Underscore Theatre Company is excited to offer a bonus event during this year’s Chicago Musical Theatre Festival: a benefit concert curated and headlined by Ebrin R. Stanley, most recently seen in the highly acclaimed Chicago company of Hamilton as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison. The Reality of Love will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10 pm at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Tickets ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) are currently available at www.cmtf.org.
The Reality of Love & Life is an evening of music hosted, curated, written and performed by Ebrin R. Stanley, most recently seen as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the highly acclaimed Chicago company of Hamilton. The concert will also feature several guest performers, including Tessa Dettman and Steven Romero Schaeffer, who will be seen this spring in Underscore’s world premiere musical Notes and Letters. A highlight of the evening includes a not to be missed Hamilton medley with a very special guest from the cast of Hamilton. A portion of proceeds from the evening will be donated to Underscore Theatre Company.
“I am thrilled to get the chance to headline this concert and give back to Chicago in a major way,” says Stanley. “I fell in love with Underscore after seeing Proxy, there was so much rawness. Seeing new musicals come to life has always been a passion of mine, so I am honored to share my original content and support one of the best up and coming new works theatre right here in Chicago."
The concert will be under the music direction of Annabelle Lee Revak (piano) with Christian Moreno (drums), Jules Cunningham (guitar) and Becca Shertok (bass).
Comments Underscore Artistic Director Whitney Rhodes, “Ebrin is such a special artist and I can’t wait for more of Chicago to hear his original music. He’s put together a remarkable night of talent and I am humbled that Underscore gets to be the beneficiary of the evening.”
The 6th Annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, produced by Underscore Theatre Company is running through February 23 at The Edge Theater. For more information on the eight brand new musicals, visit www.cmtf.org.
Title: The Reality of Love & Life with Ebrin R. Stanley
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10 pm
Location: The Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago
Written, Curated and Directed by Ebrin R. Stanley
Music Direction by Annabelle Lee Revak
Stage Managed by Leah Geis
Cast: Ebrin R. Stanley, Tessa Dettman and Steven Romero Schaeffer
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are currently available at cmtf.org/love-and-life
About the Artists
Ebrin R. Stanley (Performer) was born and raised in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre in 2017 and a minor in Dance. Ebrin has directed and choreographed many productions for the Children's Museum of Houston. In December 2017, Ebrin was given the chance to co-write, direct and choreograph, Home for the Holidays, a Children's musical in Houston. In January 2018, he starred in the world premiere of Dead Meat, a workshop performance written by Paige Zubel. Later that year he landed the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in Hamilton: An American Musical (Chicago). Ebrin released his debut album, “For the Lovers and The Heartbreakers” in September 2019 and a Christmas EP in December 2019. Ebrin continues to write music and musicals in his spare time and continues to produce music for others.
About Underscore Theatre Company
Founded in 2011, Underscore Theatre Company is a team of producing artists dedicated to exploring stories of power and resonance through a musical lens; fostering the development of new musicals; and bolstering Chicago’s role as a national leader in musical theatre. Since its creation, Underscore has produced or co-produced 65 new mainstage and workshop musicals in Chicago. Underscore is proud to be Chicago's home for new musicals.
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