August 20



Box Office Phone: 773-777-9884 — Box Office Hours

7:00pm – The UP Comedy Club at Second City – Located in Piper’s Alley (230 W. North Ave.) Doors open at 6:30pm.

For more than a decade, Chicago Sings, Porchlight’s annual fundraiser has honored artists and organizations whose music has changed the world. Join Porchlight and Chicago’s music theatre and cabaret stars as they shine the spotlight this year on the company that taught audiences what a movie musical could be – Metro Goldwyn Mayer. With a stable of incomparable stars that included Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Jeanette MacDonald, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams and “more stars than there are in the heavens,” this film studio gave birth to some of the landmark productions including The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, and Meet Me in St. Louis.

Chicago’s home for music theatre pays tribute to these films and more as CHICAGO SINGS THE MGM MUSICALS!

Directed by Keely Vasquez and Artistic Director Michael Weber
Music Direction by Beckie Menzie

Featuring Performances By:

Neala Barron (A Funny Thing…Forum, Merrily We Roll Along), Cynthia Clarey (The Scottsboro Boys), Brandon Dahlquist (Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, City of Angels), Robin DaSilva (Gypsy, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Devin DeSantis (Side Show), Jim DeSelm (A Catered Affair, Merrily We Roll Along), David Fiorello (Merrily We Roll Along, New Faces Sing Broadway, Do Re Mi), Sean Fortunato (Billy Elliot the Musical), Sharriese Hamilton (Pal Joey, They’re Playing Our Song), James Earl Jones II (The Scottsboro Boys, Memphis), Mark David Kaplan (New Faces Sing Broadway, Chicago Sings), Michelle Lauto (In The Heights, New Faces Sing Broadway), Yando Lopez (In The Heights, Sondheim on Sondheim), Patrick Martin (How to Succeed…), Beckie Menzie (A Class Act, Chicago Sings), Tom Michael (Chicago Sings), Christine Mild (The Rink, Chicago Sings), Khaki Pixley (Merrily We Roll Along, On A Clear Day…), Kelvin Roston Jr. (Chicago Sings), Lorenzo Rush Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Memphis), Laura Savage (Pal Joey), Stephen Schellhardt (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Chicago Sings), Bethany Thomas (Marry Me a Little, Into the Woods), Genevieve Thiers (Chess, Little Me), Keely Vasquez (Merrily We Roll Along, In The Heights), Nancy Voigts (Do Re Mi) and others!

With special guest: WGN’s Paul Lisnek!

Songs performed and artists may change without notice.

Chicago Sings, Porchlight’s annual fundraiser, has honored artists and organizations whose music has changed the world, and this year, in addition to celebrating MGM Musicals, Porchlight Music Theatre is honoring James Jensen with its inaugural The Luminary Award—- For Exemplary Leadership and Support of Music Theatre in Chicago. The Luminary Award recognizes an outstanding individual, family or family foundation with a history of philanthropic and volunteer leadership on behalf of Porchlight Music Theatre and music theatre in Chicago, and whose generosity inspires others to philanthropic action.

Tickets are $75 (As this is one of Porchlight’s annual fundraising events the ticket costs are tax deductible).

All proceeds benefit Porchlight’s educational programming

Seating is limited and done on a first come, first serve basis and at the discretion of the Second City staff. If you have accessibility needs, please let the Porchlight Music Theatre box office know when purchasing tickets, or via phone at 773-777-9884.

Food & Beverage will be available at the venue, but not included in the price of your ticket.

(Photographed: Sharriese Hamilton at Chicago Sings (2017) by Time Stops Photography)

Getting Here

UP Comedy Club - 230 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60614


UP Comedy Club is located on the third floor of Piper’s Alley. Our Box Office is located on the first floor.

Public Transit
Sedgwick Brown Line station is 2 blocks west of the theatre North/Clybourn
Red Line station is 6 blocks west of the theatre.

From the South
1. Take 94 West toward Chicago
2. Take exit 49A for Division St
3. Keep left at the fork to continue toward W Division St
4. Turn right at W Division St
5. Stay on Division St for 1.3 miles
6. Turn left at N Wells St
7. Turn left on North Ave and look to your right

From the North/Northwest
1. Take 90/94 East toward Chicago
2. Take exit 48B for State Route 64/North Ave
3. Turn left on to North Ave
4. Stay on North Ave for 1.6 miles

From Lakeshore Drive
1. Take the exit toward IL-64/Lasalle Dr/North Ave
2. Turn left at W LaSalle Dr
3. Turn left at N LaSalle Blvd
4. Turn right at W North Ave


Metered parking is available on both North Avenue and Wells Street in either direction.

Parking is also available for a fee at:

Second City Parking
Piper’s Alley Self Park Garage – 230 West North Avenue
Old Town Neighborhood Parking Piper’s Alley Self Park Garage – 230 West North Avenue
O’Brien’s Restaurant – 1528 N. Wells St
Chicago History Museum – 1730 N Sheridan
Treasure Island – 1639 N. Wells St Public Parking – Corner of North Ave and North Park

Bus Parking
At this time, we regret that we are unable to offer motorcoach parking at our facility. We advise all clients to use the free motorcoach parking that the City of Chicago has made available mere blocks from the theater. Please contact us so that we may send you a map and directions.