Chicago’s rising star Michael Ingersoll will be saying “Bye Bye Baby” to Jersey Boys, as the hit musical ends its long run in the Windy City on January 10. Ingersoll, who has played Nick Massi since the show opened here, has a flourishing solo career that he has nurtured while appearing in the demanding Tony Award-winning show. His Chicago area concerts sell-out quickly.
Next up for the versatile vocalist are Steppin’ Out! An Evening with Michael Ingersoll a one-night only engagement at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, January 16, and Michael Ingersoll and the Boys: Once More Before We Go at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Two other January concerts at the Metropolis are already sold out.
For all the shows, Ingersoll is the centerpiece of the performance, with several solo pieces comprising the show’s first act. He then introduces and performs with the other members of the Jersey Boys Chicago cast, John Michael Dias, Shonn Wiley and Michael Cunio, and his wife Angela Ingersoll, herself an incredible actress and singer. These fabulous performers also share their personal stories of family, show biz and performing with the Chicago Company of Jersey Boys for a truly unforgettable evening of entertainment. Backed by a 15-piece, nationally renowned big band, The Mulligan Mosaics, Michael, the boys, and his girl will rock and swing with the music of the ’50s and ’60s era doo-wop, Rat Pack favorites and a few extra surprises.
Michael holds a strong commitment to giving back to the communities in which he has performed and includes a charitable component within each concert. Over the last 18 months he has raised more than $40,000 to save Metropolis Outreach, which provides top quality performing arts education through in- and after-school programming, and throughout the community to facilitate a cultural dialogue, connect communities and present opportunities for the arts to be part of the everyday experience. In the past three years Metropolis Outreach has served over 9,000 people through several programs including a year-long program with artists with special needs (Down syndrome, autism, fully wheelchair bound children, non-verbal children), terminally-ill patients in hospices, anti-gang programs, workshops for seniors, intergenerational programs and more.
“I’ve worked with hundreds of artists over the years, but I’ve never met one with such compassion for others and the drive to help people and make a positive impact on this world,” says Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Executive Director, Jim Jarvis. “That is who Michael Ingersoll is.”