Isn't Hollis Resnik an acronym for always working?
I remember that being said about her as an introduction at the Candlelight Forum. It was for a benefit for Dale Benson's wife who had just past away and all of Chicago's stars were getting together to perform and raise money for the medical costs. However many years later those words still hold true for Ms. Resnik.
Not only did she recently finished a run as Fraulein Schneider in “Cabaret” at Kansas City Repertory and just after winning a Helen Hayes award for her performance as the Old Lady in “Candide,” which she originated at the Goodman Theater Ms. Resnik recently posted on her website her upcoming appearances in Chicago and it looks like a pretty exciting season for fans of hers.
It all starts with her appearance as Margo Channing in a staged reading of “All About Eve” for Season of Concern that will take place at the Mayne Stage on Monday May 23rd, 2011. Along with an all star cast featuring Ross Lehman, Larry Yando, Heidi Kettenring, Peggy Roeder, and many more this looks like an exciting night. If only they could break out a few numbers from the musical version “Applause” this would already make an already wonderful night seem like heaven.
Then in July the talented diva will be performing “Hollis Resnik in Concert The New Age Revue” along with Northwesten Students. She will be doing this at The Barber Theatre on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston running July 31, August 1 and 2nd.
After a break from that Hollis will then be appearing in Gary Griffins high anticipated production of Stephen Sondheim & James Goldman's masterpiece “Follies” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. No word yet on what role she will be playing but when Hollis did this show for the Chicago Humanities Festival last year she played Sally. “Follies” will open October 4 and run though November 6, 2011.
And to top it off Hollis will also be starring in another highly anticipated Chicago production when Court Theatre does “Angels in America parts 1 & 2” running March 30th to June 3rd 2012 and directed by Charles Newell. Again no word on who Hollis is playing but one can only imagine with the meaty roles that this show provides.
Individual tickets have not gone on sale yet.
And that's not even counting anything she could be doing during her time off between those shows. I've been hoping for a follow-up her wonderful debut disc “Make Someone Happy” a collection of songs that Ms. Resnik loves to sing and is often found on my CD player. It's a must have for any Diva lover especially for her original arrangement of “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” and I think she's the first artist to record a song from each of “The Wild Party” musicals and a number from “Book of the Night” a show she did at the Goodman Theater. I'd love a new disc featuring songs from some of her greatest roles.