Past Productions

Three Cat Media Past Shows:

Three Cat Media has produced over 30 shows in the past few years. To see the previous productions of the current season, click HERE.

2010 – Season

Rob Dorn: Wonderland
December 11th at 8:00pm

Three Cat Productions presents “Rob Dorn: Wonderland”.  Step into a “wonderland” of early 60’s holiday nostalgia with Rob Dorn, featuring songs from his CD aptly titled “Wonderland,” and his own personal christmas memories and stories, including a tribute to all those great holiday specials we grew up with! With guitarist John Behling. This evening of holiday charm is on December 11, 2010 at 8:00pm at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation.

“Rob Dorn: Wonderland” will be happening at Skokie Theatre Music Foundation, 7924 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  You can order tickets by calling 847-677-7761 or visit skokietheatre.com.

 

 

The War of the Worlds: A Radio Play
October 31st at 2:00pm

Three Cat Productions was thrilled to announce a special Halloween performance of HG Wells’s “The War of the Worlds”.  This special performance featured Rick Kogan and Rob Dorn with all proceeds benefiting the Skokie Theatre. The rare performance of the Halloween classic took place on October 31st at 2:00pm at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation.

“The War of the Worlds” was originally performed on the radio, October 30, 1938 as part of the Mercury Theatre on the Air. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the 60 minute broadcast was presented as a series of news bulletins suggesting an actual alien invasion.  Reportedly, the broadcast caused wide spread panic specifically for those who missed the opening explanation.

“The War of the Worlds”  featured WGN Radio Personality Rick Kogan and Chicago’s celebrated performer Rob Dorn.

The Best of Three Cat Productions

October 16th at 8:00pm

Three Cat Productions gathered together some of the best performers from past productions to create a benefit for Skokie Theatre Music Foundation with “The Best of Three Cat Productions”. The evening of excellent entertainment took place on October 16th at 8:00pm at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation.

Hosted by Jason Paul Smith and Rob Dorn, the evening highlighted past Three Cat shows at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation including “Golly Gee: Broadway of the 1950s”, “Bab Fab” and “The Stops”. Performers are some of Chicago’s leading cabaret and musical theatre talent including, John B. Boss, Amy Cole, Jeff Dean, Meredith Freyre, Carla Gordon, Steve Kimbrough, Roberta Miles, Paul Motondo, Marianne Murphy Orland, Melissa Young and more! Musical accompaniment was provided by the talented John Behling and Kevin Disch.

It was an evening full of excitement and surprises!

Dream a Little Dream of Cass Elliott

AUGUST 21, 2010 at 8PM

Three Cat Productions returned to the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation on August 21st at 8:00pm with “Dream a Little Dream of Cass Elliot”. Hosted by Chicago Vocalist Rob Dorn, this Cass Elliot tribute payed homage to one of the greatest voices of the 1960s and 70s. The show featured Chicago cabaret favorites Jaii Beckley, Diego Colon, and Meredith Freyre. Musical director was Beckie Menzie.Known to most as “Mama” Cass, Elliot’s… career rose to stardom in the early 60’s as a member of the celebrated “The Mamas and The Papas”. Elliot’s career didn’t stop with the folk-rock group. She went on to a successful solo recording career even playing Chicago’s famed Mr. Kelly’s.

GENTLEMAN OF SONG

JULY 24, 2010 at 8PM

Rob Dorn sang songs made famous by the Male Vocalists who have inspired him through the years. He also presented excerpts from his CD, “I’m Wishing” to celebrate the CD’s 10th anniversary.
Accompanied by the Damian Espinosa Trio.

THE STOPS

Saturdays in JUNE, 2010 at 8PM

A Musical by Eric Lane Barnes and Drew Emery
Directed by Jason Paul Smith

Ginny, Euglena, and Rose came to Skokie for “one night only” in order to give a benefit concert for their mentor Dale Meadows, a church music director and song-writer, who has recently been ousted from his position because of his sexuality. These three ladies of NALOG (North American Lady Organists Guild) spread the gospel by singing a number of church songs, ranging the comedy gamut from “The Potluck,” “It’s Raining Amen,” “A Bossa Nova for Jehovah,” “Hallelujah Aloha,” and “The Fundamental.” Ultimately, the three ladies of different faiths find ways to come together despite their theological differences, united in the love of music and the gospel.

THEY SAY IT’S SPRING, The Musical World of Blossom Dearie

 

MAY 15, 2010 at 8PM

Written and Directed by Jason Paul Smith
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Doyle

Celebrated the music of jazz legend, Blossom Dearie, the hippest woman in the world.
Featured a cast of some of Chicago’s best jazz and cabaret vocalists.

Did you know that Blossom sang the songs “Figure 8” and “Unpack your Adjectives” on the Saturday Morning Kids program, “SchoolHouse Rock?”

BABFAB The Barbra Streisand Celebration

APRIL 23, 2010 at 8PM – An evening with Barbra Streisand “archivist” Matt Howe

Matt’s passion for the life and career of Barbra Streisand has not only inspired him to create one of the most thorough informational websites on Barbra but has gained the respect and admiration of several of Barbra’s creative associates, top people in the entertainment industry and Barbra herself!

APRIL 24 & 25, 2010 at 8PM – A Barbra Streisand Birthday Musical Celebration

Written and Directed by Rob Dorn

Hosted by Rob Dorn and featuring Amy ColeElizabeth DowlingHilary Ann FeldmanLaura FreemanScott GryderMarianne Murphy OrlandJason Paul Smith and more!

Three Cat Media was thrilled to present the THIRD annual Barbra Streisand Birthday Celebration. BabFab celebrated the musical career of the legendary Barbra Streisand, from her early days in Greenwich Village to her incredible rise to super stardom, Rob Dorn escorted the audience through a Streisand musical timeline assisted by some of Chicago’s leading cabaret and musical theater talent.

AMY COLE in COLE SINGS COLE

MARCH 13, 2010 at 8PM

Chicago jazz and cabaret artist, Amy Cole, returned to the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation in “Cole Sings Cole”. “Cole sings Cole” celebrated the music of Cole greats Cole Porter, Nat (King) Cole, and Natalie Cole. These talent artists have had an enormous impact on American popular music. Collectively, their contributions have given classic and timeless music that spans from the early part of the century to the present day. Some favorites include Night and Day, Paper Moon and When I Fall In Love.

Performers included Amy Cole as vocals, Chris Sargent on piano, and Joe Policastro on bass. The Musical Director is Paul Marinaro.

For more information about Amy Cole, please visit her website at www.amycolesings.com.

ENDLESS EIGHTIES

Featuring Rob DornMelissa Young and Surprise Guests!
Directed by Jason Paul Smith
Musical Direction by Mark Burnell
Written by Jason Paul Smith and Rob Dorn

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 at 8PM

The 1980’s are back! Celebrate the great (and sometimes not so great) music of the 80’s from “Cats” to Depeche Mode.

DID YOU KNOW:

Did you know that at the beginning of her film collaboration with John Hughes, Molly Ringwald was driving a silver VW Rabbit convertible. By the time it ended with Pretty in Pink (1986), she was driving a white BMW…

GOLLY GEE! The Broadway Musicals of the 1950’s

Featuring Rob DornNatalie MyrePaul Motondo and Elizabeth Doyle.
Directed by Jason Paul Smith
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Doyle
Written by Rob Dorn

JANUARY 16, 2010 8PM

Three Cat Media was proud to present “Golly Gee” at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation on January 16th, 2010. This original celebration of the musicals of the fifties was a guaranteed entertaining evening for any theatre lover.

The 1950’s produced 119 original broadway musicals and 38 revivals. The Broadway Musicals of the 1950’s will forever be revered as the Golden Age of Broadway. Golly Gee! honored the most celebrated decade of the American musical. Shows included Guys and Dolls, The King and I, West Side Story, Gypsy, and many more. The show featured: Rob Dorn, Natalie Myre, Paul Motondo and Elizabeth Doyle.

2009

March 20, 2009 – Late Night Cabaret Series
Jason Paul Smith’s “Consulting Mavis
or How I Got My Ass Out of North Dakota & Remained Sane”

11:00pm at Strawdog Theater

April 24, 2009 – Bab Fab 2: Happy Days are Back Again

8:00pm at Davenport’s
A Benefit for Season of Concern

June 19, 2009 – Late Night Cabaret Series
Roberta Miles “Life: A Work in Progress”
11:00pm at Strawdog Theater

July 24th, 2009 – It’s So Easy: The Music of Linda Ronstadt featuring Amy Cole
8:00pm at Skokie Theater

August 16, 2009 – The Judy Garland Duets with Rob Dorn and Laura Freeman
2:00pm at Skokie Theater

September 18, 2009 – Late Night Cabaret Series
Elizabeth Dowling – Bootless Journey

11:00pm at Strawdog Theater

November 1, 2009 – 20th Century Hit Parade
with Rob Dorn, Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie, and Tom Michael
2:00pm at Skokie Theater

2008

 

 

Rob Dorn’s Wonderland

December 11 and 12, 2008

Rob Dorn stepped into a “wonderland” of early 60’s holiday nostalgia featuring songs from his CD aptly titled “Wonderland,” and his own personal christmas memories and stories, including a tribute to all those great holiday specials we grew up with! Joining him were John Behling on jazz guitar, Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano and Michael Favreau plays sax, clarinet, flute, etc…

Directed by Jason Paul Smith

 

 

Bab Fab: A Barbra Streisand Birthday Celebration

April 25, 2008

A benefit for Season of Concern. Some of Chicago’s best vocal talent performed her greatest hits from nightclubs to broadway and beyond. The show was hosted by Rob Dorn and featuring Eric Carlson, Amy Cole, Elizabeth Dowling, John Eskola, Laura Freeman, Carla Gordon, Marianne Murphy Orland, Jason Paul Smith and Robert Whorton accompanied by George Howe on piano.

Three Cat Thursdays – New Works

Timothy Hairston’s Cabaret Show “Webb/Short”

March 13th, 2008

Timothy Hairston’s new cabaret show “Webb/Short”. It was filled with music performed or written by Jimmy Webb or Bobby Short. Hairston is one of Chicago’s leading Cabaret Artists. This show took you on an incredible journey. Joshua Stephen Kartes joined Hairston at the piano!

Three Cat Thursdays – Featured Artist

Matt Griffo: A One Man Comedy Show

February 28th, 2008

Matt presented the opening of his one man comedy show “Who Wrote This?” on February 28th at 8:00pm. With whimsical lyrics and razor sharp satire this show had audiences falling to their knees in laughter. An almost all music show except for a few hilarious bits.

Three Cat Thursdays – New Works

“The Little Lie” by Julie Jurgens

February 14, 2008

On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, “Three Cat Thursdays – New Works” night presented a cutting from Julie Jurgens new play “The Little Lie”. Julie Jurgens has made a name for herself, primarily as a singer and songwriter.

directed by Jason Paul Smith

This Date in History

January 31, 2008

A special cabaret event “This Date in History: Celebrating January 31st through Song”. A handful of the Chicago’s most talented performers Amy Cole, Rob Dorn, Elizabeth Dowling, Laura Freeman, and Tim Hairston helped explore the important historical events that happened on January 31st. From the births of Carol Channing and Justin Timberlake to the House of Representatives passing of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution officially abolishing and prohibiting slavery.

directed by Jason Paul Smith

Three Cat Thursdays – Featured Artist

Roberta Miles, Jillian Erickson, Kelsie Huff and Jason Paul Smith

January 24, 2008

Roberta Miles, Jillian Erickson, and Kelsie Huff join Three Cat Thursdays producer Jason Paul Smith with an evening that took audiences on a journey from poignant honest stories to hysterical tales that point out life’s funny truths.

Three Cat Thursdays – New Works

Diana Lawrence

January 10, 2008

Diana Lawrence showcased new material on January 10 at 8:00pm. Her comfort with a wide variety of styles, as pianist, singer and songwriter, has given her the opportunity to work with everyone from world-famous conductors to local actors, from jazz combos to choral ensembles. Most recently Diana worked as musical director of The Apple Tree Theatre’s production of “The Mistress Cycle”.

Reoccuring – 2008:

Three Cat Thursdays – The Cabaret Variety Hour

The Cabaret Variety Hour was held on the first Thursday of each month. In the traditions of The Ed Sullivan Show, Carol Burnett and yes, Donnie and Marie Osmond comes an hour of musical variety, featuring some of Chicago’s most interesting and diverse performers. A little bit of everything, lot’s of fun and surprises.

Three Cat Thursdays – Life is a Song

Life is a Song was held on the third Thursday of each month. Life is a Song is a special cabaret evening based on a theme, such as, “First Kiss”. Local and National singers will be presenting their perceptions of that theme through monologue and song. An exciting new opportunity for the performers and audience alike!!

2007

Three Cat Thursdays – Featured Artist

Ingrid Graudins’ “Brave Again”

November 29, 2007

Incredibly talent singer songwriter Ingrid Graudins. Having recorded a self titled CD in 2000 entitled “Brave Again”, Ingrid can be seen on album projects, commercials, live dates with bands like Tributosaurus (a Chicago monthly tribute band) and mini tours with the lovely Boston-based alt/folk goddess Catie Curtis and the awesome Chicago-based new folk artist Alice Peacock.

Three Cat Thursdays – New Works

“Minnie America” by Heather Flock

November 8th, 2007

Director Barbe Marshall presented a new work by New York playwright Heather Flock entitled “Minnie America”. Heather Flock, playwright and award-winning choreographer, received her M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University where she studied with Romulus Linney. In New York, her plays have been read and performed at New Dramatists, Shotgun Productions, Art & Work Ensemble and Worklight Theatre Company. She currently lives in New York City where she works for the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Three Cat Thursdays – Featured Artist

Laura Freeman

October 25, 2007

A truly amazing talent and wonderful cabaret performer, Freeman performed all new material. With background as a singer and actress, Freeman, joined by accompanist Jeffrey Roscoe, put together an intimate evening of song.

Three Cat Thursdays – New Works

Roberta Miles, Katie Quick and Ric Brutnall

October 11th, 2007

An evening of new works by exciting local and international artists featuring Katie Quick, Roberta Miles, and british composer Ric Brutnall. The line-up proved to be diverse and incredibly entertaining.

Three Cat Thursdays – Featured Artist

Rob Dorn “Home Again

September 27, 2007

Rob Dorn presented his hit cabaret show Home Again.

Three Cat Thursdays – New Works

Mixed Nuts by Eric Lane Barnes

September 13, 2007

Dennis Mahoney at Centerstage calls it ” the ideal venue for presentation, expression and appreciation”.

A rare Chicago performance by the talented composer Jeff Award Winning composer Eric Lane Barnes kicked off our NEW WORKS night, joined by Rob Dorn and the hysterical Tina Gluschenko. The show featured a bunch of new songs he has written in the last couple years. Very funny. This one was a DO NOT MISS show. We have no idea when Eric will be back in town. (He is living in Seattle and is the associate music director of the Seattle Gay Men’s Chorus.)

Reoccuring – 2007:

Three Cat Thursdays – The Cabaret Variety Hour

The Cabaret Variety Hour was held on the first Thursday of each month. In the traditions of The Ed Sullivan Show, Carol Burnett and yes, Donnie and Marie Osmond comes an hour of musical variety, featuring some of Chicago’s most interesting and diverse performers. A little bit of everything, lot’s of fun and surprises.

Three Cat Thursdays – Life is a Song

Life is a Song was held on the third Thursday of each month. Life is a Song is a special cabaret evening based on a theme, such as, “First Kiss”. Local and National singers will be presenting their perceptions of that theme through monologue and song.