Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mayne Stage announces Preview Series, June 3-12

Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago; 773-381-4554) opens its doors to the public with a Preview Series beginning Thursday, June 3, running through Saturday, June 12. The line-up of talent for the series reflects the diverse entertainment planned for the room which includes jazz, blues, pop, classical and cabaret as well as comedy, theatrical and family programs.

The first artists to appear at Mayne Stage are Chicago cabaret performers Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, Joan Curto, Paul Marinaro and Sue Conway with their musical evening, appropriately titled, The Best is Yet to Come. Showtime is 8 p.m. and the tickets are specially priced for this preview event at $10 for all seats.

The Preview Series includes Blues artist and singer-songwriter Jan James band in advance of the release of her newest CD, Ring Around the Moon. This high-energy evening of music is Friday, June 4 at 8 p.m. All tickets are specially priced at $10.

On Saturday, June 5 psychic entertainer Ross Johnson comes to Mayne Stage and, “… he knows what you’re thinking.” Joining Johnson for this unique evening of entertainment is Chicago vocalist Greta Pope. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.

The Jeannie Tanner Quartet brings jazz to Mayne Stage with special guest The Sandra Antongiorgi Trio on Friday, June 11. The music begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Closing out the Preview Series on Saturday, June 12 is Liz Mandeville - Singer, Songwriter, Speaker, Shimmy Shaker & Red Hot Mama! With her "cut to the bone", original, Roots-inspired songs and sassy onstage patter, Liz injects any audience with an instant shot of fun. Joining Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points featuring Will Crosby are special guests Tail Dragger, Peter Struijk and Lance Cameron. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Following this preview series, Mayne Stage welcomes the TBS Presents a “Very Funny” Festival: Just for Laughs June 17 – 20. Official show times can be found at

A complete list of scheduled shows, additional information and tickets are available at Please note that all shows are subject to change.

July’s scheduled performers include vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway July 2 and 3, Ron Hawking July 8-10, TJ & Dave on Friday, July 16, Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael’s That 60’s Show, on July 23, Mike Toomey’s TV& Me with special guest Ana Belaval from WGN-TV on Saturday, July 24. Additional shows are being announced weekly.

The beautiful 299-seat venue is unique in its flexibility and versatility. Mayne Stage offers attractive cabaret and theater style seating, comfortable booths on the mezzanine level as well as balcony seating – all with excellent sightlines. With its state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, nine-foot Steinway piano and intimate feel, Mayne Stage is an exceptional venue for a wide range of performance styles. Comfortable, beautifully lit, full-service bars on the main level and the mezzanine level complete the experience.

Mayne Stage has been designed as a unique, memorable space for both public performances and private events. The bar areas on both levels outside the main theater room are perfect for private receptions before and after performances. The flexibility of the seating area in the main room allows clients to customize the space for a myriad of events, from meetings to award celebrations, to themed social events, fundraisers and large personal celebrations and parties.

About Mayne Stage
Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. The new Mayne Stage showcases the hottest local and national musical acts, theatrical performances, comedy troupes and more. It is the ideal location for a variety of private events. For more information, or to see a list of upcoming shows, please call (773) 381-4554 or visit

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