Higher and Higher: A Rock ‘n Soul Party with Chester Gregory

November 19, 2021
7:30 p.m. - Tickets $35

Broadway star and recording artist Chester Gregory expertly honors the legends of Rock and Soul. The star of Motown: The Musical, Hairspray, and Dreamgirls won acclaim for his outstanding portrayal of Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story. In concert, Gregory offers his considerable talents to the music of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, and more. New York Times exclaims Gregory is "jaw-dropping" and "over-flowingly charismatic." Featuring a sensational band, songs include "(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," and "My Girl."

Presented by Artists Lounge Live.

Sponsored by J. Murray & Associates and Friends of Freedom Hall

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

About Chester Gregory

Chester Gregory is an award-winning Broadway veteran and recording artist. The New York Times calls him, "jaw-dropping...overflowingly charismatic," stating “Gregory has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.” His Broadway credits include starring in Motown: The Musical (Berry Gordy), Hairspray (Seaweed), Sister Act (Eddie), Tarzan (Terk, Original Cast), and Cry-Baby (Dupree, Original Cast). National tours include Motown: The Musical (Berry Gordy), Sister Act (Eddie), Dreamgirls (James “Thunder” Early). Mr. Gregory's breakthrough role came with his outstanding portrayal of Jackie Wilson in The Jackie Wilson Story, launched at Chicago's Black Ensemble Theatre and culminated at New York's renowned Apollo Theatre. Regional theatre credits include Shrek (Donkey), Fences (Lyons), and Two Trains Running (Sterling). Television appearances include performances on The Daily ShowThe View, and The Tony Awards. As a recording artist, Gregory, also known as  CHΞSS, has collaborated with industry greats including Phil Collins, Marc Shaiman, Ledisi, and Chance The Rapper. Studio recordings include multiple singles, Original Broadway Cast recordings, and his album In Search of High Love. He is the recipient of Chicago’s Jeff Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, the key to the city of his hometown of Gary, Indiana, as well as an honorary Doctorate Degree from Columbia College Chicago. Concerts include Higher and Higher with Artists Lounge Live and his original concert The Eve of Jackiechestergregory.com

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