chicago theater and besides having a gorgeous jazz inflicted clarion voice the ability to switch from high powered leading leading to character actress in a moment. She will be singing some of her favorite songs on this evening and it will be presented by Millennium Park, Cabaret with a View series which brings audiences to the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to experience music in an intimate setting and a climate controlled environment.

The theme of this event is "Hollis Resnik Sings Her Favorite Things" features stories and anecdotes along with music by some of the legends of musical theater, including Noel Coward, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Maltby and David Shire, Stephen Schwartz, Jules Styne and Kurt Weil. Resnik will be joined by Chuck Larkin on piano.

I've seen Ms. Resnik in so many things that many joke that there is a 20 feet restraining order on me, which actually is only 10 feet. Though an apologize for almost running me down at Amish Acres during "Hello, Dolly" would be nice. Kidding!!!

She has been performing in Chicago and around the country for the past 25 years. Her Chicago credits besides the recent production of Candide, are "The Beard of Avon", A Little Night Music", "The House of Martin Guerre" and "Book of the Night" all at the Goodman Theatre; "The Little Foxes", "An Ideal Husband", "The Misanthrope", "Celmine and the Cardinal," "The Chairs", "La BĂȘte", "The Play's the Thing", "The Barber of Seville" and "Man of La Mancha" at Court Theatre. "Song & Dance", "Evita", "Little Shop of Horrors", Camelot" and "Nine" at the Candlelight; "Pen", "The Tale of the Allergist Wife", "Merrily We Roll Along", "And the World Goes Round," "Songs for a New World," "The Bakers Wife", "Design for Living," all at the Appletree. She has also appeared in "Sweeney Todd" at Ravinia Festival, "A Soldier’s Tale" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as in "Hairspray", "Mame", "Into the Woods" and "Anything Goes" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and "Rough Crossing" at Writers’ Theatre.

Her national tours include "Les Miserables" as Fantine, "Thoroughly Modern Millie". and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". Regional theater credits include productions at Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House and Philadelphia Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Alliance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Santa Fe Stages, Indiana Repertory Theatre and Arizona Repertory Theatre. Resnik is the recipient of Nine Jeff Awards, 4 After Dark Awards and Two Sarah Siddons Leading Lady Awards (for her star turns in "Piaf" and "Grey Gardens".) She can also be heard on both 2nd City Divas CD's and also has a wonderful CD out called "Make Someone Happy" that includes one of the greatest jazzed up versions of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" and also is one of the few solo CD's that features a song from both versions of "The Wild Party." She is a graduate of Denison University.

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