Light Opera Works offers an uplifting evening of Jule Styne hits

Light Opera Works offers an uplifting evening of Jule Styne hits
Justin Adair, Kelly Britt, William Roberts, Emily Barnash, Larry Adams and Mary Robin Roth Photo Credit – Brett Beiner Photography

The music of Jule Styne (December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994), perhaps one of the greatest and most prolific songwriters of the 20th century, is being showcased by Light Opera Works (LOW) in a delightful fast-paced review of his greatest hits at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston now through October 16.

Oldies but goodies that should never be forgotten including "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "Time After Time," "Small World" and "Make Someone Happy" are all from the Styne songbook which contains over 1500 songs.

Chicago has a claim on this great artist who moved here with his family at age 8, taking up the piano at a young age and studying music at Chicago Musical College (now part of Roosevelt University).

Styne was a composer's composer working hand and hand with the likes of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Sammy Cahn, and Stephen Sondheim.

His award-winning compositions appeared in a broad variety of Broadway shows such as Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, Gypsy, Do Re Mi, Sugar (story based on the movie Some Like It Hot) and others.

Kelly Britt entertaining the audience on opening night. Photo: Brett Beiner Photography

Kelly Britt entertaining the audience on opening night. Photo: Brett Beiner Photography

The Light Opera Works review: "Let Me Entertain You: Jule Styne's Greatest Hits," showcases  37 of these iconic hits performed by an outstanding, talented and energetic line-up of singers and dancers including Justin Adair, Larry Adams, Emily Barnash, Kelly Britt, Mary Robin Roth and William Roberts under the direction of LOW artistic director Rudy Hogenmiller with music direction by Linda Madonia--backed by a sensational on-stage orchestra.

Tickets begin at $30. Ages 25 and younger are half-price. To order tickets, or for more information, call the Light Opera Works box office at (847) 920-5360, or order online.

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