Monday, March 27



Monday, March 27, 2023

at the House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn St.

Direction by Michael Weber+

About Chicago Sings – The Annual Fundraising Concert

Chicago Sings is Porchlight’s signature fundraising concert, featuring live performances by Chicago music theatre’s best-loved artists, the presentation of the 2023 Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago and more. Chicago Sings returns in 2023 for Chicago Sings Broadway Pop.

Since its earliest days, songs that have appeared on Broadway have crossed over to the music charts and popular songs heard on the radio have found their way to Broadway stages. In 2023, Chicago Sings Broadway Pop celebrates these Broadway musicals with an eclectic night of songs from such shows as Chess, Dreamgirls, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, 9 to 5 and others.

All Chicago Sings proceeds benefit our youth education, artistic and community outreach programs — support that advances Porchlight’s resilience and commitment to illuminating the past, present and future of music theatre.

Two Ways to Experience Chicago Sings

Chicago Sings Broadway Pop offers attendees two ways for patrons to participate in this unforgettable night:

“One Night Only” Experience

 The “One Night Only” Experience includes main floor seating or in the boxes of the House of Blues and access to the VIP cocktail hour before the performance.

“Oh, What a Night” Experience

The “Oh, What a Night” Experience, hosted by the Porchlight Young Professionals, includes balcony seating in the House of Blues.

Tickets are now on sale! For sponsorship information, please contact Evin at

Photo: Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim (2022)

The Guy Adkins Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Music Theatre in Chicago

For more than 10 years, Porchlight Music Theatre celebrates an individual who has made an exceptional and lasting contribution to the state of the art of Chicago music theatre, with the prestigious Guy Adkins Award. Guy Adkins was an award-winning Chicago actor who passed away in 2010. Among his significant stage credits were Oklahoma! Windy City and A Funny Thing Happened… at Marriott Theatre; The Taming of the Shrew at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Pericles, Twelfth Night, The Invention of Love and the title role in Hamlet at Court Theatre; The Time of Your Life at Steppenwolf and the world premieres of the musicals The Return of Martin Guerre and The Visit, both at The Goodman Theatre. The Chicago Sun-Times called Adkins, “…a smart and invariably graceful actor” and The New York Times called him “outrageously talented” for his turn at “Puck” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey.  Porchlight commemorates Adkins’ spirit and life with this annual award and celebrates the many gifts he shared with our theatre community and the world.

Past recipients include:

  • 2022 — Jim Corti+
  • 2021 — Felicia P. Fields*
  • 2019 — Gary Griffin+
  • 2018 — Brenda Didier*
  • 2017 — Rachel Rockwell*
  • 2016 — E. Faye Butler*
  • 2015 — Dominic Missimi+
  • 2014 — Paula Scrofana*
  • 2013 — Douglas Peck+
  • 2012 — Hollis Resnik*
  • 2011 — L. Walter Sterns+

More about The Guy Adkins Award.

Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs); = (any with respect)