Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s


World Premiere Production

Hang Your Hat at Mr Kelly’s

A New Musical Revue 

April 25 to May 17, 2014  NOW EXTENDED TO MAY 24

Reader Recommended

Tickets: $25
Performances: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays at 4:00pm & 7:30pm


“Combined with glamorous costumes, the strong vocals reverberate around the appropriately cramped cocktail tables, giving an imaginative glimpse into a piece of history.”
~ Chicago Reader

“the original compositions by Gary Gimmestad with lyrics by Rob Dorn are absolutely beautiful.”
~ Chicago Theatre Review

“***! “Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s” is a delightful musical revue that is having its world premiere thanks to Three Cat Productions.”
~ Richard Allen Eisenhardt

“… the musical performances of old standards are outstanding—especially hypnotic, velvety Nicole Michelle Haskins as Ella Fitzgerald in “S’Wonderful” and effervescent powerhouse Sara Reinecke as Barbra Streisand in “Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home.”
~ Chicago Reader

“Directed by Jason Paul Smith, this is an ambitious piece of theater. This unusual jukebox musical is complex. The choices for moving the show along are varied. He pulled great performances out of his actors.”
~ Chicago Theatre Review

book by Jarrin Davis,  original music by Gary Gimmestad and lyrics Rob Dorn
musical arrangements by Gary Gimmestad

Directed by Jason Paul Smith
Musical Direction by Gary Gimmestad

Jason Michael Hammond, Nicole Michelle Haskins, Todd Neal, Paul Pasulka, Sara Reinecke, and Demetrous White, Jr

Tickets: $25
Performances: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays at 4:00pm & 7:30pm

LOCATION: Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Road (Edgewater by Granville el stop on Red Line).


Three Cat Productions presents the world premiere production of the musical revue Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s at the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Road (Edgewater by Granville el stop on Red Line).  Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s explores the famed Chicago Rush Street supper club through the eyes of Winston a former Mister Kelly’s employee.   With the help of his friend, and fellow employee, Dak,  Winston transports back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s and recalls the legendary performances of Barbra, Ella, Jackie, Barry and many more.

Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s is a new musical revue with a book by Jarrin Davis, original music and musical arrangements by Gary Gimmestad, and original lyrics by Rob Dorn.   Mister Kelly’s opened in 1954 at 1028 North Rush Street.    Owned by the brothers George and Oscar Marienthal, the club stayed open until 1975.

The show is directed by Jason Paul Smith, Three Cat Productions, Artistic Director.   Gary Gimmestad is also Musical Director.  Resident Stage Manager is Jess Koster.  Assistant Musical Director is David Pollak. Resident Lighting and Set Designer is Pat Henderson.



Jarrin Davis, Playwright

_Jarrin Face

Jarrin Davis’ first full-length play, Son of a Distant Moon, was commissioned and developed by Philadelphia’s Brick Playhouse where it enjoyed a critically acclaimed run before transferring to performances in both New York City and Washington, DC. A play closer to home, Light, was developed by Three Cat Productions last April and enjoyed a spot as a part of the company’s 2013 New Works Festival. Light is currently in talks for production by a couple of well known national companies.  Jarrin’s other plays includeThe Second Bullet HoleA Parliament of Whores and 168 Bricks; which was featured in the Black Ensemble Theater of Chicago’s 2013 Black Playwrights Festival.

In addition to being a playwright, Davis founded and served as Artistic Director of Omaha’s Center Stage Theater Company for nine years, where he directed over 30 productions. His production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ won first prize among entries from 66 other countries in the prestigious Toyama International Theater Festival held in Toyama City, Japan. Davis also was named Best Director at this international event.

Gary Gimmestad, Composer & Musical Director

Easter with Gary & JohnGary Gimmestad, a native Minnesotan, was delighted to reconnect with one-time Minnesotans Jason and Rob and Three Cat Productions to compose and record music for the fall production of Joint Attention. Gary has a long history in theater and music including several projects with Three Cat’s own Rob Dorn. Rob and Gary collaborated on Rob’s solo CD, I’m Wishing and on the dozens of arrangements they co-created for the vocal group Three Hits and a Miss. Gary has also performed and toured as pianist and music director for a number of shows including Ain’t Misbehavin’, 1940s Radio Hour, Little Shop of Horrors, Forever Plaid and many others. Gary recently launched his own business (Dal segno Music Services, LLC) which offers music preparation services as well as instruction in Finale music notation software. Gary is currently working with singer / songwriter Tom Lieberman (www.liebermania.com) on his children’s theater project featuring a ukulele puppet named Luke the Uke and his sidekicks Amanda Lynn and Duke. And Gary is eagerly looking forward to future collaborations with Three Cat!

Rob Dorn, Lyricist

Rob-dornRob Dorn most recently appeared as Jacey Squires and top tenor in the Barbershop Quartet in Paramount Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “The Music Man.” He has performed in hundreds of theaters across the country, including The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hey City Stage, Minnesota Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. Locally he’s worked with Silk Road, Three Cat Productions, Court Theatre, Wisdom Bridge, Apple Tree, Light Opera Works and Pegasus Players. He toured for many years with the pop vocal group, “Three Hits and a Miss” and currently sings with Alan Gresik’s Swingshift Orchestra at Chicago’s Green Mill. Rob is also an award winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator.

 jasonpaulsmithJason Paul Smith, Director

Jason Paul Smith has directed film, cabaret, and theater across the United States. He is founder and Artistic Director of Three Cat Productions. He has produced and directed many Chicago productions including a cabaret and theater series at the Skokie Theater Music Foundation. He recently was awarded a 2009 Ragdale Residency for the documentary entitled “Don’t Mess with Bill: The Story of Dorothy Fairbairn”.