NOW PRESENTING: THE ARTISTS

BRANDON BENNETT

ELVIS MY WAY stars highly acclaimed Elvis tribute artist, the electrifying Brandon Bennett. Brandon appeared as Elvis Presley in Chicago’s long-running, smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Previously, he starred in the Montreal company of THE ELVIS STORY. His spine-tingling act can also be seen in festivals, cruises, commercials, and casinos across America. Television appearances include THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW. A native son of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Brandon’s southern roots, God-given talent, and natural resemblance to The King of Rock 'n Roll allow him to uniquely evoke the unmistakable essence of Elvis's charm onstage. He has been honored to sing alongside music legends such as The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, and The Sweet Inspirations, as well as open for Diamond Rio, Ronnie Millsap, and Chuck Berry. Brandon’s uncanny performances have earned numerous accolades, including the prestigious “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” title bestowed by Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland. brandonbennettlive.com

ERICH BERGEN

The Los Angeles Times declares, “with his lanky good looks and vibrant intensity, his charisma feeds off the spotlight” and Broadway World raves, “this young dynamo captivated the packed house from the moment he opened his mouth.” Erich Bergen currently co-stars as Blake on the popular CBS drama Madam Secretary. He is also known for portraying Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons in the Clint Eastwood-directed film Jersey Boys, reprising his role from the First National Tour, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas stage productions. Other television credits include Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, Franklin and Bash, Person of Interest, as well as Jersey Boys musical appearances on The Tonight Show and America’s Got Talent. Other theatre credits include starring as Billy Crocker in the National Tour of Anything Goes. His self titled debut album, and his latest original solo EP Never Give Up are available on iTunes. @erichbergen

JARED BRADSHAW

The Associated Press calls him “immensely talented,” while Sound and Town declares “Bradshaw delivers an electrifying performance.” Jared Bradshaw currently appears on Broadway in the delicious new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Previously, Bradshaw was a long time cast member of the Tony Award-winning smash hit Jersey Boys, swinging multiple roles in the Broadway, First National Tour, and Chicago companies. Off-Broadway, he delighted audiences in numerous incarnations of the wickedly funny Forbidden Broadway, deftly taking on celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Harry Connick Jr, and John Travolta. Regional theatre highlights include: The Music Man (Harold Hill), Singing in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), West Side Story (Riff), Cabaret (Cliff), The Last Five Years (Jamie), My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, and numerous productions of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Additionally, he travelled as a featured performer aboard Disney Cruise Ships. Jared and wife Lindsay Northen (Broadway’s Wicked) are the proud parents of little Georgia.

KATIE DEAL

Times-Georgian observes “Deal has traveled the country wowing fans with her uncanny portrayal of Patsy Cline… she’s built a national following,” and Columbus Free Press definitively states, “She’s pure Patsy.” Katie Deal earned critical acclaim touring nationally in her show Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline as well as two national tours of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Other theatre credits include: multiple productions of Always, Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline), Ring of Fire (June Carter), Keep on the Sunny Side (Sara Carter),The Road: My Life with John Denver, 9 to 5 (Doralee), and The Spitfire Grill (Percy—Ostrander Award nominee). Film: Let’s Be Cops and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Concerts: Classic Nashville Roadshow, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, and Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams of You. As a singer-songwriter Katie was awarded the 2016 Georgia Country Artist of the Year, the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year, and is also an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honoree. katiedeal.com

JOHN MICHAEL DIAS

Broadway crooner John Michael Dias currently appears on Broadway as Neil Sedaka in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. He originated same the role for the Beautiful First National Tour. Dias gained a nationwide following starring as Frankie Valli in the mega-hit Jersey Boys, playing the role on Broadway, as well as in the First National Tour, Vegas, and Chicago companies. Concerts: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Neil Sedaka's Greatest Hits!. He can also be seen singing special appearances with the vocal group The Doo-Wop Project. Dias’ solo album, Write This Way, which features intimate takes on Broadway and pop favorites like “Can’t Take My Eyes of of You” and “New York State of Mind” is available on iTunes. Dias earned a BFA in musical theatre from the Boston Conservatory. As an infamous record producer once said, “Frankie’s okay, but he’s no Neil Sedaka.”

SARA JEAN FORD

Sara Jean Ford is best known for starring as Christine Daaé on Broadway in the National Tour of the worldwide sensation THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Also on Broadway: CATS (Jellylorum), HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Smitty), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Mrs Anderssen, Anne/Petra cover), and FINIAN’S RAINBOW (Arlene, Sharon cover). Off-Broadway: THE FANTASTICKS (Luisa, Revival Cast Recording). Broadway in Chicago: WICKED (Glinda/Nessa Rose cover). Regional: THE MUSIC MAN (Marian), INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Dot), CANDIDE (Cunegonde), CAROUSEL (Carrie), and originated the role of Nellie Oleson in LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: THE MUSICAL. Concerts: DREAM OF NOW, DREAM OF THEN, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE at City Center Encores!, DEFYING GRAVITY: THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ AND ERIC WHITACRE at Lincoln Center, and PARADISE LOST: SHADOWS AND WINGS at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sara is the proud mama of Annie. sarajeanford

JESS GODWIN

Singer-songwriter Jess Godwin likes to make things. She wants the things that she makes to mean something. The nationally touring recording artist’s self titled EP is available on iTunes along with several other releases. Her original pop single “Fool Me Once” boasts over one million YouTube hits and was featured on Lifetime’s DANCE MOMS (danced by Maddie Zielger of Sia’s “Chandelier.”) Other television credits include KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS. Chicago appearances include duetting with Kristin Chenoweth at the Chicago Theatre, National Anthem singing for the Chicago Bulls, and engagements at Mayne Stage, Double Door, The Athenaeum, Subterranean, and Bottom Lounge. An accomplished actress, Jess’s Chicago theatre credits include: A WONDERFUL LIFE (Mary), GYPSY (Louise), COMPANY (April), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Dot), SHINING LIVES (Frances), THE WILD PARTY (Queenie), PIPPIN (Catherine), SNAPSHOTS (Susan), TICK, TICK…BOOM! (Susan), and CAROUSEL. Learn more about her 12-part music video dedication series at godwinanthology.com

CHESTER GREGORY

Chester Gregory is an all-around Broadway showstopper. The New York Post boasts Chester’s magnetic stage presence “isn’t scene-stealing, but robbery on an Enron scale.” His Broadway credits include MOTOWN (Berry Gordy—upcoming), HAIRSPRAY (Seaweed), SISTER ACT (Eddie), TARZAN (Terk, Original Cast), and CRY-BABY (Dupree, Original Cast). National tours include MOTOWN (Berry Gordy), SISTER ACT (Eddie), DREAMGIRLS  (James “Thunder” Early), and the title role in THE JACKIE WILSON STORY. Regional: SHREK (Donkey) in the Seattle Pre-Broadway run, and TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Sterling) at The Goodman Theatre. Television: performances on THE DAILY SHOW, THE VIEW, and THE TONY AWARDS. Chester is the recipient of numerous accolades including 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. He also stars in his original Jackie Wilson tribute THE EVE OF JACKIE. chestergregory.com

ANGELA INGERSOLL

Broadway World raves “her charm onstage is infectious… Ingersoll is brilliant.” Angela Ingersoll's numerous awards and nominations include Top Performances of the Year (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times) and a Best Performance nomination (Time Out Chicago) for her recent star turn as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow. Other theatre: How to Succeed… (Hedy LaRue), South Pacific (Nellie), Carousel (Julie), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy), The Secret Garden (Martha), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Richard III (Lady Anne), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Quickly), The Game’s Afoot (Daria), The 39 Steps (Woman), The Philadelphia Story (Tracy), The Great Gatsby (Myrtle), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Comedy: Second City Hollywood. Television: Chicago PD. Angela and husband Michael Ingersoll produce the Artists Lounge Live concert series. Concerts: Judy Garland: Come Rain Or Come Shine, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, My Baby Just Cares for Me, The 12 Dames of Christmas, as well as partnering with Garland’s son for Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll Celebrate Judy Garland. angelaingersoll.com

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MICHAEL INGERSOLL

Michael Ingersoll is a nationally touring recording artist and concert producer. As a founding member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp, his concert specials air in hundreds of millions of homes nationwide on PBS. Michael is also known for playing Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning hit Jersey Boys (Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). In addition to performing, Michael produces the Artists Lounge Live concert series. As a producer, he collaborates with performing arts centers (Paramount Theatre, Elgin Arts Center, Northlight Theatre, etc) and philanthropic organizations (American Cancer Society, United Way, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, etc), as well as co-producing Streetlamp’s concert specials for Public Television. Further theatre: Award Nominations for Of Mice and Men, Floyd Collins, Bat Boy: The Musical, and tick, tick…BOOM!. Further television: Access Hollywood, Extra! (Streetlamp); The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show, PBS’ Capitol Fourth, The Primetime Emmy Awards (Jersey Boys); The Beast, and Chicago Fire. Film: Walk the Line. Recordings: Under the Streetlamp, Rock Around the Clock, Let the Good Times Roll, Everyday’s a Holiday (Streetlamp); and Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas. michaelingersoll.com

CHRISTOPHER KALE JONES

Christopher Kale Jones is a nationally touring concert artist. He is currently a member of America’s favorite retro-rock sensation, Under the Streetlamp. The quartet tours internationally and boasts four PBS concert specials seen in hundred of millions of homes nationwide. Christopher is also known for starring as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning smash hit Jersey Boys (San Francisco, Los Angeles, First National Tour). Other theatre highlights include starring as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors opposite his wife, actress Jenna Coker-Jones (Ford’s Theater, Washington DC); and Mercury in Olympus On My Mind (Bristol Riverside Theatre) for which he received a Barrymore Award Nomination. Other television: Access Hollywood, Extra! (Streetlamp); The Tonight Show (Jersey Boys). Recordings: Under The Streetlamp, Rockin’ Round the Clock, Let the Good Times Roll, Everyday’s a Holiday (Streetlamp). Chris and Jenna are the proud parents of a little girl, Presley Rose. He is thankful to God for all the blessings in his life. christopherkalejones.com

HEIDI KETTENRING

Heidi Kettenring is best known for playing Nessarose in the Broadway in Chicago company of the blockbuster musical WICKED. National Tour credits include: DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Belle). Other standout performances nationwide include: THE KING AND I (Anna), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Annie Oakley), OLIVER! (Nancy), CATS (Grizabella), MY FAIR LADY (Eliza), LES MISERABLE (Fantine), LITTLE WOMEN (Jo March), SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Milly), GUYS AND DOLLS (Adelaide), HAIRSPRAY (Penny), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Mistress Ford), TUG OF WAR (Joan la Pucelle, et al) THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Mrs van Daan), HERO (Jane, World Premiere), SHE LOVES ME (Ilona), APPLAUSE (Margo Channing), and FUNNY GIRL (Fanny Brice). Film: MAN OF STEEL. Television: CHICAGO FIRE and CUPID. Concerts: SOMETHING WONDERFUL: HEIDI KETTERING IN CONCERT, as well as appearances with Ravinia Festival, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Pensacola Symphony. Recordings: Heidi appears on Disney Princess children’s books. She is the recipient of a Jeff Award, seven Jeff Award nominations, two Broadway World Awards, an After Dark Award, a Richard Kneeland Award, and the Sarah Siddons Leading Lady Award. Heidi is married to actor David Girolmo.

DONICA LYNN

Chicago Sun-Times calls her “Show-stopping: Her astonishing voice and fierce acting chops should catapult her to stardom.” Donica Lynn earned critcal accalim, as well as Chicago’s Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for her heart-wrenching performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls. Most amazingly, Lynn is a two-time brain tumor survivor, currently battling a third cancerous tumor. For her courageous artistry, Chicago Tribune named her among the Chicagoans of the Year. Other theatre credits include: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Willie Mae), The Color Purple (Church Soloist), Hair (Dionne), Hairspray (Dynamite), Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Nehebka), Footloose (Rusty), Barnum (Joice Heth), Confessions of a P.I.M.P. (opposite Andre DeSheilds), Lady in Denmark, Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie, Throughly Modern Millie, Once On Ths Island, and A Wonder in My Soul. Television: Chicago Fire. Concerts: Aretha Franklin: Queen fo Soul. As a recording artist, Donica has performed, recorded, lent backgrounds vocals, and toured with artists including Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, New Kids on the Block, Natalie Cole, and Gladys Knight.

MICHAEL MAHLER

Award-winning performer/composer/lyricist Michael Mahler wrote the musicals Diary of a Wimpy Kid, October Sky (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Hero (Jeff Award), The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Jeff Award), Rockne, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, and others. His songs have been performed in concerts and showcases around the globe including an evening at the Kennedy Center. Mahler contributed additional lyrics to the London and Broadway revivals of Miss Saigon, and served as premiere English lyricist for Boublil and Schönberg’s La Revolution Francaise. Acting credits include starring in Chicago productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Producers, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, They’re Playing Our Song, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Working. Music Director credits include Parade, Joseph…, The Music Man, Hot Mikado, Road Show, My Fair Lady, and White Christmas. Concerts include: Silly Love Songs: The Paul McCartney Collection. Projects in development include an adaptation of the Universal motion picture Secret of My Success, and Gravediggers’ Hamlet starring his band The Lincoln Squares. Proud member of ASCAP. michaelmahler.com

EVAN TYRONE MARTIN

Chicago Sun-Times raves, "Evan Tyrone Martin is a golden-voiced actor of sweetness and grace,” and Chicago Tribune calls Evan Tyrone Martin "Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre." Evan's Chicago theatre credits include: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Jesus), HAIR (Hud), DREAMGIRLS (Curtis-Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination), FAR FROM HEAVEN (Raymond-Jeff Award Nomination), THE LITTLE MERMAID (King Triton), RENT (Collins), THE COLOR PURPLE (Harpo), SIDESHOW (Jake-Jeff Award Nomination), VIOLET (Flick-Jeff Award Nomination), KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Valentin-Jeff Award Nomination, Broadway World Award Nomination), FLOYD COLLINS, I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT, and SOME ENCHANTED EVENING. Regional credits include: THE LITTLE MERMAID (King Triton), FOREVER PLAID (Jinx), HAIR (Berger), and PIPPIN (Leading Player). Concerts: UNFORGETTABLE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH NAT KING COLE and AN UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE CHRISTMAS. Evan is a graduate of Ashland University. evantmartin.weebly.com

ALEXIS J ROSTON

Time Out Chicago calls her “phenomenal,” and Showbiz Chicago raves “Roston holds the audience in the palm of her hand.” Alexis received Chicago’s Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for her mesmerizing portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Other credits include starring in Don’t Make Me Over— A Tribute to Dionne Warwick (Jeff Award Nomination, Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination), Porgy and Bess (Bess), Ragtime (Sarah), Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlaine), Shrek: The Musical (Dragon), The Wiz (Addaperle), The Piano Lesson (Grace), Crowns (Jeanette), Company (Sarah), Godspell (Joanne), Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and additional productions of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Billie Holiday). An ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre, Roston served as director and playwright of A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle. Television: Chicago PD and Chicago Code. Concerts: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, A Very Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Howard University.

JASON WATSON

Jason Watson appeared in the Broadway, Las Vegas, and National Tour companies of the feel good mega-hit MAMMA MIA!. Other National Tour credits include: NEXT TO NORMAL, JEKYLL & HYDE, and THE HOLIDAY ICE SPECTACULAR. Standout theatre performances include the title role(s) in JEKYLL & HYDE (Ostrander Award), EVITA (Che—Ostrander Award), multiple productions of GUYS & DOLLS (Sky—Zoni Award nomination), CHESS (Freddie—Zoni Award Nomination), CHESS (Anatoly), NINE (Guido), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Judas), NEXT TO NORMAL (Dan), SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (World Premiere), WEST SIDE STORY (Tony), HOLMES! THE MUSICAL (Dr Watson), FOREVER PLAID, as well as the Frank Sinatra tribute show MY WAY. Television: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. He has also been featured as a headlining vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Lines and as a member of the beloved Dapper Dans barbershop quartet in Disneyland. Jason and wife Kathleen are the proud parents of son Jake and Adeline.