This year hasn’t been kind to music-lovers with the deaths of several well-known stars – including Price and David Bowie — whose loss was felt by fans across the world.
But on Monday, Nov. 7, the spirit of the two larger-than-life musicians will come alive during a tribute concert called “We Can Be Heroes” a Tribute to Prince and Bowie.
Constantly reinventing themselves, Prince and Bowie pushed the boundaries of performance, gender, songwriting and fashion like no other artists of their time.
The tribute concert will take place during the annual William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert at Francis W. Parker School’s Diane and David B. Heller Auditorium (2233 N. Clark St., Chicago,) and will feature two well-known Chicago theater veterans.
The concert is open to the public and is being led by Windy City theater veterans Rob Lindley and Doug Peck.
In addition to drawing on the work of influential artists Prince and Bowie, the tribute concert will feature plenty of talent. The lineup includes JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound frontman JC Brooks, The Voice season 9 contestant Mark Hood, Jeff Award-winning musical theater artist Bethany Thomas, and Neo-Futurist ensemble member Malic White.
The concert takes place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members of the general public, tickets for members are $20 and student/teacher tickets are $12.
Following the concert, there will be a follow-up program led by Rob Lindley and Doug Peck exploring the lives, careers, similarities, and differences of these two stars with performances of iconic songs such as “Life on Mars,” “Young Americans,” “Purple Rain,” “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and more. The event takes place at the same site from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m.Ticket prices are the same as for the earlier performance.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the earlier tribute, click here. For information on the later event, click here.
Rob Lindley is a critically acclaimed director and Jeff-Award winning actor. Some of his directing credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and A Wonderful Life at Porchlight Music Theatre and both the national tour and Off-Broadway productions of 50 Shades! The Original Musical Parody. Lindley has been seen on stage at Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, The Goodman, Writers’ Theatre and Porchlight Music Theatre.
Doug Peck is one of Chicago’s leading music directors at theatres such as Chicago Shakespeare, The Goodman, Writers Theatre and Northlight Theatre. He is a creative partner with the Goodman and is the winner of six Jeff awards for his work in The Jungle Book, Porgy and Bess, Caroline, or Change, Carousel, Fiorello!, and Man of La Mancha.