Join Porchlight and Chicago’s music theatre and cabaret stars as they shine the spotlight this year on the company that taught audiences what a movie musical could be—Metro Goldwyn Mayer. With a stable of incomparable stars that included Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Jeanette MacDonald, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams and “more stars than there are in the heavens,” this film studio gave birth to some of the landmark productions including The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris andMeet Me in St. Louis.
Chicago Sings, Porchlight’s annual fundraiser, has honored artists and organizations whose music has changed the world, and this year, in addition to celebrating MGM Musicals, Porchlight Music Theatre is honoring James Jensen with its inaugural Luminary Award—For Exemplary Leadership and Support of Music Theatre in Chicago. The Luminary Award recognizes an outstanding individual, family or family foundation with a history of philanthropic and volunteer leadership on behalf of Porchlight Music Theatre and music theatre in Chicago, and whose generosity inspires others to philanthropic action.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the annual benefit concert that includes performances, a paddle raiser and tableside food and drink service at an additional charge.