ARLINGTON HEIGHTS - Chicago born singer, cabaret performer, writer, lyricist and actress, Charlene Brooks, returns with her full band to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell Street. Brooks will perform her show, Sweet and Sassy Broadway Love, for one night only in a special Valentine’s Day performance, Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 847.577.2121 or visiting www.metropolisarts.com.
Charlene Brooks is known for her unique cabaret events where she weaves stories of her life with music from all genres. For Sweet and Sassy Broadway Love, Brooks delves into the Broadway canon and creates a night befitting Valentine’s Day. The song selection celebrates love in all its infinite definitions with hits and hidden gems from Carousel, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Rent, Young Frankenstein and many more. Brooks connects with the audience as she performs and shares stories that resonate with everyone that is captivated by her talent. Using humor and tugging the heartstrings, Brooks performs songs that celebrate the hopes, the fun, the heartaches and the timeless appeal of that thing called love.
About Charlene Brooks
Brooks has been performing her entire life and has an outstanding list of accomplishments. JUF News says, “The world is her stage!” Pioneer Press declares "The totally engaging Charlene Brooks is sure to charm..." and Cabaret Hotline writes “[Brooks gives a] ... grand performance. Charlene has an amazing voice, and her tales bring down the house.” Her professional career highlights include opening for Tony Bennett, Alan King, traveling with Orion Samuelson on WGN Radio’s “Noon Show,” and her cabaret shows Brooks on Broadway, Brooks Sings Barbra Streisand, You Call That Love, and her very personal story about being the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, “Life Stinks!”… and other things my Mother Taught Me. Brooks has performed for thousands of fans throughout the Midwest including Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Taste of Chicago and a variety of clubs and cabarets. In addition to her professional career, Brooks is also the cantorial soloist at Congregation Bene Shalom, in Skokie.
Another aspect of Brooks’ talents is the creation of the Custom Cabaret. Brooks, utilizing her strengths as comedian, musician and lyricist, creates a unique party event. Custom Cabaret is a personalized musical tribute to a person celebrating a milestone birthday, or a retirement, as well as couples celebrating engagements, weddings, anniversaries, or any special moment in a person’s life. Brooks works directly with the person, friend or family member to learn the intricate details of the guest of honor’s life, focusing on the script and the perfect music to create a cabaret performance specifically tailored to the person. To learn more about Custom Cabaret visit www.charlenebrooks.com.
Charlene Brooks performs Sweet and Sassy Broadway Love Thursday,
Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Metropolis Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell Street. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 847.577.2121 or visiting www.metropolisarts.com.
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