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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

Upcoming Suzanne Petri Events:
Dear Friends,
I just finished doing “The Pale Man” directed by John Lerchen. It’s an Independent Feature Film coming in 2017!!
Based on the short story “The Pale Man” By JULIUS LONG
A queer little tale, about the eccentric behavior of a strange guest in a country hotel….
I would like to thank my agents at Shirley Hamilton!!
Next up the SAG-AFtra Radio Players
* THREE BY POE Performance October 6th , At the Chicago Cultural Center 7pm
Three tales by Edgar Allan Poe, I will be in “The Black Cat” directed by George Elliot and Bob will be in “The Fall of the House of Usher” directed by Connie Foster.

And then the big CCP Annual Gala Benefit comes along on October 16th at Park West!

Then…back by popular demand,
OCTOBER 26 - OCTOBER 28, 2016


Whew! Hope I got everything….Oh yes, Bob will be at Steppenwolf in “The Christians” by Lucas Hnath and directed by K. Todd Freeman right after our show at the 1700!
Love and all good things to all,
Suzy and Bob

Sun, September 18, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Dutchman/TRANsit—September 18th
at American Blues Theater

Where: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Description: Touch tour begins at 1:30PM 60614 Tickets are $25 with the code word "Access" Call • 773-404-7336
For more information please visit http://www.greenhousetheater.org/ And http://americanbluestheater.com/

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

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7pm

CCP’s Annual Gala
“Sentimental Journeys”
Musical Journeys of the Heart

Park West Theater
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... The 70’s in Chicago was a time of amazing people and music for a fresh young face out of Minnesota. We share fantastic stories of the great Chicago clubs such as Mr. Kelly's, The London House, Chez Paree and The Happy Medium.
Join us as we explore the classic clubs of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and the artists who played them: Ella, Sarah, Barbra, Sophie Tucker, Bette Midler, Oscar Brown Jr., Nat "King" Cole and of course our special tribute to the one and only Julie Wilson!

Highlights of the LookOut series include:
• Improv titans TJ and Dave
• A cabaret tribute to Chicago's classic clubs by Suzanne Petri and ensemble member Bob Breuler
• A collaboration between punk dance troupe BOOMERANG and drummer Greg Saunier of the internationally-acclaimed band Deerhoof
• A concert by genre-bending jazz singer Akenya
• A new radionovela from the explosive comedy duo behind Dominizuelan
Craving a pre show snack or a post show cocktail? Visit Front Bar Coffee and Drinks, Steppenwolf's new space to grab a drink or have a bite. Plus, you can even bring your drinks into the 1700 Theatre for all LookOut performances.

Learn 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.