Robert Rodi salutes Noel Coward in MAD ABOUT THE BOY

Chicago vocalist Robert Rodi resurrects gay icon and jazz age pioneer Sir Noel Coward in MAD ABOUT THE BOY – Sunday, June 16 at Pride Arts Center
In celebration of both Gay Pride Month and  the 50th anniversary of Noël Coward’s knighthood, Robert Rodi looks back on the British icon’s legendary career, trailblazing style, enduring influence—and above all his songs, which have been covered by artists from Judy Garland to Rufus Wainwright, and which rival Cole Porter’s for emotional range and irresistible melody. Featuring “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” “A Room with a View,” “If Love Were All,” and many others, from the swooningly romantic to the shamelessly ribald.

“He’s not quite forgotten in this country,” Rodi says, “but nearly; and given how much of what we now call gay style and manners comes directly from Coward, it’s time not merely to acknowledge him, but celebrate him.”

Rodi has brought his three-octave range and five-alarm wit to nearly a dozen cabaret shows over the past decade; he is also the host of the ongoing Robert Rodi & Friends jazz vocalist jam. He’s joined by Julian Chin on piano and Matt Gold on bass.

Tickets are available at pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone 773-857-0222.

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