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Suzanne Petri at Davenport’s
Read the review here!


“Book of Mercy” by Carson Grace Becker at Chicago Dramatists Suzanne Petri and Richard Henzel

“Waiting For Lefty” at American Blues Theater Suzanne and Manny Buckley


Thank you for visiting! I'm very excited to share with you my website. Thanks to the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program and most of all to my wonderful designer, Kevin Buckstiegel!

Upcoming Suzanne Petri Events

Dear Friends,
Here’s what’s up!
Wednesday, June 29th A public reading of “Star Crossed Lovers; aka Juliet Wants Out” by Gary Davis and directed by John Mohrlein, at the Poetry Foundation.

We are doing Classic Radio at the Cultural Center: Claudia Cassidy Theater on July 14th
The Killers with Bob as Big Jim and Suzy as Queenie
SAG-Aftra Seniors
Meanwhile Bob will be teaching at Steppenwolf.
And I shall be doing Audio Description for “War Paint” at The Goodman on August 6th and a movie in August, “The Pale Man”
The big CCP Gala comes along on October 16th at Park West.
Then…back by popular demand, Torch, Sass and Swing!
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 26, 27,28 at the new 1700 theater at Steppenwolf!
Whew! Hope I got everything….Oh yes, Bob will be at Steppenwolf in “The Christians” directed by K. Todd Freeman right after our show at the 1700!
Love and all good things to all,
Suzy and Bob

Wednesday, June 29th, 7:00 PM
“Star Crossed Lovers” …or Juliet Wants Out!
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free Admission
Four actors explore the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet and what would have happened if Juliet woke up and they both tried to live when they are supposed to be dead.  Hilarity ensures!
Written by Gary Davis and directed by John Mohrlein.
With Ann Delaney as Juliet, Michael Kurowski as Romeo and Suzanne Petri as the Nurse and others and Bob Breuler as Friar Laurence and more!

  Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL  60654
Tel: 312.787.7070
Fax: 312.787.6650

Audio Description/Touch Tour
War Paint—August 6th
at the Goodman
Transit/Dutchman—September 18th
at American Blues
One of my many gigs (and a joy) is doing Audio Descriptions and Touch Tours for the blind and visually impaired for plays at Profiles, Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, American Blues Theater, Route 66 and the Goodman …not singing, not acting; giving blind & low vision patrons the inside scoop on plays by introducing them to actors, designers and crew, feeling and holding costumes, wigs and props, walking the set and sometimes even playing instruments! During the show I describe what’s going on onstage through headsets; set and light changes, entrances and exits, and everything that can be told in between the dialogue.
Check here for Accessible Performances: http://www.chicagoplays.com/access.html

Upcoming CCP Gala October 16th!!!
“Sentimental Journeys”
Oct. 16 at Park West, 322 W Armitage Ave. Detailed plans for the show, which casts a welcome spotlight on Chicago's ever-growing cabaret community, are in progress. Information will be posted as it becomes available at www.chicagocabaret.org.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 26, 27, 28
Back by popular demand
Torch, Sass and Swing!
Part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series
With Suzy, Bob, Bobby Schiff and Jim Cox

1700 Theater
1700 N. Halsted
SuzBo Entertainment Inc Presents
Torch, Sass and Swing!
The Clubs and Artists Who Made Chicago Great
Award Winning Performer Suzanne Petri
Musical Director Bobby Schiff, Jim Cox on Bass and Robert Breuler as our guide
Torch songs, smoky clubs and great music... I came to Chicago as a fresh young face out of Minnesota, I met amazing people and heard fantastic stories of the great Chicago clubs such as Mr. Kelly's, The London House, Chez Paree and The Happy Medium.
We explore the classic clubs and the artists who played them: Ella, Sarah, Barbra, Sophie, Bette Midler, Oscar Brown Jr., Nat "King" Cole and of course my special tribute to the one and only Julie Wilson!
Featuring the Great American Songbook: Rodgers and Hart, Porter, Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn, Hoagy Carmichael and more

Sunday night 10.25.15
Listen here
After Hours With Rick Kogan
Here’s a great interview I did with Michael Roberts
Showbiz Nation with Michael Roberts 

Bill Zwecker wrote this fantastic article in the Sun Times
"Popular Chicago cabaret star Suzanne Petri will be headlining “Torch, Sass and Swing!” — a musical tribute to the clubs and artists who made major contributions to Chicago’s cabaret scene over the decades.
Suzanne Petri, Daryl Nitz plan big musical shows Bill Zwecker on October 21, 2015

“Chicago’s acclaimed Jefferson Award nominated actress and winner of the After Dark Award for “Outstanding Cabaret Artist” and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals Gold Coast Award, Suzanne Petri brings back her brand new show.

Torch, Sass and Swing!
What a great experience and thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the fabulous people who came and supported the show and showed up and showered us with accolades, including the Petri girls and Tucker! So excited to bring it back!!

The Audiences Rave!

“Thank you for a wonderful evening, Suzanne. Your trip down Rush St. was a wonderful tribute to era of great entertainers.” David Marienthal

“Suzi what a great concept for a show! Those of us who remember Rush Street and all the wonderful clubs that made up the glamour of Chicago were extremely entertained by your presentation! Wonderful show.” Barb Bailey

“A combination of Julie Wilson, Lauren Bacall, Gwen Verdon, and throw in a little Bette Midler....now you have Suzanne Petri! The statuesque, bold, sassy, blonde, and very talented beauty delivers the moment she steps onstage!!! What a night!! An absolutely superb performance, and a beautifully crafted production.” Debbie Silverman Krolik

“Great show Suz! And Bob was delightful and funny!” xoxo Cathy Schenkleberg

“Congrats to Suzanne Petri for all the panache and experience displayed onstage at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret last night with her trip to bygone Chicago nightspots
"Torch, Sass and Swing".“ Jeff Dean

“One of Chicago’s greatest singers” Rick Kogan

"There is nobody better…the finest voice going" Michael Roberts

Tookie, Tucker, Me, Mom and Nancy at Davenport’s


We have another show coming with Daryl Nitz Entertainment at the Skokie Theatre
Nov. 27

Fascinating Rhythm and Rhyme: 120 years of Ira Gershwin
Check out this article about the Skokie Theater by Howard Reich in the Trib:

Check out our video from the 2014 CCP Gala https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCY3WhqFh6E

Will soon have a clip of my tribute to Edith Piaf on her 100th birthday anniversary at the 2015 CCP Gala.

photo by Jennifer Girard

See you at the shows!
Love and Peace,
Suzy and Bob and Lucy

Check out my acting reel here

Chicago Cabaret Professionals Gala Benefit 2014 at Park West "The Song's the Thing"

Bob Moreen and KT McCammond and I did a very special Sondheim medley…more to come!

"The evening's other tour force was an extended set-piece by three of Chicago's most admired cabaret artists: pianist-singer Bob Moreen and vocalists Suzanne Petri and KT McCammond. It takes a certain amount of life experience to be able to do justice to the songs of Stephen Sondheim, and these three got down to the gritty essence of his work. To call their performance a medley would be to underestimate its value, the artists somehow weaving segments of "Beautiful Girls," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "A Boy Like That" and five other songs into a dramatic whole, complete with a bit of choreography. Surely they ought to build an entire Sondheim evening out of this tremendous beginning." Howard Reich Chicago Tribune

"100th Anniversary Garland" of Poetry Magazine
Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral RushHour.org.
Poetry & Music: Pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, Readings of the poems by performers Suzanne Petri and John Mohrlein.
Listen to the simulcast on WFMT here.

Co-sponsored by Rush Hour Concerts

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.