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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Auditorium Theatre Celebrates Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday with His Way - Sinatra's Centennial Celebration, Starring Ron Hawking (Chicago)
AUDITORIUM THEATRE MARKS FRANK SINATRA'S 100TH BIRTHDAY IN 2015
WITH "HIS WAY – SINATRA'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION,"
STARRING CHICAGO'S OWN RON HAWKING
The Star Singer Brings His Critically-Acclaimed Musical Tribute
to the Auditorium for One Night Only May 30, Part of the “Made in Chicago” Music Series
marks the 100th birthday of legendary singer and entertainer Frank Sinatra with “His Way – Sinatra’s Centennial Celebration,” starring Chicago’s own Ron Hawking.
Described as “…the hit of a lifetime…and best of all, he’s doing it his
way!” (Chicago Tribune), the musical tribute comes to the Auditorium, Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($35 – $65) are available at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at the Auditorium’s Box Office (50 E. Congress Pkwy).
“Like Sinatra, Ron Hawking brings charisma to the stage as only the
'Chairman of the Board' could,” said Auditorium Theatre Executive
Director Brett Batterson. “We’re looking forward to
hosting him for this special occasion that honors one of the great
entertainers of all time in the year of his centennial birthday at the
same time that the Auditorium continues to celebrate our milestone 125th birthday.”
Hawking created and produced “His Way” in 1998 to honor the late-great
Sinatra. One of Chicago’s longest-running and most beloved musical
tributes features live musical accompaniment by the “His Way” orchestra
and original arrangements orchestrated by the late Bill Rogers, who
played trombone and toured with Sinatra. In addition, these
orchestrations allow Hawking to interpret and bring his own vocal style
to these great American Songbook favorites. Hawking is thrilled to
reprise his heralded show during his Auditorium Theatre debut to
celebrate Sinatra’s centennial birthday.
“Being a Chicago guy, the opportunity to perform at the Auditorium Theatre is very special for me,” said Hawking.
“I’ve had the great fortune of singing in some of the world’s most
renowned venues, but it’s hard to beat the history of a place like the
Auditorium Theatre. I like to think of it as Chicago’s own Carnegie
Hall. I’m overjoyed to take part in both the milestone anniversary of
this legendary venue as well as the celebration of this iconic
In 1999 Hawking also produced and starred in the West Coast production
of “His Way” at San Francisco’s Theatre On The Square. The production
played in Las Vegas and other major cities around the country. In 2002
he opened the “His Way” Theatre inside Studio A at Chicago’s NBC Tower,
where it quickly earned a reputation as a beloved favorite among Chicago
theatergoers for over seven successful seasons and over 1,000 shows.
The “Made in Chicago” Music Series Media Sponsor is Chicago Jazz Magazine.
About Ron Hawking
“Chicago’s Award Winning Entertainer,” Ron Hawking, knows how to
deliver a performance that comes from his heart. After recording two
albums with the touring group, The New Era, Hawking returned to Chicago
and began directing his talent toward the recording studio and began
studying improvisation at Chicago’s Second City.
In 2007, Hawking created the hit musical production “Ron Hawking
Celebrates–The Men & Their Music.” His critically acclaimed
Christmas show, “Ron Hawking Home for the Holidays,” has played in front
of sold out audiences at many theaters and continues to be a seasonal
favorite. Hawking has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall with The
Philly Pops Orchestra honoring singer Patti Page and her 50th
anniversary in show-business. He continues to perform his shows at many
prestigious theaters and performing arts centers around the country.
In 2008, Hawking auditioned and was cast to play the role of the
Syracuse University’s play-by-play sports announcer in the Universal
Pictures movie “The Express,” starring actor Dennis Quaid. His
additional movie credits include “Look Who’s Talking.” His latest 2014
album release, “The Song Is You,” was nominated for Best Traditional Pop
Vocalist Album for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. At the 2014 Chicago Music Awards, Hawking was presented with CMA’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tickets ($35 – $65) are available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org,
by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at Auditorium Theatre’s
Box Office (50 E. Congress Pkwy). Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or
more are available at (312) 341-2357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Auditorium Theatre would like to thank their 125th Anniversary Season Sponsors: Lead Corporate Sponsor Nicor Gas, Lead Foundation Sponsor Robert R. McCormick Foundation and David D. Hiller, International Dance Series Sponsor NIB Foundation, and “Made in Chicago” Dance Series sponsor The Boeing Company. Media sponsors include Chicago Magazine and WXRT, and the Pasquinelli Family Foundation is the Gala Dinner Celebration Sponsor. Student Matinee Series Sponsors for the 2014-15 Season include The Private Bank and The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation.
About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University,
located at 50 E. Congress Pkwy, is an Illinois, not-for-profit
organization committed to presenting the finest in international,
cultural, community and educational programming to Chicago, and to the
continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark
In September of 2014, the Auditorium Theatre was awarded the inaugural
Fifth Star Award by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of
Cultural Affairs and Special Events. On December 9, 2014, the
Auditorium Theatre celebrated its 125th Birthday with a
proclamation from the City of Chicago declaring it “Auditorium Theatre
Day.” For the first time in over 50 years, the NFL Draft returned to Chicago, taking place at the Auditorium Theatre April 30 – May 2.
The Auditorium Theatre is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Sage Foundation, and the Palmer House Hilton. For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theatre tours, call (312) 341-2310 or visit AuditoriumTheatre.org.