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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


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Upcoming Suzanne Petri Events

Dear Friends,
Lots of news this summer!!!
Happy May everybody! It looks like spring is here to stay and Summer soon, so I’m putting away my winter coat and packing up the humidifier and doing the million things in the sunshine! OK, actually in the dark dank theaters and clubs I love so much…
What's coming up: Wednesday, June 8th the reading of a new musical at the Royal George, “The Wedding Gift.” Book and music by Nancy Carlson Dodd, Musical direction by Dori Erwin Collins and directed by Jane Brody with a spectacular cast including Judy Blue and Andrew Blendermann on the keys!
Tix are free, click here www.theweddinggift.brownpapertickets.com to secure your seat.
Saturday, June 11th Celebrating the 125th birthday of Cole Porter, featuring his brilliant music and a great cast…. mention my name for a special deal! At the Skokie Theater.
Sunday, June 12th 2pm, audio description for “Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976” by Rebecca Gilman. In the evening that day, a benefit for Skokie Theater during the Tony Awards. Wednesday, June 29th A public reading of “Star Crossed Lovers; aka Julia Wants Out” by Gary Davis and directed by John Mohrlein, at the Poetry Foundation. Meanwhile Bob will be teaching at Steppenwolf and also at Profiles where I will also teach.
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!
Happy Birthday to Mom on Monday May 30th, 90 years old! As soon as we get a little moment this summer we will go home and celebrate!
Love and all good things to all,
Suzy and Bob

May 28th
12:30 PM Touch Tour 2PM Audio Description
The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

One of my many jobs (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:

Upcoming at the Goodman:
Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976—June 12th
War Paint—August 6th

Weds June 8th
The Wedding Gift
A staged reading of a new musical play
At The Royal George
1641 N. Halsted


Saturday, June 11
8 PM - 10 PM
“We Get a Kick Out of Cole”
Daryl Nitz Entertainment
Skokie Theatre 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, Illinois 60077
(847) 677-7761
General Admission [$32.00]
Mention my name for a special deal!

Be a part of Cole Porter’s 125th birthday celebration by attending “We Get a Kick Out of Cole,” a 2-act concert that features over 25 songs from 30 years of Cole Porter’s amazing career, sung by some of Chicago’s top performers. “Let’s Do it, Let’s Fall In Love,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “It's De-Lovely,” and many more performed by David Edelfelt, Kimberly Gordon, Sophie Grimm, Ester Hana, Jeff Hedberg, Frieda Lee, Suzanne Petri, Jeannie Tanner and Ellen Winters. Hosted and directed by Daryl Nitz, with musical direction by Johnny Rodgers, Jim Cox on bass and Phil Gratteau on drums.


Sunday, June 12
 Party starts at 6:00 pm
Broadcast begins at 7:00 pm
Tony Awards Night Gala
to benefit Skokie Theatre

Celebrate the Tony Awards at Skokie Theatre. Complimentary Champagne and Hors D'Oeuvres. Red Carpet photos of you in your tux or designer gown. Predict the Tony winners contest. Raffles, games and prizes. Live entertainment during commerical breaks featuring Johnny Rodgers and yours truly.
Special honoree, Myrna Petlicki will be presented with the 2016 Sybil Ludington Award for Outstanding Community Service.

This is Skokie Theatre's annual benefit. Tickets are $75, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Come join the party and keep live theatre alive in the suburbs.
The biggest night on Broadway is now the biggest night in Skokie ...


Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077   847-677-7761

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.

We’re bringing back our show, Torch, Sass and Swing!
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, October 26, 27, 28
Back by popular demand!
At the new 1700 Theater at Steppenwolf with Suzy, Bob, Bobby Schiff and Jim Cox
SuzBo Entertainment Inc Presents
Torch, Sass and Swing!  
 A Tribute to 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
We explore the classic clubs of Chicago 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
Torch songs, smoky clubs and great music... I came to Chicago as a fresh young face out of Minnesota and an incredible world of music opened up to me, 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.

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.